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What you need to know about the latest plastics ban in B.C.

British Columbians will no longer get plastic and Styrofoam takeout containers and will be charged fees for new shopping bags, as part of single-use plastic regulations rolling out Monday.

It's the latest part of the province's regulations on plastics, which started rolling out last December to align with federal regulations that are going into effect across the country.

B.C., however, had delayed some aspects of the federal single-use plastics regulations, saying that producers and businesses needed more time to adapt.

The province says the bans will help divert plastic waste from landfills, where an estimated 340,000 tonnes of plastic items and packaging were disposed of in the province in 2019.

  • I can't imagine a human being doing something tedious for style, I mean can you imagine.

  • Biden's performance has been exceptional where it matters: It's the economy
  • Why wasn't he able to cancel all of it again? There was some group blocking him...

  • Drop the beat.
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  • False Dichotomy Rule
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  • Big Bird
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    Set to drai-ii-aaa-ii-aaa-aaa-in.

  • Gothic, Risen, and Elex Dev "Piranha Bytes" Reportedly the Latest Embracer Studio to Shut Down
  • Before I left the industry in 2022 this is exactly what we did. Only it's more often when a project is finished.

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  • Oh sorry, that's not me, I just found the link :)

  • It happens...
  • It's hogs, hogs, hogs

  • Former Trump staffers are ‘on the battlefield’ for a Canadian fossil fuel giant
  • Oh good, I was just thinking we needed to copy the right wing in the US even more.

  • Lesbian couple brutally beaten by men who were harassing them on one woman’s birthday

    A lesbian couple in Halifax, Canada was assaulted by a group of men who were shouting homophobic slurs at them.

    Emma MacLean and her girlfriend, Tori, were walking down the street celebrating one of their birthdays when a group of men made a rude comment at MacLean, CTV News reports.

    “A group of men walking in the other direction and they made a comment to me,” said Emma MacLean. “My girlfriend, Tori, said, ‘Hey that’s my girlfriend.’”

    This response led to the men making explicitly homophobic remarks at the two, taunting them both.

    “They continued walking and then Tori followed them to basically verbally be like, ‘That is not okay,’” MacLean said.

    That’s when the men started attacking Tori.

    “I see Tori being pushed on the stairs right in front of the BMO Centre and they are cement stairs and she’s on her back, that’s when all the men started punching and kicking her,” she continued.

    MacLean said that she yelled for them to stop before she got involved in the fight to protect her girlfriend.

    “The fight or flight came in. Basically jumped on one of their backs and put them in a chokehold, trying to restrain them.”

    A bystander alerted police shortly after the fight ended. They spoke with one of the men involved in the incident, and he told them that it was the two women who had initiated the fight. The rest of the men refused to cooperate and give IDs, however.

    There are currently no charges as police are investigating the situation.

    Both MacLean and Tori suffered injuries. Tori had bruises covering her body, while MacLean had a chipped tooth, a broken nose, and many bruises as well.

    MacLean said, “I felt punches and kicks and then I felt it on my nose and there was blood. I just thought this needs to stop now. I went to emerge the night of and they basically said it was too swollen for surgery.”

    “I’m terrified to go downtown again in Halifax. I just feel like it’s so out of your control on what could happen. It’s overwhelming. I didn’t expect something like this to happen, especially with it happening during Pride Month as well.”

    definitely accurate
  • Harvey Birdman: Mr. Boo Boo, would you consider yourself a revolutionary?

    Boo Boo: Well, no. But I believe corporations rob us of our dignity and independence, and that these systems must be ripped down, or levelled by any force necessary... But that's just one little bear's opinion.

    Harvey Birdman: A cute, fuzzy little bear. (smiles at jury) The defense rests

  • After Initial Success, Helldiver’s 2 Has Lost 90% Of Its Players With No Signs Of Recovery
  • All games like this have massive daily player drop offs a few months after release.

    This makes me feel super old, because I must have played Quake 1 daily for 8 straight years. Same with Counter-Strike. I'm still not used to people changing games every few months.

