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18May

East Vancouver seniors fear losing their home to redevelopment

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More than 64 seniors call Alice Saunders House their home — but there are fears a complete renovation to the low income building would force them out.

“This place, to me, is like a small piece of paradise,” said longtime resident Jim Dailey.

Dailey, 80, has lived at Alice Saunders for 16 years.

The retired horse jockey still spends each day at Hastings Racecourse which is currently a 20-minute ride on his scooter.

“I can’t go anywhere else and have the life I’ve got now, that’s for sure,” he said.

On Saturday, residents held a block party to protest plans to redevelop the building.

“The building is aging, and not only is it aging, but it doesn’t have the adequate accessibility requirements for residents in place,” said Carolina Ibara with Brightside Community Homes Foundation.

The non-profit organization helps seniors in BC get into low income housing.

“This is not a for-profit venture, that is not why we are doing this. We are doing this to improve long term lives of our residents,” Ibara said.

The redevelopment plans are in the very early stages and tenants have not yet been given any notice to end tenancy or to relocate at this time.

Another reason for the planned redevelopment is that the building currently does not have an elevator – but residents like Sam Diana said that is not an issue for them.

“What do we need an elevator for, to go to the moon?” said Diana.

Ibara said everyone living here can come back to a new building for the same rent they pay now and a new building would come with 100 affordable units.

Brightside will also provide a relocation coordinator to help residents find a new place to live.

The company has yet to submit a formal rezoning application to the City of Vancouver.


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16May

Longtime Penticton lifeguard facing child porn, sex assault charges: RCMP

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A Penticton man who worked as a lifeguard for decades is facing a slew of charges related to child pornography and sexual assault.

In a statement, Mounties said Edward Casavant, who also goes by “Eddie Spaghetti,” is facing 10 counts in connection with incidents that allegedly took place between 2008 and 2014:

  • 2 counts of making or publishing child pornography
  • 1 count of importing or distributing child pornography
  • 1 count of possession of child pornography
  • 1 count of accessing child pornography
  • 1 count of secretly observe/record nudity in private place
  • 1 count of sexual exploitation of a person with a disability
  • 1 count of sexual assault
  • 1 count of sexual interference of person under 16
  • 1 count of Invitation to sexual touching under 16

He was arrested on Wednesday.

This is a breaking news story and will be updates as more information becomes available


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16May

Longtime Summerland lifeguard facing child porn, sex assault charges: RCMP

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CTV News Vancouver


Published Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:55PM PDT


Last Updated Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:22PM PDT

A Penticton man who worked as a lifeguard for decades is facing a slew of charges related to child pornography and sexual assault.

In a statement, Mounties said Edward Casavant, who also goes by “Eddie Spaghetti,” is facing 10 counts in connection with incidents that allegedly took place between 2008 and 2014:

  • Two counts of making or publishing child pornography
  • One count of importing or distributing child pornography
  • One count of possession of child pornography
  • One count of accessing child pornography
  • One count of secretly observe/record nudity in private place
  • One count of sexual exploitation of a person with a disability
  • One count of sexual assault
  • One count of sexual interference of person under 16
  • One count of Invitation to sexual touching under 16

The 54-year-old was arrested on Wednesday.

RCMP say he worked as a lifeguard for over 30 years, beginning in the late 1980s, and also volunteered at various local summer camps and community events.

“Police believe Casavant used his position to gain access to school aged children,” said Cpl. Chris Manseau in a statement.

The District of Summerland, where Casavant worked until retiring in late 2018, called the allegations “deeply unsettling.”

“We recognize this situation is deeply upsetting to our community — to any community. It’s upsetting to us as well. We know people will have questions, and we will do our best to answer them when it is appropriate and when we have the authorities’ permission to do so,” Summerland Mayor Toni Boot said in a statement.

Boots said the district is focusing on helping those impacted by the alleged incidents.

Mounties say they have identified at least two victims, but believe there are more who either may not have reported their interaction or may not be aware they are a victim.

Anyone with more information is asked to report to the police in their jurisdiction or to call Penticton RCMP at 250-276-2177.


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16May

Longtime Summerland lifeguard ‘Eddie Spaghetti’ facing child porn, sex assault charges

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CTV News Vancouver


Published Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:55PM PDT


Last Updated Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:28PM PDT

A Penticton man who worked as a lifeguard for decades is facing a slew of charges related to child pornography and sexual assault.

