Measles cases increase – BC News


February 25, 2019/8 h 52 | story:

Six people were arrested in Maple Ridge while officials applied an injunction covering fire safety issues in a homeless camp.

Ridge Meadows RCMP announced in a statement that the six had been arrested as Maple Ridge fire officials and by-law officers entered the Anita Place camp on Sunday to enforce the law. Order granted by BC Court Supreme.

Officials are concerned that propane heaters and stoves pose a fire hazard when they are used in or near well spaced tents.

The RCMP claims that three of those arrested are being prosecuted for violation of the injunction and will appear in the British Columbia High Court.

Three others are charged with various Criminal Code offenses and Sgt. Brenda Gresiuk announced that they would make their first appearance Monday in a provincial court.

The homeless camp at Anita Place was formed almost two years ago with the aim of protesting against unaffordable housing as well as closing a busy shelter in Maple Ridge.

Since the formation of the camp, campers have managed to defeat two lawsuits aimed at expelling them.

The Pivot Legal Society, which represents campers in court, said in a January press release that Maple Ridge had "stepped up its ideology of law enforcement" since signing a court order. consent last November, allowing the camp to stay.

Pivot says Maple Ridge officials have refused to work with campers to solve security problems.

"Rather than approve affordable housing for homeless residents, Maple Ridge has been trying to make conditions so intolerable that campers at Anita Place would have to dissolve," the press release said.

The RCMP said the arrests on Sunday had occurred while officers were continuing their peacekeeping duties during the enforcement of the injunction.

The BC The Supreme Court has recognized the discretion of the RCMP to enforce the injunction.

According to Mr. Gresiuk, the police could take coercive measures on a case-by-case basis "if there are criminal activities or reports of people violating the court-ordered injunction".


The Vancouver School Board is considering the possible closure of several schools.

Although he did not identify the schools on the block, he published a list of schools with little schooling and failing to meet seismic safety standards.

The district has seen 4,700 fewer students over the decade ending in 2017, and by 2027 another decline of 2,300 is expected, reports CTV News.

Half of the schools on the list are over 70 years old and have "significant seismic safety problems".

Those considered for closure should be appointed by the end of September.

For the moment, the 31 schools examined include:

  • Grandview Elementary
  • Queen Alexandra Elementary
  • Britannia Elementary
  • Admiral Seymour Elementary
  • Bayview Elementary
  • Elementary Queen Elizabeth
  • Sir Guy Carleton Elementary
  • George T. Cunningham Elementary
  • Waverley Elementary
  • General Brock Elementary
  • John Henderson Elementary
  • Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary
  • Graham D. elementary Bruce
  • Grenfell Elementary
  • Dr. H. N. MacCorkindale Elementary
  • Champlain Heights Elementary
  • Sir John Franklin Elementary
  • Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary
  • Elementary Lord Beaconsfield
  • Elementary Mount Pleasant
  • Florence Nightingale Elementary
  • Lord Selkirk Annex School
  • Nootka Elementary
  • Renfrew Elementary
  • Elementary Thunderbird
  • John Oliver secondary
  • Secondary Killarney
  • Secondary Templeton
  • Britannia Secondary
  • Secondary Gladstone
  • Windermere Secondary

– with CTV Vancouver files

February 25, 2019 / 6:23 | story:

A man died as a result of a shootout involving police officers in New Westminster.

A press release from the New Westminster Police indicates that the incident occurred just before 10 pm. Sunday.

Officers were summoned for a suicidal man, possibly carrying a firearm, who was at the back of a Walmart store in the Queensborough neighborhood.

Shots were fired as the officers arrived and the man died as a result of his injuries.

The statement does not say who fired the shots, but he says that no officer or bystander was injured.

Sgt. Jeff Scott says that the Bureau of Independent Investigations, the body that investigates all cases in British Columbia. death or serious injury involving the police, has been notified and its members are involved in the case.


UPDATE: 5:20 pm

Two new cases of measles were reported Sunday in British Columbia, with officials in Alberta and the Northwest Territories warning that someone may have exposed other people to the disease. infection during their trip.

A spokesman for the Vancouver International Airport said the first case had arrived on February 11 on a Philippine Airlines flight from Manila, and that another person with measles had departed Vancouver for an Air Canada flight to Edmonton the next day.

Chris Devauld did not know if the passenger on the Philippine Airlines flight had left Vancouver on another flight or stayed, or whether the passenger bound for Edmonton had arrived in Vancouver from another destination .

"Frankly, people should not catch measles in the 21st century in BC and we have the means to deal with that," BC Health Minister Adrian Dix said Sunday at a conference that he had insisted on the need to vaccinate people.

