News for Youse: Surrey council rejects casino, Alex Edler signs deal, and Octomom resumes stripping

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      Surrey votes down casino  Surrey city council has narrowly rejected a megacasino on the southern side of the city. Mayor Dianne Watts cast the deciding vote after the Semiahmoo First Nation threatened to take the municipality to court if the project was approved.

      Motel Bollywood fire  Nobody was injured in a blaze at the Motel Bollywood on King George Highway in Surrey. There were numerous bylaw infractions before the motel closed in November, according to the Surrey North Delta Leader.

      Alex Edler signs six-year deal  On the eve of tonight's NHL season opener against the Anaheim Ducks, the Vancouver Canucks have reached a six-year agreement with defenceman Alex Edler worth $30 million.

      Mayors support vehicle levy  Members of TransLink's Mayors' Council say they will try to get the B.C. government to allow an annual tax on motor vehicles to help pay for transportation.

      Provinces save on generic drugs  The premiers of Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island, Brad Wall and Robert Ghiz, have spearheaded an agreement for provinces to pay lower prices for six generic drugs: atorvastatin, rampiril, amlopdipine, omeprazole, venlafaxine, and rabeprazole. 

      Canadian among militants in Algeria?  Foreign Affairs Canada says it's aware that a Canadian may have been among the Islamist insurgents at an Algerian natural-gas plant. Algerian troops launched a final assault after seven hostages were killed.

      Mercury pollution addressed  More than 140 countries have signed an agreement in Geneva to reduce emissions of mercury, which can damage the nervous, digestive, lung, and kidney systems. More details are available here.

      More confessions from Lance Armstrong  The seven-time Tour de France winner told Oprah Winfrey that he told his son to stop defending him against allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

      Octomom resumes stripping has reported that Nadya Suleman—who gave birth to ocuplets in 2009—will be dancing topless at a strip bar in West Palm Beach, Florida.


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      Jan 19, 2013 at 11:06am

      The unfortunate council decision to reject the casino project arose from the fact that most of the opponents were parroting unsubstantiated crap they had consumed from the "interwebs".

      It's sad to see so many people turn to a "source" that also features truthers, birthers, Mayan apocalypse advocates, anti-injection mouth breathers, and other morons.

      Fortunately, the owners of South Surrey acreage properties will be safe from urban reality.

      Jan 19, 2013 at 6:53pm

      Motel Bollywood.......don't you mean Motel Dontell......?