News for Youse: U.S. government shutdown, Sensible B.C. claims interfere, and Heather Graham supports bike lanes
U.S. government shutdown Late last night (September 30), Republican lawmakers forced a shutdown of non-essential U.S. government services. The development will likely mean longer waits at the border, which could have adverse economic impacts for thousands of Canadian businesses.
Sensible B.C. claims interference Sensible B.C. director Dana Larsen has lodged a formal complaint with Elections B.C. claiming that TransLink and Transit Police officers continue to interfere with lawful canvassing. The action followed a number of incidents in which Transit Police officers removed Sensible B.C. campaigners from TransLink properties.
Compass enters phase two TransLink’s Compass card is entering its second phase of testing before a full rollout closer to the end of this year. Data from some 5,000-10,000 beta testers is being analyzed so that tweaks can be made to the new system before it is expanded to include more users.
New fines for vicious dogs Burnaby city council voted yesterday to increase fines for certain dog owners whose animals are involved in attacks on humans. The new fines apply to “vicious” breeds defined “any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier” including mixed breeds.
Parliamentary expenses revealed The expenses of Canadian members of parliament have been laid bare in financial documents released yesterday. MPs collectively spent $123 million in 2012. According to CKNW, the three biggest spenders from British Columbia were Liberal MP Hedy Fry, Conservative MP Richard Harris, and New Democrat MP Libby Davies.
Demand for more Insite Dozens of organizations from across Canada have signed an open letter to Health Canada calling on Minister Rona Ambrose to increase the availability of supervised consumption services like Insite. The letter was drafted by members of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, Pivot Legal Society, and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. You can read it in its entirety here.
Canadians’ detention in Egypt continues The families of two Canadians imprisoned in Egypt for more than six weeks now have released a letter drafted by the men that details their ordeal and abuses they have suffered. John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani were arrested on August 16. Neither man has been charged with any crime.
Heather Graham supports bike lanes One of the world’s most beautiful people has tweeted her support for Vancouver’s bike lanes. “Most bike friendly place ever is @CityofVancouver. Look at this crazy path!” Heather Graham wrote this morning (October 1). “Removed nerdy bike helmet for photo.”