Rhianna Schmunk

Staff writer

Rhianna Schmunk is a staff writer for CBC News. She is based in Vancouver with a focus on justice and the courts. You can send story tips to rhianna.schmunk@cbc.ca.

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B.C. family shares story of 2-year-old's 'terrifying' fall from window to warn other parents

A father whose two-year-old daughter fell two storeys through an open window is sharing his family's story to encourage other parents to buy window guards — a mechanism that costs a few dollars and could save a child's life.

B.C. Premier John Horgan to step down before next election

B.C. Premier John Horgan has announced he will step down before the next provincial election.

Devoted customers say final farewell to long-standing Vancouver DVD rental store

Beat down by a steady decline in customers and a steep rise in operating costs over the last decade, Vancouver's Black Dog Video shut down for good on Saturday. The closure leaves just one DVD rental store surviving in the city.

Knowledge Network drops longtime CEO, months after diversity audit

Knowledge Network has fired its longtime president and CEO, citing the need for the organization to "evolve" after an audit this year found major gaps in the amount of production money offered to producers of colour compared to white ones.

Feds spending $77M to help rebuild Lytton, B.C., with fire-resistant buildings

The federal government on Tuesday announced it will be spending $77 million to help rebuild Lytton, B.C., in a way that could better withstand future fires, almost a year to the day after the village was destroyed by flames.

How do you bring home children's remains from residential schools? Ask the youth who've done it

As Indigenous people in Canada begin the painful process of unearthing unmarked graves at former residential schools, one community with rare, first-hand experience shares how they navigated the journey to bring their own children home.

B.C. had a provincial police force once before. Why did it vanish?

More than 70 years after the first B.C. Provincial Police force was dissolved, the issue of who is best suited to police the province hit the legislature again this week.

Mountain bikers call on Adidas to apologize after manager says better self-marketing can boost diversity

Women in the mountain bike community are calling on Adidas to apologize after its global marketing manager published a blog post in B.C. saying aspiring professionals who want to see more diversity at competitions need to make themselves more marketable, “stop complaining and start riding.”

Ottawa announces $2.9M in funding as Williams Lake First Nation investigates potential burial sites

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday announced the federal government will be providing $2.9 million in funding as the Williams Lake First Nation continues to investigate the recent findings of potential burial sites at St. Joseph's Mission Residential School.

Skincare clinic employee charged with sexual assault; clients warned to seek STI testing

An employee at a skincare business in Burnaby, B.C., has been criminally charged after two people reported being sexually assaulted during treatments.