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Disorder calls from street down: Police

Vancouver’s mayor credits the opening of five low-barrier emergency homeless shelters with a 30 per cent drop in street disorder calls last month. Mental health calls also dropped by 10 per cent.“Providing the hardest-to-house with a warm meal and a place to sleep at night is reducing street...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 7:20 AM

Where you can (and can’t) go

People living and working in Vancouver during the 2010 Games will face a number of road closures, parking restrictions and dedicated Olympic Lanes, particularly in downtown Vancouver. Among them:• Olympic lanes (blue): The dedicated 24-hour-a-day lanes will be similar to high-occupancy vehicle...

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 10:42 AM

Activists take on ‘housing hurdles’

Activists in the Downtown Eastside held a “$6 Olympics” yesterday, in protest of the “$6-billion Olympics” that will take place in Vancouver in little more than a year.The Poverty Olympics featured short skits of athletic events like Housing Hurdles, Wrestling for Community and Skating Around...

Monday, February 9, 2009, 10:59 AM

Port Mann single span

A new Port Mann Bridge will be a single 10-lane span and not a twinned bridge as originally planned, B.C.’s premier and transportation minister confirmed yesterday.The project, which includes 37 kilometres of highway upgrades from McGill Street in Vancouver to 216th in Langley, carries a capital...

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 11:10 AM

A lasting legacy?

Musqueam Chief Ernest Campbell said he is disappointed that a pavilion showcasing aboriginal art and culture during the 2010 Games is temporary and not a permanent structure in Vancouver.“The initial plan was a permanent building,” said Campbell following the unveiling of the 2010 Aboriginal...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 11:10 AM

Playing with his food

At the ripe old age of 25, Keith Loach, a self-confessed couch potato, peeled himself off the sofa and decided to become an Olympian.Eight years later — having transmuted 30 pounds of blubber into 30 pounds of muscle — Loach is on the verge of cracking Canada’s skeleton team in time for the 2010...

Monday, February 2, 2009, 10:31 AM

High costs sink ferry trial

Two Penticton teens whose father was killed when the Queen of the North sank in 2006 will likely never know what happened to him because they settled their lawsuit to avoid exorbitant trial fees.The Queen of the North trial, scheduled to begin Monday, will not proceed, said Peter Ritchie, lawyer...

Friday, January 30, 2009, 10:41 AM

Cops say gunfire a ‘grow-rip’ gone bad

A 42-year-old man was shot in the torso during an early morning robbery at a marijuana grow-operation in rural Abbotsford on Thursday, police said.The man is in hospital and is expected to undergo surgery. The shooting is not believed to be related to an attempted hit on alleged gangster Jamie...

Friday, January 23, 2009, 10:32 AM

City mulls directly financing Village

Vancouver is considering directly financing the Olympic Village to ensure the project’s completion for the 2010 Games.The motion, which will be voted on tomorrow, would have city staff look at issuing bonds and establishing a “revolving bank facility,” Vancouver’s director of finance Ken Bayne told...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 10:34 AM

VANOC urged to consult inner-city communities

A Vancouver city councillor wants VANOC to make good on a promise to consult inner-city neighbou­r­hoods before the 2010 Ol­y­m­pic security policy is finalized.Vision Coun. Geoff Meggs said the promise to consult residents was part of Vancouver’s original bid book to the International Olympic...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 10:49 AM

Mental-health motion will determine services needed

Vancouver is looking at creating a mental-health strategy to identify the needs of people with mental illness and co-ordinate services.“We’re going to try and take a leadership role,” said Coun. Kerry Jang, a professor of psychiatry at the University of B.C.“We want to grab the bull by the horns...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 10:37 AM

20-hour sitting passes bill for Village bailout

Vancouver was granted borrowing authority to ensure the completion of its Olympic Village at Southeast False Creek yesterday morning, following an exhaustive 20-hour legislative sitting.The legislation — which amends the city’s charter, allowing it to borrow $458 million to finish the athletes’...

Monday, January 19, 2009, 11:02 AM

Olympic Village bill needs time: NDP

B.C.’s New Democrats are concerned that a bill to change Vancouver’s charter will be forced through the legislature without proper scrutiny.An extraordinary sitting of the legislative assembly has been scheduled for noon Saturday to pass a bill to amend the Vancouver Charter and allow the city to...

Friday, January 16, 2009, 10:53 AM

Amendment coming for Village bailout

Premier Gordon Campbell will recall B.C.’s Legislative Assembly to pass an amendment allowing Vancouver to borrow up to $458 million to complete the financially troubled Olympic Village.Speaking to media yesterday, Campbell said work on the amendment is underway. Once completed, the legislature...

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 11:11 AM

Vancouver to review its snow response

Simply waiting for warm weather to melt packed snow on residential streets is not “acceptable,” the head of Vancouver’s engineering department admitted yesterday as he announced a review of the city’s snow response.General manager of engineering services Tom Timm said this winter has been the...

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 10:58 AM

‘Person of interest’ in arsons sought

Vancouver police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a “person of interest” in a string of 11 arsons in South and East Vancouver dating back to Oct. 7.The man, who was wearing a powder-blue hoodie with “New York” acr­o­ss the front, purchased a small jerry can of gas from a servi­ce...

Monday, January 12, 2009, 10:52 AM

City meets on Village’s fate

The City of Vancouver is holding a special public meeting today on the future of the troubled Olympic Village development.On Friday, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson announced the city is financially and legally committed to completing the $1-billion project.It means taxpayers could be on the hook...

Monday, January 12, 2009, 10:46 AM

PavCo to spend up to $365M on refurbished roof for B.C. Place

The B.C. Pavilion Corp. (PavCo) will spend up to $365-million to put a new retractable roof on a refurbished B.C. Place.Work on the stadium, home to opening and closing ceremonies during the 2010 Olympics, began last year and will continue through 2012. The project will extend the life of the...

Monday, January 12, 2009, 10:41 AM

No escaping carbon tax

B.C.’s carbon tax, the first of its kind in North America, will apply to almost all fossil fuels, including gasoline, heating oil and propane.For consumers it means paying 2.4 cents a litre more at the pump, rising to 7.2 cents a litre by 2012. For diesel and heating oil, the tax is 2.8 cents a...

Monday, June 30, 2008, 7:58 AM

Good Samaritan almost robbed

A father and his 11-year-old son who ran door-to-door alerting neighbours during a North Vancouver apartment fire were almost burglarized in their new temporary home, RCMP said yesterday.Since the May 7 fire that killed three elderly women, Bryan Matthews and son Dustan Roach-Matthews have lived in...

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 7:54 AM