News for Youse: Cop's discrimination claim, East Van shooting, record Arctic heat, and Canucks win again

Cop's human-rights complaint proceeds  The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that Victoria police constable David Bratzer can proceed with a human-rights complaint against his deparment, former chief Jamie Graham, and Insp. Jamie Pearce. Bratzer, a long-time advocate of reforming marijuana laws, cited 11 allegations of discrimination based on his political beliefs.

Transit funding promised  NDP Leader Tom Muclair was at the Burrard SkyTrain station yesterday promising a national public transit strategy. It would involve turning over one cent per litre of the federal gas tax to municipalities to fund public transportation.

East Van shooting  A man is in hospital after a shooting incident near the corner of Fraser Street and East 17th Avenue around 8 p.m. yesterday.

Stabbing in Surrey  Just after 11 p.m., a man and woman were stabbed near 138 Street and 72 Avenue in Surrey. They were sent to hospital.

Canucks win in overtime  Ryan Kesler's seventh goal of the season and second of the game carried the Canucks to a 3-2 overtime victory in St. Louis yesterday. Chris Higgins was the other Canucks goal scorer and Mike Santorelli had two assists.

Arctic summers hottest in 44,000 years  The livescience website has reported that average summer temperatures in the Arctic over the last century were the highest in 44,000 years—and possibly the highest in 120,000 years. The data was published in the journal Geophysical Researcher Letters.

Justin Trudeau backs Keystone XL  The leader of the federal Liberals, Justin Trudeau, has spoken n favour of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline at a conference organized by a liberal U.S. think tank, the Center for American Progress. 

NSA boss wants to silence media  Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald has reported that the head of the U.S. National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, has told a government blogger that leaks of classified material must be halted. "We ought to come up with a way of stopping it," Alexander said. "I don't know how to do that."

Contaminated water flow won't stop for two years  The New York Times has reported that "much more contaminated water than before" is being released into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima power plant. "And that flow may not slow until at least 2015, when an ice wall around the damaged reactors is supposed to be completed."

Yakuza linked to Fukushima cleanup  Russia Today has published an exposé of allegations by subcontracted workers cleaning up the crippled Fukushima nuclear-power plant, including embezzlement, involvement of organized crime, and falsified health records.

Chinese reporter confesses  The BBC has reported that detained Chinese journalist Chen Yongzhou has admitted on TV that he wrote false stories for money. It came after his paper published two consecutive front-page editorials demanding his release. 

Marcia Wallace dies  The actor who provided the voice for Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, Marcia Wallace, has died at the age of 70 in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. She appeared on several game shows and had a regular role as the receptionist on The Bob Newhart Show.

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