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Top headlines from Vancouver and beyond for October 24 2011:
A 45-year-old B.C. man has been airlifted out of the Hanes Valley on the north side of Grouse Mountain following 10 days stuck in the wilderness.
The City of Vancouver has announced it is in talks with Occupy Vancouver protesters to disassemble their camp, just a week after Mayor Gregor Robertson said the camp could remain. With the municipal elections under a month away, the Occupy protests have the potential to become a pivotal issue, with both sides attempting to use it to their advantage. Robertson’s Vision team has been preaching a peaceful end to the demonstrations while NPA candidate Suzanne Anton promises to shut them down using existing bylaws. Meanwhile, law professor Dr. Bill Black over at UBC says the political protest, held on public land, would be extremely difficult to remove on a legal basis.
A B.C. sex abuse victim is calling on Scouts Canada to release its list of banned volunteer leaders following a CBC documentary that reported more than 300 children have been abused by scout leaders in Canada.
COPE and Vision Vancouver made policy announcements over the weekend with Vision promising to create more daycares and provide better care for seniors and COPE candidate Tim Louis floating the idea of bulk buying transit in the form of a “community pass” to bring down transit costs. “Transit in Vancouver can be expensive for some. If we want to encourage people to take public transit, we need to make it an attractive, affordable option,” Louis is quoted over at the CBC.
BORED AT WORK BONUS: New Google app borrows from Wikipedia