‘Follow the money’: Hundreds of millions are spent in the Downtown Eastside every year, but where does it all go?

Written on:September 30, 2014
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Source: The Province – News

Five years after the minister responsible for housing announced a plan to create a “Downtown Eastside czar” to oversee the troubled neighbourhood, the promise has gone unfulfilled, but the idea was raised again this week. Kirk LaPointe, the NPA’s candidate for mayor of Vancouver in the November election, said Monday that a visit to the DTES over the weekend convinced him of the need for better management of the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of services that flow into the neighbourhood every year.

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‘Follow the money’: Hundreds of millions are spent in the Downtown Eastside every year, but where does it all go?

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Will Hong Kong crackdown lead to new influx to Canada?

Written on:September 30, 2014
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The crackdown on pro-democracy marchers in Hong Kong would have to grow much more severe before Canada would experience another influx of migrants from the region, say B.C. residents with ties to the East Asian financial hub. Startling images in recent days of police bombarding tens of thousands of students and other protesters with tear gas in response to growing demonstrations against China’s plans to maintain a tight grip on the city’s elections in 2017 caused anger and worry among the roughly 200,000 Canadians with roots in Hong Kong.

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Historic deal preserves 12,000 hectare Alberta ranch | Video

Written on:September 30, 2014
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He’s the son of a rancher who as a young man left for the bright lights of the big city. It didn’t take long, though, for Tim Nelson to realize his heart, and his destiny, lay in the Eastern Slopes of the Alberta Rockies. “You’re outside, you’re doing what you love to do, you’re your own boss,” says Nelson, chairman of the board of the Waldron Grazing Co-operative Ltd. “What else can I say? We call it spectacular.” That’s exactly what the folks at the Nature Conservancy of Canada are calling Nelson and his compatriots on Monday, as the national non-profit land trust announces the completion of the largest conservation easement in not only Alberta history, but also all of Canada.

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Cabinet to debate sending fighters, surveillance planes to ISIS mission

Written on:September 29, 2014
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Stephen Harper’s cabinet is poised to consider the possible deployment of CF-18 jetfighters and CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft against ISIS, but there is concern within National Defence and among critics about how the aircraft will be used.

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Inquest hears woman found hanging in CBSA shower stall kicked out of Canada once before

Written on:September 29, 2014
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An inquest in Burnaby, B.C., has heard that Lucia Vega Jimenez, who hanged herself while awaiting deportation, had been kicked out of Canada once before.

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CRTC to Netflix: Since you won’t co-operate, we’ll ignore you

Written on:September 29, 2014
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Canada’s broadcast regulator is hitting the “delete” button on Netflix and Google, telling the online video services their submissions at hearings into the future of television will be ignored.

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Trade minister says last-minute event ‘critical’ to EU trade deal

Written on:September 29, 2014
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Conservative MPs are defending the decision to fly European officials home after adding a last-minute event to their schedule of events in Canada last week — an event the opposition derided as a public relations move and that the European Commission said came after the official trade summit.

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David Cronenberg debuts creepy new novel: Consumed

Written on:September 29, 2014
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David Cronenberg, Canada’s master of creepy movies, brings his body-horror sensibilities to his debut novel, Consumed.

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Family doctors advised on prescribing medical marijuana

Written on:September 29, 2014
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The College of Family Physicians is issuing guidelines to Canada’s 30,000 primary-care doctors about which patients should and should not get prescriptions for medical marijuana.

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Court to rule Tuesday on reprieve for Oppenheimer Park campers

Written on:September 29, 2014
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Several hundred homeless camping in Oppenheimer Park on the Downtown Eastside will learn Tuesday whether the B.C. Supreme Court will grant an adjournment to the Vancouver Park Board’s application to evict them.

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Run for the Cure on track

Written on:September 29, 2014
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One single day. One event in 65 communities across the country, including Vernon

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Former ski coach facing more charges

Written on:September 29, 2014
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Ex-ski coach from Seattle accused of secretly recording female students on a school trip to Silver Star Mountain Resort was indicted in U.S.

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White-sided dolphins make rare appearance near Victoria, B.C.

Written on:September 27, 2014
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The Pacific Whale Watch Association says whale-watching boats have been reporting rare sightings of white-sided dolphins off the coast of Vancouver Island and the San Juan islands.

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Budget recognition for city

Written on:September 27, 2014
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The City of Vernon has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada

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Thieves take away excavator from Vernon company

Written on:September 27, 2014
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A very expensive piece of equipment has gone missing from a Vernon business

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Major telecom firm pushes for regulated access to mobile airwaves

Written on:September 26, 2014
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One of Canada’s major telecom companies says it will urge Ottawa to clear the way for a new type of wireless broadband network that’s been used successfully in other countries, but hasn’t been available in Canada.

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New logo for chamber

Written on:September 26, 2014
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The Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce unveiled its new logo

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Rescue pilot project first of its kind nationwide

Written on:September 26, 2014
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Vernon Search and Rescue volunteers are taking their services to new heights.

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Harper, EU leaders celebrate trade deal they haven’t sealed

Written on:September 26, 2014
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be all smiles with EU leaders at their summit in Ottawa on Friday, as they celebrate the end of their trade deal negotiations. But Canadians on both sides of the trade debate are gearing up for the next stage: a rough road to ratification in Europe.

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Trudeau’s Sun Media boycott called short-sighted

Written on:September 26, 2014
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Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s decision to boycott Sun Media over an “offensive” rant by one of its TV personalities is short-sighted, experts say, and may have Canadians questioning his open government stance.

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