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Earthquake early-warning system installed off coast of British Columbia
(via Global News)

An earthquake early-warning system tested off British Columbia’s coast could give residents anywhere from 20 seconds to two minutes to prepare before a quake.

Yesterday

Five races to watch in British Columbia's municipal elections on Saturday
(via Times Colonist)

Local elections will be held across British Columbia on Saturday. Here are five races to watch.

Yesterday

Police are raiding illegal pot shops in B.C. and Newfoundland
(via Vancouver is Awesome)

The managers of two pot shops on Vancouver Island where police seized thousands of dollars worth of marijuana say the British Columbia government failed them by only approving one store in the province before legalization as raids were reported on both ends of the country.

Yesterday

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell will probe costly Manitoba Hydro projects
(via The London Free Press)

Campbell will look at whether the Keeyask Generating Station and Bipole Three transmission line — projects built under the former NDP government — were based on sound economics. Among the issues Campbell will investigate is whether the projects were built long before domestic demand required them, and on overly optimistic projections of export prices.

Yesterday

Canadian faces 10-year term for spray painting ancient Thai wall
(via CTV News)

Security camera footage purportedly showed Furlong Lee and Canadian Brittney Lorretta Katherine Schneider, both 23, spraying a message on the walls of the Tha Pae Gate in the northern province of Chiang Mai at around 4 a.m. Thursday.

Yesterday

Is it time to get rid of Canada Post?
(via Global News)

“I think the biggest fear, and it should be the biggest fear on both sides, is what if we have a strike and nobody notices,” says Alan Freeman, an honorary senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Yesterday

'A split-second of fear': How Edouard Maurice became a symbol of the fight over rural crime and self-defence
(via National Post)

To his fellow rural Albertans, the story Eddie Maurice tells about that morning seems to confirm their worst fears: that crime is out of control, that police are unable to do anything about it, and that, should they try to defend themselves, their family or their property, those same cops will drag them off in cuffs.

Yesterday

Women in the U.S. can now get safe abortions by mail
(via The Atlantic)

The founder of a global abortion-pill provider that has never shipped to the U.S. has quietly started a new service for Americans.

Yesterday

Return of the blob could mean this for B.C. winter weather
(via The Weather Network)

Large anomalous area of elevated water temperature in the northern Pacific Ocean, first developed in 2014 and lingered well into 2015.

18 Oct 2018

Downtown Eastside trailblazer Mike Henry, Insite worker and co-founder of Vancouver's first needle exchange, dead at 74
(via The Vancouver Sun)

Born in Trinidad in 1944, Henry moved to Canada in 1967. He began advocating for drug users in the Downtown Eastside in the 1990s, setting up Vancouver’s first needle exchange (DEYAS) with John Turvey, according to a press release put out by Vancouver Coast Health. He was also an early member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drugs Users and worked at Insite since it opened in 2003.

18 Oct 2018

'Unprecedented low water levels' in northern, central B.C. raise fears for future of wildlife
(via CBC News)

October's long dry spell in the northwest of British Columbia may be coming to an end with rain in the forecast, but the prolonged drought — which reached a level 4 warning in some areas — is already having adverse effects on wildlife in the region.

18 Oct 2018

100 Canadian CEOs urge Doug Ford to rescue Ontario’s basic income project
(via The Toronto Star)

On Thursday, Floyd Marinescu, CEO of C4Media, is releasing an open letter at Queen’s Park signed by 100 Canadian CEOs representing more than $1.5 billion in combined annual revenues, urging Premier Doug Ford and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod to reverse the decision.

18 Oct 2018

Here’s the dumbest stuff we’ve seen about legal weed
(via Vice)

Everything in the media from earnest rolling instructions to “C-Day” to whether or not Brad Wall will “blaze that good good dank sticky icky.”

18 Oct 2018

Tens of thousands of Canadians could soon be eligible for a pot pardon, but lawyers warn about limitations
(via CBC News)

Advocates concerned cannabis pardon process could be too onerous for marginalized groups.

18 Oct 2018

Trump threatens to close US-Mexico border over Honduran migrant caravan
(via The Guardian)

Trump also threatened to deploy the military to stop caravan which plans to head through Mexico toward the US border.

18 Oct 2018

Survey finds widespread 'moral distress' among veterinarians
(via NPR)

The authors of a new study on veterinarians and mental health say vet school should include more training on how to cope with the moral distress vets face when asked by pet owners to do things that are against their medical judgement.

18 Oct 2018

United for Saanich among 62 slates running across British Columbia
(via Sooke News Mirror)

The only communities outside Greater Victoria and the Lower Mainland featuring slates are Nelson and Sechelt.

17 Oct 2018

How criminals used Vancouver's casinos to launder millions
(via The Guardian)

The impacts of the Vancouver model – as the scheme came to be known – is linked to the opioid crisis and unaffordable real estate market.

