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  • 1 hour A Vancouver insider’s view of the Quadriga meltdown: ‘It’s kinda devastating’ Vancouversun -Local
    Software engineer Tong Zou lost his life savings — more than $500,000 — in the QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency meltdown. The mild-mannered 30-year-old Vancouver resident wasn’t making any clandestine, high-stakes trades when the online platform was shut down on Jan. 28 amid a storm of controversy and conspiracy rumours. Instead, Zou was simply looking for an easy way to transfer U.S. funds into Canada for a down payment on a local property. “It’s kinda devastating when you do lose that kind of money,” Zou said in an interview, adding that he still believes the future remains bright for cryptocurrency markets. “But this ... more
  • 1 hour The Secret Lives of Salmon: Scientists run test fishery before heading to open ocean Vancouversun -Local
    Scientists aboard the Russian research vessel Kaganovsky are running a test fishery Monday off the west coast of Vancouver Island before heading to sea. The dry run will allow the group to test its blend of Russian scientists, fishing gear and laboratories with the scientific gear and expertise brought aboard by more than a dozen researchers from Canada, the United States, South Korea and Japan. Later this week, the group will begin the first of 50 test fisheries for research purposes across the Gulf of Alaska planned for the five-week voyage. The salmon they recover will be used to answer ... more
  • 2 hours Province to aerial spray for gypsy moths over Fraser Heights in Surrey in April Vancouversun -Local
    The B.C. government is stepping up its attack on a potentially dangerous pest living in a corner of Surrey, which it worries could wipe out orchards, farms and trees in the province if left untreated. The gypsy moth has stubbornly remained in the northwest corner of the Fraser Heights neighbourhood in Surrey, despite the hand application of pesticide at ground level over the past two years. A single gypsy moth in its voracious caterpillar stage can chew through 1,000 sq. cm of foliage a day, the equivalent of 15 oak leaves, according to the Forests Ministry. The ministry has applied ... more
  • 2 hours Ian Mulgrew: ICBC trial strategy slammed Vancouversun -Local
    A B.C. Supreme Court judge has hammered ICBC’s litigation strategy, pouring accelerant on the “dumpster fire” brawl between Attorney-General David Eby and B.C. lawyers.. “This is the type of case that was ripe for settlement, as demonstrated by the small difference between the plaintiff’s offer and the award made,” Justice Neena Sharma fumed in an oral decision Jan. 23 published only lastweek. She was angry the insurance giant went to trial on a case that should have been settled. “I was informed the defendant had made a settlement offer, but withdrew it for ‘institutional’ reasons,” Sharma said. “Whatever ‘institutional’ reasons are, they ... more
  • 4 hours North Shore Rescue search for two hikers possibly buried in avalanche Vancouversun -Local
    North Shore Rescue is responding to Mount Seymour on Monday to rescue two hikers who may have been caught up in an avalanche. According to North Vancouver RCMP, a distress call was received Monday from two hikers in a remote area between Runners Peak and Mount Elsay in Mount Seymour Provincial Park. “It has been learned that two overnight hikers in that area were possibly caught up in an avalanche,” said police in a 11:30 a.m. Twitter update. “It’s unknown the condition or other details of the hikers.”
    Mt Seymour update: Emergency services are en route ... more
  • 5 hours NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin affair Vancouversun -Local
    Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says a public inquiry is necessary in the scandal involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin and Canada’s former justice minister. Singh said while campaigning in Burnaby today that serious questions need to be answered about the scandal that cuts to the heart of Canada’s democracy. Vancouver-Granville member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week, days after a report that says she was pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution when she was justice minister. She was moved to veterans affairs in a cabinet shuffle last month before she resigned, saying she was getting legal advice ... more
  • 5 hours Surrey RCMP seek witnesses following banquet hall stabbing on Friday Vancouversun -Local
    Police are seeking witnesses and information into a stabbing that took place at a Surrey banquet hall on Friday. Around 10 p.m. on Friday, Surrey RCMP were called to the 8100-block of 128 Street where they found a 20-year-old man who had been stabbed while attending an event at a banquet hall. The man was rushed to hospital for non-life threatening injuries. According to police, there were “hundreds of people” attending the event at the time. Investigators are now asking witnesses or anyone who may have cellphone footage of the incident to come forward and share that information with police. ... more
  • 6 hours Vancouver police seek dashboard camera footage in fatal collision Vancouversun -Local
