News for Youse: Rioter gets eight months, charges for restaurant potty-cam, and Godspeed You wins the Polaris
Rioter gets eight months A young man has been sentenced to eight months in prison for crimes committed during the 2011 Stanley Cup riot. B.C. Provincial Court judge W. J. Kitchen noted that 29-year-old Vasilios Makris participated in the violence for a period of four hours and was consistently confrontational with police.
Charges for restaurant potty-cam A once-popular Vancouver restaurant is embroiled in a scandal involving a hidden camera that was found in the Gastown eatery’s washroom. An arrest warrant has been issued for Two Chefs and a Table co-owner Allan Bosomworth. He faces charges of recording people in a place where they could reasonably be expected to be nude.
B.C.’s economy on the way up British Columbia’s economy will remain slow through the rest of the year but is expected to enjoy a bit of a boost in 2014 and 2015, according to a new forecast by Central 1 Credit Union. It’s expected there will be a gain of 2.4 percent in 2014 and growth of nearly three percent the following year.
Blackberry in deal to sell Fairfax Financial Holdings has made a tentative agreement to purchase Blackberry Ltd. The deal is expected to go through at $9 share for a total value of $4.7 billion. Blackberry, which was worth more than $100 billion in 2007, recently announced that it was letting go 4,500 employees.
Calls to act on pesticide Environmental groups have asked Canadian health minister Rona Ambrose to act on recent reports of “massive bee deaths” in Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. The Canadian Environmental Law Association filed a notice of objection regarding Health Canada’s recent decision to renew the registration of a pesticide known to be toxic to the insects.
Kassian suspended Canucks forward Zack Kassian has been suspended for eight games for a high stick that hit the Edmonton Oilers’ Sam Ganger. Ganger’s jaw was broken in the incident. Kassian maintains the strike was an accident.
Leaders address UN General Assembly Today (September 24) world leaders met to convene the United Nations General Assembly in New York. U.S. president Barack Obama delivered a speech that largely stuck to the topics of Syria and Iran. Remarks made by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff were notable for including sharp criticisms of the U.S. and its spying policies.
Nairobi mall siege at an end Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to address his country today as security forces reportedly enter the final stages of a mission to clear a Nairobi shopping mall of al-Shabab militants. That operation has continued for four days now. More than 60 people have died in what Kenya’s government is calling a terrorist attack.
Earthquake hits Pakistan Dozens of people have died in an earthquake that struck western Pakistan today. The country’s Balochistan province was hit the hardest by the quake, which registered a magnitude of 7.8.
Godspeed You wakes the Polaris Montreal-based post-punk art collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor has won the 2013 edition of the Polaris Prize. The famously media-shy group did not attend the ceremony but has since issued a statement sort-of accepting the award.