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Regional reporter for Black Press in the Lower Mainland
Regional reporter for Black Press in the Lower Mainland

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If the defeat of the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed to cross northern B.C. is a guide, the Trans Mountain twinning through the Lower Mainland is much more likely to be thwarted in the courts than at the barricades.


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Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie believes the 15 % foreign buyers tax will increasingly fuel demand for Metro Vancouver farmland, because offshore investors don't pay the tax on bare farmland.
"Buy a farm parcel. Farm the rest of the land. Build a big home on it. And you've saved 15 per cent. It's a magnet for that kind of development."

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Surrey man accused of running a terror training camp has written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking for help to clear his name.

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Variable speed limits have now been activated with electronic signs to enforce reduced speeds during bad weather along stretches of the Sea-To-Sky Highway, the Coquihalla and Highway 1 near Revelstoke.

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The B.C. Lottery Corp. is once again testing the appetite of local governments for new casinos South of the Fraser and on the North Shore.
BCLC is inviting Surrey, Delta and the Tsawwassen First Nation to submit expressions of interest by July 15 if they'd consider a new casino or community gaming centre.
And the same pitch is being made on North Shore to North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District, West Vancouver, the Squamish Nation and Tsleil Waututh Nation.

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Less than a year after Metro Vancouver voters defeated a proposed 0.5 per cent regional sales tax for TransLink, area mayors are in secretive talks with the province to approve a new funding source to finance billions of dollars in transit expansion.

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The B.C. government is trimming its film tax credits for foreign movie, TV and game makers after warning the annual costs for taxpayers to subsidize their work was threatening to grow exponentially to unjustifiable levels.

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Communities Minister Peter Fassbender shed more light in a Friday meeting with Metro Vancouver politicians on how the B.C. government may give ride-hailing app Uber room to operate without an unfettered free-for-all that could wipe out the taxi industry.
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