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Crews work to replace sections of TransLink’s track near Edmonds Station in 2015. TransLink

Millions needed for neglected SkyTrain tracks

TransLink could end up spending more than $50 million to replace nearly half its Expo Line tracks after a damning consultant’s report identified a whopping 557 defects on the tracks — causing the report author to exclaim, “holy smokes!”

Self-serve fuelling is not permitted at Coquitlam gas stations. Chevron is lobbying for a change. Getty Images

Coquitlam asked to allow self-serve gas

Chevron is lobbying for self-serve fuelling to be allowed in the City of Coquitlam, but some councillors in that community say they’d like to get a better sense of the impacts before considering policy changes.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong and Premier Christy Clark announce details of a new tax on property purchases made by foreign nationals Monday in Victoria. BC Government photo

B.C. to tax foreign property buyers

Foreign property buyers in Metro Vancouver will soon be subject to an additional 15% tax, but some are wondering if there will be easy loopholes to the provincial government’s measure unveiled in the legislature Monday.

IsoHunt founder Gary Fung (right). TWITTER

Vancouver torrent site founder to pay $66M

The Vancouver founder of peer-to-peer sharing website IsoHunt — for downloading music illegally — has settled with the Canadian recording industry for $66 million after the site was shut down in 2013.

Kelly Guille is the producer, and the man behind the button, for the annual Honda Celebration of Light fireworks event along English Bay in downtown Vancouver. MICHAEL MUI, 24 HOURS

Meet the man behind Celebration of Light

The process all culminates with the press of a button — but only after a year of preparation, months of waiting for shipments to arrive, and three days of scrambling to place tubes known as “mortars” aimed towards the heavens can Kelly Guille make the sky explode.

Donald Trump attends a 2013 event in Vancouver announcing the Trump International Hotel, which has resubmitted a liquor licence application for its third-floor bar with reduced capacity. File photo

Trump hotel tries again for liquor licence

Rejected once already by Vancouver council, officials with the Trump International Hotel have cut capacity by more than 40% in their new application for a liquor licence for the about-to-open building’s third-floor bar.

Youth detention centre on Willington Avenue in Burnaby. FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS

Six-hour riot erupts at Burnaby youth jail

A six-hour riot resulted in multiple fires and jail guards fleeing a staff area at the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre on Tuesday night — an event that the union representing prison guards is calling a warning that more resources are needed.

RCMP arrested seven people from this vacant Imperial Street apartment Wednesday, the 12th day since protesters occupied the building to speak out against demovictions. Eric MacKenzie, 24 hours

Metrotown protesters removed from apartment

With their occupation of a vacant Imperial Street apartment broken up by police Wednesday, members of the Alliance Against Displacement say their actions in protest of demovictions sparked a “mood change” in Metrotown.

Vancouver's Mobi bike-share system made its soft launch on Wednesday. City manager Sadhu Johnston parks a bike back into a stall. Michael Mui, 24 hours

Mobi bike share launches in Vancouver

Vancouver City Hall has finally launched the city’s bike-share service — only as a test phase for “founding” members — in a move Mayor Gregor Robertson hopes will continue to promote cycling as a way to commute.

More RV parks are needed, but the cost could be too high for Richmond. Postmedia

$8M for RV park too rich for Richmond

An idea to establish a city-owned recreational vehicle park in Richmond could be shuttered before it’s even given serious thought — despite the potential demand for such a facility as existing RV parks are developed for other uses.


B.C. tribunal to tackle condo complaints

B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal began accepting an early intake of strata claims last week, taking another step toward full implementation of a system that one expert said “makes justice incredibly accessible for everybody.”

Summer Fair women-vendor-only market. ALICE KENDALL PHOTO

DTES women flee violence, start own market

Vancouver women living in the Downtown Eastside who felt unwelcome or pushed out of existing area vendor markets have started their own event — running every Saturday on Columbia Street.

Jamie Crane-Mauzy, left, speaks with Dr. Donald Griesdale at VGH on Tuesday. Crane-Mauzy was the first B.C. patient to undergo autoregulation monitoring, which helped her make a full recovery. Eric MacKenzie, 24 hours

Vancouver hospital unveils brain treatment

If not for a couple of wires inserted into her brain by doctors at Vancouver General Hospital, Jamie Crane-Mauzy might not have been able to return to VGH Tuesday to talk about her burgeoning motivational speaking career.

Vancouver police expect to reach their goal of 300 officers trained for Taser use next year. Postmedia Network

VPD Taser expansion slower than hoped

Plans to put Tasers in the hands of 300 trained officers by the end of 2016 are behind schedule, but the Vancouver Police Department expects to reach that goal sometime in 2017.