Police search for thieves in B.C. cookie caper

A brazen thief has been caught on camera with her hand in the cookie jar.

Police are looking for a couple who broke into a bakery in Peachland, B.C., last week and stole 72 cookies, but nothing else, according to the Penticton Herald.

Darci Yeo, the owner of Bliss Bakery, told the Penticton Herald that she feared the worst when she first heard someone had broken into her business. Past break-ins have cost her and her husband, Barry, up to $1,000.

But security footage showed a man forcing his way into the bakery before a woman entered to grab three trays of cookies and left.

“They didn’t touch anything else. They didn’t look at anything else. It was like they knew exactly what they wanted,” Yeo told the Penticton Herald.

The suspects took off with 72 cookies in all, which included chocolate chunk, peanut butter chocolate chunk, and chocolate salty toffee cookies. They didn’t bother with any gluten free cookies.

“I just think they had the munchies,” Yeo said.

Police now hope a trail of crumbs will lead them to the perpetrators!

Court annuls B.C. hairdresser’s ‘sham’ marriage

The B.C. Supreme Court has approved an annulment for a hairdresser who was forced to marry her boss’ relative.

Not long after Pardeep Kaur started working as a hairdresser this summer, her boss suggested she marry his relative, Harpreet Singh Jhamb, who lived in India at the time, according to the Surrey Now-Leader.

Kaur’s boss threatened to fire her if she refused, the Surrey Now-Leader reported. Her boss subsequently sponsored Jhamb to immigrate to Canada.

The court found that the marriage was a “sham” and the Kaur had not entered it of her own free will.

“I find that she was coerced into marrying the respondent and participated in the civil ceremony under duress,” the judge wrote.

Conservationist group discovers ‘Mossome Grove’

Photos courtesy of the Endangered Ecosystems Alliance

Conservationists have found what they are calling the “most magnificent and photogenic” forest on Vancouver Island, but for the moment it’s for their eyes only.

The Endangered Ecosystems Alliance said it first came across the 13-hectare area, populated by ancient-looking trees covered in thick green moss and ferns, in October. The conservationists later returned in December to explore more.

The group posted photos of the lush forest — which it nicknamed Mossome Grove — but said its location will remain hidden until the provincial government provides assurances that the land will be protected from commercial logging and trampling.

Ken Wu, the executive director of the Endangered Ecosystems Alliance said in a press release that the forest was the “most magnificent and stunningly beautiful” old-growth forest he had ever seen.

“Hollywood could not make a more stunning, picture-perfect forest than this one,” Wu said.

The group said it should be able to keep the location secret due to the grove’s limited size and the fact that there are no trails leading to it.  

B.C. man drives 21 hours to see rare duck

What may seem like a bird-brained idea to some was all worth it for Jamie Forsyth.

The Kimberley, B.C. man drove through two sleepless nights and waited for hours — all for the chance to catch a glimpse of a rare duck.

Forsyth told the Cranbrook Daily Townsman that he traveled to Burnaby, B.C. and back in a weekend to get a photo of a mandarin duck. He said photographing such a bird, which is typically found in East Asia, was something that has been on his bucket list for more than two decades.

The avid birder was even thinking about taking a trip to New York City to see the duck when he heard that someone recently spotted one in a lake near Burnaby.

After work on a recent Friday, Forsyth hopped in his truck and drove through the night. He arrived at the lake before sunrise.

He waited for hours, but did not make the journey in vain as the duck appeared at around 2 p.m. for eight minutes. It was long enough for Forsyth to get some photos.

That evening, he turned around and went all the way back to Kimberley, driving a total of 21 hours that weekend.

Human-induced climate change played major role in B.C. wildfires: Study

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Researchers have concluded that human-induced climate change is largely to blame for the severity of forest fires that ripped through British Columbia in 2017.

A new study published in Earth’s Future has found that the 1.2-million hectare area that burned that year was seven to 11 times larger than it would have been without human influences on climate.

“As the climate continues to warm, we can expect that costly extreme wildfire seasons—like 2017, in BC—will become more likely in the future,” said Megan Kirchmeier-Young a research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. “This will have increasing impacts on many sectors, including forest management, public health, and infrastructure.”

The 2017 wildfire season displaced 65,000 people and exposed millions to smoke-filled air. The area burned that year was record-setting, but was later surpassed in 2018, the study said.

Researchers found that extreme temperatures in B.C. during the 2017 summer were made more than 20 times more likely due to human-induced climate change.

Scientists from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium at the University of Victoria led the study and warned that extreme forest fires resulting from human influences on climate change will intensify in the future without further action.