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Oil spill a real threat: Experts

Today’s giant oil tankers usually carry four times more oil than local authorities are equipped to clean in the case of a spill, the chief operating officer for Port Metro Vancouver said yesterday.Chris Badger told Vancouver city council at a meeting aimed at preventing a local spill that Burrard...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 11:07 AM

Local NHLer returns to raise cash

Florida Panthers left-winger Kenndal McArdle is returning to the city he grew up in to attend a fundraiser for Canuck Place Children's Hospice this Friday in downtown Vancouver. McArdle, who helped the Vancouver Giants raise the 2007 Memorial Cup, will be taking part in the second-annual Dream...

Monday, July 5, 2010, 10:30 AM

New attraction opens in Stanley Park

The Klahowya Village opened Thursday in Stanley Park to less-than-packed crowds, but project manager Peter Baker is confident numbers will increase.“I’m impressed with the turnout, actually,” Baker said. “It’s the first day and there’s so many other things going on with Canada Day. More people will...

Friday, July 2, 2010, 9:41 AM

One in three pedestrians hit in DTES: Study

A study funded by the City of Vancouver has found that almost one out of every three Downtown Eastside residents has been hit by a vehicle.Don Buchanan, co-co-ordinator of the Downtown Eastside Pedestrian Safety Project, called that statistic the most surprising one he came across.“I think that’s...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 10:50 AM

Backpedalling on dubious manual

A controversial manual given to new bus drivers that allegedly stereotypes cyclists is being revised.In the 62-page manual given to Coast Mountain Bus Company trainees, there is one page dedicated to the main types of cyclists on Vancouver roadways. They are categorized as Teen, Novice and Lunatic...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 11:10 AM

Gulf leak spurs talks on tanker traffic

In wake of the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, local concerns are being raised about increased oil tanker traffic through Burrard Inlet.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has announced a special council meeting to address these issues on July 5.“We need to make sure we’re doing everything we...

Monday, June 28, 2010, 10:31 AM

Celebration a time for aboriginal AIDS awareness

Aboriginal Awareness Week was celebrated at the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation yesterday with distinguished guests and a traditional aboriginal feast.According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, aboriginal people are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Almost 50 per cent of residents at the Dr...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 11:07 AM

Greer Creek wildfire continues to grow

A wildfire in central B.C. has grown to about 52 square kilometres, with strong winds and dry conditions helping it spread.Six helicopters are bucketing water and 100 firefighters are working to try to contain the blaze at Greer Creek, near Prince George. According to the B.C. Wildfire Management...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 11:19 AM

Squamish goes live with summer music festival

The City of Squamish announced yesterday that it will be hosting a two-day summer music festival.Live at Squamish will take place over the Labour Day Weekend at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields. It will feature more than 20 local and international recording artists appearing on...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 10:32 AM

Alleged anti-gay attack prompts undercover patrols in West End

Vancouver police will start conducting undercover patrols of the West End in part due to a recent alleged gay-bashing incident, the city’s police chief said.“Hate crimes and gay-bashing will always be taken seriously and receive extra attention,” Chief Jim Chu said.The patrols will be backed by a...

Monday, June 21, 2010, 11:27 AM

Federal Liberals not to blame for HST: Iggy

Federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff distanced himself from the B.C. Liberals while in Vancouver yesterday for his party’s regional policy day. When asked, Ignatieff said the federal Liberals are not to blame for the looming harmonized sales tax.“Remember, this is a provincial deal made by...

Monday, June 21, 2010, 11:12 AM

Car Free Day welcomes thousands

Roughly a quarter of a million people took to Vancouver streets yesterday when various neighbourhoods closed off some roads to traffic of the four-wheeled kind to welcome the two-footed kind.Car Free Day, a celebration of public space first held on Commercial Drive five years ago, has grown to five...

Monday, June 21, 2010, 10:40 AM

150 job cuts, 10 possible school closures in VSB budget

School closures, the elimination of more than 150 full-time positions and program cancellations are some of the cuts planned by the Vancouver School Board (VSB) to balance its budget, the organization’s chairwoman said Thursday.Patti Bacchus also added that many of the recommendations the board was...

Friday, June 18, 2010, 11:04 AM

Abbotsford’s first ‘Con Air’ flight lifts off

The first flight for Abbotsford Police’s “Con Air” relocation program departed Thursday morning with two people on board, bound for Edmonton. The program will use commercial flights, except in situations where the risk would be too great, and the expense of the seats will be paid by the Abbotsford...

Friday, June 18, 2010, 10:44 AM

Cuts will hit inner-city kids hardest: MLA

Inner-city kids will be most affected when the Vancouver School Board releases its balanced budget tomorrow, says Jenny Kwan, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. “They have no choice but to table a balanced budget, but let’s be clear, that would mean cuts in programs,” she said. “They would hurt the...

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 11:21 AM

No charges in giraffe death

The B.C. SPCA has announced that animal cruelty charges will not be laid in the death of Jerome the giraffe.The animal died at the Mountain View Conservation and Breeding Facility in Langley during an emergency procedure to trim his overgrown hooves.Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 11:05 AM

No opt-out for U-Pass?

Post-secondary students looking to opt out of the $30 U-Pass may not have a choice, according to some student associations.Jordan Harris, student association president at BCIT, said allowing students who don’t take transit to opt out remains to be discussed with TransLink.“We’ll have a referendum...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 11:13 AM

Transit cop injured in SkyTrain scuffle

A transit police officer was injured while she and three colleagues scuffled with a man resisting arrest at MetroTown SkyTrain station, TransLink said yesterday.The transit officers approached a man Sunday evening while checking fares. He allegedly gave them a false name. When officers attempt to...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 11:00 AM

Vets set to square off

Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin, headliners at this weekend’s UFC event in Vancouver, were all smiles Thursday ahead of punching each other in the face at GM Place Saturday night.Both fighters claimed to have no dislike of the other during the final press conference for UFC 115. Despite the...

Friday, June 11, 2010, 11:09 AM