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Vancouver targets more density in single-family neighbourhoods
(via Metro)

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson introduced the Housing Vancouver strategy Thursday, which included sweeping zoning changes next year to allow for 10,000 new homes in single-family neighbourhoods like Dunbar, Kerrisdale and Arbutus Ridge.

Today

New door to protect BC Transit drivers from assaults
(via CBC News)

BC Transit unveiled new steel and glass doors for its buses Wednesday to protect drivers from increasing incidents of assault.

Today

Canadian firm to face historic legal case over alleged labour abuses in Eritrea
(via The Guardian)

A Canadian mining company has lost its bid to block a lawsuit accusing it of human rights abuses against miners in Eritrea after a ruling by an appeals court in British Columbia.

Today

Why Ian Campeau Had To Leave A Tribe Called Red
(via BuzzFeed News)

It’s been almost two weeks since Campeau, known in Tribe as DJ NDN, announced his departure from the beloved Canadian electronic group. He’s moving on from the group he cofounded in order to dedicate himself to advocacy and activism work, using his platform to continue to “bring positive things into the world.”

Today

When sorry isn't enough
(via CBC News)

Toby Obed has fought for a decade to get to this moment — a formal apology from the prime minister for what residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador went through.

Today

The Switch to Outdoor LED Lighting Has Completely Backfired
(via Gizmodo)

To reduce energy consumption, many jurisdictions around the world are transitioning to outdoor LED lighting. But as new research shows, this solid-state solution hasn’t yielded the expected energy savings, and potentially worse, it’s resulted in more light pollution than ever before.

Today

Why Celebrities Are Rallying Behind Cyntoia Brown, a Woman Spending Life in Prison
(via the New York Times)

Rihanna. LeBron James. Snoop Dogg. Cara Delevingne. Kim Kardashian West. These were among the major figures to use their colossal social media followings to advocate freeing Ms. Brown, 29, who her lawyer says was a victim of sex trafficking. She was just 16 when she killed a man who had hired her as a prostitute.

Today

Facebook to Show People the Russian Propaganda They Followed
(via Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. will show people which Russian propaganda pages or accounts they’ve followed and liked on the social network, responding to a request from Congress to address manipulation and meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

Today

B.C. politicians condemn sexism against women in municipal politics
(via CBC News)

'Nasty Women' panel discussion includes Nicole Read, Maple Ridge mayor who has faced death threats.

Yesterday

BCGEU calls on province to tax real estate speculators
(via The Georgia Straight)

The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) believes that it’s within the province’s power to curb the value of property. Following its launch of a campaign for housing affordability earlier this month, the union has released a detailed plan that suggests how to resolve housing affordability.

Yesterday

Chilliwack Trustee Neufeld doubles down on transphobic comments
(via Agassiz-Harrison Observer)

Neufeld said the inclusion of transchildren in discussions in the classrooms excludes and even discriminates against students with “traditional family values.”

Yesterday

Only 10 per cent of Haitians crossing illegally getting refugee status, so far
(via CTV News)

The majority of asylum seekers who have crossed illegally into Canada so far this year were Haitian and so far, only 10 per cent of their claims have been accepted, newly released data showed Wednesday.

Yesterday

Laurier professor, president apologize to TA over video sanction
(via CBC News)

The president of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., has apologized for how faculty handled complaints made against teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd after she showed a controversial video in a communications tutorial class.

Yesterday

Justin Trudeau blocked from entering Scarborough mall event after being mobbed by fans
(via Global News)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wasn’t even able to enter a scheduled stop when hundreds of people swarmed him at a Scarborough mall Wednesday.

Yesterday

Girl Scouts urges parents to not force kids to hug relatives during the holidays
(via HuffPost)

As the barrage of explosive sexual harassment allegations continues against men in Hollywood, the media and Capitol Hill, Girl Scouts of USA is reminding parents that questions of consent apply to children too.

Yesterday

U.S. calls Myanmar moves against Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'
(via Reuters)

The United States on Wednesday called the Myanmar military operation against the Rohingya population “ethnic cleansing” and threatened targeted sanctions against those responsible for what it called “horrendous atrocities.”

Yesterday

Controversial Langley condo project had 149 buyers for 91 units
(via The Vancouver Sun)

Individual pre-sale condo units in a Metro Vancouver development were sold to as many as three or four buyers, B.C. Supreme Court heard Monday, in a case where several parties are hoping to find out what happened to more than $12 million paid by prospective homebuyers.

22 Nov 2017

B.C. Conservative Party trying to drum up Interior support
(via CBC News)

Members of the B.C. Conservative Party visited the Interior over the weekend in an attempt to build popularity among voters, though without a leader or any members elected to the legislature, the party knows it has a long ways to go.

22 Nov 2017

Indigenous kids largely apprehended because of poverty, says former child protection worker
(via CBC News)

A former child protection worker, once with the Ministry of Child and Family Development, says, in her experience, Indigenous children are largely being apprehended due to poverty, and their parents are being over policed when trying to reunite with them.

