News for Youse: Back to school, Verizon not coming to Canada, and Obama closer to war with Syria
Back to school Children and young adults go back to school today (September 3), marking the end of summer holidays. Commuters should expect delays along certain transit routes. TransLink’s 99 B-Line running along Broadway to UBC is notoriously crowded during students’ first week back. People relying on buses running along Commercial Drive may also experience longer waits.
Free legal advice for the poor Access Pro Bono Society of B.C. has announced it will hold two sessions this week in New Westminster and Vancouver. The group will have lawyers in Hyack Square on Wednesday (September 4) and in Victory Square on Friday (September 6) to give free legal advice to people of modest means. You can read more about this story here.
TaiwanFest a wrap The Telus TaiwanFest drew crowds to Downtown Vancouver over the weekend. Highlights of the 2013 schedule included a performance by Taiwan’s Princess Balenge, plenty of culinary delights, as well as a karaoke rendition of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” performed by the Straight’s own Charlie Smith. You can view photos from the festival here.
Man calls police to talk kidnapping The New Westminster Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in tracking down a man who described a desire to abduct a woman living in his neighbourhood. You can read more about this story here.
NDP criticized for losing its way One of the B.C. NDP’s former MLA’s has said that the party has “lost touch with the grassroots”. Harold Steves made that observation as he weighed in on the party’s situation following its unexpected election loss last spring. You can read more about this story here.
Verizon not coming to Canada Telus, Rogers, and Bell stocks enjoyed a healthy spike this morning after Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam told Bloomberg that his company isn't coming to Canada. There’s been speculation that the U.S. telecom giant would try and move north, a development that companies dominating Canada’s wireless sector fiercely lobbied against.
Grey Cup music lineup revealed B.C. pop rockers Hedley are stepping onto the biggest stage in Canadian sports. The CFL announced over the weekend that the quartet from the Fraser Valley has been given top billing at the 2013 Grey Cup.
Obama wins key support for strike on Syria U.S. house speaker John Boehner has said he will support President Barack Obama’s plans to attack Syria. The country’s top Republican will serve as a crucial vote in favour of military action when Congress reconvenes for a vote on the matter next week.
Syrian refugees crisis The United Nations body responsible for refugees has said the number of people who have fled Syria has surpassed two million. In a statement issued this morning (September 3), the UNHCR called the conflict the “great tragedy of this century” and described the refugee crisis “unparalleled in recent history”.
Fukushima cleanup continues The Japanese government has pledged nearly $500 million in additional funds to bolster efforts to contain leaks and radioactive contamination at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The announcement comes as authorities prepare to begin the delicate process of removing fuel rods from the crippled facility.
Kevin Smith talks Ben Affleck Vancouver Film School drop-out Kevin Smith has told TMZ that he “trained” Ben Affleck for the movie star’s next big role as Batman. “I'm not saying I made Ben Affleck who he is today,” Smith said, “but I made 'Mallrats' with him.”