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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ABBOTSFORD POLICE CHIEF PENS LETTER TO PARENTS

Abbotsford's police chief has sent a letter to the parents of young men believed to be involved in the Townline Hill gang conflict saying their sons are in critical danger.

The letter sent in English and Punjabi says two gangs are fighting over who gets to sell illegal drugs in the city and so far five people, including an 18-year-old, have been murdered.

Chief Bob Rich says police aren't blaming the parents but he wants to talk to them about what they can do about the situation.

The force says the conflict has been a top public safety priority since 2014.

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MORE SENIORS WAITING FOR SUBSIDIZED HOUSING: ADVOCATE

British Columbia's seniors' advocate says the number of people aged 55 and older who are waiting for subsidized seniors housing has increased by 11 per cent over last year.

But Isobel Mackenzie says the number of subsidized units remained relatively flat.

Mackenzie says B.C. seniors are also waiting longer for residential care -- with the proportion of residents admitted to residential care within 30 days down 11 per cent from last year.

Her latest report also finds the referrals were up seven per cent to the Public Guardian and Trustee, who responds to allegations and investigates cases of financial abuse, neglect, and self-neglect.

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VANCOUVER FALLS SIXTH ON LIST OF HEALTHY CITIES

Vancouver is in sixth place on a new list that compares the physical and socio-economic health of 10 Canadian cities.

The Conference Board of Canada's first-ever City Health Monitor assigns grades based on four categories -- life satisfaction, health of the population, healthy lifestyle and access to health-care services.

Vancouver scored the highest in the population health and healthy lifestyle categories but got an overall B grade and ended up sixth due to lower scores in access to health care services and lifestyle satisfaction.

Saskatoon took top spot on the list due with a first-place ranking on life satisfaction and relative strength in population health and healthy lifestyle. …

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