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Psychiatric hospital wants more time to review Butler

Psychiatric hospital wants more time to review Butler

A 42-year-old man who claims he killed his former girlfriend because he was fighting with a demon was sent for further psychiatric review Monday in B.C. Supreme Court. The provincial forensic psychiatric hospital requested another 30 days to assess Christopher Butler’s mental state at the time Deanne Wheeler was beaten and strangled to death on December 30 last year. Butler ...

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Declaration of immunization sought

Declaration of immunization sought

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) wants children to present a declaration of immunization before starting school. However, the CMA and the Interior Health Authority see the statement as not as a demand, but as a reason for a conversation. Dr. Trevor Corneil, an IHA medical officer of health, said while there is no doubt vaccinations can prevent children from contracting ...

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Low wages at heart of The Hamlets protest in Kamloops

Low wages at heart of The Hamlets protest in Kamloops

The Hamlets at Westsyde resident Lyle Roberts chats yesterday morning at a union rally with care-aide Gayle Murphy.Care-aides like Murphy are pushing for an increase in wages. Cam Fortems/KTW Workers rallied yesterday outside a Westsyde seniors’ housing development as part of a bid to increase wages they say are the lowest in the region and largely unchanged from five years ...

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ICBC rates may rise by 6.7 per cent

ICBC rates may rise by 6.7 per cent

The B.C. Liberal government will work with ICBC over the next several months to reduce the sticker shock on a proposed increase to basic rates by as much as 6.7 per cent. The Crown corporation announced yesterday its proposed premium increase is being driven by the rising number and costs of injury claims. Persistent low interest rates are also reducing ...

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Sex offender David Caza loses appeal

Sex offender David Caza loses appeal

A sex offender who hijacked the Internet account of a former roommate to share child pornography had no reasonable expectation of privacy from police searches, the B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled. David Caza was sentenced in August 2012 for possessing child pornography, distributing child pornography and breaching a court order. He was sentenced to seven years in jail and ...

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Bear in mind, they are hungry

Bear in mind, they are hungry

Conservation officers were called to the area of Notre Dame Drive and Hillside Drive Monday at about 3:30 p.m. to try to coax this bruin back into the wild. The bear was taking a stroll across from Montana’s restaurant. Go online to kamloopsthisweek.com for updates on the animal’s fate. Jessica Wallace/KTW

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Campfire ban lifted in Kamloops Fire Centre

Campfire ban lifted in Kamloops Fire Centre

Just in time for Labour Day Weekend campers, the campfire ban in the Kamloops Fire Centre has been lifted. The ban was removed at noon on Monday. It was rescinded due to recent widespread precipitation, which resulted in a decreased risk of wildfires in the region. The fire danger rating is now primarily “low” to “moderate” throughout the fire centre. ...

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One killed in crash in Valleyview

One killed in crash in Valleyview

Kamloops Mounties are investigating a two-vehicle collision in Valleyview that has claimed a life. Const. Jason Epp said the crash took place at the intersection of Highway 1 and Oriole Road at about 12:20 p.m. on Monday. “At this time, police can confirm there has been a fatality and there will be partial road closures for several hours while the ...

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Assault charge against Interior Community Services CEO stayed

Assault charge against Interior Community Services CEO stayed

The Crown has stayed a charge of assault against the CEO of a Kamloops social agency. Interior Community Services (ICS) said Kelly Kelland will return to her position as CEO. The Crown entered a stay of proceedings on a charge of assault stemming from a domestic incident on July 8 this year at the Monte Creek home Kelland shared with ...

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Despite death, government not convinced changes in senior care needed

Despite death, government not convinced changes in senior care needed

Jeanne Olineck (left), her gradmother Rose Lozinski, sister Jackie and mother Matilda pose for a family photo at Christmas years ago. Following her mother’s death, Jeanne Olineck hoped she would see changes in how the health-care system handles the province’s aging population. Government officials, however, aren’t convinced changes are warranted. Olineck’s mother, Matilda, was the 72-year-old woman who is believed ...

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