British Columbia

B.C. wants federal action after 1,500 deaths from illicit overdoses last year

By Canadian Press
February 7, 2019 - 4:31pm Updated: February 8, 2019 - 11:16am

VICTORIA — British Columbia's mental health and addictions minister has joined health officials to call for a safer drug supply to fight the rising overdose death toll while urging the federal government to open a "courageous conversation" on decriminalization.

Second highest number of opioid deaths in B.C.: Northern Health

By CKPGToday/Canadian Press
February 7, 2019 - 12:08pm Updated: February 7, 2019 - 5:43pm

PRINCE GEORGE - The BC Coroner Service says more people died of illicit drug overdoses last year, despite significant efforts to combat the crisis. The provincial coroner said Thursday that illicit overdose deaths increased to 1,489, just over the 2017 death total. 

CP Rail confirms three crew members die in B.C. grain car derailment

By Canadian Press
February 5, 2019 - 5:53am Updated: February 5, 2019 - 10:38am

FIELD, B.C. — A Canadian Pacific freight train fell more than 60 metres from a bridge near the Alberta-British Columbia boundary in a derailment that killed three crew members, a union representative said Monday.

The westbound freight jumped the tracks at about 1 a.m. near Field, B.C.