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January 10, 2019 / 21:25 | Story:

The National Energy Council would call for the creation of a marine mammal protection program for the Trans Mountain pipeline in a series of preliminary conditions established before considering the project.

The focus of the review is to apply the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Espies at Risk Act for shipping related to the project, the board says in the document.

The conditions mitigate the potential risks to the environment and protect the public, he says.

The release of these preliminary conditions and recommendations is not an indication of the council's recommendation for the federal government to approve or deny the bill, the document says.

The council, which should have its final recommendations by 22 February, also recommends that some measures be taken to compensate for the increase in underwater noise and the potential risk posed by collisions of marine mammal vessels, including southern killer whales.

Terry Beech, the deputy secretary of the transport ministry, had previously said that the southern resident killer whale is a vital part of Canada's local marine ecosystem.

"The survival of this iconic species is a priority of our government and, indeed, a priority for all Canadians," he said.

The Federal Court of Appeals overturned the government's approval of the bill in August, citing the energy council's failure to examine impacts on the oceanic ecosystem, including the killer whales living in the southerly south. It also noted that Canada did not consult significantly with First Nations during the final phase of the discussions.

The council is also looking to limit the number of whale watching boats and the amount of time they spend in the water.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government, which bought the pipeline and the $ 4.5 billion expansion project, ordered the energy council to analyze the effects of shipping within 155 days.

Federal Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Thursday that drafting the recommendations and conditions is an "important step towards meeting the reasonable deadline we provide and the kind of progress Canadians expect to see."


A Merritt man who killed his three children was targeted for murder by other patients at a Vancouver forensic psychiatric hospital.

During a B.C. On Thursday, CTV News reports that Allan Schoenborn's psychiatrist told the council that two patients conspired to injure or potentially kill Schoenborn before the staff discovered the conspiracy.

Schoenborn killed his three children in his mobile home Merritt in 2008, but he was not held criminally responsible in 2010. He has remained under supervision in a psychiatric hospital ever since.

His B.C. The hearing of the Review Board was held at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital Coquitlam's Colony Farm, where he is currently detained.

Mike Clarke, the uncle of the three children, attended Schoenborn's review hearing on Thursday.

"I wish him no harm personally, I would like him to realize what he did and how he changed my family, our family," Clarke told CTV News.

While Schoenborn is currently authorized to be taken out of the hospital, at the discretion of the hospital director, this has not yet happened. The Crown plans to ask that this privilege be revoked.

While Dr. Marcel Hediger, a psychiatrist from Schoenborn, said that Schoenborn is taking his drugs and his delusions are under control, he is still quick to get angry and can become paranoid.

"If Mr. Schoenborn is in the community, with the team, and he is recognized, and there are negative reactions, I am not confident that Mr. Schoenborn would administer this properly," Hediger said.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

January 10, 2019 / 6:30 p.m. | Story:

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.

A prisoner who proclaimed his innocence in the 1994 murder of his common law wife in British Columbia should be released on bail while the federal government analyzes his case as a potential miscarriage of justice, a defense lawyer said.

Wade Skiffington was convicted of murder in second degree in 2001 and sentenced to life imprisonment without eligibility for 13 years.

Philip Campbell told a B.C. Supreme Court Judge Thursday that probation was denied to his client, mainly because he refused to take prison programs that could be viewed as an admission of guilt.

"For at least the past four years your claim to innocence has been costly," said Campbell, adding that his client is not a danger to the public.

"This man must be kept in prison during the review or be allowed to live with the family under conditions," said Campbell, who works for the Innocence Canada group, which works to exonerate people allegedly unjustly convicted.

He noted that Crown attorney Hank Reiner said during filings on Thursday that the Skiffington case is not frivolous.

"So if you find these arguments non-frivolous, as the law defines that term, I say you should grant bail to Mr. Skiffington," Campbell told Judge Michael Tammen.

The federal justice minister is reviewing the conviction after an appeal by defense lawyers at Innocence Canada, which is also contesting the credibility of the sting in disguise, saying the police extracted a false confession.

Tammy Duncan, an attorney for Innocence Canada, said outside court that Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has several options in case she finds that a judicial error has occurred, including the resumption of a new trial or the referral of the case to the BC. Court of Appeal.