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  • Nelson Soccer says players were racially abused at Idaho tournament

    Youth players on a Nelson soccer team were allegedly threatened with racial slurs during a May tournament in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

    Nelson Soccer Association (NSA) says a person in a truck shouted racist threats at a team with players of colour during a game May 12. Multiple Nelson teams were visiting Coeur d'Alene at the time for an annual tournament.

    A detective with Coeur d'Alene Police Department told the Nelson Star that it had opened an investigation and has since sent the case to a local prosecutor for review, but did not offer any further details.

    It's the second time this year athletes have faced racial abuse in Coeur d'Alene. In March, a Utah women's NCAA basketball team said its players were twice threatened by people in a vehicle who shouted racial epithets.

    NSA board chair Goran Denkovski said NSA was not previously aware of the March incident involving the basketball team. The organization hasn't made a decision on its future participation in Idaho tournaments, but Denkovski said NSA will begin assessing regional safety prior to making tournament commitments.

    “We do all recognize that Idaho specifically, that state is a state of concern that we should acknowledge.”

    We refuse to die for fossil fuels – Just Stop Oil response to police raids resulting in at least 27 arrests.
  • Their cause is constantly in the news every time they do this, I'd say they're doing a hell of a good job.

    They aren't 'bringing awareness to climate change' they're saying 'stop dissociating and pay attention to this' and it's working.

  • History repeats itself.
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  • WestJet says mechanics strike would disrupt long weekend plans for 250,000 travellers
  • WestJet says underpaying mechanics will disrupt long weekend plans for 250,000 travellers

  • What could be more idyllic than watching the sunset at the beach while being serenaded by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra? On July 6, grab your blankets and head to the beach for a performance that only comes once a year in Vancouver.

    The VSO is taking to the shoreline at Sunset Beach for a special 90-minute sunset concert. Led by Maestro Otto Tausk, the Symphony at Sunset program will feature both classical and contemporary music.

    The complete set list is:

    • Coast Salish Anthem
    • Star Wars: Suite for Orchestra I. Main Title
    • Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 1
    • Élan: Sesquie for Canada’s 150th
    • Concerto, Piccolo, C Major, RV443 III. Allegro molto
    • Samson and Delila: Danse Bacchanle
    • Lawerence of Arabia Overture
    • Godfather: Love Theme
    • Hook: The Flight to Neverland
    • Star Trek
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
    • E.T.: Adventures on Earth
    • Superman March

    The Massive Harm of LNG Fracking, Tallied The Massive Harm of LNG Fracking, Tallied | The Tyee

    A new report by expert David Hughes warns the Montney methane rush will slam water, habitat and Canada’s energy security.

    The Massive Harm of LNG Fracking, Tallied | The Tyee

    Hurried pursuit of a liquefied natural gas windfall in B.C. and Alberta will squander a key component of Canada’s long-term energy security while causing environmental devastation, according to a new report.

    Scaling up LNG exports from fracking in the Montney basin that straddles the two provinces almost certainly will jeopardize local water resources, species habitat and the country’s struggling effort to meet climate targets.

    And there could be another cost down the road: “The current policy of exploiting the Montney as fast as possible for LNG exports may create risks that gas will be unavailable for other uses in the future.”

    This, according to energy analyst David Hughes, author of a comprehensive report called “Drilling into the Montney,” released June 24 by the David Suzuki Foundation.

    “The Montney represents Canada’s largest remaining accessible gas resource and is forecast to provide a significant portion of future gas production with or without LNG,” Hughes told The Tyee. “Conventional production from mature gas fields in Canada has declined sharply over the past couple of decades.”

    “Production has been made up by unconventional plays like the Montney which can only be accessed with the technology of hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling. And those technologies come with significant environmental impacts in terms of climate change, water consumption, biodiversity loss and land disturbance.”

    The Montney basin is an oval-shaped, 96,000-square-kilometre geological formation that stretches on a southeast diagonal from Fort Nelson, B.C., at its top and includes the territories of Treaty 8 First Nations. The Montney currently produces 10 billion cubic feet of methane per day or roughly half of Canada’s total.


