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Like food items, pizza boxes are also banned from the trash can. Fotolia

Food scraps campaign to expand focus

The humorous, character-based food scraps program is being renewed by Metro Vancouver — this time targeting pizza boxes, coffee filters, napkins and paper plates, seafood shells and sauce.

UBC is planning on building the largest wood building in the world. FILE PHOTO

UBC goes for wood building record

University of B.C. is planning to build the tallest wooden structure in the world — at 18 storeys and $51.5 million it would provide housing for more than 400 students when construction finishes in fall 2017.

A visitor holds a hydrogen fuel pump nozzle at a factory of German industrial gases maker Linde in Vienna. REUTERS

B.C. fuel-cell infrastructure lagging

If there’s anything that kills the fuel-cell car it’ll be the lack of infrastructure for refuelling them, according to one local expert who’s been researching this tech for more than 15 years.

The B.C. government is looking to reduce costs in the court system. REUTERS

B.C. eyes how to cut court system costs

The provincial government is working to crack down on the ever-increasing costs of administering the three superior courts — provincial, supreme and appeal — in British Columbia.

Bill C-51 has sparked many protests across Canada. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Election: Where the parties stand on privacy

The so-called “secret police” Bill C-51 has left a bitter taste in some people’s mouths since being enacted as law earlier this year – particularly amongst B.C. civil rights advocates, political pundits and some of the other federal party leaders.


Change Hydro rate structure: poverty groups

A legal advocacy group is pushing BC Hydro to create a rate structure for the province’s 160,000 low-income residential customers before the latest round of proposed rates get locked in for another decade.

The Vancouver Art Gallery announced its conceptual designs for the new location Tuesday, including the expected opening date in 2021. Photo contributed

Vancouver vague on VAG building’s future

While eyes are glued to the stacked wooden building proposed to become the city’s future art gallery, what’s around the corner for the former provincial courthouse built in the early 1900s remains unknown after 2021.

Caribou in the Selkirk mountain range of B.C. REUTERS

New parks over wolf cull: B.C. groups

Instead of penning pregnant mountain caribou and shooting wolves from helicopters, 10 environmental groups are appealing to Premier Christy Clark to carve out public park space.

Most health data breaches go unreported

Approximately 3,000 privacy breaches occur at B.C.’s eight major health authorities every year — but due to the lack of legislated requirements to report, less than 1% of those cases are ever heard by the B.C. Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

A union representing truckers is going to court to fight restrictions on the age of trucks that can use Port Metro Vancouver. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

Truckers furious at Port Metro Vancouver ban

A union representing truckers is headed back to court, saying Port Metro Vancouver has ordered trucks older than 10 years be restricted from the port starting in 2019 — costing its membership tens of thousands of dollars each.


Gender attitudes to addictions treatment probed

Male drug users are more likely to prefer treatment to get themselves financially stable and out of crime, while women find treatment beneficial in having regular access to health care, plus strengthening relationships.

The Vancouver Art Gallery unveiled the conceptual design of its future building, which was designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Photo contributed

Future Vancouver gallery to cost $350M

The Vancouver Art Gallery released the conceptual design Tuesday for its new location, with the intention of breaking ground in late 2017 and having the doors open by 2021 — but the cost of making it a reality still casts a shadow over the project.

Mike Downey and his 'kids'. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Victoria man fights to keep his pigs

A Victoria man says he’s been given an ultimatum by city hall to remove his potbellied pigs from the municipality, as having farm animals as pets are prohibited.

First United Church on East Hastings Street in Vancouver. File photo

Families of DTES homeless join forces

Lindsey Longe was the guy in a globe-trotting circus who probably had the best job ever, driving his motorcycle inside a spherical cage — never falling off because he never stopped.