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Spirit Unforgettable, directed by Pete McCormack, is about the band Spirit of the West, and lead singer John Mann. SUBMITTED

Three B.C. films you can’t miss at VIFF

The annual Vancouver International Film Festival offers a bevy of options created by artists both local and abroad. This year, 24 Hours took a closer look at three locally produced films, chosen for their efforts to educate on real-life issues here at home. All three films are also part of 10 films competing in the Must See B.C. category.

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Pot user claims he's barred from hotel

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal may be tasked with deciding whether a medical marijuana user was discriminated against by a hotel that wouldn’t let him check in due to concerns over the smell of weed.

More than 40 tonnes of debris from Vancouver Island shorelines were put on this barge. SUBMITTED

‘Garbarge’ arrives with 40 tonnes of debris

More than 40 tonnes of debris arrived by barge in Vancouver Monday, as the finale of a months-long excursion by multiple groups cleaning up Vancouver Island’s shorelines following the Japanese tsunami of 2013.

Brigadier-General Simon Hetherington with a portrait of Major-General Bertram Hoffmeister at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hoffmeister Building. Bombardier Albert Law, 39 CBG Public Affairs

B.C.’s army brigade gets new HQ

British Columbia’s arm of the Canadian Army received a new headquarters in Vancouver this past weekend, based next to the city’s reserve infantry regiment, which also just received some much-needed seismic upgrades.

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Bus driver barriers tested as assaults drop

Assaults on transit operators are at their lowest level since 2007, according to TransLink, as it prepares to test additional barriers that physically separate bus drivers from passengers to deter attacks.

The International Space Station (ISS) is seen from NASA space shuttle Endeavour. Photo by NASA via Getty Images

Coquitlam kids plan experiments for space

About 1,600 students in the Coquitlam School District are having their science classes turned upside down as kids race to come up with microgravity experiments to be conducted on board the International Space Station.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the B.C. representative for children and youth. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Halt Metis girl’s transfer to Ontario: Advocate

B.C.’s child advocate is asking the provincial attorney general to intervene in the case of a three-year-old girl living with her Vancouver Island foster parents — but who could be sent to Ontario to be with her siblings.

Parents, students and community members delivered petitions with thousands of signatures in support of east side schools. POSTMEDIA NETWORK

B.C. drops 95% school capacity rule

The provincial government is giving up its requirement that all Vancouver schools be 95% full, an order school trustees say prompted a process to close schools in order to pave the way for seismic upgrades.

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No jail after groom drags bride by hair

It was the evening of their wedding day and the newlyweds were in their hotel when “angry words were exchanged” and he grabbed her hair, pulled her to her feet and — still holding onto her hair — dragged her around the hotel room before slapping her.

A worker at the InSite supervised injection centre. GETTY IMAGES

Four new supervised injection sites planned

Vancouver Coastal Health has identified two locations where it intends to place future supervised injection sites, with an additional two unnamed locations planned, chief medical health officer Patricia Daly said on Wednesday.

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Time to end the ICBC monopoly

B.C. has the most expensive publicly run car insurance rates in Canada — with average premiums now $1,550 annually, according to ICBC. And if the government approves ICBC’s request for a 4.9% hike, we will pay even more.

A man serving a 23-year sentence for prostitution-related charges is demanding a Kosher diet, and pictured is food being prepared by Orthodox Jewish rabbis. Getty Images

Convict says he was denied religious diet

A B.C. pimp serving a 23-year sentence for prostitution offences involving teen girls claims his rights were violated when the North Fraser Pre-Trial Centre did not accommodate his religious dietary preferences.