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Andree Lau is The Huffington Post B.C.'s News Editor. Andree was previously a journalist at the CBC, where she worked in Vancouver, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick.

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Radio Host Poses 'Eff, Kill, Or Marry' Question For Justin Trudeau

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 7:11 PM

Vancouver radio station CKNW has apologized for broadcasting an offensive question involving the prime minister's wife, the health minister, and a former governor general.

The incident happened Tuesday during a cross-platform simulcast of the "Jeff O'Neil Show" from CFOX and the CKNW morning show, which was being guest-hosted...

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Christy Clark Lands At Bottom Of Pack For Premier Popularity

(8) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 2:26 PM

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is ending 2014 with her approval rating essentially unchanged — but her ranking still lands her among the least popular provincial leaders in Canada.

Thirty-four per cent of respondents approved of the job Clark has been doing, according to a new opinion poll by the Angus...

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BC Ferries Kills Fuel Surcharge

(5) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 1:48 PM

BC Ferries announced it's eliminating a 3.4 per cent fuel surcharge because of falling oil prices.

“With the current favourable market conditions, we have been hedging our diesel fuel costs and are now in a position to eliminate the fuel surcharge, which is great news for holiday travellers,” said Mike...

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Gastown Steam Clock Joke Replacement Brings The LOLs

(5) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 7:27 PM

gastown steam clockThe Gastown steam clock is one of Vancouver's most popular tourist attractions. So when it was removed for repairs in October, the spot seemed a bit ho-hum to Ian McKinnon, whose office is across the street.

After a few weeks, a...

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Gabriola House, Historic Vancouver Property, For Sale (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 3:50 PM

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Gabriola House, one of Vancouver's oldest buildings and the former home of the "Sugar King" as well as Hy's Mansion, is on the market for $10 million after sitting empty for years.

The lavish Victorian home at 1531 Davie St. was built...

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Stephanie Moseley, Canadian Dancer, Killed By Husband In Murder-Suicide: LAPD

(26) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 2:43 AM

Stephanie Moseley, a dancer and actress from Vancouver, was killed by her rapper husband who then turned a gun on himself, according to Los Angeles police.

Officers responding to reports of a shooting and a woman screaming on Monday morning heard more shots fired when they arrived at a high-end...

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Vancouver Driver Runs Red Light In Spectacular Fashion (VIDEO)

(9) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 2:47 PM

Under the wide category of "Are you kidding me?" falls this downtown Vancouver driver who not only blows through a red light, but does it by swerving around the stopped car ahead of it, and into the opposite lane.

The driver showed little hesitation driving across several lanes of traffic,...

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Teeth Stolen From Dead, Pregnant Orca On Vancouver Island

(109) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 1:31 AM

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Someone cut off several teeth from an endangered orca as she lay dead on a Vancouver Island beach, awaiting a necropsy by scientists.

The deceased killer whale, identified as J32, was found floating near Courtenay, B.C. earlier this week. Residents...

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Dead Orca Found Off B.C. Coast Is 'Tragic' Loss (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:18 PM

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The body of J32, nicknamed Rhapsody, was found this week off the B.C. coast. (Photo: Bates Beach Resort)

An endangered killer whale found dead near Courtenay, B.C. may have had complications with a pregnancy, said scientists.

The orca's body was found floating in...

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Reddit Vancouver Users Help Former Addict, Prove The Internet Can Be Nice

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 6:56 PM

Reddit users are prolific and inquisitive, but kind is not a common adjective applied to people on the social networking site where the anonymous comments can often get vicious.

Tommy Castelli expected as much when he posted a simple but desperate query on the Reddit Vancouver board this...

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13-Year-Old Girl Hit By 2 Cars While Jaywalking In North Vancouver

(17) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 1:46 AM

A 13-year-old girl is in hospital after she was struck by two vehicles in different directions while jaywalking in North Vancouver.

The teen was crossing the street between two marked crosswalks on Saturday morning, said RCMP in a news release. She was mid-block on West Third, between Lonsdale and Chesterfield...

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Vancouver Snow Blankets Region, Ties Up Traffic

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 5:32 PM

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Metro Vancouver and B.C.'s South Coast woke up to snow in the ground for the first time this season.

About two to five centimetres of the white stuff fell in the Vancouver area.

A multi-vehicle crash closed the eastbound lanes on the Trans-Canada Highway...

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Environmental Group Mails 'Heavy Oil' To B.C. Homes As Stunt

(13) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 5:16 PM

An environmental group is sending mini packages of black simulated oil to hundreds of random homes in B.C. to show the risks of shipping bitumen in the province.

