Vancouver Police Department unveils seizures from drug trafficking investigation

Photo: Jocelyn Aspa -- The ‘Project Trooper’ operation was an approximate six-month operation led by the Vancouver Police Department.

Photo: Jocelyn Aspa — The ‘Project Trooper’ operation was an approximate six-month operation led by the Vancouver Police Department.

Drugs, guns, vehicles and approximately $575,000 in cash cap off the list of items seized as part of the Vancouver Police Department’s Project Trooper.

The drug trafficking investigation began across the Lower Mainland approximately six months ago.

In September 2014, police were made aware that a criminal organization were selling marginalized members of the Downtown Eastside a variety of drugs, said Superintendent Mike Porteous, reading from a statement. It’s also believed the organization was shipping drugs to Alberta and Vancouver Island. Continue reading

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Mayor Robertson and Councillor Meggs sued over a conflict of interest

A B.C. Supreme Court hearing to have Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Coun. Geoff Meggs removed from office over campaign donations began on shaky ground Tuesday morning, with a lack of evidence possibly endangering the case’ viability.

The complaint, filed in December 2014 by David Wotherspoon on behalf of five petitioners, stated a secret tape recording of a CUPE 1004 meeting in October contains evidence of conflict of interest. Continue reading

Langara College’s cheap parking causing income tax issues for staff

Staff members at Langara College who enjoy low-cost on-campus parking benefits are now being slapped with a big — and unexpected — tax bill.

After Canada Revenue Agency reassessed the taxation of college parking this year, some instructors are being asked to cough up more than $1,200 in back taxes — including some who never drove to work.

“It is so blatantly unfair,” said Cheryl McKeeman, instructor in the department of mathematics and statistics and an executive of the Langara Faculty Association. Continue reading

Meatless Mondays coming to Langara

Food options in the cafeteria at Langara College are being re-evaluated to include more vegetarian choices, in addition to Meatless Mondays on campus.

Meatless Monday begins March 30

The Langara Earth Stompers environmental club met with Chartwells on March 11 to ask for more vegetarian options in the cafeteria as well as more environmentally friendly and healthy

 Photo: Jocelyn Aspa Many students are unhappy with the current food options available on campus, but Chartwells said they look forward to bringing in new menu items for non-meat eaters.

Photo: Jocelyn Aspa — Many students are unhappy with the current food options available on campus, but Chartwells said they look forward to bringing in new menu items for non-meat eaters.

selections.“We want things like less eggs, less cattle and alternatives for milk,” said Adam Kelliher, the club’s leader.

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Marpole house fire leaves tenants homeless

A recent house fire that broke out in Marpole, destroying everything inside and leaving 11 people homeless, has left one of the residents questioning the process of getting tenants’ insurance.

An online crowd-funding campaign has been set up to help the victims get back on their feet.

VANCOUVER, BC -- March 3, 2015, this house in the Marpole neighbourhood on Osler street caught fire by a tealight on the evening of Feb. 24, 2015.

Photo: Jocelyn Aspa – VANCOUVER, BC — March 3, 2015, this house in the Marpole neighbourhood on Osler street caught fire by a tealight on the evening of Feb. 24, 2015.

The housemates did not have tenants’ insurance. Sean Harten, one of the tenants since Sept. 2014, said that since none of them are related they would have had to pay a premium for insurance.

“When you’re in a situation like this [with roommates], tenants’ insurance isn’t easy to get,” he said.

 

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Pressures for girls to diet starts at young age, according to recent studies

Juggling school with pressures to eat healthy, to look a certain way and to exercise regularly are common matters faced by many college students who are trying to find that perfect balance.

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre recently released information estimating around 40 per cent of nine-year-old girls have gone on diets to lose weight. However, many Langara students said they feel forced to look a certain way now that they are in college.

“I currently feel more pressure than I did back then,” said Jennah Lay, a general arts student.

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Texting becomes easier once in an established relationship

Texting during the early days of dating can be nerve-wrecking.

Finding the right tone and length of determining when to send a text can put any new relationship to the test — but once you’re in an established relationship, texting can help the romance flow. Continue reading