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Reinforced embankment at the site of the Mount Polley mine. GOVERNMENT OF BC PHOTO

Mt. Polley mine authorized for full production

British Columbia’s Minister for Energy and Mines said he expects there to be scepticism as to whether the Mount Polley mine should be permitted to return to full production, but Bill Bennett is confident the necessary steps have been taken to ensure safe operations.

Vancouver city hall. FILE PHOTO

Audit pans City of Vancouver’s transparency

A report slamming the City of Vancouver’s handling of freedom of information requests has NPA Coun. George Affleck feeling vindicated after questioning the level of transparency at City Hall for years.

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TransLink to review HandyDart service

TransLink will conduct a review of HandyDart operations, the door-to-door community shuttle service for people with disabilities that has been subject to much criticism over availability and excessive use of taxis instead of transit operators.

Transit police officers at Commercial-Broadway Skytrain Station. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

Reported sex assaults on transit double

Sex crimes being reported to Transit Police have more than doubled over the space of five years — but the Transit Police chief suggests it’s due to more people reporting, rather than more assaults happening.

One of 21 plots of affected trees in the 100-hectare ‘halo’ zone surrounding the flood plain left by the Mount Polley spill in 2014. Picture taken in August 2015. Submitted

Majority of trees dead near Mt. Polley spill

Numerous species of trees have perished in a “halo” zone where tailings from the infamous Mount Polley spill have created a suffocating blanket over parts of the forest, according to the latest update submitted to government.

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Garburator ban considered by Richmond

The City of Richmond is considering banning garburators in multi-unit residential buildings as part of a move to reduce the amount of grease clogging up city pipes.

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Another North Shore car trashed by bear

Police on the North Shore are reminding residents to remove food items from their cars after a bear broke into a vehicle for a meal early Wednesday — the second such incident in the region this week.

Police officers stand on the steps of the Ontario Legislature in Toronto in the early hours of Feb. 7, 1981 after gay rights demonstrators marched there in protest of the arrests on Feb. 5, 1981 of 253 men in four city steam baths. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/UPC/Gary Hershorn)

My night in a gay bathhouse

Looking back on it now, the gay bathhouses police raided on the night of Feb. 5, 1981 that marked the beginning of the Pride movement in Toronto were much ado about little.

Concept art for Hawkers Wharf shows shipping containers that have been turned into functioning restaurant spaces. The open-air market launches in August in North Vancouver. HAWKERS WHARF

Hawkers Wharf launches in North Vancouver

Breaking into the Vancouver-area restaurant and food scene is no simple task for would-be entrepreneurs, but the creator of a new concept market in North Vancouver is hoping to help culinary businesses take the first step while filling the bellies of local foodies.

A young male snuggles up to a pterodactyl egg in a video meant to highlight the unknown impacts of e-cigarettes. CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY

Campaign targets youth vaping

The Canadian Cancer Society recently turned a bus shelter outside Coquitlam’s Dr. Charles Best Secondary School into a crystal ball that gazed into each visitor’s future — if they will be vaping.