22 Nov 2017

Three years in, Discourse Media looks to membership to power its national expansion
(via Nieman Lab)

Can a “scrappy West Coast startup” go national in an expansion based on crowd investment and a membership platform drawing on artificial intelligence?

22 Nov 2017

NAFTA talks hit wall as Mexico, Canada push back on U.S. demands
(via Reuters)

The United States, Mexico and Canada failed to resolve any major differences in a fifth round of talks to rework the NAFTA trade deal, drawing a swift complaint from the Trump administration on Tuesday that the lack of progress could doom the process.

22 Nov 2017

Uber failed to disclose massive data breach in 2016: CEO
(via The Globe and Mail)

Uber Technologies Inc failed to disclose a massive breach last year that exposed the data of some 57 million users of the ride-sharing service, the company's new chief executive officer said on Tuesday.

22 Nov 2017

Meet Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ‘Crocodile’ poised to take power in Zimbabwe after Mugabe
(via Toronto Star)

Mnangagwa has been a leading figure in Zimbabwe for as long as newly resigned president Robert Mugabe, whom he supported. He is known, and feared, by Zimbabweans as the man blamed for a brutal 1980s crackdown that killed thousands.

22 Nov 2017

Rise of the Robots
(via The Walrus)

Former Tyee editor Sharon J. Riley rides the roads with the last of a dying breed — truck drivers — as Silicon Valley gears up for the age of the autonomous autos.

22 Nov 2017

Abbotsford, B.C. police chief praised for mental-health advocacy after deadly shooting
(via The Globe and Mail)

Mental-health advocates are praising a British Columbia police chief for his leadership after he made an impassioned plea for first responders to take care of their mental well-being.

21 Nov 2017

'Prolific' property crime suspects face over 150 charges in Surrey, B.C.
(via CBC News)

Police have arrested a pair of "prolific property crime offenders" and charged them with more than 150 criminal charges in relation to a series of break and enters, thefts, and frauds in Surrey, B.C.

21 Nov 2017

UBC denies mishandling sex assault complaints in response to human rights cases
(via the Vancouver Sun)

The University of British Columbia has denied mishandling sexual assault reports in documents filed with the province’s human rights tribunal.

21 Nov 2017

Senators pay tribute to citizens – and themselves – with medals for 150th birthday
(via The Globe and Mail)

The Senate is awarding many of its own members specially minted medals as part of a program intended to honour volunteers, community activists and "unsung heroes" for the Red Chamber's 150th birthday.

21 Nov 2017

Morneau didn't seek clearance from ethics commissioner before introducing pension bill
(via the Globe and Mail)

Finance Minister Bill Morneau did not seek clearance from the federal ethics commissioner before he introduced pension-reform legislation that could benefit the firm founded by his father and in which he still owned one million shares.

21 Nov 2017

Quebec judge who said victim 'has a pretty face' withdraws from sex-assault case
(via The Guardian)

A judge who made controversial comments toward the 17-year-old victim of a sexual assault has removed himself from the case at the Montreal courthouse as it enters the sentencing stage.

21 Nov 2017

Charles Manson Embodied the Worst of the 1960s—and Every Era Since
(via Slate)

The now-deceased cult leader weaponized the zeitgeist to make himself famous. Now he’s dead, but because of us, his fame will live forever.

21 Nov 2017

CBS suspends Charlie Rose, PBS halts show amid sexual misconduct allegations
(via CBC News)

Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, with PBS halting distribution of his nightly interview show and CBS News suspending him Monday following a Washington Post report with the accusations of eight women.

21 Nov 2017

Months into the school year, Vancouver still looking for teachers
(via News1130)

We’re almost four months into the school year but Vancouver is still struggling to find and attract teachers. The Vancouver School Board is now heading cross country once again to attract applicants at recruitment fairs, mostly in Ontario.

20 Nov 2017

New housing strategy to build 80K affordable rental units for Canadians 'feeling the pinch'
(via CBC News)

Those struggling to keep a roof over their heads — whether looking to ease the burden of monthly rent payments or in desperate need of help to get off the streets — will find out later this week how the Liberal government hopes to deal with Canada's ever-present shortage of affordable housing.

20 Nov 2017

Mexico, Canada shun NAFTA autos counteroffers: sources
(via Reuters)

Divisions over updating the NAFTA trade deal showed no sign of easing on Sunday as Mexico and Canada signaled they would not offer counterproposals to U.S. demands for far stronger automotive content rules, people with knowledge of the talks said.

20 Nov 2017

Ottawa sets date for LGBTQ apology, but compensation not yet settled
(via The Globe and Mail)

Advocates for people criminally charged or fired from their government job simply because they were gay are celebrating news that, on Nov. 28, Justin Trudeau will deliver a historic apology in the House for their mistreatment.

20 Nov 2017

Rape in the storage room. Groping at the bar. Why is the restaurant industry so terrible for women?
(via The Seattle Times)

Women are vulnerable in just about every inch of a restaurant. Behind the bar. The hostess stands where patrons are greeted. Behind stoves and in front of dishwashers. From lewd comments to rape, sexual misconduct is, for many, simply part of the job.