"I do not think, in my opinion anyway, that enough people are immune in British Columbia"

Health officials in Alberta and the Northwest Territories informed people who were not vaccinated against measles who could have boarded flights, shuttles, shops or hotels where the affected person was present to monitor the symptoms itself.

Measles first develops flu-like symptoms, then develops fever followed by a distinct rash.

"Measles is an extremely contagious disease that is easily transmitted by air, there is no treatment for measles, however, it can be prevented by vaccination," said the press release. # 39, AHS.

– with records from the Canadian press

UPDATE: 2:20 pm

Two other people in Vancouver were infected with measles after a contagious person passed through Vancouver International Airport.

Damien Healy, spokesperson for N.W.T. Health Services and Social Services, confirms that a person with measles who has traveled through Vancouver and Edmonton before going to the North is the same person.

There was no immediate word on where the person had been before Vancouver.

Health officials in British Columbia are investigating nearly a dozen cases of measles in the Vancouver area.

Many of them attended two French-language schools in Vancouver, a cluster that came into being after an unvaccinated British Columbia. a child contracted the disease during a family trip to Vietnam.

Vancouver Coastal Health announced Sunday in a tweet that there were two new cases of people infected while on a trip.

Health officials in Alberta and the Northwest Territories informed people who were not vaccinated against measles who could have boarded flights, shuttles, shops or hotels where the affected person was present to monitor the symptoms itself.

Measles first develops flu-like symptoms, then develops fever followed by a distinct rash.

– with records from the Canadian press


Two new cases of measles were diagnosed in Vancouver, bringing the number to 12 people with measles.

Vancouver Coastal Health announced Sunday afternoon that the two new cases are not related to the epidemic involving schools.

"Both people contracted the infection while traveling," said a spokesman.

The Vancouver International Airport tweeted that if you were at the airport on February 11 and 12 and had symptoms, please contact 811 and speak to a nurse.

More information on both cases should be published Sunday afternoon.

Alberta Health Services announced Sunday that an infected person had gone to the Vancouver International Airport, had stopped in Edmonton and had taken the drug. for Inuvik.

Anyone who visited the same place on the same day may have been exposed to measles.

Dr. Althea Hayden, Medical Officer of Health for the Vancouver Coastal Zone, said nine of the cases were clearly associated with schools that were at the center of the epidemic this month, but they do not do not know where the other person has contracted the disease.

A number of specific public places near Vancouver where people may have been exposed to measles have now been identified and listed here.

Measles first has flu-like symptoms, a cough, a runny nose and red eyes, then a fever develops, followed by a distinct rash.

People who think they have measles should stay home and call Health Link at 811 before going to a health facility or health care provider.

For more information, visit this link.

Health officials alert the public to a potential exposure to measles following the transfer of a contagious person from Vancouver to Edmonton.

The Public Health Agency of Canada informed Alberta Health Services that a measles-confirmed person confirmed by a laboratory had flown from the Edmonton International Airport at Edmonton International Airport and had remained in Leduc despite the infection.

The person flew from Vancouver to Edmonton on February 12 on Air Canada flight AC236 at 10:25 am and arrived at 12:54 pm.

They then went to many public places in an airport shuttle that stopped in four hotels.

Health officials warn people who have visited the following places that they may have been exposed to measles:

February 12 between 14:30 – 15:30.

  • Paradise Inn and Suites – 7118 Sparrow Street, Leduc
  • Crystal Star Inn – 8334 Crescent Crescent, Leduc
  • Wyndham Garden Edmonton Airport – 8016 Sparrow Dr., Leduc
  • Wingate by Wyndham – 7120 Sparrow Dr., Leduc

February 12, 5 pm – 7 pm

  • Walmart Supercentre – 5302 Discovery Way, Leduc

February 13, from 6:30 am to 7 pm

  • Hotel Shuttle at Edmonton International Airport, Crystal Star Inn – 8334 Sparrow Crescent, Leduc

February 12 at 3 pm to February 13 at 6:30

  • Stars Inn Hotel – 8332 Crescent Crescent, Leduc

The person then departed Edmonton International Airport on February 13 at 0745 on Canadian flight 5T-444 to Inuvik, N.W.T.

People who were on the scene, who were born after 1970 and have not already had measles or who did not receive two doses of measles vaccine, are at risk of contracting measles.

People are encouraged to monitor the symptoms for 21 days after the date of potential exposure, which may be up to March 5, 2019.

If measles symptoms develop, people are advised to stay at home and call Health Link at 811, before going to a health facility or health care provider.

For more information, visit this link.

The storm that covered Interior B.C. snow-covered ski resorts On Friday night, the Fernie Alpine Resort lost 55 centimeters.

