News for Youse: Vancouver traffic congested, treaty approved, and Bev Oda lights up
Traffic tie-ups Vancouver has the second slowest moving motor-vehicle traffic in North America, according to the TomTom Congestion Index, which was created by an Amsterdam-based vendor of in-car navigation products.
Seawall vote The expansion of the seawall to Jericho Beach moved one step closer yesterday when Vancouver city council voted to ask staff to work with the park board to look at various options, including eventually reaching the Fraser River.
Treaty approved Members of the Tla'amin (Sliammon) First Nation north of Powell River have voted 318 to 235 in favour of a negotiated treaty with the federal and provincial governments, granting more than 8,000 hectares of land and $30 million over 10 years.
Aquilini hearing The family that owns the Vancouver Canucks will have to wait until tomorrow night before a public hearing can begin at Vancouver City Hall on their plan to build three rental towers with 614 units near Rogers Arena. More information is available here and here.
Enbridge hammered The company behind the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to Kitimat is under fire from environmentalists after the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board reported that it took Enbridge 17 hours to respond to its oil spill in Michigan in 2010.
NDP attacks The federal NDP has gone negative against Prime Minister Stephen Harper, releasing attack ads accusing him of creating the worst deficit in Canadian history.
Oda's smoking Former international cooperation minister Bev Oda reportedly smoked in her office, billing taxpayers for a $50 Walmart air purifier, according to her former spokesperson.
Adrian Mack's column is now called "The Spigot".