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November 26, 2018 / 5:18 p.m. | Story:
The Health Employers Association and The B.C. The negotiating group of the Union of Nurses announced an interim agreement for the 44,000 nurses in the province.
The agreement falls under the B.C. negotiating mandate of sustainable government services, which in 2019 includes a general salary increase of two percent in each year of a three-year agreement.
The mandate also allows for the ability to negotiate conditional financing, but no details of the agreement will be released until after a ratification vote.
The interim agreement covers registered nurses, licensed practical psychiatric nurses working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home-based and mental health support facilities.
A union spokeswoman said ratification votes would be held around the province by Jan. 21 and results expected to be announced by Jan. 22.
The government says in a press release that about 155,000 public sector employees are covered by interim agreements or ratified under the mandate of sustainable services.
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Police are investigating a homicide in the Newton area of Surrey.
Around 11:45 AM, the RCMP was called to block 14600 of Southview Drive after the gunfire was heard.
An adult victim was found suffering from gunshot wounds, but did not survive, Surrey RCMP said in a statement.
The area was isolated by the police and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called.
UPDATE: 1:35 p.m.
Surrey RCMP reports that the missing 13-year-old has been located and is safe.
ORIGINAL: 6 AM
Surrey RCMP is seeking help from the public to try to locate a 13-year-old girl who was reported missing.
RCMP describes Irene Dan as a high-risk missing woman. She was last seen at 8pm. Saturday at 17600 block from 104th Avenue in Surrey. She has not been seen or heard since.
She is described as a 13-year-old Aboriginal woman, five feet tall, 90 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
She was last seen wearing a gray memorial hoodie (with aboriginal art drawings), trousers, a black backpack, and running shoes.
Police and family are concerned about her health and well-being and say it is unusual for her to stay out of touch for so long.
Any person with information about that person's whereabouts is questioned
please contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.
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A newborn was found abandoned outside a day care center in Mission.
The child is in critical condition at the hospital, according to CTV News.
The RCMP unveiled the finding Monday after the baby was found on Friday near the Heritage Park Child Care Center.
A police tent and tarpaulin were seen covering a dumpster at the crime scene.
A 21-year-old woman was arrested, but no charges were filed.
– with files from CTV Vancouver
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November 26, 2018 / 1:14 pm | Story:
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UPDATE: 1:15 PM
The two high officials of the British Columbia Legislature say they still do not know why they were placed on administrative leave, as they appealed today for their reintegration, while a police investigation continues in their conduct.
Sgt. Gary Lenz and house clerk Craig James denied any irregularities at a news conference on Monday and repeated a request made by his lawyer on Friday for his reinstatement.
Lenz paused and his voice quivered with excitement as he explained the support he had received from his family and friends since he was escorted from the legislature last Tuesday after the house voted unanimously to put the two on paid leave.
He described how shocked he was when he learned he was being fired.
"While it is impossible to deny what you do not know, I firmly say that I have done nothing wrong and that I am confident that the independent investigation being conducted with the RCMP will rid me of any alleged offense," Lenz said in a prepared letter . declaration.
James said no one told him what he was supposed to do or asked for his side of the story.
"The damage to my reputation is irreparable," he said in a statement. "The cure can only begin with my return to work."
The two men said they will cooperate with the RCMP investigation and James outlined the steps he has taken since becoming an official in 2011 to improve the administration of the legislature, including assuring the auditor general that the problems identified in a report would be corrected.
"Not long after, we got our first clean audit," added James. "We have received one since."
ORIGINAL: 12:15 pm
The Speaker of the B.C. The Legislature says it is up to the assembly to decide whether to terminate a motion that has put its two senior officials on administrative leave.
In a letter to the three party leaders, released today by Speaker of Parliament Darryl Plecas, he says the motion unanimously approved by the legislature on Tuesday provides for a periodic review of the ruling.
Plecas said the three party leaders supported the position that "it would not be appropriate for these permanent agents to remain in the assembly in the face of an active criminal investigation into actions related to the assembly."
Sgt. Gary Lenz and house clerk Craig James denied any irregularities in a letter released on Friday by his lawyer, who asked the legislature to rescind the motion and put them on leave.
The two men scheduled a press conference for later today.
The RCMP said it was investigating the team in the legislature but did not say who the subject of its investigation was and did not describe the investigation as a criminal in nature.