    A mine proposed in B.C. would supply the fracking industry — by way of 55,000 truck trips per year As B.C.’s LNG industry heats up, a company proposes to mine frac sand | The Narwhal

    Producing a key ingredient for B.C. fracking will mean 55,000 more trucks on the road. Here’s what you need to know

    As B.C.’s LNG industry heats up, a company proposes to mine frac sand | The Narwhal

    When you think of B.C.’s central interior forests, you probably picture swaths of trees stretching over hills and up mountains, punctuated by rivers and the occasional lake.

    You probably don’t think of sand.

    But if a proposal working its way through the B.C. environmental assessment process is approved, a special type of sand used in hydraulic fracturing for gas — commonly known as fracking — will be extracted from a forest near Bear Lake, north of Prince George. The sand would be trucked to B.C.’s northeast, where a fracking boom is poised to begin to supply the province’s new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry.

    Vitreo Minerals, a sand and gravel supplier based in Golden, B.C., proposes to build an open-pit mine and two processing facilities that could produce two million tonnes of frac sand per year for up to 20 years. The Angus mine, which has the potential to supply up to 400 fracking wells per year, would be B.C.’s only operating frac sand mine.

    The project will involve building new access roads through the forest, clearing land for the mine and its crushing and drying facilities and constructing a new transmission line and natural gas pipeline to power the operation, according to a project description submitted to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office.

    “We propose to essentially mine — by drilling and blasting in a very conventional-looking quarry — a rock known as quartz arenite, a very high-purity silica-rich rock,” Vitreo Minerals CEO Scott Broughton explained during a recent project information session hosted by the assessment office. “It actually has the perfect-size sand grains that we’re looking for to produce proppant [frac sand] for the oil and gas industry.”

    But environmental groups say the mine, which would be located in the Fraser River watershed, poses risks to nearby communities, water, local wildlife and the environment.

    Sven Biggs, the Canadian oil and gas programs director for Stand.Earth, said the non-profit group will be keeping tabs on any long-term expansion plans for the frac sand industry in B.C. “If the plan really is to produce enough silica in British Columbia to support the LNG industry here in B.C. and Alberta, those would be very large operations and could have a much larger footprint than this initial project,” he told The Narwhal.

    0 B.C. trans teacher files human rights complaint over online hate campaign

    Wilson Wilson has filed a complaint against Joanna Evenson, who goes by the name Blonde Bigot on X

    B.C. trans teacher files human rights complaint over online hate campaign

    A transgender teacher who taught at Pitt Meadows Secondary School has filed a human rights complaint against a woman whom they believe launched an online campaign of hatred against them.

    Wilson Wilson filed the complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal on Friday, June 22, with support from Lawyers Against Transphobia.

    "I'm standing up because as much as this has robbed me of my privacy and like my dignity as a person, I haven't been robbed of my power or responsibility," Wilson told Black Press Media.

    Wilson is currently on leave from the school because of the incident and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    The incident started in December of last year when Wilson became the target of online threats after a far-right social media account, called Libs of TikTok, shared photos of Wilson, an artist who identifies as trans non-binary, that were from an art portfolio.

    One image showed Wilson topless and in the other in a netted shirt – both appearing to show a double mastectomy.

    A person claiming to be a parent of at least one student at the school, who goes by the name Blonde Bigot on X, made allegations of student abuse and accused the school district as having child grooming and “pedophilic” activities and accused the teacher of glorifying their self-mutilation. The mother has since been identified as Joanna Evenson.

    Thousands of people commented on X, a majority of them harassing Wilson and calling them names.

    At the time Martin Dmitrieff, head of the Maple Ridge Teachers’ Association, said the images were in the public sphere because it was important for the teacher to interact as an artist through community art programs, where their work is being showcased.

    "This could be anybody," said Wilson about the online harassment. "This could be any trans teacher. So, what I can do is stand up. And, if I don't stand up now the right has a successful strategy to silence trans teachers."

