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'Happy day' as Downtown Eastside tent city comes down

The makeshift tent city in the Downtown Eastside was expected to be dismantled last evening, with organizers calling it a success that helped more than 60 homeless people get into permanent housing.Wendy Pedersen, member of the Carnegie Community Action Project, called yesterday “a happy day.”...

Thursday, March 18, 2010, 11:04 AM

SPCA seeks charges

The B.C. SPCA recommended yesterday that criminal and animal-cruelty charges be laid against a private zoo in Langley where three giraffes have died since December.In the latest case, a nine-year-old Masai giraffe named Jerome died in February after being sedated so workers could trim its painful,...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 11:02 AM

Snowmobilers’ safety up to individuals: Heed

While the government should do its best to make British Columbia’s backcountry a safe place for snowmobilers, it’s still up to individuals to make responsible decisions, solicitor general Kash Heed said yesterday.However, he did not rule out future regulation to help avoid deaths like that of two...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 10:48 AM

Charges laid after officers assaulted

Two Vancouver police officers suffered multiple bloodying blows to their faces during an arrest Wednesday afternoon.Police were dispatched to the 2400 block of Commercial Drive after they received several 911 calls about a man walking down the street, pushing and punching people around him.Officers...

Friday, March 12, 2010, 10:52 AM

Japadog thinks big

Bolstered by block-long lineups during the Winter Olympics, Vancouver’s Japadog is eyeing expansion to New York and Los Angeles, its president said yesterday.Noriki Tamura, who heads the company that owns the popular Japanese-style hotdog stand, said twice as many Japadogs than usual were sold...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 10:53 AM

Obesity rates lowest in B.C., study finds

British Columbia has the lowest obesity rates in Canada, according to a University of B.C. study.Based on a analysis of data from 28 previously released studies, assistant professor Jennifer Black, with the UBC faculty of land and food systems, concluded that higher obesity rates are reported in...

Monday, March 8, 2010, 10:41 AM

SPCA seeking dog’s owner

The B.C. SPCA is looking for the owner of an extremely emaciated Golden Retriever found on Feb. 28.Eileen Drever, senior animal protection officer, said the dog showed the worst signs of neglect she’s seen in 30 years.“I’m not sure how he even has the strength to stand,” said Drever.The dog,...

Thursday, March 4, 2010, 10:59 AM

Art gallery sets attendance record during Olympics

A new attendance record has been set at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) as nearly 100,000 people visited it during the Games. Lineups snaked around the block as the VAG showcased Leonardo Da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man, marking the first time that all of his drawings of the human body were...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 10:59 AM

Visitors give thumbs up

Olympic visitors had nothing but praise for Canada as they left Vancouver International Airport yesterday.“Everything was well organized with the number of people that came through, everyone seemed to be pretty happy, and you know, I think everyone felt pretty safe,” said Sheila McCoy of Portland....

Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 11:08 AM

YVR sees off thousands

Vancouver’s airport was the busiest it has ever been yesterday, but far from chaotic.An estimated 40,000 people, including Olympic athletes and officials wearing their team colours, flew home through YVR. Paul Levy, vice-president of planning for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games for the...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 10:48 AM

Woman sells hockey tickets for almost $19K

A Vancouver woman has sold three tickets to the men’s gold-medal hockey game for $18,888.“It was three hours at Canada Hockey Place or two weeks on the beach,” said the reseller, who asked that her name not be published.She decided to post her three $800 Class-A hockey tickets on VANOC’s official...

Friday, February 26, 2010, 11:00 AM

Parents seek help locating missing 'Growing Pains' actor

The parents of actor Andrew Koenig, who is presumably missing in Vancouver, pleaded for help in finding their son yesterday.Walter Koenig — who is best-known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek series — said his son suffers from depression. “I request even during these...

Thursday, February 25, 2010, 11:14 AM

Andy goes Spandy for the Games

There are dozens of buskers working downtown Vancouver streets during the Olympics. Meet Andy Rimer, aka Spandy Andy, originally from Red Deer, Alta.Q: Who are you?A: My name is Spandy Andy, ‘cause I’m Andy and I wear spandex. I do a lot of mime and moon walking and elusionary-style dance ... (That...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 11:05 AM

RCMP flag-bearer hopes to return to Haiti for visit

A Haitian-Canadian Mountie who carried the flag at the Olympic opening ceremonies says he hopes to return to Haiti on a peacekeeping tour.“I want to show them (Haitians) what you can become in Canada,” said Const. Rodzor Jean-Baptiste.He immigrated to Canada in 2003 with the dream of working for...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 10:35 AM

Airport restaurant employees locked out

Workers at 16 Vancouver airport restaurants were locked out by their employer on Thursday after they held a one-day strike the previous day. In all, 285 food-service workers employed by HMS Host are locked out.Single mother Mary Hanisi said she was unhappy and surprised when she was told she couldn...

Friday, February 19, 2010, 11:01 AM

Restaurant workers strike at YVR

Three hundred restaurant employees are on strike at Vancouver International Airport.Union members voted to picket after 60 employees at the YVR Milestones were told they may not be rehired when that restaurant shuts down and becomes a Whitespot after the Olympics, said Lynn Flandera, spokesperson...

Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:39 AM

Athlete’s Village hits milestone green standard

The Athlete’s Village in Vancouver is North America’s greenest community, Mayor Gregor Robertson said yesterday.The southeast False Creek neighbourhood is the second in the world to receive a LEED platinum certification. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded it for the village’s location next to...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 11:14 AM

Jean thanks Vancouver for helping Haiti

Vancouver should be commended for helping Haiti at the same time it works to help its own citizens in need, Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean said yesterday at the city’s hospitality house. It has been almost a month since Jean’s homeland was ravaged by an earthquake that killed more than 230,000 people,...

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 11:02 AM

Anti-Games activist denied entry into Canada

A 20-year-old American freelance journalist known for his anti-Olympic views was detained at Vancouver’s airport and denied entry into Canada.Martin Marcias Jr. was held for seven hours on Saturday and then flown to Seattle, his supporters say.Chris Shaw, an associate professor at Simon Fraser...

Monday, February 8, 2010, 11:19 AM

World-class perks: Olympic helpers claim tickets

Olympic volunteers formed a line that snaked around a city block yesterday to claim their free tickets for the opening ceremonies dress rehearsal.Aron, who did not give out his last name because volunteers were told not to speak with reporters, was among the thousands waiting to get in to the...

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 10:49 AM