Eric MacKenzie

Eric MacKenzie is a veteran reporter who previously covered sports in Whistler, B.C.



Substance abuse centre plans revealed

The provincial government announced that it is putting another $10 million toward addiction treatment and overdose prevention strategies, with half of that amount planned to establish a new British Columbia Centre on Substance Abuse.

A rendering of the temporary modular housing design from Horizon North that the city has selected for construction at the corner of Main Street and Terminal Avenue. City of Vancouver image

City selects transportable housing design

Vancouver’s first temporary modular housing project will be able to move to a different site in the future thanks to the design submitted by Horizon North, which has been selected by the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency.

Short-term rentals facilitated through Airbnb and similar services would be limited to principal residences under the City of Vancouver’s proposed approach to short-term rentals. Getty Images

Vancouver to put limits on Airbnb

City of Vancouver officials believe more than 1,000 homes could be returned to the long-term rental market by regulating short-term accommodations.

Guts McTavish was the creation of Derek Boyd. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

Remembering the man behind Guts McTavish

It’s truly amazing that a quick-witted, kilt-wearing, sports-loving puppet could become the de facto mascot of this newspaper — touching lives and bringing a smile to countless faces in the process.

There will be 190 conditions attached to the Pacific NorthWest LNG project if Petronas moves forward with it. Getty Images

Feds approve Pacific NorthWest LNG project

The Pacific NorthWest LNG project has been approved by the federal government, with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and other cabinet members making the trip to Richmond Tuesday for the announcement.


Students, homemakers buying Vancouver homes

The BC NDP’s housing critic said Tuesday that he’s found several more examples of high-value homes being owned by students, homemakers or people claiming to work in low-income professions after the premier cast doubt on his previous investigation.


Vancouver tops global housing bubble list

Vancouver is No. 1, at least when it comes to the risk of a housing bubble among some of the world’s largest financial centres, according to a new report.

The UBC campus. GETTY

B.C. urged to build on-campus housing

The Alliance of BC Students believes building more student housing can have a positive ripple effect on the province’s ongoing housing challenges, and will be hoping to deliver that message to the provincial government Tuesday.


Pot user claims he's barred from hotel

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal may be tasked with deciding whether a medical marijuana user was discriminated against by a hotel that wouldn’t let him check in due to concerns over the smell of weed.

Microsoft’s HoloLens technology was used to create to scale a semi-truck. SUBMITTED

PoCo firm creates world’s largest hologram

A B.C. company that built the world’s largest hologram appears poised to help shape how the three-dimensional technology is used in industrial applications.

Crime Stoppers of Simcoe, Dufferin and Muskoka is offering a $1,000 cash reward during the months of February and March 2017 for information that leads to the seizure of illicit fentanyl or its derivatives for the purposes of trafficking. POSTMEDIA

OD deaths may have surpassed 2015 total

BC Coroners Service figures suggest the number of illicit-drug overdose deaths this year has already exceeded what was recorded for all of 2015.

A man serving a 23-year sentence for prostitution-related charges is demanding a Kosher diet, and pictured is food being prepared by Orthodox Jewish rabbis. Getty Images

Convict says he was denied religious diet

A B.C. pimp serving a 23-year sentence for prostitution offences involving teen girls claims his rights were violated when the North Fraser Pre-Trial Centre did not accommodate his religious dietary preferences.


City asks public about Empty Homes Tax

The City of Vancouver will now begin consulting with the public on its proposed Empty Homes Tax after the measure was supported in principle by council on Tuesday.

Several lowrise rental apartments have been demolished recently in Metrotown. File photo

Burnaby defensive against demoviction critics

Burnaby council on Monday backed a city staff report concluding that the Stop Demovictions Burnaby campaign has been spreading “misinformation” — with the city claiming it protects renters.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark. BC GOVERNMENT PHOTO

B.C. to spend $500M to buy-build rentals

The B.C. government intends to spend $500 million over the next six months to secure 2,900 rental housing units, Premier Christy Clark announced Monday in the big reveal of how the province planned to utilize soaring property transfer tax revenues.

Map shows the Millennium Line will soon end at Lougheed Centre. SUBMITTED

Big changes coming to SkyTrain routes

Route changes to both the Expo and Millennium lines will take effect in approximately one month, TransLink announced Monday — as the transit operator prepares to accommodate the Evergreen Extension before the end of the year.

Evergreen Line platform at Lougheed Centre station. ERIC MACKENZIE, 24 HOURS

Evergreen line opening date still undecided

Although the first changes to make way for the Evergreen Extension are coming to the SkyTrain system as of Oct. 22, there were no further details revealed Monday about when that extension will be opened.

A B.C. doctor is leading a study of 900 masters athletes to determine how safe it is for middle- and senior-aged people to engage in high-intensity athletic endeavours. Getty Images

Risks to ambitious older athletes studied

Ambitious athletic endeavours aren’t just for youngsters anymore, with people in even their senior-aged years becoming more interested in testing their physical limits with marathons, triathlons, long-distance bike races and the like.