Police hunting for two Indo-Canadian men in connection with sexual assault on Burrard Street Bridge

Police are looking for two men who are believed to be responsible for the overnight sexual assault of a woman on the Burrard Street Bridge.

Around 2:45 a.m.,  on Jan 11, 2015 a 23-year-old Vancouver woman was walking south on the east side of the Burrard Street Bridge when she heard two men calling her from the west side. Continue reading “Police hunting for two Indo-Canadian men in connection with sexual assault on Burrard Street Bridge”

Pitbull -Rottweiler cross destroyed; girl recovers in hospital

BY RICHARD WATTS, TIMES COLONIST

VICTORIA — A 16-day-old baby girl is in hospital recovering from injuries she received when she was mauled by the family dog.

The dog, a pitbull-Rottweiler cross bred and 17-year family pet, has been destroyed.

Saanich police continue to investigate. The dog owners may face a charge of criminal negligence.

Police said in a press release they received a call in the early morning hours Sunday about a baby girl being mauled by the family dog in the Glanford area.

The child was taken to Victoria General Hospital where she remained Sunday evening with non-life-threatening injuries to her face. Police speculated she may later require plastic surgery.

The family agreed to have the animal euthanized after considering the seriousness of the incident.

Barbara Watt, president of the Victoria City Kennel Club, was appalled at the notion of crossing-breeding a Rottweiler with a pitbull.

“Perish the thought,” said Watt. “People who cross breeds like that probably have no idea what they are bringing into the world.”

“If you take a dog with the weight of a pitbull and particularly when you cross it with something like a Rottweiler you have a very powerful animal,” she said in an interview.

She said all dogs, even something tiny like a Chihuahua, can bite. And no dog, whatever the breed, should ever be allowed near a child without supervision.

Also, Watt said dogs get jealous of the attention that gets lavished on a new baby or a child. So a family must be extra careful if it has had a dog since it was a puppy and then bring in a human child.

“They have to be very careful of how they introduce those two,” she said.

Watt said one of the things making pitbulls unpredictable is the lack of established breeding patterns.

Kennel clubs have refused to recognize them as an established breed. Amateur breeders have selected and promoted the animals for their fighting prowess.

So it’s very unlikely anyone breeding a pitbull has a good notion of their animal’s pedigree or its background ancestry. It’s opposite to what happens when someone takes on a purebred, recognized breed from a reputable dog breeder.

Such animals grow physically to an expected size and their temperaments are reasonably predictable, said Watt.

Furthermore, a reputable breeder will often support and stand behind an animal and help a new owner become accustomed to their pet. Good breeders are mindful of the well-being of the dogs to which they have some connection.

“And very often you will have to wait for the puppy of your choice and even that is a good sign because it demonstrates the breeder isn’t breeding too frequently,” she said.

Surrey MLA Amrik Virk says he could have done ‘better job’ on Kwantlen board

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Surrey-Tynehead MLA Amrik Virk previously sat on Kwantlen’s board of directors.

SURREY — A series of emails between former members of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s board of governors and one of the school’s past presidents challenges the conclusions of a government report that ruled the board was unaware of specific details of an employee contract that deliberately broke executive compensation guidelines. Continue reading “Surrey MLA Amrik Virk says he could have done ‘better job’ on Kwantlen board”

Terms finalized for LNG customers using BC Hydro system

VICTORIA – The rates for liquefied natural gas (LNG) proponents to connect to BC Hydro’s electrical grid have been set, providing certainty for industry to plan power costs and work toward final investment decisions while ensuring that existing ratepayers do not pay for the costs of infrastructure and new energy supplies required to serve LNG customers.  Continue reading “Terms finalized for LNG customers using BC Hydro system”

Cheques in mail to help parents cover daycare costs inccurred by teachers’ strike

VICTORIA — Finance Minister Mike de Jong says provincial government cheques are in the mail to help B.C. parents cover daycare costs incurred during the recent teachers’ strike.

The Liberal government introduced a temporary education-support payment of $40 a day to help parents of students aged 12-and-under pay for learning and supervision.

De Jong says the payments apply to the first 13 days of school from Sept. 2 until Sept. 18, when teachers ratified their collective agreement.

The 13 days add up to $520, and the payment is not taxable.

De Jong says 97 per cent of eligible families have registered to receive the payment and the government has mailed out 165,000 cheques.

Parents have until Jan. 31, 2015 to register for the payments.

Teachers’ strike daycare cheques are in the mail: finance minister

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VICTORIA : The cheque is in the mail says Finance Minister.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong says parents should begin getting their government payout to help cover daycare costs incurred during the recent teachers’ strike. Continue reading “Teachers’ strike daycare cheques are in the mail: finance minister”

Premier Christy Clark’s Statement on Diwali

“This year, Diwali will once again be celebrated by thousands of British Columbians from several faiths in many communities.

“Beginning on October 23, the Festival of Lights marks a new year and a new beginning – an opportunity to improve ourselves, our province and our common future.

“Diwali reminds us of the cultural richness we enjoy in British Columbia. This diversity strengthens us all.

“I know this Diwali will be celebrated in a spirit of understanding, acceptance and respect throughout our province.

“A Happy Diwali to all those celebrating.”