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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METRO VANCOUVER COUNT FINDS MORE THAN 3,600 HOMELESS

Local politicians are calling for action following the release of a report on Metro Vancouver's latest homeless count.

Just over 3,605 people identified as homeless in the March 8 survey, 828 more than in the last count in 2014.

The count, which takes place once every three years, indicated Vancouver has the highest homeless population, at 2,138 people, followed by Surrey with 602.

Metro Vancouver is urging the province to commit to the regional district's homelessness action plan, which includes opening 1,000 units of transitional housing each year, for the next three years.

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BURNABY RESIDENT CHARGED FOLLOWING ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL OFFENCES

A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle a case involving allegations of sexual offences in Surrey, says the Criminal Justice Branch.

RCMP previously said a 35-year-old Burnaby resident was arrested Thursday following an investigation by the force's Special Victim's Unit.

The Criminal Justice Branch said in a statement that lawyer Greg DelBigio was appointed special prosecutor after the branch was told about allegations against a relative of a branch employee.

The statement said DelBigio approved a single charge of arranging by telecommunications to commit a sexual offence and the accused is scheduled to appear in court again next month.

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LAWSUIT LAUNCHED FOLLOWING FLOUR RECALL

Lawyers say they've filed a class-action lawsuit over a popular brand of flour that's been linked to E. coli illnesses.

A statement of claim alleges the representative plaintiff, a Victoria woman, became so sick after eating cookie dough made from the flour that her kidneys began shutting down.

Two Alberta-based law firms have said they're seeking damages from Smucker Foods of Canada following a national recall of 10-kilogram bags of Robin Hood Original All-Purpose Flour.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said there have been 26 cases of people being infected with the bacteria in British Columbia and three other provinces, with at least six people requiring hospital care.

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POLICE WATCHDOG CONTINUES KELOWNA JAIL DEATH PROBE

The death of a 40-year-old man in an RCMP jail cell in Kelowna last month is still under investigation. …

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