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Commercial real estate to surge: Re/Max

Re/Max says the surging commercial real estate market in Vancouver could grow even further with last month’s introduction of the 15% foreign buyer tax.

The University of Victoria team’s prototype for an automatic tree planting robot. SUBMITTED

Get ready for tree planting robots

The University of Victoria team behind a prototype automatic tree planting robot have developed a second generation of their TreeRover device, with better digging ability for tough soils.

A rider taps in with the Compass card at Waterfront station. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

TransLink lists 10 slowest fare gate areas

TransLink has identified 10 SkyTrain stations where passengers are struggling to squeeze through fare gates quickly during the busiest commuter times of day.

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Lottery winner sues friend over giant loan

A winning lottery ticket that was a dream come true for a Vancouver woman became a nightmare — resulting in a broken friendship and the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars over an unpaid loan.

Transit Police at a SkyTrain station. POSTMEDIA

Vancouver transit crime reports rise 5.5%

Transit Police are reporting a 5.5% year-over-year increase in crimes on transit — with 7,831 offences of all kinds reported in 2015.

TransLink wants to know how it would close the Pattullo Bridge in case of an emergency. GETTY IMAGES

TransLink developing Pattullo emergency plan

TransLink is developing an emergency management plan to determine how it would close the Pattullo Bridge during a severe windstorm or seismic event.

More than 40 tonnes of debris from Vancouver Island shorelines were put on this barge. SUBMITTED

‘Garbarge’ arrives with 40 tonnes of debris

More than 40 tonnes of debris arrived by barge in Vancouver Monday, as the finale of a months-long excursion by multiple groups cleaning up Vancouver Island’s shorelines following the Japanese tsunami of 2013.

Brigadier-General Simon Hetherington with a portrait of Major-General Bertram Hoffmeister at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hoffmeister Building. Bombardier Albert Law, 39 CBG Public Affairs

B.C.’s army brigade gets new HQ

British Columbia’s arm of the Canadian Army received a new headquarters in Vancouver this past weekend, based next to the city’s reserve infantry regiment, which also just received some much-needed seismic upgrades.

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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.

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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.