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L'Oceanographic in Valencia, Spain. (David Iliff, submitted)

Vancouver Aquarium casts wide net in Spain

While the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre successfully won the bid to take over L’Oceanographic in Valencia, Spain — it could spell future marine life and staff exchanges between the two cities.

After the U.S. military’s third test was conducted earlier this year, a Canadian unit has also picked up the armour for testing, according to Mission Ready Services. (Postmedia Network)

Vancouver firm designing new combat armour

Canada and the U.S. are testing out prototype armour designed by a Vancouver-based company that could potentially replace vests and combat shirts used by troops, according to the company.

Hydrophones help track whales through the sounds they make. (REUTERS)

Online funding needed to track B.C. whales

A series of listening posts called hydrophones dot strategic points up and down B.C.’s coastline — four networks in total, designed to monitor for fish, marine mammals and the human-made tankers coming to and from shore.

Big changes coming for people who run pot dispensaries. (FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS)

Vancouver pot shops face hefty new fees

A new plan at Vancouver City Hall proposes to charge marijuana dispensaries $30,000 per year to operate, kick out existing shops where there are “clusters” of dispensaries, and prohibit pot shops near community centres and schools.

Tickets for street vending are one of the most common citations issued by police in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside — but the number of tickets handed out have been falling. In 2014, police issued just 98 tickets compared to the 400-plus tickets they'd issue in previous years. (Jeremy Mckay, 24 hours)

Vancouver police cut DTES ticketing in half

Vancouver police have cut ticketing in the Downtown Eastside for small offences by more than half after repeated requests from the community to stop targeting residents for offences like jaywalking or street vending.

Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby. The company’s application to double its intake is under review by the National Energy Board. (File photo, 24 hours)

Mayors, NEB chair face off Friday

While the National Energy Board chair readies for a presentation to Metro Vancouver mayors on Friday, municipal politicians are preparing their own statements on what they think of its pipeline process.

Ceremony at the Armenian Genocide Monument at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery. (Photo submitted)

Armenians stage Vancouver march

Marie Ghazarian Nichols was born in northern Syria in 1920 to parents who had survived the Ottoman Empire’s systematic massacre of Armenian minorities between 1915 and 1923.

Laura Dilley, PACE Society executive director, stands outside her office in the Downtown Eastside. (Jeremy Mckay, 24 hours)

Sex worker group fights to stay in DTES

A service provider helping some 500 sex workers in the Downtown Eastside has to relocate due to new development, but is fundraising to stay in the community where so many of its clients reside.

This is one of the Cooper's hawks examined. (Jay Brogan, submitted)

Langley bird found filled with fire retardant

High pollutant levels are being found in Metro Vancouver’s birds of prey – such as hawks and falcons – living in close proximity to people and urbanization, according to a new study published in the Science of the Total Environment.

A coffin is designed for a veterans' art project. (Foster Eastman photo)

Coffin art helps vets heal from PTSD

On one side of the coffins, there’s an overhead shot of Kandahar and Kabul where Canadian Forces were deployed in Afghanistan. On the other, a map of Canada — home — alongside the name of every Canadian who was killed in the country during the war.

Metro Vancouver says tugboats and barges could be far more efficient than using trucks to take imported containers to transfer points. (Reuters photo)

Metro Vancouver looks to replace trucks

One-in-four container trucks arriving at port to pick up cargo destined for transfer stations further inland could be taken off the roads if they were replaced by barges on the Fraser River, according to Metro Vancouver.

Metro Vancouver has released a report on office space in the region. (FOTOLIA)

Richmond, Surrey worst for office vacancies

Metro Vancouver’s inventory of office space has risen over the last several years, with recent market data clocking in at 1,332 buildings with more than 10,000 square feet, and development moving closer to SkyTrain stations.

Derby Reach Park is the home of the original site of Fort Langley. (Metro Vancouver image)

Langley park a victim of own popularity

Being popular might seem like a good problem to have, but when you’re a Metro Vancouver park that people just can’t get enough of — you might have to start turning people away.