News for Youse: City food policy, university presidents speak, and Sarah Palin prepares for 2014

Council votes on food strategy  Civic politicians may vote today on a Vancouver food strategy. It calls for increasing urban agriculture, expanding food-waste diversion, addressing infrastructure gaps in local food processing, and boosting access to local, healthy food at the retail level. More information is available here.

Deal proposes creating artistic and cultural inventory  Coun. Heather Deal has a notice of motion on today's Vancouver council agenda asking staff to work with the city's arts and culture policy council "on a process for identifying and mapping" cultural resources. This includes facilities at risk for redevelopment. Former planning director Brent Toderian initially raised the idea in an interview with the Straight.

Universities respond to skill-shortage forecast  The presidents of B.C.'s research universities have called for enhancing postsecondary education to deal with a looming skill shortage. According to the province, it could result in more than 18,000 jobs going unfilled by 2020. 

Chinese miners returning home  HD Mining says it has decided that 16 Chinese workers should go back to their home country because of a legal challenge by unions over their hiring at the Murray River Project.

Langley looks at year-round schooling  Langley school district superintendent Suzanne Hoffman has told News 1130 that tonight, parents can attend an open house to discuss two options for year-round schooling.

Flooding in Montreal  Parts of Canada's second-largest city were nearly knee-deep in water after a pipe ruptured near the McGill campus.

Thousands flee deluge in Australia  Former tropical cyclone Oswald caused havoc in eastern Australia, dumping more than 200 millimetres of rain in parts of New South Wales and Queensland.

Obama promotes immigration reform  After winning the U.S. presidential election with the help of Hispanic voters, President Barack Obama will reportedly try to create a quicker route to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Palin speaks after leaving FOX News  Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has told conservative filmmaker Andrew Breitbart that there's a "need to shake up the GOP machine" leading up to the 2014 midterm election. "I know the country needs more truth-telling in the media, and I’m willing to do that," she said.

Canucks lose a squeeker  The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Canucks 3-2 in a shootout after Vancouver blew a 2-0 lead.

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