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Hep C sufferers endangering health to get treatment

B.C., Ont. won't cover antiviral drugs without liver damage, so patients binge drink

Health-care workers who treat hepatitis C are raising the alarm about patients who are binge drinking and taking dangerous herbal concoctions to try to inflame their own livers in a desperate bid to get provincial governments to pay for their medication.

"The binge drinking is huge," said Fran Falconer, an award-winning hepatitis C support nurse on Vancouver Island. "For the liver, drinking [alcohol] is like putting grease on a flame. It's like fertilizer to the hepatitis C virus."

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Senior loses legs to hospital infections, bedsores

Family blames neglect by staff for double amputation

The daughter of a retired B.C. man who died in a publicly funded, long-term care facility believes her father suffered needlessly as a result of neglect by staff.

"What they did was wrong," said Rita McDonnell. "The care was awful."

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Builder relicensed despite unfinished homes

Dwayne Peleshaty blames recession for incomplete contracts and unpaid workers

Several homeowners from Duncan, B.C., are upset over how a local developer was relicensed by the provincial government, despite several complaints filed against him.

"This man's licence was renewed after all of our warnings, and then he continued to have the same business ethics," said Taras Diduck, who hired builder Dwayne Peleshaty to build his home in 2008.

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Natural gas customers stuck with costly contracts

Thousands of B.C. residents who switched to new natural gas providers after deregulation are now paying significantly more than market rates and discovering they can't get out of multi-year contracts.

"I never signed a contract -- and what they've been telling me over the years is I did sign a contract. An online contract," said Samantha Badry of Chilliwack, B.C. "To me, that is not fair to any consumer."

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Vancouver car-rental customer warns of gouging

Budget franchise billed visitor $1,100 for tiny windshield chip

An Edmonton businessman is warning Olympic visitors to beware of getting gouged by car rental companies. Jim Galpin was recently presented with a $1,100 bill to repair a windshield chip on a Vancouver rental car, a cost he believes is grossly inflated.

"I thought it was ridiculous," Galpin said in an interview. "I'm concerned that charges for damages like this could be a real lucrative revenue generator -- when you have the number of people who are coming into Vancouver in the next few weeks over the Olympic period."

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Large moving company faces charges, upset customers

Two Small Men with Big Hearts apologizes for failure to address complaints

Canada's largest network of independent moving companies is coming under fire from some customers for its business practices.

"I've moved a number of times and it was probably the worst move in 20 years," said customer Shelagh Bruhn. "They have no hearts, as far as I'm concerned."

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Training for jobless downgraded in B.C.

Province claims federal government money didn't meet demand

Hundreds of British Columbians left jobless by the economic downturn have been told by the province they can't get the type of retraining they were expecting under the federal government's "Economic Action Plan."

"Where is all the money?" asked Shawn Lalonde of Maple Ridge, B.C., who applied for training as a heavy equipment operator, only to be told his application was cancelled due to lack of funds.

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Brain-injured doctor denied rehab in B.C.

Physician sent to Alberta for treatment, but funding is running out

The family of a B.C. physician who suffered a major brain injury in a car accident is speaking out about how he was denied rehabilitation in his home province and given only limited support for treatment elsewhere.

U.S. journalist grilled at Canada border crossing

Officials demanded to know what she would say publicly about 2010 Olympics

U.S. journalist Amy Goodman said she was stopped at a Canadian border crossing south of Vancouver on Wednesday and questioned for 90 minutes by authorities concerned she was coming to Canada to speak against the Olympics.

Rogers charges for 'free' text messages

B.C. mother files complaint about new charges on her teens' cellphone accounts

Rosanna von Sacken's three-year contract reads "All text messages received are FREE*" The asterisk footnote specifies this does not apply to "premium" messages. (CBC)
A B.C. mother with three teenagers is speaking out about how Rogers Wireless cost her money she didn't expect to pay by arbitrarily changing the terms of her contract for her children's cellphones.

Jeweller who shot robber wants more gun rights

Dennis Galloway says right to self-defence eroded in Canada, RCMP disagree

A jeweller from Port Alberni, B.C., who shot an armed robber five times is taking a public stand for stronger rights to bear arms in Canada.

