Rhianna Schmunk

Rhianna Schmunk is a reporter for CBC News based in Vancouver. Reach her at rhianna.schmunk@cbc.ca or on Twitter.

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Family of Surrey mechanic killed in 'unprovoked' stabbing pleads for witnesses to help

The family of a man who died from stab wounds in the dark of a Surrey, B.C., parking lot asked their community for help in an emotional appeal Tuesday, calling on those who know anything about what happened to speak with homicide investigators.

'I would've liked, as a Canadian, to have heard an apology': Jody Wilson-Raybould on Trudeau ethics report

As Justin Trudeau reiterated Thursday that he has no intention of apologizing outright for acting unethically during the SNC-Lavalin affair, former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who blew a hole in the Liberal caucus with her testimony on the scandal earlier this year, expressed her disappointment in the prime minister's stance.

Passengers killed in floatplane crash were from U.S. and Germany, coroner says

Three passengers killed in a floatplane crash off the Central Coast of B.C. on Friday were visiting from the U.S. and Germany, the provincial coroner's office confirmed Tuesday.

Floatplane that crashed was bound for Ole's Fishing Lodge, owners confirm

A floatplane that crashed into a remote island off the Central Coast of B.C. was bound for a family-run fishing lodge just a few kilometres away, the lodge's owners have confirmed.

On the road where a body was found, a wreath is quietly laid in Northern B.C.

Debra Dennis, 56, laid a wreath at the spot where Leonard Dyck was found dead as a gesture to his family. She was born and raised in the area, near Dease Lake, B.C., and said the stranger's death hit home.

'Truly irreplaceable': University lecturer killed in Northern B.C. dedicated career to studying plant life

A university lecturer and father-of-two who died during one of his characteristic, solitary camping trips through British Columbia's haven-like backcountry was a deeply introspective outdoorsman who, friends say, was profoundly engrossed with nature and the study of plants, to which he dedicated much of his life.

2 B.C. men considered missing now suspects in homicide of young couple

Two men previously reported missing are now suspects in the homicides of a young couple gunned down in Northern B.C. last week, as well as in the suspicious death of another man whose body was found near the men's burnt-out truck days later.
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A couple in love, friends in search of work: Portraits of people at the centre of 2 Northern B.C. mysteries

The deaths of a young couple, an unidentified body found by a highway, and the disappearance of two young men within the span of a week have shone a spotlight on the vast region of Northern B.C. which attracts tourists and workers in search of adventure in the hot summer months.
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3 victims, 2 suspects dead: What we know about the northern B.C. cases

The deaths of three people in northern B.C. and the cross-country search for two suspects, later found dead, set Canadians on edge.

Couple killed in northern B.C. were shot, RCMP seek man for questioning

On Monday, RCMP also gave an update into a second, separate investigation in northern B.C., saying it's 'possible' the two cases are linked.

3rd councillor quits Surrey mayor's alliance over police transition

A third city councillor in Surrey, B.C., has quit the mayor's coalition, saying Doug McCallum shrugged off his extensive expertise in public safety when it came to conversations around building an independent police force.

District ignored late couple's wish to have property turned into a park, lawsuit claims

The attorney general of B.C. has filed a lawsuit against West Vancouver alleging the district has not touched land intended to be turned into a park — and has instead pocketed a hefty profit by privately renting the previous owners' home on the property.

Infected bat 'ran into' hand of B.C. man who later died from rabies: health officer

A 21-year-old man who died from rabies after coming into contact with an infected bat on Vancouver Island this spring had a brush with the nocturnal mammal in an "unusual" daytime encounter, health officials said Tuesday.

Communities cut off as Chilcotin River flooding washes out roads

Hundreds of people who live along the Chilcotin River and its tributaries have been devastated — and, in some areas, stranded — by flooding, road washouts and unstable earth as incessant rains continue overwhelm the river.
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'It's beyond belief': Ranching community flooded as rainwater overwhelms Chilcotin River

The Chilcotin River below Big Creek and its tributaries are roaring with brown, stirred-up rainwater after seeing 90 millimetres of rain over the past four days.