    2 BC Family Benefit boost needed now 'more than ever,' says Eby

    'Life is expensive, especially for those of us raising a child with a disability,' says Chilliwack parent Katie Bartel at the press conference

    BC Family Benefit boost needed now 'more than ever,' says Eby

    B.C. Premier David Eby chose Jinkerson Park in the growing community of Chilliwack on Monday (June 24), to announce a sizable increase to the BC Family Benefit starting next month.

    "With global inflation and high interest rates driving up daily costs, we know families are being hit hard right now," said Eby.

    The boosted BC Family Benefit will be going to more low- and middle-income families, and on average they'll receive $445 more than last year.

    Eby also used the press conference to announce he'll be stepping away for a few weeks from his duties as premier for family reasons.

    "Getting a little extra money to families for the basics is one of the ways we're helping people who are feeling squeezed right now," Eby said.

    Chilliwack parent Katie Bartel was on-hand with her niece Maggie, to attest to the struggle local families are facing with skyrocketing costs of food, clothes, gas, childcare and housing.

    "Life is expensive, especially for those of us raising a child with a disability, and raising any family right now comes with unique challenges," Bartel said.

    The extra money will help her family pay for a support worker for her daughter, as an example, and she said families like hers are increasingly looking to their communities and their government for help.

    "We can't do this alone," Bartel said.


    Stepping into the Big, Weird ‘Anti-woke’ Tent Stepping into the Big, Weird ‘Anti-woke’ Tent | The Tyee

    To help us understand right-wing rhetoric, Francis Dupuis-Déri walks us through the ‘intersectionality of hate.’

    Stepping into the Big, Weird ‘Anti-woke’ Tent | The Tyee

    The word “woke” — which has now lost any real or useful meaning since its origins in African American vernacular English — has become commonplace in right-wing campaigns and is being applied (seemingly quite effectively) to target anything and everything.

    In B.C., the leader of the insurgent Conservative Party of BC, John Rustad, has raged against “woke ideology,” targeting trans people and sexuality and gender orientation education resources in schools (also known as SOGI 123).

    When Rustad made comparisons between SOGI and residential schools last year, he was criticized and asked to apologize by politicians across the spectrum.

    MLA Ravi Parmar, from the governing BC NDP, called Rustad’s comparisons “disgraceful” in a now-deleted tweet.

    On a CBC Early Edition panel, Green MLA Adam Olsen denounced Rustad’s comments as “astonishing” and “inappropriate.”

    And Elenore Sturko, then MLA for the Opposition party BC United who recently joined the B.C. Conservatives, called Rustad’s comments “incredibly insulting” at the time.

    And then Bruce Banman, the B.C. Conservative MLA for Abbotsford South, summed up the criticism of Rustad’s comments as symptoms of a “hypersensitive, woke, far-left cancel culture” that he and his colleagues are trying to correct.

    On a separate occasion, it appears that Paul Ratchford, a Conservative Party of BC candidate for Vancouver-Point Grey, referred to his now party member colleague Sturko as a “woke lesbian, social justice warrior.”


    B.C.’s ‘war in the woods’ battlegrounds to be permanently protected Old-growth forests in B.C. are set for permanent protections

    Old-growth forests in B.C. are set to receive permanent protections in a land and forest management agreement.

    Old-growth forests in B.C. are set for permanent protections

    Old-growth forests that were environmental and Indigenous rights battlegrounds over clearcut logging in the 1980s and 1990s during British Columbia’s “war in the woods” are set to receive permanent protections in a land and forest management agreement.

    The B.C. government says an agreement Tuesday with two Vancouver Island First Nations will protect about 760 square kilometres of Crown land in Clayoquot Sound by establishing 10 new conservancies in areas that include old-growth forests and unique ecosystems.

    The partnership involves reconfiguring the tree farm licence in the Clayoquot Sound area to protect the old-growth zones while supporting other forest industry tenures held by area First Nations, said Forests Minister Bruce Ralston in a statement.

    Statements from the Clayoquot Sound’s Ahoushat and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations say the conservancies will preserve old-growth forests on Meares Island and the Kennedy Lake area, sites of protests that led to hundreds of arrests.