In a statement, Mounties said Edward Casavant, who also goes by “Eddie Spaghetti,” is facing 10 counts in connection with incidents that allegedly took place between 2008 and 2014:

  • Two counts of making or publishing child pornography
  • One count of importing or distributing child pornography
  • One count of possession of child pornography
  • One count of accessing child pornography
  • One count of secretly observe/record nudity in private place
  • One count of sexual exploitation of a person with a disability
  • One count of sexual assault
  • One count of sexual interference of person under 16
  • One count of Invitation to sexual touching under 16

The 54-year-old was arrested on Wednesday.

RCMP say he worked as a lifeguard for over 30 years, beginning in the late 1980s, and also volunteered at various local summer camps and community events.

“Police believe Casavant used his position to gain access to school aged children,” said Cpl. Chris Manseau in a statement.

The District of Summerland, where Casavant worked until retiring in late 2018, called the allegations “deeply unsettling.”

“We recognize this situation is deeply upsetting to our community — to any community. It’s upsetting to us as well. We know people will have questions, and we will do our best to answer them when it is appropriate and when we have the authorities’ permission to do so,” Summerland Mayor Toni Boot said in a statement.

Boots said the district is focusing on helping those impacted by the alleged incidents.

Mounties say they have identified at least two victims, but believe there are more who either may not have reported their interaction or may not be aware they are a victim.

Anyone with more information is asked to report to the police in their jurisdiction or to call Penticton RCMP at 250-276-2177.


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14May

A SkyTrain to the North Shore? B.C. studying rapid transit across Burrard Inlet

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CTV News Vancouver


Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019 1:09PM PDT


Last Updated Tuesday, May 14, 2019 1:27PM PDT

The B.C. government has announced it will explore rapid transit options between downtown Vancouver and the North Shore in response to the worsening congestion on the routes connecting the two areas.

“Our government recognizes commuters on the North Shore are frustrated with congestion,” Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena said in a statement. “With this feasibility study, we’re exploring potential solutions that help people move around more easily, which will improve quality of life.”

Adding transportation options across Burrard Inlet is one of the several recommendations put forward in the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project led by North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Bowinn Ma.

“Traffic congestion is intricately connected to issues like housing affordability,” Ma said. “Over the years, the high cost of housing has forced people to move further from the places they work, resulting in longer commutes and serious traffic issues. This feasibility study is an extremely exciting addition to the many initiatives we have implemented so far and continue to work on to get the North Shore moving again.”

An INSTPP report from August 2018 recommends “evaluating the benefits and costs of, and conditions for rapid transit between the North Shore and Burrard Peninsula, connecting to the regional rapid transit network, and focusing on connecting Lonsdale City Centre with Vancouver’s metropolitan core.”

A rapid transit option in the vicinity of the current SeaBus route would likely lead to the largest increase in ridership, the report added.

“Some of the new transit ridership would come from a shift from automobile use, but most of the increase would be from new trip patterns,” the document read. “For example, a North Shore resident who shopped locally might shift their activity to downtown because of improved transit accessibility and vice versa.”

While INSTPP did not discuss specific types of transportation that could link the two areas, it did say “municipal partners have stated a preference for ‘rail’ rapid transit.”

According to the report, widening the Lions Gate and Second Narrows bridge is “not possible due to structural limitations,” and the idea of a third bridge isn’t part of any current transit plans for the region.

There are also no plans to replace either bridge in the near future.

The government also said the study could consider an expended passenger ferry service across Burrard Inlet.

The province says it will work with TransLink and local governments to look at the feasibility of various options plans for future land use in the area.

The study is expected to get underway this summer.

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10May

‘You carry it with you’: Olympian shares story of fight for women’s equity

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Jennifer Heil is a repeat world champion and Olympic champion in freestyle mogul skiing.

She won Canada’s first gold in the 2006 games in Turin, Italy. Four years later, she picked up the country’s first medal of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver: a silver.

Now retired from the sport, Heil said though she received a lot of support throughout her career, she also had feelings of inequity.

“I was recognized as technically one of the best skiers, male or female, but I was always ‘good for a girl, good for a woman,’ and I felt that,” she told CTV News Vancouver. “It’s subtle and small and you carry it with you.”

