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Reporter Stefania Seccia

Stefania Seccia is a Vancouver-based journalist whose articles have been published across Canada and featured by major national news organizations.

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Male shame linked to murder-suicide

A new University of B.C. study has linked an overarching theme in murder-suicides predominantly committed by males across North America with harmful self-perceptions of masculinity.

A wolf howling in the Canadian Rockies. John E. Marriott, submitted

BC SPCA wants to cull hunting proposal

The BC SPCA is calling on British Columbians to lend their opinion to the province’s proposed changes that would encourage trophy hunting of wolves and grizzly bears.

A feral cat in Surrey fed by a volunteer in the community. Mona Boucher, submitted

Surrey cats running out of food

With upwards of 34,000 feral cats living in Surrey and White Rock, a cat food bank is calling on the public for help.

Surrey City Hall. File photo.

Surrey refugee petition goes to Ottawa

Surrey’s petition to ban the refugee transportation loan — so they won’t have to worry about paying the Canadian government back costs of being brought into the country from a war-torn nation — is now being reviewed.

Work crews prepare to clean up a tree that fell on a home in Vancouver after a wind storm. File photo

Vancouver to grow tree bylaw

Vancouver is looking into stiffer rules around knocking down trees on private property in an effort to save its dwindling canopy tree stock.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth. File photo

B.C. pushes for teen adoption

New adoption numbers released Wednesday show “modest” improvement in B.C.’s provincial adoption process, according to a report from the representative for children and youth.

Vancouver Chinatown. Daniel Ho, VCMA

Chinatown heritage buildings need upgrades

Vancouver council will vote Thursday on committing $3.6 million from future development contributions to upgrade 12 heritage buildings in Chinatown.

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Sex workers face health-care barriers

Local sex workers face barriers to cervical screening, says a recent Vancouver study — but advocates say it extends to health-care services as a whole.

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B.C. docs call for better ADHD coverage

B.C. doctors are challenging the province to fully cover a wide range of treatments for those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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B.C. man’s Viagra case goes limp

A B.C. man who tried to take pharmaceutical giant Pfizer through a class-action lawsuit for “unlawful abuse of the patent system” has had his hopes dashed as a B.C. appeal court judge dismissed the case Tuesday.

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Surrey cops launching crime reporting app

Surrey police want to modernize how residents can access services and information by developing a mobile app and possibly connecting it to an established city app.

BC Dental Hygienists' Association has partnered with the Ending Violence Association of BC. FOTOLIA

Dental hygienists trained to spot abuse

Reporting domestic violence isn’t something normally associated with the dentist’s office, but the BC Dental Hygienists’ Association is looking to make the connection.

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Burnaby eyes liquor sales at farm markets

Burnaby could let farmers markets across the city cultivate alcoholic profits by allowing not only limited liquor sales — but also wellness services and community activities.

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Pipeline costs to rise $1.3 billion: study

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will see building costs rise by $1.3 billion, according to a new study — potentially also costing Canadians billions of dollars in potential environmental impacts, lower oil production and transportation costs.

Chili Bean, with the group Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence, speaks about the ‘know your rights’ cards being handed out across Canada. Stefania Seccia, 24 hours

Sex workers use ‘know your rights’ cards

Just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the new federal law that made it more difficult to work in the sex trade, a group of Vancouver sex workers are issuing thousands of “know your rights” cards across Canada.

A farm in the Fraser Valley. Fotolia

Surrey goes Airbnb for farming

One Surrey councillor is making it his mission to see any given restaurant menu in the city lay claim that 80% of the food served is locally grown.

The Tin Can Studio will transform into a pop-up meditation space on Robson Street Dec. 12. Submitted

Shoppers can meditate in a tin can on Robson

A Vancouver yoga teacher wants to boost Robson Street’s “Omm” factor by offering a one-day mobile pop-up for holiday shoppers to take a moment and meditate.