    “We have successfully reached a first phase implementation of the land-use vision,” Tyson Atleo, Ahousaht First Nation hereditary representative, said in an interview. “We will see (Tree Farm Licence 54) on Meares Island actively become real legislated protected areas for the first time in history.”

    Plans for clearcut logging on Meares Island, about one kilometre northeast of Tofino and the site of some of the world’s largest western red cedars, touched off environmental and Indigenous protests in the 1980s. They eventually resulted in a court injunction that halted logging, saying Indigenous land claim issues should be resolved.

    About a decade later, more than 800 people were arrested in the Clayoquot Sound area of Kennedy Lake near Ucluelet as protesters descended to demonstrate against more logging activities.

    The forest company eventually left the area after losing an estimated $200 million in contracts related to timber sales.


    Fact Checked: Four Claims on Drug Deaths Fact Checked: Four Claims on Drug Deaths | The Tyee

    And revealed the true numbers behind what politicians have used to attack opponents or bolster their own work. A Tyee election report.

    Fact Checked: Four Claims on Drug Deaths | The Tyee

    It was a heated day in Canada’s House of Commons when elected Speaker Greg Fergus ejected Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre from the chamber on April 30. Fergus removed Poilievre after he repeatedly refused to withdraw his remark that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pushing “wacko” drug policies.

    That day Conservative MP Rachael Thomas posted on the social media site X in support of her boss.

    “Drug use in parks, hospitals and public spaces is whacko. Drug deaths are up by 380 per cent in B.C. Pierre Poilievre called out Trudeau for his dangerous drug policies today in the House of Commons,” Thomas wrote. “How did partisan hack Greg Fergus respond?! He kicked Pierre Poilievre out of the chamber.”

    THE CLAIM: Drug deaths are up by 380 per cent in B.C. The Tyee is supported by readers like you Join us and grow independent media in Canada

    Thomas’s 380 per cent increase compares the number of B.C. drug deaths in 2015 with the 2023 total.

    FACT CHECK: Over a similar period, drug deaths are up by 198 per cent in Alberta.*

    What Thomas neglected to mention is that overdose deaths have risen by 588 per cent in her home riding of Lethbridge, Alberta, over a similar period (2016 compared with 2023).

    4 Canadian acting icon Donald Sutherland dead at 88

    Towering actor whose career spanned ‘M.A.S.H.’ to ‘Hunger Games’ won Oscar in 2017

    Canadian acting icon Donald Sutherland dead at 88

    Donald Sutherland, the prolific film and television actor whose long career stretched from “M.A.S.H.” to “The Hunger Games,” has died. He was 88.

    Kiefer Sutherland, the actor’s son, confirmed his father’s death Thursday. No further details were immediately available.

    “I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film,” Kiefer Sutherland said on X. “Never daunted by a role, good, bad or ugly. He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that.”

    The tall and gaunt Canadian actor with a grin that could be sweet or diabolical was known for offbeat characters like Hawkeye Piece in Robert Altman’s “M.A.S.H.,” the hippie tank commander in “Kelly’s Heroes” and the stoned professor in “Animal House.”

    Before transitioning into a long career as a respected character actor, Sutherland epitomized the unpredictable, antiestablishment cinema of the 1970s .

    Over the decades, Sutherland showed his range in more buttoned-down — but still eccentric — parts in Robert Redford’s “Ordinary People” and Oliver Stone’s “JFK.”

    More, recently, he starred in the “Hunger Games” films and the HBO limited series “The Undoing.” He never retired and worked regularly up until his death.

    “I love to work. I passionately love to work,” Sutherland told Charlie Rose in 1998. “I love to feel my hand fit into the glove of some other character. I feel a huge freedom — time stops for me. I’m not as crazy as I used to be, but I’m still a little crazy.”

    3 Kelowna parent concerned over racism, bullying in middle schools

    The mom said her child is being called 'monkey' by another student

    Kelowna parent concerned over racism, bullying in middle schools

    A Kelowna mom is speaking out and hoping to engage parents after she found out her child had been a target of racism and bullying at a local middle school.