The Liberals called for an emergency meeting to question Plecas about how and why he hired a special adviser to investigate his concerns about Lenz and James.
On Saturday, Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson said his convention still has many questions about the president's decision to hire his friend Alan Mullen in January to investigate the administrative duties of Lenz and James.
The president's office sent information to RCMP in August and police are investigating with the help of two special prosecutors, who declined to comment on the case.
Wilkinson said he is asking questions now partly because it was a surprise to him when Mullen revealed on Wednesday that he had led the investigation before handing it over to RCMP. Before Wednesday, the Liberals thought Mullen was a clerical worker and driver of the speaker, he said.
But Plecas says in his letter that the Liberals raised no objection at a meeting before the motion was presented to the house.
"The official opposition leader, Mary Polak, specifically stated that she did not want or needed more information about the allegations, as well as knowing that there was an active RCMP investigation," he wrote.
Plecas says the work done by Lenz and James is "fundamental to the operations and deliberations of the legislative assembly."
"They must have the confidence and unconstrained confidence of the home. They are entitled to presumption of innocence in any criminal proceedings, but the reality of an active criminal investigation concerning their activities as permanent house officers can not be ignored by the house. "
The speaker says his cabinet asked members for an emergency management meeting for their availability and has since concluded that a scheduled committee meeting should be held on December 6. The committee, chaired by the president and composed of the three house leaders and other members of the upper legislature, is responsible for the financial accounting of the legislature.
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November 26, 2018 / 12:05 | Story:
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Finance Minister Carole James said the BC's economic growth remains "strong and stable" and that the budget is on track to record a surplus in the fiscal year 2018-19.
James says that operating debt, which accumulates when taxes or other revenues miss out on the promises of spending on a budget, has been reduced to zero for the first time in four decades.
She says the province's second-quarter results for this fiscal year show a projected surplus of $ 1.35 billion.
The Ministry of Finance forecasts GDP growth of 2.2 percent this year, while the value of all goods and services produced by the province is expected to rise 1.8 percent in 2019.
James says the risks faced by the province include a $ 250 million drop in Crown corporation profits, mainly due to losses at the British Columbia Insurance Corporation, as well as a slowdown in the real estate market.
To offset these risks, she says a fund that covers potentially volatile revenue changes has been raised by $ 600 million.
"This added prudence is very important … to help mitigate any kind of impact on provincial revenues," she told a news conference in the legislature on Monday.
James says that RBC and other analysts remain positive about economic growth in BC, predicting that the province will remain the leader in Canada this year and next, even before the benefits of a Kitimat liquefied natural gas development add to projections in the coming years. months.
"Private meteorologists expect BC's economic growth to be strong. In fact, they are predicting we will lead the provincial ranking in 2019," she said.
The 2019-20 budget will be released on February 19, along with the third quarterly report.
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A cyclist was carried and knocked down by an aggressive deer in the suburb of Victoria.
The woman turned a corner in Oak Bay and appeared with a doe and deer, according to CTV News.
The buck toppled the woman by bicycle, resulting in a shoulder injury and mild concussion.
A growing population of deer has been a constant problem in the community.
The city has previously selected animals, and biologists are investigating contraceptive injections.
– with files from CTV Vancouver Island
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November 26, 2018 / 11h13 | Story:
First Nations leaders told a National Energy Council hearing in Victoria that there are serious concerns about the potential impacts of an expanded Trans Mountain gas pipeline on their home lands.
Two leaders representing the Fraser Valley Tribal Council say that protecting the Fraser River salmon, animals, and neighboring lands is their eternal responsibility and that the pipeline presents risks that could harm their homes and their culture.
But Chief Tyrone McNeil and Councilman Andrew Victor have not said they are completely opposed to the expansion project.
McNeil, vice chairman of the tribal council, says the council must understand that the Sto: they call it their mother's Fraser River because it feeds and feeds them.
He says the Sto's believe they are responsible for taking care of everything they see, including Chinook salmon, which is the main food source for endangered killer whales.
Victor says Sto: wants to see the justification for the pipeline expansion project, including the completion of environmental assessments that examine the risks and impacts of a spill.
The new hearings were made after the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the original approval for the expansion, saying that Canada did not properly consult First Nations or considered the impact of oil tanker traffic on the marine environment.
