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DNA studied to solve brain disease

A University of B.C. research study is the first in the world to sample DNA from chronically sick children — combing through all their genes — in order to diagnose and treat their rare intellectual diseases.

The same UBC-developed technology behind a marijuana breathalyzer may be applied to Metro Vancouver sewers to help curb odour and corrosion. UBC PHOTO

Tech behind weed breathalyzer may stop stink

The same technology developed by a University of B.C. professor to create a marijuana breathalyzer prototype may eventually be applied to Metro Vancouver’s sewer system to help ensure the infrastructure’s longevity.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

Plan missing on teen addiction: advocate

A minister dedicated to youth substance and mental health challenges, a funded strategic plan and an education campaign to reduce stigma around teen drug use are recommendations being made by B.C.’s representative for children and youth.

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Turning sewage into oil proposed

Although you can’t expect to start filling your tank at the nearest wastewater treatment plant anytime soon, Metro Vancouver is investigating a new technology that turns the sludge leftover after treatment into crude oil.

Elections B.C. has issued a report to speed up reporting of political donations. Getty Images

Reporting donations in 24 hours viable: report

A new report from Elections B.C. suggests political donations could be reported as early as 24 hours after a provincial party receives the money — one of three options delivered to government after the agency was tasked with finding a way to report donations in “real time.”

Inside a warehouse on Produce Row on Malkin Avenue in Vancouver. ERIC MACKENZIE, 24 HOURS

Vancouver viaduct plan threatens Produce Row

Vancouver’s Malkin Avenue is a sleepy-looking street at first, with no sidewalks, no painted lane lines and Strathcona Park on its north side. But it’s also home to more than a half-dozen independent produce businesses that move greater than $700 million of fruits and vegetables annually.

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TransLink launches fare review

TransLink is now calling on customers to provide their input on the cost of public transit, having kicked off its fare review process on Tuesday with the launch of a public survey.

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Richmond could ban plastic food packaging

The City of Richmond’s parks committee will vote Wednesday on whether to institute a ban of all “plastic cups, plates, utensils and bags” on all city property and food trucks.

Parking vehicles such as RVs is different than storing them, according to an appeals court. Getty Images

‘Parking’ doesn’t mean storage: B.C. court

The B.C. Court of Appeal has deemed parking leases made with strata-controlled properties do not mean the leasee can just start storing old cars, RVs, boats or other unused vehicles in the space — even if you’re permitted to park in them regularly.