ORIGINAL: 2:40 pm

A Crown attorney who argues against releasing bail from a man already convicted of killing his common law wife in British Columbia says Wade Skiffington had a 20-minute opportunity to commit the crime.

Hank Reiner told the Supreme Court that Skiffington went to an apartment in Richmond in September 1994, knowing that the friend Wanda Martin was visiting would be out shortly.

Skiffington was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2001, based on a confession he provided to the police in disguise as part of an operation called Mr. Big, which began five years after the murder.

The federal justice minister is reviewing the conviction after an appeal by defense lawyers at Innocence Canada, which works to exonerate people allegedly unjustly convicted.

Skiffington's lawyers want him released on bail while the review is underway, probably for years, and are challenging the credibility of the undercover sting, which they said drew a false confession.

Court heard Martin was shot six times and the couple's young son was left with his mother's body.


January 10, 2019 / 16:55 | Story:

UPDATE: 4:50 p.m.

The hereditary chiefs of Wet Nation's First Nation have reached an agreement with RCMP to allow natural gas workers access through a bridge that has been blocked.

CTV News reports that the agreement was reached today at a meeting in Smithers.

This follows an interim agreement made on Wednesday that members of the First Nation would observe a court injunction by allowing contractors to access a planned pipeline site.

The chiefs want the Union's healing field not to be disturbed and a gate be maintained for the safety of the limbs.

– with files from CTV Vancouver


A meeting is underway between the RCMP and the hereditary chiefs of Wet Nation's First Nation on the details of an interim agreement that would allow Coastal GasLink the necessary access to a pipeline work site in northern British Columbia.

On Thursday, hereditary chiefs told residents and supporters of the healing camp that the agreement would allow members to observe an injunction allowing workers and contractors of the company to have access to the area, provided the RCMP agreed to leave the field. intact.

They are expected to discuss whether the camp can maintain a gate at the site, which residents say is vital to their safety.

The RCMP arrested 14 people on Monday and dismantled a nearby checkpoint erected by members of Wet Nation's First Nation, which say the company has no authority to work there without the consent of the chiefs of hereditary clans of the country.

TransCanada Corp. says it has signed benefit-sharing agreements with the elected councils of all 20 First Nations along the natural gas pipeline route.

The Coastal GasLink pipeline would operate the Wet & # 8217; s territory up to the $ 40 billion export terminal at LNG Canada in Kitimat.

The provisional injunction is intended to prevent anyone from impeding the work of the company until the defendants, who include members of the Unist & # 39; ot? Field, file a response.

Representatives from Coastal GasLink, including President Rick Gateman, waited outside to attend the meeting today.

Feathers were unkempt in Saanich this morning, when police and firefighters were called to gather a flock of rebellious chickens.

Dozens of birds were mysteriously free in the community, reports CTV News.

Emergency personnel were able to capture 23 of the cluckers on a tennis court, and one family also showed up with seven they had captured.

No one seems to know where the birds came from. They were to be handed over to the control of animals, who are looking for anyone capable of harboring the birds when they are all gathered.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island

January 10, 2019 / 12:37 | Story:

The Transportation Safety Board cites crew fatigue as a cause in a report involving a B.C. employee who pulled hard while tugging a barge loaded with Kitimat's southern cement.

The report says that the lone ship's companion in the watch service fell asleep when the Ocean Monarch remained on autopilot through the confined waters of the Royal Channel.

The board says there were no reports of injuries or pollution, but the hull and propeller of the tugboat were damaged.

The report says the tugboat operator had no strategies to mitigate a tired crew, despite an earlier occurrence in 2011 where fatigue played a role.

The Transportation Safety Board highlighted employee fatigue as a major safety hazard in the maritime, rail and air transport sectors.

Last May, the board recommended mandatory education for fatigue awareness of ship operators in a report on the wreck of tugboat Nathan E. Stewart, which dumped about 110,000 liters of diesel in the water of Boston's central coast.

January 10, 2019 / 11:42 am | Story:

The manager of a salmon pond near the Powell River says it will take years to recover from vandalism that has resulted in the deaths of 700,000 fish.

