• Vancouver Weather: Sunny, but cold and windy

    VANCOUVER, B.C. – Wednesday’s weather is expected to clear in the morning for a mostly sunny day, though windy near the water, with a high of 5 C. The region hasn’t seen the last of the frigid temperatures, however, as tonight the mercury dips back down to – 1 C but with the wind chill it will feel like – 6 C, according to Environment Canada. Thursday looks sunny again with a a high of 5 C, and then overnight there could be some more snow, and rain at lower elevatio
  • ICBC 'dumpster fire' will be totally doused by 2021, says NDP

    The B.C. government expects the financial fortunes of ICBC to go from “dumpster fire” to profit within the next two years, according to Tuesday’s budget documents.
    It’s been just over a year since Attorney General David Eby lashed out at the former government, alleging its mismanagement of the Crown auto-insurance provider was in part responsible for a shocking and unpredicted $1.3 billion dollar loss in the financial year ending March 2018.
    At that time Eby said radical
  • Immunization rates go up at two Vancouver schools where measles outbreak began

    Immunization at two Vancouver schools where a measles outbreak originated has gone up, according to the latest update from Vancouver Coastal Health.
    At École Secondaire Jules‐Verne and École Rose-Des-Vents, both francophone schools, the measles immunization rate is now 95.5 and 94 per cent respectively, said Althea Hayden, a medical health officer, at a news conference Tuesday.
    “Before this outbreak started, we had documentation for only about 70 per cent of students ha
  • Vaughn Palmer: B.C. NDP's rosy economic outlook starting to look a bit frayed

    VICTORIA — While B.C. continues to enjoy healthy growth and significant surpluses under the New Democrats, this week’s provincial budget acknowledged a few clouds on the economic and fiscal horizon.
    Take housing starts, a canary in the coal mine for both affordability and residential construction.
    The New Democrats are forecasting that by the 2021 election year, housing starts will have dropped by about 30 per cent from when the NDP took office, a loss of tens of thousands of un
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  • B.C. Budget 2019: Interest on provincial portion of student loans eliminated

    A dollar saved is a dollar earned.
    The NDP government eliminated interest charges on the provincial portion of post-secondary student loans in Tuesday’s budget, effective immediately.
    “As far as I can tell, there is no down side,” Stewart McGillivray, government relations strategist with the BCIT Student Association, said after coming out of the budget lockup. “It will save people money, every little bit helps.”
    Stewart McGillivray, government relations strategist w
  • Vancouver Sun letters to the editor for Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

    So Gerry Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, has resigned while claiming adamantly that he has done nothing wrong. That doesn’t make sense.
    Why would he resign if he hasn’t done anything wrong? Unless of course he is trying to take the hit in order to protect someone more important. What is it the Liberals so badly want us not to know about? I expect the media to keep digging until they find out since parliament obviously won’t.This case
  • Théâtre la Seizième premieres acclaimed Quebec playwright's new comedy

    Le Soulier
    When: Feb. 27 to March 9 (English surtitles Tues.-Thurs., and Sat.)
    Where: Studio 16
    Tickets: from $26, seizieme.ca and 604-736-2616
    Théâtre la Seizième’s presentation of Le Soulier marks the world premiere of a play by David Paquet. A renowned Quebecois playwright, Paquet is the recipient of a 2010 Governor General’s Award for his play Porc-épic (Porcupine). We talked to Vancouver actor France Perras, one of a cast of four (along with Annie
  • B.C. Budget 2019: Province boosts assistance rates in advance of planned poverty reduction plan

    A boost to assistance rates are among the initiatives in Carole James’s latest budget intended to ease the financial burden faced by hundreds of thousands of B.C. residents who live in poverty.
    But the financial measures, which come in advance of an anticipated poverty reduction plan slated for a March release, received muted reaction from some anti-poverty proponents.
    In her budget speech, the finance minister said B.C. is thriving, with a balanced budget and a strong credit rating.
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  • Mission residents recall finding shell casing after Bacon associate shot

    A Mission mom testified in B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday about being out on a walk with her toddler a decade ago when the little girl picked up a shiny object she saw on the road.
    “My first concern was my daughter putting something she shouldn’t into her mouth,” Lexi Richards told jurors and Justice Catherine Wedge at the trial of Jamie Bacon.
    Richards described the object her 13-month old daughter picked up in the first or second week of January 2009 as a “cylinder” w
  • B.C. Budget 2019: Health care spending tops $21 billion a year