Naturally, the garbage dump attracted enthusiastic crowds on Saturday and resulted in a local phenomenon known as "Currie 500".

After a morning devoted to extensive avalanche reduction work, the complex opened its Currie Bowl around 12:45.

At that time, hundreds of people had gathered in anticipation of sharing their first traces on the bowl. The opening of the Currie Bowl after a large dump usually attracts large crowds, but that of Saturday was particularly massive.

The chaos that followed the moment the rope fell was filmed.

The Maple Ridge firefighters and city staff traveled to Anita Place Homeless Camp on Saturday to enforce a court order and address fire safety concerns.

Under the supervision of the RCMP, teams have confiscated items such as propane tanks, gas cans, generators and portable barbecues, reports CTV News.

"They're taking away our heat," Camp resident CTV Dwayne Martin said, adding that he thought the decision was a veiled attempt to freeze people. "We do not have heat. We do not have lights. "

The city asked BC Hydro to cut off electricity from a portable camp building after its electrical service panel was tampered with and exposed. It was also discovered that an 80 pound propane tank had been fitted to fill smaller tanks, "an extreme risk of fire".

The action comes less than two months after a woman was badly burned at the camp during a fire in a tent on December 29, 2018.

with files from CTV Vancouver

24 Feb 2019/6 h 24 | story:

The stakes are high for NDP leader Jagmeet Singh in a by-election race in the Greater Vancouver area, but one expert said the recent Liberal unrest was a "gift" for his campaign.

The 40-year-old former Ontario legislator has no more votes in Parliament since he became party leader in the fall of 2017. He finally has his chance in Burnaby South, the voters the riding that voted Monday after a six-week run. .

The Liberals had a difficult start when their first candidate, Karen Wang, resigned after singling out Singh's ethnicity online. In recent weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been besieged by allegations that his office has lobbied former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to stop criminal prosecutions against SNC-Lavalin.

Singh said he did not take anything for granted, but he was confident that his hard work in reaching out to voters would bear fruit.

"I think people are very disappointed with what is happening with the Liberal government," he said.

"Canadians are waiting for the government to work for us, it's more and more like this government, and Mr. Trudeau and the Liberal Party are acting in the interests of a big business. multinational company."

Trudeau denied that he or his office directed Wilson-Raybould about it. Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council, recently stated that Trudeau had repeatedly told Wilson-Raybould that the prosecution's decision was on its own.

Richard T. Lee, the Liberal candidate who replaced Wang in Burnaby South, said few people raised the issue at the door.

"I understand that some people are worried about this, but the Prime Minister's Office and the Prime Minister himself have already made a statement," he said.

By-elections generally have a low turnout, but there is evidence that the results are a function of the popularity of the government and its leader, said Richard Johnston, professor of political science at the University of British Columbia .

"(Singh) may have received the gift of some voters as a result of all this," he said. "Although it's just one thing among many, my boy, he could use a win now."

Singh has been criticized for his mediocre fundraising and the low number of polls. Burnaby South occupies a historically strong territory of the NDP. Therefore, if Singh can not win in his constituency, it also means that he did not get support from party supporters, said Johnston.

The NDP defeated the Liberals by just over 500 votes in the riding in 2015, but Johnston said he had never expected the Liberals to do the same in South Burnaby.

"It was a bit of a strong point and their support could further decrease," he said.

Lee said local issues, including affordable housing, are more important to South Burnaby voters than the situation in Ottawa.

He extolled the Liberal government's national housing strategy, which promises $ 40 billion over 10 years, while Conservative candidate Jay Shin called for tax cuts and job creation measures for $ 10 billion. help residents earn and save more.

Singh unveiled a plan to build 500,000 affordable housing units in Canada. He asked Trudeau to eliminate the GST on real estate developers building affordable homes, subsidize low-income tenants and double the tax credit for the purchase of a first-time homeowner. House.

By-elections will also be held on Monday at York-Simcoe in Ontario and Outremont in Montreal. The results could shed light on whether the new People's Party of Canada, the right wing party of Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, can win votes from the Conservatives.

A recent debate in South Burnaby heated up when Popular Party candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson spoke about immigration.

An online video of the debate shows Singh urging audience members to recognize that they are all immigrants, unless they are indigenous.

When Tyler Thompson evokes the murder of Marrisa Shen, a teenager from Burnaby, in which a Syrian national was indicted, to advocate for a more thorough screening of refugees, a member of the audience shouts: "It's racist! Shame on you!"

"It's not racist to have security," Tyler Thompson answers.

Shin, the Conservative candidate, recently distributed leaflets targeting Tyler Thompson, accusing her of supporting supervised injection sites and the legalization of marijuana, which she described as a "smear campaign" "based on" lies ".

