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BC Hydro says winter drought on Vancouver Island raises water supply concerns

VICTORIA — BC Hydro is warning of a winter drought on Vancouver Island, caused by nearly two months of unusually dry and cold weather.

Federal review of fish virus policy underway; DFO won't challenge court ruling

VANCOUVER — Ottawa will not appeal a recent court decision that orders a review of its policy not to test young farmed salmon for a potentially deadly disease before the fish are transferred to open-net farms along the British Columbia coast.

B.C. government aims to stem gang violence with school-based approach

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — British Columbia's Education Minister Rob Fleming says a new anti-gang strategy will help at-risk youth make the right decisions and not join criminal groups.

Police say targeted shooting left man in serious condition in Richmond, B.C.

RICHMOND, B.C. — Police are investigating a shooting and a vehicle fire in Richmond, B.C., but say it's not known if the two incidents are linked.

Promising BMX cyclist from B.C. dies in workplace accident off Vancouver Island

NANAIMO, B.C. — A promising, young BMX racer who represented Canada and won titles at home and abroad has died in a workplace accident in the waters off northeast Vancouver Island.
Volunteers in Vancouver to tally homeless on streets and in shelters

Volunteers in Vancouver to tally homeless on streets and in shelters

Vancouver's annual homeless count is to begin tonight and will continue through all city neighbourhoods for 24 hours. The count has been done every year since 2010.

RCMP search for dognapper after theft of pooch from fenced yard in Kelowna, B.C.

KELOWNA, B.C. — RCMP in British Columbia's Okanagan region are searching for a suspected dognapper, after a woman coaxed a young golden retriever out of a fenced yard and ran away with the animal.
RCMP investigate separate homicides in B.C.'s central and eastern Interior

RCMP investigate separate homicides in B.C.'s central and eastern Interior

100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. — RCMP in British Columbia's central Interior are investigating two fatal attacks, one in 100 Mile House and the other in Valemount, but they say there is nothing to suggest the public is at risk.

B.C. company to pay $50,000 for illegally importing orchid-containing herbal oil

VANCOUVER — A British Columbia company has been ordered to pay $50,000 in penalties for illegally importing a herbal oil containing a protected orchid species. Environment and Climate Change Canada says Topwin Trading Co. Ltd.

Detectives appeal for assistance in fatal shooting of Chilliwack, B.C., man

CHILLIWACK, B.C. — Police detectives have identified a man who was shot and killed in Chilliwack, B.C., on the weekend. A news release from the homicide investigation team says 33-year-old James Vidal was attacked in central Chilliwack about 6:30 a.