METRO VANCOUVER

Drop in B.C. home sales creating a buyer's market: economist

B.C. home prices went up 8 per cent in June compared to the same month last year, despite fewer units being sold.The province saw a 23 per cent decrease in home sales in June 2010, according to the B.C. Real Estate Association (BCRA). But that didn’t keep residential prices from climbing to an...

Thursday, July 15, 2010, 7:23 PM

Vancouver Park Board sets hefty fines related to outdoor smoking ban

First-time offenders will be fined $250 if caught smoking on Vancouver’s parks, beaches, seawalls, trails and public golf courses.The Vancouver Park Board approved two bylaws related to the smoking ban that takes effect Sept. 1, 2010 at a meeting on Monday night.The bylaws will be enforced by park...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 10:23 PM

Justin Bieber coming to Vancouver this fall

Teen sensation Justin Bieber is headed to Vancouver this fall.The 16-year-old Ontario-born singer became an international star after releasing hit singles like Baby and Somebody to Love. He’s also known for often being a trending topic on Twitter and for drawing crowds of screaming teenage girls to...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 7:29 PM

Cast your vote for the new Chinatown mascot

A spunky optimist and a bamboo-chewing outcast are finalists as the fresh face of Vancouver’s Chinatown.A mascot competition, launched by the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area (VCBIA), asks people to vote online for one of two cartoon pandas. Albert Fok, president of VCBIA, said the...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 10:44 AM

Vancouver billboard wrapped in real gold

Not all that glitters is gold — but a billboard going up near Granville Island is.The 200-square-feet ad is completely wrapped in real 22-karat gold to promote Treasure, the latest summer exhibit at the Telus World of Science.The gold billboard is meant to dramatize the scientific fact that two...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 7:47 PM

Chilliwack teacher charged with sexual assault

A 38-year-old elementary school teacher in Chilliwack has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of interference, RCMP announced Tuesday.The charges stem from a complaint made by a parent in relation to incidents alleged to have occurred from Sept. 2009 to May...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:07 PM

Auto crime down during Vancouver Olympics

Strategically placed bait cars are being credited with helping lower auto thefts during the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, B.C.’s solicitor general said on Monday.Vehicle thefts hit a 14-year low, Michael de Jong said. There were 730 stolen cars and 1,335 auto break-ins in February 2010 — a 22 per...

Monday, May 17, 2010, 4:24 PM

Woman groped near SkyTrain station

Vancouver Police are warning women to be more aware of their surroundings after a 27-year-old was sexually assaulted just before midnight near Rupert SkyTrain station. The victim was walking north from the station on Friday night when she was approached by a man who grabbed her from behind, said...

Sunday, May 16, 2010, 5:40 PM

Canuck investigated for alleged dust-up during game

Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows is being investigated by police after an on-ice incident in a Montreal summer hockey league game.According to a complaint filed on July 21, Burrows allegedly hit a 19-year-old goaltender in the face with his stick during a game at the Excellent Ice Arena in...

Monday, August 3, 2009, 10:27 PM

Police investigate sex-trade worker's murder

A woman whose body was found floating in the Fraser River is Vancouver’s 15th homicide, police said.Lisa Arlene Kireche, 41, was a sex-trade worker living in the Downtown Eastside, according to Const. Jana McGuinness. She was last seen on July 10 and was only reported missing to police seven days...

Sunday, July 26, 2009, 10:46 PM

Abbotsford-Mission crowned Canada's murder capital

An apparent gang war has led to the Abbotsford-Mission area being crowned Canada’s murder capital.The region was first in Canada with 4.7 murders per 100,000 population in 2008, followed by Winnipeg and Regina, according to Statistics Canada. Vancouver is seventh at 2.4.The Abbotsford Police...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 12:47 AM

The return of the cottage

Cottage country is catching on in Western Canada with the launch of Phase 2 of The Cottages at Cultus Lake, which is about 90 minutes outside of Vancouver. A popular vacation tradition for generations in Ontario, the family cottage is finally coming to the forefront of summer activities in British...

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 8:40 AM

Prince Charles, wife to visit B.C.

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, are to set to visit British Columbia in November, the Governor General announced yesterday. The pair is also expected to visit Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland, and are the second royal couple expected to visit B.C. in the...

Monday, June 29, 2009, 11:10 AM

Elderly man survives four days trapped in Vancouver Island well

An 84-year-old man escaped with only minor injuries after spending four days trapped in a well shaft on his remote property in the northern part of Vancouver Island.Bob Bennett was found by a police dog after his friend became concerned that he had not heard from the elderly man in several days and...

Thursday, June 25, 2009, 11:56 PM

Court to rule on Pickton appeals

The B.C. Court of Appeal will rule today on appeals from the lawyers of convicted mass-murderer Robert Pickton and Crown prosecutors.The appeals were filed in the months following the Port Coquitlam pig farmer’s conviction on six counts of second-degree murder of women from the Downtown Eastside....

Thursday, June 25, 2009, 10:37 AM

RCMP seize 2,600 plants in pot bust

Mounties seized 2,600 plants from a marijuana grow operation in Barriere yesterday from a rural property that was capable of producing more than 20,000 plants, or half a million joints, per year.Authorities from Barriere, Clearwater and Kamloops raided the “horse barn-style” facility, which was...

Thursday, June 25, 2009, 10:36 AM

Girl, mother go to hospital after both bit by pit bull

A young girl and her mother ended up in hospital after they were bitten trying to break up a fight between a pit bull and another dog.The mother received stitches at Ridge Meadows Hospital where they were treated for their injuries.“(The) pit bull was mistakenly let out of the house it was in,”...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 11:13 AM

Naked thief steals fries

A naked man stole a woman’s fries at a Langley Wendy’s.A restaurant attendant was passing the woman her order of fries when “an entirely naked male” ran between the car and the drive-thru window and stole the fries, RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks said.“He jumped into a silver van, which sped off in an...

Monday, June 22, 2009, 10:28 PM

Most in DTES OK with legal prostitution, says survey

Adult prostitution should be decriminalized, according to 67 per cent of residents and business owners in the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona neighbourhoods.The Simon Fraser University online survey of 122 participants — 91 residents, 27 business owners, four didn’t indicate a group — offered a...

Friday, June 19, 2009, 10:55 AM

Police want greater Net sleuthing powers

Canada’s police and security forces would have more freedom to read people’s emails and other online communication under a bill tabled by the federal Conservatives on Thursday.Vancouver Police Chief Const. Jim Chu said the proposed “lawful access” legislation is needed to better fight crimes such...

Friday, June 19, 2009, 9:43 AM