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Have your baby's development been affected by a combination of household toxins. (FOTOLIA)

Baby IQs affected by toxins: researcher

That bit of bisphenol A (BPA) in food tins, the fire retardants on clothes and furniture, lead used in the construction of old homes — these toxins are all present in tiny amounts many would suggest are negligible to health effects.

Former homeless man Sheldon Vance stands oustide of Covenant House, where he slept outside - along with local CEOs - to raise funds for the organization. (Jane Deacon, 24 hours)

Ex-homeless man returns the favour

For seven years, Sheldon Vance would walk Vancouver’s streets until he dropped, sleeping where he landed. Some days he’d wake up to find his shoes had been stolen off his feet.

Vancouver pot museum. (Photo submitted)

Vancouver pot museum goes up in smoke

For the last decade, $2.50 would get you a 30-minute tour through the ins and outs of herbal medicine – from the story behind Absinthe to a brief history of magic mushrooms in Canada to ancient cannabis use.

RCMP investigators at the scene of the Surrey Six murders. (file photo/REUTERS)

Surrey Six convictions upheld

The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that allegations four officers investigating the Surrey Six murders had sex with female witness in the case — and 14 months of solitary confinement for the two accused that violated Charter rights — are not enough to topple the seven murder- related convictions.

The legislature has given people more time to comment on civic election expenses. (FILE PHOTO)

B.C. extends civic expenses input

B.C. government is extending its consultation period for civic election expenses after receiving criticism from a taxpayer watchdog that it was poor timing to take place during frantic election campaigns.

Researchers conduct field work in Roberts Bank. (SUBMITTED)

Roberts Bank report in the works

An environmental impact statement on the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project — which is expected to boost current container capacity by more than 70% — will include more than two years of data collected on habitats around the existing site, according to Port Metro Vancouver.

The B.C. government says changes are designed to ‘level the playing field’ for government and private stores. FOTOLIA

Changes could raise hard liquor prices

The provincial government says a torrent of changes on how liquor is sold in B.C. coming next year should “level the playing field” for government and private stores without affecting prices — at least not too much.

Ray Saunders. (JANE DEACON/24 HOURS)

Gastown clock creator likes repairs

Every spring and fall for the last 37 years - you could say like clockwork - Ray Saunders has climbed a stepladder to clean the top of the Gastown Steam Clock.

Some strata unit owners would like to make money on the side renting out their suites. (WENN)

Strata Living: Can B&Bs be stopped?

Dear Tony: There has been a significant amount of attention to Airbnb. Our highrise in Vancouver have been talking about this issue, but our owners are either residents or landlords with long-term tenants.

Young female inmates are being sent to a facility in Burnaby. (FOTOLIA)

Some female inmates call custody 'positive'

They’re flown to Burnaby from wherever in the province they’ve committed their crimes into an all-female living arrangement where the young women — still minors — are expected to encounter bullying and even recruitment into gangs.

SkyTrain in Surrey. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

SkyTrain restarts too slow: report

One of the biggest issues that caused SkyTrain in Metro Vancouver to break down for hours this summer was how each train had to be restarted one by one following a system-wide shutdown, says a TransLink- commissioned report that recommends $71 million in fixes.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, representative for children and youth. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

B.C. adoption rates growing

A provincial plan to encourage more families to adopt is on track to meet its goal of 300 adoptions by the end of the fiscal year.

Policing had to be beefed up for the annual Boonstock festival. (SUBMITTED)

Boonstock hasn't paid hefty police bill

The province is still waiting for its share of the $250,000 Boonstock RCMP bill – with the music festival’s organizers yet to pay the tab for policing costs, according to the Ministry of Justice.

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