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Testimony continues at hearing for Wolfpack gangster

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A counsellor at North Fraser Pretrial Centre said Wolfpack gangster Larry Amero was mostly concerned about being away from his young son when she first met him at the Port Coquitlam jail in December 2021. View this email in your browser Curated by Dharm Makwana Good morning and welcome to your edition of Sunrise. COURTS (Arlen Redekop / PNG) Kim Bolan: B.C. jail counsellor testifies about interactions with Wolfpack gangster Larry Amero A counsellor at North Fraser Pretrial Centre said Wolfpack gangster Larry Amero was mostly concerned about being away from his young son when she first met him at the Port Coquitlam jail in December 2021. The counsellor, who can only be identified as AR due to a publication ban, told Amero’s sentencing hearing that he was generally doing well or moderately well during her dozens of meetings with him in the jail’s isolation unit. A jury convicted Amero last August of two counts of conspiracy to kill rival gangsters Sandip Duhre and Sukhveer Dhak. Duhre was gunned down in January 2012, while Dhak was shot to death month later in November. So far, neither Crown nor defence lawyers have proposed the length of sentence they believe Amero — who’s also a full-patch Hells Angel — should receive for the dual murder plots. READ MORE | COMMENT CITY (Nick Procaylo / PNG) Dan Fumano: ABC Vancouver boosts condos on city housing priorities Heated debate broke out in Vancouver council chambers Tuesday as the majority ABC council changed housing priorities recommended by staff, effectively bumping up the importance of market condos. City planning department staff, saying they were “overloaded” with more rezoning applications than they could handle, had asked council to set priorities to clear the backlog. Staff recommended putting the highest priority on applications for social and supportive housing, co-ops, and rental projects with at least 20 per cent below-market units and up to 80 per cent market rentals. Instead ABC councillors decided to give top priority to “the delivery of the greatest amount of net new housing units across the entire housing continuum, for all housing types and tenures.” The move was criticized as regressive by the two Green councillors, who supported giving priority to rental and non-market housing, which they said was most urgently needed. READ MORE | COMMENT ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Advertisement $ 2038200 QL R LIV T ASIN IN BRIEF • The Atira Women’s Resource Society has named a new interim CEO as it works to restore its tarnished reputation following a conflict of interest investigation at B.C. Housing. Catherine Roome assumes the top post starting July 1 until a permanent CEO is found. The appointment, announced Tuesday, is part of the embattled group’s effort to rebuild its organization and reputation after former CEO Janice Abbott resigned earlier this month. • B.C.’s auditor general says the province’s COVID-19 support program for the devastated tourism industry followed most required guidelines, though he raised some concerns about the way it was documented and monitored. Michael Pickup says there were “minor inconsistencies” with the otherwise well-designed and implemented destination development grant program that handed out more than $41 million in 2021 and 2022. • B.C.’s Environment Ministry has announced another $25 million in funding for coastal cleanup and restoration of the marine environment. Environment Minister George Heyman told a news conference Tuesday that debris from more than 4,600 kilometres of shoreline has been removed so far, while creating more than 1,700 jobs. VANCOUVER SUN LT Covering the issues that matter to you. ST s4uvm DON'T isS 0uT MISCELLANEOUS • What went wrong? Alberta's NDP miss their best shot at forming government • PM dismisses calls to remove David Johnston as special rapporteur • As experts warn of 'extinction’ risk, AI pioneer says Canada needs urgent regulation • Ukraine war comes to Russia as Moscow hit by drones in worst raid on capital since world war • Anything to declare? Your weight, perhaps? Air New Zealand to weigh passengers WORD FOR WORD (Handout) “If we’re going to have, in the next decade, 30,000 people moving here, we need to be able to start to build now for that future. If we’re not doing that, then we’re going to end up having even more problems in the long run.” — Maple Ridge Mayor Dan Ruimy on wanting his city to be on the province's list of 10 municipalities given targets for housing construction READ THE FULL STORY | COMMENT OPINION Joy Johnson: University education fits today’s economy Next month, thousands of British Columbians will be celebrating their university degrees. In a fast-changing job market, many of them are no doubt asking themselves if all their hard work will have been worth it. Their anxiety is understandable. A narrative has taken hold among some that says the skills and talents young people learn at university are out of step with the needs of our economy. “What good is a BA in today’s job market?” is not an uncommon sentiment expressed among some policymakers and in the general public. However, it turns out that is not a sentiment shared by B.C. employers. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The kind of skills taught across university, including in the humanities and social sciences, are just the things employers are looking for in new hires. READ MORE | COMMENT HEALTH CARE (Nick Procaylo / PNG) ER, women's-health doctors raise the alarm about unsafe conditions in B.C. hospitals Health Minister Adrian Dix is facing a “staggering” health care crisis as dozens of physicians at five B.C. hospitals have come forward to raise the alarm about unsafe conditions they say are putting patients at risk. Context: The latest open letter was from women’s health providers at Surrey Memorial Hospital who say inadequate resources are compromising patient care and were a factor in the death of a newborn baby in 2020. • Another letter from emergency room doctors at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster and Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody says a critical shortage of hospitalists has resulted in some patients waiting in the emergency room for up to 72 hours. • An open letter released Monday by 36 physicians in obstetrics and gynecology at Surrey Memorial Hospital said the “critical scarcity of resources has created systemic issues compromising safety for our patients.” What they're saying: “We continue to move mountains to do what we can to take care of patients, But the number of patients requiring care is rapidly growing. We are already falling short and unless we act today, it is going to be a disaster within the next few years,” said Dr. Claudine Storness-Bliss, an obstetrician and gynecologist. READ THE FULL STORY | COMMENT Elsewhere: • Short-term nurses causing 'crisis' in long-term care, say B.C. operators ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Advertisement $ 2038200 QL R LIV T ASIN THE NEW YORK TIMES CROSSWORD PUZZLE .70 T2 38 4 5 6 7 8 o 0 1 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 j 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 -36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 . 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 71 11 Down. Cry after being narrowly defeated MORE GAMES 5 9 Sudoku 24x KenKen Universal crossword WHAT'S FOR DINNER (Dominique Lafond) Dante chicken thighs The vinegar marinade used in this dish not only helps tenderize the meat, but also keeps it from drying out.  GET THE RECIPE WEATHER Today: Increasing cloudiness | Gentle breeze | High 18 | UV index 6 or high Tonight: Clear | Gentle breeze | Low 10 ONE LAST THING Vancouver’s waterfront street Canada Place will now also be known as Komagata Maru Place as an act of cultural redress for the city’s role in the Komagata Maru incident. Vancouver city council unanimously passed a motion Tuesday to confer a secondary honorary name on Canada Place, a busy two-block street bounded by Howe and Thurlow Streets. READ MORE WE THINK YOU'LL LIKE THIS NEWSLETTER W INFORMED@PINION Get perspective and stay informed with this daily roundup of Opinion pieces from the Vancouver Sun and beyond. SIGN UP Advertise with us Have a thought you'd like to share? 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