(News1130) Local bar owners say more needs to be done to ensure the safety of patrons in the Granville Entertainment District. John Teti with BarWatch says member establishments are using ID scanners and metal detectors already, ahead of a deadline imposed by the city.

But Teti says bars and other businesses downtown need to work together and create a community plan, because safety is everyone’s responsibility.

(News1130) The replacement vessel for the Queen of the North, which sunk last March north of Port Hardy, is scheduled to go into service in a few weeks. The new boat is called Northern Adventure.

(News1130) Richmond city councilors have approved a plan to increase diversity within the city’s fire department. Councilors hope the new “assisted hiring plan” will attract more women and visible minorities.

(News1130) Air Canada is cancelling its three daily flights between Abbotsford and Calgary, saying the route is not profitable. The local Chamber of Commerce is disappointed by the airline’s decision, saying business generated by those flights has been a big help for the economy.

(CBC) BC’s Society for the Protection of Animals is calling for changes within the film industry after the deaths of two puppies. The animals had been imported from New York to work on the set of the movie Snow Buddies. The puppies had to be put down last month after getting sick.

(Sierra) A company that makes store-brand pet food for many of North America’s largest retailers has issued a recall, after several pets suffered kidney damage, and some died. Menu Foods makes pet food for companies like Wal-Mart and Safeway. Name brands like Iams and Nestle Purina are also affected. More information can be found on the Menu Foods website.

(CBC) A BC Supreme Court judge has apologized for using profanity during a cocaine-trafficking trial. Mr. Justice Peter Leask apologized to the court and the public for using the F--- word several times. A group of school children in court to watch proceedings heard the entire tirade.

(CBC) A man from North Vancouver is considering his legal options after he was arrested by RCMP during a training exercise. The Mounties were supposed to arrest an actor hired to participate in the training drill, but mistakenly handcuffed the wrong man. Luther Jurik says he was walking to the bus stop when two uniformed officers told him he was under arrest for second-degree murder.

(CBC) Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson is the new Colonel-in-Chief of Princess Patricia’s Light Canadian Infantry, an honorary position usually reserved for members of the royal family. She is the first Canadian to hold the title.

(Sierra) A sixth-grade science teacher in Delaware has been sentenced to 10-years in jail for having sex with one of her students. Rachel L. Holt, 35, sobbed in court as the judge gave her the mandatory-minimum sentence. Holt had been charged with 28-counts of first degree rape for having sex with a 13-year-old boy, and had faced up to 25-years in jail.

(Yahoo) Music composed by people held in concentration camps during World War II will be featured in a new library of music being assembled by Italian researchers. Composers scribbled notes and songs in diaries, on loose pieces of paper, even toilet paper.

(Yahoo) Joe Hill’s secret is now common knowledge. The author of Heart-Shaped Box, a fantasy-thriller released last month, is really the elder son of well-known horror author Stephen King. Joseph Hillstrom King took the pen-name to test his writing skill and marketability, without the benefit of his famous family name.

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