    Vancouver police are hoping drivers with dashboard camera footage around the time and area of a fatal crash last Saturday will come forward. Around 11 p.m. on Saturday, a newer white four-door Hyundai Elantra carrying three people was southbound on Cambie Street when it collided with a dark Acura SUV at West 57th Avenue. The 26-year-old driver of the Elantra lost control and the vehicle crashed into a utility pole. The driver was killed instantly, while the other two passengers, a 25-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, were both rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The passengers in the ... more
  • 6 hours More snow on the way for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley on Tuesday Vancouversun -Local
    More snow? How delightful. A special weather statement calling for more snow has been issued for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Environment Canada issued the note on Monday morning, warning of up to 5 centimetres of snow in some areas of Metro Vancouver, while the valley could see up to 10 centimetres. “A frontal system will cross the south coast on Tuesday,” the statement read. “Snow will begin Tuesday morning and may catch the tail-end of the morning commute.” The snow will turn into rain by the afternoon, particularly near the water and at lower elevations. Those inland, however, ... more
  • 7 hours Homicide investigation underway after man found dead in Surrey Vancouversun -Local
    Homicide police are investigating after a 60-year-old man was found dead in Surrey on Sunday afternoon. The death is not believed to be gang-related. Around 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Surrey RCMP were called to an apartment complex in the 13300-block of 105 Avenue for the report of an assault. Officers who attended the scene found a man suffering from injuries consistent with foul play. He was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries. No details were released about how the injuries were sustained. On Monday morning, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in to investigate the death. Sections of ... more
  • 7 hours Canada-wide arrest warrant issued for ‘violent’ Prince George man Vancouversun -Local
    Police are asking the public to be on the lookout after a country-wide arrest warrant was issued for a “violent” Prince George man. The warrant for being unlawfully at large was issued after Tal Kalum LaRivere failed to meet his court-imposed curfew on Feb. 2. He has not been heard from or seen since, and has not returned to his designated residence in Prince George. Prince George RCMP have now issued a public warning, asking people to help locate the 31-year-old. LaRiviere is described as a Metis man, about 6-foot-2, weighing 194 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. Police say ... more
  • 7 hours Vancouver duo faced health scare while making Oscar-nominated ‘Animal Behaviour’ Vancouversun -Local
    TORONTO — Husband-and-wife filmmakers Alison Snowden and David Fine had almost finished their now-Oscar-nominated animated short “Animal Behaviour” when a health crisis sent them into a tailspin. Snowden had contracted a virus that developed into a life-threatening lung infection and needed to undergo risky surgery in their home city of Vancouver in 2017. The rare respiratory illness “ended up with me needing a double lung transplant,” Snowden recalled in a recent interview. “We were almost finished the film and this came out of nowhere,” added Fine. “The transplant was an emergency, sudden life-saving procedure, and we dedicated the film to ... more
  • 8 hours Vancouver police seek help locating missing man with dementia Vancouversun -Local
    Vancouver police are asking the public to help find a man with dementia who has gone missing. Glen McKim, 67, was last seen at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Granville island area. He deals with a number of medical issues including dementia. Police describe McKim as a white man, about 5-foot-8 with a medium build and balding salt-and-pepper hair. When he was last seen, he was wearing a grey jacket over a grey shirt with black pants. Anyone who recognizes McKim is asked to contact 911 and stay with him until first responders arrive. ... more
  • 9 hours Vancouver weather: Possible flurries for Family Day Vancouversun -Local
    VANCOUVER, B.C.: Feb. 18, 2019 – Just when you thought you were done with the snow, Monday’s weather promises a chance of flurries or, if we’re lucky, it’ll just be rain showers. Family Day will see temperatures stay above freezing during the day but it does drop down to zero later, allowing for a chance of flurries in the evening. That continues into Tuesday with a possibility of up to 4 centimetres of snow at higher terrain. Weather: Vancouver, B.C. Today: Cloudy, high of ... more
  • 1 day Pedestrian in hospital with serious injuries following collision in Abbotsford Vancouversun -Local
    A man is in hospital with serious injuries following a collision in Abbotsford on Sunday. According to Abbotsford police, the collision took place around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Montrose and Essendene avenues. A male pedestrian was taken to hospital with what police said were serious injuries. A boy was also involved in the collision but sustained only minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.