Ont. car rental agency under fire for extra fees

B.C. customer charged $300 more than he was quoted online

A Vancouver man is speaking out about his experience with a Toronto car rental company after he was charged hundreds of dollars in fees he said he didn't expect to pay.

Banks lost millions on digital cheque project

Bank insider says money wasted, 'green' opportunity missed

A multimillion-dollar project by Canada's major banks and credit unions, which would have cut carbon emissions and saved money, has been scrapped because of numerous delays and complications.

H1N1 sufferer blames Air Canada for her flying while sick

A woman who tried to rebook her Air Canada flight because she contracted H1N1 was told by the airline that she would have to pay an extra $692 to push back her departure date.

Liz Overduin said she felt she had no choice but to fly sick.

H1N1 sufferer blames Air Canada for her flying while sick

A woman who tried to rebook her Air Canada flight because she contracted H1N1 was told by the airline that she would have to pay an extra $692 to push back her departure date.

Liz Overduin said she felt she had no choice but to fly sick.

B.C. transport operation carries on after licences pulled

Bindy Sangara's operation delivers groceries for Overwaitea Foods

A large B.C. trucking operation is under government scrutiny after some of its drivers were caught working several hours over legal limits and faking their logbooks.

Olympic security plan a safety risk, airline warns

Saltspring Air says diverting passengers for screening will jeopardize flights

Pilots who operate a small coastal airline in B.C. are warning that a plan to divert its flights for security screening during the Olympics will cause serious safety risks in winter weather.

B.C. man under scrutiny for cancer-cure claims

Saul Pressman sells ozone generators not approved as medical devices

A business owner in Langley, B.C., is under scrutiny by the federal competition bureau after a Calgary customer complained about how he markets unapproved medical devices to cancer patients.

Industrial noise unbearable, condo owners say

'When you take people's sleep away, they go a little crazy': resident

Some residents of a condominium development in Richmond, B.C., say they have been driven to distraction by constant industrial noise that they claim violates a city noise bylaw but has not been stopped.

No charges in home theft despite clear evidence

RCMP reviewing case as a result of victims' complaints

Victims of a possible theft ring in B.C. can't understand why the RCMP haven't charged anyone, given that one suspect was caught on videotape and another was caught with a victim's passport and other stolen property.

Tax-funded agency silent about misappropriated money

Almost $187,000 allegedly taken by employee for personal use

A non-profit agency in Victoria is facing criticism for keeping quiet about tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money allegedly misappropriated by one of its employees.

B.C. identity theft victims say they can't get justice

Man says he can prove who stole from him, but police still can't act

Two B.C. people who are victims of identity theft are speaking out in frustration with the justice system.

Pre-Olympic bid to house addicts under fire

Retailers accuse the B.C. government of cleaning up Vancouver streets at their expense

A group of retailers in downtown Vancouver is accusing the B.C. government of hurting their businesses by putting homeless drug addicts in hotel-style rooms above their stores.

Patients complain about B.C. surgeon barred in Arizona

Dr. Fernando Casses claims his complication rate is very low

Several people in Quesnel, B.C., have filed complaints about their hospital's general surgeon, Dr. Fernando Casses. They claim they suffered needlessly — and were damaged permanently — when he failed to address serious complications from his surgeries.

Special needs kids may lose taxpayer-funded daycare

Downtown Eastside child-care centre says it can't afford the rent

An agency that operates a non-profit daycare in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside says it can no longer afford to keep enough staff to care for the troubled, disadvantaged children it was set up to help.

Vancity drops plan to hike line of credit rates

Canada's largest credit union is backing away from a controversial proposal to pressure customers to agree to higher interest rates on their lines of credit, after CBC News' Go Public first reported on members' outrage.

Following the backlash from outraged members, Vancity now says it will not move ahead with the rate hikes.

B.C. credit union urges customers to pay more

Vancity asking members to accept higher interest rates

Canada's largest credit union is under fire from a group of customers who say they are being pressured to pay higher interest rates on lines of credit than they originally agreed to.

B.C. truckers complain they're pushed beyond safe limits

Drivers report driving too long, faking logbooks

Three B.C. truck drivers have come forward to warn that public safety is at risk on North American highways as drivers are pushed to stay behind the wheel longer than the law allows.

