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The B.C. SPCA says caring for horses that have been seized is more complicated than other animals. (FILE PHOTO)

Charges laid after B.C. horses seized

A mother and daughter have been charged with animal cruelty in northern B.C. after 18 horses, 18 dogs, two cats and other small animals were allegedly found in distress.

Simon Fraser University student Mark Anthony Wijaya co-created Avian Robotics and produced an autonomous drone made from 3D-printed parts. (Photo submitted)

SFU group creates smart drone

A web-enabled, 3D-printed drone that’s controlled by a laptop instead of a remote control isn’t the work of a private security firm, but a group of university students rapt in the world of robotics.

B.C. has been freed of paying $1.75 million to a forestry company. (FOTOLIA)

Court nixes B.C. forestry penalty

The provincial government no longer has to pay back the $1.75 million it was ordered to pay a forestry company after a First Nations group blockaded a logging operation in 2006.

The Canadian Senate. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)

Transgender bill hits setback

After two years of delays and getting closer to being a law than ever before, the Gender Identity Bill has suffered another setback on the federal level.

This rare sponge was inadvertently caught in a fisher’s net. (Submitted photo)

New sponge discovered off B.C. coast

The latest marine species to be discovered off the B.C. coast would’ve been missed if it wasn’t for a Department of Fisheries and Oceans expedition to investigate bycatch from trawling commercial fishers.

Many groups complain that policing costs are too expensive. (SUBMITTED)

Surrey to offer 50% off to rent cops

The next time you need the RCMP to provide security at your outdoor party, concert — or really any big third-party-hosted public event — Surrey City Hall is prepared to provide a 50% discount from the often expensive law enforcement bills that come with these celebrations.

Kinder Morgan workers drilling near Highway 1 on Tuesday. (Jakub Markiewicz photo)

Kinder Morgan drilling draws protesters

A handful of protesters are keeping watch over a Kinder Morgan drilling site in New Westminster - with several temporarily blocking traffic Tuesday on a Highway 1 on-ramp near the site.

The chairman of the Vancouver School Board says it’s time to discuss using donations to bolster education funding. (FILE PHOTO, 24 HOURS)

VSB mulls new use for donations

The chairman of the Vancouver School Board says it’s time to discuss using donations to bolster education funding as the district receives the largest sum of money it’s ever seen through donations - as far as records show.

Gérard Martinez in the Cousteau The French International School of Vancouver. (ADA SLIVINSKI, 24 HOURS)

Cops called to oust children

The principal of a French private school in North Vancouver is defending his decision to call police on two mothers and a group of children who would not leave the playground during restricted hours.

Transit police officers (right) Const. Daryl Rainkie and Const. Dave Klassen patrols the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain Station in Vancouver. (File photo, QMI AGENCY)

Transit plan doesn't include more cops

Transit Police will be stretched to capacity once the Evergreen Line is completed, and will likely need more officers if the mayors’ regional transportation plan is approved.

Victoria police want to reduce bias in officers. (FILE PHOTO)

Victoria cops aim to reduce officer bias

Victoria police are developing a program to help police officers overcome implicit or unconscious bias that can affect their work. It is based on the Fair and Impartial Police guidelines used in many U.S. States, as well as by Toronto police.

The region has spent more than $2.6 million fighting over the past two decades. (QMI AGENCY)

Fighting Vancouver mosquitoes costs $100K

It’s a battle the region has spent more than $2.6 million fighting over the past two decades, but the blood-sucking enemy keeps coming back every year — though in smaller numbers.