    UPDATE: the intersection of Montrose and Essenden has now re-opened. Thank you for your patience. @cbcnewsbc @NEWS1130 @CKNW @GlobalBC @CTVVancouver — Abbotsford Police Department (@AbbyPoliceDept) February 17, 2019 ... more
  • 1 day Deported B.C. man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return Vancouversun -Local
    A British Columbia man who was deported at 59 despite living in Canada since he was seven months old has won a shot at returning home. A federal court has granted Len Van Heest a judicial review of his permanent and temporary residency applications. Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017, and court documents say he has been living in a shelter where he can’t communicate with anyone because he doesn’t speak the language. They say he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 16, committed dozens of crimes in Canada and made several legal attempts to remain in ... more
  • 1 day Convicted sex offender who fled B.C. arrested in Quebec Vancouversun -Local
    Joseph Davis, a convicted sex offender who failed to return to his Vancouver halfway house last week, has been arrested. Davis, 47, became the subject of a public police alert when he did not return to his halfway house on Feb. 11. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Davis and his image was shared with media and the public. On Sunday, Vancouver police announced he had been arrested in Quebec on Sunday morning. Related Canada-wide warrant: Sex offender fails to return to Vancouver halfway house VPD say wanted sex offender may be travelling in Mercedes SUV more
  • 1 day Family Day 2019 in Vancouver: What’s open and closed Vancouversun -Local
    Some people celebrate with their family, while others celebrate with their chosen family. Perhaps it’s just another day off for you or maybe you’re among those who keep the city moving. No matter how you choose to spend your Family Day, here’s a list of what’s open, closed or operating on a holiday schedule on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 in Vancouver. Shopping While smaller businesses will likely be closed or running shortened hours, Pacific Centre, Richmond Centre and Metrotown be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., while Oakridge Centre will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Two Real ... more
  • 1 day B.C. budget prioritizes NDP’s poverty, environment plans: finance minister Vancouversun -Local
    VICTORIA — British Columbia’s finance minister says the budget she tables Tuesday undertakes development of social, environmental and economic initiatives as other provinces across Canada implement cuts to programs and shifts to the right. Carole James says her budget builds on the minority New Democrat government’s goals of making life more affordable, improving services and ensuring a sustainable economy. “I see them as hand in hand,” said James in an interview. “The investments we make in people and the investments we make in environment are investments in a sustainable, strong economy.” Prof. David Black said he expects the social and ... more
  • 1 day Vancouver weather: Brisk and foggy but not for long Vancouversun -Local
    VANCOUVER, B.C.: Feb. 17, 2019 – Sunday’s weather is brisk early in the morning but will warm up to a high of 5, if you consider that warm. Fog patches in the morning will also clear quickly, while the evening will see winds of up to 15 kilometres an hour and a wind chill of minus 6 overnight. Weather: Vancouver, B.C. Today: Fog patches dissipate early, high of plus 5. Tonight: Clear. Wind up to 15 kilometre an hour, low of minus 2. Wind ... more
  • 1 day Police probe Vancouver collision that killed one on Saturday Vancouversun -Local
    One man is dead following a two-vehicle crash in Vancouver on Saturday evening. According to police, a southbound car carrying three people collided with a second car at Cambie and West 57th around 11 p.m. on Saturday. The southbound car then crashed into a utility pole. Firefighters were able to pull the trio from the car and they were rushed to hospital where the driver, a man in his 20s, was declared dead. The two passengers remain in hospital in serious condition. The occupants in the second car were not seriously hurt. Collision investigators remained on scene into the early ... more
  • 1 day Billionaire philanthropist Frank Giustra revels in his life of giving Vancouversun -Local
    In a private suite above a hockey rink, Frank Giustra is ignoring the puck and following the bobbing pink pompom of an eight-year-old named Nadette. Nadette loads her plate with sushi, chicken strips, nacho chips. She pauses, surveys the bounty available to her, then dumps a bag of popcorn over the whole thing. It’s her third trip to the buffet. “Look how she pours that popcorn over everything, like seasoning! It’s wonderful,” says Giustra. Nadette doesn’t speak English and Giustra doesn’t speak Swahili, so it would be a stretch to imagine any understanding between the two — she, a tiny ... more
  • 2 days The secret lives of salmon: Scientists to probe ailing Pacific stocks Vancouversun -Local
  • 2 days Billie Mitchell, matriarch of Vancouver skating community, dies at 103 Vancouversun -Local
    Billie Mitchell, the “matriarch” of the Vancouver skating community, died Wednesday at the age of 103. The first female president of Skate Canada (formerly the Canadian Figure Skating Association) died peacefully in Vancouver surrounded by her family, said son-in-law Jack Zaleski. “She was a wonderful lady,” he said. “She was very driven to get things done.” Mitchell first became involved in the local figure skating community in 1949 when her son and daughter were skating at Kerrisdale arena. In 1961, she was elected chair of the British Columbia Section of the CFSA, inadvertently becoming the first woman on the national board ... more
  • 2 days 400-plus vehicles written off by ICBC since acid spills near Trail Vancouversun -Local
    ICBC says about 450 vehicles have been written off since sulphuric acid spilled along a busy commuter route near Trail in two incidents last spring. The public insurer says there have been more than 4,450 claims received after the spills but the vast majority of those vehicles were not damaged. It says it is still in the early stages of a lawsuit but no trial date has been set. The spills happened on April 10 and May 23, 2018, when tanker trucks owned and operated by Westcan spilled sulphuric acid from Teck’s plant in Trail along a stretch of highway ... more
