By Jen St. Denis Star Vancouver Tues., April 9, 2019 VANCOUVER—In response to a report that highlighted a severe lack of resources to criminally prosecute money laundering in British Columbia, the RCMP and a provincial gang task force say police are actively investigating money laundering as part of other complex organized crime cases — but agree that the area needs more funding and officers. The comments follow the release of part of a report by former RCMP commissioner Peter German. The full report, commissioned by the provincial government, focuses on money laundering in B.C. real estate, luxury cars and horse racing, and has not yet been released in its entirety. But B.C.’s Attorney General, David Eby, chose to release one chapter early. The chapter describes policing resources devoted to investigating money laundering, and highlights what Eby called an “incredibly disturbing” finding: Of 26 federally-funded positions tasked … [Read more...] about Police respond to scathing report that highlighted severe lack of resources devoted to money laundering in B.C.
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By Ainslie Cruickshank StarMetro Vancouver David P. Ball StarMetro Vancouver Wed., Dec. 5, 2018 VANCOUVER—The B.C. government’s new climate plan aims to cut industry emissions by 8.9 million tonnes by 2030, just slightly more than the total emissions expected from the LNG Canada project at full capacity. Premier John Horgan and B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver announced the CleanBC plan, which relies heavily on a transition to electricity to reduce emissions, Wednesday in Vancouver. By cutting all emissions in the province by 18.9 million tonnes, the plan aims to get B.C. 75 per cent of the way to 2030 target, which calls for a 40 per cent reduction in emissions. The plan includes measures to increase the use of electricity by numerous sectors including buildings, transportation and heavy industry. The vast majority of B.C. electricity is produced by hydro. “With CleanBC, British Columbia is rising to the challenge of … [Read more...] about Sweeping B.C. climate change plan targets heavy emitters with new rules, carbon tax incentives
By Cherise Seucharan StarMetro Vancouver Sat., Sept. 15, 2018 VANCOUVER—Everyone knows that before a perfectly ripe blueberry gets to your breakfast table, it starts off on a farm. But in between, it’s churned through an intense production process involving round-the-clock harvesting and packing that often leaves agricultural workers in vulnerable positions. Gil Aguilar has spoken to many migrant workers in his time as an organizer with the Migrant Worker Dignity Association, travelling from farm to farm throughout the Lower Mainland to help workers access services and talk about issues. He said many of the workers, who come to Canada with the Seasonal Agricultural Worker program, tell him that the high pressure to harvest as much as possible leaves them in a vulnerable state. “It’s a super intense time,” Aguilar said. “They are working long hours, and all the blueberries have to be picked in a period of time — so … [Read more...] about B.C., migrant farm workers push themselves to get perfect blueberries to your plate
By Johanna Schneller Special to the Star Tues., June 26, 2018 This isn’t news, but the news from the U.S. is stressing everyone out. “Should the Red Hen restaurant have kicked out Sarah Huckabee Sanders?” “Does Laura Ingraham really think that all kids who cry on non-Fox news are child actors?” “Why did CNN spell Corey Lewandowski’s sad-trombone sound womp-womp and not wah-wah?” These are the questions hijacking every conversation. Stephen Colbert delivered a monologue on Monday night without a single joke. His tone was light, but his phrases were dead serious: “Humanitarian crisis on the southern border;” “stolen kids”; “Here’s another thing we should be surprised by”; “If you deny anyone due process, you deny everyone due process.” He said, “The president is not freeing the children,” repeated it, then added, “For those who just emerged from a … [Read more...] about J.K. Rowling’s detective series C.B. Strike is a tonic for troubled times
Fox News removed an opinion column written by one of its top executives, John Moody, on Friday after critics called it “racist and homophobic.” “It appears the US Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different,'” he wrote on Wednesday of the team slogan. Fox said Moody’s column “does not reflect the views or values of FOX News” and a network insider said the piece did not receive proper vetting before publication. Fox News removed an opinion column written by one of its top executives, John Moody, on Friday after critics called it “racist and homophobic.”“John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of FOX News and has been removed,” the network said in a statement to Business Insider on Friday. In the piece, Moody, an executive vice president and executive editor at Fox News called efforts by the US … [Read more...] about Fox News removes executive’s controversial column that criticized USA Olympics team for becoming ‘darker, gayer’