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Did the City of Victoria do enough to protect a resident from an oak tree? (Pexels photo)

Opinion: A giant branch crashed into a Victoria house but the city forced him to sue for damages

Victoria resident warned the city their tree was a ‘hazard’

 

Generic photo of server. (Pixabay)

Restaurant pays out Kelowna woman $25K in workplace sexual harassment case

The harassment was not reported to the owners of Bouchons Bistro while it was happening

 

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused an appeal by a B.C. developer who argued a government decision rejecting his build on a creek of spiritual significance to the Cheam First Nation violated the state’s requirement to be religiously neutral. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Spiritual beliefs of Indigenous people valid grounds for gov’t decisions, Supreme Court confirms

B.C. developer’s appeal shot down at national court

  • Jan 22, 2023

 

A strata council enacted a bylaw to restrict out-of-wedlock relationships. (Pexels photo)

Opinion: This ‘prudish’ Victoria strata sued to stop owner from living with boyfriend

Should strata bylaws be able to restrict certain relationships?

A strata council enacted a bylaw to restrict out-of-wedlock relationships. (Pexels photo)
Someone in Victoria had a frustrating birthday after a sign meant for them was put on the wrong lawn. (Pexels photo)
Someone in Victoria had a frustrating birthday after a sign meant for them was put on the wrong lawn. (Pexels photo)
This map created through the Capital Regional District mapping system shows the geography of a dispute between Gobind Farms and the owners of the two properties to the left of the farm. (CRD Mapping Service)

‘Malicious’: Lawsuit filed over blockage of North Saanich waterway

Gobind Farms, neighbouring private property owners and District of North involved

This map created through the Capital Regional District mapping system shows the geography of a dispute between Gobind Farms and the owners of the two properties to the left of the farm. (CRD Mapping Service)
A Kaslo man is awaiting trial after allegedly trying to burn down this Home Hardware store. Photo: Google Maps

Man accused of trying to burn down B.C. business to receive addiction treatment: judge

Alejandro Calderon’s next trial appearance is January in Nelson

A Kaslo man is awaiting trial after allegedly trying to burn down this Home Hardware store. Photo: Google Maps
RCMP were dispatched to this Langley house after a non-emergency police call turned into a plea for help on June 13, 2020. Kia Ebrahimian has been sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 15 years. (Langley Advance Times file)

Langley man gets life, no parole before 15 years in triple homicide

Kia Ebrhimian killed his mother, brother, and step-father

RCMP were dispatched to this Langley house after a non-emergency police call turned into a plea for help on June 13, 2020. Kia Ebrahimian has been sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 15 years. (Langley Advance Times file)
A flower-bedecked memorial to one three people who died at the scene of a triple murder and arson in Langley stood outside the burnt-out house in the 19600 block of Wakefield Drive on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley man who killed three family members faces life in prison, no parole for 15 years

Loved ones of victims in triple murder gave emotional victim impact statments

A flower-bedecked memorial to one three people who died at the scene of a triple murder and arson in Langley stood outside the burnt-out house in the 19600 block of Wakefield Drive on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Langley Advance Times files)
Bill Rotheisler, head coach and general manager of the Castlegar Rebels in 2018. (Chelsea Novak - Castlegar News File)

Former B.C. junior hockey coach charged for voyeurism in Penticton

William Frank Rotheisler was charged and had his first appearance on Dec. 8

Bill Rotheisler, head coach and general manager of the Castlegar Rebels in 2018. (Chelsea Novak - Castlegar News File)
Samantha Geiger says she’s been harassed in the street, had her house broken into multiple times and, on one occasion, was nearly run down by someone with a vehicle. (Courtesy of Samantha Geiger)

‘I needed permission from my rapist to talk’: Sooke woman says publication ban turned town against her

Samantha Geiger says the publication ban stopped her from defending herself

Samantha Geiger says she’s been harassed in the street, had her house broken into multiple times and, on one occasion, was nearly run down by someone with a vehicle. (Courtesy of Samantha Geiger)
Anthony Thomas, 27, has been convicted in the death of a 51-year-old pedestrian, killed in Central Saanich. (Black Press File Photo)

