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UPDATE: 12:30 p.m.
ICBC has confirmed its computer network troubles in a social media post.
The provincial auto insurer tweeted a service alert about noon.
“ICBC is experiencing issues processing insurance payments at this time. We continue to communicate with broker offices as work is under way to resolve the disruption. We apologize for the inconvenience,” ICBC wrote.
ORIGINAL: 11:15 a.m.
If you’re looking to insure your vehicle or process a claim, you might have some trouble today.
ICBC’s computer network is down.
Shelia Procter at Capri CMW Insurance in Vernon says the outage is system wide and believed to be related to a nationwide outage with Rogers Communication’s wireless network.
“We’re all open, but nobody is running,” Procter said about 11 a.m. Monday.
It’s not known how long the system will be down.
Procter said ICBC uses both Telus and Rogers services, but that their network has ground to a halt.
“One in 10 transactions might sneak through,” she said.
The provincial insurer could not be reached for more information.
Procter recommended customers use their online web application “and then when things are back up, we can help them.”
ICBC has not given any notice of the system being down on its social media.
Elana Shepert, VIA – Apr 19, 2021 / 12:05 pm | Story: 331398
A man riding an electric scooter through Stanley Park collided with a coyote, fell from his bike, and suffered an injury to his collarbone on Sunday.
The 44-year-old man was riding his electric scooter on the Stanley Park seawall shortly before midnight on Sunday when he collided with a coyote, explains a news release from the Vancouver Police.
After colliding with the wild canine, the man fell from his bike and injured his collarbone. While laying injured on the ground, “two coyotes began tugging at the man’s jacket and clothes.”
At this point, the injured man punched one of the animals and then flagged over a passerby to call 9-1-1.
VPD officers responded and worked with Park Rangers and BC Ambulance Service to help the injured cyclist.
Woman bit by a coyote while walking on Seawall
Earlier this month, the B.C. Conservation Service (BCCOS) warned Vancouverites again about aggressive coyotes in Stanley Park after another woman was attacked by a coyote.
“Coyotes are more active at dawn and dusk and park users should consider avoiding those times,” the service wrote in the post. “If you choose to go to Stanley Park, there is a risk you could encounter an aggressive coyote.”
They suggest people familiarize themselves with tips on dealing with coyotes. The province offers these tips:
make yourself look as large as possible – if sitting, stand for example.
Wave your arms and throw objects at the wolf or coyote.
Shout at the wolf or coyote in a loud aggressive voice.
If the wolf or coyote continues to approach don’t run or turn your back. Continue to exaggerate the above gestures and slowly move to safety.
If you see an aggressive coyote, the BCCOS suggests calling the ‘Report All Poachers and Polluters’ line at 1-877-952-7277.
The Canadian Press – Apr 19, 2021 / 11:37 am | Story: 331394
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University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams is photographed in the stands during the Greater Victoria Invitational at CARSA Performance Gym at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, November 29, 2019. The University of Victoria says Williams has resigned effective immediately. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
The University of Victoria says the head coach of its women’s rowing program has resigned effective immediately.
In a statement posted on the school’s varsity athletics website, it says the decision was reached by mutual agreement as Barney Williams and the athletic department determined it was in the best interest of the program so that “the circumstances associated with the 2018-19 season are not a continuing distraction.”
A member of that team filed a lawsuit last summer accusing Williams of demeaning treatment amounting to verbal abuse.
The lawsuit alleges that Lily Copeland suffered injuries including stress-induced physiological symptoms and lost self-esteem, while also claiming that the university failed to provide her with a safe environment for learning and training.
Williams and the university deny the allegations in a statement of defence, saying the training environment was not hostile and communication was always professional.
None of the allegations or statements have been proven in court.
In a statement released on Monday, the university says Williams has also had “some significant personal challenges” over the past three years and will take time to support his family.
“Our main focus at this moment is squarely on the student-athletes,” says Nick Clarke, director of varsity performance sport.
“We recognize that this was difficult and unexpected news for them. We are committed to continuing to provide the student athletes and other members of the team the necessary support and resources to focus on their health, safety, and academic achievement and to begin preparation for the seasons to come.”
Lindsay William-Ross, VIA – Apr 19, 2021 / 11:35 am | Story: 331393
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Vancouver Police have identified the victim in a fatal gang-related shooting that took place Saturday night outside a restaurant in Coal Harbour.
Police say Harpreet Singh Dhaliwal, 31, was the victim of a targeted shooting that took place at around 8:30 p.m. April 17 near Cardero’s restaurant.
