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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'CREEP CATCHERS' LEADER SAYS HE WAS ARRESTED

The leader of the vigilante group Surrey Creep Catchers has posted on Facebook saying he was taken into police custody after trying to make a citizen's arrest.

Ryan LaForge said he was arrested Monday night, then released on $1,000 bail after confronting a man the group accused of being a pedophile.

The group targets people they allege to be sexual predators by posing as minors online, then arranging to meet their targets and filming the encounters, which are published on the Internet.

Surrey RCMP said Tuesday that one person was arrested and released on a promise to appear in court at a later date, but no charges were laid.

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COMPANY FACING CHARGES FOR ENGLISH BAY SPILL HEADS TO COURT

A Greece-based company facing charges in a 2015 fuel spill in Vancouver's English Bay has seen its application for a judicial review turned down.

The MV Marathassa and Alassia NewShips Management Inc. each face 10 charges and are scheduled to appear in B.C. Provincial Court Wednesday.

Alassia asked the Federal Court to set aside summonses and declare that attempts to serve the documents by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and the Attorney General were invalid.

Federal Court Justice Glennys McVeigh rejected the application, saying the company must make its case in B.C. Supreme Court.

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CHANGE PROPERTY TAX SYSTEM, METRO VANCOUVER URGES

Candidates in next month's provincial election are under pressure from some Vancouver-area politicians to commit to changing the tax system to help homeowners.

A report commissioned by the regional district of Metro Vancouver suggests that area homeowners pay a disproportionate share of property taxes compared to the rest of the province.

Property assessments went up by 50 per cent for some Lower Mainland homeowners this year as property prices skyrocketed.

Board chair Greg Moore called the current taxation system "antiquated" and said residents of the region are paying more than their fair share. …

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