Cars, Chemicals, and Other Disorders

News Compiled by Shane Bigham
(News1130) The Vancouver International Auto Show is back at BC Place in Vancouver. More than 560 cars, trucks, and SUVs are on display, including concept vehicles. The show wraps up on Sunday.

(CBC) A chemical used in plastics is believed to be responsible for contaminated pet food that’s killed and injured several animals in Canada and the US. The voluntary pet food recall has expanded beyond Menu Foods of Ontario, which two weeks ago ordered more than 50 brands of pet food removed from store shelves. The source of the contamination is still under investigation.

(News1130) The provincial government has committed 33-million dollars to projects preventing flooding in the Fraser River watershed. Victoria is asking for matching funds from the federal government. The money is for 51 projects on the Fraser, Pitt, and other local rivers, to repair and raise dikes ahead of the spring melt.

(News1130) The Downtown Eastside Residents Association calls the police search of their offices on east Hastings ‘an attempt at intimidation.’ Vancouver police defend the raid, saying they were acting on a tip in their investigation of the theft of the Olympic flag from city hall last month.

(News1130) Pride in the City is the theme of this year’s pride parade in Vancouver. The new logo was unveiled by Senator Larry Campbell at a ceremony last week. The annual pride parade attracts about 300-thousand viewers each year.

(News1130) Ferry service has resumed between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert. The Northern Adventure made her maiden voyage, replacing the Queen of the North which sank last year. Service to the Queen Charlotte Islands has also been restored.

(News1130) An arrest has been made in the death of 21-year-old James Mintus on the downtown eastside. Mintus was impaled through the head with a piece of rebar after arguing with two people near Tinseltown. Jairo Barrientos, a refugee claimant from Honduras, was arrested after police received a tip he was on a bus to Kamloops.

(CBC) Several current and former members of the RCMP have come forward with allegations of corruption and fraud against their own leadership. Several officers testified before a parliamentary committee saying the RCMP pension fund has been mishandled, and corruption has affected the highest ranks of the organization.

(CBC) Two Canadian soldiers have been injured in Afghanistan after the vehicle they were riding in drove over a landmind. The soldiers were part of a supply convoy in the Maywand district of Kandahar province. The soldiers are being treated for non life-threatening injuries.

(CBC) Israel’s prime minister is calling for a regional conference with Arab leaders to discuss ending hostilities in the region. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says each side would bring its own list of demands, without trying to dictate terms to the other.

(CBC) ‘Transplant tourism’ is a growing industry in third world countries and the World Health Organization says the trend must be tracked. The UN agency is concerned people are being used as spare parts, and wants to curb the commercial exploitation of human beings.

(CBC) There is speculation The Beatles catalogue of music may soon be available for download on iTunes. This, after Apple CEO Steve Jobs was seen at an EMI music event last week.

(CBC) Three taxi drivers in Mexico have been arrested for showing pornographic films in their cabs, in the southern city of Tapachula. Police received a complaint from a woman travelling with her six-year-old son. The woman told police the driver ignored her when she asked him to stop showing the film.

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