Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver


A previous pop-up garbage event in Surrey. CITY OF SURREY PHOTO

Bring us your junk, Surrey tells residents

The City of Surrey is so tired of people illegally dumping garbage to save on disposal fees that it’s hosting four free events for residents.

A student walks the campus at Trinity Western University in Langley. SCREENSHOT TWU

TWU law school wins battle in Nova Scotia

Law students from Trinity Western University will be able to practice in Nova Scotia following a ruling from the province’s highest court.

A cyclist pedals across train lines. Getty Images

Surrey warned about light rail injuries

A traffic safety researcher from the University of B.C. is warning the City of Surrey that developing its light rail system without safeguards for cyclists could result in a lot more people getting hurt.

Crews work to replace sections of TransLink’s track near Edmonds Station in 2015. TransLink

Millions needed for neglected SkyTrain tracks

TransLink could end up spending more than $50 million to replace nearly half its Expo Line tracks after a damning consultant’s report identified a whopping 557 defects on the tracks — causing the report author to exclaim, “holy smokes!”

IsoHunt founder Gary Fung (right). TWITTER

Vancouver torrent site founder to pay $66M

The Vancouver founder of peer-to-peer sharing website IsoHunt — for downloading music illegally — has settled with the Canadian recording industry for $66 million after the site was shut down in 2013.

Kelly Guille is the producer, and the man behind the button, for the annual Honda Celebration of Light fireworks event along English Bay in downtown Vancouver. MICHAEL MUI, 24 HOURS

Meet the man behind Celebration of Light

The process all culminates with the press of a button — but only after a year of preparation, months of waiting for shipments to arrive, and three days of scrambling to place tubes known as “mortars” aimed towards the heavens can Kelly Guille make the sky explode.

Youth detention centre on Willington Avenue in Burnaby. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

Six-hour riot erupts at Burnaby youth jail

A six-hour riot resulted in multiple fires and jail guards fleeing a staff area at the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre on Tuesday night — an event that the union representing prison guards is calling a warning that more resources are needed.

Vancouver's Mobi bike-share system made its soft launch on Wednesday. City manager Sadhu Johnston parks a bike back into a stall. Michael Mui, 24 hours

Mobi bike share launches in Vancouver

Vancouver City Hall has finally launched the city’s bike-share service — only as a test phase for “founding” members — in a move Mayor Gregor Robertson hopes will continue to promote cycling as a way to commute.

More RV parks are needed, but the cost could be too high for Richmond. Postmedia

$8M for RV park too rich for Richmond

An idea to establish a city-owned recreational vehicle park in Richmond could be shuttered before it’s even given serious thought — despite the potential demand for such a facility as existing RV parks are developed for other uses.

Summer Fair women-vendor-only market. ALICE KENDALL PHOTO

DTES women flee violence, start own market

Vancouver women living in the Downtown Eastside who felt unwelcome or pushed out of existing area vendor markets have started their own event — running every Saturday on Columbia Street.


Firm develops device that tracks your location

A Vancouver company is launching a Bluetooth device that could allow businesses to physically track the locations of customers inside stores, theme parks, or even whole sectors of cities.


Court appointments not transparent: Lawyers

A group representing lawyers in B.C. are calling on the federal government to open up the process in which judges to the Supreme Court of Canada are appointed.


TransLink second best in Canada: report

A Langley city councillor’s annual report into the state of Canadian transit systems puts TransLink in second place, behind Montreal, with particularly high marks going towards the efficiency of local transit


Coquitlam pitches e-cig ban in outdoor spots

Coquitlam City Hall is preparing to prohibit e-cigarettes anywhere smoking is already banned — action taken by other Lower Mainland municipalities after the provincial government banned their use indoors.

TransLink has posted new online timetables. SUBMITTED

TransLink posts new online SkyTrain schedules

Did you know some of the fastest station-to-station stops on one of TransLink’s SkyTrains take as little as one minute — and that there are 10 stops that pass by this quickly? Or that the longest trip possible on SkyTrain takes 39 minutes — from Waterfront to King George — assuming no delay?

RCMP Const. Kwesi Millington and his lawyer Ravi Hira at the Braidwood Inquiry in 2009. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

30 months for cop in YVR Tasering

The RCMP officer that held the Taser used to kill Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski in October 2007 has lost his appeal for a new trial after he was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for perjury.


BC teens admit risks, still defend pot

Three-in-four teens who had tried pot in B.C. will likely have missed school in the past month. Compared to their peers, these pot smokers will have a much higher likelihood of suffering a serious injury or concussion, have lower mental health, and a much higher chance of committing suicide.

Surrey is looking to help resolve thousands of disputed tickets. GETTY IMAGES

Surrey gets tough on bylaw offenders

Surrey’s upping its bylaw enforcement game with a new dispute resolution system that promises to give officers new ways of ticketing and would help resolve the thousands of disputed tickets that can take two years to reach court.

A sample of a bionic exoskelton developed by Vancouver company Bionic Power. SUBMITTED

Walking gets bionic upgrade

A researcher out of Simon Fraser University has developed an electricity-generating exoskeleton — soon to be tested by the U.S. Army — that works the same way as how braking in some hybrid vehicles can recharge the battery.

MLA Rob Fleming said he filed the police complaint. Twitter

Ex-NDP staffer charged with fraud

Crown prosecutors has approved charges of fraud and theft against a former BC NDP employee working for MLA Robert Fleming.