B.C. chief coroner expects to know cause of deadly avalanche

VANCOUVER - The B.C. Coroner's Service is confident it will pinpoint the cause of an avalanche near the community of McBride that killed five Alberta snowmobilers last week.

See Full Article

Coroner Barb McLintock says investigators have "nearly always" been able to determine what triggered previous slides.

An avalanche technician wrapped up work on the site in eastern British Columbia on Sunday.

McLintock says in addition to determining the cause of the slide, the investigation will look at contributing factors and whether anything could have been done differently to avoid the deaths.

She says her office will also have to determine whether any recommendations can be made to prevent a similar tragedy from happening in the future.

McLintock says it's impossible to predict how long the investigation will take.

The area where Friday's slide occurred about 20 km east of McBride has been reopened to the public, but the Coroner's Office is urging any members of the public venturing into B.C.'s back country to check with Avalanche Canada to see what risk levels are.

The five who were killed were among four separate groups of snowmobilers who were in the same area when the slide came down.

The avalanche risk was rated as "considerable" and warning signs were posted.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Quebec teen fires off cease and desist letter to school board over smartphone rules

    Canada News CTV News
    SAGUENAY, Que. -- A 15-year-old Quebec boy is challenging his school's policy of confiscating a smartphone for 24 hours if it is used during class. A school board in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region confirms it received a letter from Vincent Duguay this week. Source
  • He said-he said: 10 times that Trump has contradicted Trump

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- It's a he said-he said thing. U.S. President Donald Trump once promised to be "very restrained" on Twitter -- "if I use it at all." He thought campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was an "excellent guy" -- until Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Source
  • Lac-Mégantic jury asks 3rd question as deliberations stretch on

    Canada News CBC News
    The jury in the Lac-Mégantic trial of three men charged in connection with 2013 rail disaster had another question Friday morning, as they embarked on their ninth day of deliberations. The jurors asked clarification on determining how the actions and decisions made by the three accused differed from what another employee would have done in the situation. Source
  • Palestinian family says it killed relative suspected of spying for Israel

    World News CBC News
    A Palestinian family in the Gaza Strip said it has killed a relative who allegedly helped Israel track down and kill three senior Hamas militants, including one of the man's own kinsmen. In a statement, the family of Ahmed Barhoum said it had shot him in the city of Rafah after being told by a militant group that Barhoum had provided information to Israel. Source
  • Trudeau to make 3-city U.S. tour to push business ties

    Canada News CBC News
    As tense NAFTA talks continue, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is preparing to make a three-city trip to the United States next month to explore new business opportunities and strengthen bilateral ties. Trudeau will stop in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago from Feb. Source
  • Transportation watchdog must revisit air passenger obesity complaint

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada says a federal transportation watchdog was too hasty in dismissing a consumer advocate's complaint on behalf of obese airline passengers. The high court's 6-3 decision today means the Canadian Transportation Agency must take a fresh look at Gabor Lukacs' complaint against Delta Air Lines. Source
  • Supreme Court orders 2nd look at complaint about airline bumping obese passengers

    Canada News CBC News
    The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) to take another look at a complaint about how Delta Air Lines deals with obese passengers. The complaint was filed by Halifax-based passenger rights advocate Gabor Lukacs. Source
  • Boy, 13, charged as adult in crossbow killing of 10-year-old

    World News CTV News
    CHANDLER, Okla. -- Prosecutors in Oklahoma have charged a 13-year-old boy with first-degree murder in the crossbow killing of a 10-year-old friend. The death happened last fall in the small town of Chandler, about 65 kilometres northeast of Oklahoma City. Source
  • Border wall models thwart U.S. commandos in tests

    World News CTV News
    SAN DIEGO -- Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press. Source
  • Turkey says no turning back from offensive in Syria

    World News CTV News
    ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's defence minister said Friday there is no turning back from his country's decision to launch a ground assault on a Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest Syria, saying the offensive had "de facto" started with the sporadic Turkish military shelling of the area. Source