  • 2 days Health Canada seizes illegal eyewash product from Richmond store Vancouversun -Local
    Health Canada is warning the public about a potentially dangerous eyewash product seized from a health store in Richmond. In an advisory, Health Canada says consumers who bought “Kobayashi Aibon/Eyebon Eyewash” from Tokyo Beauty and Health Care on Westminster Highway in Richmond should stop using it because it contains a prescription drug called aminocaproic acid that may pose serious health risks. The product is promoted as an eyewash for contact lens users and for the prevention of eye disease. Health Canada has seized two types of the eyewash in “cool” and “mild.” more
  • 2 days Online tutorial set up to help protect whales in B.C. Vancouversun -Local
    B.C. Ferries, Ocean Wise, and the Vancouver Port Authority have created an online tutorial to help protect whales. more
  • 2 days Work suspended on pipeline after ancient First Nation tools found at controversial work site Vancouversun -Local
    HOUSTON — Coastal GasLink says it has suspended pipeline work south of Houston while claims of the discovery of Indigenous artifacts on the site are investigated. The company says it has cordoned off the area, requested that a qualified archeologist visit the site and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission will conduct another site visit to investigate the claims. more
  • 2 days Wilson-Raybould resignation leaves veterans feeling betrayed by Trudeau Vancouversun -Local
    OTTAWA — Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet this week has stoked long-standing frustration, disappointment and anger among Canada’s veterans, who say they have been ignored and betrayed by the Trudeau government. more
  • 2 days Vancouver Weather: Sunny and cloudy, with a slight chance of rain Vancouversun -Local
    VANCOUVER, B.C. – Saturday’s weather is expected to be a a mix of sun and cloud, with a slight chance of showers, and a high of 4 C. Overnight the temperature is expected to drop down to – 1 C but with the wind chill it’s going to feel more like – 5 C, according to Environment Canada. Sunday looks sunny and breezy with a high of 5 C. But then overnight the mercury drops down to – 4 C. Looking ahead to next week, it looks like the frigid weather will continue. There’s increasing cloud in the forecast for ... more
  • 2 days B.C. Budget 2019: What we got last year, and what we want this year Vancouversun -Local
    The B.C. government’s new budget will probably look a lot like its old budget. That is deliberate, says Finance Minister Carole James, because the governing New Democratic Party’s priorities haven’t changed: affordable housing, child care and climate change. “What we’re looking at is budget 2019 basically building on what we did in budget 2018,” James said of the budget she’ll deliver on Tuesday. “We started off with a shift in approach from the previous government, where they really told people you either had to have a strong economy or investments in people. It was either-or. Our budget really said we ... more
  • 3 days Former Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson dating digital media pioneer Shahrzad Rafati Vancouversun -Local
    It’s time once again for an update on Gregor Robertson’s love life. The 54-year-old former Vancouver mayor may be gone from city hall, succeeded by Kennedy Stewart after announcing in January 2018 that he would not seek re-election, but Robertson has still kept himself busy. Not working or anything — mostly just travelling and falling in love. Judging from twin Instagram posts shared on Valentine’s Day, Robertson appears to be seeing media and technology thought leader Shahrzad Rafati, the founder and CEO of Vancouver-based BroadbandTV, the third-largest video property in the world behind Google and Facebook. Current clients of BroadbandTV include the NBA ... more
  • 3 days James Kerr: Canada should not be shipping coal overseas for the U.S. Vancouversun -Opinion
    In these days of controversy regarding environmental concerns, pipeline unrest, carbon tax, trade wars, border security and heightening tariffs, there is one industrial activity that, from a Canadian perspective, just does not make any sense politically, economically or environmentally. This controversial practice should outrage most Canadians, whether they be pro- or anti-pipeline, pro- or anti-Trudeau Liberals or pro- or anti-B.C. NDP/Green coalition. The activity in question is the shipping of U.S. thermal coal through Canada to foreign markets. This coal is mined in Wyoming and Montana, transported by rail to Westshore Terminals at Roberts Bank and shipped overseas for use ... more
  • 3 days Vancouver condo developer fights U.S. extradition on fraud charges Vancouversun -Local
    Almost four years after condo developer Mark John Chandler was arrested on allegations of defrauding real estate investors in Los Angeles, the latest chapter of his fight against extradition to the U.S. unfolded Friday in the B.C. Court of Appeal. Friday’s full-day hearing began with Chandler’s lawyer attempting, unsuccessfully, to have the proceedings postponed until after the resolution of B.C. regulatory enforcement against the developer for more recent allegations of real estate misconduct. Chandler’s alleged “fraudulent investment scheme” in California dates to 2009, according to the FBI evidence relied upon in the extradition request. But in the years before and ... more
  • 3 days Vaughn Palmer: Weaver says NDP, throne speech lack vision, but votes to support both Vancouversun -Opinion
    VICTORIA — As the New Democrats were putting together the throne speech for the year, someone in the government must have decided their Green partners needed a hug. “A belief in people is at the core of the confidence and supply agreement negotiated with the B.C. Green party caucus, which provides strong and stable government for B.C.,” declared the speech, delivered by Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin, but written in the premier’s office. “This agreement, rooted in shared priorities and shared values, has allowed government to make progress on the things that matter most.” A few pages later the speech again singled out ... more
