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New rules for e-cigs. (FOTOLIA)

Province butts out indoor vaping

Like cigarettes today, their digital counterparts will soon be banned across the province from being displayed or sold to minors — from being “vaped” indoors, on school grounds or at workplaces — but government remains toothless to police any vendors that do business online.

Minister Suzanne Anton. (FILE PHOTO)

B.C. addicts being moved too quickly: advocate

B.C. probation officers snap to moving clients out of recovery homes without following up with program facilitators on why — putting the community at risk and delaying the process — according to an operator of three such homes in Surrey.

People evacuate an area near where smoke from a fire has started at the Port Metro Vancouver, British Columbia March 4, 2015. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

Vancouver port fire contained

Port Metro Vancouver said on Thursday that operations had resumed at most port facilities shut down by a shipping container fire the day before, but that its Centerm container terminal was still closed.

Can you tell the difference? Resysta is supposed to look just like the real thing, but comes from rice husks instead of timber from tropical trees. (Photo submitted)

Park Board eyes new ‘fibre’ for picnic tables

Vancouver Park Board has found a way to get greener than timber using a “fibre reinforced hybrid material” made primarily of compressed rice husks encapsulated in polymer, but looks just like tropical wood and lasts many times longer.

Canadian Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill. (Fotolia)

Vancouver protest joins C-51 opposition

Vancouver is joining other cities across Canada with a day of action and protest against the controversial federal anti- terrorism bill on March 14, which aims to dramatically boost the powers of national security agencies.

Scientists at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba, prepare an experimental Ebola vaccine for shipment to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva in this undated handout picture released October 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Public Health Agency of Canada/Handout)

Canadian-made Ebola vaccine works in test case

The Canadian-made experimental Ebola vaccine was tested on a doctor who was exposed to the disease and it appeared to work as well as researchers hoped, a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association says.

New Westminster SkyTrain station. (TRANSLINK)

Public art slated for New West station

TransLink is planning two public art projects for the New Westminster SkyTrain Station as part of the Expo Line upgrades — but one of them will be taken down as soon as construction is finished.

Awso Peshdary. (RCMP Submitted image)

Peshdary makes brief court appearance

His beard a bit longer, his hair a bit wilder, accused terrorist Awso Peshdary made a brief video appearance Thursday from the maximum security wing of the Innes Rd. jail.

Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader, talks to the media as he walks out of a detention center in Moscow March 6, 2015. Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention center on March 6, a week after fellow opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in what his allies say was a political killing aimed at intimidating them. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Kremlin critic Navalny vows to fight on

MOSCOW - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention centre on Friday and promised that Russia's opposition will continue to challenge President Vladimir Putin, uncowed by last week's killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.

State of Nagaland in northeastern India. (Fotolia)

Rape suspect lynched by mob in India

A mob of several thousand people broke into a high-security prison in India, dragged out a rape suspect and killed him, officials said on Friday, adding that police had to impose a curfew to restore order.

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train rolls by a statue of the state symbol of the state of Wyoming, a bucking bronco, in Ft. Laramie, Wyoming July 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

BNSF oil train derails in rural Illinois

A BNSF Railway train loaded with crude oil derailed on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, with two of the tank cars catching fire, according to local officials and the company.