    While health expenditures have risen every year for decades, Finance Minister Carole James said Tuesday the NDP government is determined to make up for “years of cuts” and “underfunding” by the previous Liberal government.
    The B.C. Ministry of Health will spend about $21 billion in the 2019/20 fiscal year, $21.5 billion in 2020/21 and $22.1 billion in 2021/22. The 2018/2019 budget was $19.8 billion. Those figures don’t include the $10 million allocated to the Minist
  • Ian Mulgrew: Vancouver Park Board wins appeal on cetacean ban

    The B.C. Court of Appeal has overturned a judgment that prevented the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation from banning cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium.
    In a unanimous ruling released Tuesday, Justice David Tysoe said a 1999 agreement between the board and the Ocean Wise Conservation Assoc. facility did not stop it from adopting a bylaw prohibiting whales, dolphins and porpoises.
    Last year a lower court judge effectively held that the park board had constrained its own legislative powers
  • Canadian fashion editors remember Karl Lagerfeld: 'He didn’t just create style — he was style'

    When the news of Karl Lagerfeld’s death broke on Tuesday, the fashion world burst forth with condolences, praise and respect for the 85-year-old designer. And, with good reason.
    Lagerfeld was not just a fashion designer, in the singular sense. He was an icon.
    “Karl Lagerfeld was a fashion rock star,” Noreen Flanagan, the editor-in-chief of Fashion Magazine, says. “I remember being at the after party following the resort collection in Singapore and women of all ages &mdash
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  • B.C. Budget 2019: Government offers only modest new spending

    VICTORIA — B.C.’s NDP government delivered a stand-pat budget on Tuesday that offered little new spending on its priority housing and child care agendas, but did unveil modest funding for student loans and clean energy programs.
    Finance Minister Carole James tabled a $58-billion spending plan for the 2019/20  fiscal year starting April 1, with a $274-million surplus. There are no additional tax increases beyond those already announced last year on high income earners, corporatio
  • B.C. Budget 2019: Big dollars earmarked for climate action plan

    More than $900 million in environmentally friendly measures formed part of the B.C. government’s 2019 budget, unveiled Tuesday.
    Among the highlights are cash for clean energy retrofits, electric vehicle rebates, and climate action tax credits that will open doors to “new, clean opportunities,” Finance Minister Carole James said.
    The spending is intended to fund initiatives under CleanBC, the NDP’s and Green Party’s recently announced climate action plan, James said.
  • B.C. Budget 2019: Increase to child-care funding, new child benefit introduced

    Child-care advocates are “really pleased” with the latest B.C. budget, saying it’s another step toward universal $10-a-day child care.
    “This is year two of building a child-care system. There’s no way to put a negative on that,” said Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. “It is really happening, and we’ll be encouraging them to move as fast as they can.”
    Finance Minister Carole James delivered the 2019
  • B.C. Budget 2019: Money for modular housing and provincial rent bank, but no renter's rebate yet

    Finance Minister Carole James says she is “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of the B.C.’s housing market and attributing recent moderation of prices, in part, to measures by her NDP government during its first two years in power.
    The 2019 B.C. budget includes more money to house the homeless and help low-income renters avoid homelessness. But it did not include the renter’s rebate that the NDP campaigned on nor any details about cutting red tape involved in gett
  • Carole James: Budget brings 'biggest reduction in taxes for working and middle-class families in a generation'

    British Columbians are united by a great sense of pride in where we live. Our province is a remarkable place filled with unmatched beauty, resources and hard-working people.
    We have a lot to be proud of. Our province is prospering, with the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, an economic outlook that leads the country, and the province is now free of operating debt for the first time in 40 years.
    As a province, we are thriving. It’s time for the hard-working people of B.C. to thrive too.
  • International: 20 bestselling books of the week of February 16

    Connections in Death, by J.D. Robb.
    1. Connections in Death by J.D. Robb
    2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Della Owens
    3. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
    4. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
    5. Liar Liar by James Patterson and Candace Fox
    6. The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman
    7. The Reckoning by John Grisham
    8. Turning Point by Danielle Steel
    9. Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin
    10. Crucible by James RollinsHARDCOVER NON-FICTION
    1. Becoming by Michelle O
  • B.C. budget delivers few new measures for housing and homeownership

    Biggest new policy is a $76 million investment in modular housing for homeless; no sign of promised renters’ rebate
  • LIVE: B.C. Budget 2019: Government offers only modest new spending