  • 3 days Editorial: Public inquiry into money laundering not needed Vancouversun -Opinion
    On Wednesday, Vancouver council joined the growing chorus of governments, organizations and individuals calling on the provincial government to hold a public inquiry into money laundering. Richmond council made a similar request Monday, as did Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West — all concerned about the role of dirty money in B.C. real estate, specifically in reducing affordability, and the opioid overdose crisis. The B.C. Government and Service Employees Union is also calling for an inquiry, as are several petitions. So far, Attorney-General David Eby and Premier John Horgan have ruled out an inquiry, given that two provincial investigations into money laundering ... more
  • 3 days Vancouver Sun letters to the editor for Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 Vancouversun -Opinion
    I’ve never understood Canadians’ fixation with public inquiries. They are a huge waste of taxpayers’ money and never have real consequences. Instead, to address what is already understood and acknowledged as a huge criminal problem — money laundering — with very negative economic and social consequences, spend the necessary resources to aggressively prosecute everyone involved. Hire competent prosecutors, get convictions, and make sure that lengthy jail sentences are imposed and that assets are seized. Also, make sure the Criminal Code, securities laws and provincial laws — including strict casino/gaming laws — are in place to really tighten the noose ... more
  • 3 days Pharmacist defends himself against allegations of misconduct in the DT Vancouversun -Local
    A pharmacist is defending himself against allegations of misconduct involving the administration of the drug naloxone to a patient experiencing an overdose in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. In 2017, Amin Janmohamed was sued by the Labpharma pharmacy, where he had been a director and manager, over an incident that occurred in January 2013 at OnSite, a treatment facility on the second floor above the InSite supervised-injection site on East Hastings St. According to the pharmacy, Janmohamed used an unapproved and experimental device to administer a naloxone nasal spray to a patient who has not been identified. The patient had a “severe ... more
  • 3 days Two men in pimping and human trafficking case get lengthy jail terms Vancouversun -Local
    Two men convicted of multiple pimping and human trafficking offences against three young women have received lengthy prison terms. On Friday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice David Masuhara sentenced Tamim Albashir, 27, the leader of the enterprise to lure the victims into a life of prostitution, to 10 years in jail, reduced to five years and nine months after giving him credit for pre-sentence custody. Kasra Mohsenipour, 25, received a nine-year jail term, reduced to five years and five months after credit for pre-sentence custody. Albashir had been convicted in January 2018 of 16 pimp-related offences that occurred between May 2013 ... more
  • 3 days NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh votes in advance in Burnaby South byelection Vancouversun -Local
    NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he is taking nothing for granted as he continues to work to win a byelection in Burnaby and gain a seat in Parliament. Singh made the comments after voting for himself in an advance poll on Friday ahead of the Feb. 25 byelection in Burnaby South. Asked whether recent Liberal government turmoil has helped his chances, he says Canadians are very disappointed with what’s happening. He says they’re troubled by the allegation that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to drop criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau has denied his office ... more
  • 3 days Report: Former B.C. premier Campbell accused of sexual assault in England Vancouversun -Local
    The Daily Telegraph (London) is reporting that former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell is the subject of a sexual assault investigation in England. The newspaper says Campbell is accused of groping a female London embassy worker in 2013 while he was serving as Canadian High Commissioner to Britain. A spokesperson for the 71-year-old Campbell denied the charge, telling the Telegraph that the “complaint was transparently disclosed and became the subject of a full due diligence investigation at the time by the government of Canada and was found to be without merit.” His accuser, a 54-year-old Dutch-Canadian mother-of-three, who lives in the UK, first ... more
  • 3 days RCMP in Kamloops say robbery and kidnap victim was found safe Vancouversun -Local
    The Mounties say a woman was found unharmed after she was kidnapped following a robbery in Kamloops on Thursday. Police say the woman and two men were robbed by two men carrying firearms before the alleged kidnapping. They say the woman was found unharmed on Friday in a vehicle that was taken from one of the robbery victims as it travelled from Kelowna to Kamloops. A man and a woman were arrested after the vehicle was stopped by police, who also took a robbery suspect into custody in Kelowna. The RCMP say they are trying to find the second man ... more
  • 3 days B.C. home sales continue to slide in 2019, says BCREA Vancouversun -Local
    Home sales in B.C. were down 33 per cent in January, according to the B.C. Real Estate Association, which blames the slump on the federal government’s mortgage stress test. The BCREA reported Friday that a total of 3,546 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service last month, a decline of 33.2 per cent from the same month last year. The average price in the province was $665,590, a decline of 7.7 per cent from January 2018. Total sales was $2.36 billion, a 38.4 per cent decline from the same month last year, according to the report. Cameron Muir, chief ... more
  • 3 days TransLink mayors’ council votes Yes on SkyTrain to UBC Vancouversun -Local