Dhaliwal, an Abottsford resident, was pronounced dead at the scene after efforts to revive him weren’t successful.
The victim has been linked in the media to the Brothers Keepers gang.
The shooting took place in plain view of the public in the neighbourhood and at the popular waterfront seafood restaurant.
“We continue to believe this incident was a targeted killing and that Dhaliwal was the intended victim,” says Sergeant Steve Addison, VPD. “While we don’t think there is an immediate risk to the public, it is always shocking and unnerving when gun violence takes place in such a busy, public place.
Homicide detectives continue to investigate. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the tip line at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Police are also currently investigating any possible connections to the homicide with a stabbing victim found nearby at around the same time, as well as an attempted traffic stop on a vehicle associated to a gang member near the scene of Dhaliwal’s shooting. In that case, the driver failed to stop and instead sped away, crashing the vehicle into the number of poles in Coal Harbour, according to the VPD. Three people fled the crashed car and ran toward the seawall. The driver remains at large.
Dhaliwal’s killing is Vancouver’s fifth homicide of 2021.
The Canadian Press – Apr 19, 2021 / 11:26 am | Story: 331389
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Flooding from heavy rain caused the Koksilah River to swell near Duncan, B.C., on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Flood warnings and watches are in effect for a wide area of British Columbia’s Interior as several days of unseasonable heat have speeded snowmelt, causing rivers and streams to surge. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Flood warnings and watches were in effect for a wide area of British Columbia’s Interior because of snowmelt after several days of unseasonably hot weather, causing rivers and streams to surge.
The River Forecast Centre posted a flood warning for a section of the Nazko River west of Williams Lake on Saturday as the waterway reached levels only seen about once every decade.
The centre’s website says conditions on the Nazko River should ease in the next day but concern remains about another Fraser River tributary, the West Road River, which has also reached flood stage.
Those two spots are within the Middle Fraser Basin region where a flood watch was also posted for the San Jose River south of Williams Lake.
High stream flow advisories have been issued for other central Interior rivers, including the Chilako and sections of the Thompson, with advisories extending north to Prince George and south to Cache Creek and Lytton.
The forecast centre says although snowmelt is slowing across the Middle Fraser region as last week’s record heat eases, rising overnight temperatures could force river levels up again and residents should stay clear of fast-flowing waterways and potentially unstable riverbanks.
Jennifer Thuncher / Tri-City News – Apr 19, 2021 / 10:15 am | Story: 331383
Photo: Unsplash/Lukasz Szmigiel
Does it feel like your spring allergies are getting worse and lasting longer year over year? Well, they likely are.
Simon Fraser University health sciences lecturer Cecilia Sierra-Heredia says there is more pollen in the air due to warmer temperatures caused by climate change.
With it becoming warmer earlier in the year, plants and flowers release their pollen grains earlier, causing pollen and allergy season to be extended, she says.
“While plants are making the most of these warmer environmental conditions during the spring to summer periods and even early fall, the humans who have allergies are constantly inhaling pollen grains and their bodies are treating them as threats,” Sierra-Heredia said in a news release.
But how do we know that there’s more pollen?
“Aside from anecdotal [evidence] from talking to other allergy sufferers, we have very detailed records of the pollen counts — how many grains of pollen are in the air — every day of the year,” she said, adding a recent global study went back over 20 years of pollen data.
“There is pollen for more days during the year, and there are more grains of pollen floating in the air. And these increases are linked, associated, with increasing temperatures and CO2.”
And there can be unexpected knock-off effects that result from these changes in nature.
“In general, we know that with the delicate balance of nature, every time it is altered, everything kind of moves around,” she said.
An example from Sierra-Heredi’s homeland of Mexico is what is happening with the agave plant that tequila is made from, which is pollinated by a bat.
“Because of climate change, the locations where this plant and bat live are not overlapping that much anymore,” she said, noting many people depend on tequila production for their livelihood.
“The plant that depends on these bats — these flying nocturnal pollinators — is being disrupted.”
Sierra-Heredi recommends wearing your COVID-19 mask and either disposing or washing it when you get home.
Also, if you have been outside for a while, have a shower to get the pollen out of your hair.
Squamish Chief – Apr 19, 2021 / 10:00 am | Story: 331380
Photo: Tim Cyr
Squamish photographer Tim Cyr captured a rare sight in Howe Sound on Sunday.
Cyr captured video of a pod of dolphins about 10 a.m. from the spit in Squamish Estuary. The dolphins were in an area where the Squamish River runs into Howe Sound.
