In the news today, Feb. 19

Adrian Crook's family exemplifies the trend. He lives with his five kids in a one-thousand square-foot condo in downtown Vancouver. He says living small requires some creativity, but also allows the family to easily walk to parks, galleries and libraries, and teaches the kids about diversity that they may …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

Canadian families finding small living creates closeness, creative kids

VANCOUVER — Adrian Crook hadn't always intended on raising his five kids in a three-bedroom condo in downtown Vancouver. But skyrocketing real estate and rental markets across much of the country have some families choosing small spaces over suburban sprawl — and finding unexpected …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

'It was electric': Black Panther draws sold-out crowds in Vancouver

It's an important shift in comic book culture, which has traditionally been white and male, said Levi Johnson, who works at Golden Age Collectables in downtown Vancouver. He pointed to other recent cultural leaps: the casting of a female heroine and black stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

Overall crime rate in Vancouver went down in 2017, VPD says

Vancouver police say the rate of crime in the city dropped in 2017, with less property crime and deadly car crashes but more homicides and car theft. The overall crime rate has gone down 1.5 per cent, according to department data released Thursday. Property crime went down nearly two per cent, …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

Lifetime internet ban, 14-year sentence for convicted BC pimp

Two weeks before his sentencing, Michael Bannon pleaded guilty to 22 criminal charges, including sexual interference. The 35-year-old man admitted that he used the internet to contact girls as young as 14 years old and persuaded them to meet him at hotels in downtown Vancouver with false promises …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

Snowfall hits Metro Vancouver overnight amid weather warning

Snow fell across much of Metro Vancouver overnight, following weather warnings from Environment Canada for much of the province's South Coast. The forecaster expected between 10 and 15 centimetres of snow to fall through Wednesday morning. "Be prepared for a snowy return to work for many," …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

Fatal crashes more likely during annual 4/20 cannabis celebration: study

In 2008, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police estimated that Canada would need 3,000 DREs to meet international standards. Dr. Staples said he got the idea for his study while seeing people intoxicated from downtown Vancouver's annual massive 4/20 party stream into the emergency room of …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

Hundreds protest in Vancouver following Stanley not-guilty verdict

Several hundred protesters gathered in downtown Vancouver to mark their opposition to Friday's acquittal of Gerald Stanley, a Saskatchewan farmer, who had been accused in the 2016 shooting death of Colten Boushie. Demonstrators rallied outside the CBC Vancouver building for more than an hour …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver housing: The view from Singapore

Paul Robinson was visiting Singapore for business in mid-January and decided to drop by a sales and marketing "road show" for the opulent new condo tower, the Butterfly, to be built in downtown Vancouver. The Butterfly is one of the last designs by Vancouver's legendary architect Bing Thom, who …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver SkyTrain stations closed due to problems on Expo Line

TransLink says it is closing SkyTrain stations in downtown Vancouver due to a problem train at the Main Street-Science World station. The transit authority said Monday afternoon Expo Line trains headed to downtown Vancouver are turning back at Commercial-Broadway. It said bus service is being …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver whisky raids a cautionary tale for pop-up marijuana dealers

Somewhere in warehouses where Vancouver contraband goes to die are the raw ingredients for quite the party. In late January, liquor inspectors raided three British Columbia bars and one private members' club for selling whisky bought illegally from private liquor stores. Hundreds of bottles of fine, …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

Suspected Vancouver Porta Potty arsonist strikes again

Between Dec. 9 and Jan. 19, officers investigated seven reports of portable washrooms set on fire in Vancouver. On Jan. 24, another portable washroom was set on fire in downtown Vancouver. The most recent fire came Wednesday night at approximately 10 p.m. when a Porta Potty was set ablaze just …
Source: Downtown Vancouver

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