17 Oct 2018

B.C. vacant home tax goes forward amid promises of improved affordability
(via HuffPost)

The proposed tax is calculated at rates of 0.5 per cent, one per cent or two per cent of assessed value of homes in core, urban centres, with the highest rate applied to foreign owners and so-called satellite families.

17 Oct 2018

How the B.C. electric car fantasy will become reality
(via The Vancouver Sun)

If B.C. is to reach its ambitious GHG goal by 2030, the provincial government will have to find a way to massively increase the supply of electric vehicles for sale.

17 Oct 2018

First legal weed sold in Canada at Newfoundland shops
(via CBC News)

In Newfoundland and parts of Labrador, midnight comes earlier than anywhere else in the country, and people were ready and waiting for marijuana to be sold to them over the counter.

17 Oct 2018

The Warrior Society rises: how a mercury spill in Canada inspired a movement
(via The Guardian)

Nearly 50 years ago, a corporation poisoned First Nations people and land. They’re still fighting for justice.

17 Oct 2018

Paul Bernardo set for parole bid after 25 years in prison
(via Global News)

Paul Bernardo, whose very name became synonymous with sadistic sexual perversion, is expected to plead for release on Wednesday by arguing he has done what he could to improve himself during his 25 years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement.

17 Oct 2018

Kenyans say Chinese investment brings racism and discrimination
(via The New York Times)

As the country embraces China’s expanding presence in the region, many Kenyans wonder whether the nation has unwittingly welcomed an influx of powerful foreigners who are shaping the country’s future — while also bringing racist attitudes with them.

17 Oct 2018

B.C.’s weed dispensaries advised to shut down by Wednesday if they want to operate legally
(via Global News)

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth is advising dispensary owners who hope to legally operate recreational marijuana shops in B.C. to shut their doors before Wednesday.

16 Oct 2018

Man who jumped, naked, into Toronto shark tank is from B.C.: police
(via Huffington Post)

Officials in Canada's largest city set out to identify the suspect after a man who was visiting the Ripley's Aquarium stripped naked and jumped into the shark tank on Friday night.

16 Oct 2018

Study finds no evidence of riskier sex after HPV vaccine introduced
(via The Vancouver Sun)

A study has found that after the HPV vaccine was introduced, girls ended up less likely to have intercourse before the age of 14.

16 Oct 2018

'Deeply concerning': Canada pension fund invests in US immigration detention firms
(via The Guardian)

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has $5.9m of stock in firms profiting from Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ Mexico border policy. This story is co-published with the Documented news website and newsletter.

16 Oct 2018

Craig Kielburger founded WE to fight child labour. Now the WE brand promotes products made by children.
(via Canadaland)

A CANADALAND investigation reveals that WE is connected to no fewer than three companies known to use child and slave labour in their supply chain.

16 Oct 2018

Pride Toronto opens door for city police to possibly rejoin summer parade after 2-year ban
(via CBC News)

Organization says it will review the force's application to march in uniform in 2019 Pride parade.

16 Oct 2018

'I leave the car at home': how free buses are revolutionising one French city
(via The Guardian)

Dunkirk is a month into a project that makes it the biggest European city to offer entirely free public transport to residents and visitors alike. So what do people think?

16 Oct 2018

China defends its ‘people-oriented’ Muslim reeducation program as job training
(via The Washington Post)

China will release some Muslim detainees held in the far western region of Xinjiang after they complete their “de-extremization education” by the end of this year, a regional leader said Tuesday as China unfurled its most extensive defense of the mass internment program to date.

16 Oct 2018

Wrongly accused of misconduct, founder of B.C. bird rescue group vindicated in court
(via CBC News)

Beverly Day was fired by the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society and accused of misappropriating funds.

15 Oct 2018

Emerging Indigenous filmmakers feature Indigenous cowboys of B.C. 'In the Valley of Wild Horses'
(via National Observer)

Indigenous directors Asia Youngman and Trevor Mack spent eight days traveling with the Xeni Gwet'in during their annual youth wagon ride through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in British Columbia filming a short documentary 'In the Valley of Wild Horses.'

15 Oct 2018

Canadian politician says crucifix 'not religious symbol'
(via BBC)

The newly-elected premier of Quebec in Canada has raised eyebrows by saying a crucifix hanging in the provincial legislature is not a religious symbol.

15 Oct 2018

Air Canada plane was 'a few feet' from 'worst crash in aviation history,' NTSB report says
(via CBC News)

The Air Canada captain was supposed to report the San Francisco incident to the airline as soon as possible, but waited until the next day because he was 'very tired' and it was late on the night of July 7, 2017, according to the final U.S. NTSB report.

15 Oct 2018

Stephen Harper on why it’s Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, not Donald Trump, who scare him
(via Global News)

He said his fear is that politicians like Sanders and Corbyn would do “irreversible” damage to global market economies if elected.

15 Oct 2018

A fake online review claimed refugees "slaughtered goats" in a hotel. This newspaper helped it go viral.
(via BuzzFeed News )

"Radisson Hotel Toronto East can confirm that the claims of goats being slaughtered in the public bathrooms are completely false statements," the hotel told BuzzFeed News.

