2004 year in review

VANCOUVER – The year began with the shooting death of a good Samaritan outside a Gastown nightclub. And that was followed by the death of world-renowned artist Tony Onley in a plane crash. Then there was the Bertuzzi incident, a story that went on for the rest of the year. Avian flu hit the Fraser Valley. And a strike by hospital workers nearly triggered a province-wide shutdown of other services, including schools and transit. Decisions about ferries and slot machines provoked controversy, Vancouver voters rejected a ward system and the RAV line got the green light. Two leading members of the B.C. Liberal cabinet Gary Collins and Christy Clark both stepped down as the province heads toward a general election in May. The year drew to a close with B.C. residents opening their hearts and pocketbooks to help those devastated by the tsunamis in Asia.