B.C. Muncipal Elections: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Saturday was a good day for local democracy in B.C. As one person noted online: "First time in my life I've had to wait to vote in a local election....What the hell is going on?" What was going on was that voters were coming out of the woodwork by the thousands in towns and cities across B.C. and it seems that those who skipped 2011 had one thing on their mind this time.

Fares May Jump If No Changes To Nanaimo-Horseshoe Bay Route: CEO

CBC | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia

BC Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan says ferry fares may have to go up now that the province has said no to possible changes to the service between Nanai...

What's Behind The Malaise With B.C.'s Local Elections?

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In Vancouver, less than one in five eligible voters re-elected Gregor Robertson in 2011. In Victoria, less than one in six re-elected Dean Fortin. In Nanaimo, Kamloops, and Prince George, less than one in seven elected their mayors.

Accused In Fatal B.C. Mill Shooting May Get Severance

CP | Cara McKenna, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - A man charged in a mass shooting at a Vancouver Island sawmill where he was laid off six years ago may now be entitled to severance pa...

Alberta Kidnapping Suspect Arrested While Driving Off B.C. Ferry

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - A 49-year-old man wanted on several kidnapping charges in Alberta is under arrest after driving off a B.C. Ferry.David Rogerson was ar...

Sex Trade Worker Allegedly Assaulted By Customer For Hours

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - Nanaimo RCMP arrested a 41-year-old man after an alleged sexual assault on a 30-year-old woman.Police say officers were called to a ho...

2 Killed After Homemade Plane Crashes Near Nanaimo

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - Two people have been killed in a small plane crash near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.Transportation Safety Board spokesman Bill Yearwoo...

Barefoot 5'2" Nanaimo Woman Takes Down 5'8" Burglar

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - A feisty Vancouver Island woman is being applauded by Mounties for taking down a male burglar who broke into her home.Nanaimo RCMP Con...

SKETCH: Suspect Tried To Abduct Woman Who Stopped To Help Kittens

CBC | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Nanaimo RCMP have released a composite sketch of a man who allegedly tried to abduct a 17-year-old who had stopped to help some kittens trying to cros...

Woman Attacked After Stopping To Help Kittens Cross The Road

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - Police in Nanaimo, B.C., are investigating a bizarre early-morning attack on a teen who reported being thrown to the ground when she s...

Financial Reporting Season Opens At City Halls Across B.C.

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

It's that time of year again, when local governments across B.C. grit their teeth and post their annual statements of financial information for all and sundry. Depending upon your perspective, they're either a veritable treasure trove of news stories or a minefield of PR disasters waiting to happen.

Former Mill Employee Charged In Deadly B.C. Shootings

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A former employee of a Vancouver Island mill has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. Kevin Doug...

Greenleaf Marijuana Recall Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

Dana Larsen | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

It's another historical first for Canada's modern medical marijuana market, as the first batch of substandard bud has been recalled. Patients who have been using Greenleaf's product should be worried. Without more information, the reason for the recall could be anything from a minor risk to a serious one.

Strangers Pull Family From Highway Rollover

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - Police say a 38-year-old woman whose car hit a logging truck on a Nanaimo, B.C., highway, flipping upside down with her two young sons...

Heroes Lift Car To Rescue B.C. Baby

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Several people are being hailed as heroes for lifting up a car and pulling an infant to safety after he was struck by the vehicle in Nanaimo, B.C. ...

Hey Vancouver, We Don't Want Your Trash: Nanaimo

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - An enthusiastic crowd gave Nanaimo, B.C., Mayor John Ruttan a loud cheer as he moved to snuff out plans to burn Metro Vancouver garbag...

Nanaimo Garbage Incinerator Would Spew Toxic Materials

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Capt. Trevor Greene

A massive waste-to-energy garbage incinerator is being proposed for Nanaimo, population 88,000, to burn Metro Vancouver's garbage. It would be located on a site roughly 50 kilometres south of downtown Nanaimo, but prevailing winds would rain toxic material all over a town that breathes air rated by the World Health Organization as among the cleanest on earth.

Emu Escaped In Nanaimo

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - Emus are flightless, but that hasn't stopped one from flying the coop near Nanaimo, B.C.Lucy the emu launched its big adventure more t...

You're Losing Your Shirt On These Publicly Funded Projects

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Too often, these Economic Action Plan projects seemed like giant lottery tickets, bought with our money, and failing to pay off. Government -- federal, provincial and local -- should stay out of the way, and let investors take the risk on these "easy" money economic development schemes.

Wallet Thieves HIRED By Alleged Fraudsters: Police

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - Police in Nanaimo, B.C., say a couple accused of dozens of property-related offences in central and south Vancouver Island hired other...

How This 9-Year-Old Faced Bullying

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Alvena Little-Wolf Ear may just be the bravest 9-year-old in B.C. After months being bullied at her school about her weight and appearance, the Nanaim...

WATCH: Video Captures Dolphin And Whale Pods

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

It seems even B.C.'s sea creatures are reveling in this gorgeous weather. A pod of dolphins and orca whales were spotted in Departure Bay on Monday...

Thieves Steal From Choir Of AIDS Orphans

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - Canadian thieves have handed a rude welcome to a group of young, orphaned HIV-AIDS survivors from Kampala, Uganda.RCMP in Nanaimo, B.C...

Longboarding Teen Killed On Van Island

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - A Vancouver Island teenager has been killed while longboarding near Nanaimo, B.C.RCMP Const. Gary O'Brien says the 17-year-old was rid...

Crab Fishing Like You've Never Seen it

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Marcus Kydd was crabbing with his father and younger brother in Nanaimo, B.C. when he decided to attach his GoPro camera to a pod. The resulting time ...