WATCH: BC Government reviews ALR changes following farmer protest

KELOWNA, B.C. – Change may be coming to proposed legislation in B.C. that would greatly alter the agricultural land reserve.

B.C. farmers have been protesting the new policies. Some say the legislation doesn’t go far enough to protect farm land for the future.

They’ve taken to social media to get the attention of the Agriculture Minister, who appears to be listening.

Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country, just replaced an ailing Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River North.

On his first day on the job last week, Letnick contacted the B.C. Agriculture Council and scheduled a meeting for next week.

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WATCH: NASA comes to Salmon Arm

Students at Salmon Arm West elementary School had the thrill of a lifetime this morning.

Grade three, four and five students had the chance to have a skype conversation with retired astronaut, Chris Hadfield.

And as if that wasn’t enough, they also go to visit with former NASA engineer, and Salmon Arm resident, Bruce Aikenhead.

Aikenhead was a driving force behind the Canadarm. He was also involved in hiring Hadfield as an astronaut.

Both Hadfield and Aikenhead encouraged the students to dream big, and to aim for whatever career interests them most.

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WATCH: City Installs Security Cameras

The city of Kelowna is using security cameras to increase public safety and deter criminal activity.

Nine security cameras have been installed along the waterfront and downtown core in recent months and more are on the way.

The cameras are situated in both Stuart and City parks as well as the foot of Lawrence and Leon Avenues. The Queensway bus loop is also equipped with two cameras as is Kasugai gardens.

“Hopefully there is a deterrent effect with the cameras the people who might be engaging in behaviors we don’t want in these places might choose not to do them because of those cameras,” says city spokesperson Lance Kayfish.

Kayfish says more and more municipalities are using security cameras to increase safety on public spaces.

While most people support the idea, some question the privacy issues related to being recorded.

City officials say they are sensitive to privacy concerns and for that reason have attached conditions to the surveillance system.

“There are very strict rules and controls about who can view the video and about when and why we would provide the video information to a third party like the RCMP so there is a formal process in which the …read more

Amanda Todd’s mom: ‘This is truly a day that we’ve been waiting for’

VANCOUVER – Amanda Todd’s mother, Carol, fought back tears and wiped her eyes through a news conference Thursday afternoon about a man being arrested in connection with the online bullying of Amanda Todd.

It was revealed on Thursday that a 35-year-old man living in the Netherlands was arrested in January. Five charges have now been laid against him by BC Crown Counsel, including one count of Internet luring and one count of possession of child pornography, among others.

“This is truly a day that we’ve been waiting for,” said Carol Todd. “I always knew deep in my heart that what my daughter told was the truth.”

The man, who RCMP have not named to protect the integrity of the Dutch investigation, reportedly pressured his victims, including Amanda, to perform sexual acts on webcam and recorded the images.

Insp. Paulette Friell, with the Coquitlam RCMP, said an investigation was launched in December 2010 that Amanda was being harassed and extorted in person and online. However, due to the nature of the investigation they could not share most of the details with the public, or even Amanda’s family.

“We respect that while this is a significant development this judicial process has just started,” said Carol.

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Dutch prosecute man whose child pornography case linked to Canadian victim Amanda Todd

VANCOUVER – Canadian police are confirming an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide in a case that received international attention.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Insp. Paulette Freill said Friday a suspect has been arrested in the Netherlands and charged with extortion, luring and criminal harassment and possession of child pornography for the purpose of distribution. Police did not release the name of the 35-year-old man.

Amanda Todd brought the problem of cyber bullying to mainstream attention in Canada after she posted a video on YouTube in which she told her story with handwritten signs, describing how she was lured by a stranger to expose her breasts on a webcam.

The picture ended up on a Facebook page made by the stranger, to which her friends were added.

She was repeatedly bullied, despite changing schools, before finally killing herself weeks after posting the video. It has now been viewed more than 17 million times.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield thrills B.C. kids by flying paper airplanes

COQUITLAM, B.C. – Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s passion for space travel isn’t limited to rockets — he was just as happy flying paper airplanes with a bunch of giddy Grade 5 kids in Coquitlam, B.C.

Hadfield joined 60 students at a theatre where the youngsters later joined an audience of high schoolers who heard the high flyer talk about the importance of teamwork, science and technology training.

His visit, part of the B.C. Institute of Technology’s day of transportation, had Hadfield’s passion to educate and inspire youth on full display.

As he asked to borrow one student’s airplane, Hadfield remarked at what he called an example of simple but complex engineering, aerodynamics, art and design.

Hadfield marvelled at the paper creation, saying it had a nice stream-lined nose, with the centre of gravity in the right spot — about halfway down the wing — and a great horizontal and vertical stabilizer.

The engineer and pilot also told the kids he grew up on a farm and made a lot of paper airplanes in his time.

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Vancouver Real Estate: Ultimate Girly House For Sale

One of our favourite Vancouver bloggers, Melissa Carr, at the thirties grind, loves real estate porn, just like us.

She recently flagged the “ultimate girly house” for sale in East Van. As long as we ignore the $1,199,000 price tag, and the fact the furnishings don’t come included, we could see ourselves moving right in.

OK, maybe more like the one-bedroom suite that’s currently rented out.

An open house is scheduled for the three-level, 1910 Edwardian home on Saturday afternoon (April 19).

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AC/DC guitar stolen in dirty deed from B.C. restaurant: RCMP

WHITE ROCK, B.C. – It was a theft that played out like the lyrics of the AC/DC song “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.”

Mounties in White Rock, B.C., are asking for the public’s help in finding a unique guitar stolen from a display case in a local restaurant.

The guitar is a 1961 Gibson SG Les Paul re-issue in a cherry finish, signed by Angus and Malcolm Young of the band AC/DC.

Police say it appears the break-in was done specifically to obtain the piece.

The guitar is easily recognizable by a distinct cartoon picture of an Angus devil on the front.

RCMP say the instrument is of sentimental value and the owners would be pleased to have it back.

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Shipping Container Home Stands Up For Maximum Awesomeness

Shipping container homes aren’t exactly a new idea anymore. More of the sustainable homes are showing up in Vancouver alone. But a Victoria residential designer is taking that design and literally flipping it on its head.

Keith Dewey is the mastermind behind Zigloo, a company that focuses on small and innovative home designs. One of his concepts is the tallHAUS; it’s a shipping container home that stands upright and is just 76 ft. sq. (?? Is feet squared the same thing as square feet?)

The tallHAUS would have five levels: a lounge on the first floor, a kitchen on the second, a bathroom on the third, a queen-sized bedroom on the fourth, and a rooftop deck on the fifth.

“It is a purely conceptual design that would need a very large cash infusion to make it become a reality,” Dewey told The Huffington Post B.C. in an email. He said there are no plans to mass produce the design right now because its criteria is so specific.

Dewey and his family live in what is believed to be Canada’s first shipping container building.

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