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Three injured, including bystanders, in ‘brazen’ Vancouver shooting

VANCOUVER — A targeted shooting on a major Vancouver street has left three people injured, including someone police describe as an “innocent” teen. Vancouver police said several shots were fired Saturday evening in a busy commercial and residential area on Broadway. Sgt. Jason Robillard said a man in his early 20s, who is believed to …

B.C. taxi group urges province to take slow and cautious route on ride share

VANCOUVER—The B.C. Taxi Association says it has found an app to meet customer demands across the province, making the need for ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft unnecessary. But an Uber spokesman said Monday hundreds of thousands of people in B.C. have already accessed their app in the search for reliable and affordable services. …

Prominent UK CEO, Canadian pilot victims of Australia seaplane crash

VANCOUVER — A Canadian pilot was killed in Australia on New Year’s Eve in a seaplane crash that also claimed the lives of a prominent British businessman and his family. Tour company Sydney Seaplanes said Gareth Morgan was piloting the plane that crashed Sunday afternoon. Sydney Seaplanes CEO Aaron Shaw described Morgan as an “extremely …

British Columbia court grants injunction to fish farm, ending protests

VANCOUVER — First Nations activists who lost a legal battle to continue protesting at a fish farm off British Columbia’s coast say the decision hasn’t dissuaded them from bringing an end to aquaculture on their territory. A B.C. Supreme Court judge has granted an injunction to Marine Harvest Canada’s Midsummer Island farm, which is located …

Changing tastes prompting new park designs, facilities in Canadian cities

VANCOUVER—Cities across Canada are rethinking their park spaces as play changes, replacing teeter-totters, golf courses and baseball diamonds with space for cricket, pickleball and play structures for all ages. Coquitlam has set a goal of having a park or greenspace within a five-minute walk of all residents. The Metro Vancouver suburb recently redeveloped Rochester Park …

B.C. changes tenancy regulations to limit rent increases to match area rates

VANCOUVER— Renters in British Columbia no longer need to worry about their landlords hiking up rates to match high rents in hot neighbourhoods. The NDP government announced it’s closing another loophole in residential tenancy and manufactured home park tenancy regulations by eliminating a clause that permitted landlords to raise rates above the allowable rental increase …

Smartphone pedometers underestimate steps, but valuable health tool: study

VANCOUVER— A recent study looking at iPhone’s built-in pedometers is a step toward using the tool as a clinical intervention in improving people’s health, a University of B.C. researcher said. Smartphones pose an opportunity for researchers to gather objective data on the public’s health and physical activity but before they can be used, the accuracy …

BC Liberal leadership hopefuls on the defence debating plans for party’s future

KELOWNA, B.C. — Several of the BC Liberals leadership hopefuls were on the defence as their fellow candidates picked apart their platforms during a heated debate in Kelowna, B.C., on Saturday. Todd Stone and Andrew Wilkinson called out former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts for not having released a platform in the campaign that is set …

Oprah Winfrey and a host of celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

VANCOUVER— The David Foster Foundation’s annual Miracle Gala and Concert that touted a celebrity guest list including Oprah Winfrey and Steven Tyler has come a long way from it’s roots as a softball tournament. Former prime minister Brian Mulroney said he was among those running the bases at Foster’s first fundraiser in British Columbia 30 …

Canadian researchers develop new model for early stage lung cancer detection

VANCOUVER — Canadian researchers have developed a predictive model for detecting lung cancer in early stages when the disease has a greater potential to be curable. The Pan Can Model, developed by a team of health researchers across the country, uses a wider range of factors that contributes to lung cancer compared with current screening …

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