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A B.C. man is facing charges connecting him to a international criminal organization and two overdose deaths. (Black Press Media file photo)

Alleged B.C. fentanyl trafficker charged in connection with U.S. Navy deaths

Vancouver man believed to operate an international dark web drug and money laundering organization

 

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service public information officer Matthew Trudeau displays what a series of exploded lithium-ion batteries look like. The service is concerned about a growing number of deaths caused by the exploding batteries. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)

Vancouver sees 5-fold increase in fire deaths caused by exploding lithium-ion batteries

Fire department says tampering with, overcharging batteries is the issue

 

One person died and two people were injured from an explosion and fire at the Empress Hotel in Vancouver June 11. (Google Streetview)

One dead, two injured after explosion, fire in downtown Vancouver hotel: officials

Overcharged electric bike battery believed to be cause

 

Advocates for decriminalization and safe supply of drugs stood outside Nelson’s city hall on April 14th. In the month of April, 161 British Columbians died from the toxic drug supply, according to the BC Coroners Service. (Bill Metcalfe/News Staff)

B.C. sees 161 people die to toxic drug crisis in April, amid calls for safer supply

April death rates highest in Northern Health and Vancouver Coastal Health

Advocates for decriminalization and safe supply of drugs stood outside Nelson’s city hall on April 14th. In the month of April, 161 British Columbians died from the toxic drug supply, according to the BC Coroners Service. (Bill Metcalfe/News Staff)
Trina Hunt’s remains were found in the Hope area on March 29, 2021. A man was arrested outside her Port Moody home on June 3, 2022 but has since been released. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)

Man arrested in connection with killing of Trina Hunt released; Police continue probe

Homicide team arrested man outside Hunt’s home on June 3

Trina Hunt’s remains were found in the Hope area on March 29, 2021. A man was arrested outside her Port Moody home on June 3, 2022 but has since been released. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
Emergency services responded to multiple reports of a pedestrian being struck along the Nanaimo Parkway near the Jingle Pot Road and Mostar Road intersection at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Both north and southbound lanes of traffic were closed while services were on scene. (Photo by Inge Nakagawa)

Teen dead after being hit by vehicle on the Nanaimo Parkway

Driver turned herself in to police next morning, 15-year-old boy’s death under investigation

Emergency services responded to multiple reports of a pedestrian being struck along the Nanaimo Parkway near the Jingle Pot Road and Mostar Road intersection at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Both north and southbound lanes of traffic were closed while services were on scene. (Photo by Inge Nakagawa)
B.C. chief coroner Lisa Lapointe released a report Tuesday (June 7) reviewing heat-related deaths in B.C. in summer 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Review into B.C.’s 2021 heat dome deaths finds 93% didn’t have air conditioning

Cooling requirements in new builds among recommendations by BC Coroners Service’s report

B.C. chief coroner Lisa Lapointe released a report Tuesday (June 7) reviewing heat-related deaths in B.C. in summer 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Painter Christopher Pratt is shown in a family handout photo. Pratt, long considered one of Canada’s greatest painters, has died at 86. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Pratt Family **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Christopher Pratt, prominent Canadian painter and printmaker, dies at 86

Pratt is the designer of Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial flag

Painter Christopher Pratt is shown in a family handout photo. Pratt, long considered one of Canada’s greatest painters, has died at 86. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Pratt Family **MANDATORY CREDIT**
A University of British Columbia researcher says it’s unclear what the cause of the majority of B.C.’s deaths during 18-months of the pandemic is. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. saw more deaths than expected over 18 months, but research can’t pinpoint why

Only 22 per cent of excess deaths during research period are directly attributed to COVID-19

A University of British Columbia researcher says it’s unclear what the cause of the majority of B.C.’s deaths during 18-months of the pandemic is. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A Toronto Hydro line worker works to restore power to a house in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. A severe thunderstorm with high winds has created power outages across Ontario and led to at least four deaths. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A Toronto Hydro line worker works to restore power to a house in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. A severe thunderstorm with high winds has created power outages across Ontario and led to at least four deaths. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
This July will mark 10 years since the day Ashley Chauvin’s body was found on the bank of the Nicomekl River in South Surrey. Her mom continues to hold out hope that someone will come forward with information on her daughter’s last days. (File photo/Contributed photo)

