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Vancouver Headlines: April 25th

April 25, 2012 | by  |  Vancouver Headlines

Lessons from Alberta for everyone’s favourite local premier, after the rallying Wild Rose Party suffered a spectacular defeat despite leading into the polls. Following the drubbing, the Roses announced a re-evaluation of some of their more controversial environmental and social policies, The National Post reports. Here in British Columbia, the news has re-aligned B.C. Liberal messaging, pushing them further to the center after weeks of our fearless premier expounding her conservative credentials, The Globe reveals.

Two people have died following a massive explosion at the Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, The Sun reports. It’s the second lumber explosion in three months, with a Burns Lake sawmill going up in flames and killing two people in January this year. For their part, WorkSafe BC has ordered an inspection of all B.C. sawmills.

Roberto Luongo has announced he will waive the no-trade clause in his 12-year, $64-million deal, The Globe reports. The news comes as no surprise, as Canucks’ coach Alain Vigneault opted to start second-string keeper Cory Schneider over Luongo in the team’s first-round exit against the Kings.

Hot on the heels of a Province editorial titled, “The sooner the DTES is fixed up the better“, Vancouver’s Development Approval Board gave the go-ahead to a highly controversial condominium development in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, The Globe reports. Sequel 138 is a six-storey development to take the place of the demolished Pantages Theatre. According to a press release from developer Marc Williams, the project includes 79 units of “affordable housing”, and 18 units of social housing to be managed by a charitable foundation. Critics say the project will displace low-income people and disrupt the neighbourhood drug trade.

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