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Contestants race to finish their poutine Tuesday. (MICHAEL MUI/24 HOURS)

Zombies dine on poutine

The self-proclaimed inventor of the “poutinerie” — poutine with lots of toppings — arrived in Vancouver Tuesday, bringing with him a zombie-themed competition to see who could finish their cow-brain- topped boxes fastest.

As the school year approaches, no deal seems likely to end the schools strike. (REUTERS)

Teachers won't set up classrooms

The latest letter from the BC Public School Employers’ Association has teachers outraged. According to an email the BC Teachers’ Federation sent to members, BCPSEA is lifting the lockout during the last weeks of summer vacation, expecting educators to prepare for the start of the school year and set up their classrooms on their own time.

Ramzi Jammal, chief regulatory operations officer. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

Uranium mines to study Mt. Polley

Concerns over the integrity of tailings dams since the Mount Polley breach earlier this month have made their way across Canada to the regulator of Canadian uranium mines and mills.

Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

Keep oil in Canada: Mulcair

Job creation in B.C. isn’t dependent on shipping oil to international markets, according to federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. The opposition leader says keeping oil sands products within the country would still boost the economy and keep people working.

A 3D rendering of the upgraded Phibbs Exchange includes far more greenery than what's present today. (NELSON/NYGAARD RENDERING)

Phibbs users relieved upgrades coming

"The proposed changes address a lot of the rider concerns having to do with the lack of facilitiies, the lack of security, the lack of park and ride area and the lack of any kind of community cohesion with the Phibbs Exchange." — Sacha Fabry

Minister Bill Bennett. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

Mt. Polley investigation launched

"The independent review and inquiry must find the reasons why this dam failed and then we must all, in a very public way, acknowledge those reasons … and address them." — Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines

Firefighters will speak to Salmon Arm children about fire safety after an incident at an area school. (FILE PHOTO)

Child arsonists too young for charges

No one will be charged after a fire at a Salmon Arm elementary school Sunday because the suspects are all too young. RCMP say children accused of starting the blaze are six, eight and 10 years old.

(Left) Bollywood director Karan Johar , (centre) B.C. Premier Christy Clark and actor and performer (right) Shiam Davar during the announcement of a Bollywood event to promote the Times of India Film Awards. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

Government mum on TOIFA benefits

A Freedom of Information Act request released related to Times of India Film Awards held in Vancouver in 2013 reveals little about the business case for the ceremony.

Cheryl Carruthers has been gardening in the Arbutus corridor for a decade. (JEREMY NUTTALL)

Mayor accuses CP Rail of bullying

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson has accused Canadian Pacific Railway of “bullying” residents by tearing up their community gardens along the Arbutus Corridor.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has struck a deal with the Canadian government. (REUTERS)

Expats sue over IRS reporting

The federal government insists new legislation that would essentially force banks to hand over information about Unites States citizens to the Internal Revenue Service via the Canada Revenue Agency is constitutionally valid.

The Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada in Victoria is all cheers after winning a court appeal decision that found a ban on marijuana edibles is "of no force and effect" if someone has a permit to possess pot. BRANDI WOODS, CANNABIS BUYERS CLUB OF CANADA

Pot cookies decriminalized by court

Canadian government has one year to acknowledge that those who carry marijuana-possession permits are allowed to use pot cookies, oils, gels, ointments and other forms that aren’t considered “dried” herb.

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