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Top headlines from Vancouver and beyond for June 30 2011:
The Supreme Court of Canada announced yesterday that it will hear a case to decide whether a B.C. chapter of the Hells Angels can be labelled as a criminal organization under Canadian law.
The VPD announces there will be extra police on the streets for Canada Day celebrations, but this has nothing to do with the riots two weeks ago…
Highway 1 re-opens after a mudslide trapped one driver and set work crews scrambling to clean up the 60-metre wide, 5-metre deep mess that enveloped a chunk of highway between Hope and Chilliwack.
Ivan Henry, wrongfully convicted of eight counts of sexual assault and labelled a dangerous offender, is suing the provincial and federal attorney generals, the City of Vancouver, and members of the Vancouver Police Department.
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“I think that with the public shaming many people are caught up in it and they’re not thinking of the consequences. There could be huge repercussions with respect to families, the future, and revenge.”Read More
Tensions mount between the provinces when, on the final day of the Victoria Conference in BC’s capital, the deadline for the Victoria Charter passes without resolution, thus stalling Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s hopes for a unified, bilingual Canada.
British Columbia plays its part in the debacle through genial host and Premier W.A.C. “Wacky” Bennett, who starts the conference by fretting loudly over Quebec’s share of federal funds. Driving a further wedge between east and west, Bennett took to the airwaves one day previous, warning outsiders to stay out of British Columbia.
“I’m a firm believer in the right of free movement in Canada for all Canadians,” the Vancouver Sun quotes him as saying, “but there are too many people coming here. They are flocking here from everywhere. And there are not enough jobs.
“Don’t come here unless you have a job or some money,” he suggested, before declaring that the federal government has favoured central Canada and the Atlantic in the past 100 years, but with trade opening up across the Pacific with Asian countries, attention will soon swing westwards.
One frustrated listener called in to the radio program, referring to Bennett as a “repetitious bore” and asking “when premiers resign?”
“When his health breaks, or he loses the confidence of the people,” the Sun quotes Bennett as replying.
Within the year “Wacky” Bennett will lose the confidence of the people, suffering defeat at the polls to a revitalized NDP.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau, meanwhile, will continue fighting for a unified, multicultural Canada, complete with guaranteed rights and freedoms. The Canadian constitution will finally be patriated in 1982, solidifying Trudeau’s place in history and establishing the cornerstone of Canadian values.
(Image: “Wacky” Bennett in front of the Central Research Building, at Canadian Mining and Smelting, Trail. Circa 1957. Image courtesy of the B.C. Archives.)
Top headlines from Vancouver and beyond for June 28th:
Gary Mason of the Globe examines Mayor Gregor Robertson’s policy of “don’t ask” and police chief Jim Chu’s policy of “won’t tell” on the matter of police preparations heading into the Stanley Cup finals. More interesting than the article itself, however, is Mason’s lead: “Something tells me that if the Vancouver Canucks make the Stanley Cup finals next year, Mayor Gregor Robertson won’t be so utterly trusting in his police chief.” Apparently the question is not whether Robertson will win the upcoming November elections, but whether the Canucks will make the finals. I wonder what Mason knows that we don’t…
Meanwhile, the provincially-funded inquiry into the Stanley Cup riots names its head: former Nova Scotia justice minister Doug Keefe.
NDP leader Adrian Dix is seeking an extension to the deadlines for the mail-in HST referendum, fearing that the Canada Post lockout may prevent people from voting.
At around 4.30am today a barge carrying a load of gravel crashed into a swivel train bridge in New Westminster, shutting down the lower bridge running parallel to the Queensborough.
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Top headlines from Vancouver and beyond for June 27 2011:
What do you do when you go out to empty the trash and hear 1,000 honeybees? Well, you call the police, of course.
A federal Conservative bill imposing a four-year labour contract on locked-out postal workers will see them back to work on Tuesday, despite of vocal criticism from union organizers.
Mayor Gregor Robertson anticipates the head of the independent review into the 2011 Stanley Cup riot will be named this week.
The left-leaning Coalition of Progressive Electors has inked a deal with Vision Vancouver, limiting the number of candidates they will run in the November’s civic election, and confirming they will not challenge Gregor Robertson’s position directly.
A Vancouver gangster has been identified as the victim of a daylight homicide in Surrey last Friday. Christopher Reddy, 24, was out on bail awaiting charges for weapons possession when he was killed.
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Top headlines from Vancouver and beyond for June 24 2011:
The blame game for the Vancouver riots continues, with the VPD now blaming the CBC and City of Vancouver live sites.
Research by two B.C. scientists is pointing to the possibility of a looming drought, affecting the province’s ability to produce hydroelectric power. Highlighting a question that the government, fixated on reducing hydro rates, hasn’t yet considered publicly: Are we willing to pay more for clean hydroelectric power, or are we willing to settle for importing electricity from coal-fired plants?
A report investigating the crash of a float plane on the west coast of Vancouver island that killed four passengers last year has concluded that the accident was likely caused by the intoxicated passengers. “The passengers were intoxicated at the time they boarded the aircraft, and had previously been argumentative. The final location of some beer cans and fragments of the beer case indicate that the case of beer was in proximity to the passengers before impact,” the report said.
Blenz Coffee has launched the first civil suit as a result of the Vancouver riots, with company representatives saying they’re still in the process of identifying upwards of 150 as-yet-unnamed defendants. The company had three stores damaged, with staff and a customer trapped in a back room for two hours while rioters and looters smashed windows, refrigerators, and chairs.
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Top headlines from Vancouver and beyond for June 24 2011:
Despite being forced to step down as leader after a caucus revolt, Carole James says she’ll be seeking nomination to run in Victoria-Beacon Hill under the banner of the NDP.
Meanwhile, election rumours abound, as both major parties in B.C. have asked their staffers to finish vacations by mid-August, hinting at an election as early as September.
In a move that’s sure to polarize the province, a U.S. District Attorney in Santa Barbara California has filed an extradition request for Randy and Evi Quaid, who are seeking asylum in Vancouver after feeling a group of celebrity killers they refer to as “StarWhackers”.
The abundance of photoshopped images of Vancouver rioters raises questions about the use of user-contributed digital photographs for identifying criminals, and casts further doubt on the purpose of online shaming sites.
Talks between Canada Post and the locked-out Canadian Union of Postal Workers have broken off. The NDP says it will use “every trick in the book” to delay the passage of back-to-work legislation currently being rushed the house by the federal Conservatives.
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Headlines from Vancouver and beyond for June 22 2011:
Police Chief Jim Chu is on the offensive following a slew of negative press over his department’s preparation and handling of the Vancouver riots. In an internal email he encouraged staff to make public, Chu claimed that one of his most outspoken critics, Bob Whitelaw, overstated his role in the recommendations report following the 1994 riots. Whitelaw, widely quoted in media, accused the department of ignoring the recommendations of the report. See: ad hominem attack.
Constable Geoff Mantler, the Kelowna Mountie captured on video kicking an innocent man in the face has entered a plea of not guilty in another, unrelated, assault charge.
The debate over the use of online shaming sites and internet vigilantism in pursuing those caught on video or in pictures at the Vancouver riot heats up. A number of businesses whose employees have been identified are facing a public backlash.
A Bangladeshi Fulbright scholar, completing her master’s at UBC, was apparently blinded by her husband during a short return to Bangladesh to visit her daughter. Friends say Rumana Manzur’s husband gouged her eyes out to prevent her continuing her education.
And from the Georgia Straight: Hey, riot vigilantes, you’re not making the city look any better.
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