For many years, due to marine pollution, dolphins and whales weren’t seen in the sound, but that has changed over the last several years, with dolphins, orcas, and other marine life returning.
Cyr said in his 56 years living in Squamish, he has seen dolphins in Howe Sound twice — in 2015 and Sunday morning.
Andrew Duffy / Times Colonist – Apr 19, 2021 / 9:48 am | Story: 331379
Photo: Jon Manchester
One youth is in custody and three others were hospitalized Saturday night after suffering stab wounds during a bush party in Comox.
B.C. Emergency Health Services confirmed it dispatched two air ambulances and three ground ambulances just after 10 p.m.
Two of the victims, deemed to be in critical condition, were transferred by air ambulance to hospital, BCEHS said. The third person was taken by ground ambulance.
Comox Valley RCMP said a suspect was quickly identified and arrested.
“The school district has activated their critical incident response team, which will be available to support students, families, and staff after this alarming incident,” said Comox Valley RCMP Const. Monika Terragni.
The Comox Valley RCMP Major Crime Unit is investigating.
The Canadian Press – Apr 19, 2021 / 9:17 am | Story: 331376
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Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says he has contacted the city’s chief of police after several gatherings on the weekend violated COVID-19 health restrictions.
In a message posted on social media, Stewart says the Vancouver Police Department will be reassessing its approach to outdoor parties.
Large groups of mostly maskless people held impromptu gatherings in parks and on beaches Friday and Saturday as the first warm spell of the year created summer-like conditions.
Police can issue tickets and even make arrests if they see gatherings of more than 10 people, but a police spokeswoman says officers were stretched thinly on Saturday responding to a homicide, stabbing and a multi-vehicle crash.
In his message, Stewart says he understands it has been a long winter and many are frustrated they can’t meet with friends, but now is not the time to gather in large groups.
The BC Centre for Disease Control has added a dozen more flights to the COVID-19 exposure list.
According to the BCCDC between the exposed flights were between April 5 and 14.
Of the 12 trips, six were domestic and six were international.
- Apr 2: WestJet 3325, Kelowna to Vancouver
- Apr 3: Air Canada 7, Vancouver to Hong Kong
- Apr 4: American Airlines 392, Vancouver to Dallas
- Apr 4: WestJet 3320, Vancouver to Kelowna
- Apr 4: WestJet 4475, Calgary to Kelowna
- Apr 8: WestJet 139, Calgary to Vancouver
- Apr 9: Air Canada 215, Calgary to Vancouver
- Apr 11: WestJet 3112, Victoria to Calgary
- Apr 11: Delta Airlines 3702, Seattle to Vancouver
- Apr 11: Air Canada 224, Vancouver to Calgary
- Apr 13: Air Canada 224, Vancouver to Calgary
- Apr 14: Air Canada 8543, Regina to Vancouver
- Apr 14: Air India 185, Delhi to Vancouver
- Apr 16: Air Canada 45, Delhi to Vancouver
Anyone on any of the above flights is being asked to self monitor for COVID symptoms.
Vancouver Police are investigating the murder of a man last night in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighourhood.
Police responded to multiple 911 calls for shots fired outside Cardero’s restaurant near Coal Harbour Quay and Cardero Street just after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Preliminary evidence indicated the shooting was targeted and investigators do not believe there is a specific public safety risk at this time related to the incident.
“Although this shooting was targeted, we are very concerned about the potential impact on the public of an incident like this,” says Const. Tania Visintin, VPD.
“This happened in a busy spot on a nice evening and an innocent person could have gotten hurt.”
No arrests have been made at this time.
This is Vancouver’s fifth homicide of the year.
Photo: Vancouver Coastal Health
The province is inviting all adults in British Columbia to register for their COVID-19 vaccination this coming week.
B.C. has been rolling out the majority of its vaccination based on age, and currently, residents 63 and older are booking their vaccine appointments. Those between 55 and 65 can also receive their AztraZeneca vaccine at a local pharmacy.
Prior to booking appointments, residents must first register online here, before public health will reach out about booking the appointment.
The province has asked people to stagger their registration by age “to preserve system capacity.”
Starting Monday, people 40 and older are invited to register online, followed by 35 and older Tuesday, 30 and older Wednesday, 25 and older Thursday and 18 and older Friday.
To register, people will need to provide their personal health number, postal code, name, date of birth and email address.
As of Friday, close to 1.3 million doses of the vaccines have been administered in B.C.