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VANCOUVER – B.C. MAN KILLED IN LAS VEGAS SHOOTING COMPASSIONATE, ADVENTUROUS, FAMILY SAYS

The parents of Jordan McIldoon are remembering their son as compassionate young man who was fearless and lived a life of adventure.

McIldoon, who would have turned 24 on Friday, was one of almost 60 people who were killed by a gunman in Las Vegas on Sunday.

His parents issued a statement Tuesday describing the life of their only son, who grew up on their rural property in Maple Ridge.

They said he loved hockey, snowboarding, NASCAR, country music and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, adding he was rarely seen out of his cowboy boots.

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YUKON PARTY LEADER RECOUNTS FLEEING LAS VEGAS SHOOTING

The leader of Yukon’s official opposition said there was mass confusion as people fled gunshots during a concert in Las Vegas.

Stacey Hassard and his wife were at the concert where 59 people were killed over the weekend, including four Canadians.

He said he thought the first few shots were fireworks but then he started trying to get people to move away calmly.

Hassard and his wife were in the middle of the crowd when the shooting broke out, but he said they were able to take shelter in a nearby bar before grabbing a taxi to their hotel.

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TIMELINE FOR B.C. RIDE-SHARING APPROVAL UNCLEAR

B.C.’s Transportation Minister Claire Trevena says she can’t pinpoint the timing of a new policy to allow ride-sharing operations like Uber and Lyft in the province.

The New Democrats and Liberals both promised ride sharing this year in their election platforms, but Trevena said the NDP government is now looking at the safety and regulatory issues involved.

Green Leader Andrew Weaver said he plans to introduce a private member’s bill that will pave the way for ride sharing in the province.

While a spokesman for B.C.’s taxi industry said ride sharing must undergo extensive consultations, Uber said in a statement that all parties should keep their election promises.

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TSB INVESTIGATING CAUSE OF DEADLY HELICOPTER CRASH

A Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman said wreckage from a helicopter crash on Vancouver Island will be examined to determine if mechanical failure was involved.

She said a team of investigators were at the crash site west of Campbell River on Monday and the wreckage has been moved to a hangar in Richmond for more investigation.

The spokeswoman said the flight path, pilot’s control and weather will also be looked at.

The single-engine Robinson 44 helicopter crashed into heavy bush on Sunday, killing one of the two people on board.

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THE CANADIAN PRESS, Vancouver

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