    VICTORIA – B.C.’s NDP government delivered a stand-pat budget Tuesday that offered little new spending on its priority housing and childcare agendas, but did unveil modest funds for student loans and clean energy incentives.
    Finance Minister Carole James tabled a $58-billion 2019/20 spending plan for the fiscal year starting April 1, with a $274 million surplus. There are no new tax increases beyond those already announced last year on high income earners, corporations, luxury homes
  • B.C. Budget 2019: Minor increase to child care funding, new benefit introduced

    Despite a mention of legislation for universal child care in last week’s throne speech, B.C.’s latest budget brings families no closer to paying $10 a day for child care.
    Finance Minister Carole James delivered the 2019 budget — the NDP’s second full budget — on Tuesday in the B.C. legislature.
    Child care was one of the two main focuses of last year’s budget, when the province announced its Child Care B.C. plan, which included fee-reduction subsidies, new spac
  • What the 2019 B.C. budget means to you: 6 things to know

    The B.C. NDP government’s second budget focused on tax breaks and benefits for people with children, students and businesses, and investments in clean energy and climate initiatives. Here’s a brief summary of how British Columbians will be affected.
    Although it was mentioned in the throne speech, the budget didn’t make any more strides toward $10-a-day child care. Instead, the province introduced a B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit to replace the early childhood tax ben
  • Vancouver Aquarium to return to court over city bylaw banning cetaceans

    The B.C. Court of Appeal has sent the Vancouver Aquarium back to court in its attempt to quash a bylaw banning whales and dolphins in city parks.
    The Vancouver park board passed a bylaw that banned cetaceans being brought to or kept in city parks in May 2017 after two beluga whales died in captivity at the aquarium.
    The aquarium, which is in Stanley Park, asked for a judicial review seeking to set aside the by;aw amendment on four grounds, including that the park board’s licence agreement
  • Teens defy parents to get measles vaccine during Vancouver outbreak

    Teens worried about Vancouver’s measles outbreak are defying their anti-vaccination parents and coming in to get the potentially life-saving vaccine, says the Doctors of B.C. president, Dr. Eric Cadesky.
    While Cadesky didn’t have a precise number, he said anecdotally he has heard from doctors around the province that young people are turning to the internet, learning about the vaccine and seeking it out on their own.
    “Adolescents are learning from different sources and peer gro
  • Makeup tutorial: 8 easy steps to get red carpet ready

    I’m getting red carpet ready just in time for the Oscars.  Here’s a fun monochromatic makeup look you can try using colour blocking with orange shadow instead of eyeliner.
    Related Read more from Nadia Albano Read the latest in fashion and beauty news1. To achieve this look, I started by applying Glo Skin Beauty Skin Primer on the face, then evened the complexion with Glo’s Luminous Liquid Foundation. This product provides a soft and luminous finish.2. I contoured my face u
  • UPDATED: Vancouver Park Board cetacean ban heading back to Supreme Court

    Court of Appeal rules in favour of park board
  • Winter Jazz pays tribute to music lover Ken Pickering

    Winter Jazz on Granville Island
    When: Feb. 22 to 24
    Where: Performance Works
    Tickets: free (more info at coastaljazz.ca)
    This year, the first day of Winter Jazz on Granville Island falls on what would have been Ken Pickering’s 67th birthday. So the opening concert of the three-day event is dedicated to the co-founder of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and artistic director of Coastal Jazz, who passed away in August of last year.
    “He was unusual in that he was very aware and
  • Karen Barnaby: Roast potato goodness is just one surprising ingredient away

    Roast potatoes eluded me. I don’t recall eating them much as a kid, just occasionally with roast beef.
    I sort of ignored a certain class of potato dishes for years, as I went from being vegetarian (because potatoes go with meat) into a snooty young cook.
    French fries were fine with grilled cheese or a burger, but a side of mashed or roasted potatoes belonged to the uncultured eating masses. I dabbled in gratins, latkes, and pursued the mysterious pommes soufflé.
    In the mid 1980s, ro
  • Five things to know about Me Daza by Reid Jamieson

    Reid Jamieson and Carolyn Victoria Mill.
    Reid Jamieson
    Me Daza | reidjamieson.comSweet-voiced singer Reid Jamieson has explored everything from the music of Leonard Cohen to vintage rock ‘n’ roll over the course of his recording career.
    With dedicated drive, he and musical soulmate Carolyn Victoria Mill have built a solid following on the DIY circuit, and have awards such as the John Lennon Songwriting Contest to their credit.This latest album might be Jamieson’s finest moment.
  • Fab 5: Bags that mark the XL spot

