Morning Headlines: October 4, 2018

Aiya Benaso / October 4, 2018



19-year-old killed in Mission shooting last night

Varinderpal Gill has been identified as the victim of a shooting at a Mission mall parking lot last night. RCMP found the 19-year-old with gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services. Mr. Gill was known to police and investigators believe the shooting was targeted.

Abbotsford Police were notified of a burning SUV in Bateman Park near Bateman Road and Wright Street. Investigators believe this vehicle is connected to the incident.

“This was a brazen shooting in a busy shopping complex and those responsible showed absolutely no regard for human life.  Fortunately, no one else was hurt from this incident,” said Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT in a press release.

Investigators are still searching for any suspects and are asking for the public’s assistance. Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (ext. 4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Mission RCMP found 19-year-old Varinderpal Gill with gunshot wounds, who was pronounced dead at scene by emergency services after a shooting outside of Mission Junction Mall.
(Mission RCMP)

Varinerderpal Gill has been identified as the man shot and killed in Misson last night.
(IHIT)

Many Vancouver dispensaries have yet to receive Provincial licenses to operate only 2 weeks away from Canadian legalization of cannabis.
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Cannabis

Vancouver dispensaries still don’t have Provincial licences to operate

Many Vancouver dispensaries have yet to receive approval for Provincial licenses to operate under the new cannabis legislation. The recreational legalization of non-medicinal cannabis is on October 17th.

There are 19 pot shops operating with a municipal business licence in Vancouver, including four compassion clubs, while 53 locations hold a development permit.

So far the only approved cannabis store ready for October 17th is in Kamloops. Shops convicted of illegally selling cannabis will face fines of up to $100,000 and up to 12 months imprisonment.

Warning about ‘death cap’ mushrooms

The BC Centre for Disease Control and Mycological Society is warning the public not to eat a poisonous strain of mushrooms. The invasive ‘death cap’ mushrooms have been found in urban areas of the lower mainland to the Fraser Valley. The mushrooms can cause severe cramping, diarrhea, liver and kidney damage or death when consumed.

These death cap mushrooms are not native to British Columbia, but were introduced from the roots of European trees that now line city streets.

“Given the trees they live in were planted in the 1960s and 70s, we are seeing more and more appear every year and we believe that trend will continue.” said Paul Kroeger with the Vancouver Mycological Society in a press release.

There has been an increase of poison control calls this season due to ideal rainy climate. Last year a child died of consumption in Victoria. If you have eaten the mushroom go to the hospital and call poison control immediately at 1-800-567-8911.

The BC CBC has made a multilingual warning poster about death cap mushrooms.
(BC CDC)

Death Cap mushroom poster