UPDATE: 7 nights
BC Drive reports that one of the two incidents that caused delays on Highway 1 near Golden was completed.
Vehicles in the snow have been cleared, but other vehicle incidents at Heather Hill remain problematic and delays must be expected.
ORIGINAL: 4:50 a night
Drive BC reports that an accident involving two vehicles has stopped the Trans-Canada Highway traffic in Glacier Park, west of Golden.
A motorist who was trapped in a row said traffic was jammed for more than an hour.
"Expect big delays in both directions," tweeted DriveBC.
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A Langley mother accused of killing her seven-year-old son last year now faces an increased indictment, seeing first-degree murder and not the second.
Aaliyah Rosa died in July 2017 and was found in a rented apartment near 200th Street and 68th Avenue in Langley.
Mahkota told CTV News that Aaliyah's 36-year-old Kerry-Ann Lewis mother is now facing first-degree murder charges. He was found injured at the scene at the time of the incident, and was arrested almost a month later.
The girl's family told CTV News that the updates in the allegations had brought comfort.
"The last six months have been very difficult for our family," they said. "We want to thank IHIT and Crown advisor for their tireless efforts in building this case."
Second-degree murder charges, such as those previously faced by Lewis, show authorities believe the killings were not planned beforehand. Current first-degree demands mean they believe the murder was intentional and planned.
-with files from CTV Vancouver
Canadian Press –
Jan 18 2019 / 4:37 in the afternoon | Story:
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A principal investigator in the mass murder related to the biggest gang in British Columbia has pleaded guilty to violating trust and obstructing justice involving a witness.
Derek Brassington entered his defense in the Supreme Court's SM on Friday before the start of the trial scheduled to last 10 weeks after several delays.
The former RCMP sergeant played a key role in a 2007 investigation into killing six people, including two innocent people, at a high place in Surrey.
Special prosecutor Chris Considine and defense attorney Ian Donaldson submitted a sentence but the details could not be reported due to a publication ban.
BC Chief Justice Arne Silverman is not expected to punish Brassington until later.
He was indicted in 2011 and resigned from the police in 2013.
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Jan 18 2019 / 4:24 in the afternoon | Story:
B.C. The Court of Appeal has ruled that a North Vancouver man does not have to repay nearly a quarter of a million dollars stolen by his wife from his employer before he died, but the widower is still responsible for more than $ 100,000.
The case began after the death of Wanda Moscipan in 2012 when Vancouver Coastal Health authorities tried to recover nearly $ 600,000. The case found he had been embezzled for eight years as a financial administrator.
Health authorities launched legal action against Moscipan and her husband's land, and the lower court ruled that the widower knew that his wife had received funds through fraudulent means.
The decision ordered Miroslaw Moscipan to pay $ 246,073.23. The findings amounted to the portion of stolen funds used to cover family expenses.
At that time, Judge Leonard Marchand wrote compensation on her husband's side "enough to send a message to others that they could not stand to take advantage of the mistakes of others when they knew or had to know about the benefits illegally obtained." & # 39;
Moscipan appealed to the highest court of the BC, against orders for payment and further verdicts that ruled out the transfer of his wife's death bed from the part of his house at home.
Moscipan said Vancouver Coastal Health failed to prove that he knew his wife was embezzling money.
But in a unanimous ruling issued Wednesday, Judge Richard Goepel disagreed, saying when the man asked his wife about the money he had delayed with an answer that would not "satisfy a reasonable person."
While he agreed with the lower court that Moscipan had "constructive knowledge" about his wife's illegal activities, he found the court judge mistakenly calculated how much cash could be traced only to Moscipan.
The court cut the husband's liability to $ 130,295.75, the amount calculated by Wanda Moscipan to be paid against her husband's credit card bill.
The high court has also revised the order stating the transfer of rent with the family home of North Vancouver from wife to husband is "fraudulent transportation."
Goepel supports the finding that the transfer "was carried out with the aim of delaying and blocking creditors from the appellant's wife," but said the lower court was wrong to refuse surrender.
"Mr. Moscipan remains a registered owner of the property," Goepel said. "He, however, owns property that is subject to any claims that might come from Ms. Moscipan's creditor."