    Miniature, pint-sized bags have been on our radar for a few seasons now, and while they’re a definite relief for our backs and shoulders, they’re not always the most practical — especially when you have things to carry and places to go.
    We’re not so surprised that the pendulum is starting to swing the other way, then: we all need a bag that fits more than a pencil and a single key.
    From colourful totes to chic carryalls, Rebecca Tay presents five XL bags that should fit e
  • Comment: Budget's housing measures glimpsed in throne speech

    Tuesday's B.C. Budget announcement will likely emphasize plans for affordable and social housing – but will senior homeowners' pain be relieved?
  • Concert announcement: Morrissey to kick off Canadian tour in Vancouver

    Rock legend Morrissey will kick off his first full Canadian tour in nearly two decades right here in Vancouver.
    The former frontman of the Smiths will perform at the Orpheum Theatre on April 15, before heading eastward to play Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal.
    His most recent album Low in High School was released in late 2017. The upcoming tour will feature songs from throughout his career as well as tracks from his upcoming album being readied for release later this
  • Vancouver Weather: Snowfall warning in effect, but it could turn to rain

    VANCOUVER, B.C. – Environment Canada has posted a snowfall warning Tuesday, with between five and 10 centimetres expected in some parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. However, that could turn to rain in the afternoon, with a high of 3 C. More snow or rain is expected Tuesday night, with an overnight low of around 1 C. On Wednesday, expect a few snow flurries in the morning and then clearing in the afternoon, with a high of 5 C, and an overnight low of – 2 C. Thursday
  • Vancouver Granville community leaders voice support for MP Jody Wilson-Raybould

    When Jody Wilson-Raybould was demoted in cabinet, a rabbi in her Vancouver Granville riding reached out to her with a message from the Bible. It quoted Joseph, who said after a betrayal: “You meant it for bad, but God meant it for good.”
    The intention of the note was to convey that sometimes what looks like a curse can actually be a blessing. While it’s too soon to tell whether that’s the case for Wilson-Raybould, community leaders say recent events have not shaken their
  • Bad weather halts search for missing B.C. snowshoer until at least Wednesday

    Deteriorating weather over Vancouver’s rugged North Shore mountains has delayed the search for a missing snowshoer in an avalanche-prone area.
    A spokesman for North Shore Rescue says in an email that weather conditions are expected to improve by mid-week, but low cloud and up to 10 centimetres of snow are forecast in the search area north of Mount Seymour.
    The snowshoer is believed to have been swept away by an avalanche near Runner Peak on Monday.
    The victim’s friend was able to cli
  • Assiniboine Lodge, Alberta: Enjoy the majesty of the Canadian Rockies

    The helicopter comes round the back of a mountain and descends into a clearing, whipping up a storm of snow as it lands. We disembark, crouching, and head down the path toward our home for the next few days, Assiniboine Lodge, a legendary back country lodge nestled deep in the mountains where Banff National Park in Alberta meets Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park in B.C. Our boots scrunch along the path toward the lodge as falling snow hides the majesty of the peak it’s named for — Mo
  • Vancouver Weather: Snow or rain, with a high of 3 C

    VANCOUVER, B.C. – Environment Canada has lifted a weather alert for Tuesday, however there is still possible snow in the forecast. The agency says there could be up to four centimetres of snow this morning over higher terrain. However, that will likely turn to rain early this afternoon, with a high of 3 C. More snow or rain is expected Tuesday night, with an overnight low of around 1 C. On Wednesday, expect a few snow flurries in the morning and then clearing in the afternoon, with a
  • Size of money laundering problem in B.C. not clear; estimates in the billions

    In July 2018, an international agency that sets anti-money laundering standards quietly released an explanatory report on professional money laundering.
    In the 53-page report, the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force made a stunning claim: A “massive” underground bank in B.C. had laundered more than $1 billion a year.
    The underground bank offered its services, says the report, to organized crime groups around the world, including Mexican cartels, Asian gangs and Middle Easter
  • Measles in B.C.: How we got here and what you need to know

    Not long ago, measles cases were far and few in between.
    In B.C., there were two cases in 2016 and just one in 2017. Last year, there were six cases confirmed.
    The last outbreak of measles in B.C. was in 2014 when 343 cases were reported. Those cases were linked to an outbreak in a religious community that objects to vaccination.
    Last week, Vancouver Coastal Health declared a measles outbreak in the city after as many as nine cases were reported in Vancouver.
    Here’s how we got here and wha
  • In Central Florida, rivers and manatees outshine the beach

