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B.C. family plans 2,500 km trip in attempt to renew NEXUS card amid delays
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B.C. family plans 2,500 km trip in attempt to renew NEXUS card amid delays

Applying to get into the fast lane across the Canada-United States border is coming to a grinding halt for many Canadians. The NEXUS pass program is currently experiencing major backlogs, with more than 341,688 applications currently in the queue.Vancouver resident Barbara Collins is so worried her daughter is going to lose her NEXUS card she has booked a trip for the two of them across the U.S. border to Warroad, Minn.Her daughter Aeon’s card was set to expire in 2020, but a two-year extension was given due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Since before the pandemic, Collins has been trying to schedule an interview for her daughter in order to complete the renewal. 2:36 ...
Vancouver city council approves controversial Kitsilano supportive housing project – BC
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Vancouver city council approves controversial Kitsilano supportive housing project – BC

A controversial social housing development is moving forward in Kitsilano after Vancouver city council voted to approve the project Tuesday. The vote came a day after a marathon public hearing that heard from speakers for over nine hours, many of whom said they were opposed to the proposed location of the 13-storey building that will include 129 studio apartments for low-income people and people experiencing homelessness.Overall, council heard from 292 speakers while considering the project, which were spread over a number of previous hearings that began last month. Read more: Controversial Kitsilano social and supportive housing project heads to city council A minimum of 50 per cent of the units would be reserved for people currently homeless and on income ...
Pope Francis receiving a headdress elicits heated emotions amongst First Nations communities
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Pope Francis receiving a headdress elicits heated emotions amongst First Nations communities

Pope Francis being gifted a headdress by Chief Wilton Littlechild was a powerful and symbolic moment — but the symbolism is not sitting well with everyone. The Pope was given the headdress on Treaty 6 territory, in the central Alberta First Nations community of Maskwacis, after he apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in the residential school system on Monday.The apology came with cheering from the crowd, and some people were weeping. Soon after, Chief Littlechild went on stage and placed a headdress on Pope Francis’ head.The former member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission attended residential schools for 14 years as a child in Alberta.It was a stunning image: Francis briefly wearing the full Indigenous headdress, its rows of soft white feathers fastened in place by ...
Global News Hour at 6 BC: July 26
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Global News Hour at 6 BC: July 26

Global News Hour at 6 BC Jake Virtanen was found not guilty; the former Canuck's emotional response and why the legal battle isn't over yet. New images of the Langley shooting suspect and the appeal from investigators. And unease in the homeless community. And the backup to renew Nexus and how far one family is willing to go. Source link
Kelowna, B.C. highrise project rejected by city council – Okanagan
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Kelowna, B.C. highrise project rejected by city council – Okanagan

Kelowna city council has rejected a rezoning application that would see three highrises built on Coronation Avenue. The decision comes after city staff recommended against the development. The proposal by Safari Capital is to redevelop 16 properties on the south side of Coronation Avenue. Three towers would be constructed 33, 27 and 20 storeys in height, which also includes a podium used for above-ground parking. The buildings would contain condos, rental apartments, a hotel and commercial space.City development planning staff were not supportive of the application to redevelop the properties.“Staff recommended a negative recommendation to not move forward with further planning of the site,” said city councillor Loyal Woolridge. “Mostly because it was premature, knowing we have ot...
Team Saskatchewan officially announced for 2022 Canada Summer Games in Ontario
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Team Saskatchewan officially announced for 2022 Canada Summer Games in Ontario

Angel Besskkaystare is Saskatchewan’s newest flag bearer. On July 26, Team Saskatchewan made the official announcement about who would be representing the province at this year’s Canada Summer Games in Niagara, Ont. Read more: Inaugural Western Canadian regional pickle ball championship underway in Regina “It was shocking,” said Besskkaystare when she found out she would be the flag bearer for the opening ceremonies. “But I was excited at the same time because having to lead all the Saskatchewan athletes is big.”Besskkaystare is currently a University of Saskatchewan commit for wresting. She began her time on the mat in high school, after moving from Wollaston Lake to Prince Albert. It was in Prince Albert she went to her first wresting practice.After sleepi...
Crown begins closing arguments in Amanda Todd ‘sextortion’ trial
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Crown begins closing arguments in Amanda Todd ‘sextortion’ trial

Crown prosecutors have begun their closing arguments in the trial of a Dutch man accused of harassing and extorting B.C. teen Amanda Todd before her death. Aydin Coban, 44, has pleaded not guilty to five charges, including criminal harassment, extortion, possession of child pornography and communication with a young person to commit a sexual offence.Coban is not charged with Todd’s death.Prosecutor Kristen LeNoble told the 12-member jury Monday that the Crown’s closing arguments would be broken into five parts, and likely extend over several days, as prosecutors tied together evidence from more than 30 witnesses and 80 exhibits to make their case.LeNoble said by the time Crown has laid out its case, there will be no doubt Coban is the person who used 22 fake social media profiles ...
Heartland Generation exploring hydrogen conversion for decades old plant
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Heartland Generation exploring hydrogen conversion for decades old plant

As Canada moves to transform the electricity industry to net zero by 2030, a power generating station that has been part of Alberta’s electricity grid since the mid-1950s is being eyed up for a major transition. Heartland Generation is studying the idea of converting the Battle River Power Station, which originally burned coal and has since been converted to natural gas, into a hydrogen burning facility. “The 2035 date is absolutely a challenge for everybody, but it’s an exciting challenge for us,” Heartland Generation’s director of energy transition, Shana Boyd told Global News.“We’re looking at the next steps in decarbonization, and how we could possibly use hydrogen as a fuel at our existing power plants.” Read more: Net-zero power system in Alberta ‘possible’ by...
Former Vancouver Canuck Jake Virtanen found not guilty of sexual assault
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Former Vancouver Canuck Jake Virtanen found not guilty of sexual assault

WARNING: Some readers may find details in this story disturbing. Discretion is advised. A jury has found former Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen not guilty of sexual assault after a week-long trial.Virtanen was charged with one count of sexual assault following an investigation into an incident that occurred on Sept. 26, 2017. The Abbotsford, B.C., native was playing for the Canucks at the time.In May 2021, Vancouver police launched their investigation after a 23-year-old woman filed a complaint. She was 18 years old at the time of the alleged incident. Read more: Jury begins deliberations in former Canuck Jake Virtanen sex assault trial The woman, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, testified during the trial she verbally and physically res...
Opposition calls for transparency about N.B. emergency room death – New Brunswick
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Opposition calls for transparency about N.B. emergency room death – New Brunswick

New Brunswick’s official Opposition is calling for greater transparency from the regional health authority that oversees the Edmundston Regional Hospital where a patient died in the emergency room under “unforeseen and exceptional circumstances.” Liberal health critic Jean-Claude D’Amours said he didn’t know much about the incident that took place on July 24, other than what was published by Vitalité Health Network.“Honestly, in the community we heard a little bit here and there,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.D’Amours is also the MLA for Edmundston-Madawaska Centre, where the hospital is located.He said he is aware there is an internal investigation, but it will be critical for the francophone health authority to be transparent about what led to the death of an admitted pati...