Shane Dobler, incubator manager for the Powell River Salmon Society, says the Vandals invaded the Duck Lake incubator in late December. They turned off the valves and removed the pipes, which cut the water into the hatchery tanks filled with freshly hatched salmon.

Dobler said that 90 percent of the tiny fish were deprived of oxygen and died, and the rest only survived because they had already been transferred to different tanks that still had some water flow.

Dobler believes that vandalism was a "random act of folly."

He says the deaths will mean much less fish in the ocean for this particular cycle and he predicts that the effects will be especially evident in four years.

But he adds that the Powell River Salmon Society is very efficient at raising salmon and hopes that volunteers can rebuild the return to acceptable levels by 2023.

"We know we can make up the difference. Very confident in that," he said. "We are always looking for victory and in this case we have lost this round but we are looking for victory in the next round."

He calls the loss extremely disappointing, but says "we can turn our attention to a higher level of awareness and more security."

The RCMP said in a press release that the vandalism occurred between December 28 and December 31, but they offered some other details about the hatching of the incubator on a road far east of the city.

"I do not think anyone went out to kill fish that day," Dobler said. "But if you're smoking and driving through the woods on a hot day and you throw your cigarette out the window, I'm sure you did not want to light a fire either."

UPDATE: 11:00 AM

A high-risk sexual assailant was arrested shortly after police reached the public to help find him.

Gerald Richard McLean was arrested and remains in custody.

ORIGINAL: 10:15 am

A high-risk sex offender has not returned to his Vancouver home and police are now seeking help from the public to find him.

Gerald Richard McLean, 50, is a federal felon twice and has been convicted of sexually abusing a child in 2000 and a teenager in 1995.

He is serving a long-term supervisory order after completing his original sentence for sexual assault.

McLean is described by the police as Caucasian, five-foot-four, with light brown hair, green eyes and a goatee.

Anyone who sees you should not approach him, but call 911 immediately.

Surrey RCMP is investigating another shootout in the City Center area.

The incident happened Wednesday at 11:15 p.m. when the Surrey RCMP Frontline officials responded to a shootout at a townhouse complex on the 9500 block of Prince Charles Boulevard. When they arrived, they found a 17-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. The teenager was transported to the hospital, police told Castanet that he had serious, but not fatal, injuries from the shooting.

Police believe this was a targeted shot and evidence indicates that it was a shooting.

The investigator believes that a light-colored Jeep Wrangler entered a gray Toyota Sienna, and then the Jeep driver fired a gun at the Sienna. Both vehicles quickly left the area.

Soon after the shooting, Vancouver Metro Police Transit Police located the suspect vehicle and drove the driver into custody.

Both vehicles were seized as part of the investigation.

The first indications are that this incident is not related to gang conflict or drug trafficking.

January 10, 2019 / 7:41 am | Story:

The Transportation Security Council says no factor has led to the crash of a small plane that killed the pilot and lightly injured three passengers during a flight last year north of Vancouver.

The unidentified pilot, who was over 1,200 hours in flight, died when his single-engine Piper Cherokee crashed into trees along the Costa del Sol on a hot, stormy afternoon on July 5.

Passengers, an adult, a teenager and a four-year-old boy who were relatives of the pilot, all survived.

The board's crash report says the plane's speed began to fall as it took off and swayed before cutting the trees less than 30 seconds later, colliding after crossing Chapman Creek at the end of the runway.

Researchers say that tailwinds during takeoff, the slight ascent of the runway and the aircraft at or near their maximum gross weight played an important role.

They also found that hot weather affected the density of the air, causing the engine to work harder to lift the heavy airplane.

The TSB report notes that "local pilots report turbulence and downstream currents are common" along the stream, but says that the current aviation document for Sechelt Airfield at the time of the accident is not necessary to observe this detail and did not contain it .

"A pilot who had landed an hour before the crash suffered turbulence and downstream currents at Chapman Creek, which were so severe that he warned by radio to alert another aircraft that was in search of landing," states the report.

These conditions "may have further reduced the climb performance of the aircraft," but the report says there are no warning signs at the aerodrome.

He concludes with a one-sentence safety message advising that "pilots must remain vigilant in the face of changes in factors that may affect the performance of their aircraft."