Heil now works with the non-profit viaSport, as the vice-president of sport development. The organization tackles issues including accessibility, inclusivity and sexual abuse and harassment in sport, in the hopes of changing the culture and experience for the next generation of athletes.

“Girls are half as likely to participate and twice as likely to drop out of sport,” Heil said, adding involvement in athletics offers a “lifetime of benefit,” affecting health, empowerment and confidence.

“We know it’s teaching girls and women really important life skills, but we know a lot of girls still aren’t accessing it, and even worse, don’t have a meaningful place within it.”

Heil is also part of a mobilization movement surrounding the Women Deliver gender equality conference being held in Vancouver from June 3 to 6. The goal of the movement is to ensure meaningful progress and change continues long after the event is over.

It’s a cause the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation is also supporting. The foundation is a sponsor of the conference, and its president and CEO Genesa Greening co-chairs the Women Deliver National Mobilization Committee.

“I think there’s a miconception that universal health care means universal access, and women don’t have equitable access to health care in this country,” Greening said. She said of the reasons for the inequality is that research has been predominantly conducted on men.

“Up until 1998, women in this country were not even included in clinical trials and we still don’t have equitable representation in clinical trials,” Greening told CTV News Vancouver. “If you’re an Indigenous woman, a new immigrant woman, if you’re an older woman, the discrepencies become more significant.”

Greening said as a result, women can end up being dismissed or misdiagnosed.

“As a foundation, we are dedicated to funding as much research in these spaces as we possibly can.”

For Heil, including girls and women in the conversation is key.

“My vision is every British Columbian, every girl or those that identify as female, can have a place in sport,” Heil said.

Over 300 organizations are taking part in the mobilization movement across the country. They’re focussing on three areas: gender-responsive health systems and services, gender-based violence, and economic empowerment and equal opportunity.


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25Apr

Last member of Vancouver baseball team that fought racism helps unveil new stamp

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BURNABY, B.C. – A new Canada Post stamp honours an amateur Japanese-Canadian baseball team that used sport to battle racism and discrimination.

The Vancouver Asahi formed in 1914 and thrilled fans in the city until 1941 when it was disbanded during the Second World War as Canada interned more than 20,000 people, most of them Canadians of Japanese descent.

Canada Post says the stamp recognizes more than the well-known story of the Asahi players, who used a strategy they dubbed “brain ball” to beat bigger, more powerful teams by relying on bunts, base stealing and squeeze plays.

The stamp also honours the Asahi commitment to honourable, fair play to oppose overt racism and fear that was common in Canada during the first half of the 20th century and resulted in the forced internment of Japanese-Canadians.

Kaye Kaminishi – a third baseman and, at 97, the last surviving member of the Vancouver Asahi – helped unveil the stamp Wednesday night at a ceremony in Burnaby, B.C.

The stamp displays 11 Asahi players from the 1940 team, including Kaminishi, who appears in the back row, second from left.

Carla Qualtrough, minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, who is responsible for Canada Post, attended the unveiling and says Canada’s internment policy during the Second World War remains one of the most tragic events in Canadian history.

“This stamp reflects the Asahi’s determination to overcome racism and discrimination through the power of sport,” Qualtrough says in a statement. “Asahi players exhibited integrity, honour and fair play and were shining examples of what it means to be truly Canadian.”

Actor George Takei, known for his role as Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek,” took time off from a local movie shoot to attend the unveiling at Burnaby’s Nikkei centre, a complex celebrating Japanese-Canadian history and culture.


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23Apr

Another cougar spotted in Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain area

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Yet another cougar has been spotted prowling around in the residential Burke Mountain neighbourhood of Coquitlam, adding to a growing list of sightings in the Tri-Cities this year.

A security camera video was posted on a community Facebook group shows the large feline pacing along the sidewalk just after 1 a.m. on Monday.

The 30-second clip shows the cougar wandering up the driveway and past a parked car, before it approaches a well-lit part of house’s exterior and darts out of the camera’s range.

The number of cougar sightings in the Tri-Cities has risen dramatically this year. Sgt. Todd Hunter of the BC Conservation Officer Service told CTV News Vancouver in February they had already received 39 reports of cougar sightings, a nearly 650 per cent increase from February 2018.

Hunter said in an interview Tuesday the Conservation Officer Service had around 20 cougar sightings reported so far in April, but that number isn’t particularly abnormal.

