KRISTEN THOMPSON, METRO VANCOUVER

Profiting from economic turmoil

A meeting being held tonight to find ways to exploit the recession has attracted 220 members of Vancouver’s business community.Representatives from Chapters, Blenz, ICBC and Canaccord have signed up for the get-together, which is part networking night, part empowerment session, part support group,...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 7:27 AM

Liquor hikes tomorrow

If you’re like most Vancouverites and are watching your pennies, you might want to replenish your liquor supply today.The price of hard alcohol in British Columbia is being raised tomorrow by $2 per 1.75-litre bottle while 750-ml bottles are going up by $1 — a price hike that’s expected to boost...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 8:19 AM

Dumpster ban stalled

As Seattle started hauling away its dumpsters yesterday, a process that is expected to take about a week, one Vancouverite is wondering what’s become of our city’s plan to do away with street bins.Annette O’Sea, with the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, said dumpsters are an unsightly...

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 7:29 AM

84 B.C. communities turned off lights for Earth Hour

Electricity consumption across the province dropped by 1.1 per cent during Earth Hour on Saturday night — the equivalent of turning off 1.5 million lights.Eighty-four communities across the province participated in the second annual global event to dim lights for an hour at 8:30 p.m. in each time...

Monday, March 30, 2009, 8:27 AM

Man dead after Saturday stabbing

A man found stabbed outside a Langley home on Saturday night has died of his injuries, police announced yesterday.The 24-year-old man, whose identity hasn’t been released, was found in critical condition at a home on Fraser Highway around 10:30 p.m.“Police have learned that there was an apparent...

Monday, March 30, 2009, 8:16 AM

Junos more than awards to musicians

To the musicians who perform, present and are honoured at the Junos, the annual event is more than just an awards show — it’s a yearly reunion.The celebration, which is being held in Vancouver this weekend, spans four days and allows emerging local artists to mingle with the country’s best.“It’s an...

Friday, March 27, 2009, 7:50 AM

Musicians get a chance at NHL alumni

Many of Canada’s biggest rock stars grew up dreaming about being a hockey player, and for one night a year they get that chance. Tonight, some of the musicians in town for the Juno Awards will be facing off against NHL alumni for a charity hockey game at Thunderbird Arena to raise money for...

Friday, March 27, 2009, 7:37 AM

Women ski jumpers fail to meet IOC boss

Two female ski jumpers suing to participate in the Vancouver Olympics flew to Colorado yesterday to try to plead their case with the president of the International Olympic Committee while he’s in Denver.Jacques Rogge ignored the meeting request.Canadian national team member Katie Willis said...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 8:54 AM

Ticket sales put VANOC in the green

VANOC is in the green this fiscal period thanks in large part to nearly $95 million earned from ticket sales for the 2010 Games, the organization announced yesterday.“As we expected, we’re in a positive cash position this quarter because of revenues arising from the IOC, sponsors and ticket sales...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 8:31 AM

Albion Ferry to set sail for the last time

The Albion Ferry commuter boats will embark on their final sailings between Fort Langley and Maple Ridge on July 31. Construction on the Golden Ears Bridge is expected to be completed by the end of June, which will put the ferry out of service and around 58 employees out of work.Around 4,500...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 8:24 AM

St. Paul’s Hospital benefiting from $5.6M grant

Referral wait times are down, surgeries are up and recovery times are shorter than ever for patients in need of extremity surgeries at St. Paul’s Hospital thanks to a $5.6-million grant from the province.Extremity surgeries are performed on patients’ feet, ankles, hands and wrists.The Distal...

Thursday, March 26, 2009, 8:18 AM

Shot man not sought thief: Police

A homeless man shot and killed by a Vancouver police officer last week was not the suspect they had been looking for in connection with the break-in of a van nearby, police said yesterday.Michael Vann Hubbard, 58, was shot on a downtown street after two female officers approached him and asked to...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 8:43 AM

B.C., U.S. police make major bust

Eight people have been arrested after police broke up what they call a sophisticated cross-border drug organization that used stolen helicopters to trade drugs and cash between B.C. and the United States.Police in Spokane, Wash., said yesterday the eight B.C. men, one of whom hanged himself in jail...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 8:34 AM

Lush boss opposes hunt

Covered head-to-toe in red paint and lying on a bloody Canadian flag, Karen Wolverton turned heads on Robson Street yesterday afternoon. Wolverton, who is co-owner of Lush Cosmetics, was meant to represent one of 280,000 seals expected to be slaughtered in Canada’s seal hunt this year.The cosmetics...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 8:29 AM

Man’s family raises reward

The family of a missing Burnaby man has doubled its reward to $100,000 for information leading to his whereabouts. It was a year ago today that Kellen McElwee’s car was found near his Burnaby apartment, six days after he was last seen leaving a Keg restaurant in Langley.Now, with the tips and leads...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 7:52 AM

GM Place gets a Juno makeover

If the Vancouver Canucks — who are away on a six-day road trip — were to see GM Place today, they probably wouldn’t recognize it.A giant stage sits where the ice should be, there’s a maze of lighting hanging from the rafters, and by Sunday — when the Juno Awards take place — giant Alice In...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 7:48 AM

Man shot by officer identified; surveillance being reviewed

Police have identified the man shot to death by an officer in Vancouver on Friday as 58-year-old Michael Vann Hubbard, of no fixed address. Const. Jana McGuinness said an autopsy found Hubbard died of a single gunshot wound.According to the officers involved in the incident, the man was shot after...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 7:39 AM

Cops accused of erasing shooting video

A Vancouver man who claims police erased his cellphone footage of an officer shooting a man on a downtown street will likely find out today if the alleged video can be recovered.Adam Smolcic, 25, took his phone to data recovery experts Sherlock Forensics yesterday, and said he’s confident they can...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 7:34 AM

Junos countdown

In less than a week, some of the biggest names in Canada’s music industry will descend upon Vancouver for the 2009 Juno Week and Juno Awards.The four-day-long celebration of homegrown music — which kicks off on Thursday and includes free street parties and concerts — culminates on Sunday with the...

Monday, March 23, 2009, 8:25 AM

Funeral set for victim of shooting

As police try to determine whether Marc Bontkes was the most recent innocent victim of targeted gun violence, the 33-year-old Langley developer’s family is preparing for his funeral.A passerby found Bontkes, a husband and father of a four-year-old son, shot to death in the parking lot at Surrey’s...

Monday, March 23, 2009, 8:21 AM