UPDATE: 11:00 AM
Police identified the victim of a weekend homicide in Vancouver at the age of 87, Elizabeth Poulin.
VPD researchers are working to determine what led to the woman's death and to identify a suspect.
"This investigation is a top priority for the police. Based on the information collected so far, the researchers do not believe the public is at risk, "says the sergeant. Jason Robillard.
Friends and neighbors are wondering why someone would kill an elderly woman.
The 15th murder victim to Vancouver in 2018 was an invalid named Betty, who died in her apartment on Kingsway Avenue and Kerr Street. Her body was discovered on Saturday morning.
Neighbor Lori Hussey said the woman lived alone. His daughter found her covered in blood.
"She was very kind, very loving, very sweet woman, would not hurt a fly. Just a beautiful and wonderful person, "Hussey told CTV.
"Why would anyone do such a horrible act with someone who was disabled?" Added Jan O & # 39; Leary, neighbor of the house next door.
Police were still at the scene on Sunday and are working with the BC Coroners Service.
VPD Const. Jason Doucette said the Homicide Unit is working to determine a motive in the murder.
– with files from CTV Vancouver
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November 26, 2018 / 8:14 am | Story:
A coroner's inquest will be conducted this week in the 2013 suicide of a former RCMP spokesman who provided the first reports of the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski after a confrontation with police at Vancouver airport.
Sergeant Pierre Lemaitre acted briefly as the face of the Mounties after Dziekanski was shaken several times with a police Taser during the 2007 confrontation.
Lemaitre, who was 55 when he died, said that Dziekanski was combative and that only two Taser blasts were used to subdue him.
A civil video later showed that these statements were incorrect, but Lemaitre testified in a death inquest that he disclosed details provided by homicide detectives.
The inquiry concluded that Lemaitre may not have known that the information was wrong, but by then he had been transferred from the media relations.
A lawsuit filed by the officer's widow after his death and settled out of court claiming that Lemaitre had been made a scapegoat in the Dziekanski affair.
Vice Colonel Vincent Stancato and a jury will hear the evidence in Burnaby of oath witnesses to determine the facts surrounding the suicide.
Colonel's office spokesman Andy Watson said in an e-mailed statement that jurors will have the opportunity to make recommendations to avoid deaths in similar circumstances.
He said an inquiry could be ordered if the coroner believes that "death resulted from a dangerous practice or circumstance."
Watson's statement also said that an investigation is conducted if the coroner "has reason to believe that the public has an interest in being informed of the circumstances surrounding the death."
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November 26, 2018 / 8:11 am | Story:
An otter is seen behind a tree at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver
An opportunistic otter that is attacking the koi in a single garden in downtown Vancouver has eaten at least three more large fish and continues to avoid efforts to capture and remove them.
The Vancouver Park Board confirms in social media that the otter, who moved to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden just over a week ago, is still on the loose and several other 14 award-winning garden koi have disappeared since Friday .
It is now estimated that 10 of the valuable fish, valued for their longevity, size and unique markings, have been consumed.
Over the weekend, park management officials attempted to remove the remaining Kois from the lake network in the outskirts of the Chinatown district of Vancouver, but only managed to capture one.
The park's board says it is now being looked after at the Vancouver Aquarium.
More information is expected to be released on attempts to capture and move the otter to the Fraser Valley.
Weather warnings and a special weather report are in effect at Coquihalla Highway and Fraser Valley on Monday morning.
The potential for freezing rains at Coquihalla has waned because meteorologists are still worried about the possibility.
Environment Canada warns that there is potential for very slippery and dangerous conditions if rain or wet snow reaches below-zero-surface temperatures on road surfaces.
A strong snowfall warning is in effect for the border areas and west of Kootenay.
Meanwhile, on the coast, in the lower interior and in the Fraser Valley, people are asked to prepare for the storms as the region is to be hit by heavy rains and stormy winds.
Canada's Environment Ministry has issued the warnings, warning that the storm will bring near 80 millimeters of rain on Tuesday morning.
This means that there is potential for localized flooding and landslides near streams, rivers and manholes.
Strong winds of up to 70 km / h are also expected for Monday night.
There is also concern about another potential King Tide Monday morning. The False Creek seawall suffered flooding last year.
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