15 Oct 2018

How Jamal Khashoggi disappeared – visual guide
(via The Guardian)

Jamal Khashoggi is a columnist for the Washington Post, having left Saudi Arabia last year amid personal safety fears. The prominent Saudi journalist was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

15 Oct 2018

Fifth-century child’s skeleton shows evidence of “vampire burial”
(via Ars Technica)

Archaeologists have discovered the skeleton of a 10-year-old child at an ancient Roman site in Italy with a rock carefully placed in its mouth. This suggests those who buried the child—who probably died of malaria during a deadly fifth century outbreak—feared it might rise from the dead and spread the disease to those who survived. Locals are calling it the "Vampire of Lugnano."

15 Oct 2018

Affordability crisis reaches Vancouver suburbs, report finds, increasing threat of homelessness
(via The Globe and Mail)

“[The] report shows that cities that were once seen as an affordable oasis are quickly sinking in high rents and low vacancy," Union Gospel Mission spokesman Jeremy Hunka said at a news conference on Thursday. "And while nobody is immune, it’s absolutely hammering low-income families and women.”

12 Oct 2018

How the pipeline explosion affects you — and whether you're going to run out of natural gas
(via CBC News)

Risk of a shortage lower now that second pipeline is on again, but British Columbians still asked to cut back.

12 Oct 2018

First Nation sues B.C., feds, owner of tug that spilled 100K litres of diesel
(via Victoria News)

October 2016 spill in the Seaforth Channel along the central coast near Bella Bella, irreparably damaged their marine harvesting areas, group says.

12 Oct 2018

'A polite racist is still a racist': UCP disqualifies candidate who defended photo with Soldiers of Odin
(via Edmonton Journal)

The United Conservative Party has disqualified a candidate seeking its Edmonton-West Henday nomination after he defended appearing in photos with members of the Soldiers of Odin.

12 Oct 2018

Alberta's back-to-basics K-4 curriculum focuses on memorization, keyboarding
(via Calgary Herald)

Alberta students will focus more on basic math skills, memorizing number facts and learning keyboarding skills early as part of the newly updated K-4 curriculum released by the provincial government Wednesday.

12 Oct 2018

#ThisIs18
(via The New York Times)

What does life look like for girls turning 18 in 2018? We gave young women photographers around the world an assignment: Show us 18 in your community. This is 18 — through girls’ eyes.

12 Oct 2018

Unprotected: How a school to protect Liberia's most vulnerable girls became a predator's hunting ground
(via Propublica)

An acclaimed American charity said it was saving some of the world’s most vulnerable girls from sexual exploitation. But from the very beginning, girls were being raped.

12 Oct 2018

Mental illness will affect one in four people around the globe
(via Al Jazeera English)

It's expected that by 2030 depression will be the world's leading cause of ill health.

12 Oct 2018

B.C. pipeline blast disrupts service to customers across province and into U.S.
(via The Globe and Mail)

Natural gas customers in B.C. and Washington State are being asked to curtail their energy demand after an explosion of a natural gas pipeline in central British Columbia that could disrupt supply.

11 Oct 2018

Lighthouse keeper shortage on B.C. coast 'critical,' says union
(via CBC News)

Canadian Coast Guard says recruitment efforts underway to hire for the remote, isolated positions.

11 Oct 2018

Hellfire: This is what our future looks like
(via The Guardian)

B.C. writer John Vaillant tells the human stories behind the recent wildfires in Alberta, B.C, and California.

11 Oct 2018

Ontario to let Sikh motorcyclists ride without helmets
(via Huff Post)

The Progressive Conservative government said Wednesday that the exemption — which goes into effect Oct. 18 — will recognize Sikh motorcycle riders' civil rights and religious expression.

11 Oct 2018

Limits on cannabis ‘downright offensive’ says Canadian Police Association
(via Kelowna Now)

Calling the approach of certain police forces to cannabis use “nonsensical” and “downright offensive” the association questioned what certain forces are treating cannabis differently than other legal products.

11 Oct 2018

No duty to consult Indigenous groups on federal law-making, Supreme Court says
(via Ottawa Citizen)

A majority of the high court said the law-making process does not amount to Crown conduct that triggers the deeply entrenched duty to confer with Indigenous Peoples.

11 Oct 2018

‘I’m going to die here’: Wives of ISIS fighters want to return home to Canada
(via Global News)

In an exclusive Global News series, Stewart Bell reports from Iraq and Syria on the aftermath of the war against the so-called Islamic State. In Part 3, Global speaks with two Canadian women held at a camp in Syria for the families of ISIS fighters.

11 Oct 2018

Bulgaria: Man held in connection with TV reporter's slaying
(via CTV News)

A man was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with the slaying of Bulgarian television reporter Viktoria Marinova, whose body was found dumped after she highlighted possible government corruption, the Bulgarian interior ministry said.

11 Oct 2018