    The TransLink Mayors’ Council has endorsed SkyTrain as the technology for the transit extension to the University of British Columbia. At a meeting Friday morning, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation voted in favour of proceeding with planning for SkyTrain, with only two mayors opposed. The decision was in line with a recommendation made by TransLink staff in late January. Before the decision, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said that in the interest of acting “collaboratively” on a regional decision, he would not be calling for a weighted vote. Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum told the council he’d heard from UBC students and ... more
  • 3 days New St. Paul’s Hospital gets green light from B.C. government Vancouversun -Local
    The provincial government announced this morning that a new St. Paul’s Hospital will open for patients by 2026. Premier John Horgan said the new hospital will have 548 beds, 115 more than the hospital on Burrard Street, which was founded 125 years ago. The new hospital will cost $1.9 billion. It will be located at 1002 Station Street, next to the Via Rail Station, on the False Creek Flats. Horgan says the plan for the new hospital had stalled for 12 years, but the wait is over with the approval of a business plan for construction. The project will be ... more
  • 3 days This Week in History: 1889: A blueblood sues after a newspaper links him to the demi-monde Vancouversun -Local
    A blueblood’s alleged visit to a brothel had tongues wagging in Victoria in 1889. “An English lord has (gotten) into an ugly entanglement with his wife through an amour with a captivating member of the demi-monde, who styles herself ‘The Countess,’” the Vancouver World reported on Feb. 16, 1889. “The Colonist says the climax was reached the other night, when the person in question, while at the courtesan’s rooms, was suddenly made aware of the fact that a policeman, his wife and a gentleman friend were desirous of meeting him. “It is almost needless to say that he disappeared as ... more
  • 3 days Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt Vancouversun -Local
    SECHELT — Residents of an upscale neighbourhood on the Sunshine Coast will officially be barred from returning to their dream homes today. Sinkholes throughout the subdivision have prompted the District of Sechelt to issue evacuation orders covering 14 properties. The homes, with views overlooking Sechelt Inlet, are similar to others in a nearby subdivision valued at over $1 million, although the B.C. Assessment Authority values most of the buildings in the Seawatch subdivision at zero. An engineering report issued to the district says future sinkholes or landslides within the subdivision could damage infrastructure or buildings, and injury or death are ... more
  • 3 days More measles cases confirmed in Vancouver Vancouversun -Local
    Health officials confirmed Thursday there are more cases of measles detected in Vancouver school children. Vancouver Coastal Health says they have identified several cases of measles at two French language schools, École Jules‐Verne and École Anna‐Hébert. VCH spokeswoman Tiffany Akins said they are still gathering all patient information, but anticipate updating the public later with more information. Several more cases of measles have been identified at two Vancouver schools. The news of more measles cases comes the same week as Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed a second case of the disease. That case ... more
  • 3 days Conversations That Matter: Emergency preparedness through self-sufficiency Vancouversun -Local
    Amid myriad emergency preparation programs, an old idea emerges: namely self sufficiency, the ability to feed and house oneself without the support of electricity or gas. It’s an idea that brings with it an appreciation for the power of nature and our place in it. According to emergency preparedness expert Kim Fournier, if you know how to create a source of energy for cooking and warmth, where to find water and sanitize it, where to find edible food, and know how to keep yourself dry and warm, then you can survive disasters. In other words, start camping, get good at it and keep ... more
  • 3 days The secret lives of salmon: B.C.-led international expedition to probe ailing Pacific stocks Vancouversun -Local
    An unprecedented international collaboration could revolutionize salmon science and fisheries management, return forecasting and even hatchery output. Nineteen scientists from Russia, Canada, the United States, Japan and South Korea are set to probe the secret lives of five Pacific salmon species with a four-week grid search and test fishery across the Gulf of Alaska. The expedition begins next week aboard the Russian research ship MV Professor Kaganovsky. “We know virtually nothing about what happens to salmon once they leave near-shore waters in the Salish Sea,” said expedition organizer Dick Beamish. The project was developed as a research element of the 2019 ... more
  • 3 days Vancouver Weather: Slushy Vancouversun -Local
    VANCOUVER, B.C. – Here comes the rain again, melting the snow, and turning the region’s sidewalks and streets into a slushy mess. Environment Canada is forecasting periods of wet snow mixed with rain Friday morning then a 60 per cent chance of rain showers in the afternoon and a high of 3 C. The weekend looks mainly sunny on both Saturday and Sunday, with highs of 4 C and 3 C, respectively. Then the sub zero temperatures return Sunday night with an overnight low of – 6 C. Monday is expected to be sunny again with a high of 1 ... more
  • 4 days Five Things to Know: Permanent plaza at 800 Robson Street Vancouversun -Local
    Vancouver’s city council took another step towards the construction of a permanent plaza on the 800-block of Robson Street on Wednesday, voting to approve over $5 million toward the project. The presentation preceding that vote also gave the public its first look at council’s vision for a “city-serving public space with high social and cultural value.” What did we learn? Besides the fact that Robson Street will never be a through-road again, we now know that council’s vision is for the space to act as “the City’s living room.” Whether that means there will be high-backed chairs or a big-screen television ... more