Family in tears as driver sentenced in ‘heartbreaking’ Central Saanich crash

Anthony Thomas killed one woman in a crash that also left her sister with life-altering injuries

Anthony Thomas, 27, has been convicted in the death of a 51-year-old pedestrian, killed in Central Saanich. (Black Press File Photo)
Sixteen-year-old Kaydence Bourque was killed at a crosswalk in Saanich on Dec. 6, 2021, and a fundraiser has been created to support his grieving family. (Photo courtesy of Crystal Bourque/Facebook)

Senior charged in death of Saanich teen in crosswalk crash

Kaydence Bourque was only 16 when he was struck and killed

Sixteen-year-old Kaydence Bourque was killed at a crosswalk in Saanich on Dec. 6, 2021, and a fundraiser has been created to support his grieving family. (Photo courtesy of Crystal Bourque/Facebook)
A black bear lumbers along the banks of the Sooke River. A Whistler woman pleaded guilty in 2021 to feeding and attracting black bears to her property. (Contributed - Gary Schroyen)

$60K fine for B.C. woman who fed bears was too hefty, appeal court rules

Whistler resident Zuzana Stevikova instead ordered to pay $10,500

A black bear lumbers along the banks of the Sooke River. A Whistler woman pleaded guilty in 2021 to feeding and attracting black bears to her property. (Contributed - Gary Schroyen)
Image from a video taken of the arrest on May 30 in downtown Kelowna.

“Imperfect but reasonable”: Judge finds Kelowna constable not guilty of assault

Const. Siggy Pietrzak was caught on camera punching a suspect during an arrest downtown

  • Dec 1, 2022
Image from a video taken of the arrest on May 30 in downtown Kelowna.
Penticton court.

Okanagan man who shot at girlfriend to spend even longer in jail

Derek Ryan Baptiste skipped out on parole and was arrested in a stolen car in Oliver

Penticton court.
Andrew John Early Perry’s sentencing hearing was held on Oct. 19 at the Western Communities Court in Colwood. (Black Press Media file)

Air force veteran jailed for owning ‘extreme and horrific’ child pornography

Andrew John Early Perry was sentenced in a Colwood courtroom to 18 months in jail

Andrew John Early Perry’s sentencing hearing was held on Oct. 19 at the Western Communities Court in Colwood. (Black Press Media file)
Blair Balch, 49, is awaiting sentencing related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)

‘I apologize for scaring the public’: Penticton bomber sentenced to 270 days in jail

Blair Robert Balch admitted to setting off 3 explosive devices in 2021

Blair Balch, 49, is awaiting sentencing related to the explosions that rocked Penticton earlier in 2021. (RCMP)
Former Surrey mayor Doug McCallum talks to media after being found not guilty of public mischief Monday (Nov. 21). (Photo: Anna Burns)

BREAKING: Former Surrey mayor Doug McCallum found not guilty of public mischief

Judge Reginald Harris delivered his verdict in Surrey provincial court Monday

Former Surrey mayor Doug McCallum talks to media after being found not guilty of public mischief Monday (Nov. 21). (Photo: Anna Burns)
Steven Gauthier was convicted in BC Supreme Court in New Westminster on Feb. 5, 2020 of aggravated sexual assault for having sex with a woman while HIV positive and not informing her of his infection. He was sentenced to four years in prison on June 25, 2021. His appeal was dismissed on Nov. 14, 2022. (Facebook)

Appeal dismissed for Fraser Valley man who failed to disclose HIV status to sexual partner

Steven Gauthier sentenced to 4 years after BC Supreme Court conviction for aggravated sexual assault

Steven Gauthier was convicted in BC Supreme Court in New Westminster on Feb. 5, 2020 of aggravated sexual assault for having sex with a woman while HIV positive and not informing her of his infection. He was sentenced to four years in prison on June 25, 2021. His appeal was dismissed on Nov. 14, 2022. (Facebook)