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New medical pot regime sees quick growth, but beset by complaints

VANCOUVER — Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years. His medical problems started with surgery to remove a piece of his skull that was pressing against his brain. The procedure left him with a spinal-fluid leak, which, in turn, fuels a near-constant headache. For years, Simpson took a dozen or …

Two more farms in B.C. under quarantine as officials try to contain avian flu

VANCOUVER—Two more farms in southwestern British Columbia were placed under quarantine Wednesday as officials attempted to contain an outbreak of avian influenza, though it wasn’t yet clear whether any birds at the new sites were actually infected. The announcement brought to four the number of farms in B.C.’s Fraser Valley under quarantine, and it came …

Vancouver’s mayor prepares for judgment over aggressive progressive agenda

VANCOUVER — Polls have closed in Vancouver’s civic election, which threatens to unseat the current mayor over complaints he has moved too aggressively on issues such as bike lanes and social housing without listening to the public. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, co-founder of the Happy Planet juice company and a former NDP member of B.C.’s …

Taxi companies file lawsuit to block Uber from expanding into Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Vancouver’s taxi industry is firing a pre-emptive strike against ride-sharing service Uber, alleging in a lawsuit that the U.S.-based company is preparing to launch with unlicensed drivers in an attempt to illegally undercut traditional cabs. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by the city’s four taxi companies, seeks an injunction to prevent Uber from starting …

Minister downplays missed deadline in Canada-U.S. border security pact

VANCOUVER—The public safety minister is downplaying the Conservative government’s failure to introduce a system to track the travel of potential terrorists, despite a deadline in a security pact with the United States that passed more than three months ago. The 2011 Canada-U.S. perimeter security agreement, known as Beyond the Border, included a provision that would …

Defence attacks ‘outrageous’ payments to gangster witness at murder trial

VANCOUVER—A key Crown witness at a gang murder trial in Vancouver is an admitted killer who received “outrageous” cash payments and other benefits worth nearly $1.5 million—all public money—in exchange for his co-operation, a defence lawyer told court Wednesday. The witness, known only as Person Y, testified at the trial of Cody Haevischer and Matthew …

Temporary foreign worker changes do little to calm debate in B.C.

VANCOUVER — The federal government’s planned overhaul of the temporary foreign worker program has done little to calm debate in British Columbia, where revelations about foreign workers in a range of industries — from fast food to mining — helped push Ottawa toward reform. The Conservative government announced a series of changes last Friday designed …

B.C. premier pledges to end violence against aboriginal women and girls

NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. — British Columbia’s premier signed an agreement with First Nations and Metis leaders Friday pledging to end violence against aboriginal women and girls, acknowledging that a history of colonialism and racism has left scars that continue to put the province’s most vulnerable people in danger. But the memorandum of understanding did not …

B.C. government will bring in back-to-work legislation in port-truckers dispute

Photo: Facebook Page of Port Metro, Vancouver VANCOUVER – British Columbia, Ottawa and port officials in Vancouver announced new measures Wednesday designed to force truckers at Canada’s largest port to return to their vehicles, announcing back-to-work legislation for unionized workers and termination of licences for others. The legislation, which will affect about 250 union members …

B.C., Ottawa urge each other to end truckers strike at Vancouver port

Photo: Facebook Page of Premier Christy Clark VANCOUVER – Prime Minister Stephen Harper and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark each offered dire warnings Wednesday that a truckers strike affecting container terminals in the Vancouver region is a threat to the country’s economy, but each leader insisted it’s up to the other government to actually do …

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