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According to Surrey RCMP, an altercation over a theft in Whalley led to several vehicles crashing, and people pulling out weapons.  It all started yesterday at around 5 p.m. police were called to King George and University Drive over an altercation between several people in vehicles.  Mounties say the confrontation began over an alleged , the altercation caused multiple vehicles to collide, which allegedly led people to damage one of the cars with bats or golf clubs and attack with bear spray.  Police say everyone involved has been identified, and while charges are being considered no one has been taken into custody.


One person is dead after a fire at an apartment building in Whalley last night.  Surrey RCMP says the fire broke out just 8PM at Whalley Blvd and 107A Ave at an apartment building.  When officers arrived, the lower floor of the building was found to be fully engulfed — they quickly evacuated the building but weren’t able to make it into the suite where the fire started.  Surrey Fire crews were able to knock back the fire quickly but unfortunately, the person inside died.  While crews are still investigating the fire, it’s not believed to be suspicious.


B-C’s provincial health officer says people 70 and up will be offered a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine as protection wanes from booster shots given six months ago.  Dr. Bonnie Henry says Indigenous people over 55 and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable will also be included in the spring vaccination campaign.  She says a second booster shot is not expected to be offered in the near future to younger people, who are less likely to be hospitalized with the illness.  The Health Ministry says 334 people are in hospital with COVID-19, up from 321 on Monday, with 35 patients in intensive care.


It’s official, the BC Vaccine Card requirement will be scrapped later this week meaning you’ll be able to enter restaurants, go to hockey games and attend a concert without needing to show your QR code and picture ID.  The BC Vaccine Card will no longer be required as of April 8 at 12:01 am.  Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made the announcement, alongside Health Minister Adrian Dix, at a press conference afternoon.


As gruesome videos and photos of bodies emerge from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha (BOO’-chuh), Kremlin-backed media are denouncing them as an elaborate hoax.  In detailed broadcasts to millions of viewers, correspondents and hosts of Russian state T-V channels are reporting that some photo and video evidence of the killings were fake while others showed that Ukrainians were responsible for the bloodshed.  But satellite images from early March show the dead were left out on the streets of Bucha for weeks and the photos and videos have set off a new wave of global condemnation.


The prime minister says housing affordability and the cost of living are two key issues that will be addressed in tomorrow’s federal budget. Speaking at the House of Commons earlier today, Justin Trudeau says that includes significant spending and supports for families. The economy has fared better than anticipated over the past few months and higher oil prices have helped to pad the government’s bottom line.


B-C’s outbreak of the norovirus has now sickened nearly 300 people across Canada and has now spread to the United States. American officials say 91 illnesses are related to consumption of oysters harvested in waters off the east coast of Vancouver Island, south of Comox. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the oysters were shipped to 13 states including Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, New York and Florida. Norovirus causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach cramps. 


A man has been critically wounded in an early morning shooting at a south Surrey home, and R-C-M-P say the victim is unlikely to survive. Members of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team were called after the man was severely hurt when shots were fired just before 2 a.m. The Mounties say the attack does not appear random, but they’ve released few other details. 


Grammy Award-winning songwriter Ed Sheeran has won a U-K copyright battle. A judge ruled that Sheeran and his writing partners neither “deliberately nor subconsciously” copied a phrase from “Oh Why” by Sami Switch when writing his smash hit, “Shape Of You.” Sheeran criticizes a trend in the songwriting industry where a claim is made with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper than taking it to court. 


The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science is moving up its consequences meeting for Will Smith following his resignation. The academy had set April 18th as the date for the board of governors to figure out what to do about Smith, who smacked Chris Rock during the Oscars. But then last week Smith resigned as a member. So now academy bigwigs will meet this Friday. Possible consequences include barring him from next year’s Oscars, where he would have been a presenter.