Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-Missing-Women-Apology)

B-C's top Mountie has apologized for the R-C-M-P's failure to catch Robert Pickton sooner.

Assistant Commissioner Craig Callens says the force could have done a better job of investigating the serial killer, adding that R-C-M-P procedures have changed since the late 1990's when women began disappearing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

The brother of one of those women, Ernie Crey, says he's pleased the R-C-M-P have finally said they're sorry to the families of Pickton's victims.

Crey says the admission tells him that if police had done more, his sister Dawn may still be alive today. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Mill-Explosion-Response)

A man once known as the "beetle boss" for his work on the mountain pine beetle epidemic in B-C forests has been given the job of helping Burns Lake bounce back from last week's sawmill disaster.

Bob Clark will set up shop in the town and will work with local officials on plans to help the community recover from the loss of its main employer.

Two workers were killed and another 19 were injured when the Babine Forest Products mill was destroyed by an explosion and fire a week ago today.

An investigation continues into what caused the disaster. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Lantzville-Fire)

The regional coroner for Vancouver Island says he will investigate a series of three fatal fires on First Nations Reserves on the island over the past 30 days.

The latest fire on Wednesday in Lantzville near Nanaimo killed nine-year-old Jordan Drake and his seven-year old brother Devon.

A fire January 1st near Duncan killed a 19-year-old woman and one in late December in Brentwood Bay left one man dead.

Coroner Matt Brown says when there are several deaths in a short period of time under similar circumstances a review is needed to see if there are any common denominators. (CKAY)

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(BC-Hydro-Explosion)

An explosion and fire at a B-C Hydro substation knocked out power to more than 30-thousand people in the Chilliwack-Abbotsford area this morning, but electricity was restored within about six hours. …

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