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Bus driver barriers tested as assaults drop

Assaults on transit operators are at their lowest level since 2007, according to TransLink, as it prepares to test additional barriers that physically separate bus drivers from passengers to deter attacks.

The International Space Station (ISS) is seen from NASA space shuttle Endeavour. Photo by NASA via Getty Images

Coquitlam kids plan experiments for space

About 1,600 students in the Coquitlam School District are having their science classes turned upside down as kids race to come up with microgravity experiments to be conducted on board the International Space Station.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the B.C. representative for children and youth. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Halt Metis girl’s transfer to Ontario: Advocate

B.C.’s child advocate is asking the provincial attorney general to intervene in the case of a three-year-old girl living with her Vancouver Island foster parents — but who could be sent to Ontario to be with her siblings.

Parents, students and community members delivered petitions with thousands of signatures in support of east side schools. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

B.C. drops 95% school capacity rule

The provincial government is giving up its requirement that all Vancouver schools be 95% full, an order school trustees say prompted a process to close schools in order to pave the way for seismic upgrades.

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No jail after groom drags bride by hair

It was the evening of their wedding day and the newlyweds were in their hotel when “angry words were exchanged” and he grabbed her hair, pulled her to her feet and — still holding onto her hair — dragged her around the hotel room before slapping her.

A worker at the InSite supervised injection centre. GETTY IMAGES

Four new supervised injection sites planned

Vancouver Coastal Health has identified two locations where it intends to place future supervised injection sites, with an additional two unnamed locations planned, chief medical health officer Patricia Daly said on Wednesday.

Screenshot of planned crime-fighting app.

Surrey police to launch crime-reporting app

Surrey Mounties are preparing to launch a mobile app equipped with the ability to report crimes online, see crime statistics, get news updates and more.

Numbered locations represent Mobi bike-share stations set for Vancouver parks. Park Board

Stanley Park Mobi spots approved

Vancouver’s bike-share service will soon be installing stations within city parkland after 11 locations were approved by the Park Board — primarily at Stanley Park and downtown beaches.

Workers pack emergency rations. GETTY IMAGES

Vancouver emergency rations go gluten-free

Vancouver firefighters could soon be equipping their emergency rations with vegetarian, vegan, halal, Kosher and gluten-free options, to be served to frontline workers during disasters when fresh food isn’t available.

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Hot housing blamed for growing consumer debt

A growing B.C. economy has driven consumer debt to record levels. The hot housing market is to blame, but “underlying, structural” issues are threatening to weaken employment province-wide, says the head of a provincial accountants’ association.

This map shows the number of sightings in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam since Sept. 1. BC Conservation Foundation

500 bear sightings in Coquitlam this month

A fed bear is a dead bear — it’s quite a strong statement, but holds deadly truth for black bears as many forage prior to hibernating for winter, leading to a spike in sightings.

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New annual fare hikes loom from TransLink

For three years starting in 2017, TransLink is expected to raise fares by an average of 2-3% each year, plus a property tax averaging $3 per year for regional residents, as part of the first phase of expanding transit services.

Area where new treatment plant will be built if fully approved. POSTMEDIA

Plan passed to stop flushing raw sewage

After a century of discharging raw sewage into Juan de Fuca Strait, Victoria and its surrounding municipalities might finally stop flushing 70 million litres of waste into the ocean each day.

BC NDP Leader John Horgan. POSTMEDIA

NDP promises $500M more in transit funds

A John Horgan-led New Democrat B.C. government would commit an additional $500 million to the regional mayors’ transit plan, on top of the $3 billion already promised by the Liberal government, the NDP leader said on Thursday.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong provides an update on the 2016 budget Thursday. BC Government Photo

Province scraps MSP hike amid surplus

With higher-than-anticipated revenues lining provincial coffers, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the planned increase to Medical Services Plan premiums in 2017 has been cancelled.

Members of the Music Therapy Ride on the Lions Gate Bridge. SOMBILON.COM PHOTO

Motorcycle ride raises cash for music therapy

An annual motorcycle ride to raise funds for therapy through music will roll out this Saturday from Burnaby and all the way to Whistler, in an effort to reach a $1 million milestone.

Cultus Pygmy Sculpin. SUBMITTED

Fish only found in Cultus Lake endangered

The federal government is preparing an action plan to protect a vulnerable species of fish found in Chilliwack’s Cultus Lake — and nowhere else on Earth.

Merhdad Bayrami was shot after being involved in a five-hour armed standoff with police. POSTMEDIA

Fix agency that investigates cops: Delta mayor

The municipality of Delta wants stricter training standards for the civilian-led Independent Investigations Office after it recommended a murder charge against a city police officer — a charge dropped months later by the Crown.