National Newswatch

Vancouver expropriates two derelict hotels on the Downtown Eastside for $1 each

Nov 6 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — City council has voted to seize control of two derelict hotels in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside after a lawyer for the property owners warned the municipality it is exposing itself to the risk of litigation by expropriating them for $1 each. Mayor Kennedy Stewart described council's unanimous decision on Wednesday to take over the Balmoral and Regent hotels as a "historic vote." The expropriation […]

Vancouver expropriates two derelict hotels on the Downtown Eastside for $1 each

Nov 6 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — City council has voted to seize control of two derelict hotels in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside after a lawyer for the property owners warned the municipality it is exposing itself to the risk of litigation by expropriating them for $1 each. Mayor Kennedy Stewart described council's unanimous decision on Wednesday to take over the Balmoral and Regent hotels as a "historic vote." The expropriation […]

Squamish Nation-led housing project in Vancouver to double in size

Nov 6 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — One of the largest Indigenous-led urban development projects in Canada that proponents hope will rise in the heart of Vancouver is set to double in size with 6,000 units planned. Khelsilem, a Squamish Nation councillor, said the proximity of the project to downtown Vancouver is among the reasons for the larger-scale development. "We have a fiduciary […]

Canadian living amid California fires says its like planning for snow storm

Oct 30 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — A Canadian woman living near California's Simi Valley says her car was packed Wednesday with emergency supplies as she was prepared to flee if a raging wildfire spread. Dana Baker, who moved from Edmonton to California in 2017, said from her home she could see smoke billowing from the Simi Valley Brush Fire near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library outside Los Angeles. The fire […]

Father’s testimony at murder trial like plot of ‘bad low-budget movie:’ Crown

Sep 20 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A father accused of murdering his two daughters has told his trial a "yarn" about the day the girls were killed, a Crown attorney argued Friday. Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments in the B.C. Supreme Court that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters on Christmas Day in 2017 in Oak Bay, near Victoria. As Christmas Day loomed, Berry was […]

Murder case against father accused in daughters deaths circumstantial: defence

Sep 17 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A defence lawyer says the Crown's theory against a father accused of killing his two young daughters at Christmas in 2017 is circumstantial and his client's evidence was consistent in denying the allegations. Kevin McCullough told a B.C. Supreme Court jury Tuesday that the prosecution couldn't fill in gaps in its case against Andrew Berry including for the time of death for the girls […]

Conference looks at how First Nations can be involved in marijuana industry

Sep 5 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — The cannabis industry is seen by some First Nations as an opportunity to take the initiative and get out of poverty, says the regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations. Cultivating, buying or selling cannabis could provide economic support to those First Nations devastated by a downturn in the province's forest industry, Terry Teegee said Wednesday at a summit on cannabis […]

Conference looks at how First Nations can be involved in marijuana industry

Sep 5 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — The cannabis industry is seen by some First Nations as an opportunity to take the initiative and get out of poverty, says the regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations. Cultivating, buying or selling cannabis could provide economic support to those First Nations devastated by a downturn in the province's forest industry, Terry Teegee said Wednesday at a summit on cannabis […]