News for Youse: Pot campaign begins, bicycle confiscations suggested, and Tokyo wins Olympic bid
Pot campaign begins Sensible BC has officially kicked off its campaign to decriminalize marijuana in British Columbia. Today (September 9) marks day one of a 90-day period in which organizers must collect the signatures of 10 percent of registered voters in each of the province’s 85 constituencies.
Bicycle confiscations suggested The chair of the B.C. Association of Police Chiefs traffic-safety committee has said he wants the mandatory-helmet law changed to allow police to seize bicycles if the owner is caught four times riding without headgear. You can read more about this story here.
UBC in trouble for FROSH chant UBC officials are promising to work with students to conduct a "thorough investigation" into reports of a chant by Sauder School of Business students that allegedly promoted underage rape. You can read more about this story here.
Recovery Day a success Yesterday (September 8) marked the second annual Recovery Day in Vancouver. “The vision we have is to eradicate the stigma and build awareness around recovery and celebrate recovery,” the Orchard Recovery Centre's AnnMarie McCullough told Straight. You can view photos from the event here.
Doctors ask for heroin trial B.C. doctors have requested that Health Canada give them permission to prescribe heroin for use in a clinical trial, according to a report in the Globe and Mail. The study is investigating the effectiveness of a legal opiate called hydromorphone in ending severe addicts’ dependence on the heroin.
Rob Ford media review The Ontario Press Council has begun reviews of two newspaper articles concerning Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s alleged use of crack cocaine and history with narcotics. The organization will examine two stories: A Toronto Star article with the headline, “Rob Ford in ‘crack cocaine’ scandal” and a Globe and Mail report titled, “The Ford family’s history with drug dealing”.
Aquilini divorce to court Today divorce proceedings are scheduled to begin for Francesco Aquilini, the owner of the Vancouver Canucks, and his wife Tali’ah. The two married in 1994 but were known to have grown apart in recent years. Update: Various media outlets including the Globe and Mail are reporting on Twitter that the Aquilini's reached an out-of-court settlement late yesterday.
Tokyo wins Olympic bid Despite concerns related to the Fukushima nuclear distaster, the International Olympic Committee has chosen Tokyo, Japan, to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. You can read more about this story here.
Assad open to weapons inspections AFP has reported that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has said he welcomes Russia’s call for a handover of chemical weapons stockpiles to an international authority. These latest developments come as U.S. president Barack Obama has looked increasingly likely to take his country to war with Syria.
Kenya DP before the ICC Kenya's deputy president William Ruto has travelled to the International Criminal Court at The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity that allegedly occurred during the country’s 2007 election. President Uhuru Kenyatta has also been charged with similar offences. Both high-ranking government officials maintain their innocence.