Newspaper article The Canadian Press

British-Columbia-in-the-News

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

British-Columbia-in-the-News

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INDEPENDENT CHILDREN'S REP STEPS DOWN AFTER DECADE OF ADVOCACY

B.C.'s first representative of children and youth has given her last report to a standing committee at the legislature.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is stepping down from the job after 10 years advocating for vulnerable young people in the province.

Her report outlined several of her office's top accomplishments, including reducing the number of children in care and improving their education, but it also called for more help for the hundred of youths who "age out" of care when they turn 19.

Children's Minister Stephanie Cadieux thanked Turpel-Lafond for her service, saying the ministry has addressed more than 70 per cent of her recommendations.

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MURDERED TEEN'S GRANDFATHER HOPES MOTHERHOOD WILL INSPIRE KILLER TO BE BETTER PERSON

The grandfather of Reena Virk says he hopes her killer will become a better person when she becomes a mother.

Mukand Pallan of Victoria says he wishes Kelly Ellard well, following a Vancouver Sun report that she is eight months pregnant in prison after a conjugal visit with her boyfriend.

Ellard was found guilty of second-degree murder in the beating and drowning of 14-year-old Virk nearly 20 years ago.

Ellard, who was 15 at the time, was denied supervised release from prison last May after a parole board found she was still minimizing many aspects of her crime.

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CORN-MAZE ATTACK LEAVES WORKER WITH BROKEN HAND

Officials at the O'Keefe Ranch near Vernon say they are angered and upset after an attack on workers at the historic attraction's haunted corn maze over the weekend.

Manager Glen Taylor says one of the ranch's actors suffered a broken hand after being hit by a male with a crutch on Saturday night.

RCMP are investigating the incident, and Taylor says security will be increased for the rest of the week.

He says that will include more security cameras and signage, along with pat-downs for people who may be trying to smuggle in drugs or alcohol. …

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