However, Shin said that he was not worried about Tyler Thompson and did not think his message resonated.

"When I talk to voters at the gates, I have no idea about that," he said.

Tyler Thompson, a former Christian television host who opposed abortion and protested against educational resources educating children about the identity of homosexuals and transgender people, said she thought the Conservatives were threatened by the People's Party.

"My message resonates with Canadians because they like my strong position towards the family."

The Fraser Health Authority closed down the popular mineral pools at the Harrison Hot Springs complex while they were investigating rashes.

According to health authorities, one person reported a rash after using the pools in January and another in February.

"The plaintiffs described a rash that would be consistent with the symptoms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a multidrug-resistant bacterium," Fraser Health said in an email to CTV News.

Water samples will be collected and sent to the British Columbia Center for Disease Control, and the pools will be closed later.

The resort said in a Facebook message that it expects the pools to be open on Mondays and that guests can use the village pool for free in the meantime.

-with CTV Vancouver files

February 23, 2019 / 5:57 pm | story:

Cherry blossoms, Victoria's trademarks, may disappear in a few years as the city implements a plan to replace aging native trees with native ones.

City Councilors in BC This week, the Capital approved an increase in spending on the Victoria Urban Forest Master Plan, which one councilor says could lead to the loss of several flowering trees in the city.

Coun. Geoff Young stated that, while understanding the need for tree care, he was concerned about the approval by his colleagues of an increase of $ 868,000 for a program that was already spending $ 1.7 million per year. year.

"Many of our streets in our suburbs are lined with trees that have beautiful flowers in spring, they are extremely picturesque and the flowers are almost like snow in the spring," he said.

Young said it was sad to see that native species, such as the famous cherry trees of the city, had been pushed to native species.

Although he does not want the city to be invaded by non-native species, he at the same time stated that a modest use of some of these plants is quite acceptable and greatly improves the quality of life .

Young said he wanted the city to have a discussion before continuing the policy.

Mayor Lisa Helps, however, said that a combination of development and climate change was beginning to have adverse effects on trees. It is therefore "time past" for the city to invest significantly in its urban forest.

"It's the reality of climate change," she said. "Our non-native trees, including some cherry blossoms, are among the most stressed by climate change."

As non-native trees die, they will be replaced by native drought-tolerant species, she said, adding that the city would adopt a more "ecosystem-based" approach.

"We have to deal with reality, not with whimsical thinking," she said.

The last time Victoria's forest cover was last measured in 2013 was about 18% and the city hopes to reach 40-45% over the next few decades.

"The blooming trees – they are beautiful, they are absolutely beautiful, you can look at some streets in the spring and it's absolutely beautiful," Helps said. "And a lot of it will remain."

But Victoria will not change overnight, she said.

"In the next 30 to 40 years (…), we need to be realistic in dealing with real-world climate change," she said, adding that this would mean replacing non-native trees with species more resistant to drought.

Coun. Laurel Collins said she hoped the city could both protect cherry trees and increase forest cover.

She said that she planned to talk to the director of Victoria Parks to see if it was possible to preserve the iconic cherry trees and the legacy that surrounds them.

"What is wonderful about our cherry trees is that there is a story in Victoria where the Japanese community has actually raised funds and donated these trees," she said.

"So it's important that … when they get sick or need to be replaced, we think about that story."

A passenger and his driver were sent to hospital with serious injuries Saturday afternoon at Pitt Meadows.

Emergency teams rushed to help both people inside a heavily damaged vehicle at Old Dewdney Trunk Road and McKenzie Road just before 1pm.

Ridge Meadows RCMP said the driver and passenger were seriously injured, according to CTV News.

The accident sheared an electric pole and caused a power outage in the area.

Police shut down Old Dewdney Trunk Road for some time while the incident was under investigation.

-with CTV Vancouver files

Someone who bought a lottery ticket in the Fraser-Nicola area is much enriched.

The seven winning numbers of the $ 25.9 million Friday night draw were for a single ticket purchased in the Fraser-Nicola area. This area includes Merritt, Hope, Ashcroft and Lillooet.

The winner of the huge jackpot has not yet claimed his prize, but the winner has 52 weeks from the date of the draw to introduce himself.

The BC Lottery Corporation has announced that it will disclose the exact location where the ticket was purchased once the winner claimed his prize.

The biggest lottery win in BC history was $ 50 million. It was won in October 2010, March 2014 and April 2016. The 2016 winning ticket was sold in Kelowna.

The odds of winning a Lotto Max jackpot or a Maxmillion prize are 1 of 28,633,528 per game.

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