  • 4 days Vancouver looks to budget for housing money, including for modular Vancouversun -Local
    Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart did not hesitate when asked what he wants in next week’s provincial budget. “Housing, housing, housing.” The throne speech this week set out the broad strokes of the B.C. NDP government’s plans for 2019, which largely focused on improving affordability. “We’ve heard some good rumblings in the throne speech,” Stewart said Wednesday at Vancouver city hall. “But the budget will really tell us what kind of money they’re planning to put into these measures, and then I’ll be right over in Victoria trying to get as much of it as I can.” Stewart was encouraged, he said, to hear ... more
  • 4 days Daphne Bramham: Svend Robinson gambling that Burnaby voters are ready for a radical reprise Vancouversun -Opinion
    There were plenty of microphones and video cameras at Svend Robinson’s news conference where he called for the federal Liberal government to expand the eligibility for medically assisted dying to those who give advance consent. Despite 15 years away from Canada and Canadian politics, time doesn’t seem to have changed the veteran New Democrat. His appeal was passionate, personal and unyielding. He called the Liberal government’s current legislation “cruel, unjust and unconstitutional.” At the end, the eternally media savvy Robinson leaned forward, eager to answer questions. That’s when he noticed that some things have changed since his last campaign in ... more
  • 4 days Vaughn Palmer: Suspicious delay after bells ring takes a toll on trust in B.C. legislature Vancouversun -Opinion
    VICTORIA — The precarious balance of power in the B.C. legislature, coupled with finger-pointing over the spending scandal, has the potential to disrupt even the most routine proceedings. Witness what happened this week, when NDP fumbling and B.C. Liberal opportunism brought a premature end to the annual debate on the speech from the throne. The debate was just getting underway Wednesday afternoon. Two New Democrats had spoken, followed by one Liberal, Andrew Weaver of the Greens, then another Liberal. But when he sat down, the unexpected happened. No New Democrats got up to take their turn at praising the government agenda for ... more
  • 4 days Tesla, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander the big winners in B.C. zero-emission car stakes Vancouversun -Local
    Tesla, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander were the big winners in B.C.’s zero-emission car stakes in 2018. According to Vancouver-based electric vehicle industry analyst Matthew Klippenstein, there were around 8,400 zero-emission vehicles sold in B.C. last year. Zero-emission vehicles include pure electric, fuel cell and electric/gas hybrids that have a plug-in to charge the battery. This does not include traditional non-plug in hybrid gas/electric vehicles like the Toyota Prius that are commonly used as taxis in Vancouver. Klippenstein said that Tesla made up the largest block of zero-emission vehicles sold in B.C. at 2,500, followed by the Nissan Leaf at 1,019 ... more
  • 4 days Douglas Todd: China scholars feeling the chill of intimidation Vancouversun -Opinion
    If you’re a scholar whose specialty is China, you learn to be careful about criticizing the leaders of the world’s second major power. Yet such self-censorship has grown worse in the past year. Some China scholars are deciding to keep their mouths more or less entirely shut. Others are avoiding travelling to China. Most China experts have grown cautious because, naturally enough, they want to maintain access to the halls of power and universities in the planet’s most populous country – while some fear direct reprisal or arrest. For all the faults of America and Donald Trump, few academics are ... more
  • 4 days Douglas Todd: China scholars feeling the chill of intimidation Vancouversun -Local
    If you’re a scholar whose specialty is China, you learn to be careful about criticizing the leaders of the world’s second major power. Yet such self-censorship has grown worse in the past year. Some China scholars are deciding to keep their mouths more or less entirely shut. Others are avoiding travelling to China. Most China experts have grown cautious because, naturally enough, they want to maintain access to the halls of power and universities in the planet’s most populous country – while some fear direct reprisal or arrest. For all the faults of America and Donald Trump, few academics are ... more
  • 4 days Steve Sammut: Passengers, tourism, must be considered in railroad discussions Vancouversun -Opinion
    With the May 2018 amendments to the Canada Transportation Act, the Canadian Transportation Agency initiated its first official investigation into a level-of-service dispute between shippers and railways in the Vancouver area. The two-day hearings took place in Vancouver on Jan. 29 and 30 and the discussion clearly focused on the movement of freight in and out of the region. It is important to appreciate that the railways provide a valuable service in delivering imported goods to our local communities. On a daily basis, tons of everyday household goods such as clothing, computers, smartphones and fresh produce enter the Port of ... more
  • 4 days No longer alone: Vancouver Island woman to meet brother she never knew she had Vancouversun -Local
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  • 4 days Judge orders sale of Abbotsford home in case where son tried to evict mom Vancouversun -Local
    A judge has ordered that an Abbotsford home be sold following a dispute in which a son tried to evict his estranged mother from the property. Margaret Anne Iberg, 75, and her son, Russell Gordon Claridge, 45, became embroiled in the spat when Claridge served an eviction notice on Iberg in February 2018. Claridge, a mill worker, claimed to have done so because he had a new child on the way and wanted to live in the larger upstairs suite, switching with his mother, an idea that he claimed she had raised herself. When Iberg later refused to do the ... more
  • 4 days B.C. gun report recommendations not implemented despite ongoing violence Vancouversun -Local
