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Half of BC pines dead from fossil fuel pollution. Is it over?

Half our pine trees have been eaten alive in just the last nine years. A killing plague of billions of native pine beetles has been unleashed by the rapid, fossil-fuelled warming of BC. How bad will i

Hottest year broils an unprecedented 18 nations

Earth just sweltered through the hottest 12 months ever recorded by humans. Along the way an unprecedented 18 nations suffered their hottest day in history. One of these broke the record for the entir

Vancouver International Film Festival Picks for the last two days: Thursday & Friday

My picks for the last two days include Incendies, the VIFF film that shook me the most. Also a ghost story, thoughts on marriage and one very speedy bank robber. (read more)

Vancouver International Film Festival Picks for Day 3

Volkmar Richter’s best bets for Saturday at VIFF include a celebrated acting performance by Javier Bardem, a rousing equal pay campaign, a violent samurai battle and real soldiers fighting in Afghanis