By Michael Mui StarMetro Vancouver Mon., Sept. 3, 2018 VANCOUVER—Police in British Columbia deployed conducted-energy weapons on minors four times in 2016, according to provincial government findings. The provincial government published a report in August detailing the number of times Tasers were deployed, whether any deaths were caused, and which police forces were involved. The report also included basic demographic information about the people on whom the weapons were deployed. Each of the four incidents involved the B.C. Mounties. RCMP Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau explained to StarMetro why each of the four boys, all aged 16 or 17, were shocked. Three of the boys had to be taken to hospital afterwards. The RCMP’s first incident involved the Surrey detachment in the early afternoon of Feb. 8, 2016. Witnesses reported someone who looked about 20 years old was bleeding from their hand “and spraying blood” on the windows of a school. … [Read more...] about British Columbia RCMP tasered minors four times in 2016. Here’s what happened
By Alanna Rizza The Canadian Press Mon., Aug. 6, 2018 LOMBOK, INDONESIA—What was supposed to be a bucket-list family trip after her daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer turned into a harrowing tale of survival mode as a powerful earthquake hit Indonesia leaving the family stuck on a popular tourist island, said a British Columbia woman. Jennifer Montgomery-Lay, of Maple Ridge, B.C., said that she, her husband, 14-year-old son and 21-year-old daughter are stuck in Lombok after a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit on Sunday evening. “I was in sheer panic, we all were,” Montgomery-Lay, 41, told The Canadian Press on Monday from her hotel, adding that she and her family were not injured in the quake. “We cried. It was all very stressful. But to see the aftermath today is heart breaking (as) 16 hotel staff have lost their homes.” The earthquake, which was also felt in the neighbouring island of Bali, flattened houses, caused bridges to … [Read more...] about Powerful earthquake leaves British Columbia family stuck on Indonesian island
By Spencer Harwood The Canadian Press Sun., Aug. 5, 2018 VANCOUVER—A new radio telescope has allowed space watchers to see bursts of light travelling from a far-away galaxy in a discovery they say could open new doors in understanding the universe and the study of star systems. The revolutionary radio telescope housed in an observatory south of Penticton, B.C., is at the centre of the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME. It is a collaboration by several North American universities, including the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, McGill University, Yale and the National Research Council of Canada. Deborah Good, a UBC PhD student working on the project, said unlike a normal radio dish, this radio telescope is made up of four cylinders containing 1,024 antennae that can measure fast, short-lived bursts of light found on the radio wave spectrum called fast radio bursts. Fast radio bursts are made up of photons, which … [Read more...] about Radio telescope in British Columbia opening new doors in astrophysics
By Claire Floody Staff Reporter Sat., June 2, 2018 Lake Shore Blvd. W. near British Columbia Rd. is currently closed in both directions following a multiple vehicle crash that sent five people to hospital, paramedics say. Just after 7 p.m. Saturday paramedics responded to a minimum three vehicle collision involving a motorcycle on Lake Shore Blvd. W. Police say some vehicles also struck a pole. Five people in total were transported to hospital: three to a trauma centre and two to local hospitals, say paramedics. One male motorcyclist is in critical condition and the two other people who were rushed to a trauma centre are in serious, but non-life-threatening condition, they say. Lake Shore Blvd. W. will remain closed in both directions at British Columbia Rd. for cleanup and a police investigation. Police say it may be closed for “an extended period” of time. Article Continued Below TOP STORIES, DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX. NEW NEWSLETTER … [Read more...] about Pileup collision sends five people to hospital, Lake Shore Blvd. W. closed at British Columbia Rd.
By Marco Chown Oved Investigative Reporter Robert Cribb Investigative Reporter Tues., Feb. 20, 2018 While the rest of the country debates privacy issues, British Columbia has boldly proclaimed that all owners of land in the province will have to publicly reveal their identities. In a budget revealed Tuesday in Victoria, finance minister Carole James announced the country’s first public register of land owners, which will require those behind numbered companies to reveal themselves. “Lack of transparency in the land registry means it is not clear who owns nearly half of Vancouver’s more expensive properties. This is wrong,” states the provincial budget document. “The concealment of beneficial ownership can be part of international webs used to facilitate tax evasion, money laundering, corruption and other criminal activities.” “Having a registry means we’ll know who owns what,” the … [Read more...] about British Columbia to require anonymous land owners to reveal their true identities