Jeff Hodson

In Pictures: A sea of red; life during B.C.'s cranberry harvest

Every fall, cranberry farmers in B.C. stretch into their hip waders and haul floating booms through flooded crimson fields to bring-in their floating harvest.“Tractors, cranberries, sunshine – you put it all together and you really feel good about what you do,” said Kristina May, at her family’s...

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 10:59 PM

Will Vancouver mayor bet to wrestle a bear?

Vancouver’s mayor loves to bet other mayors on the Canucks’ post-season fortunes. The last three years, he has disappointedly mailed off a picnic basket of local treats.But thanks to the Canucks’ playoff run, Gregor Robertson is living high on the hog (he has already won a ham from Nashville). But...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 8:04 AM

B.C. SPCA begins exhuming 100 sled dogs

Animal rights workers in Whistler have begun the grisly task of exhuming the remains of about 100 dogs that were allegedly culled last April by an employee of a sled-dog tour company.The excavation of the site and the follow-up examination is expected to cost up to $225,000, said Marcie Moriarty,...

Monday, May 2, 2011, 10:33 AM

Huge rail jam to hit Swangard Stadium

Organizers of the largest snowboard rail jam ever planned for the Lower Mainland hope the event rekindles some of the fire and excitement of the 2010 Winter Olympics.Snowdeo, to be held Feb. 18 and 19 at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium, couples a two-day rail-jam competition — where riders execute...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 11:26 AM

Replacements for Good, Martin named

Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart will replace Bill Good and Pamela Martin as the new anchors of CTV’s evening local newscast, the network revealed yesterday morning.“To be able to get this opportunity in your hometown is a pretty huge honour,” said Taggart, currently weathercaster for CTV News at...

Thursday, December 9, 2010, 11:28 AM

Faceless homeless meant to raise awareness

Three lifelike sculptures of homeless people were placed at high foot-traffic locations in Vancouver’s downtown yesterday in an effort to raise awareness about homelessness.The body sculptures depict a person in a sleeping bag, another pushing a cart and a third sitting on a bench. “At the heart of...

Thursday, December 9, 2010, 11:25 AM

Anchors away for Good, Martin

After 17 years of balancing two full-time jobs, 65-year-old veteran broadcaster Bill Good joked he’s at the point in his career where maybe one full-time job is enough.Good and Pamela Martin are stepping down as co-anchors of CTV’s 6 p.m. newscast, a position the pair have shared since 2001. Martin...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 11:09 AM

Parks board eyes Stanley Park, Coal Harbour for site of proposed memorial

Vancouver’s parks board wants the public’s feedback on where a memorial to a dark chapter in the city’s history should be located.Parks staff have selected two potential sites for a monument to the 1914 Komagata Maru incident — in which more than 375 passengers from the Punjab were denied...

Friday, December 3, 2010, 11:11 AM

Stilwell battling anonymity in bid

The biggest challenge Moira Stilwell faces in her bid to become B.C.’s next premier is the fact that many people don’t know who the heck she is, the first-term MLA for Vancouver-Langara said yesterday. Stilwell, B.C.’s minister of economic and skills development, announced yesterday that she was...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 9:08 AM

HST recall begins today in Victoria

Former premier Bill Vander Zalm says he’s surprised that his quest to extinguish the province’s harmonized sales tax has gone as far as launching recall campaigns against Liberal MLAs.The first attempt begins today when canvassers in Victoria launch a recall against Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida...

Monday, November 22, 2010, 10:57 AM

Manny Pacquiao day?

Mayor Gregor Robertson wants to host a “Manny Pacquiao Day” in Vancouver and has even penned a letter to invite boxing’s fighter of the decade to the West Coast. In his Nov. 10 letter of invitation, Robertson praises Pacquiao for his achievements and his positive impact on youth and says many of...

Friday, November 19, 2010, 9:30 AM

Liberals ‘suspend’ tax cut

The B.C. Liberal cabinet nixed a 15 per cent personal income tax cut yesterday that was promised only three weeks ago by outgoing premier Gordon Campbell.The tax cut, which was to have taken effect on Jan. 1 on earnings up to $72,293, was announced last month during the premier’s televised address...

Thursday, November 18, 2010, 11:18 AM

Watts pulls plug on B.C. Liberals

Dianne Watts will not seek the leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party, the popular Surrey mayor announced last night.In a release, Watts pre-emptively pulled herself from the race to replace outgoing Premier Gordon Campbell, who announced two weeks ago that he was stepping aside.She said her decision...

Monday, November 15, 2010, 11:24 AM

Metro Minute at Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is returning to downtown Vancouver today. The Mint, which operated a popular free pavilion during the 2010 Winter Olympics where people could view the Olympic medals, is opening a temporary boutique on Granville Street. The retail shop, located between Robson and Georgia...

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 5:30 AM

5 minutes with: Jim Byrnes

In the motion picture Heart Of A Dragon (which opens today), three-time Juno Award winner Jim Byrnes plays Ivan, a jaded wire-service photographer assigned to cover Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion tour through China. Byrnes, a double amputee, performed at B.C. Place 25 years ago during Hansen’s return...

Friday, October 29, 2010, 8:27 AM

’Caps supporters seatless in Seattle

Whitecaps supporters are concerned over rumours Seattle may potentially limit the tickets allocated for a visiting team’s supporters, threatening the natural “derby” match rivalries of the Pacific Northwest.The “away game” phenomenon, or derby, sees hundreds, even thousands, of fans follow their...

Friday, October 22, 2010, 11:15 AM

Fit couple show off inner beauty

Despite their almost complete lack of clothes, it would be difficult to accuse Michelle Cuthbert and Philip Wittmer of showing too much skin.The fit pair hit the streets of Vancouver Thursday in their skivvies as part of a Body Worlds promotion in which their skin was airbrushed to resemble the...

Friday, October 22, 2010, 11:09 AM

Teens fall-guys in jewelry robbery

Lured by criminals with the promise of easy cash, four teens were talked into holding up an Oakridge Mall jewelry store in a brazen robbery in which several gunshots were fired, Vancouver police said Thursday.Three teens have been arrested, said Sgt. Dale Weidman, but the masterminds who recruited...

Friday, October 22, 2010, 10:32 AM

High-speed rail to Washington right on track

The leaders of B.C. and Washington state pledged yesterday to forge ahead with a high-speed rail link between Vancouver and Seattle.Premier Gordon Campbell, who joked that he’d like Washington state to pay for the entire project, said the province plans to work with the federal government to...

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 11:16 AM

Taylor made grade for SFU job

Former B.C. finance minister Carole Taylor sees her role as the newly appointed chancellor of Simon Fraser University as a key link between the knowledge and energy generated by the university and the wider community.“The big mistake that some universities make is that they do all the learning in...

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 11:04 AM