New Westminster's Quayside boardwalk closed due to high water concerns

The City of New Westminster has closed the wooden portion of the Quayside boardwalk in anticipation of rising water levels on the Fraser River.

The boardwalk from 10th Street westward to the rail bridge, starting on July 2, is closed to the general public.

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The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a “high-streamflow advisory” for the Fraser River and it remains in effect.

“Given the elevated water levels, the City of New Westminster is urging residents to remain aware and use caution when around the Fraser River shoreline, in particular, Quayside, Port Royal, Braid Industrial Area, Sapperton Landing and other exposed and low-lying areas adjacent to the Fraser or Brunette rivers,” city staff said.

“Please keep pets out and away from fast-moving water.”

City officials are warning local residents that below-ground parking areas may experience minor flooding, but no major flooding is expected.

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Return to Canada Day festivities in Penticton, B.C.

Canada Day festivities were held in Penticton today. The public was excited to take part in a full-scale celebration. Jasmine King was there.

Full-scale Canada Day celebrations were back in Penticton, B.C., with a day full of sunshine, music and food.

The event was hosted by the Downtown Penticton Association (DGA), who was excited to finally welcome the public back to Gryo Park.

“The last couple of years have been a super challenge,” said DGA executive director Brett Turner. “Just being able to be face to face, having the families out, activities, food trucks and just enjoying nice weather. I think if nothing else, it’s a morale booster for everybody after the lockdowns.”

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Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki and city councillors also took in the festivities. The city hasn’t been able to host wide-scale Canada Day celebrations since 2019.

“We tried a couple of years to host it and it’s been cancelled and moved and pushed off,” said Turner. The DGA worked closely with downtown businesses to figure out how they can put on a full event. “We all just feel fortunate to host an event in-person and have the larger effects of the pandemic behind us.”

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People of all ages checked out the festivities and kids in Penticton were happy to be out celebrating Canada Day.

“It’s so nice and it’s amazing seeing everyone’s faces without having to look at everyone’s eyes, it’s nice to see how everyone’s all happy,” said Penticton resident Eda.

“It was nice to have the Okanagan song sung today, especially since last Canada Day, we kind of put it on hold for the past residential students. It was nice to include all the aboriginal aspects of it and see people in orange shirts, especially the businesses,” added another resident, Grace.

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Thousands gather in downtown Kelowna to watch Canada Day fireworks

It was the city’s first fireworks display since 2019, and many people told Global News they were glad to gather en masse and watch the show.

Thousands flocked to downtown Kelowna on Friday night to watch the city’s Canada Day fireworks show.

It was the city’s first fireworks show since 2019, and, following the display, people that Global News spoke to were glad to be able to gather following two years of pandemic-related lockdowns and event cancellations.

Global News has reached out to the City of Kelowna for comment.

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Paredes, Franco lift Rays over Blue Jays 6-2

TORONTO – Isaac Paredes and Wander Franco both hit solo home runs as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Randy Arozarena, René Pinto and Yandy Diaz each had an RBI single as Tampa Bay (41-36) snapped a four-game skid.

Shane McClanahan (9-3) was dialled in for the Rays, striking out 10 and giving up one run on three hits over seven innings of work. Javy Guerra and Phoenix Sanders closed things out for Tampa.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s single in the first inning opened the scoring for Toronto (44-34), which won the first two of the rare five-game series. Matt Chapman added a late run when he grounded out in the ninth.

Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman struck out three and gave up four hits in two scoreless innings before being hit by a comebacker. He was removed from the game with a right ankle contusion.

Casey Lawrence (0-1), who had been recalled from triple-A for the doubleheader, pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief, allowing six runs. Max Castillo came on after him.

Thomas Hatch (0-1) was scheduled to start for the Blue Jays in the day’s second game, with Drew Rasmussen (5-3) going for Tampa Bay.

Toronto jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, with Guerrero singling to right field. Bichette sprinted home from second base, sliding headfirst into the plate for a 1-0 lead.

Gausman went down with an injury in the second inning when Franco’s sharply hit ball bounced off the turf and into the pitcher’s right ankle. He attempted to field the ball, but instead ended up laying face down on the field in obvious pain as catcher Gabriel Moreno got the put out at first base to end the inning.

Gausman had to be helped off the field by trainers and was subsequently replaced by Lawrence. The Blue Jays said that X-rays on Gausman’s ankle were negative.

Paredes got to Lawrence in the third, hitting a home run into the Blue Jays’ bullpen in left field to tie the game 1-1.

Arozarena gave the Rays their first lead of the game when his single bounced off the turf and into Lawrence’s inner knee before caroming toward Bichette at shortstop. That gave Franco enough time to race home and make it 2-1.

After throwing a few warmup pitches Lawrence stayed in the game.

