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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CONVICTED MURDERER SEEKS DNA TEST OF EVIDENCE FROM 1994 TRIPLE SLAYING

A Cranbrook, B.C. man who was just 26 when he was found guilty almost 22 years ago of the first-degree murders of his wife and 13-month-old twin sons hopes high-tech DNA tests will help him overturn his convictions.

A petition filed on behalf of Dean Roberts asks the B.C. Supreme Court to order the Crown to supply evidence, including the ropes used to strangle two of the victims, so the items can be tested for DNA.

Much of the evidence from the scene of the 1994 slayings was not tested for DNA, and a set of fingernail clippings from Roberts' wife, one of the few items that was checked, came back negative for Robert's genetic profile, the petition said.

According to the petition, Roberts has always maintained his innocence, and the Crown's refusal to provide evidence for re-testing violates his charter rights and affects his chances of uncovering new evidence he needs to prompt a ministerial review of the case.

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SURVEY FINDS BRITISH COLUMBIA SMOKING RATES LOWEST IN CANADA

British Columbia has the lowest proportion of smokers in the country, according to a Canada-wide survey.

The Canadian Community Health Survey found 14 per cent of British Columbians aged 12 and older smoked tobacco either daily or occasionally in 2015.

That's the lowest rate among the provinces and compares with 17.7 per cent nationally.

The national rate was down slightly from 2014 and while that's encouraging, an enormous amount of work remains to be done to stop people from lighting up, the Canadian Cancer Society said.

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UPDATED ONLINE SITE DRIVES SERVICE AT ICBC

British Columbia's public auto insurer has announced a new online tool to save people time at certain driver licensing offices.

Customers can now look at current wait times at 14 of the highest-volume outlets to help decide when and where to visit, said the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. …

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