    INVERNESS, FLORIDA – It’s a cool morning by Florida standards and a light fog is hanging over the dark waters of the Withlacoochee River.
    The mist rises and swirls over the top of the river as we pull away from the dock for our tour of the river with captain Doug Riggs of Wild Bill’s Airboat Tours. Across the small bay, a blue heron sits motionless, waiting for its breakfast to appear in the water below. Off to our right, a startled ibis flaps its wings and sails over a patch o
  • Memories of Morocco

    It was evening when we climbed onto the backs of our camels, Cecil and Columbus, and started off over the Erg Chebbi Dunes, hoping to photograph the sunset.
    Less than fifteen minutes into the ride, a sandstorm hit. Torrential rain pounded down, lightening flashed followed by thunder.
    The wind made it impossible to keep our eyes open.
    Visibility dropped to zero and our camel driver yelled “hang on” as he commanded the camels to drop to the sand.
    He pulled us off and had us lie down in
  • Rob Shaw: Speaker dives into murky world of severances

    VICTORIA — Speaker Darryl Plecas is diving into the murky world of political staff severances as part of his wide-ranging probe into spending at the legislature.
    Plecas intends to crack open taxpayer-paid severance deals for political staff that were paid out of caucus budgets in the legislature. It’s a move that mainly targets his former colleagues and current enemies in the B.C. Liberal party, which paid out staff as it transitioned from government to opposition in 2017, and then a
  • Abbotsford businessman sues Maxime Bernier over use of People's Party of Canada name

    An Abbotsford entrepreneur filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court of Canada on Monday in an attempt to prevent the People’s Party of Canada from using that name in next week’s federal byelection or in the fall general election.
    The suit names federal party leader Maxime Bernier, the party’s chief agent, Christian Roy, and the party itself, and also seeks damages to be determined for economic loss, expenses and the “irreparable harm” of having to compete for onlin
  • Comment: Confronting misinformation about B.C.'s speculation and vacancy tax

    There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the speculation and vacancy tax. It’s important that British Columbians understand the nature of the tax, and the stakes involved — in part because the tax is already helping to moderate housing prices and improve affordability.
    First, many have depicted this as simply an empty homes tax. The tax does address vacancy, as its name suggests, however its main impact relates to satellite families and foreign owners. This point has often been m
  • Vancouver Sun letters to the editor for Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

    I am confused. Surely the purpose of holding a hearing is to determine what went on between the PMO and the former attorney-general concerning the SNC-Lavalin affair.
    If that is the case, then self-evidently the only way to proceed is by calling everyone who was involved or who might know something about what really happened. So how does it make any sense to exclude former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould and senior PMO staffers Gerald Butts and Katie Telford? Unless, of course, the pu
  • Burnaby family on edge after high-risk baby exposed to measles at children's hospital

    A Burnaby mother is furious that her baby is at risk of contracting measles after being exposed to the potentially deadly virus during a visit to B.C. Children’s hospital on Feb. 1.
    “It is 100 per cent the anti-vaccination movement that has taken my kid, who is a high-risk baby, and thrown him at death’s door if he has, in fact, contracted measles,” said Stefania Seccia.
    So far, Max, who turns one on Tuesday, has shown no symptoms, but Stefania Seccia and her husband Sam
  • North Shore Rescue: One person saved, another missing after Mount Seymour backcountry avalanche

    One hiker has been rescued in the backcountry near Mount Seymour and another remains missing.
    Allan McMordie, of North Shore Search and Rescue, said a man activated an emergency beacon on Monday morning and called for help on his cellphone after an avalanche on Runner Peak. McMordie said the man reported he had not seen his buddy and it’s not known whether he was buried in snow.
    North Shore Rescue spokesman Mike Danks confirmed his crew launched a ‘Code Alpha’ avalanche re
  • Family on edge after high-risk baby exposed to measles at children's hospital

    A Burnaby mother is furious that her baby is at risk of contracting measles after being exposed to the potentially deadly virus during a visit to B.C. Children’s hospital on Feb. 1.
    “It is 100 per cent the anti-vaccination movement that has taken my kid, who is a high-risk baby, and thrown him at death’s door if he has, in fact, contracted measles,” said Stefania Seccia.
    So far, Max, who turns one on Tuesday, has shown no symptoms, but Stefania Seccia and her husband Sam

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