Thousands of fish found dead near riverbank excavation site

Large B.C. cranberry farm installed equipment without approval to operate it

A large cranberry farm operation in Pitt Meadows, B.C., is under investigation after several thousand fish were found dead while the farm was preparing to install a pipe to pump water from a river.

Superstore mum after man seriously injured while returning grocery cart

Sharp edges on metal tubing unsafe, Warren Yau's family says

Relatives of a B.C. man who almost died after suffering a head injury while returning a grocery cart at Superstore are upset about how the company treated him, and about what they consider to be unsafe grocery carts.

Thousands of Canadians taxed on 'phantom income'

Employees who lost on stock options face bankruptcy over huge tax bills

Thousands of Canadian workers who purchased stock options from their employers before the market downturn are expected to pay millions of dollars in taxes on income they haven't received because the shares have lost their value.

SkyTrain scammers exploit lax security, busker says

Violinist beaten up at downtown station by chronic offender selling used fares

A busker who performed for years at SkyTrain stations in downtown Vancouver believes the public transit system is losing thousands of dollars to drug addicts who harass passengers for their used tickets, then illegally sell them as transfers.

B.C. ministry sent neglected boys back to alcoholic mother

Grandparents not allowed to keep children, want ministry held accountable

Grandparents from Port Alberni are accusing B.C.'s Ministry of Children and Family Development of subjecting their two grandchildren to abuse and neglect by sending them back to live with an alcoholic mother who was unable to look after them.

Laid-off B.C. hospital workers losing up to half of settlement money

Told to pay back millions received from EI after job losses

As many as 8,000 former B.C. hospital workers who lost their jobs to privatization are losing a big chunk of the $85-million settlement they won in court.

Revenue Canada refuses to pay for million-dollar mistake

Taxpayer led to believe Harper government would compensate him for losses

A B.C. taxpayer who fought the Canada Revenue Agency over a million-dollar tax bill he didn't owe — and won — says the federal government misled him to believe he would be compensated for his financial losses.

Self-admitted slum landlord blamed for crime in B.C. neighbourhood

Owner of Maple Ridge condo units disavows responsibility for drug-related activity

A landlord who owns most of the units in a Maple Ridge condominium complex is under fire from residents, police and district officials, who say most of the drug-related crime in their city originates in his run-down suites.

Ministry disregarded legal advice to return seized children: document

Surrey parents insist they never harmed baby daughter

A lawyer representing the B.C. government in a child seizure case in September 2007 had advised the return of two of three children to the Surrey parents, CBC News has learned.

Birth parents plead for medical treatment for baby girl in foster care

Government emails cast doubt about whether infant was shaken, as alleged

The parents of three children seized by the B.C. government in September 2007 say there is new evidence to suggest allegations that they shook and injured their baby girl were unfounded.

Bedbugs in Vancouver spread by landlord inaction: tenants

West End couple's apartment treated several times without success

A Vancouver couple whose West End apartment building has been infested with bedbugs blames their Toronto-based landlord for making the problem worse.

Fido customer says he was wrongly hounded for $7,000 bill

A Burnaby, B.C., man who was slapped with a $7,000 Fido cellphone bill mistakenly racked up in his name says he has been trying for a year to clear it.

Since February 2008, Paul Babstock and his wife, Diana Costanzino, have been dogged with numerous phone calls, sometimes up to 12 a day, from two collection agencies seeking the amount.

Canadian accused at U.S. border of 'stealing American jobs'

Sales representative from B.C. denied entry to U.S. to meet with suppliers

A B.C. sales representative who markets equestrian products in Canada was barred from crossing the U.S. border to attend a trade show last month by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who accused him of trying to steal American jobs.

"He looked at me, and in a yelling voice he said, 'You're friggin' stealing jobs away from American citizens,' and I tried telling him that I wasn't," Joel Borsteinas told CBC News.

Surrey parents fight for return of 3 seized children

More than a dozen people held a peaceful protest outside B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell's Vancouver constituency office Thursday, calling for the return of three children taken from their parents.

The children were seized in September 2007 by the Ministry of Children and Family Development because the Surrey couple were suspected of shaking their baby and causing a head injury.