    More than a year after a report by a B.C. government task force on illegal firearms, several key recommendations have not yet been implemented. Postmedia has learned that forensic testing of some guns used in suspected crimes is not getting done because of a lack of capacity in RCMP forensic labs. And border guards still don’t have access to a B.C. police database that would give them intelligence on organized criminals and gangsters who might be attempting to cross into Canada with firearms or drugs. But retired RCMP Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout, who headed the Illegal Firearms Task Force, said ... more
  • 4 days Daphne Bramham: Svend Robinson gambling that Burnaby voters are ready for a radical reprise Vancouversun -Local
    There were plenty of microphones and video cameras at Svend Robinson’s news conference where he called for the federal Liberal government to expand the eligibility for medically assisted dying to those who give advance consent. Despite 15 years away from Canada and Canadian politics, time doesn’t seem to have changed the veteran New Democrat. His appeal was passionate, personal and unyielding. He called the Liberal government’s current legislation “cruel, unjust and unconstitutional.” At the end, the eternally media savvy Robinson leaned forward, eager to answer questions. That’s when he noticed that some things have changed since his last campaign in ... more
  • 4 days Baseball’s legendary Asahi inspire a heritage minute Vancouversun -Local
    In his playing days, Kaye Kaminishi was barely over 5-feet tall and weighed 118 pounds. But what he lacked in size he made up for in skill, and nerve. Playing third base for the legendary Japanese-Canadian baseball team the Asahi, he would do anything to stop the ball. “In those days the Powell (Street) Grounds wasn’t really a first-class ground, you know,” he says of the Asahi’s home field. “It was pretty rough — a lot of pebbles. Coach always told me, ‘If you can’t stop it with the glove, stop by the chest.’ ” He laughs at the memory. ... more
  • 4 days Kelowna Monster Jam driver returns to Vancouver, where it all began, in iconic Northern Nightmare Vancouversun -Local
    It’s natural that when your name is McQueen, you’d grow up to be a stunt driver because you idolized the driving stunts of … the Dukes of Hazard, not Steve McQueen. “There was a bit of a generation gap there, when Steve McQueen was a big hero it was more my dad’s era,” recalls monster truck champion Cam McQueen. “Once I was old enough to know who Steve McQueen was and we shared a name, I was right into it after seeing the driving he’d done.” Cam McQueen, who lives in Kelowna, is coming to the Pacific Coliseum March 8-10 ... more
  • 4 days B.C.’s industrial land squeeze spreads well beyond the Lower Mainland Vancouversun -Local
    Industry owners who feel like they are being squeezed out of the Lower Mainland by soaring costs and lack of land for expansion won’t necessarily find relocating is an easy option. Even if it makes sense to move in terms of the business, while opting for the less hectic, and less costly lifestyle of say, Kelowna or Victoria, similar limitations with real estate still apply. “(In) Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna, at least, the core areas are squeezed in by mountains and rivers,” said Garry Fawley, CEO of Vancouver-headquartered Denciti Development Corp. That has Denciti putting an expensive bet on building ... more
  • 4 days Ian Mulgrew: Marathon medicare challenge is B.C.’s zombie trial Vancouversun -Opinion
    The marathon medicare trial has lurched back to life and plans to sail past its fourth anniversary of somnolent proceedings with a hearty, “Not dead yet!” After another languorous winter holiday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice John Steeves and the flock of lawyers decided this month that the plaintiffs will try to finish their case by the end of March — maybe, better add a week to make sure. “Given our history, I’m thinking April 8,” Steeves suggested for the intervenors to begin their defence of the status quo. No need to rush, the justice said he needs to first ensure ... more
  • 4 days Ian Mulgrew: Marathon medicare challenge is B.C.’s zombie trial Vancouversun -Local
    The marathon medicare trial has lurched back to life and plans to sail past its fourth anniversary of somnolent proceedings with a hearty, “Not dead yet!” After another languorous winter holiday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice John Steeves and the flock of lawyers decided this month that the plaintiffs will try to finish their case by the end of March — maybe, better add a week to make sure. “Given our history, I’m thinking April 8,” Steeves suggested for the intervenors to begin their defence of the status quo. No need to rush, the justice said he needs to first ensure ... more
  • 4 days B.C. government putting alternative energy sector on ice Vancouversun -Local
    Dozens of solar, wind and run-of-river power projects have been indefinitely suspended by the provincial government in an effort to manage the cost of electricity from independent power producers. “That will have to change if B.C. is to pursue its CleanBC plans,” according to Jae Mather, executive director of Clean Energy B.C. By turning its back on alternative energy, B.C. is missing the opportunity to make electricity cheaper for consumers. “The price of wind and solar is the lowest of any form of electricity generated on the planet right now,” he said in an interview. The provincial government’s CleanBC plan ... more
  • 4 days Mission man charged with criminal negligence causing death after woman dies following crash Vancouversun -Local
    A Mission man has been charged with criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident — more than a year after the crash. The accident occurred on Feb. 1, 2018, when a pickup truck reversed out of a parking stall in a mall in the 23900-block of Dewdney Trunk Road. It struck another vehicle, then entered the drive-through of a fast-food restaurant, jumped a curb and hit a woman and her son. The woman was able to push her son out of the way but she was pinned against a fence. Sgt. ... more
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