A B.C. medical marijuana supplier is recalling one of its batches after Health Canada raised concerns over the company’s production practices.

The Nanaimo-based Greenleaf Medicinals has recalled one batch of Purple Kush.

Anyone in possession of marijuana from batch number PK-10-20-13 is advised to stop using the product immediately and return it to the company via courier.

The recall is thought to affect about 63 of Greenleaf’s clients.

That's one big tree.

Dubbed "Big Lonely Doug", this Douglas-fir is the second largest tree of its species (Pseudotsuga menziesii) in Canada.

Forest ecologist Andy MacKinnon, who runs the B.C. Big Tree Registry, made it official last week, when he measured the thing.

Here's the stats:

  • Height: 70.2 metres or 230 feet
  • Circumference: 11.91 metres or 39 feet
  • Diameter: 3.91 metres or 12.4 feet
  • Canopy spread: 18.33 metres or 60.1 feet

Big Lonely Doug, found in the Gordon River valley on southern Vancouver Island, is estimated to be 1,000 years old.

People as far away as Vancouver and Kelowna say they felt the ground shake.

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Vancouver Island last night (April 23).

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was 94 kilometres south of Port Hardy and the quake took place at a depth of 11.4 kilometres.

After the initial quake at 8:10 p.m., four aftershocks were measured with magnitudes ranging from 4.1 to 5.0.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it did not expect a "destructive Pacific-wide tsunami".

Where are the best and worst places to live in Canada, if you're a woman? According to a new Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives study, the best is Québec City and the worst is Edmonton.

Vancouver ranks 13th on the list of Canada's 20 largest cities. Victoria placed fifth, and Toronto ranked sixth.

Fun fact: Women in Vancouver have the longest life expectancy, compared to their counterparts in other Canadian cities.

From the report, titled The Best and Worst Place to be a Woman in Canada, here's a few reasons for Vancouver's low ranking:

In other news of how Canada beats America, a survey of 40 countries by Pew Research revealed which nations are the most accepting of homosexuality.

Attitudes towards homosexuality did not necessarily reflect or correspond with national legalization of same-sex marriage.

European countries were the most likely to be accepting.

They came, they bought, they toked. So goes another 420 in Vancouver.

420 began as a couple hundred people in 1995. The 20th year of the annual marijuana market/smoke-in attracted what appeared to be a record number of vendors and participants on Sunday (April 20), despite somewhat dreary weather. 

While I'm not a professional guesser of crowd sizes, I have been attending Vancouver's annual 420 rally for at least a few years now and can safely say this year's gathering was the largest in memory. Robson Street between Howe and Hornby was closed due to the overwhelming crowds by 2:30 p.m., and by 3:15 p.m., the same stretch of West Georgia Street was cordoned off, the earliest I've ever seen that happen.

Vancouver residents will cast their ballots for mayor, council, park board, and school board on November 15. But, for bird lovers, the real election is going on right now.

Until May 10, you can vote for Vancouver's city bird of 2015. There are six worthy contenders, including the Anna’s hummingbird, black-capped chickadee, Pacific wren, pileated woodpecker, and varied thrush.

A landmark ruling in India’s Supreme Court today (April 15) recognizes transgender people as a third gender and transgender rights as human rights.

Two judges read out a verdict that directed federal and state governments to include transgender people in welfare programs and fill quotas in jobs and education. Official documents will also now be marked with a third gender option, according to BBC News.

“The spirit of the [Indian] Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender," the court stated. “Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights.”

Earlier this year, Mercy for Animals Canada sent an undercover investigator to work at Horizon Poultry, a Maple Leaf Foods-owned hatchery in Hanover, Ontario.

The nonprofit organization's hidden camera footage, released on Monday (April 14), shows adorable chicks being roughly handled, thrown, tumble-dried, ripped out of their shells, ground up alive, and drowned. The video's narrator says:

The cruelty you have witnessed is inherent and widespread within the industrial chicken meat industry. Please remember these chicks the next time you're in the poultry section of your grocery store.

A controversial American anti-gay activist, who was detained at the Regina airport upon entering Canada on April 10 but released, has been arrested for trespassing.

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), was at the University of Regina on April 14, where he was with Bill Whatcott, a Saskatchewan Christian anti-gay and anti-abortion activist.

The two men were distributing pamphlets against homosexuality and abortion, along with displaying placards featuring pictures of aborted fetuses.