NDP slams BC Liberals over unregulated drug recovery houses

CBC report exposed private operators exploiting recovering addicts

B.C.'s Health Minister George Abbott is promising to investigate unregulated recovery houses following a CBC News report operators are taking social assistance cheques from drug addicts in exchange for unsafe, overcrowded accommodation.

CBC News found more than 100 Lower Mainland homes have been turned into rooming houses for addicts who want to kick their habit.

Homes for recovering addicts in B.C. overcrowded, unsafe: ex-residents

Critics want proliferation of privately run homes reined in

Dozens of B.C. homes have been turned into rooming houses for addicts who want to kick their habit — but former residents and neighbours complain some of the privately run "recovery homes" are overcrowded, unsupervised, dirty and unsafe to live in.

Vancouver condo sold to developer against owner's will

Vancouver condo sold to developer against owner's will

A long and expensive court fight over condominium repairs has ended with a Vancouver man being forced out of his paid-off home.

McDonald's exhaust making us sick, underground parkade workers say

City of Vancouver refuses to obey order to fix restaurant ventilation system

Parking attendants who work in booths next to an exhaust vent used by a McDonald's in Vancouver said they are literally sick after years of breathing foul fumes from the restaurant.

Hepatitis C sufferers haven't received promised federal money

Many claimants can't prove they received tainted blood decades ago

Thousands of Canadians afflicted with hepatitis C who were promised compensation by the Harper government in 2006 have yet to see a dime.

Rwandan siblings 'torn apart' by B.C. government

Genocide survivors were brought to Canada, then split up in foster homes

Four Rwandan orphans, survivors of the genocide who were brought to Canada under a federal refugee program, have since been separated by the B.C. government and moved around in several temporary homes.

Near-fatal allergic reaction caused by Starbucks dessert

Peach Yogurt Parfait label had no mention of nuts

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is investigating Starbucks' labelling practices, after a young woman ate a parfait from a Coquitlam, B.C., outlet and almost died.

B.C. police mistakenly issue tickets to hundreds of ID theft victims

Vancouver woman faces wall of ICBC bureaucracy trying to clear her name

Hundreds of B.C. drivers are being denied vehicle insurance every year after thieves steal their identities and rack up fines and police fail to check the impersonators' driver's licences carefully when issuing tickets.

Toxic chemicals in hangar made B.C. aviation workers sick

Former Cascade Aerospace employees say they've lost their health, careers

Several B.C. aviation technicians are speaking out after being exposed to harmful levels of highly toxic chemicals while working in a hangar in Abbotsford, B.C.

Fake landlord takes cash from international students

Convict David Messina sublets condos while not paying rent to owners

A B.C. condo owner is fighting to get her downtown Vancouver property out of the hands of a convicted criminal who posed as a tenant and leased her suite, then turned around and rented it out to several students from Japan and Korea — while not paying rent to her.

Air Canada wants new ban on pets as baggage

Airline appeals ruling that ban is unfair; B.C. dog owner files complaint

An architect from Victoria, B.C., is taking on Air Canada for requiring customers travelling with pets to ship them separately as cargo, instead of as checked baggage on the same flight as their owners, while the airline is trying to completely ban animals as baggage.

B.C. man secretly taped in own home, then sued over comments

Private detective hired by plaintiff poses as would-be-neighbour

A retired justice of the peace from Vernon, B.C., was secretly recorded by a private detective during a casual conversation in his own home and his words were then successfully used against him in a B.C. court.

Retired B.C. woman surprised to find herself on international no-fly list

66-year-old Courtenay resident with no criminal history wants Ottawa to clear her name

A 66-year-old former school secretary from Vancouver Island says she has had to shelve her retirement dream of travelling the world because her name has appeared on an international security watch list.

B.C. doctor urged to retire because of zealous approach to Lyme disease

Licensing body's criticism of MD will make others fearful to treat disease, he says

A physician sought out by patients for his particular approach to treating Lyme disease is speaking out about a College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. investigation into his views and practices with regard to the disease.

B.C. government removed girl from mother with mental illness

Mom had breakdown after spending months on waiting lists for treatment

A Vancouver mother who has a diagnosed mental illness is speaking out about how her daughter was taken away from her by the B.C. government after she had a breakdown.

Immigration department fast-tracks lost application after CBC story

Citizenship and Immigration Canada appears to be fast-tracking a Surrey man's application for a travel document, after a CBC News story showed how delays and red tape were preventing him from returning home to the Netherlands to care for his mother.