The University of British Columbia has also filed a lawsuit against the property of Wanda Moscipan, her husband and son, accusing her of stealing nearly $ 700,000 from the agency while working as a part-time administrator at the Faculty of Medicine.
These claims have not been proven in court.
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Jan 18 2019 / 1:25 noon | Story:
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A Merritt man will appear in the Kamloops courtroom to face four counts of arson.
Kamloops RCMP Const. Tracy Dunsmore said the 37-year-old man was arrested on Thursday.
Suspicious fires occurred in four churches in the Merritt area earlier this month.
One of the fires destroyed the nearly 150-year-old Murray United Church in the Nicola Valley.
The church is depicted on its website as the oldest building in the valley and the only one still standing made with the local Nicola Valley wood.
Three other buildings were not seriously damaged and no one was injured in the fire.
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Jan 18 2019 / 7:13 in the morning | Story:
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BC Hydro said fraudsters posing as Crown utility employees cheated customers from thousands of dollars last year, making it the most fraudulent period since fraud began to gain momentum in 2014.
Hydro said in a statement that it received nearly 6,000 reports about customers contacted by fraudsters in the past four years, and that 2,000 complaints came in 2018.
But the utility estimates the number of complaints is far lower than the actual number of frauds because it believes that most fraud attempts are successful and not reported.
He said, customers around the world were defeated by more than $ 45,000 in 2018 alone, with Vancouver, Nanaimo, Surrey, Vernon, Burnaby and Richmond the most targeted communities.
Victims were contacted by telephone, email or text and said their electricity would be cut off if payment was not received through cash or prepaid credit cards, or through bitcoin ATMs.
Hydro reminds customers that it does not accept payments in bitcoin or through cash or prepaid credit cards, and that it sends notifications by mail and automated telephone messages if an account is in arrears.
Environment Canada has issued a weather warning for Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt.
Snowfall with a total of 15 to 25 cm is expected.
The intense frontal system of the Pacific will approach the interior tonight. Light snow from the system will start earlier tonight and will be heavier overnight. Snow is expected to continue until Saturday with a total accumulation of up to 25 cm expected at the beginning of Saturday night. Meanwhile, the strong south wind accompanying the system will give snow blowing locally resulting in low visibility.
Be prepared to adjust your driving by changing road conditions. Visibility may suddenly decrease during heavy snow.
The weather in the mountains can change suddenly which results in dangerous driving conditions.
You are advised to check the condition of the highway and the latest from traffic cameras and highways with DriveBC and Castanet.
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Areas that are subject to new spec tax.
Millions of homeowners in the BC area will soon be exposed to new real estate speculation and job vacancies must apply to be released.
Homeowners in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Metro Vancouver, parts of Fraser Valley, Capital Regional District, Nanaimo and Lantzville must fill out documents every year to opt out.
The controversial move aims to curb hot house prices by picking up speculators who leave properties vacant or don't rent them full time, reports CTV News.
Owners must register their property at the end of March. Details of how to do this are described in the letter sent later this month. If you do not fill out the form, you will be charged an additional tax bill based on the value assessed by your home.
But Shuswap MLA's Greg Kyllo, critic of Liberal SM work, warns many people can be beaten with big tax bills simply because they don't believe taxes apply to them.
"I am worried about the elderly people who might receive the notice, put it aside … and find out July 1 they have $ 4,000 or $ 5,000," Kyllo told CTV.
– with files from CTV Vancouver
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Langford Major Stew Young
The mayor of Victoria, suburb of Langford, said that he was threatened with a new tax speculation for SM.
Stew Young, who opposes the tax and has tried to get his citizens excluded from him, told CTV News that the threat came from an economist working for the province.
Young said he wanted to include letters from residents who cared about the council's agenda last year, but when he spoke with Rob Gillezeau, a Victoria University economist who worked for the government on taxes, he was warned not to.
"He said if you put these letters on your board agenda, you would never get out of special taxes. So I put them on my board agenda after that meeting, because I had to," Young told CFAX Victoria radio. "And guess what? Langford didn't come out. So isn't that a threat? Isn't that what this finance ministry is doing to people?"
However, a spokesman for the prime minister's office told CTV that the staff had seen Young's complaint, and that the exchange had not occurred.
Meanwhile, more than one million BC. homeowners in the area including the Capital Territory, Vancouver, Kelowna, and others will soon get a letter explaining how to opt out of taxes. They must fill out documents, but can opt out if they do not have an empty property or rent it full time.
