By Cherise Seucharan StarMetro Vancouver Fri., Sept. 21, 2018 VANCOUVER—The Vancouver Police Department are thanking a group of construction workers for helping to take down a suspect in a downtown carjacking. On Friday morning, a 27-year-old carjacking suspect, wielding pepper spray, was involved in a number of collisions as they drove across downtown Vancouver, from the area of Cambie and Pender streets to West Georgia and Hamilton. At approximately 8:40 a.m Constable. Jason Doucette, spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department, said that police received a call from a driver who reported being pepper sprayed, after which the carjacker drove off in the victim’s car. The suspect then headed to the area near West Georgia Street and Hamilton, where they were involved in several collisions with other vehicles as well as with one pedestrian. Doucette said that after the car stopped, the suspected carjacker jumped out of the vehicle and was … [Read more...] about Construction workers help nab carjacking suspect in downtown Vancouver
By Cherise Seucharan StarMetro Vancouver Fri., Sept. 21, 2018 VANCOUVER—A B.C. man witnessed a flock of birds falling from the sky in what he referred to as “birdageddon.” On Sept. 14, Kevin Beech was driving in Tsawwassen near the main highway when he saw dozens of birds falling through the air onto the pavement. “It was really, really creepy,” he said. “They literally dove face-first into the pavement. It was brutal.” Beech, who later posted an image of the birds to Facebook, said the scene was “horrible” and “like Alfred Hitchcock creepy.” Rob Hope, a raptor care manager at the Orphaned Wildlife (OWL) Rehabilitation Society in Delta, B.C., said his team received a call about the birds from an anonymous person who also witnessed the event. Article Continued Below “We got a call that someone had seen a bunch of starlings fall from the sky,” Hope said. It took volunteers from … [Read more...] about No one knows why 42 birds fell from the sky in B.C.
By Ainslie Cruickshank StarMetro Vancouver Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 MAPLE RIDGE, B.C.—Rose Yalowica takes baths. If she was the type to take showers, she might never have learned about the threat of lead contamination in her apartment building. The water’s blue tinge is only noticeable when it clashes against the white walls of her tub. Yalowica asked her neighbours whether they noticed anything similar, and as they filled their tubs, they too discovered their water was slightly blue. The residents worried copper could be leaching into the water. Building management ran some tests at their urging, but as time passed the tenants grew concerned about the lack of information. So they came to us. We planned to take samples in three apartments from taps that hadn’t been run recently, as experts say it’s more likely tests will detect any potential metal contamination in standing samples. So we arrived at the Maple Ridge building, about 40 … [Read more...] about How safe is your water? B.C.’s lack of in-home lead testing leaves threat unknown
By Melanie Green StarMetro Vancouver Tues., Sept. 18, 2018 VANCOUVER—Since the prospect of buying land anywhere in British Columbia was “far out of reach,” Ava and Jeffrey Reeve did not expect their dream of owning a farm could ever become a reality. But their agricultural ambitions have come to fruition. Thanks to a land-matching program that pairs aspiring farmers with landowners who have soil to share, the couple launched Reeve Pastures livestock farm — home to sheep, lambs, goats, chickens, ducks and pigs — on 18 acres in Langley last November. “We wouldn’t be able to farm until we were able to buy property somewhere up north,” Ava Reeve said in an interview. “Looking at how much a loan would cost, we figured it would be cheaper to start leasing land.” The landless duo leased their acreage from farm owners who were approaching retirement and wanted to “slow down,” she said. The … [Read more...] about Matchmaking program aims to help aspiring farmers priced out of B.C. farmland
By Tessa Vikander StarMetro Vancouver Tues., Sept. 18, 2018 VANCOUVER — Your decision to skip the stairs and take the elevator is nothing to be ashamed of, according to new research from the University of B.C. Results from a new study show that it takes concerted brain effort to avoid sedentary — or lazy — behaviour, said Matthieu Boisgontier, a post-doctoral fellow. “When you go to the gym, and you take the elevator or the escalator it doesn’t make sense,” he said, “because you go to the gym to exercise.” But your brain is hard-wired to choose the easy option, where you exert less energy, he said. And it’s likely an evolutionary adaptation. “Conserving energy has been essential for humans’ survival, as it allowed us to be more efficient in searching for food and shelter,” Boisgontier said. Article Continued Below The research, conducted by a joint team of academics from other … [Read more...] about The battle against your inner sloth might never end, research shows