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Richmond RCMP investigate a stabbing in 2012. Postmedia network

Richmond eyes own police force

The City of Richmond is examining creating its own police force to give it more control at the civic level, but also costing taxpayers millions in additional funding per year.

Madeleine Liu and Angela Wang brainstorming about how to best explain the potential impact of smart cutlery on people’s lives. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Students invent cutlery to detect allergens

While many high school students probably spent last weekend playing video games and trying to avoid their homework, Angela Wang and Madeleine Liu were turning heads at Startup Weekend Vancouver.

Vancouver bike lane. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Vancouver’s density helps bike infrastructure

Despite Vancouver’s seemingly insatiable thirst for all things bicycles, a new Pembina Institute report examining cycling infrastructure in five Canadian cities finds Vancouver is still far lacking in its amount of cycling infrastructure compared to places like Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

Truck drivers rally at Port Metro Vancouver entrance in Vancouver. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

B.C. truckers consider holiday strike

Lower Mainland truckers are once again threatening to go on strike after a portion of their members have already walked out on one employer — Port Transport — alleging their employers have refused to sit down to establish contracts.

The before (left) and after (right) of a Vancouver play space given a $8,000 makeover to make the area more inviting for children. Submitted

Costly playgrounds boring kids: UBC

Researchers at the University of B.C. are studying how straying away from the fixed-structure approach of most playgrounds could actually help kids get twice the amount of exercise.

Tim Jones died in 2014 of cardiac arrest after collapsing on Seymour Mountain. North Shore Rescue Team Society

B.C. eyes naming peak after SAR icon

B.C. government is examining whether to rename the Second Pump Peak on Mount Seymour in memory of well-known search and rescue team leader Tim Jones after his death in 2014.

Amazon warehouse preparing shipments for Black Friday sales. REUTERS

Locals cooling on Black Friday sales

While the American holiday Black Friday — the biggest sales event of the year — may not be as popular as it used to be this year, it’s still projected to put a significant dent in the local retail economy.


Sad-sack dealer gets second chance

While a judge considered a convicted cocaine trafficker’s divorce, drinking, drug consumption, guilty plea and remorse when handing down a six-month sentence — it was overturned in the B.C. court of appeal because the judge didn’t consider them exceptional circumstances in sentencing.

Vancouver police are seeking a budget of $259.5 million for 2016. Postmedia network

VPD claims funding ‘inadequate’

Vancouver Police Department officials are raising concerns of “limited new funding” in its $259.5-million operating budget submission to its police board — citing challenges such as the need for resources to tackle extremist threats, technology advancements, and increased pressures for frontline officers.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Postmedia Network

B.C. told to develop climate leadership plan

Rachel Notley caught the attention of organizations in B.C. last Sunday with the announcement of Alberta’s new Climate Leadership Plan, and now groups from across B.C. are calling on Premier Christy Clark to be equally ambitious with our own climate initiatives.