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More charges for Vancouver escort accused of killing a client
A 30-year-old Vancouver escort, already accused of manslaughter, is facing more charges linked to a series of druggings and thefts
around the Lower Mainland.
Context: Surrey RCMP said its ongoing investigation of Jessica Kane led to charges of obstruction of justice, failing to comply
with a release order, robbery and administering a stupefying or overpowering drug.
• For the latest charges, Kane was released Monday under a number of conditions including house arrest. On the manslaughter
charge, Kane has been out on $50,000 bail.
• The mother of Kane's alleged client, who died in February 2021, said her son was a successful businessman.
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(Arlen Redekop / PNG)
Vancouver developer Coromandel Properties appears to be pushing back on media reports about debts
A Vancouver developer that has accumulated more than $700 million in debt, according to court records, appears to be pushing back
on media reports about its efforts to seek creditor protection and the potential impact on presale buyers.
Context: The company is struggling to make payments on its 16 properties — most of which are unfinished — according to a petition
filed last week in B.C. Supreme Court that asks for time to sort through a maze of financial problems due to difficulty servicing
its debts amid rising interest rates.
• A statement circulating on Chinese-language social media app WeChat outlines that some media reports have been spreading rumours
and exaggerating details about the company.
• When asked about the Chinese-language statement on WeChat, a representative for Coromandel sent an emailed statement saying:
“Coromandel cannot provide any further commentary. However, we will submit a secondary statement later this week.”
What they're saying: “That’s the fairness of free-market economies. By default, some (companies) go out of business,” Vancouver
Mayor Ken Sim said.
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• A volunteer search and rescue team that self-deployed to Turkey’s earthquake zone has returned to Vancouver to a hero’s welcome
after a harrowing few days as part of the international lifesaving efforts. The 10-person Burnaby Urban Search and Rescue team,
comprised of mostly first responders from the city’s fire department, flew to Turkey with the blessing of the country’s
government. Norm MacLeod, a deputy chief with the White Rock Fire Department who led the team in Turkey, said he’s grateful to be
home after being surprised by the scale of the devastation.
• The University of Regina says it has rescinded the honorary doctor of laws degree it awarded to Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond in 2003
as she faces questions about her Indigenous heritage. The university was the first to revoke a degree granted to Turpel-Lafond,
although she returned honorary degrees to two post-secondary institutions in B.C. earlier this year. Those schools and several
others across Canada have confirmed they were reviewing honorary degrees conferred on Turpel-Lafond after a CBC investigation into
her claim of Cree ancestry.
• Child poverty rates dropped during 2020, thanks to supports provided by various levels of government during the COVID pandemic,
according to the latest B.C. Child Poverty Report Card, which is produced annually by the First Call Child and Youth Advocacy
Society. But advocates are now concerned that the removal of those supports, and recent high rates of inflation, may reverse the
trend, putting children and youth at risk.
• Park board commissioners voted Monday to get rid of most of the temporary bike lanes in Stanley Park, except in areas where
there is a public safety concern such as Brockton Point and Lumbermen’s Arch. They also asked staff to report back on a dedicated
bike lane by November for summer 2024. Commissioners voted 6-1 in favour of “Option C,” which removes the majority of the
temporary bike lane by May, according to the park board.
• 4 steps to getting investment income without paying the CRA more taxes
• Tim Hortons parent replaces CEO, acknowledges restaurant profits have slipped amid franchisee revolt
• Ethics commissioner calls for mandatory ethics training for all senior Liberals after new breach
• Western intel shows Russians amassing aircraft on Ukraine border
• 'NYPD Blue' star Austin Majors dies at age 27
WORD FOR WORD
(Darren Stone / Victoria Times Colonist)
“This is not a drop in the bucket. This is a giant wave, a tsunami of a huge health problem and it’s having tremendous ripple
“So that’s why we need to close those gaps and make sure we’re providing services to people whether it’s a voluntary service or
whether it’s something that, in the right circumstances, isn’t voluntary.”
— Surrey South MLA Elenore Sturko on the B.C. Liberal Party's support for involuntary care for mental health and addictions in
“modernized, compassionate facilities”
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Vaughn Palmer: B.C. government picks fight with its own lawyers over unionization drive
VICTORIA — The B.C. New Democrats last week introduced a brief piece of legislation on bargaining rights in the public sector
while saying little about the implications for the government’s relationship with its own lawyers.
“This bill amends the Public Service Labour Relations Act to implement collective bargaining rights for government lawyers,” said
Finance Minister Katrine Conroy announcing Bill-5.
She made it sound like the government was giving something to the lawyers.
Rather, it was taking something away. That became readily apparent with the release of a statement from the B.C. Government
Lawyers Association (BCGLA), representing more than 300 lawyers providing advice, drafting and other legal services to government.
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Kim Bolan: How the 'grandparent scam' works, according to a B.C. government lawsuit
The B.C. government is going after a vehicle and cash seized from a Surrey man who allegedly scammed a grandmother out of
thousands of dollars after claiming her grandson had been arrested.
A lawsuit filed last week by the director of civil forfeiture illustrates how the “grandparent scam” that has led to several
recent police warnings works.
The director alleges that Daniel Guilherme and Amir Hooshmandi worked together to defraud the Vancouver grandmother out of $6,000
The woman got two phone calls on Sept. 26, the first purporting to be from her grandson saying that he had been arrested, and the
second from someone posing as a Vancouver police officer who claimed their name was John Spring.
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Vancouver Island’s largest sheep farmers, with about 300 ewes, are sitting on mountains of wool — but the market price for sheep
fibre has hit the floor.
Wool is fetching 10 to 70 cents a pound today, depending on the type and quality, down from $2 to $5 a decade ago, and much more
historically. Since 2018, the price of wool on the world market has slid more than 65 per cent.
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