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Canadian singer Michael Buble is 2018 Juno Awards host to be held in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Canadian crooner Michael Buble says he feels privileged to be hosting the 2018 Juno Awards, a music industry gala he describes as “my happy place.” The British Columbia native had been tapped to lead the music awards show last year before he bowed out when his eldest son, Noah, was diagnosed with cancer. …

Horgan pushes Trudeau to pay its share of $750 million wildfire bill

VANCOUVER — Premier John Horgan says he and Justin Trudeau are “besties,” but that didn’t stop him for applying some pressure on the prime minister Thursday to squeeze more money out of Ottawa for British Columbia. Horgan specifically wants the federal government to help cover some of the costs of last summer’s unprecedented wildfire season. “It was …

Drug users, first responders share stories from the overdose crisis’ front lines

VANCOUVER— More than a month had passed before Antonette Rea found the note her young friend had written her before fatally overdosing earlier this year. “Thank you so much for saving my life,” Rea reads aloud to a crowd of 80 people packed into a community hall in the tony Vancouver neighbourhood of Kitsilano. “I …

Slain officer described as brave, remembered for work with children

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.— A police officer who died in the line of duty in British Columbia was remembered Tuesday for his bravery in protecting others and his community commitment in the work he did with children. Abbotsford police say Const. John Davidson, who was 53, had been an officer for 24 years and spent the last …

Vancouver eyes San Francisco program to protect cherished community businesses

VANCOUVER— It wasn’t until he announced plans to shut down that Jerry Wolfman learned just how much the outdoor store his father started 70 years ago means to Vancouver. “It’s like we’re having a wake,” Wolfman said. “Tears in people’s eyes, a hug, people recounting stories of first coming in with their grandparents, their parents, …

Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside changes with development

VANCOUVER — Fraser Stuart looks at a chic, new tattoo shop metres away from the heart of Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside and shakes his head. A man saunters by mumbling “Drugs?” and flashes plastic bags in the palm of each hand. Inside, a young man in tight jeans and a toque chats with a tattoo …

Refugee minister calls RCMP questionnaire targeting Muslims ‘unacceptable’

VANCOUVER — Canada’s immigration minister is condemning an RCMP questionnaire that appears to target Muslim asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States into Quebec. Speaking in Vancouver on Friday, Ahmed Hussen described the Mounties’ interview guide as unacceptable, saying it is incompatible with the government’s anti-discrimination policy. Among other things, the document directed …

B.C. man suffered severe injuries in fatal encounter with police, watchdog says

VANCOUVER— British Columbia’s police watchdog is shedding light on the severe injuries suffered by a man during a deadly encounter with Vancouver police in a court document seeking an order for an officer to be interviewed as a witness. The injuries are outlined in a petition filed Wednesday by the Independent Investigations Office asking the …

Feds win bid to reargue the facts used in landmark assisted dying case

VANCOUVER—Severely ill Canadians who don’t qualify for medical help in dying will suffer even longer while they wait to find out whether the federal government has violated their right to a medically assisted death after a court ruling in B.C. on Wednesday, a civil liberties group says. Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of the British Columbia …

Man acquitted in terror related case to stay locked up during immigration review

VANCOUVER — A man who was acquitted of terrorism-related charges for posting online comments celebrating lone-wolf terrorists will remain locked up in British Columbia after the Immigration and Refugee Board ruled his release would endanger the public. Adjudicator Trent Cook of the board’s immigration division said Thursday in an oral ruling that Othman Hamdan’s behaviour …

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