By KRISTEN THOMPSON

19-yr.-old shooting victim hospitalized

Police in Chilliwack are on the hunt for two men and a white Jeep Cherokee seen leaving the scene of what appears to have been a gang-related shooting early yesterday.Gunfire erupted around 3 a.m. at a home on Vedder Road. RCMP Const. Lea-Anne Dunlop said a 19-year-old man, who was known to police...

Friday, June 20, 2008, 8:00 AM

Treated ‘like animals’

Migrant and immigrant farm workers in the Lower Mainland habitually face sub-standard working conditions and safety standards, according to a report released yesterday.The study, Cultivating Farmworker Rights, draws from interviews with 53 immigrant and migrant farm workers, and found that workers...

Thursday, June 19, 2008, 7:57 AM

Free coaster rides today

Playland’s beloved wooden roller-coaster turns 50 today, and to mark the milestone, the Pacific National Exhibition is offering free rides this morning.Mayor Sam Sullivan will be on hand with PNE president and CEO Michael McDaniel to designate the coaster as a “site of special significance to the...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 7:45 AM

Attack ‘not a hate crim­e’

An early-morning attack on a gay man on Davie Street doesn’t appear to have been a hate crime as investigators initially speculated, police said.The assault happened just after 1 a.m. on May 2, when a man walking down Davie Street was pelted with eggs and had a beer bottle thrown at him by three...

Monday, June 16, 2008, 7:36 AM

Apology to Aboriginals draws tears

It was standing room only at Chief Joe Mathias Centre in North Vancouver yesterday, as roughly 1,500 people gathered to watch a live broadcast of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology to residential school survivors.The historic formal apology was made in the House of Commons for the treatment of...

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 7:45 AM

Mom, baby beluga bonding

After a bit of a rocky start, the Vancouver Aquarium’s new baby beluga whale is bonding and nursing with its mother, Qila.The calf, which is likely a female and has yet to be named, started nursing early yesterday, about 12 hours after it was born in front of a crowd of around 300 visitors and...

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 7:26 AM

Sex predator may head to Ont.: Police

A violent sexual predator who walked away from his downtown Vancouver halfway house a day after being released from prison could be making his way home to Ontario, police said yesterday.Roger Dale Badour, 59, was reported missing on Saturday evening when he didn’t return home.Vancouver Police Const...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 7:17 AM

Woman dumped pop on mayor

A 21-year-old Vancouver woman could be charged with assault after dumping a pitcher of pop on Mayor Sam Sullivan at the Non-Partisan Association’s mayoral nomination meeting.Vancouver Police Const. Tim Fanning said the woman, an Anti Poverty Committee member, is known to police.“There were some of...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 7:47 AM

Fumes killed man

Residents of an apartment building in Kitsilano were allowed back home last night after being told to leave two days earlier when police discovered a dead tenant and a drug lab in a third-floor suite.The building was evacuated and a Hazmat team was called to the Balsam Street apartment Saturday...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 7:30 AM

‘I have initiated so many investments’

Vancouver’s Mayor Sam Sullivan said he’s initiated countless policies, programs and initiatives in the three years he’s been mayor, and now wants to be around to see them come to fruition.Sullivan spent 12 years on council before being elected mayor in 2005, a term that could come to an end if NPA...

Friday, June 6, 2008, 7:36 AM

Condo crazy

It seems that not all those construction cranes that dot the Vancouver skyline are 2010-related.More people own condos in Vancouver than anywhere else in Canada, a trend that’s fuelling a surge of high-rise construction in the city.According to 2006 census data released yesterday by Statistics...

Thursday, June 5, 2008, 7:33 AM

Spain gives Vancouver historic gift

The government of Spain yesterday presented the City of Vancouver and Musqueam Nation with copies of a historic Spanish painting of a Musqueam chief.The image, which was drawn by Jose Cardero while on an expedition with Spanish explorer Alcala Galiano in 1792, is the earliest surviving image of a...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 7:33 AM

Cuts cost families: Director

Many low-income First Nations mothers feel uncomfortable using aid services outside their community, so when Aboriginal-run programs are cut it puts those women at greater risk of losing their children.Penny Irons, executive director of the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society, said government support...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 7:49 AM

El Salvador honours city firefighters

Vancouver firefighters yesterday were presented with the flag of the National Fire Service of El Salvador, given to the city as thanks for donating fire engines, gear and training to the small Central American country.Rosa Elena Moreno, consul general of El Salvador, presented the thank-you gift to...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 7:31 AM

Feds limiting free speech, pundit says

The Canadian government, through the Human Rights Commission, is impeding freedom of speech by trying to arbitrate what publications are allowed to print, a lawyer and political pundit says.Ezra Levant became famous after he reprinted controversial Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 7:24 AM

Patient says he was set on fire

A liver transplant patient is suing Vancouver General Hospital and his doctors after he was allegedly set on fire in surgery.Vernon resident Robbin Reeves told Metro yesterday he has mixed feelings about the lawsuit.“The surgeon — it wasn’t his fault, but we have to sue him, too,” he said. “And he...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 7:36 AM

Housing dreams

Eleven families and individuals who are at risk of being homeless, are living in shelters or are disabled but independent, will have a place to live after the opening of a subsidized apartment in Marpole.The Dany Guincher House officially opened yesterday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 7:30 AM

Rights torch stops in Van

The Olympic Torch might not have stopped in Vancouver on its way to Beijing, but yesterday another flame, the Human Rights Torch, touched down in the city.It was welcomed by around 100 protesters outside the Vancouver Art Gallery calling for an end to alleged human rights abuses in China before the...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 7:55 AM

Family car-free for nine years

Yesterday’s sky-high gas prices — $1.36 a litre — were likely met with ire by most Vancouverites. But Robert Lynds shrugged them off.“I haven’t been to a gas station in 10 years,” the martial arts instructor and father of two said.Today is the start of Bike to Work Week, a campaign that lasts year-...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 7:46 AM

Locals shine at tournament

Last year, competitors at the annual Kits Classic Pro beach volleyball tournament had to play in raincoats.This year, organizers said the hot, sunny weather made up for it in spades.The sport’s first Vancouver tournament of the year, held Saturday and yesterday, attracted 32 professional men’s and...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 7:36 AM