20 Nov 2017

Charles Manson dies aged 83 after four decades in prison
(via BBC News)

Charles Manson, the notorious head of a cult which he directed to commit murders, has died in hospital aged 83.

20 Nov 2017

Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia, cabinet minister reveals
(via The Globe and Mail)

An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior official from either country of long-rumoured secret dealings.

20 Nov 2017

Merkel's 4th term in doubt as German coalition talks fail
(via CBC News)

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday her efforts to form a three-way coalition government had failed, thrusting Germany into a political crisis and pushing Europe's largest economy closer to a possible new election.

20 Nov 2017

BC NDP looks to federal government to help fund childcare plan
(via The Globe and Mail)

B.C. Premier John Horgan says the NDP government's $10-a-day childcare plan, a central plank from the party's spring election campaign that could eventually cost as much as $1.5-billion a year, hinges on funding from the federal government.

17 Nov 2017

'Disturbing' child adoption ads removed following criticism from Indigenous people
(via CBC News)

The B.C. government has removed public online child adoption advertisements after criticism from Indigenous people across Canada in response to a CBC news article.

17 Nov 2017

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speech to Greater Vancouver Board of Trade touches on taxes, pipelines and pot
(via Business in Vancouver)

When it comes to defending the interests of middle-class Canadians, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government says one thing but does another, federal Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer told the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT) this morning, November 16, at a breakfast meeting.

17 Nov 2017

While Western nations mark their ISIS fighters for death, Canada offers 'reintegration support'
(via the CBC News)

Even the interviewer seemed surprised at the answer Rory Stewart, the U.K. minister of international development, gave about how Britain should deal with citizens who chose to join Islamic State.

17 Nov 2017

Ontario moves to boost equal-pay protections for temp agency workers
(via Toronto Star)

New measures intended to protect vulnerable temp agency, casual, and part-time workers from pay discrimination got a boost Thursday, after the province moved to strengthen their provisions and make it harder for employers to violate the spirit of the proposed law.

17 Nov 2017

Norway, owner of world’s biggest wealth fund, wants out of oil and gas
(via Bloomburg Markets)

The $1 trillion fund that Norway has amassed pumping oil and gas over the past two decades wants out of petroleum stocks.

17 Nov 2017

200,000 gallons (or 757,082 litres) of oil spill from the Keystone pipeline
(via The Atlantic)

The Keystone pipeline was temporarily shut down on Thursday, after leaking about 210,000 gallons of oil into Marshall County, South Dakota*, during an early-morning spill.

17 Nov 2017

Big Vape is copying Big Tobacco’s playbook
(via The Verge)

Samir Soneji had no idea what he was getting into when he agreed to talk about the potential risks of vaping at the first US E-Cigarette Summit in Washington, DC this past May. His first clue was the booing.

17 Nov 2017

B.C. to introduce new real estate rules in 2018
(via CBC News)

The B.C. government has announced new rules it says will cut down on shady real estate deals in the province. Superintendent of Real Estate Michael Noseworthy says the changes are set to take effect March 15.

16 Nov 2017

Trudeau’s Supreme Court pick tangled in race, gender politics
(via The Globe and Mail)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing the politics of gender, race, language and region as he prepares to make his second appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada.

16 Nov 2017

'Sick internal culture' says fired staffer of MMIWG inquiry
(via CBC News)

A staff member and sister of a murdered Indigenous woman is speaking out after being fired from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry on Tuesday after trying to recommend changes.

16 Nov 2017

Sen. Tobias Enverga dies while in Colombia
(via CBC News)

Conservative Sen. Tobias Enverga has died at age 61 during a parliamentary trip to Colombia, the Senate has confirmed.

16 Nov 2017

Canada's peacekeeping offer 'condescending': retired general
(via CTV News)

Canada's newly unveiled three-pronged peacekeeping contribution is 'condescending' and dances around the tough issues, says Retired Maj.-Gen Lewis MacKenzie.

16 Nov 2017

What Is Going to Happen to Zimbabwe Now?
(via Slate)

An interview with former Associated Press foreign correspondent and Zimbabwe native Michelle Fau on what's happening in Zimbabwe today, and the future legacy of dictator Robert Mugabe.

16 Nov 2017

Scientists issue a dire warning about climate change (again)
(via Engadget)

This week, over 15,000 scientists from 184 countries joined together to issue a second notice for the 25th anniversary of their original warning. Their message? Things have gotten much, much worse, and soon it will be too late to do anything about it.

16 Nov 2017

Overnight in Walmart Parking Lots: Silence, Solace and Refuge
(via The New York Times)

As night falls, the motels and R.V. parks along America’s highways begin to fill up with travelers needing a place for the night. But to untold thousands of motorists each year — some with a sense of adventure, others looking to save a buck, still more with no other place to go — Walmart is often a willing host for overnight guests.

16 Nov 2017