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Gunman kills soldier at Ottawa War Memorial, charges Parliament building



Ottawa police are confirming a soldier shot twice at point-blank range as he stood on guard Wednesday morning at the National War Memorial has died.

And they say a gunman who burst into the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings, firing as many as 30 shots, is also dead.

The Ottawa Civic Hospital says it has two patients in stable condition.

Police continue to search Parliament Hill...(For full story click on title)

Upgrades at dangerous intersection on hold



It's a high priority road safety improvement project, but it's currently on hold because of a lack of funding.

Nanaimo's Manager of Engineering Projects, Poul Rosen, says the 2.9 million dollar upgrade plan for the intersection of Northfield, Boundary and Highway 19A is about $800,000 short on funding.

Rosen says there are a number of significant changes in the plan.

He says...(For full story click on title)

ICBC pushes pedestrian safety



ICBC has rolled out a pedestrian safety campaign designed to cut down on the number of people killed and injured on B.C. roads.

ICBC Road Safety Coordinator Colleen Woodger says changing weather conditions put pedestrians more at risk.

She says the weather changes and it's daylight savings hours and they see a huge increase in accidents involving pedestrians in the months of November...(For full story click on title)

Vehicle torched on secluded road



Nanaimo RCMP are looking into a suspicious vehicle fire.

Constable Gary O'Brien says the fire happened on Saturday morning about a mile up South Forks Road.

He says the owner had been out hunting and when he returned the car was fully engulfed in flames and there was nothing left of it, adding that based on information from someone in the area, they know the fire happened probably...(For full story click on title)

Drop in enrollment presents more budget concerns for SD68



School District 68 has about 250 students less than expected, which doesn't help its financial situation.

Secretary-Treasurer Phil Turin says less money from the province to fund students will take a chunk out of their safety net fund.

He says based on what he sees, their funding protection would be just over $200,000 for next year, so there's a significant difference with the...(For full story click on title)

Meteorologist expects warm weather to contiue



Expect a trend of warmer than normal weather on mid-Vancouver Island to continue.

That prediction from Environment Canada Meteorologist Doug Lundquist, who says it appears fall will remain mild, as will December, January and February.

He says the main reason being is that the Pacific Ocean west of the island is much warmer than average, anywhere from 1 to 4 degrees above...(For full story click on title)

Council gives green light for final land buys in Linley Valley



Linley Valley Park will soon measure over 400 acres.

Nanaimo council has given staff the green light to buy the final 2 pieces of the Linley Valley Parkland Acquisition Program.

The final purchase represents 2 million of the 5.6 million dollars being spent to pickup just over 177 acres in Linley Valley.

The city had originally planned on spending nearly 8 million...(For full story click on title)

Search continues for missing boaters off north Island



Still no sign of two men after their boat sunk just north of Campbell River.

RCMP says a search for the men was hampered on the weekend by high winds and the search will continue Monday.

A third man from the 67-foot boat was rescued early Saturday morning when a zodiac from a nearby Alaskan ferry responded.

However, the other two men were not located following...(For full story click on title)

Bears hunting for food ahead of hibernation



The B.C. Conservation Service is calling on people to help keep bears in the woods and not rummaging for food in your neighbourhood.

Conservation Officer Stuart Bates says Vancouver Island black bears are fattening up now before most doze into winter hibernation.

He says food is the only thing on a bears' mind right now.

He says it is really important for people to secure their...(For full story click on title)

ICBC points now come with all distracted driving fines



All forms of cell phone use while driving now cost three points on ICBC records, along with a $167 fine.

Previously, only texting and driving meant demerit points along with the pricey fine.

Central Island Traffic Services RCMP Corporal Mike Elston strongly supports tacking on points against all distracted drivers.

He says having been in traffic for more times than he can count...(For full story click on title)

Enterovirus pops up on mid-Island



There are four confirmed cases on Vancouver Island of a virus that's fatal in rare cases.

Mid Island Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Hasselback says a strain of the enterovirus causing concern is linked to the common cold and mainly affects children under the age of ten.

He says the enterovirus has rapidly spread across B.C. over the last week.

He says they've got four cases on...(For full story click on title)

Conservation Service won't deal with injured deer



A woman living in Yellow Point, south of Nanaimo, is troubled by a lack of action from the B.C. Conservation Service in dealing with a badly injured deer.

Taylor Stewart first noticed the deer with a badly broken leg on Monday night and called the Conservation Service on Tuesday and then again on Wednesday.

She says she's watched it flailing about to where it's almost...(For full story click on title)

Thieves target tools in new subdivision



Nanaimo RCMP are investigating a rash of break and enters from the early morning hours of this past Wednesday.

Constable Gary O'Brien says the incidents happened in a new subdivision in the 300 block of 9th Street.

He says it appears that the suspects broke into at least 6 homes, 5 of them in the lockup stage and they targetted tools and police believe they are...(For full story click on title)

Helijet announces plans for Nanaimo to Vancouver service



Helijet has announced plans to establish helicopter service between Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver.

In a news release, the company states the plan is to offer seven return flights daily, Monday through Friday, leaving from Nanaimo's Cruise Ship Terminal.

The news release states the best-case scenario could see the service up and running this winter, although that depends on approvals...(For full story click on title)

Trail user finds rope strung across trail



A warning from a woman about a neck level rope across a trail near the Nanaimo River Hatchery.

Nanaimo's Danica Stewart was walking the forested trail at the end of Beck Road on Monday with her husband and kids when they noticed the suspended rope.

She says it was obstructed by branches, positioned around a corner and could have easily hurt somebody.

She says without a doubt it was...(For full story click on title)