Red tape preventing B.C. man from assisting his ailing mother

Ottawa blamed for backlog in processing expired residency cards

A Surrey, B.C., man who has lived and worked in Canada for 33 years says government red tape is keeping him from going to the aid of his ailing mother in the Netherlands.

Passport Canada retracts offer of compensation for missed flight

B.C. man says Ottawa fears other claims over delays in 2007 caused by new rules

Senior federal government bureaucrats have decided against giving a precedent-setting payout to a B.C. man who said his family trip was ruined by a passport delay.

Sub-contractor abusing law meant to protect trades, says homeowner

B.C. excavation company staked legal claim to home after owner disputed bill

A homeowner from North Vancouver has accused a building subcontractor who worked on her home of abusing a provincial law intended to protect building trades workers from not getting paid.

Father of harassed teen wants Superstore to take tougher action

16-year-old girl says she was was touched by older male co-worker against her will

The father of a 16-year-old girl who reported being sexually harassed by an older male co-worker at a Superstore wants the grocery chain to take stronger action against the man involved.

Genstar plan will destroy ecosystem, former government scientist warns

Senior biologist says he was muzzled by Campbell government

A B.C. scientist who worked for the provincial environment ministry is warning against a large residential development proposed for Mission, B.C., on the Lower Mainland because he says it will destroy the area's unique ecosystem.

Former clients of accused B.C. con man want him deported

Syrian Mohammed Wanli has refugee protection despite criminal activity

Former clients of a discredited Vancouver consultant are calling on Ottawa to take steps to deport him for crimes he committed since he came to Canada.

Health minister opens door for B.C. man stuck in California hospital

Decision changed just hours after CBC News report aired

A sick Chilliwack man, who has spent the past two years in a California hospital, is being allowed to return home to continue his rehabilitation, even though he is technically not eligible for provincial medical coverage.

B.C. man denied provincial medical coverage after stroke in U.S.

David Chapman can't come home for badly-needed rehabilitation

David Chapman suffered a stroke in the U.S. and has been refused health coverage in his home province.
The family of a B.C. man who fought for his life in a U.S. hospital and made a remarkable recovery is now fighting the B.C. government to be able to bring him home.

Pharmacy uses kickbacks and threat of eviction to keep methadone clients

A CBC News investigation into pharmacies that paid kickbacks to drug addicts discovered one outlet with a troubled past used a different tactic to get and keep methadone users coming to the pharmacy.

Gastown Pharmacy in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has required certain customers to fill their methadone prescriptions exclusively with them, or lose their homes.

Pharmacy paid addict kickback for prescription: hidden camera

Downtown Eastside doctors complained to authorities about practice months ago

Some pharmacists in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside routinely pay cash to drug addicts for filling their prescriptions, a CBC hidden-camera investigation has found.

B.C. government failing to treat hep C epidemic: doctor

Patients denied coverage for anti-viral drugs

A specialist who treats patients with hepatitis C is criticizing the B.C. government for denying lifesaving treatment in what he terms a full-blown epidemic.

Vancouver agency charges foreign nannies huge fees

Domestic workers exploited by agencies, says B.C. mother

A Vancouver nanny agency is under fire from a couple in Richmond, B.C., for charging their prospective Filipina nanny more than she'd earn in a year at her current job for the promise of work in Canada.

Seniors losing mobile homes blame B.C. government

Elderly residents evicted from land as values soar

A group of seniors being evicted from their waterfront neighbourhood on Vancouver Island are imploring the B.C. government for help.

Vancouver mayor blasted for bragging about wheelchair accessibility

Disabled citizens say quadriplegic Sullivan ignored obstacles, even in new projects

A Vancouver woman with multiple sclerosis is condemning the city and its mayor for failing to ensure newly upgraded areas are wheelchair accessible.

Janitor speaks out about rat problem at B.C. hospital

Vermin attracted by 'green' composting practices

A B.C. janitor is speaking out about an infestation of rats at the Delta Hospital, which he believes was caused by a new "green" program to compost kitchen waste.

ICBC selling insurance to unlicensed drivers

Insurer panned for 'dangerous' practice

An Indonesian immigrant says he wants to know why the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is selling car insurance to people who are not legally allowed to drive in B.C., but won't cover their costs if they get in an accident.

