By Cherise Seucharan StarMetro Vancouver Sat., July 14, 2018 VANCOUVER—Over 100 First Nations and environmental supporters on canoes, kayaks, boats and rhibs formed a flotilla in front of the Trans Mountain Terminal in Burnaby on Saturday. More than 70 watercrafts paddled from Cates Park beach in North Vancouver to the Trans Mountain Westridge Marine Terminal across the water, stopping at the terminal fence for Indigenous elders to hold a water ceremony with drumming, singing and prayer. Will George of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation and one of the organizers of the event, said that ceremony was a key part of the day’s demonstration. “Today’s very important for us to continue showing why we’re all here, protecting our ceremonies and bringing back to our culture our teachings that’s been with us for centuries,” he said. Article Continued Below George was one of the activists who suspended themselves over … [Read more...] about B.C. First Nations form flotilla at Trans Mountain terminal
By The Canadian Press Sat., July 14, 2018 KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will conduct inspections to gather more information about the shipment of pigs shown in a video posted online by an animal-rights group in Kamloops, B.C. The video published by Kamloops Animal Rights Movement and Advocacy shows pigs piled on top of one another in a transport truck on what the group says was a "sweltering" hot day last week. Kira Blaise shot the video and says the pigs didn't have enough room to stand or lie down comfortably, and were forced to push into and climb on top of one another. She adds that one pig's face was being stepped on by another and it was breathing shallowly. Anna Pippus of the animal advocacy group Animal Justice says federal law prohibits crowding animals in transport, and guidelines indicate that animals must be given more space on hot days. Article Continued Below But she says the law doesn't make clear what constitutes … [Read more...] about CFIA inspects after video shows pigs crammed into transport truck in B.C.
By Cherise Seucharan StarMetro Vancouver Fri., July 13, 2018 VANCOUVER—NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he is is being courted to run as an MP in the riding of Burnaby South — with requests to run from MP Kennedy Stewart and residents alike. At a news conference on Friday, Singh was asked if an event scheduled for later that day with Stewart was an indication that the MP asking him to run in the Burnaby South riding. “I’m really honoured. What that means is he is encouraging me to consider it, he’s an incredible MP that has done a lot of great work in the community,” Singh said. Stewart recently announced his bid to run in the Vancouver mayoral election. In a Facebook post from last year, Stewart endorsed Singh as leader of the NDP, calling him a “superstar candidate.” Article Continued Below Singh also said that he has recently been approached by residents of the riding who want him to run. … [Read more...] about Jagmeet Singh says he is being courted to run in Burnaby South riding
By The Canadian Press Fri., July 13, 2018 VERNON, B.C.—Police say the owners of a family farm in Vernon, B.C., have reported several incidents of food theft from their “honour-system fridge” after a man helped himself to eggs and meat then left without paying. RCMP say the first incident happened last month, when a man allegedly took a dozen eggs from the fridge and didn’t put any money into a jar. The family reported the same person returned three days later and allegedly took off with $100 worth of organic meat. Const. Kelly Brett says the man came back two more times and again took food from the fridge without leaving any cash, potentially jeopardizing the way the small farm conducts business. He says police have security footage of the accused food thief and are asking for the public’s help in finding him. Article Continued Below Brett says another man has been identified in one of the thefts. TOP STORIES, DELIVERED TO YOUR … [Read more...] about Man takes off with eggs and meat from B.C. family farm working on honour system
By Jen St. Denis StarMetro Vancouver Fri., July 13, 2018 VANCOUVER—Vancouver has the biggest gap between median home prices and incomes in North America, new data shows. Andy Yan, an urban planner who is the director of Simon Fraser University’s City Program, crunched the numbers for a host of North American cities using numbers from the Canadian and American 2016 censuses. Despite having one of the strongest economies in Canada, the gap between Vancouver home prices and incomes still increased sharply between 2011 and 2016. In 2011, housing prices were 9.4 times higher than incomes. By 2016, the gap had widened: housing prices are now 11 times higher than median household incomes. Read more: Article Continued Below Vancouver’s bubbly real estate market is deflating, say realtors Chinatown heritage advocates look ahead after winning fight against highrise development How floating homes could help curb B.C.’s affordability … [Read more...] about Vancouver has biggest gap between home prices and incomes in North America