B.C. drug smuggler caught after Phantom Secure phone seized

When undercover FBI agents seized an encrypted BlackBerry from Vancouver company Phantom Secure last June, they decided to message one of the contacts on the device.The mysterious figure — “a known drug trafficker located in Canada” — was identified only as The Goat.Agents learned details of a clandestine drug shipment planned from B.C. to Washington State, according to U.S. court [...]

13 March 2018

Indigenous groups lead protest against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline plan

Thousands of people gathered in Burnaby, B.C., this weekend to participate in a First Nations-led protest against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Indigenous leaders beat drums and sang out against the project Saturday morning, saying they won't step aside for construction.A few hours later, a much smaller pro-pipeline rally was held downtown.AnalysisWhy Kinder Morga [...]

13 March 2018

Vancouver warming centres open as overnight low plunges

The City of Vancouver will make three community centres available as overnight warming centres on Sunday to help people stay warm.The city keeps community centres open as a life-saving response for people living on the street during the city's coldest months.Warming centres will be open at the following locations:Britannia Community Centre at 1739 Venables St. from 9 p.m. to 8:30 a.m [...]

12 February 2018

Mudslides shut down passenger train service between Vancouver and Bellingham, Wash.

Two mudslides just north of White Rock, B.C. have shut down passenger train service for 48 hours between Vancouver and Bellingham, Wash.  The pair of mudslides occurred Sunday morning, eight kilometres north of White Rock, B.C., said Gus Melonas, a spokesperson with BNSF, which owns the railway.  The first slide happened at 11 a.m. PT, followed by a second a [...]

05 February 2018

No frenzy here: Black Friday a chill event in Metro Vancouver

Maybe it's because online shopping has taken over. Or maybe it's because storming the doors of the nearest big box outlet the morning after American Thanksgiving is really a south of the border thing. “Can I come in yet?” #BlackFridayCanada #BlackFriday2017ِ pic.twitter.com/qySBLDsafA— @gpsmendoza Whatever the reason, Black Friday 2017 had a decidedly chill vibe in M [...]

25 November 2017

Vancouver jazz guitarist Henry Young breaks down racial barriers through music

Henry Young started his music career after a chance encounter at a gas station in Chinatown and, nearly 60 years later, is one of the most enduring names in Vancouver's jazz scene. The Chinese-Ukrainian guitarist got his start in a multicultural band with some neighbourhood friends. Young was friends with namesake of the fund, Harry Aoki, a Japanese-Canadian musician who was interned dur [...]

06 November 2017

Canada might be hit if second hurricane Irma develops

HALIFAX — Although Hurricane Harvey isn’t expected to have much of an impact on Canada, forecasters are warning of another potentially powerful storm that could blow through eastern parts of the country next week. Halifax meteorologist Jim Murtha said Harvey — which strengthened to a Category 2 storm as it steered toward the Texas coast on Friday — could bring some rainfall anyw [...]

26 August 2017

Everything is offensive: Here are Canada’s other politically incorrect place names

Last week, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario called on all school districts to strip the name of Sir John A. Macdonald from all Ontario public schools, reasoning that he was the “architect of genocide against Indigenous Peoples.”  They’re not wrong that Macdonald has a pretty dismal record on Indigenous relations, but if Canada is going to be pulling down every [...]

26 August 2017

New U.S. ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft to start job in October

United States President Donald Trump's pick for Ambassador to Canada will start her new job in October, the U.S. embassy has confirmed. "The Ambassador-designate is very much looking forward to her arrival," a spokesperson for the embassy told CBC. "She still has a number of obligations in the United States and expects to arrive in early October." Kelly Knight Craft wa [...]

26 August 2017