Liam Britten

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Liam Britten is a journalist for CBC Vancouver. You can contact him at liam.britten@cbc.ca or follow him on Twitter: @liam_britten.

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Veteran with PTSD says B.C. rules are a barrier for the service dog he depends on

William Webb, who was suffering flashbacks, night terrors and anxiety episodes after witnessing a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, says a service dog has given him a new lease on life — but differences in rules between provinces mean his companion is not automatically recognized in B.C.

For environmentalists and Lower Mainland First Nations, 76 reasons to oppose Trans Mountain

Increased shipping caused by the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion may harm the endangered southern resident killer whales of the Salish Sea, and that's led to strong opposition. But how much of a threat is that extra shipping? And is it the biggest threat to the endangered whales?

Water, water everywhere, but mostly down the drain: How Vancouver is trying to plug excessive water use

Residential water use in Metro Vancouver, per capita, is 270 litres per day. Officials are looking at ways to cut down on the region’s insatiable thirst.

'Anger, sadness, disbelief' for families after B.C. man found not criminally responsible in double homicide

Jason Foulds was found not criminally responsible because of mental disorder (NCRMD) for the 2017 killings of Braxton Leask and Dylan Buckle in Lund, a village north of Powell River.

Former owner of Port Moody pub owes $12K to ex-employees, province finds

The former owner of a shuttered Port Moody bar owes ex-employees almost $12,000 in back pay, a branch of the provincial government has found.
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Ambulance crew took 35 minutes to get into apartment of dying woman

Chelsea Brent blames changes to B.C.'s emergency dispatch policy for it taking the ambulance crew 35 minutes to get into her dying mother's apartment last November. The province's health minister has ordered a review of the case.

Trash and burn: Metro Vancouver will incinerate Canadian garbage returned by Philippines

Sixty-nine containers of garbage, shipped to the Philippines but mislabelled and rejected by that country’s facilities, will return to Canada, and Metro Vancouver’s waste-to-energy incinerator in Burnaby will be its final resting place.
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Watch as orcas surround a Howe Sound sailboat and delight all on board

Bradford McArthur was on a sailboat last week when a pod of killer whales swam around and underneath the vessel, including one with a freshly caught seal in its mouth.

Good Samaritan killed in Coquihalla Highway crash stopped to help with minor accident

A 48-year-old man who died in a multi-vehicle accident on the Coquihalla Highway on Thursday had stopped to offer help to a group caught in a previous minor accident. 

Alaska floatplane crash investigators call in Canadian, Australian experts

A member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board says both of the planes involved in a mid-air collision on Monday were built in Canada.

Float plane collision in Alaska leaves 4 dead, 2 missing: Coast Guard

The passengers of both planes were on an expedition to shore from the cruise ship Royal Princess, according to the cruise line. Royal Princess is on a seven-day journey from Vancouver that was scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on May 18.
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Grey whales free after beaching in Delta, B.C.'s, Boundary Bay

“A very, very good ending,” veterinarian says after a rescue effort sprang into action for the two whales — a mother and a calf — who became beached near Centennial Park in Boundary Bay in Delta.

Fraser Valley needs help with homeless campers in Crown land, chair says

Homeless encampments in Crown land are on the rise, according to a new report from the Fraser Valley Regional District. The district says homelessness is putting pressure on the land and it wants the province to come up with a coordinated plan to resolve rural homelessness.

Alert Ready system being tested in most provinces

If all goes according to plan, a national emergency notification system will blast out a test message to compatible mobile devices and interrupt broadcasts Wednesday.
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Watch firefighters save a cat from a tree. Also, the cat is actually a cougar.

Victoria firefighters had to pull a cougar out of a tree Friday after the animal found itself in a residential neighbourhood and was tranquilized.