A married couple in their seventies has been identified as the victims of a double homicide in Abbotsford. Police were called Monday morning to a home on Arcadian Way, just off Seldon Road, where officers found the bodies of 77-year-old Arnold De Jong and his wife, 76-year-old Joanne De Jong. They’re not known to police. and investigators are still gathering evidence and speaking to witnesses and say At this stage, it is uncertain if this was a random or targeted incident.
Another disturbing video of teen violence has surfaced on social media in Metro Vancouver. The cell phone footage, which was shot April 16th outside a Point Grey school , appears to show two youth striking a third, as others film and egg on the suspects. Vancouver police confirmed they have obtained the video and are investigating, but no arrests have been made. They say no one in the crowd who witnessed the alleged assaults called 911.
The federal government has announced millions of dollars in funding to improve access to safe abortions, reiterating that Canada’s abortion laws are strong and unchanging. The $3.5 million will go towards two organizations to ensure no matter where a person lives, access to abortion in Canada is equal. Action Canada, formally Planned Parenthood, will be given $2 million. The National Abortion Federation has been awarded $1.5 million.. Members of each organization say the funding will be used to fill gaps that exist in Canada.
A major producer of the abortion pill in the U-S says it has plenty of supply if demand suddenly soars. Danco Laboratories says it’s working with federal regulators to make the drug available in American pharmacies by the end of the year. It expects that if the U-S Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade ruling, women seeking the procedure will likely turn to the internet to find the pill. It has a five-year shelf life and is likely to be used by women who can’t travel out of state to find a proper clinic.
Burnaby R-C-M-P say two Trans Mountain Pipeline protesters were arrested for mischief yesterday. Police say they responded to a report of six demonstrators near a worksite around 11 A-M. Mounties say they found two women had jumped the fence onto the worksite and were soon arrested. The women have been released until their court date and police say they are not facing criminal contempt charges.
Three pastors in Chilliwack have 24 fewer COVID-19 violation tickets to fight in court. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which represents the pastors, says police began ticketing churches for ignoring health orders to hold services starting December 2020….The trio amassed 66 tickets between them. B-C’s Crown Prosecution Service confirmed it dropped a bunch of the tickets. Still, the justice centre says there are more than 20 outstanding tickets against pastors and churches in the Fraser Valley.
A woman who knew the B-C pilot killed in a plane crash along with two murder suspects and a third passenger says he was concerned the aircraft was a little overloaded. The woman — who did not want to be identified due to safety concerns — says she spoke to Abhinav Handa at the Boundary Bay airport in Delta before the flight took off for Toronto last month. She says Handa told her they were trying to reduce the plane’s weight but she doesn’t know if any luggage or cargo was removed. The Transportation Safety Board says it’s still investigating the cause of the plane crash near Sioux Lookout in northwestern Ontario.
Councillors at the City of Langley have voted to censure Mayor Val van den Broek for what it says is unbecoming conduct. It says in a statement that the mayor breached the city’s respectful workplace policy, the Workers Compensation Act and occupational health and safety guidelines and policies. It says it can’t provide details due to confidentiality and privacy legislation but it would not have taken such an action over a minor concern. City council is also revoking several of the mayor’s appointments — including to the Fraser Health Municipal Advisory Council — until a new council is sworn in after the fall municipal election.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to comments from a Conservative leadership candidate that he would fire the Bank of Canada governor. Pierre Poilievre (PWAH’-lee-ev) said during last night’s debate that the governor of the Bank of Canada has allowed himself to become the government’s A-T-M, driving up prices. Trudeau says Canadian businesses and investors rely on the stability of the nation’s central bank, independent of political Interference.
One of Canada’s biggest retailers is using customer data mined through its loyalty program and credit cards to drive sales and counter the potential impact of rising prices. Canadian Tire says it’s focused on attracting and engaging rewards members as a way to gain insight into shopping habits and shape sales through promotions. The company’s emphasis on its rewards program underscores the growing value of personal shopping data in the highly competitive retail environment. Canadian Tire raised its dividend by 25 per cent as it reported its first-quarter profit and revenue rose compared with a year ago.
Surrey RCMP say it is investigating after one man – who is prohibited from owning firearms – was arrested with a loaded gun in Whalley. On May 5 at 6:49 p.m., police received a report of a verbal fight between two men near Grosvenor and Hilton roads, and one man reportedly pulled out a firearm during their exchange, according to a release from Const. Gurvinder Ghag. Ghag said officers “quickly arrived” in the area and found the two suspects,” who fled in separate directions.” Surrey RCMP say officers chased the suspects and one of them “allegedly threw a loaded firearm into a bush as he was running from police.” He was taken into custody and the firearm was found.