News for Youse: Another assault at UBC, Senate debates suspensions, and elections in Calgary and Edmonton
Possible fourth assault at UBC There’s been a fourth sexual assault on the UBC Point Grey campus, according to a Ubyssey report. The student newspaper provided few details about the alleged attack and declared it would not reveal the name of the victim.
Homeless man claims police abuse A 36-year-old homeless man is claiming that Vancouver police officers used excessive force when they apprehended him in Olympic Village on September 24. Photographs of Travis Dunford show a bruised eye and cuts on his face and head. Pivot Legal Society has issued a media release asking for anybody who witnessed the altercation to contact them.
Robertson travelling to China Today (October 22) Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson and Ian McKay, president of the Vancouver Economic Commission, will hold a news conference to announce a trade mission to China. You can read more about this story here.
Housing market rebounds The B.C. Real Estate Association’s fourth-quarter report for 2013 shows consumer demand is “picking up steam”. It’s projected that housing sales will increase six percent by the end of the year and grow a further 6.3 percent through 2014. “However,” the report notes, “rather than signaling a return of accelerated markets and frenetic home buyers, consumer demand is simply transitioning back to long term average levels.”
Senate to debate suspensions Today the Senate is expected to debate suspending former Conservative member Mike Duffy. Yesterday (October 21), the embattled politician’s lawyer contradicted claims made by members of the Prime Minister’s Office regarding Duffy’s living expenses. The Senate will also discuss suspending Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau.
Elections in Calgary and Edmonton Naheed Nenshi has been reelected mayor of Calgary and a two-term city councillor named Don Iveson has been voted the new mayor of Edmonton. Both men won with overwhelming support from their respective electorates.
Canucks versus the Islanders Tonight the Vancouver Canucks travel to Long Island to take on the New York Islanders. Vancouver will attempt to prevent extending a losing streak to three games after suffering defeats at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins.
U.S. accused of war crimes Two human rights groups have issued separate reports arguing that United States drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen are “unlawful” and could amount to war crimes. You can read the Amnesty International report on Pakistan here and the Human Rights Watch report on Yemen here.
Kanye and Kim engaged Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are engaged. TMZ has reported that the rap icon rented out a baseball stadium in San Francisco and proposed on the reality-television star’s birthday. West was scheduled to perform in Vancouver at Rogers Arena on October 20 but cancelled four hours before the show was scheduled to begin.