Rhianna Schmunk

Rhianna Schmunk is a staff writer for CBC News. She is based in Vancouver with a focus on justice and the courts. You can reach her on Twitter @rhiannaschmunk or by email at rhianna.schmunk@cbc.ca.

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Ex-boyfriend pleads not guilty in shooting that killed woman's unborn baby

The Surrey, B.C., man accused of shooting his pregnant ex-girlfriend as she lay in bed early one morning, killing her unborn baby, did little more than fidget in the prisoner’s box as his attempted murder trial began in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

After 582 days, woman detained in Iran after husband's death reunites with sons in Vancouver

The wife of an Iranian-Canadian professor who died in an Iranian jail after being accused of espionage has been reunited with her sons in Vancouver, more than one year after they were separated at Tehran's airport.

Climate protesters arrested after blocking Burrard Street Bridge for hours

Climate protesters convened on the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver on Monday, blocking traffic between the Kitsilano neighbourhood and the city's downtown core as part of a coordinated international demonstration demanding urgent action from world leaders to fight the world's climate crisis.

Vancouver hotels sue chanting, picketing employees over 'intolerable' noise

Three downtown Vancouver hotels whose employees are entering their second week on strike are suing the staffers' union, alleging the workers walking the picket line are trespassing and creating an "intolerable" level of noise.

Premier preaches resilience, unity amid forestry and climate crises in closing UBCM address

B.C. Premier John Horgan addresses delegates on the final day of the 116th annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention, followed by a media availability.

How Indigenous dancers connect with their power through performance

Indigenous people were once jailed for dancing. Today, a new generation finds an inner balance through dance culture, tapping into their own legacies, honouring those who came before them and laying foundations for those to come.

B.C. wins injunction blocking Alberta's turn-off-the-taps legislation over oil

The Federal Court has suspended Alberta's turn-off-the-taps legislation, aimed in part at the embattled Trans Mountain pipeline extension, granting British Columbia a temporary injunction blocking the law until the courts can decide whether it is valid.

Love it, list it or litigate? Home reno show crew denies liability after disgruntled couple sues

Crew members behind the home reno show Love It Or List It Vancouver have denied all the accusations made by a dissatisfied couple who sued them last year, saying all the renovations at the heart of the lawsuit were completed properly.

B.C. mother charged in connection with U.S. college admissions scandal

A mother from Surrey, B.C., has been arrested and charged in connection with the U.S. college admissions scandal, becoming the second parent from the province who's linked to the scheme that involves wealthy parents.

Road to Vancouver Island marine centre no stranger to bus trouble before deadly crash

Coach buses carrying eager biology students to a prized marine research centre on Vancouver Island ran into trouble navigating gnarled logging roads on two separate annual trips, years before a rollover crash in the same area killed two teenage students late Friday night.

Students killed in Bamfield bus crash were teens from Manitoba and U.S.

The two University of Victoria students killed in a rollover bus crash between Port Alberni and Bamfield, B.C., on Friday night have been identified as teenagers from Manitoba and the United States.

Vancouver police deny assaulting grocery shopper mistaken for SkyTrain shooting suspect

The Vancouver Police Department is denying its officers used excessive force when they arrested the wrong man in February during a days-long, region-wide manhunt for a suspect accused of shooting a transit police officer.

Neighbourhood on edge after dispute over squatters escalates to gunshot, arson

Neighbours in a small tourist community in the B.C. Interior say they're feeling increasingly fed up and stressed out after a month of arguing with squatters who've moved into an empty house on their street.

McDonald's was full of families when deadly targeted shooting broke out: police

A man well-known to police is dead after a shooting at a busy McDonald's in a quiet Fraser Valley community around dinnertime on Tuesday. RCMP say it was a "miracle" no bystanders were hit.

Scientists monitoring new marine heat wave off B.C. coast similar to 'the Blob'

A new marine heat wave spreading across a portion of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia resembles the infamous "blob" that disrupted marine life five years ago.