Three batters later, Pinto’s singled to right, plating Ramirez and Arozarena for a 4-1 lead.

Franco piled on in the sixth, hitting the first pitch he saw from Lawrence that inning to deep left. Toronto outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. could only look on, leaning to try and will the ball foul, but it stayed fair for a 5-1 advantage.

Diaz tacked a run on for the Rays in the eighth, driving home Taylor Walls with a single to centre.

Chapman hit into a double play in the ninth, giving Teoscar Hernandez enough time to scamper home for the game’s final run.

EXTRA HELP — Lawrence was recalled from triple-A as the 27th man for both games of the doubleheader. The spare player is permitted by Major League Baseball for doubleheaders.

PIRATES TRADE — The Blue Jays announced during the first game of the doubleheader they had completed a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda. Toronto sent cash considerations to Pittsburgh in return. Righty Julian Merryweather was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 2, 2022.

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Police identify killed B.C. bank gunmen as 22-year-old twin brothers

On Saturday morning, BC RCMP Cpl. Alex Bérubé released the names of the two suspects: 22-year-olds Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie of Duncan.

Twin brothers from Vancouver Island have been named as the suspects who were killed in a police shootout during an attempted armed bank robbery in Saanich,B.C., this week.

On Saturday morning, RCMP released the names of the two suspects: 22-year-olds Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie of Duncan.

Police said the suspects’ family is cooperating with the investigation.

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Neither brother had a criminal record and police said they were not known to them.

“We understand that the release of the names of the two deceased may answer the who, but there are still many outstanding questions and investigation efforts that need to take place in order to fully understand what took place and why,” said RCMP Cpl. Alex Bérubé.

“The motive behind the armed robbery and subsequent exchange of gunfire with police has not yet been determined.”

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Police say the two brothers were the only ones in the bank, but are not ruling out that others may have been involved.

Anyone who has had recent interactions with either of the two is asked to contact the RCMP’s Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit.

Forensic efforts are also ongoing at the scene, according to police.

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41-year-old man in custody after missing Edmonton teenager found in Oregon

A man is in custody after a 13-year-old girl who went missing on June 24 was found in the United States.

Lila Smith was last seen on Friday, June 24, at around 8:30 a.m. in the area of 131 Avenue and 91 Street, which is next to Killarney Junior High School.

In a news release on Saturday, police said Lila was found in Oregon on the morning of July 2.

Officers said Lila has been taken to a local children’s hospital for a “precautionary examination” and that arrangements are being made to return Lila safely back to her family.

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A 41-year-old man is in custody and will be facing charges of child luring. Police said additional charges may follow as the investigation progresses.

Several organizations were a part of the investigation, including ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams), Northern Alberta ICE Unit, RCMP, Abbotsford Police, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, CBSA, Gladstone Police (Oregon), Oregon City Police and the FBI.

“Many may be wondering why an AMBER Alert was not issued in this case. At the initial stages of this investigation, there was no evidence to suggest she was with someone, so this file did not meet the criteria,” explains Staff Sgt. James Vanderland with the Edmonton Police Service’s historical crimes section.

“An AMBER Alert was being prepared once we confirmed the credible tip of the suspect’s identity, his location and his vehicle description; however, we were advised that the suspect was no longer in Canada, so an AMBER Alert was no longer feasible.”

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U.S. airports see travel surge, flight delays worsen as Fourth of July nears

A busy travel weekend is fast approaching, so if you plan on flying anywhere, patience is key. Airports are bustling, leading to a number of travel headaches. As Nicole Stillger explains, the delays aren't expected to go away quickly.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is jamming U.S. airports with their biggest crowds since the pandemic began in 2020.

About 2.49 million passengers went through security checkpoints at U.S. airports Friday, surpassing the previous pandemic-era record of 2.46 million reached earlier in the week, according to figures released Saturday by the Transportation Security Administration.

The escalating numbers show leisure travelers aren’t being deterred from flying by rising fares, the ongoing spread of COVID-19 or worries about recurring flight delays and cancellations.

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Friday’s passenger volume marked a 13 per cent increase from July 1 last year, which fell on the Thursday before Fourth of July. This year’s number of passengers going through U.S. airports also eclipsed the 2.35 million screened at security checkpoints on the Friday before the Fourth of July in 2019, but that was nearly a week ahead of Independence Day.

In a more telling sign of how close U.S. air travel is reverting to pre-pandemic conditions, an average of 2.33 million passengers have passed through security checkpoints at domestic airports during the seven days ending July 1. That was close to the seven-day average of roughly 2.38 million passengers during the same 2019 period, according to the TSA.

But airlines have struggled to keep up with the surging demand amid staffing shortages and an assortment of other issues that have resulted in recurring waves of exasperating flight delays and cancellations that have been transforming some vacations into nightmarish ordeals.

