Some Metro Vancouver residents insist on drinking ‘raw water’ despite health warnings

There is no shortage of people filling bottles and jugs with water from a puddle at Lynn Headwaters Park in North Vancouver.Despite posted warning signs, some people come to the park for untreated water, or so-called “raw water.”One person told Global News his choice to drink untreated water stems “from reading up on how good a spring is, the minerals and everything that’s still alive.” [...]

16 January 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

B.C. taxi group urges province to take slow and cautious route on ride hailing

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Taxi Association says it has found an app to meet customer demands across the province, making the need for ride hailing services like Uber and Lyft unnecessary. But an Uber spokesman said Monday hundreds of thousands of people in B.C. have already accessed their app in the search for reliable and affordable services. The association and Uber are among numerous in [...]

09 January 2018

Patient’s botched transfer renews calls for assisted dying in all publicly funded health-care facilities

A publicly funded Catholic health-care network in British Columbia apologized last spring to a secular hospital after it mismanaged part of the transfer of a frail man seeking a physician-assisted death, documents show. In his note of apology to Vancouver General Hospital, the director of ethics services for Providence Health Care called the problems that occurred during the patient's [...]

09 January 2018

Conference Coverage: Mental Health Summit Vancouver

From lack of sleep to post-traumatic stress disorders, employees are facing a range of challenges that can have an impact on their work. What are some of the causes of mental-health issues and how can employers recognize when an employee is having difficulties?At the 2017 Mental Health Summit in Vancouver on Dec. 5, experts provided insight into mental-health issues at work and offered up actionab [...]

22 December 2017

Dead wife's fraud costs B.C. man nearly $250K and the family home

The widower of a woman who stole more than half a million dollars from Vancouver Coastal Health has been ordered to give up his interest in the family home and pay nearly $250,000 in restitution.Miroslaw Moscipan's wife, Wanda, amassed a small fortune by misappropriating funds at the tail end of her two-decade career as an administrator at Vancouver General Hospital, according to a B.C. Supreme Co [...]

22 December 2017

What Vancouver, B.C., can teach us about housing

The Seattle area’s increases in home prices led the nation for the 13th straight month in November, the longest-ever such streak for real estate around Puget Sound. That meteoric rise has made it ever harder for the region’s booming population to buy a home. But if we think it’s difficult in Seattle, look 140 miles north to Vancouver, British Columbia, where experts say house prices [...]

21 December 2017

Advocates, families speak out in defence of B.C.’s Mental Health Act

Frederick Dawe remembers the night about 30 years ago that his six-foot-eight son experienced a psychotic break in the emergency room of a Vancouver-area hospital.“He just lost it. He picked up a couch, swung it around the room, cleaned the room out,” Dawe said. “It took four security guards to hold him down while they gave him an injection.”The month-long hospital stay that foll [...]

21 December 2017

To your health

One of the key attractions of B.C. in the eyes of immigrants is its highly regarded system of universal health care. While workers relocating from other parts of Canada take it for granted, it’s an attractive feature companies often mention as a reason for establishing offices here. It is also rapidly evolving into the backbone of a dynamic life sciences sector.But there’s a cost: th [...]

21 December 2017

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

5 numbers to note in Vancouver supplemental budget

The city of Vancouver approved its second 2017 supplemental budget Monday evening. These supplemental budgets occur annually to reflect any changes to revenues or expenditures after the biennial budget is approved. The 2017 supplemental budget included an expenditure adjustment of $38.9 million and an additional 2.75 full-time employees. Of the $38.9 million adjustment, $22.6 million is at [...]

13 December 2017

Vancouver council approves 4.24 per cent property tax hike

The ruling Vision Vancouver council approved a last-minute property tax increase of .34 per cent Tuesday -- which equates to an overall 4.24 per cent hike -- that left the four Non Partisan Association councillors admittedly blindsided. City staff’s proposed recommendation was for a 3.9 per cent property tax hike until Vision Coun. Raymond Louie successfully recommended halfway thro [...]

13 December 2017