    Ashley, whose last name has been left out to protect the privacy of her child, said the issue first came to light when her kid acted out at home by ripping up her Mother's Day card in a burst of anger.

    Questioning the outburst, Ashley who has a child of colour, soon learned that they had been called racial slurs such as 'monkey' by classmates.

    She added that her child said they've heard other students also being called racial slurs.

    The concerned mom took the issue to the school's principal to address the situation where she was offered an apology and told the school has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying and racism.


    When the Diamonds of the Season Are Duds When the Diamonds of the Season Are Duds | The Tyee

    The cold winter wiped out BC’s annual peach harvest. Can we make sense of their absence?

    When the Diamonds of the Season Are Duds | The Tyee

    There’s so much to love about summer in British Columbia: greenery, beaches, fresh produce. And most notably, peaches, the best fruit there is.

    Admittedly, the stone fruit is widely available all through the year nowadays, thanks to imports from places as far-flung as Chile, Argentina, California and New Zealand. But it’s only irresistible from mid-July to early September, when B.C.’s 600-odd growers gift us with 4.6 million kilograms of velvety, sun-softened, fragrant and fully superior peaches.

    Give me a peach in October, and I turn into J. Alfred Prufrock, who famously asked, “Do I dare to eat a peach?”

    Give me a peach in July, when I know it’s a fresh Okanagan Redhaven, Glohaven or Cresthaven, picked in Penticton and bursting with flavour? I’ll eat the whole thing before asking myself if I’m hungry.

    As I’ve written previously, B.C. fruit is not only downright delicious; it’s practically overabundant most summers.

    Blink, and a bucket of blueberries seems to materialize in your house; the same goes for peaches, piled high in their biodegradable, pulp berry baskets and bought for a pittance wherever fresh produce is sold.

    Not this summer, though.

    6 Drexoll Games is calling it game over

    Vancouver’s oldest board game shop is closing.

    Drexoll Games is calling it game over

    Vancouver’s oldest board game shop is closing on July 31.

    Kitsilano’s Drexoll Games shared the news with its community via Facebook at the end of May, stating: “The sole reason for our closure is that although we survived the pandemic, and renewed our five-year lease in 2021 with enthusiasm, the building was subsequently sold, and the new owners of our building at 2880 West 4th served us an eviction notice under the Demolition Clause in our lease. It has not been a very fun plot twist. We have sought other options over the last 10 months, but are unable to find a similar space and location at rates that would allow us to continue our business.”

    0 B.C. municipality won't fly Pride flag at city hall for 2nd year in a row

    Councillor's motion to amend Mission's flag policy doesn't get seconder

    B.C. municipality won't fly Pride flag at city hall for 2nd year in a row

    The Pride flag won’t fly at Mission city hall again this year.

    A motion from Coun. Ken Herar on Monday (June 17) to amend the city’s flag policy didn’t have a seconder, meaning there was no discussion or vote on the matter. Coun. Jag Gill was absent from the meeting.

    The amendment would allow the Pride flag to fly at city hall during the annual Fraser Valley Pride Celebration.

    The matter was raised by Herar before, but this time he was optimistic. Herar says he initially wasn't going to bring the motion back but checked with the Fraser Valley Youth Society (FVYS), which organizes the annual Pride event. The society supported bringing the motion forward.

    “I was really hopeful that there would at least be a discussion on this matter,” Herar said.

    Mission Mayor Paul Horn says he didn’t second the motion because it was already discussed exhaustively in the past.

    “There really isn't anything new to discuss,” Horn said.

    Horn says the city has been supporting Pride in other ways, including hosting the Fraser Valley Pride Festival, creating space for the Fraser Valley Youth Society, and flying the flag where more people go.

    “I think that the whole idea of supporting Pride has been to increase diversity in our community – to expect people to leave space for others,” Horn said.

    According to Horn, raising the flag on government flagpoles tends to create polarization, not increase understanding.

    Earlier this month, the City of Mission changed its logo on social media for Pride month to reflect the Progress Pride Flag. The city also had a Pride-themed social media logo last June. Horn says it wasn’t a council decision.

