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Access to marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Dispensaries, City of Vancouver

Council seeks public's help to rein in Vancouver's "green rush"

In a move greeted with cheers and applause on Tuesday, Vancouver City Council voted 10 to 1 in favour of referring proposed guidelines for medical marijuana dispensaries to a public hearing....
Access to marijuana, City of Vancouver, dispensaries, medical marijuana, Vancouv

Council votes 10-1 to refer pot dispensary regulations to public hearing

Vancouver City Council voted 10 to 1 in favour of referring proposed guidelines for medical marijuana dispensaries to a public hearing.   The ruling was applauded on Tuesday by a crowd of people...
Health Canada, Medical Marijuana, Marijuana dispensaries, Rona Ambrose

Federal government disapproves of Vancouver plan to regulate medical pot shops

VANCOUVER — The federal government is telling the City of Vancouver it does not have the authority to legitimize pot with its proposal to regulate "illegal" medical marijuana dispensaries. Health...
Access to medicine, British Columbia business, City of Vancouver, marijuana

Vancouver sprouting tougher rules for fast-growing medical pot stores

VANCOUVER — Tougher zoning and business-licence rules may soon be rolled out for medical marijuana retailers in Vancouver, with one prominent seller hoping the regulations become a model for the...
English Bay oil spill, oil spill Vancouver,

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...
English Bay oil spill, oil spill Vancouver,

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...

Opportunity to get involved in solving Vancouver affordable housing challenges

From the City of Vancouver:  "The new Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency has launched a call for board directors. Applications are due before the deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12noon...
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

Robertson says City will not allow CP to put real estate development in Arbutus Corridor

Canadian Pacific wants to build along the Arbutus greenway, and the City of Vancouver does not... but this is really about real estate.
Trervor Loke

The fight for control of Vancouver's community centres

What causes Vancouverites to jump onto tables and shout invectives at each other that doesn't involve a puck?

Vancouver Not Vegas calls for halt to casino development due to doubling of problem gamblers

Former River Rock Casino floor-manager Jason Feng knows firsthand what severe gamblers look like. “We see the same people every day. I’ve kicked people out because they are drunk and I’ve kicked...