Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

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What's making news in British Columbia

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LET POLICE DEAL WITH ONLINE PREDATORS: SERGEANT

B.C.'s Integrated Child Exploitation unit says vigilante groups targeting online predators can undermine police work and let offenders escape prosecution.

Unit head Sgt. Hernan Topacio says vigilante groups should leave policing to the professionals.

Topacio says his team targets the "worst of the worst offenders" who are using the Internet to lure children for sexual purposes, pointing to a case last month that led to charges against a 48-year-old Surrey man.

He says police and vigilante groups both want to identify adults who prey on children, but in his experience merely posting the name and photo of an alleged abuser on social media won't stop the behaviour.

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HOME SALES DOWN, BUT TAX MAY NOT BE RESPONSIBLE

There's no sign yet that the 15 per cent tax the province started imposing on foreign buyers last month is helping to moderate prices in the Vancouver-area housing market.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says home sales in Metro Vancouver fell 26 per cent in August from a year ago.

But the board reports the composite benchmark price for all residential properties jumped 31.4 per cent over the same period.

Board president Dan Morrison says sales had already been trending down before the tax was implemented and it will take a few more months before the impact on the housing market can be assessed.

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NEW DEMOCRAT MLA GOES FROM OPPOSITION BENCHES TO BEEKEEPING

A three-term New Democrat member of the legislature has announced she will not run in the provincial election next year.

Sixty-six-year-old Maurine Karagianis has represented Esquimalt-Royal Roads since 2005 but says she is quitting politics because she wants to spend more time with her family and her new hobby of beekeeping.

Karagianis also says her departure is a chance for some renewal in the NDP.

She announced her decision yesterday on the same day that Health Minister Terry Lake said he had decided not to run when the province goes to the polls in May. …

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