B.C. mom appeals for information in unsolved death of daughter 10 years ago

Ashley Chauvin’s body was found near the Nicomekl River in July 2012

This July will mark 10 years since the day Ashley Chauvin’s body was found on the bank of the Nicomekl River in South Surrey. Her mom continues to hold out hope that someone will come forward with information on her daughter’s last days. (File photo/Contributed photo)
Eva Hompoth says she isn’t getting hung up on what her cancer diagnosis is taking away from her, but is focusing instead on cherishing the time she has left. (Contributed photo)

Facing terminal cancer, BC woman holds ‘Ashes Shower’

‘Even if I’m not here, the memories, I still want them to be fun,’ says Eva Hompoth

Eva Hompoth says she isn’t getting hung up on what her cancer diagnosis is taking away from her, but is focusing instead on cherishing the time she has left. (Contributed photo)
RCMP have recovered a body from the waters near Protection Island. (Black Press Media file photo)

Body recovered from waters off Nanaimo’s Protection Island

Nanaimo RCMP say body of unidentified person was found Tuesday, May 3

RCMP have recovered a body from the waters near Protection Island. (Black Press Media file photo)
Danielle Pritchett was supported by friends and family as she spoke in Kelowna’s Ben Lee Park on April 28, 2022 about her son Cailen Vilness, a victim of the July 2021 Kelowna crane collapse (Brittany Webster)

Mom of man killed in Kelowna crane collapse speaks out on workplace Day of Mourning

161 work related deaths were reported in B.C. in 2021

Danielle Pritchett was supported by friends and family as she spoke in Kelowna’s Ben Lee Park on April 28, 2022 about her son Cailen Vilness, a victim of the July 2021 Kelowna crane collapse (Brittany Webster)
B.C. Coroners Service has reopened the investigation into the death of Lake Country woman Arlene Westervelt (File)

B.C. Coroner reopens case of Lake Country woman’s drowning

Arlene Westervelt died while canoeing with her husband on Okanagan Lake in June 2016

B.C. Coroners Service has reopened the investigation into the death of Lake Country woman Arlene Westervelt (File)
Canadian astronauts (left to right) Dave Williams, Bjarni Tryggvason and David Saint-Jacques take part in the opening of The Living In Space exhibit during its unveiling at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canadian astronauts (left to right) Dave Williams, Bjarni Tryggvason and David Saint-Jacques take part in the opening of The Living In Space exhibit during its unveiling at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Shannon Boothman, pictured here with her beloved dog Itska in 2020, is believed to have died of hypothermia in Tofino early Sunday morning.

Hypothermia suspected in death of Tofino woman found after heavy storm

“She was always a friendly person and she was a good person. It’s a sad thing.”

Shannon Boothman, pictured here with her beloved dog Itska in 2020, is believed to have died of hypothermia in Tofino early Sunday morning.
John Dickinson, 30, is remembered as a loving, outgoing and adventurous man. He was stabbed outside a bar on Yates Street in the early hours of March 1 and died in hospital. (Courtesy Matt Roulston)

‘I want justice for Johnny’: Loved ones remember ‘The Hug Guy’ dead in B.C. stabbing

Murder charge laid in Victoria’s first homicide of 2022

John Dickinson, 30, is remembered as a loving, outgoing and adventurous man. He was stabbed outside a bar on Yates Street in the early hours of March 1 and died in hospital. (Courtesy Matt Roulston)
Patrick Lucas and his mother, Florence (Judy) Campbell, hold a framed print featuring Lucas’s son Dontay Patrick, at a vigil March 22, 2022 at Victoria Quay in Port Alberni. Dontay Lucas died four years ago at age six. Father Patrick is still waiting for answers from the RCMP about his son’s death. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

‘His life mattered’: Island family waits for answers 4 years after little boy’s death

Family of deceased six-year-old Dontay-Patrick Lucas with vigil at Port Alberni’s Victoria Quay

Patrick Lucas and his mother, Florence (Judy) Campbell, hold a framed print featuring Lucas’s son Dontay Patrick, at a vigil March 22, 2022 at Victoria Quay in Port Alberni. Dontay Lucas died four years ago at age six. Father Patrick is still waiting for answers from the RCMP about his son’s death. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Anthony Thomas was found guilty <strong></strong>March 28 of impaired and dangerous driving causing death, related to an August 2018 crash in Central Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Island driver guilty of impaired, dangerous driving for hitting dogwalking sisters

Anthony Thomas convicted for 2018 crash that killed Kim Ward, critically injured sister

Anthony Thomas was found guilty <strong></strong>March 28 of impaired and dangerous driving causing death, related to an August 2018 crash in Central Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)