Life-threatening injuries possible in pedestrian-involved crash in Surrey

Life-threatening injuries possible in pedestrian-involved crash in Surrey
Serious injuries in collision – BC News
At least one person has suffered serious, potentially life-threatening injuries after a collision in Surrey on Wednesday.

Surrey RCMP say a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the 700 block of 176 Street at about 5:30 p.m.

Theyve provided few details about what happened, saying only that initial indications suggest some of the injuries may be life-threatening. They have not said how many people were injured, but at least one could be seen being loaded into a helicopter.

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in South Surrey, in serious condition

“Initial indications are that there are serious potentially life threatening injuries involved in this collision,” said Sgt. Duane Honeyman.

All southbound traffic will be blocked at the intersection of 176 Street and 8th Avenue, and northbound traffic will be blocked at 176 and 4th Avenue, they said.

A section of the intersection will be blocked and the public is asked to avoid the area until further notice.

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was confronted with the passions many in B.C. have for the plight of the West Coast's endangered killer whales while she cycled on a Victoria-area bike path Wednesday.

At least one person was airlifted to hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries after a pedestrian-involved collision in Surrey.

The minister said she was cycling to a news conference along Victoria's Galloping Goose Trail when she met a group of protesters calling on the government to do more to save the southern resident killer whales.

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or to leave a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

"Everyone knows the numbers here as I've seen and in B.C. (everybody) cares greatly about them," said McKenna in an interview. "It's challenging for sure. That's why we're making the investments through our Oceans Protections Plan, but also very specifically targeting the killer whales."

"We're absolutely committed," she said. "It's a challenging issue for sure."

Police said traffic in the area would be affected for some time, with traffic on 176 Street closed between 8th Avenue and 4th Avenue.

The federal government introduced killer whale protection measures in the summer that included reducing noise levels from vessels, accelerating studies of the impacts of pollution on whale populations and restricting chinook salmon fishing, the preferred food of the southern residents.

A collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian in Surrey has left one person with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Whale viewing distance limits were also increased to 200 metres to keep whale watch vessels and other boats away from the endangered whales.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

The deaths of two southern resident killer whales this year focused worldwide attention on the orcas.

A female killer whale whose calf died shortly after birth pushed the body of the dead calf with her for more than two weeks. An intervention effort by both Canadian and American officials to save a second juvenile-aged female failed when the emaciated animal disappeared and was declared dead by experts.

"We're taking the measures we need to take, making the investments we need to do." McKenna said.

A teen killed in a gang-related shooting in Abbotsford, Monday, is being remembered as a class clown.

Jagvir Malhi, 19, was shot and killed and left on the street, just a block from his parents' home.

The University of the Fraser Valley, where Malhi attended, is making counselling available to students.

Police believe his death is linked to ongoing gang conflict in the Lower Mainland, but have not said how Malhi may be connected.

The office of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan released a statement Wednesday, following a Vancouver Island woman's revelations that she was drugged at a bar and then raped on the Victoria-area base.

The woman alleges she woke up to a man sexually assaulting her, and that she had no recollection of how she ended up on the base.

"We take all allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously … definitive action is being taken to eliminate this kind of behaviour," Sajjan's press secretary said in a press statement. "We will not stop until all our members are able to perform their duties in an environment free from harassment and discrimination."

Some fish are growing mouths that are smaller and harder to hook. Large animals from caribou to tuna are disappearing. Meanwhile, it's boom time for anything not too fussy about where it lives or what it eats.

"It's a reshaping of the tree of life," said Sarah Otto, a University of British Columbia researcher, whose paper was published Wednesday by the London-based Proceedings of the Royal Society.

Otto, a much-awarded and highly regarded theoretical biologist, says the activities and presence of human beings have become one of the largest drivers of evolutionary change everywhere on the planet.

"Human impacts on the world are not just local," she said. "They are changing the course of evolutionary history for all species on the planet, and that's a remarkable concept to ponder."

Earth scientists have long discussed the idea of the Anthropocene — a period of Earth's history defined by geological markers of human impact. Otto, after reviewing dozens of research papers, concludes the planet's biology is becoming similarly marked as plants and animals respond to human pressure.

Her paper is replete with examples from bird species slowly forgetting to migrate to mosquito breeds adapted specifically to underground subway tunnels.

Backyard bird feeders are behind changes in the beak shape and strength of house finches. Different mammals are becoming nocturnal as a way to avoid human conflict. Introduced species change the ground rules for native plants and animals.

"Evolution happens really fast if the selection regimes are strong. We can see sometimes in plant populations evolutionary change in the course of years."

Rates of species loss are now estimated to be 1,000 times higher than they were before human domination. More than one in five of all plant and animal species are considered at risk.

Extinctions have always happened. But Otto said they're happening at such a pace and in response to such similar pressures that they are reducing the ability of evolution to respond to change.

"The ones that can both tolerate and thrive in human-altered environments," said Otto. "The pigeons and the rats."

Since 2008, almost 100 people have died in Vernon due to an Illicit drug overdose, according to a recent release from the BC Coroners Service.

Since 2008, 250 people have died due to an Illicit drug overdose in Kelowna, with 168 of those deaths occurring from Jan. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2018.

Men account for about 80 per cent of the drug overdose deaths, with the majority of the deaths occurring between the 30 to 50 age range.

