Industry skeptical about shipping refined oil to Asia

Written on:April 24, 2014
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Source: Vancouver Sun – News

Two alternate proposals to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline have now been floated to raise support in British Columbia for the shipment of Alberta oilsands crude to new markets in Asia. Both ideas rely on upgrading molasses-like bitumen to a higher-value product: either diesel, jetfuel and gasoline or lighter synthetic oil. The intent behind the two proposals is to blunt environmental concerns over the effect of spills from a pipeline or from ocean-going tankers.

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Cam Cole: Ron MacLean was right to point out NHL’s bad refereeing call in Montreal

Written on:April 24, 2014
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One of the happy side effects of the Rogers Sportsnet takeover of most of the meaningful hockey television in Canada for the next 12 years is that it is not the CBC.

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B.C. artists’ chairs to be auctioned for African charity

Written on:April 24, 2014
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B.C. artists have donated their talent to create more than 100 one-of-a-kind chairs to be auctioned off to help African AIDS orphans. Judson Beaumont, Pierre Coupey, Anni Hunt, Sheree Jones, Peter Kiss, Michael Tickner and Xwalacktun are among those helping out the West Vancouver Gogos, a group that through the Stephen Lewis Foundation cares for some of Africa’s most needy kids.

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Wine tycoon laments Vancouver’s brain drain

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Anthony von Mandl wants Vancouver to become more like Seattle — a city flourishing with corporate head offices that attract and retain the best young talent. “Our best and brightest leave for MIT, Stanford and Harvard, never to return,” the successful Mission Hill Family Estate winery proprietor told a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon Wednesday. “They seek opportunities to support their goals — environments that barely exist here any more.”

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New medical marijuana system encounters growing pains with RCMP seizures, recall

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It hasn’t been a month and already Canada’s fledgling commercial medical marijuana industry has seen two large RCMP seizures and the recall, due to “quality control” issues, of products from a company that now seems to have vanished.

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Vancouver far from best place for women in Canada

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It’s hard out here for a woman, according to a new report that ranked Vancouver No. 13 when it comes to the best and worst places to be a lady in Canada. The report, released this month by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, examined economic security, leadership, health, personal security, and education among both genders to determine what gaps exist between men and women living in Canada’s top 20 largest metropolitan areas.

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Video: Vancouver police auction offers big bargains on bikes, and much else

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Ian Wightman looks around at more than 400 bicycles on display for the upcoming Vancouver police recovered-goods auction and insists every attempt possible has been made to reunite bikes with owners. Wightman, the manager of VPD’s property and forensic storage section was busy answering media questions Wednesday as the bikes and other items recovered by police were being set out on the floor at Able Auctions in East Vancouver.

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B.C. winery boss decries losing entrepreneurs to U.S.

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Anthony von Mandl wants Vancouver to become more like Seattle — a city flourishing with corporate head offices that attract and retain the best young talent. “Our best and brightest leave for MIT, Stanford and Harvard, never to return,” the successful Mission Hill Family Estate winery proprietor told a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon Wednesday. “They seek opportunities to support their goals — environments that barely exist here any more.”

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‘Technical glitch’ means long-haul trucker can’t take job waiting for him, and must return to India

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Long-haul trucker Bhupinder Singh Brar is in high demand for Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program — yet the Canada Border Services Agency is deporting him.

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Number of people sleeping in Vancouver’s streets or on couches more than tripled since 2011 (updated)

Written on:April 24, 2014
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The number of people sleeping on the streets or couch-surfing across Vancouver has more than tripled since 2011, despite ambitious plans by Mayor Gregor Robertson and his Vision Vancouver-dominated council to end homelessness by 2015. Some 538 people in Vancouver — up from 154 in 2011 — were identified as being homeless and having no shelter during a 24-hour homeless count of the region conducted on March 12.

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Alleged Mafia link to Toronto construction firm prompts union to seek police probe

Written on:April 24, 2014
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Canada’s largest construction union has called on the police to investigate a company it has dealings with, prompted by queries by CBC and the Toronto Star about possible connections to organized crime.

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Three B.C. buildings win national awards for architecture

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Three B.C. projects have won recognition in a national competition that honours the best in Canadian architecture. The buildings — the Tula House on Quadra Island, designed by Patkau Architects; North Vancouver’s City Hall by Micheal Green, now of Michael Green Architecture; and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Centre for Drug Research and Development at the University of B.C. by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes and Hughes Condon Marler Architects — are being recognized with Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.

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Ex-gangster sentenced for lead role in kidnapping of drug dealer

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A former gangster who played a lead role in a high-profile Vancouver kidnapping was sentenced Wednesday to 111/2 years in prison. Thomas Roy Crawford, 32, had his sentenced reduced to eight years, one month in jail after receiving enhanced credit for pre-sentence custody, in part due to two brutal assaults he suffered in custody, one of them at the hands of a gang rival.

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Canadians plan to spend an average of $15,000 on their weddings: BMO study

Written on:April 24, 2014
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Canadians planning to tie the knot expect to spend an average of $15,000 on their big day, but many don’t think they’ll be able to foot the entire bill, according to a new study.

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Health Canada says medical pot recall prompted by production ‘irregularities’

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Now we know what was wrong with the purple kush. Nanaimo’s Greenleaf Medicinals made marijuana history when it was the first company to have a medical-marijuana shipment recalled by Health Canada.

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Vancouver homeless count a ‘frustrating setback’ for Mayor Gregor Robertson

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Metro Vancouver’s 2014 Homeless Count shows a five-per-cent increase in the number of homeless people and a 48-per-cent spike in Aboriginal homelessness — what Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson calls a “frustrating setback.” Robertson has pledged to end homelessness in Vancouver, but the latest figures show that aim is nowhere near being realized.

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Two young eagles preying on domestic cats on Vancouver Island

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Alice Marie Warner has witnessed what she called the horrifying sights of two eagles attacking cats in her neighbourhood.

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McDonald’s puts temporary foreign workers program on hold

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VICTORIA — McDonald’s Canada is putting its temporary foreign workers program on hold while a third party conducts an audit on its use of the plan.

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The top 5 Canadian cities to be a woman, and the worst one

Written on:April 23, 2014
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Where’s the best city in Canada to be a woman these days? A new study from a Canadian think-tank has some answers.

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Tribes launches bid for Vernon mayor

Written on:April 23, 2014
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Klaus Tribes was a city councillor for 18 years and last served in 2002

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