    “That's a different thing than the flag policy … the logo is not our official coat of arms or official flag,” Horn said.


    Providence Health reveals 19 patients were forced to transfer this year due to its MAID policy

    Nineteen people this year have been forced to transfer out of Providence Health Care facilities to access medical assistance in dying (MAID), a scenario advocates say proves the attempted fix by the province isn't good enough.

    Nine of those patients were transferred out of Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital, four from Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, four from May's Place Hospice and two from St. John Hospice.

    Those figures were provided by Providence Health to CBC News Tuesday.

    The Catholic health-care provider that oversees St. Paul's Hospital is being sued by the family of a Vancouver woman over its policy banning MAID in its facilities. If a patient requests MAID, they must be transferred to a different health facility, typically run by Vancouver Coastal Health.


    Extremist Diagolon ‘Terror Tour’ Is Coming to Vancouver Extremist Diagolon ‘Terror Tour’ Is Coming to Vancouver | The Tyee

    Members have targeted South Asian MPs and celebrated violence. How to respond.

    Extremist Diagolon ‘Terror Tour’ Is Coming to Vancouver | The Tyee

    Influencers with the extremist racist group Diagolon spend hours making livestreams, trying to spread their message of hatred against immigrants and minorities through the online world on sites like Rumble and X.

    Some prominent members have become fixated on hatred of South Asian people, celebrating violent videos showing people in India being hit by trains and complaining about the number of South Asian members of Parliament.

    Now they’re planning a real-life foray, including stops in Vancouver and Kamloops, part of a venture they’ve named the “road rage terror tour” according to an ad on X.

    5 B.C. liberties group says police mistreating pro-Palestinian protesters

    Group filing complaint after it says Vancouver officers violently arrested demonstrators in May

    B.C. liberties group says police mistreating pro-Palestinian protesters

    The B.C. Civil Liberties Association says it will be filing a complaint with the Vancouver Police Department over its officers' treatment and arrest of pro-Palestinian demonstrators last month.

    Around 100 of those demonstrators gathered at a section of railway lines in East Vancouver on May 31 to lay 303 sets of children's clothing on the tracks. The group says it was holding vigil for the thousands of Palestinian children who have been killed in Gaza since Israel began its retaliation to the Oct. 7, 2023 Hamas attacks.

    The Vancouver Police Department says it moved in to clear the group that afternoon because they had been obstructing the Canadian National Railway lines for several hours. Video posted to social media from scene shows how chaos soon broke out between the two groups, with officers taking numerous people to the ground to handcuff them.

    In the end, police arrested 14 people for mischief and obstruction.

    VPD Media Relations Officer Tania Visintin told Black Press Media they gave the demonstrators ample time to leave and that "no force would have been required had the protesters just complied." She said the demonstrators were "pushing and shoving" and that their "hostile dynamics " dictated the level of force used by police.

    The demonstrators, on the other hand, say the officers were unnecessarily violent and that community members were punched, kicked, pepper-sprayed, choked and strangled. The group says dozens of them left with injuries, including a pregnant woman.

    “While all we did was stand, officers did not use any de-escalation," community member Sukhi Gill recalled at a press conference outside the VPD headquarters on Tuesday (June 18).


    Police identify suspect in violent assault of sex worker

    Police say they have identified a suspect in a recent violent assault of a sex worker in the Downtown Eastside.

    After midnight on June 10, a man picked up a woman near East Hastings Street and Campbell Avenue before assaulting her with a weapon, according to a news release from the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). Police say he later pushed her out of the car — an older-model, dark-coloured sedan — near Oppenheimer Park, and she's currently recovering from her injuries.

    The VPD said Friday that they had located the man the night before and seized his vehicle. Police previously described the suspect as white, 40 to 50 years old, 300 pounds, with a receding hairline. They say he was wearing a T-shirt and sweatpants.

    The VPD didn't name the suspect, as charges have not been laid.

    Police say the investigation is continuing and are encouraging sex workers in the area to remain vigilant.