"It was men in trades, transport or service industries who tended to be at higher risk," said Annette Sharkey, executive director with Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan. "We are very concerned about what we're calling the 'hidden' population, [which are] people who tend to use alone but are not connected to services."

"These would not be folks that would necessarily associate with our street-level population. These are men who are working and housed in communities."

As a province, thousands of people have died since 2008 of an Illicit drug overdose, with more than 3,000 deaths occurring since Jan. 1 2016 to Sept. 30, 2018.

The latest figures from the BC Coroners Service show 128 people died of illicit-drug overdoses in September, an eight per cent increase from the previous month.

The latest monthly figure also shows a marked increase in fatalities from a year ago, when 93 people overdosed in the province.

The service says men have accounted for 80 per cent of the 1,143 deaths so far this year, with the opioid fentanyl accounting for the vast majority of them.

Cocaine and methamphetamine also figured prominently in the number of illicit-drug deaths since 2016.

Vancouver city council has voted to support newly elected Mayor Kennedy Stewart in appointing an opioid emergency task force to review the factors driving opioid dependency and to advise council on possible interventions.

The Trans Canada Highway, westbound near Golden has now been reopened after a collision forced the closure for much of Wednesday morning.

One driver indicates, "just drove westbound, through Albert Canyon, it is 100 percent a chain-up situation, uphill impossible."

Drivers also indicate there is a semi jackknifed east of Revelstoke that is making travel difficult as well.

The Trans Canada Highway's westbound lane is now closed between Golden View Road and Highway 95, near Golden after a motor vehicle incident.

The 1.4 kilometre stretch will remain closed for the foreseeable future, there is no detour available at this time.

Total snowfall amount of 15 to 20 cm is expected before the snow tapers off this afternoon as the disturbance moves out of the area.

You are reminded that mountain conditions can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Winter tires are a necessity as are chains in some areas, people are encouraged to adjust their driving behaviour and check Castanet traffic and DriveBC Highway cameras before embarking on the roads.

A conservation area in British Columbia's southeast mountains is being expanded by almost 8,000 hectares with the help of federal and provincial government contributions totalling $14.6 million.

The Darkwoods Conservation Area, located along Kootenay Lake between Nelson and Creston, provides habitat for 40 species at risk, including grizzly bear, wolverine, mountain caribou and whitebark pine trees.

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman say the joint government investment reflects commitments to protect threatened species.

Nature Conservancy of Canada spokesman Andrew Holland says the funds will ensure habitat areas for the species at risk receive required conservation protections.

He says the Darkwoods expansion will protect watersheds in areas threatened by industrial and recreational activities.

The expansion is part of the conservancy's goal to raise $25 million to increase conservation efforts in the Canadian Rockies region.

Images of burning tires and marching soldiers flash across the screen in a video advertisement warning British Columbia voters that proportional representation provides the "perfect platform" for extremists.

As residents of the province vote in an ongoing referendum on electoral reform, the Vote No side is cautioning that the system would allow extremists to be elected with a tiny percentage of votes and hold the balance of power with "disastrous results."

Suzanne Anton, Vote No co-director who was attorney general in a previous B.C. Liberal government, pointed as an example to Sweden, where the far-right Sweden Democrats have roots in a neo-Nazi movement and won 18 per cent of the vote in a recent election while also picking up the third most seats in the parliament.

It's a chilling message for voters weighing the options of maintaining the existing first-past-the-post system or moving to proportional representation, but political scientists say the threat is being exaggerated.

Maxwell Cameron of the University of British Columbia says proportional representation, a system in which parties gain seats according to the number of votes cast for them, typically has a moderating effect on the political landscape because parties must work together to advance legislation.

"Patterns of Democracy" author Arend Lijphart says that while it's true an extremist party could gain seats under the system, the record of other countries shows they typically remain on the periphery.

More than 2,100 customers in Surrey are still without power after a truck crashed into a power pole just after 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The collision took at King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue and it's still unclear if anyone was injured in the crash.

Many users had their power restored once BC Hydro re-routed power but at least 2,100 other customers will have to wait until the power is replaced later today.

A member of the Abbotsford Police Department will not be charged following allegations money was stolen from a home following the execution of a search warrant.

A press release from Dan McLaughlin, Communications Counsel for the B.C. Prosecution Service, said on Nov. 23, 2017, Abbotsford Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit officers executed search warrants at a residence in relation to a drug trafficking investigation.

While searching the residence, officers located cash, weapons, drugs and drug paraphernalia. As a result of the search an individual was charged with eight offences including possession of narcotics or drugs for the purpose of trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

During the prosecution of those offences, the defence alleged one of the investigating officers had taken money found at the scene and the theft had been captured by a home video recording device.

At the request of the Abbotsford Police Department the allegations were investigated by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) to avoid the appearance of any improper influence.

The BCPS has concluded the available evidence does not meet the BCPS’s charge assessment standard and no charges have been approved.

On Thursday at about 8:30 a.m. the Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a home invasion which occurred at a unit in the Hillcrest Motel in Pouce Coupe.

After RCMP arrived, police determined that the victim had been assaulted and that the suspect had stolen a black Dodge dually pickup.

Dawson Creek RCMP are seeking information from any witnesses that may have noticed suspicious activity, vehicles, or persons at the Hillcrest Motel in Pouce Coupe on Nov. 8, or anyone that may have observed the black Dodge dually pickup being left on Road 201 off of Hwy 49 near the Alberta border later that day.