October 23, 2017

Yaletown man says policeman struck him

The man allegedly punched by a plainclothes Vancouver Police officer Tuesday night was treated for a cut lip by Vancouver Fire/Rescue Services.   The man was originally detained for riding his bicycle without a helmet and running a red light. Police say the incident, at Robson and Beatty, resulted in the man being confrontational with … [Read more...]

Apple says it now gets 75 percent of its total energy from renewable sources

Based on the latest reports, the company once chided for making too large an impact on Mother Earth is now claiming that a full 75 percent of its energy is being sourced from renewables. Apple's chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer, informed Reuters this week that all of its data centers -- including the gargantuan facility in Maiden, North … [Read more...]

Justice system needs work says Councillor

After a string of murders to start the year, the City of Surrey is pushing for a change to the justice system.  Councillor Barinder Rasode says there seems to be a revolving door in the Courts for prolific offenders.  Rasode says the justice system actually creates prolific offenders which in turn can be responsible for various crimes, … [Read more...]

We’re asking for salmon trouble, says biologist

A noted salmon activist is touring with a new documentary she says spells out the cover up of dangerous viruses in farmed salmon.  Alexandra Morton says fish farming and aquaculture is not bad, but putting them in the ocean on salmon migration routes could lead to disaster, "It is risky to allow pathogens to get into a feedlot and pour out. I … [Read more...]

Auditor General says spending problems persist for government

BC's Auditor-General says progress has been made since he first rapped the legislative assembly over "substantial irregularities", but problems persist and more must be done. John Doyle also zeroes in on an expensive lease and renovations to the constituency office of Liberal MLA Eric Foster. He says public money was used to pay not only the … [Read more...]

Falcon says he “absolutely” supports Premier Clark

Liberal MLA Kevin Falcon is back at the Legislature today for the first time since he raised questions about Premier Christy Clark in a newspaper interview last week. Falcon had suggested Clark overstepped by promising to build the world's tallest wood building in Prince George when the Treasury Board had made it clear there was not enough money … [Read more...]

George Affleck says Vision Vancouver is getting its wires crossed

An NPA city councillor says the mayor of Vancouver is using his civic party as a lobby group in the case of securing rapid transit for the Broadway corridor. On Sunday people had a chance to hear the mayor's ideas for transit on the Broadway corridor and to air there own opinions. But it wasn't a city public hearing, it was a Vision Vancouver … [Read more...]

Minister says cell phones are a fact of life for users

BC's Attorney-General says the current laws aren't working but she will not allow police to seize cell phones to crack down on distracted driving. The BC Chiefs of Police Association is kicking around a few ideas to reduce distracted driving including the seizure of cell phones from repeat offenders.  Shirley Bond however, says that won't … [Read more...]

Study says subway best option for Broadway-UBC corridor

Translink is out with a new study Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says supports a subway as the rapid transit option for the UBC-Broadway corridor. He says the Translink analysis evaluated several options for that route, and found a subway would cut travel time from Commercial to UBC in half, to 19 minutes. As well, it would attract five times … [Read more...]

Black says he has investors for refinery project

Energy Minister Rich Coleman says there's still some work to do before newspaper publisher David Black can actually build an oil refinery on the north coast. But Coleman says it's positive news that Black has apparently found investors for the 25-billion dollar project. "You need to be able to have the customer and that's what he's been working on … [Read more...]