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Murders in BC doubled in a decade, new statistics show

BC’s annual murder rate has more than doubled in a decade, according to a new Stats Canada report. BC was second only to Ontario last year in recorded homicides, at 155. That’s more than double the number of homicides in 2013, which have generally been increasing year after year. Stats Canada...

Powell River pottery gallery celebrating 10-year anniversary

A local art gallery featuring multiple art mediums is celebrating 10 years of showcasing local artists and their work. According to Dancing Tree Gallery owner and operator Darlene Calwell, eight other artists show off their work alongside her pottery. She adds that because pottery started off as a hobby for...

‘It’s spectacular’: Director of non-profit following recent orca video

A founding director of Wild Ocean Whale Society says a recent video of orcas off the coast of Galiano Island is spectacular. The society has been around since 2010, focusing on highlighting the whales, dolphins and porpoises of the B.C. coast, where they monitor and post sightings of them in...

Coastal First Nations calling on governments to help modernize salmon farming in B.C.

Coastal First Nations in B.C. are calling on the provincial and federal governments for collaboration in modernizing fish farming in B.C. waters. To do this, the Coalition of First Nations for Finfish Stewardship has created a plan for salmon aqua-culture that they say is responsible, realistic and achievable. They add...

Half a million dollars in grants to combat hate crimes 

The government of BC says they are providing half a million dollars in funding to help community organizations that have experienced or are at risk of experiencing hate-related crimes.  Funding will be provided by the Anti-Hate Community Support Fund, and the province says they are encouraging places of worship, cultural...

‘We’re advocating for a new law with teeth’: Coombs family mourns the loss of beloved pet

A Coombs family says they are completely devasted over the loss of their 18-month-old French Bulldog after a wolf-dog came out of nowhere and attacked Ocean.   Greg Salmon says the attack happened around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning while he and Ocean, were out on their morning walk on...
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