The report is described as a "limited scope data collection investigation … to promote transport safety through increased awareness of potential security issues" and not "to hold or determine civil or criminal liability."

January 10, 2019 / 6:49 am | Story:

Canadians are taking an intensive course on the differences between unelected hereditary chiefs and gang councils elected by First Nations when RCMP arrests in a blockade in northern British Columbia sparked protests across the country this week.

"The question of who represents indigenous peoples is thorny," said Val Napoleon, director of the research unit on indigenous law at the University of Victoria. "Just to say that this system is good and that this system is not, it does not help. Indigenous legal traditions have to be part of the relationship with Canada."

Fourteen people were arrested on Monday in the traditional territory of the First Nation of Wet? Suwet? En. Coastal GasLink wants to build a gas pipeline across the territory and says it has signed agreements with the elected councils of all 20 First Nations along the way, including the Wet & # 39; suwet.

The Wet-suwet conflict highlights the machinations of indigenous political and legal systems, where both the elected council and the hereditary chiefs speak for their communities, Napoleon said in an interview on Wednesday. The council supports the pipeline project, but a family group of hereditary bosses has opposed the project for years.

Napoleon said governments and companies that negotiate with First Nations on everything from treaties to resource development must find ways to include and accept different indigenous legal and governance structures as part of their agreements.

"What this does not mean is to support indigenous peoples in a corner so they do not have room to think or disagree, which is happening now," she said.

B.C. Government officials said Wet & # 39; suwet & # 39; en's main hereditary structure consists of five clans and 13 houses.

The Uniston, a group of houses within the five clans, set up a pipeline protest camp near Houston, BC, almost a decade ago. The arrests on Monday were at a checkpoint set up by Gidimt & # 39; en, which is one of the five Wet & # 39; suwet & # 39; en clans.

Premier John Horgan said he visited the Unity Field in August to discuss the pipeline, but the talks failed.

He said there is no set formula for negotiating agreements with indigenous groups in B.C., where there are only two dozen treaties among more than 200 nations.

"It's the responsibilities of the two government orders to figure this out," he said. "We do this by working on consultations with gang councils and hereditary leadership. I would love to be able to say it's very simple, but it's not."

Napoleon said that political relations for indigenous peoples involve more than one level of government.

"You can not lead the social, political and economic life of the communities and simply say that these people represent the hereditary system and these people represent the band's counseling system," she said.

Big Chief Ed John said there are clear divisions between hereditary chiefs and elected councils.

"The chiefs, they are the people who care for the land, they take care of the land," said John, one of the top executives of the First Summit of Nations, one of the largest indigenous organizations in the country. "They are the stewards of the land."

Elected gang councils are widely seen as administrators of government policies, he said.

A Castanet poll finds that readers are heavily divided over pipeline protests in northern B.C. and across the province.

First Nation leaders are engaged in a battle against the Coastal GasLink gas pipeline that would pass through Wet & # 39; suwet & # 39; s territory to Kitimat, where LNG Canada is building a $ 40 billion export facility.

On Tuesday, the call was for a day of solidarity with the protesters and thousands of people across the country responded in support. But not everyone is supporting the anti-pipeline movement.

Of those who responded to our survey, 45.75% were in favor of the protests, with 51.27% opposition.

Comments on the page have readers scolding about First Nation rights, the environment, and more.

"The opinion of very few people should not compromise the livelihood of many. Most NF is in favor, build it. Not only that, but the authorizations have been in place for more than two years. Time has passed for hereditary chiefs, "wrote one commentator.

David wrote: "Yes, the weather changes! Alberta was once tropical, so the ice age arrived, there were not many people around at that time to cause all of this … maybe just cycles on their own. no instruction abroad. Protest, but obey the laws of our land. "

"We are a country that values ​​freedom and one of these freedoms is the freedom to protest. I may disagree with his position, methods and only in general, but I fully support his right to protest, "wrote another reader.

"Are people really unable to understand the climate catastrophe the world is facing? Do not the Albertans really know that the ice caps are melting? … or do they just not care? Time to eliminate asphaltic sands and convert to clean and renewable energy, "said the 46nd2 poster.

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