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Health-care rallies are set for March 31 across B.C. (FILE PHOTO)

B.C. gets behind health rallies

Nationwide rallies are being held on March 31 to mark the one-year anniversary of the expiry of Canada’s Health Accord, a decision which will lead to $37 billion in health-care cuts over the next 10 years, according to the Canadian Health Coalition.

The Evergreen Line's tunnel boring machine "cutter head" — the machine moves slowly through the earth, an average of eight metres a day. (Ministry of Transportation photo)

Mayors choose pricier Broadway Subway option

The issue of how the Broadway subway will be built was chosen seven years ago by a Vancouver city council still stinging from seeing the trenches that for three years throttled a six-kilometre portion of Cambie Street during Canada Line’s construction.

Items left behind at Metro Vancouver parks include kayaks. (FOTOLIA)

Fine proposed for leaving stuff at parks

It happens all the time. Someone spends a day at one of Metro Vancouver’s 33 parks and decides to leave their stuff behind, so they don’t have to haul the often large items back for use next time.

One of our friendly hawkers handing out newspapers at Waterfront SkyTrain in Vancouver. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

24 hours Vancouver is turning 10!

When it comes to the world of newspapers, we’re still pretty young ‑ 10 years old in the midst of centenarians. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate how fast 24 hours has grown.

Dreams look bleak for owning a home in Vancouver. (FILE PHOTO)

Vancouver ownership dream a nightmare: report

A new report has put yet another nail in the coffin of millennial’s hopes of ever owning property in Metro Vancouver in the next 15 years — trading backyards for balconies, living in Vancouver to a much farther away suburb.

Pippa Lawson, a privacy lawyer, says now is the time to act to protect private information collected by in-vehicle computer systems. (Stefania Seccia, 24 hours)

Cars spying on drivers: report

Through telematics and wireless connectivity, cars are collecting and processing enormous amounts of personal data, according to a new study from the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association released Wednesday.

Abbotsford tent city. (BAS STEVENS, MONOPOD PHOTOGRAPHY)

Advocates appeal costs for tent city docs

Ahead of Abbotsford’s tent city eviction case this summer, homeless advocates and the city will be heading to the B.C. Court of Appeal later this week — determining if tens of thousands of dollars required for police documents will have to be paid out.

Surrey city hall. (FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS)

Group asks Surrey to set aside housing

Surrey City Hall is being asked by a low-income housing advocacy group to enact new legislation that would require 25% of new multi-family housing projects be set aside with affordable rental rates.

A container fire on March 4 involving a bleaching agent had authorities warning the public to remain indoors and refrain from breathing in the smoke. (City of Vancouver photo)

Vancouver wants port to report hazards

The City of Vancouver wants to know what types of hazardous and potentially noxious substances are stored in containers at the city’s shipping terminal following a large fire involving a bleaching agent at the port earlier this month.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business want wages held for public transit workers. (File photo, 24 hours)

Limit TransLink staff wages: CFIB

The wage gap between public and private transit providers in British Columbia is one of the highest in the country, according to a report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business — with wages heavily favouring public workers.