By KRISTEN THOMPSON Metro Vancouver

U.S. colonel to speak in B.C.

An American colonel who worked under Colin Powell and resigned in protest of the Iraq war is expected to be the keynote speaker at an event honouring women war resisters on Sunday.Col. Ann Wright will speak at the event, which starts tomorrow at the Harbour Centre, provided she’s allowed to cross...

Friday, May 30, 2008, 3:40 PM

Brothel at centre of controversy

There will be an influx of sex tourism during the 2010 Olympics if a proposal to open a legal brothel is approved, said speakers at a conference on transition houses in Vancouver yesterday.In February, Susan Davis, a sex-trade worker for 22 years, started lobbying for an exemption from federal laws...

Friday, May 30, 2008, 3:25 PM

InSite case goes on

The federal government announced yesterday it will appeal the B.C. Supreme Court’s ruling that InSite can’t constitutionally be shut down — an announcement that was no surprise to those who support the clinic.Mark Townsend, executive director of Portland Hotel Society, which operates InSite, said...

Friday, May 30, 2008, 3:10 PM

Shakespeare on the beach

While most plays use artfully crafted sets to lay down their stage, one Shakespearean classic, which opens today, relies on nothing more than Vancouver’s natural mountain backdrop.Bard On The Beach, the city’s annual outdoor Shakespeare Festival, starts its 19th season this afternoon with a matinee...

Thursday, May 29, 2008, 3:34 PM

St. Paul’s Hospital has heart

A record number of mechanical heart transplants have been performed at St. Paul’s Hospital this year, more than any other program of its kind in Canada, according to the Provincial Health Services Authority.Ten patients have received ventricular assist devices since January — five this month alone...

Thursday, May 29, 2008, 3:24 PM

Ski jumpers claim discrimination

Four female ski jumpers said yesterday they had no choice but to take the Vancouver Organizing Committee to court to get their sport, for which men can compete, into the 2010 Games.The suit’s claimants, nine women from seven countries, including Canada’s Marie-Pierre Morin, said excluding them is...

Friday, May 23, 2008, 2:16 PM

Janet Jackson to start tour in Vancouver

Janet Jackson fans: Circle Sept. 10 on your calendar.The Grammy and Academy Award-winning pop star announced yesterday her first tour in seven years is kicking off in Vancouver. Jackson, 42, made the surprise announcement on the Ellen DeGeneres show.“I can’t wait,” she said to DeGeneres, adding...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 2:37 PM

‘We need to feel safe’

A teenager who was recently assaulted outside Nanaimo SkyTrain station said yesterday she’s too scared to take transit and appealed to TransLink to improve safety.Sheshleen Datt, 18, was attacked on April 29 by six girls who haven’t been charged because video of the assault was erased.“I can’t do...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 2:31 PM

Plan B over-the-counter

British Columbia women who need an emergency contraceptive might soon be able to grab one right off the pharmacy shelf.Yesterday, Plan B — also known as the morning-after pill — was granted over-the-counter status by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities.Canada became the...

Friday, May 16, 2008, 4:00 PM

Plan B’s voyage to the counter

Since Plan B was introduced in Canada in 1999, the so-called morning-after pill has been controversial. After a federal regulatory agency granted it over-the-counter status yesterday, its maker, Paladin Labs, is waiting for the B.C. College of Pharmacists to give it final approval before it’s moved...

Friday, May 16, 2008, 3:57 PM

VAG goes KRAZY!

It’s the kind of art exhibit your average teenage boy will want to be dragged to.The Vancouver Art Gallery is bringing the worlds of anime, comics, cartoons, video games, manga, graphic novels and contemporary art together in one of the biggest exhibits ever organized by the gallery.Kathleen...

Friday, May 16, 2008, 3:46 PM

Students helping Chinese

Their formal education may have been disrupted, but 10 Lower Mainland kinesiology students caught in an earthquake while on a study program in China are learning a lot about helping.The University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV) students and their professor, who is keeping a blog on the schools...

Friday, May 16, 2008, 3:37 PM

Appeal for help

Business leaders in Vancouver’s Chinese community yesterday appealed for donations to China’s relief efforts as the death toll in Monday’s earthquake continues to climb.An estimated 15,000 people are dead and at least 25,000 missing in what’s being called the worst disaster to hit the country in...

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 3:15 PM

Pumpers get cash back

Some commuters who filled up with gas at the Chevron at Georgia and Bidwell streets yesterday morning earned back a little bit of the fuel price.Staff members from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) were there telling customers how much they pay in gas tax — about 31 per cent of the pump price...

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 3:14 PM

UBC team to dig up blue whale remains

A blue whale skeleton buried in Prince Edward Island 20 years ago will see the light of day for the first time this weekend when a team of University of British Columbia scientists exhumes its putrid remains.The giant whale, which is as long as two school buses, washed up on shore in 1987. After it...

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 3:08 PM

UFV students to give blood

A group of Lower Mainland kinesiology students caught in a massive earthquake in China are giving blood today to contribute to the relief effort.Chris Bertram, a professor at the University College of the Fraser Valley (UFV) who is chaperoning the students, said, “sitting and waiting isn’t helping...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 2:59 PM

Aid for China mobilizes

Several Lower Mainland organizations, both in the Chinese community and beyond, finalized plans yesterday to send aid to China after it was hit by a deadly earthquake.James Chu, vice-president of the Chinese Benevolent Association, said lunchtime and evening meetings were held to discuss how to...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 2:51 PM

$500K for Habitat homes

Needy families are getting a small boost in their efforts to become homeowners in one of the country’s most expensive housing markets.The province yesterday announced it’s providing Habitat For Humanity Canada (HFHC) with $500,000 toward new homes for 24 families.The money will be used for building...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 4:58 PM

Two men die in car crash

Two men are dead after a car drove off the road and plunged into a slough off Lougheed Highway near Agassiz early yesterday. Lantze Joseph Paul, 21 and Daryl Francis Junior, 29, both from Agassiz, were killed in the crash.Bystanders were able to pull a third passenger, a 21-year-old woman, to...

Friday, May 9, 2008, 4:24 PM

Surrey to look at dog management

One of two pit bulls who mauled a Surrey boy has been put down, and the city’s mayor is calling for renewed discussions on how to manage the breed.The breed is banned in Ontario and people who owned a pit bull before the legislation was put in place must have their pet spayed or neutered.In Surrey...

Friday, May 9, 2008, 4:22 PM