News for Youse: Electricity rate shocker, homeless evictions, and Obama pursues diplomacy
B.C. Hydro plans huge rate hike Electricity rates could rise 26.4 percent from 2014 to 2016, according to a B.C. Hydro confidential document obtained by the Vancouver Sun.
No fall session planned The B.C. Liberal government will not recall MLAs for a fall session of the legislature. This means the Opposition will not have a chance to ask questions about Hydro rates.
Eviction notice for homeless The City of Abbotsford has given 24 hours' notice warning homeless people to leave a makeshift camp on Gladys Avenue. Earlier this year, the city dumped manure to try to clear the area.
Laneway homes on North Shore West Vancouver is looking at allowing laneway houses in single-family zones if the square footage of housing doesn't exceed the zoning allowance.
9/11 remembered A ceremony will be held at the Peace Arch border crossing to commemorate those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks in the United States in 2001.
Chilean coup anniversary It's the 40th anniversary of the U.S.-sponsored coup overthrowing elected Chilean president Salvador Allende. NDP Leader Adrian Dix has called for a street to be named after Allende in Vancouver.
Russia plays peace broker The government of Vladimir Putin wants to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control. This has led U.S. president Barack Obama to delay a military strike to pursue a diplomatic solution.
Zimmerman 911 call George Zimmerman—who was acquitted of murdering Florida teenager Trayvon Martin—was questioned by police after his wife called 911. She claimed that Zimmerman threatened to shoot the family, smashed an iPad, and cut it up with a pocket knife.
Prisons closing in Netherlands As the Conservative government in Canada passes laws that will lead to more jails, officials in the Netherlands will close eight prisons because the crime rate has fallen so sharply.
More Fukushima woes Days after Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe told IOC delegates that the Fukushima disaster was under control, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. has revealed that radioactive tritium levels increased by 15 times in groundwater near a leaking tank.
Neil Young trash talks Fort McMurray One of Canada's most popular musicians, Neil Young, has spoken in defence of northern Albertan aboriginal people and compared tar-sands hub Fort McMurray to Hiroshima, Japan.
Geldof plans blastoff Former Georgia Straight music editor Bob Geldof plans to become an astronaut next year when he boards a Space XC craft and becomes the first Irishman to venture beyond the atmosphere.
Canucks edge Jets The Young Stars Classic concluded with the Canucks defeating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on a third-period goal by Hunter Shinkaruk.