News for Youse: Housing sales volume falls, warning about ground beef, and Lowe's withdraws
B.C. home sales drop The B.C. Real Estate Association has reported that the dollar volume of multiple-listing-service home sales fell 25.4 percent across the province in August compared to the same month last year. Total sales were $2.6 billion and the average MLS price was off by nine percent.
Bus driver pepper-sprayed A transit operator in New Westminster and two passengers were attacked with pepper spray last night.
Port Mann delays It was traffic hell for many motorists from south of the Fraser River this morning as the Port Mann Bridge was reduced to one lane going westbound.
Tainted meat The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued an alert about ground beef sold in Safeway and other stores, which may be contaminated with E. coli.
Parliament resumes The summer recess is over for federal politicians, who return to Parliament today.
Occupy protesters gather On the first anniversary of the start of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, activists plan to gather late this afternoon outside the federal government building in Library Square.
Lowe's drops bid The giant U.S.-based retailer Lowe's has revoked its $1.8-billion offer to buy Rona Inc. after intense opposition greeted the takeover bid in Quebec.
Bound for Europe There's widespread speculation that Sidney Crosby will join other stars, including Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk, who've signed to play in Russia's KHL during the NHL lockout.
American Idol announcement Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have joined Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson as American Idol judges for this season.