“I can’t say its high-high, but we do have a number of them and we’ve been watching them closely because of the previous months,” he said.

While sightings are up, the Lower Mainland has not seen any attacks on people, like what was seen near Lake Cowichan in March when a cougar mauled a seven-year-old boy.

“Nothing aggressive or threatening so far, we’ve been watching the reports very closely, and nothing is centered towards people at this time,” Hunter said.

The Conservation Service officer previously suggested the easiest way for residents to encourage cougars to stay away is to keep any elements that might draw wild animals in to a bare minimum.

“At the lowest level, people need to make sure animals are not attracted to their properties,” Hunter told CTV News Vancouver.

That includes bringing in family pets, especially at night, as well as sealing compost and garbage cans that can attract smaller animals preyed on by cougars.

Hunter also noted that  as weather becomes nicer and people spend more time outdoors, they are more and more likely to have direct encounters with cougars and other animals. Hunter said the keys are to expect a run-in, and be prepared for it.

If you do happen to come across a cougar in the wilderness, his advice is simple.

“Let it leave on its own and make yourself large,” he said. “Never, ever, ever turn your back and run on a cougar.”


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17Apr

B.C. murder suspect Brandon Teixeira could be in Alberta: IHIT

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CTV News Vancouver


Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:03PM PDT


Last Updated Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:24PM PDT

Homicide detectives from B.C. are renewing their calls for Albertans to be on the lookout for missing murder suspect Brandon Nathan Teixeira.

Teixeira is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2017 death of Nicholas Khabra in Surrey.

“We are asking all Albertans to be on the lookout for this man: Brandon Nathan Teixeira,” Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team told reporters in Edmonton, adding that the 27-year-old is known to have associates in Alberta and could be in the province himself.

This isn’t the first time IHIT has focused its efforts in Alberta.

The force announced back in September that the fugitive could be in Calgary or Alberta.

Mounties also believe Texeira may be using food delivery service SkipTheDishes.

The company has issued a warning people to be on the lookout for the fugitive, who may be armed and dangerous.

The last confirmed sighting of Teixeira was in early September when security camera footage showed him making a purchase at a liquor store in Langley.

Jang encouraged the public to review the images from that sighting, but also warned them to keep in mind the Teixeira may have radically altered his appearance by changing his hair and facial hair using accessories such as glasses.

The accused is described as white, 5’10” tall, 160 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a snake tattoo on the left side of his chest and a sleeve tattoo on his left arm.

Anyone who thinks they may have seen Teixeira is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

There is a $55,000 for information that leads to his arrest.


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17Apr

Murder suspect may be using SkipTheDishes, company warns drivers

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CTV News Vancouver


Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:03PM PDT


Last Updated Wednesday, April 17, 2019 1:51PM PDT

SkipTheDishes is warning its drivers that a missing B.C. murder suspect may be using the food delivery service.

Brandon Nathan Teixeira is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2017 death of Nicholas Khabra in Surrey.

“The RCMP suspect that an individual by the name of Brandon Teixeira may be armed and dangerous,” SkipTheDishes said in a statement.

“The RCMP also believe that the individual may order from food delivery services, including in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley areas of British Columbia and in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Grimshaw areas of Alberta. Be advised that Teixeira may place an order under another name.”

Anyone who sees the fugutive should call 911 immediately, the company said.

The warning came the same day homicide detectives from B.C. renewed their calls for Albertans to be on the lookout for Teixeira.

“We are asking all Albertans to be on the lookout for this man: Brandon Nathan Teixeira,” Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team told reporters in Edmonton, adding that the 27-year-old is known to have associates in Alberta and could be in the province himself.

This isn’t the first time IHIT has focused its efforts in Alberta.

The force announced back in September that the fugitive could be in Calgary or Alberta.

The last confirmed sighting of Teixeira was in early September when security camera footage showed him making a purchase at a liquor store in Langley.

Jang encouraged the public to review the images from that sighting, but also warned them to keep in mind the Teixeira may have radically altered his appearance by changing his hair and facial hair using accessories such as glasses.

The accused is described as white, 5’10” tall, 160 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a snake tattoo on the left side of his chest and a sleeve tattoo on his left arm.

Anyone who thinks they may have seen Teixeira is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

There is a $55,000 for information that leads to his arrest.


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