Families alarmed over B.C. nursing home's double-bunking plan

Elderly residents have to share small rooms or move out during construction

Families of some residents of a B.C. nursing home are fighting the owner's plan to double-bunk the frail and vulnerable seniors in small rooms, amid fears the move could seriously affect their health.

B.C. cuts respite for family of severely disabled child

Parents say Campbell government biased against families who look after their own

The parents of a severely disabled B.C. girl are accusing the provincial government of neglecting the needs of disabled children and their families.

Vancouver gym panned for taking money after membership cancelled

Automatic debits continued to be taken from customer's account

A Vancouver workout facility is being criticized for taking monthly fees out of a customer's credit union account long after her gym membership was supposed to end.

Tax agency mailing mistake leads to huge tax bill

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/04/21/bc-craaudit.htmlCanada Revenue Agency mailed audit notices to non-existent address

BY KATHY TOMLINSON — The owner of a small construction business in B.C. says a series of mistakes by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has left him with a $500,000 personal tax bill he says he doesn't owe.

B.C. businessman accused of misleading clients while under federal probe

Immigrants say Minto Roy continues to sell false hope of high-paying jobs

BY KATHY TOMLINSON — A Vancouver businessman who runs a career management agency is being accused of promising to help people get well-paid jobs, taking their money and then not delivering, despite an investigation by the federal Competition Bureau.

Group home's past use as grow-op alarms mother

Blind, autistic man's family fights to get him moved for his health and safety

The mother of a legally blind, autistic man is worried about his health and wants him out of the B.C. group home he lives in, partly because the house was previously used as a marijuana grow-operation.

U.S. border guards bar skilled Canadian from his job

Technician says increased protectionism at U.S. border is unfair

A highly skilled Canadian telecommunications specialist who worked in Utah for more than a decade has suddenly been denied entry into the U.S. in a case he and others say highlights the increasing difficulties Canadians are facing at the American border.

Canada Revenue Agency financed teen's rebellion: B.C. mother

Child tax benefits sent to daughter's boyfriend's home without mom's consent

A mother from Port Hardy, B.C., is furious at the federal government for transferring her monthly child tax benefits to a stranger — money that, she said, helped her troubled teen to run away from home.

Surrey ER failed to detect man's broken hip, dislocated shoulders

Man left permanently disabled; wants answers after trip to Surrey Memorial Hospital

A man from Surrey, B.C., is demanding that a hospital be held accountable after he was taken to emergency unconscious but uninjured and came out with broken, dislocated shoulders and a broken hip.

Group of adults with disabilities may lose their B.C. home

L'Arche home says it can't keep going without more provincial money

A group of developmentally disabled adults may lose the only stable home they've ever known, and the group that runs the Burnaby, B.C. facility says the Campbell government is to blame.

Doctors failing to treat Lyme disease: B.C. victim's family

Victim's group says hundreds are suffering needlessly

The parents of a young woman diagnosed with Lyme disease are speaking out against the B.C. health system because, they said, doctors have failed to properly treat their daughter, causing her to become much sicker than she might have been otherwise.

Injured recruits misdiagnosed then dropped by military

Ex-soldiers say they have been left disillusioned and permanently disabled

Soldier recruits injured during basic training in Quebec are accusing the Canadian military of ignoring and mistreating their injuries and leaving them jobless and disabled.

Police and ICBC fail to investigate hit and run that injured cyclist

Key evidence not pursued for months, files show

A B.C. hit-and-run victim is shocked and upset because the Vancouver police and the Insurance Corporation of B.C. have failed to find the driver responsible, despite evidence that could have identified him months ago.

Former B.C. nurse raises alarm over infection control

Carrier of superbug MRSA says hospital didn't keep her properly isolated

A former nurse infected with a deadly superbug is accusing a B.C. hospital of failing to take proper measures to control the spread of infection.

B.C. teen alleges she was assaulted and unlawfully detained by police

Victoria police surveillance video shows her bound and tethered in cell

A B.C. teenager alleges Victoria police assaulted and unlawfully confined her when she was just 15.

