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ICBC to hike rates 4.9%

ICBC has asked for a 4.9% increase in basic auto insurance rates for 2016 – a smaller hike compared to 2015, but one that will cost an additional $42 for the year on average.

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Surrey businesses feeling unsafe: survey

The sense of safety felt by businesses in Surrey’s downtown core has fallen to the lowest level since 2006, with more and more business owners feeling “less safe” than before.

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CBSA improperly schedules border staff: UBC

University of B.C. researchers claim border line-ups could be sped up by as much as 18% — without any extra staffing — if only Canada Border Services Agency would schedule shifts properly to anticipate traffic demand.

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UBC gamers to mentor high school clubs

The UBC eSports Association has grown by leaps and bounds in just a few years of existence, boasting a number of top finishes in competition and a growing membership base.

Officials with the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals are concerned more animal traps like this one have been set in South Vancouver. Submitted

Skunk caught in trap, dog left in dumpster

A non-profit wildlife organization has put up a $1,000 reward to try and figure out who is responsible for a skunk becoming stuck in a leg-hold trap in South Vancouver this weekend, concerned that more traps exist in the neighbourhood.

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Hermes artisans to visit Vancouver for demo

The company behind the Birkin and Kelly bags will be in Vancouver from Sept. 21-25 with 10 of their artisans demonstrating to the public how it manufactures the Hermes brand’s pricey products.

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Motel housekeeper awarded $4K for firing

A housekeeper fired by a Summerland hotel was awarded $4,000 by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, which determined her employment was terminated due to her relationship with a man who was of interest to police.

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No penalty for contact with 'gigantic breasts'

Police have cleared a Swedish hockey player accused of touching a woman's breasts in an Ostersund night club because the woman's "gigantic breasts" could not have been avoided when he put his arm around her.

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Forcing B.C. teens into detox

With some recent support by way of B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth, Diane Sowden is hopeful to see secure care implemented after years of advocacy.

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Woman’s breastfeeding claim dismissed

A Vancouver accountant who argued she needed to work from home to breastfeed her baby — and because her work didn’t accommodate this, was effectively fired — has lost her case with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.