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Search ongoing for father and son missing after mushroom picking near Pemberton: RCMP

Article contentRCMP say an extensive search is ongoing for a father and son reported missing after going mushroom picking on Thursday.Mounties in Pemberton say Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police called early Friday morning to request help searching for the pair.The Lil’wat Nation has identified the mushroom pickers as Peter Oleski, 48, and his son River Leo, 21.Police say 55 people from at least nine search and rescue teams around B.C. have joined the efforts, along with dogs and helicopters.They’re asking anyone in the area of the McKenzie Basin and Upper Mckenzie Trail to keep an eye out for the two men.Sgt. Sascha Banks […]Read full article >
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Legal trouble brewing for Vancouver councillor accused of conflict of interest

Article contentA group of Vancouver residents will file a petition in the Supreme Court of B.C. asking that councillor Michael Wiebe be removed from office due to conflict of interest.Last month, a city-funded investigation by a Vancouver lawyer found Wiebe breached conflict rules in May by supporting a city-wide patio expansion program despite his ownership interests in a Vancouver pub and restaurant, with the investigator’s report recommending Wiebe should resign.The investigator’s report said that Wiebe was in “a clear conflict of interest” when he participated in two council meetings in May discussing the […]Read full article >
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Vaughn Palmer: Another all-too-quick departure from a Liberal leader?

Article content continuedThe riding was then recaptured by Ben Stewart. He was the former B.C. Liberal MLA who had given it up to create a vacancy for Clark after she lost her own seat in the 2013 election.Stewart’s return to the legislature in a byelection deprived the Liberals of a vacancy that could have been used if an outsider had won the leadership.So, in light of what happened the last time — coupled with the ongoing pandemic — B.C. Liberals are hoping to put off a full-blown leadership race for a couple of years.The delay would give the party time to develop internal candidates and attract outsiders as well.At the […]Read full article >
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Ian Mulgrew: Money-lenders, not launderers worried casinos

Article content continued“But the integration of an unusual transaction and his vehicle being seen. … He likely had no idea what was about to happen, but he put himself in a precarious position by doing that.”In 2013, Beeksma said investigators also watched as the River Rock accepted $640,000 in cash, again, much of it in $20s wrapped in elastic bands.Still, while colourful, far from being examples of regulatory willful blindness, Beeksma said the cash-in-bags videos and the information provided by the casinos spurred BCLC and law-enforcement investigations.The reports, for example, led to the banning in September 2012 of […]Read full article >
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Low voter turnout in B.C. pandemic election likely a ‘blip,’ say experts

Article content continuedRichard Johnston, a professor emeritus of political science at UBC, said the turnout could have to do with a lack of desire for an election. Premier John Horgan was heavily criticized for calling the election during a pandemic.“At the end of the day, it’s an election nobody wanted,” Johnston said. “As far as the interpretation of the outcome is concerned, it’s basically a vote to continue having (provincial health officer) Bonnie Henry on at 3:30 (p.m. every day) — that’s what it’s about.”Heidi Tworek, an associate professor in UBC’s School of Public Policy […]Read full article >
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It’s Nobody’s Business: Local artist secures grant to decorate closed businesses with crocheted hearts

Article content continuedPinnock’s art proposal got a Vancouver Art Foundation grant through the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, one of 100 grants of $500 on offer this year to “bring people together but not physically together,” she said.Pinnock’s $340 grant “will buy a lot of yarn” for her “posse of bombers.”Her Facebook and Instagram posts have been answered by crocheters and knitters as far away as New Zealand and the U.S. A rug hooker she knows in Ladysmith crocheted 50 of them in a week and she’s mailing them to Pinnock.She has a couple of hearts large enough to cover the […]Read full article >