The Dogwood Initiative, based in Victoria, mailed the samples along with a letter explaining:

"There's no way to guarantee the safe...
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Screw Comes Loose On Air Canada Express Flight, Smashes Through Window (PHOTOS)

(11) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 6:09 PM

A passenger on an Air Canada Express flight from Penticton to Vancouver got more than a scenic view when he watched a bolt break off the plane and embed itself in the outer window.

Matt Langlois posted photos to Reddit with the title: "So about halfway through my flight I heard a loud POP, looked out my window at a bolt that flew off the prop and broke through the outer pane."

Langlois, who lives in Penticton and does survey work in the Fort McMurray oilsands, admits he was spooked.

"When I heard the noise, my stomach jumped up into my throat," he told The Huffington Post B.C. in an email on Thursday.

"A million things ran through my head at once: Is the plane going to de-pressurize? What part of the wing did it come from? Is the wing breaking apart? How strong is the second pane of glass? How do I put on a mask if it drops down? But ... I got up quietly [and] told the flight attendant what had happened."

The flight attendant called the pilot, who said it would be fine until landing because the cabin was pressurized, Langlois explained in his Reddit post.

The pilot added that he had never seen such a thing happen in more than 25 years of flying.

"Air Canada, the pilots, and the crew all handled it professionally and were very reassuring," he told HuffPost B.C.

Jazz Aviation, which operates the regional flight, confirmed to The Daily Mail that a one-inch bolt on the Dash 8 plane came loose and struck the outer acrylic window pane, causing a small hole. However, the interior pane was not affected.

A spokesperson wrote:

''There was no emergency declared and the aircraft landed safely and without incident. This is a highly unusual incident and our maintenance personnel in Vancouver have inspected the aircraft and are making the necessary repairs. We do apologize to our passengers for any concern that this incident may have caused."

Earlier this month, a propeller from another Air Canada Express flight snapped off and smashed through the cabin wall, missing an Alberta woman's face by inches.

The plane, headed from Calgary to Grande Prairie, made an emergency landing in Edmonton.

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IFHT YouTube Creators Share Their B.C. Picks

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 6:32 PM

Do you like YouTube videos that make you laugh? Then you've likely seen the work of Matt Dennison and Jason Lucas, who hail from Richmond, B.C.

Better known as IFHT (an acronym for "I F*cking Hate That"), the team released their newest comedy video this week...

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'How To Be A Skier' (VIDEO) Shows It's OK To Blame Everything On Snowboarders

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Just in time for ski season kicking off across Canada comes "How To Be A Skier" and proof it's OK to blame everything on snowboarders.

The video comes from IFHT (I F*cking Hate That), the same B.C.-based team behind "How To Be A Vancouverite"...

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David Suzuki Writes Letter In Support Of Grandson Who Was Arrested At Kinder Morgan Protest

(164) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 2:07 AM

Famed environmental activist David Suzuki says he's "very proud" of his grandson, who was arrested for protesting the expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline in B.C.

Suzuki's 24-year-old grandson, Tamo Campos, was arrested Thursday as activists clashed with police on Burnaby Mountain. RCMP were enforcing a court...

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Vancouver Police Shooting: Distraught Man Killed At Knight, East 41st Avenue

(56) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 1:24 AM

UPDATE - Nov. 24, 2014: The B.C. Coroners Service says Phuong Na (Tony) Du, 51, was taken to Vancouver General Hospital after the incident but he died shortly after he arrived.

A distraught Vancouver man, who was acting erratically at a busy intersection, was fatally shot by police on Saturday...

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B.C. Group Blames Traffic Jams On Too Many Immigrants (VIDEO)

(111) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 5:30 PM

A small group of protesters are blaming Vancouver-area traffic jams on immigration.

About half a dozen men stood on the Blundell overpass in Richmond on Wednesday morning and held up a bright yellow banner above Highway 99 that read "Fight Gridlock: Cut Immigration."

"More people, more cars,” Dan...

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Alejandro Vargas Gomez, Vancouver Ballet Teacher, Charged With Sexual Exploitation

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 6:51 PM

A Vancouver ballet teacher has been charged with allegedly having sex with an underage student.

Alejandro Vargas Gomez, 49, began teaching at the Goh Ballet Academy in the fall of 2013, said Vancouver police on Wednesday. He's accused of starting a sexual relationship in January outside of the school with...

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