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Brazen gang murders in Vancouver result of keeping marijuana illegal: SFU prof

The recent murder at the downtown Wall Centre has shaken locals, but longtime observers of B.C.'s crime scene say its nothing unusual, and likely to continue due to the thriving illegal drug trade.

American guns, Canadian deaths

With four in the Lower Mainland dead and another wounded since Christmas Eve, VO investigates the source of the guns.

"Jobs not jails": Manitoba protesters rally against Ottawa's omnibus crime bill

WINNIPEG – Protesters outside the Manitoba legislature have warned that the federal omnibus crime bill being fast-tracked into law will cost taxpayers more, won't reduce crime and will create more...

Violence expected as gang tensions flare in B.C.

Bystanders might fall innocent pray to retaliation, but girlfriends and associates of gangsters are the real concern, officers say.

UK riot arrests top 1,700 as talk turns to muzzling social media

Courts open through the night, police flood streets as weekend looms.

Shots fired on West Georgia Street at 2 a.m.

 Vancouver Police are searching a park near Denman and W. Georgia for any discarded evidence after a shot was fired in the area overnight. There are no reports of anyone being injured....

Guns, gangs and steel

Two weeks before Christmas, ten young people were gunned down on the streets of Vancouver just one block from where our Mayor and his family slept. Eight of the victims remain hospitalized with two...

Mayor Robertson "outraged" by weekend gang shooting

Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke out against the gang-related weekend shooting this morning, calling the assault "despicable" and "scary." At a City Hall press conference he said that Vancouver Police...

Gunfire injures three in Gastown

Three women and a man were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a multiple shooting early Sunday morning in Gastown. Two of the victims have since been...

Man Shot to Death Today While Driving on East 10th

This afternoon at 1:06 pm, an Asian man in his early 20s was shot while driving in the 1500 block of E.10th Avenue.  The man was rushed to hospital where he died a short time later.  ...