Vanessa Yee

Judge says 'virulent homophobia' inspired 2009 attack

A Vancouver construction worker was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday for aggravated assault against a gay man. In the sentencing, Judge Jocelyn Palmer described 37-year-old Shawn Woodward’s actions as being motivated by “virulent homophobia.” She added he showed no remorse and failed to...

Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:34 PM

Judge says 'virulent homophobia' inspired 2009 attack

A Vancouver construction worker was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday for aggravated assault against a gay man. In the sentencing, Judge Jocelyn Palmer described 37-year-old Shawn Woodward’s actions as being motivated by “virulent homophobia.” She added he showed no remorse and failed to...

Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:34 PM

Facebook feature stirs up privacy concerns

Some Facebook users are outraged at a new feature the social networking site recently released. Facebook user Adrienne Percy said the “See Friendship” feature, which allows users to get a complete overview of the interactions between any two people, “is unnecessary and ... very invasive.” Other...

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 11:20 AM

Could Indy roar back to Vancouver?

Could the defunct Molson Indy return to Vancouver?Yesterday, Octane Motorsports Events announced the cancellation of the 2011 Edmonton Indy and said they are considering holding the event in other cities, including Calgary, Quebec City and Vancouver.“There is no doubt that Vancouver is an...

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 11:16 AM

Metro Minute at Spooky Seas

If you’re itchin’ to get your scare on, head down to the Vancouver Aquarium and take part in its Spooky Seas adventure. Explore the aquarium’s exclusive Skulls, Bones and Creeps Of The Deep exhibit, or learn about the West Coast’s predator-prey life cycle as you peer inside the jaws of a great...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 6:28 AM

Cops charged over Tasering

Two officers have been charged with assault after they allegedly Tasered a 73-year-old man who was in police custody and was being treated in hospital.Surrey RCMP Const. Mitchell Spears and Transit Police Const. Ken Jansen were charged Oct. 20 following the investigation of an April 22 incident. A...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 10:57 AM

Metro Minute at house of horrors

Prepare yourself for 9,000 square feet of bone-chilling, spine-tingling thrills at Potters House of Horrors. This walkthrough labyrinth consists of multiple rooms to frighten even the most courageous. There will be professional actors hiding around every corner, waiting to jump out at you. This...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 6:28 AM

Women with degrees marry men with same

Women with university degrees are not only more likely to get married, but they are more likely to marry someone with a similar level of education, according to a Statistics Canada report released Thursday. Despite being more financially independent, educated women are still interested in...

Friday, September 10, 2010, 10:36 AM

Psychopath students likelier to cheat: Prof

Students who cheat may be showing themselves to be callous, Machiavellian psychopaths, says a study by a psychology professor at the University of B.C.“Psychopathic students are more likely to plagiarize essays, while academically disadvantaged students are more likely to cheat on tests,” said Del...

Thursday, September 9, 2010, 8:42 AM

Two arrested in murder

Two men have been arrested for the months-old violent murder of a 67-year-old Vancouver man whose body was found stuffed inside the trunk of his own van, police said yesterday.Patrick Alexander LeBlanc was murdered in Vancouver this spring and his body was brought to New Westminster, according to...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 11:13 AM

Making a missed connection

There aren’t a lot of “do-overs” in life, but there are second chances on Craigslist.Self-proclaimed “hopeless romantic” Thomas Urqhart said he felt an immediate attraction to another man at the PNE, but his timing “wasn’t right.” He went out on a limb and placed an ad on Craigslist’s Missed...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 10:59 AM

Green program cutting hours, say hotel staff

Some Vancouver hotel workers rallied on Thursday against their employers’ green program saying it’s cutting down their hours. They protested in front of the Westin Bayshore Hotel downtown. The “Make a Green Choice” program, which was implemented earlier this summer, offers hotel guests a $5-voucher...

Friday, September 3, 2010, 11:25 AM

5 minutes with: Seetha Bhagavatula

Seetha Bhagavatula is a fifth-year cell biology and Asian studies student at UBC. She is also a former UBC MUG leader — My Undergraduate Group. If you’re a freshman this year, you will want to read her survival tips. What are some of the must-haves for new college and university students?•...

Friday, September 3, 2010, 9:30 AM

Homeless soccer team headed to Brazil for cup

Supporters and members of Team Canada’s homeless soccer team attended a fundraiser at Doolin’s Pub in downtown Vancouver to get players to Rio de Janeiro. “We are so stoked to have this opportunity,” said Kevin King, the team’s co-captain. All team members have been homeless at some point during...

Thursday, September 2, 2010, 8:56 AM

Sarah Palin invited to speak in Vancouver

A local book club is confident people are willing to pay $500 to hear former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin speak. The Bon Mot Book Club invited Palin to Vancouver Oct. 13 to challenge people’s minds, organizers say.“She’s an interesting character,” said Leah Costello, founder of the...

Thursday, September 2, 2010, 8:52 AM

Man gets jail term for luring

A 29-year-old Sechelt man who used the Internet to lure girls ages 12 and 14 to his home for sex has been sentenced to four years in jail.But Jesse James Aimee will only serve 17 months because he’s been given two-for-one credit for the 15 months he’s already served.

Thursday, September 2, 2010, 8:44 AM

Metro Minute with an amazing maze

If you’re looking for an amazing end-of-summer experience try out the Bose Family Corn Maze in Cloverdale. Experience 17 acres of mind-blowing, mystifying adventure away from the city. Get lost in the twists and turns with corn walls more than 10 feet tall. The design is changed each year so the...

Thursday, September 2, 2010, 6:08 AM

Housing market ready to burst?

Vancouver could be in for its third real estate bubble burst in 50 years, according to a study released yesterday. Falling home sales suggest people cannot afford to pay more for housing, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report says.In a worst-case scenario, Vancouver homeowners could...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 11:29 AM

Metro Minute with Cris Derksen

Experience a night of music and culture with electronic cellist Cris Derksen. This 28-year-old aboriginal artist uses a variety of electronic techniques to enhance her classical style of cello music, allowing her to reach different octaves and produce a large array of musical sounds. She was one of...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 5:30 AM

Bears get a bit too close

RCMP and conservation officers in Kamloops used rubber bullets to scare off a mother black bear and her three cubs back into the woods on Thursday.“(The bears had) made their way into a populated area and there was no wilderness for them to go back into,” said Const. Cheryl Bush. They wandered...

Friday, August 27, 2010, 8:05 AM