News for Youse: Obesity rates rise, Liberals' ethnic plan leaked, and One Direction named worst band
B.C. obesity rates rise UBC professor Carolyn Gotay has published a study in the Canadian Journal of Public Health showing that obesity rates in B.C. rose from less than 20 percent to almost 25 percent between 2000 and 2011. More details are available here.
Straight film critic Mark Harris dies One of the country's most knowledgeable movie critics, UBC film scholar Mark Harris, has died at the age of 62 after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
Ryan Kesler injured again Canucks centre Ryan Kesler is out for a few weeks with a broken foot after returning to action for just seven games this season.
NDP leaks Liberals' ethnic strategy B.C. NDP house leader John Horgan has questioned Premier Christy Clark about a document showing how her office is working with the party to create a database to target ethnic voters. Horgan claimed that this violates rules against government money and staff being used to build up the resources of a political party.
NDP questioned on poverty plans Activists say they're not hearing enough specifics from the B.C. NDP on helping the poor. However, the party's social-development critic, Carole James, says MLAs are committed to a legislated poverty-reduction plan.
Greens hope for breakthrough The B.C. Greens are polling near 20 percent on Vancouver Island, leading some members to predict the party will elect its first MLA in the May 14 provincial election.
NDP MP defects to Bloc Claude Patry, the NDP MP for Jonquière-Alma, has crossed the floor to join the Bloc Québécois because he disagrees with the Official Opposition position on Quebec sovereignty.
Pope Benedict XVI leaves office The 85-year-old former pontiff has pledged obedience to his successor before leaving the Vatican in a helicopter to visit a retreat. He's expected to live the rest of his life in a monastery in Vatican City.
Mexico estimates 26,000 missing The government of Mexico has suggested 26,000 people disappeared between December 1, 2006 and November 30, 2012 as a drug war continues to plague the country.
One Direction panned The British magazine NME has given One Direction its "worst band" award for the second consecutive year; Florence + The Machine won best solo artist and best dancefloor anthem. More award winners are listed here.