Metro: Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir and Patrick Chan to headline Stars on Ice in Vancouver

Following an impressive showing at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, Canadian figure skating pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir is among several Olympians set to join the Stars on Ice tour across Canada this spring. Virtue and Moir, who won ice dance gold (and our hearts) at the Olympics in South Korea, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history, will join Stars o [...]

28 February 2018

Canadian navy ship spills fuel in Strait of Georgia

Officials with the Department of National Defence say one of its vessels in the Strait of Georgia — HMCS Calgary — spilled 30,000 litres of fuel on Saturday morning. The patrol frigate was sailing in the strait's shipping lanes between Nanaimo and Parksville when the spill occurred, said Commodore Jeff Zwick, commander of the Canadian fleet in the Pacific re [...]

26 February 2018

Green Party pressures B.C. government to specify what 'moderating' housing market means

The Green Party is calling on the B.C. government to offer more specifics on how it will define success in tackling the housing affordability crisis through its 30-point plan. "What outcomes is the government actually looking for with the plan it's putting forward? We've been stonewalled ... and that's troubling," said leader Andrew Weaver.  "Public policy is there to de [...]

26 February 2018

How opioid vending machines could fix Vancouver’s drug crisis

It took a long time for Dr. Mark Tyndall to decide that the best way to do his job would be to ensure Vancouverites could get hard drugs from automated vending machines. Tyndall, 58, is the director of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. He’s been working with addicts for decades, helping them stay alive, helping them manage their addictions, helping those who think the [...]

14 February 2018

Man airlifted to hospital after avalanche near Golden, B.C.

A 36-year-old man is in critical condition after he was caught in an avalanche near Golden, B.C. on Friday. The victim and a friend, both visiting from southern Alberta, were out snowmobiling on the Hospital Creek trail, a popular ungroomed 20 kilometre sledding route. An avalanche was triggered in the backcountry just before 4 p.m., seriously injuring the victim. "It was a self-r [...]

12 February 2018

Winter storm blasts B.C., except South Coast where mild weather continues

A winter storm is expected to wallop much of B.C. Wednesday, except on the South Coast, where mild temperatures are forecast to continue through the week. Environment Canada has posted winter storm warnings for central and northern B.C., while snowfall warnings are in effect for southeastern B.C., including the Boundary and Kootenay regions.A winter storm in central B.C., including [...]

08 February 2018

The battle to clean up B.C.

It was such a lovely picture that the City of Vancouver managed to paint of itself over the 10 years that Gregor “Happy Planet” Roberston was mayor that it’s no wonder so many people believed it. A thriving and happily multicultural Pacific metropolis of bike lanes and balmy weather. Diversity and eco-density and backyard chickens, high-tech startups, and the ski slopes on the mo [...]

08 February 2018

Canadian home prices rise in 2017 as B.C. boom offsets weaker Ontario sales

Home prices climbed sharply in Canada in 2017 as booming sales in British Columbia offset weaker home sales in Ontario. The Canadian Real Estate Association released year-end numbers on Monday, reporting the national benchmark home price was $600,300 in December, up 9.1 per cent from a year earlier, according to the MLS Home Price Index. The national price increase came as home prices i [...]

16 January 2018

Light earthquakes strike in northern B.C. and off Vancouver Island

An earthquake hit northern B.C. near Alaska and the Yukon at 4:10 p.m. today (December 18).The quake was located on land at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles) and 53 kilometres (33 miles) northwest of Mosquito, Alaska, and 127 kilometres (78 miles) southwest of Whitehorse, Yukon.The U.S. Geological Survey has listed it as a 4.1-magnitude event while Earthquakes Canada has listed it measured it as [...]

19 December 2017

Westcoast Poké introduces "vegan tuna" to Vancouver—and it's the first place in Canada to carry the plant-based food

Westcoast Poké (463 West 8th Avenue) has always prided itself on premium, sustainable ingreidnets. Now, the West Side spot is kicking things up a notch with a new menu item: a poké bowl featuring the world’s first commercially available plant-based tuna substitute.It’s the first place in Canada to carry the product.The vegan tuna is called ahimi, and it’s produced by Ocean Hugger [...]

19 December 2017

30 years ago, this Vancouver doctor pioneered use of Botox for cosmetic purposes

Cathy Swann was around 30 years old and working as a medical receptionist when she first started getting Botox to treat a deep wrinkle between her eyebrows. "It was a little daunting watching the needle coming to your forehead between your eyes," Swann said from her home in Penticton, B.C. The year was 1987 and Swann wasn't just any receptionist. She was working for Dr. Jean [...]

11 December 2017

Uncomfortable at work? Vancouver lawyer offers advice

Lindsay Lyster says her law firm receives calls from both men and women claiming they have been harassed at work and seeking advice on how to deal with it. Lyster, a human rights and employment lawyer based in Vancouver, says that amidst the growing allegations in Hollywood and here in B.C., she doesn't see the problem going away. "I think it's very prevalent ... I think we're just st [...]

16 November 2017

UBC law students help Vancouver’s homeless get government ID

The latest homeless count for Metro Vancouver reveals that many people with no place to live are employed, but still can’t afford shelter. Linda Aylesworth reports.Anyone who’s ever lost a government-issued ID knows it can be a major pain to replace.But a group of UBC law students says for homeless people, getting a new ID can be an almost insurmountable barrier.“Without ID, folks can’t ac [...]

03 October 2017

'Beyond horrific': Shooting on Las Vegas Strip kills at least 50, wounds hundreds

A Nevada sheriff says the death toll has climbed to at least 50 in the attack on a Las Vegas concert Sunday, making it the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says more than 200 people were wounded at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotel [...]

02 October 2017

Woman turns discarded vagina skin into jewelry

A British blogger has used excess skin from a recent vaginal surgery to create some bling for her neck.According to the U.K. Sun, London, England had a procedure to lob off excess skin from her vagina after it caused her painful problems for close to three decades.Tracy Kiss told the U.K. Metro she experienced pain in her private area while working out at the gym.“I visited my doc [...]

02 October 2017

China Games leave Canucks playing from behind heading into season

The best thing about the Vancouver Canucks’ pre-season trip to China is that it is nearly over. Well, that, and the airplane.The star of the trip so far for the Canucks is the Crystal Skye, billed by its cruise-ship owners as the largest, most luxurious charter aircraft in the world. Even for the millionaire player who has everything, the Boeing 777 Crystal Skye is a treat. Typically, its s [...]

23 September 2017

UBC rugby coach joining Seattle pro team — and Vancouver expansion could follow

Curry Hitchborn has said since the very beginning, what he really wants to be is a rugby coach.Hitchborn, who’s also worked in film, has coached high school rugby at Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver, rep rugby at various levels for the Vancouver Rugby Union, men’s club rugby at Capilano Rugby Club and at UBC and now he’s off to Seattle to join their new Major League Rugby outfit, the [...]

21 September 2017

Mexico had an early warning system for its big quake. Vancouver doesn’t yet

Mexico City is still reeling from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 230 people.The shaking brought widespread destruction, toppled buildings, tore up gas mains and spread fires across the capital city.But Mexico has one thing on Vancouver, if the West Coast city should ever experience its dreaded “Big One”: an early warning system that could give them some time to find safet [...]

21 September 2017