News for Youse: Idle No More rally, a new bike path for Kits, and Olympic jerseys unveiled
Idle No More rally Yesterday evening (October 7) hundreds of Idle No More supporters gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The event coincided with the 250th anniversary of Britain’s King George III proclaiming that Canada must recognize the rights of indigenous peoples.
Pension investments questioned A report going before Vancouver City Council tomorrow (October 9) indicates that municipal employees’ pension plans include investments in fossil-fuel companies and mining and tobacco operations. You can read more about this story here.
UN looking at aboriginal rights The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples has begun an investigation of Canada's treatment of its indigenous peoples. James Anaya was in Ottawa yesterday and is scheduled to arrive in Vancouver on Thursday (October 10).
New bike path for Kits The Vancouver park board has approved a plan to install a new bike path and improve cycling and pedestrian infrastructure at Kitsilano Beach and Haddon parks. The projects carry a price tag of $2.2 million.
Shipbuilding boost Yesterday Canada’s Public Works Minister announced that the federal government will order 10 Coast Guard vessels that will be constructed in British Columbia. The order will mean a $3.3 billion boost for the province’s shipbuilding industry.
Canada and Brazil in spying row Brazilian officials are demanding answers from the Government of Canada following revelations that Communications Security Establishment Canada spied on Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy. The claims were first reported by Brazil’s Jornal Nacional news program, which cited documents provided by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Olympic jerseys revealed Hockey Canada has unveiled its jerseys for the next Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to be held in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. The shirts were designed by Nike and will be worn by the Canadians men’s, women’s, and sledge hockey players.
Luongo versus Schneider Tonight (October 8) the Vancouver Canucks will host the New jersey Devils in a matchup that will for the first time see Roberto Luongo challenged by former teammate Cory Schneider. Speaking to reporters in Edmonton yesterday, the Devil’s goaltender joked that the two might fight at center ice.
IMF cuts growth outlook The International Monetary Fund has reduced forecasts for global economic growth. The group’s latest numbers indicate that the world’s economy will grow by 2.9 percent this year and 3.6 percent the next.
Bieber might be smoking There might be another picture of Justin Bieber smoking marijuana out there, TMZ reports. The Canadian pop superstar was photographed at a party holding what looks like a long joint.