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Data expert offers BC rankings alternative

A former Ministry of Education data worker has come up with his own version of school rankings that show how well students at schools are performing — by looking at score differences through the grades — without making the results a measuring contest.

Students from east side Vancouver schools play against each other at BC Place as part of an outreach program. Michael Mui, 24 hours

Sports to keep east side kids on track

More than 700 students swarmed the pitch at BC Place Monday as part of a program targeted towards east side Vancouver schools to give kids the opportunities to try sports.

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Special Ed teacher disciplined for ignoring kids

A Vancouver special needs teacher will be suspended for three months after a series of incidents where he went to do something else — despite working with students who require constant supervision.

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DNA studied to solve brain disease

A University of B.C. research study is the first in the world to sample DNA from chronically sick children — combing through all their genes — in order to diagnose and treat their rare intellectual diseases.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

Plan missing on teen addiction: advocate

A minister dedicated to youth substance and mental health challenges, a funded strategic plan and an education campaign to reduce stigma around teen drug use are recommendations being made by B.C.’s representative for children and youth.

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Reporting donations in 24 hours viable: report

A new report from Elections B.C. suggests political donations could be reported as early as 24 hours after a provincial party receives the money — one of three options delivered to government after the agency was tasked with finding a way to report donations in “real time.”

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Prices rising for Downtown Eastside studios: city

Vancouver City Hall says the average price of a studio apartment in the Downtown Eastside has now reached nearly $900 per month — with prices for single room occupancy suites not far behind.

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Richmond could ban plastic food packaging

The City of Richmond’s parks committee will vote Wednesday on whether to institute a ban of all “plastic cups, plates, utensils and bags” on all city property and food trucks.

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‘Parking’ doesn’t mean storage: B.C. court

The B.C. Court of Appeal has deemed parking leases made with strata-controlled properties do not mean the leasee can just start storing old cars, RVs, boats or other unused vehicles in the space — even if you’re permitted to park in them regularly.

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Teacher disciplined for comments about students

A Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows high school teacher who repeatedly made verbal jabs at students will have to complete a course on respectful boundaries after an agreement with the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch.

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Surrey mayor talks crime in city address

A new Cloverdale clean technology node, goals to become carbon neutral without purchasing offsets, an abundance of opportunities in real estate, and a proactive approach to crime are on Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner’s horizon.

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Potmobile coming to Metro Vancouver

A federally certified marijuana production company will be rolling a mobile clinic into Metro Vancouver next month to assess potential patients for Health Canada-approved medical pot licences.

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Woman beats ICBC after injuries flare up

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld disability benefits for a woman’s on-and-off injuries stemming from a car crash — after ICBC argued she shouldn’t be eligible for long-term disability benefits as there wasn’t an “ongoing disability.”

The Port Mann Bridge is being sued over its ‘late-payment charges.’ FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

Court to hear class action over Port Mann charges

The B.C. Supreme Court will hear arguments related to a lawsuit alleging illegal “late-payment charges” for tolls on the Port Mann Bridge at a class action application hearing before the end of 2016.

IKEA has won its case after a woman sued when she slipped in its Coquitlam store. REUTERS

Woman who ruptured breast implant at IKEA loses case

A woman who ruptured a breast implant after slipping on a freshly mopped washroom floor at the Coquitlam IKEA store has lost her court case against the furniture store and its contracted cleaning company.

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TransLink introduces new 21-minute rule

Ever since the fare gates closed in early April, TransLink has introduced a rule that limits commuters to spending a maximum of 21 minutes in a SkyTrain station — go past that point and customers will be charged a varying fee when they tap out.

A downtown Vancouver street is turned in a disaster area for the filming of a TV series. REUTERS

Film tax credit cut relies on low dollar: CEO

The head of Canada’s largest film equipment provision company says the provincial government could discover its decision to reduce B.C.’s film tax credit by 5% a big mistake if the Canadian dollar returns to its former value.

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Give homeless alcohol to treat addiction: UVIC

Researchers out of the University of Victoria say there have been positive results from giving formerly homeless addicts glasses of wine regularly as part of an alcohol treatment program.