KRISTEN THOMPSON

Profane pin pushes buttons on transit

Apparently it’s a crime to hate yoga in Vancouver. Kind of.Jean Wharf learned that the hard way when she was barred from getting on the SkyTrain for wearing a button that said “F--- Yoga.”It wasn’t the sentiment that offended the transit officer but the use of the F-word, which he said opposed...

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 11:20 AM

Women’s pay inequality hurts children: Professor

A lack of opportunities for female leadership in the workforce and in politics is forcing women’s issues — like pay inequity and lack of child care — into the shadows and keeping low-income women and their children poor, according to a University of B.C. law professor.“We (still) don’t have pay...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 8:15 AM

City plugs sinkhole

A massive sinkhole that shut down Southeast Marine Drive near Main Street has finally been repaired, the City of Vancouver announced Thursday.All lanes between Main and Fraser streets reopened at 3 p.m., two weeks after the 14-metre-wide sinkhole forced the road closed.Murray Wightman, manager of...

Friday, December 24, 2010, 10:56 AM

Three killed in East Van fire

Three men have died in an East Vancouver house fire that investigators say was caused by a faulty extension cord plugged into an old set of Christmas lights.The fire broke out in a back sunroom being used as a bedroom.“Vancouver Fire has responded to this house 21 times since May 2007 for various...

Thursday, December 23, 2010, 11:09 AM

Fire-ravaged house had history

Authorities said they were well acquainted with a Pandora Street home that was destroyed in a Tuesday-night fire that claimed the lives of three of its seven rental occupants.According to neighbours, the home played host to loud and sometimes alcohol-fuelled gatherings, and emergency personnel...

Thursday, December 23, 2010, 10:57 AM

B.C. tops in cancer survival

British Columbia took top spot in an international study comparing cancer outcomes in six countries with similar wealth and health-care systems, according to findings announced in Vancouver yesterday.The international study compared data from 12 regions in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 8:44 AM

Beauty powers better first impressions: Study

The University of B.C. has uncovered yet another reason why it’s better to be beautiful.According to a UBC study published in the December edition of Psychological Science, we identify the personality traits of people we deem beautiful more accurately than those we find average or ugly.Previous...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 8:27 AM

Hope In Shadows calendars connect communities

Every day at 11 a.m., Peter Thompson arrives at the Commercial Drive SkyTrain station to sell Hope In Shadows calendars. He stands in the cold, and sometimes in the rain, until 6 p.m., selling calendars to passersby in an attempt to raise enough money to buy headstones for his parents’ grave.“I’d...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 11:02 AM

Robson’s 10 days of Christmas

Looking for something to do with family and out-of-town guests leading up to Christmas? Head to Robson Square.The venue outside the Vancouver Art Gallery will be a bustling holiday Mecca this week with roasted chestnuts, free public skating and live music in the evenings. “We can plan and program...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 10:55 AM

Woman gets 7 years for shooting

A 41-year-old woman who shot and injured the supervisor of her Gibsons care home has been sentenced to seven years in jail for attempted murder. Taking into account time served, she’ll spend nearly four years at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women.Linda Howe shot Ken Perrier during a shooting...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 10:50 AM

Dressing dry and staying fly

Do you remember when puddle jumping was fun? When rainy days weren’t a deterrent but an invitation to go outside and explore a new, wet world?Shanda Jerrett never forgot. And when the 31-year-old Australian moved to Vancouver and saw how “miserable and depressed” everyone was, she said she was...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 9:13 AM

Citizens’ Crime Watch program expands

Vancouver police have announced another element to their renewed crackdown on gangs — the expansion of its Citizens’ Crime Watch program.The organization, which launched nearly three decades ago, is doubling in size to 200 volunteers after the department found the resources to accommodate almost...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 8:31 AM

Victim of purse theft sought

Vancouver police are crediting a Good Samaritan for interrupting a purse snatching near the Granville SkyTrain Station. The victim left before police arrived and officers are asking her to come forward to help the investigation.

Friday, December 17, 2010, 8:25 AM

Seniors in jail to lose benefits

A controversial law that allowed federal prisoners to collect old-age pensions has now been axed after thousands of Canadians wrote to Parliament and demanded the law be overturned.Gregory Thomas, with the B.C. branch of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation — which collected 46,000 signatures for a...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 9:30 AM

Tourism slogs on during city’s soggy season

Does the rain have a negative effect on tourism in the winter? “It’s obviously not our high season,” said Emily Armstrong with Tourism Vancouver.“We definitely still market the city during the winter months. We promote the culinary scene and all the cultural (activities) like plays.” In some cases...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 9:12 AM

How to beat the wet-weather woes

It can be hard to remind ourselves we live in one of the most beautiful cities on Earth when the winter rains start — when the beaches empty and the sun sets before 4 p.m., and we have to trade in our trade flip-flops for galoshes.For some of us, the fleeting daylight and perpetual drizzle does...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 9:05 AM

Oceans, mountains key to rain

Ever wonder what it is that gives Vancouver its drizzly climate?According to meteorologist Lisa Coldwells of Environment Canada, it all comes down to our proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the mountains. “Generally … weather moves from the west to east,” she said. “Directly to our west is a nice...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 8:47 AM

Sonia Rodriguez

Spanish-born ballerina Sonia Rodriguez, a principal dancer with the National Ballet, will be in Vancouver this week for her 15th stint as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the holiday classic The Nutcracker. Metro caught up with the dancer to talk about her love of dance.Q: So many little girls take ballet...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 10:30 AM

Shootings linked to Metrotown murder?

All 10 victims who were injured in a gang shooting early Sunday morning were gang affiliates attending an invite-only birthday party, police said yesterday.Deputy Chief Const. Warren Lemcke wouldn’t say what gangs were involved, but did say the violence appears to be linked to the death of Gurmit...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 11:25 AM

Man charged in ‘predatory’ sex attacks

A local DJ and former assistant to several Vancouver councillors has been arrested and charged in connection with sexual assaults against four girls — including a six-year-old.Ibata Noric Hexamer, 42, was arrested last week and appeared in Vancouver court yesterday morning on 23 charges dating back...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 11:14 AM