– with files from CTV Vancouver Island
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18 Jan 2019 / 5:22 a.m. | Story:
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Attorney General David Eby spoke during a press conference at the theater press at the Legislature in Victoria, BC, on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
Documents that say money laundering in British Columbia now reaches billions of dollars surprised the provincial attorney general who said the figures eventually attracted the attention of the federal government.
David Eby said he was shocked and frustrated because the higher dollar estimates seemed to have been known by the federal government and RCMP, but were not given to BC. government.
He said he recently spoke with Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale about the gap in information about cash being washed in BC. and he will meet next week with Bill Blair's Organized Crime Reduction Minister.
"At first I was surprised by the lack of a national response to what I thought was a very deep problem in BC which was a national problem," Eby said in an interview.
Last June, former Mountie Peter German estimated money laundering in the SM amounted to more than $ 100 million in his report Dirty Money assigned by the government to activities at the provincial casino.
Eby said that number now seemed low, especially after the release of an international report pegging money laundering in BC. more than $ 1 billion per year, even though the time period is not mentioned in the report. The second report by RCMP estimates that a $ 1 billion property transaction in Vancouver is related to the proceeds of crime, said the attorney general.
The government has estimated that it is $ 200 million in operations a year, whereas the federal Ministry of Finance has provided estimates that peg the problem to $ 1 billion a year, Eby said.
The provincial government only knows about reports through media leaks or their public releases and does not consult reports, Eby said.
"The question I ask myself is why I read about this in international reports instead of receiving government information to the government," he said. "That information gap is growing rapidly in crime and we need to do better work between our governments."
A report released last July by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force, the G7 member body that combats money laundering, terrorist funding, and threats to the international financial system, highlights B.C. money laundering activities.
Eby said the report included details on secret banking money laundering operations in BC. which is not fully known by the provincial government.
"It is estimated that they wash more than $ 1 billion (Canada) per year through underground banking networks, which involve legal and illegal casinos, money value transfer services and asset procurement," the report said. "One part of the illegal activities of money laundering networks is the use of drug money, illegal gambling money and extortion money to supply money to Chinese gamblers in Canada."
The report said gamblers would call contacts who would make cash transfers in the casino parking lot and use the money to buy casino chips, cash them and deposit the proceeds to Canadian banks.
"Some of these funds are used for real estate purchases," said the report. "Supervision identifies links to 40 different organizations, including organized groups in Asia that deal with cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine."
Eby said the G7 task force report included information that the province did not have about money laundering in BC. from the federal government through RCMP.
He said B.C. The government also confirmed the RCMP compiled intelligence reports about the results of criminal connections with the sale of luxury real estate properties in Vancouver, but the ministry did not have a report.
"We still don't have a copy," Eby said.
Blair could not be contacted for comment but in a statement said the federal government was responding to the threat of money laundering and organized crime seriously and cooperating with B.C. government and Germany.
"We are taking action to combat this by increasing RCMP's investigative and intelligence capabilities both in Canada and abroad, and our Financial Intelligence Unit further helps protect Canadians and our financial system," the statement said.
The German report to the provincial government last June concluded the B.C game industry. not ready for illegal cash attacks in casinos and estimated more than $ 100 million to be channeled through casinos.
He was appointed last fall to conduct a second review that identified the scale and scope of illegal activities in the real estate market and whether money laundering was related to horse racing and the sale of luxury vehicles.
"We experienced some difficulties in getting the information we needed for Dr. German to make a correct assessment of the extent of the problem facing SM," Eby said.
Maureen Maloney, former B.C. the deputy attorney general, also appointed last fall to lead a panel of money laundering experts in real estate and report to the government in March.
"We realize there is a lot of anecdotal evidence about the level of money laundering in real estate, but we really don't have a good grip on it," Maloney said. "We are looking at whether we can produce some good evidence about that. We are looking at whether we have data available in BC or Canada."
Confidential provincial government documents dated April 2017 and released through a Freedom of Information request show the government is tracking suspicious currency transactions at B.C. casinos, especially in $ 20 bills, for years. The highest points of this transaction were more than $ 176 million in 2014-2015.