B.C. student fights culinary school's piercing ban

School changed dress code after she enrolled, says student

A B.C. culinary school won't allow one of its students to complete her studies because she refuses to follow a new dress code that requires the removal of her facial jewelry and large earrings, the student says.

Delayed payout to federal nurses could be 'enormous': lawyer

Underpaid nurses should have been recognized years ago, critics say

Canadian taxpayers are facing a huge, unexpected bill for as much as $200 million in back pay owed to hundreds of nurses employed by the federal government, the nurses' lawyer estimates.

Ottawa criticized for charging refugees for flights

Newcomers find it difficult to pay government back, says immigrant services group

Non-profit agencies that help refugees sponsored by Canada are calling on Ottawa to stop billing those newcomers for their flights here.

B.C. law means hospitals don't pay for fatal mistakes

Advocates of patients who died needlessly call for overhaul

A B.C. woman whose husband died in hospital after errors were made wants the Campbell government to change the law to make the medical system pay for its mistakes.

B.C. residents fed up with RCMP over 'drug house'

Alleged crack house still open for business despite recent shooting

Residents of a suburban Vancouver neighbourhood are upset that the RCMP has not taken steps to shut down an alleged crack house, which they say has brought crime and violence to their street.

B.C. students allege police targeting by age, race

Formal complaint under investigation in Victoria

A brother and sister from Vancouver Island have filed official complaints against Victoria police, alleging officers unfairly targeted and harassed them, possibly because of their race, their ages and the type of cars they drive.

Taxpayer money wasted pursuing workers: advocates

Government claims low-income farm workers exaggerated hours to get E.I.

Advocates for B.C. farm workers say the federal government has spent millions of dollars trying to force the low-income labourers to return employment insurance benefits paid out years ago.

American mother refuses to leave B.C. without her baby

Wendi Bartell is in Canada illegally because she can't get family court date

Family court delays have led an American woman to choose living in B.C. illegally over going home without her Canadian-born toddler.

Ottawa blocking badly-needed workers from entering B.C.

'Hundreds of millions' of dollars lost, says B.C. construction industry

B.C. construction companies are accusing Ottawa of squandering "hundreds of millions of dollars" worth of business by shutting out hundreds of skilled foreign workers.

Child's fall raises alarm over condition of McDonald's PlayPlace

Parents say worn play equipment should be replaced

A B.C. couple is raising serious concerns about the condition of the play area inside a McDonald's restaurant, after their 2½-year-old son fell headfirst through a hole in the net at a McDonald's PlayPlace in Delta, B.C.

Muslim husband gains entry visa to join wife in B.C.

A Vancouver woman whose husband was denied entry into Canada, partly because he is a Muslim and she was born a Christian, has won her appeal with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

CBC News reported on Oct. 16 that Selena Paskalidis was barred from bringing her husband, Sadaqat Hussain, of Pakistan, to the country, because a visa officer was concerned the two "differ in culture and religion."

Child support wiped out by Ottawa's tax collection

Mother outraged that daughter must go without so government can collect taxes

The federal government is under fire in B.C. for effectively cancelling child support payments to collect on taxes owed by deadbeat parents.

B.C. man says he'll fight bill for relatives' social assistance

A CBC Go Public exclusive: Immigrant sponsor says he was ordered to pay thousands he shouldn't owe

The B.C. government is being accused of abusing its power while trying to recoup $50 million in social assistance paid out to new immigrants.

Canada denies Muslim husband entry visa

Immigration department cites differences in 'culture and religion'

A Vancouver woman has been barred from living in Canada with her husband, partly because he is Muslim and she was born Christian, CBC News has learned.

Foster dad suing B.C. government after tax fight

Man says Revenue Canada pursued him for years for back taxes

A former foster parent from Victoria has launched a lawsuit against the province of B.C., CBC News has learned, claiming the province did nothing to help him fight Ottawa over a huge tax bill he didn't owe.

Public safety minister launches investigation into Facebook postings

CBC investigation first revealed questionable online conduct

Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day has launched an investigation into the online postings of recruits undergoing training in Quebec to become border guards.

Student recruits unfit for service, say former border guards

Facebook postings show drinking and partying while officers in uniform

Canada Border Services Agency officers who work in B.C. are being accused of posting inappropriate and offensive material, some of it directly related to their jobs, on the internet.