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Danny Kresnyak

Recent prairie ex-pat Danny Kresnyak says journalism is a verb and as close as he gets to a religion. He writes about the bonds between human beings, the struggles they face and the innovations they create to overcome them. 

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Harper and Modi's visit to Vancouver fraught with tension and protests

Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi at an event fraught with tension and security on Thursday evening. Police with dogs and backpacks full of pepper...
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First Nation supporters occupy premier's Kelowna office, demand end to sewage dumping

"It's a real bad smell. A stench [...] you wouldn't want to be near it," Lower Nicola Chief Aaron Sam said, of the biosolid dump site he said jeopardizes food sources for the people of the Nicola...
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Vancouver Coastal Health reminds residents to stay out of the water

The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health have reminded residents to stay out of the water until the "all-clear" is given.  Beach patrons have been told to obey city signage, use...
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As fuel spill pollutes beaches, destination of toxic material remains unclear

Nearly a full week after the toxic spill in English Bay, key details regarding the clean-up and disposal of contaminated articles remain unclear.  After the grain ship MV Marathassa ...
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Parks Canada and Haida Nation report historic seabird island now rat-free

Good news in the battle between endangered species and invasive rats.

Canada's economy needs more diversification. Here's why.

"We've been riding the roller coaster while the economy on the whole has not been performing well," said Seth Klein, British Columbia director of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, in...

Former Coast Guard commander casts doubt on 'excellent' spill cleanup claim

Retired Commander Frederick E. Moxey said based on his experience, government claims of having contained "80 per cent" of the English Bay spill were likely false. “I’ve been in hundreds of spills and...

Mayor blames province and feds for slow response to English Bay spill

It took six hours for the Coast Guard to build a containment boom around a toxic spill at a deep-water anchorage off English Bay and 13 hours before City authorities were notified. Now the City of...
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Murky waters: Bunker fuel spill at English Bay toxic, City warns people not to touch

The City of Vancouver has confirmed a bunker fuel leak in English Bay and warned people not to touch the toxic slime washed up on shore. Transport Canada said the source remains unknown, but 2600...

Harper's risky economics

In the lead-up to a budget and Federal election the Harper Conservative’s are determined to stay the course… even if it costs them.