The document, dated August 2016, shows the Government's Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch observes what are called "high roller" customers at the one-year Metro Vancouver casino that began in January 2015 and concludes that people connected to real estate are top buy-in gamblers at a price of $ 53.1 million.
A spokesperson for the B.C game industry. said reports from game operators about cash transactions marked money laundering concerns.
Peter Goudron, B.C. The executive director of the Game Industry Association, said the casino implemented measures to combat potential money laundering, including placing cash restrictions on players in 2015.
"This has the effect of reducing suspicious transaction values by more than 60 percent over the next two years," he said. "Recently, the operator implemented the temporary recommendation of Dr. Peter German which requires additional oversight of large amounts of cash purchases in January 2018 and this further reduces the number of suspicious transactions."
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17 Jan 2019/19:40 a night | Story:
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Plans are underway to rebuild the secondary wood and wood industry in British Columbia by ensuring more logs are processed in the province, said Prime Minister John Horgan.
The plan to revitalize the forestry sector will be done through incentives and regulatory changes, he said in a speech at the annual Truck Logging Convention on Thursday.
Policy changes include increased penalties for late reporting of wood waste, and reducing waste by directing it to pulp and paper mills.
The move will reverse the systematic decline that has occurred in the coastal forest sector over the past two decades, he said, adding that the plan will be carried out through a series of legislative, regulatory and policy changes over the next two years.
More wood can be processed here at B.C. and to achieve this, the government will reform the raw timber export policy, prevent high valuation and reduce the minimum export of processed wood, he said.
This will be a gradual process and will apply to new sales through B.C. the timber sales program, he said.
"It's been too long a vision for our coastal forest sector … is to send our natural resources to other places," he said.
Work on the coast has been reduced by 20 percent, timber production has fallen by 45 percent and pulp production by 50 percent while the export of logs from Crown land has increased almost tenfold, impacting society in depth, he said.
These policies will not be achieved by scratching pens or wands, but with hard work, he said.
"To continue on the path we are going through in terms of leaving too much waste in the forest and sending too many products abroad without any added value, that is not reasonable and unsustainable."
He said the government could not recreate the industry that existed 20 years ago but he was "determined" to return the wealth of natural resources to the community where it came from.
"We will find a way through incentives and regulations, through carrots and sticks to make it happen."
Trucking Association Executive Director David Elstone said the announcement discussed growing concerns about forest management on the coast.
"The forestry industry in BC is a complex entity and to make changes has never been easier. We hope to work with the prime minister and help him understand the difference between perception and reality," Elstone said.
The association has been struggling for this type of change for years now, he said.
There is already a steady flow of contractors leaving the industry and this policy change will stem the wave, he said.
"Forestry is not rocket science. It is far more complicated," he said. "And that's the truth."
B.C. The green caucus said in a statement that widespread factory closure, large-scale export of raw wood, an increase in the amount of waste fiber that could be used remaining in logged-over locations, intensifying fires and pest outbreaks were all challenges that the government must take seriously.
"This reform should have started a decade ago, and must begin with the recognition that a healthy industry depends on healthy forest ecosystems," said Sonia Furstenau, who represents the Cowichan Valley in the legislature.
"We aim to develop a second sustainable growth sector in SM – which is resistant to climate change and forest fires and can provide meaningful and beneficial employment opportunities for local communities – as a way to stop logging old trees."
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Jan 17 2019 / 7:23 noon | Story:
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Air view of the Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan sea terminal, in Burnaby.
The National Energy Council has rejected City of Burnaby's request to cancel the order that allows the company to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to do work at its terminal in the city.
Metro City Vancouver has asked the council to cancel orders after the Federal Court of Appeal overturned government approval for the expansion project.
Burnaby believes that terminal work is mainly related to the project, but the board said in a written decision Thursday that it supports the order, which allows Trans Mountain Corp to do infrastructure work at Burnaby Terminal.
NEB said that pipeline modifications not related to expansion projects and proper relocation and deactivation orders allowed Trans Mountain to optimize the site in preparation to offer new services to the sender.
The Board also allows the company to continue cutting down trees as part of the approved work.
Burnaby has long been an opponent of pipeline expansion, which will substantially increase tanker traffic in municipal waters, and that is one of the plaintiffs at the Federal Court of Appeals Court for the project.
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