News for Youse: Chiefs support Kits base, B.C. Liberals gain, and McCartney damages roof

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      Emergency officials want Kits base retained Vancouver police chief Jim Chu and Vancouver fire and rescue services chief John McKearney have written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him not to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard station.

      B.C. Liberals gather steam A new Ipsos Reid poll shows that the B.C. Liberals have the support of 35 percent of decided voters, up three percent from the company's last poll. The NDP is still far out in front with 48 percent, whereas the B.C. Conservatives have dropped three percent to nine percent.

      Mayor raises concerns over coal-export consultation Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson has written a letter to Vancouver Fraser Port Authority CEO Robin Silvester. The mayor is asking for the port to clarify how it plans to proceed with public consultation in connection with two proposals to sharply increase coal exports.

      City consults on budget Last night, only six speakers visited the Vancouver city council chamber to comment on next year's $1.14-billion operating budget and $258-million capital budget. Council will vote on the staff recommendations on Tuesday (December 11).

      Home sales slow in November The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver has revealed that residential sales were 30.3 percent lower last month than the 10-year average for November; new listings fell 12.9 percent below the 10-year average for the month.

      Health minister sued View Royal councillor Ron Mattson has filed a defamation claim against Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. This comes after the ministry fired him and six others in connection with pharmaceutical research taking place at the University of Victoria and UBC.

      Players keep talking NHL players and owners are resuming discussions today in the absence of commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr.

      McCartney concert damaged roof Fireworks during "Live and Let Die" harmed the ceiling of the recently refurbished B.C. Place at the Paul McCartney show there on November 25.

      Paul McCartney performs "Live and Let Die" at B.C. Place.