News for Youse: Port Mann tolls drop, Nordstrom confirms, zoning for bikes, and warships on alert
Lower tolls Transportation Minister Mary Polak says that motorists will pay $1.50 to cross the new Port Mann Bridge in December, which is half the price announced earlier. The government's announcement is here.
Nordstrom confirms it's coming Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom will occupy three floors comprising 230,000 square feet in the soon-to-be-vacated Sears space in Pacific Centre in the spring of 2015, according to an announcement issued this morning.
Kinder Morgan clobbered Green party politicians from all three levels of government held a news conference yesterday to express their opposition to Kinder Morgan Canada's plan to twin its pipeline from Alberta to the Lower Mainland, which would result in more than 300 oil tankers per year travelling through Burrard Inlet.
Zoning for bikes Vancouver city council will vote next Tuesday (September 18) on a staff recommendation to bring forward amendments to the zoning and development bylaw and sign bylaw to clear the way for a bike-share program. If the motion is approved, there will be a public hearing before the bylaw changes go to a vote.
Elizabeth Cull returns Former B.C. finance minister Elizabeth Cull has declared her interest in seeking the federal NDP nomination in Victoria, joining lawyer Murray Rankin in the race.
B.C.'s financial picture Finance Minister Mike de Jong will release his first quarterly financial report later today amid concerns that lower natural-gas royalties are undermining revenue.
Cougar attack An Ahousat resident escaped being mauled to death by a cougar when he jumped into an excavator's boom and phoned for help from the community. Other vehicles arrived, scaring the cat away.
U.S. warships on alert The U.S. Navy is sending vessels to the coast of Libya after the ambassador and three other diplomatic staff were killed in an attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.
Egyptian protests A U.S.-made film by militant Christians has insulted Muslims in Cairo, who have tried to storm the U.S. embassy.
NHL deadline looms Today, NHL Players' Association negotiator Donald Fehr and league president Gary Bettman failed to reach a deal, fuelling speculation that a lockout will be announced on Saturday (September 15). The NHLPA has filed legal action in Quebec to try to stop the lockout of the Montreal Canadiens.
Nick Lachey's boy Jessica Simpson's ex, Nick Lachey, and his wife Vanessa have announced they are the proud parents of a baby boy, Camden John Lachey, who was eight pounds and nine ounces at birth. Details are available here.