Tom Popyk

Tom Popyk is journalist based in British Columbia.

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Lawsuit alleges bloody RCMP dog takedown in Kelowna, B.C., was 'reckless and unlawful'

Kelowna resident Fernando Verde alleges that RCMP Const. Reginald Sahay ordered police dog to attack and seriously injure him.

B.C. waives Crown land rent for outdoor adventure companies

Jeff Pensiero, owner of backcountry resort Baldface Lodge on Kootenays' Selkirk Mountains, says the provincial aid is just a Band-Aid, not significant enough for him to put his business back into operation.

Negligent logging caused 2018 floods, Grand Forks residents allege in class action lawsuit

It could be years before the civil case is heard in court, but plaintiff Jennifer Houghton isn't waiting and will move out of the city of more than 4,000 residents.

Totem pole to be raised on B.C.'s Highway of Tears to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women

The pole, being raised Friday near Terrace, B.C., honours the many women who have gone missing along a stretch of highway between Prince George and Prince Rupert since 1969. Carver Mike Dangeli hopes it provides a sense of healing.

Hotel resident files class-action lawsuit over deadly Econo Lodge fire in Prince George

Leonard Hay is asking B.C. Supreme Court to recover damages for wrongful death, personal injury, loss of property and economic losses on his own behalf and of other registered guests due to the July fire that killed three people.

Review of alleged misconduct in Mona Wang case returned to RCMP for 'further investigation'

B.C.'s former solicitor general Kash Heed says he has "no confidence" in the review process. Surveillance video shows Kelowna RCMP Const. Lacy Browning dragging student Mona Wang down a hallway and stepping on her head.

Cariboo residents frustrated by property crime rally outside courthouse

Protesters are organizing their own community policing program and raising funds to buy neighbourhood security cameras.

Police watchdog investigating 2 Kelowna deaths

B.C.'s Independent Investigations Office is investigating the RCMP’s role in two separate Okanagan deaths last week.

Nelson man sentenced to 5½ years in prison for killing that shocked Kootenays

Miles Halverson, 55, offered no comment as he stood before a B.C. Supreme Court judge in Nelson Friday and was sentenced to five and half years in a federal penitentiary for killing Mathew Reeder with a single kick to the head in June of 2018.

Man accused in B.C. church murder found not criminally responsible

In April 2019, Matrix Gathergood entered the Church of Christ in Salmon Arm during Sunday service and shot and killed church elder Gordon Parmenter. Gathergood was found not criminally responsible of first-degree murder by reason of mental disorder.

Province restricts Kootenay commercial huckleberry harvest

Provincial authorities are restricting commercial wild huckleberry harvesting in B.C.'s Kootenay-Boundary region to protect the huckleberry bushes and preserve a critical food supply for grizzly bears.

Rare bighorn sheep illegally shot at roadside in the Okanagan

Conservation officers are searching for the person responsible for shooting a rare California bighorn sheep in the Okanagan.

Trial set for prolific offender charged in Kelowna police chase that ended in 4-car collision

A Kelowna resident will face trial by judge-alone this fall in connection with a police chase that ended in a four-car collision last September just hours after he was released from jail.