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Man walks away after small plane crash-lands in Langley, B.C., field

LANGLEY, B.C. — RCMP say a 47-year-old man walked away from a plane crash in Langley, British Columbia without major injuries. Mounties say it appears the small aircraft was forced to land Friday afternoon after experiencing mechanical difficulties.

Western Forest Products, union disagree over mediator as strike drags on

VANCOUVER — Western Forests Products and the union representing about 2,600 striking forest workers in British Columbia say both sides want to begin negotiations but can't agree on a mediator.

Hot food, BBQs, banned in B.C. park as momma bear sniffs out picnics

COQUITLAM, B.C. — Hungry bears roaming through a large urban park in Metro Vancouver have prompted a warning for picnickers and park users hoping to prepare tasty al fresco treats.

Magnitude-4.6 earthquake hits Seattle area, felt as far as Vancouver

VANCOUVER — A magnitude-4.6 earthquake that struck outside Seattle has reportedly been felt as far north as the Vancouver area. The United States Geological Survey says the quake struck just before 3 a.m. in the area of Three Lakes, Wash.

Overdose deaths are shrinking in B.C. but a powerful drug becomes more common

VICTORIA — The latest update for illicit drug deaths in British Columbia shows a downward trend for the first five months of this year. The BC Coroners Service says 84 people died in May, compared with 116 the year before.

B.C.'s Chilcotin River flood affects about 120 properties: regional district

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — The Cariboo Regional District says about 120 properties may have been affected by flooding along the Chilcotin River and its tributaries in British Columbia's southern Interior.

B.C.'s new speculation tax funnels $115 million into affordable housing

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government says its new speculation and vacancy tax has pumped $115 million into a fund to create more affordable housing.
Gasoline prices rose with land costs but full differentials unexplained: report

Gasoline prices rose with land costs but full differentials unexplained: report

VANCOUVER — Gasoline prices in British Columbia have risen in line with land costs and credit card processing fees but that doesn't fully explain why they're so much higher than in other parts of Western Canada, a new report says.
Many B.C. liquor branch contracts don't comply with government standards: audit

Many B.C. liquor branch contracts don't comply with government standards: audit

VICTORIA — Staff at British Columbia's liquor distribution branch should receive contract management training, says an audit that revealed contracts totalling millions of dollars were awarded without competition.

Chilcotin River peaks, extent of damage from flooding uncertain: officials

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — The B.C. River Forecast Centre says the Chilcotin River has peaked after it experienced a one-in-200-year flood event.