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You need this to be part of the normal education as opposed to special education, which has high emotional impact at the time but no impact on capacity or behaviour. — Dan Reist, CARBC. (File photo)

Drug educators told to stop preaching

Instead of warning about the harms and peer pressure of drugs, addictions researcher Dan Reist wants teachers to focus on the historical, social and cultural aspects of psychoactive substances — so kids can make their own choices.

Vancouver Police Chief Const. Adam Palmer (centre) is sworn in on Monday. PATRICK COLVIN, 24 HOURS

New Vancouver police chief takes over

Former Chief Const. Jim Chu officially transferred command over to new Chief Const. Adam Palmer at the Vancouver convention centre Monday, alongside Mayor Gregor Robertson and B.C. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon.

Morgane Oger, Trans Alliance Society chair. (Stefania Seccia, 24 hours)

Remove gender from birth docs: group

Nine intersex and transgender people, including the Trans Alliance Society, have filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to remove gender from birth certificates.

Hauls with more than 25% food arriving at waste transfer stations will receive an additional surcharge starting in July. (Michael Mui, 24 hours)

Fines coming for food scrap violations

Loads of garbage arriving at Metro Vancouver’s waste and transfer facilities with lots of food scraps can expect to pay 50% more through a new surcharge starting in July.

Dr. Hedy Fry, Liberal MP for Vancouver Centre. (Stefania Seccia, 24 hours)

Pride signups must pledge trans support

Dr. Andrea Szewchuk runs a transgender clinic at the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre, and the day-to-day concern shared with them includes housing discrimination, fear of being accepted in a shelter while homeless, and facing social exclusion by one’s community based solely on gender expression.

B.C. Hospice Palliative Care Association is hosting an internationally renowned doctor to stir conversation about death this Sunday. (Fotolia)

B.C. group dying to talk

For the last several years, James Pollard has been told he has only 12 to 18 months to live since his cancer metastasized, and he’s now running out of treatment options.

Moriah MacGregor pictured at the Tour de l'Aude in 2009 on the Canadian National Team. (Submitted)

Cycling race targets Lower Mainland

A staged tournament spanning six days with some of the world’s top female cyclists is being proposed for the Lower Mainland by a company founded just for that purpose.

A multiple sclerosis patient is seen with her new leg brace. (FILE PHOTO, POSTMEDIA)

New MS treatment could be too pricey

A new multiple sclerosis treatment capable of halting the disease’s advancement for 10 years is being reviewed by government to determine if it’ll receive B.C. PharmaCare coverage.

A wolf rests in the East Kootenays, within travel distance of one of the aerial wolf cull locations in the South Selkirk region. (Brad Hill photo)

Mine pushed caribou into wolf turf

Although blaming wolf predation as the number one cause for killing caribou in the South Peace and South Kelkirk regions, it’s because industry activity pushed the caribou into wolf country — according to B.C. government scientists.

Among other cultural and non-cultural products, the study explore South and East Asian women's exposure to red vermilion powder, an ingredient used by Indo-Canadian women to indicate their married status, as potential sources of heavy metals. SUBMITTED

Study seeks Asian women to examine diet

The BC Centre for Disease Control is calling for 300 new-to-Canada Asian women of reproductive age to survey heavy metal levels in their blood and prevent potential health risks being passed to future offspring.

A Fraser Valley farmhouse built out of Lego. (DAVID GAGNON PHOTO)

Surrey connects history with Lego

History, the present day and a glimpse into a potential future of Surrey and the Fraser Valley — from the ice age to the year 2300 — will be told through the use of connecting plastic blocks starting next month.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. (Postmedia Network)

B.C. First Nations lose social funding

On-reserve social assistance programs — distributed through B.C.’s First Nations Social Development Society — will no longer have federal funding by the end of September, and the group still doesn’t know why.