Paid organizer of Save Old Growth roadblocks sentenced to house arrest and curfew
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by Bob Mackin
9h ago
A North Vancouver man who collected $2,000 a month to stage illegal Save Old Growth roadblocks was sentenced Thursday in Vancouver Provincial Court to a month of house arrest and a month of curfew. Benjamin Donald Holt, 53, pleaded guilty in December to being involved in four separate climate-change protests – one on Grandview Highway and Boundary Road on the Burnaby-Vancouver border last April, one on the Upper Levels Highway in West Vancouver last June and two on the Lions Gate Bridge in August and October. Crown prosecutor Ellen Leno asked for 35 days of jail time and 18 months probation. H ..read more
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Teck completes sale of Fort Hills stake to project partners; exits oilsands
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by Canadian Press
9h ago
VANCOUVER — Teck Resources Ltd. says it has completed the sale of its 21.3 per cent stake in the Fort Hills oilsandsmine to Suncor Energy Inc. and TotalEnergies EP Canada Ltd. The Vancouver-based mining company announced last year that it would sell its stake in Fort Hills to Suncor, one of two other partners in the project, for about $1 billion. But in January, third partner TotalEnergies announced it would exercise its contractual right of first refusal to acquire an additional 6.65 per cent in the project from Teck for $312 million ..read more
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Big spending by winners, losers in Metro Vancouver's 2022 municipal elections
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by Bob Mackin
9h ago
Mayor Ken Sim and his ABC Vancouver party raised more than $1.9 million in donations to dominate the 2022 Vancouver civic election, according to campaign finance returns released Thursday by Elections BC. ABC reported $1,008,687.88 in donations and $414,003.38 in other income and transfers received, for a total $1,422,691.26. The party said it spent $800,077.27 of that to defeat Mayor Kennedy Stewart and win majority control of both city council and park board on Oct. 15. Its biggest advertising expenditure was $100,652.13 for radio ads, a sum dwarfed by the $321,613.93 on unspecified “profess ..read more
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Amazon beats Q4 revenue estimates, but profits slump
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by Associated Press
15h ago
NEW York (AP) — Amazon on Thursday reported worse-than-expected profits, but its revenue beat expectations boosted by sales in North America businesses and the cloud-computing unit AWS. Amazon said it made $300 million in profits, or 3 cents per share, falling below the $2.03 billion analysts surveyed by FactSet had been expecting. The company said its profits were dented by a $2.3 billion write-down of the value of its stock investment in electric vehicle start-up Rivian Automotive. The company's fourth quarter profits represent a significant drop from the $14.3 billion it posted during the s ..read more
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COVID-19 tests will be mandatory for travellers from China for another two months
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by Canadian Press
15h ago
OTTAWA — Canada has renewed mandatory COVID-19 testing and screening for travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macao for another two months. The government mandated pre-boarding tests for people coming from those places last month after China removed longstanding public-health restrictions, causing a countrywide outbreak of the virus. A statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada says the testing requirements are expected to remain in place until April 5. The government says it's concerned about reports of a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases in China, and the lack of data available from ..read more
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Sprott launches energy transition ETFs
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by Nelson Bennett
15h ago
Lithium has been called “white” gold and the “new petroleum,” but for the average investor wanting to get in on lithium and other energy transition metals and minerals, options are largely limited to investing directly in individual miners and junior exploration companies. Sprott Asset Management is making it easier for investors to buy “white gold,” as well as other energy transition metals, with four new energy transition exchange traded funds (ETF). The new ETFs trade on the Nasdaq and have a management fee of 0.65%. Sprott today launched four new ETFs, one of which – the Sprott Energy Tran ..read more
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Asian group out with book ahead of next BC Dumpling Fest in Coquitlam
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by Janis Cleugh, Tri-City News
15h ago
About a year-and-a-half ago, Kirstin Hepburn won a contest to create characters and branding for Coquitlam's inaugural dumpling festival. The event drew some 25,000 visitors to Town Centre Park — many of whom fell in love with the Port Coquitlam resident's digital artwork. So when the Asian Arts and Culture Society, which hosted the fest, asked Hepburn to refer a writer for a new kids book, she raised her hand. After all, not only could Hepburn illustrate but, during the pandemic, she also took a course on how to write and market children’s literature. Hepburn reached for her “m ..read more
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Chor Leoni welcomes young Metro Vancouver singers for MYVoice
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by Julie MacLellan, New Westminster Record
15h ago
Is there a young tenor, baritone or bass in your house looking for an outlet for choral singing? Young singers interested in being part of a male-voice choir are invited to take part in Chor Leoni’s MYVoice program, a free, 10-week choral experience for singers aged 12 and up. The program takes place in four rehearsal locations around the Lower Mainland — Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey and the North Shore — and ends with a performance on stage at the Chan Centre for the Arts as part of the VanMan Choral Summit. Along the way, the young singers will have a chance to work with some of Vancouver ..read more
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Twenty businesses participate in the Squamish Hot Chocolate Festival
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by Andrew Hughes, Squamish Chief
15h ago
The Squamish Hot Chocolate Festival is coming up, and this year there are more options to try than ever before. Twenty businesses across Squamish will be dishing out tasty hot chocolates from Feb. 3 to 20, giving participants 18 days to try them all. “At this year’s festival we’ll see Squamish’s finest local coffee crafters create a unique hot chocolate that will tempt your taste buds and awaken your senses,” reads the description of the event. “New this year, there are more cafés and restaurants participating than ever before, as well as creative and unusual versions of our favourite dessert ..read more
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'This is potentially career defining': Vancouver to host national bartending championship
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by Allie Turner, Vancouver Is Awesome
15h ago
Cocktail competitions can be intense affairs for both participants and spectators. We're about to get a taste of the action thanks to the upcoming Vancouver Cocktail Week (VCW) festivities. VCW's closing gala event (Mar. 11) at the Hotel Vancouver will have live music, 30 bar stations, and all the merriment you might expect from a prohibition-themed party. But it's also the setting for the final showdown of the World Class Canada bartending competition finals. Hailing from across the country, 10 contestants will arrive to compete in a seri ..read more
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