Many airlines, including Delta, Southwest and JetBlue, have responded to the challenge by curtailing their summer schedules in an effort to reduce the inconveniences — and backlash — caused by flight delays and cancellations They are using larger planes on average to carry more passengers while they scramble to hire and train more pilots.

The headaches continued Friday, although they weren’t as bad as they have been at other times in recent months. There were more than 6,800 flight delays and another 587 flight cancellations affecting U.S. airports Friday, according to the tracking site FlightAware. More than 2,200 delays and more than 540 flight cancellations had been recorded as of late Saturday morning.

Besides the flight delays and cancellations, travelers also have had to pay higher prices for tickets driven up by soaring fuel costs and other inflationary factors, as well as navigate around the health risks posed by continuing COVID-19 infections.

The travel bug is also congesting highways, even with the national average price for gasoline hovering around $5 per gallon _ and above $6 per gallon in California and all its popular tourist attractions. AAA predicts that nearly 48 million people will travel at least 50 miles or more from home over the weekend, slightly fewer than in 2019.

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Motorcyclist sent to hospital with 'critical' injuries in York Region collision: police

A motorcycle rider has been rushed to hospital with critical injuries after a crash in York Region, according to officials.

In separate tweets, York Regional Police and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said they responded to a collision in the area of Highway 48 and Ravenshoe Road on Saturday in the north of the region.

OPP said officers responded to a collision involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. According to York police, the motorcycle rider was struck at the intersection and sent to hospital.

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Police said a 40-year-old woman was riding her motorcycle westbound along Ravenshoe Road, crossing Highway 48, when an SUV attempted a left-hand turn, hitting the motorcycle.

Police said the driver of the SUV, an elderly woman, was not injured.

Both police forces coordinated road closures in the area.

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B.C. adds sales tax to cigarettes, other tobacco products

The new B.C. sales tax rules come into effect today. Online marketplaces, like Amazon and eBay, will now be responsible for collecting provincial sales tax. As Richard Zussman reports, it will also be added to tobacco products.

B.C. is now collecting the PST on tobacco products, including cigars, chewing tobacco, raw tobacco and cigarette packs.

A $15.99 cigarette pack with the tobacco taxes will now cost seven per cent more than before, or $1.12 extra a pack. The tax began on July 1.

“We are moving in line with other provinces to make sure we collect PST on tobacco products,” Selina Robinson said, B.C.’s finance minister.

The province is exempting e-cigarettes and vaping juices in a push to get smokers to quit.

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Canada Day also marks a shift to collecting PST from online marketplaces like Amazon and Ebay.

The seven per cent tax must be submitted from companies with revenues greater than $10,000 a year, shifting the tax burden off of individual sellers to the retailer.

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The province is expecting $100 million in the next year in provincial revenues.

“It makes sure we have a fair and level playing field. if you have a bricks and mortar, you remit taxes, and it should be the same for these online marketplaces,” Robinson said.

Commissions from food delivery apps or Google priority ads will also now have PST, but it is a change the Canadian Retail Council is concerned about.

“This is the only jurisdiction that has this and our prices will be a little bit larger than other places,” said Greg Wilson, Retail Council of Canada’s government relations director.

“It makes small businesses less competitive.”

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2 firefighters sent to hospital after fighting N.S. grocery store blaze

A fire at a Nova Scotia grocery store sent two firefighters to hospital to be checked for heat exhaustion.

Kentville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott Hamilton said about 80 firefighters from eight departments responded to the blaze at the Independent store on Main Street shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday.

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Hamilton said two firefighters were treated in hospital and later released. “Many” other crew members fighting the fire had to be assessed on scene by paramedics.

“It was a warm day, just with the work involved, is what caused the heat exhaustion,” he said.

The front attic of the store was heavily damaged by the fire.

The front attic of the store was heavily damaged by the fire.

Ian Swinamer/Submitted

Crews arrived from the nearby communities of Berwick, Waterville, Kentville, New Minas, Greenwich, Port Williams, Canning and Wolfville.

Hamilton said it’s believed the fire was accidental in nature and started in a pillar at the front entrance.

“We believe it was related to some ground yardwork cleanup that was done earlier in the day,” he said.

He added that there was heavy damage to the front attic space and an addition that was put in several years ago. As well, there was water damage to the front entranceway and the basement of the store.

In a post on Facebook, the grocer said the store would be “closed until further notice.”

“We are devastated but thankful no one was injured. Thank you to all of the fire departments who came to our aid and to our community for all of your support,” read a post from the grocery store, Jason’s Independent.

Many firefighters were assessed for heat exhaustion during the fire on Canada Day.

Many firefighters were assessed for heat exhaustion during the fire on Canada Day.

Ian Swinamer/Submitted

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