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The province is calling regional sales tax the “Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax.” (FILE PHOTO)

Province sets date for referendum

The provincial government has approved the regional mayors’ proposal for a 0.5% regional sales tax with a new name - calling it the “Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax.”

Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam. (FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS)

Beds re-opening at Riverview

Forty beds are being opened at Riverview Hospital as part of a new rehab and recovery program announced by the provincial government on Wednesday.

Sarah Beuhler has resigned as executive director of COPE after $12,500 in campaign donations were undisclosed. (Jane Deacon, 24 hours)

COPE leader resigns

A failure to disclose $12,500 in campaign donations has led the executive director of Vancouver’s Coalition of Progressive Electors to resign.

Christmas shopping frenzies make it easier for scammers. (FOTOLIA)

Business warned about refund scams

Christmas is the most prolific season for thieves and scammers hoping to take advantage of busy stores by staging “return frauds” - with con artists convincing stores to buy back items shoplifted from their own premises.

Fraser Health claims it has reduced overcrowding in many of its hospitals. (FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS)

ER overcrowding reduced: Fraser Health

Fraser Health is making some improvements after a review found overcrowding woes have meant the emergency department and other acute care facilities are often improperly used to house other types of patients.

A Vancouver woman is hoping the person who snatched her passport portable drive and about seven USB sticks. (FOTOLIA)

Vancouver woman pleads for return of files

A Vancouver woman is hoping the person who snatched her passport portable drive and about seven USB sticks — but left behind the laptop bag that contained them — at the Commercial Drive library branch on Monday will return the materials.

A Vancouver teacher has been suspended by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation. (FOTOLIA)

Vancouver teacher suspended for kissing game

A Vancouver-area teacher disciplined multiple times for inappropriate behaviour — including playing a Valentine’s “kissing game” with students — had her teaching certificate suspended in a recent decision from the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation.

Mammograms are used to detect breast cancer. (file photo/qmi agency)

Breast cancer suit reaches settlement

A class-action lawsuit that alleged links between a hormone replacement therapy drug and breast cancer — involving up to 132 women in B.C. — is expected to reach a settlement in the B.C. Supreme Court early next year.

TransLink's HandyDART service will still miss about 10,000 customers each year despite additional funding announced this month. (FILE PHOTO)

HandyDART trip denials plummet

A disabilities group is urging TransLink to renew the $1 million in taxi funding that bolstered HandyDART access — virtually eliminating the times people were denied trips.

Some of the seized items rolled out by Vancouver International Airport on Tuesday. (YVR photo)

YVR rolls out seized items

Vancouver International Airport is tracking towards a “record December” in the number of air passengers travelling through its terminals — and it’s issuing a staunch warning that some things just aren’t mean to be brought aboard.