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New Flyer Awarded Contract by Vancouver’s TransLink for Two Electric Buses

New Flyer Awarded Contract by Vancouver’s TransLink for Two Electric Buses

New FlyerWinnipeg-based New Flyer Industries has been awarded a contract by TransLink, the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority in metro Vancouver.

The bus manufacturer will build two forty-foot, zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses as part of the deal.

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British Columbia Wildfire Season Now Second Worst in Province’s History

British Columbia Wildfire Season Now Second Worst in Province’s History

By The Canadian Press

B.C. Wildfire
The Shovel Lake wildfire burns on a mountain behind a home near Fort Fraser, B.C., on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Government statistics indicate this year’s wildfire season is the second worst in British Columbia’s history, burning 945 square kilometres of land. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

VICTORIA – A year after the single worst season for wildfires in British Columbia’s history, government statistics indicate the 2018 wildfire season has already reached the second-worst mark, burning more than 9,450 square kilometres of land so far.

That should prompt a longer look and more research into the trend, which saw more than 21,000 square kilometres of land burned over the past two years, said the province’s chief fire information officer.

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Hiking Reservations Pitched for Parks in Danger of Being ‘Loved to Death’

Hiking Reservations Pitched for Parks in Danger of Being ‘Loved to Death’

By Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

Mountain Hike
Two women are silhouetted against the snow-covered mountains in Howe Sound at Porteau Cove, B.C. as they take a picture of themselves on November 20, 2013. The park, like many ecological destinations before it, is in danger of being “loved to death.” Local politicians say Porteau Cove, like many ecological destinations before it, is in danger of being “loved to death.” They’re looking at new ways to protect it and other backcountry destinations, including a proposed hiking reservation system, to balance ecological protection with the benefits of tourism and encouraging people to get outside. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

VANCOUVER – With its turquoise glacial lakes and proximity to Metro Vancouver, it was only a matter of time before Joffre Lakes provincial park became a social media darling.

But once the secret was out, it was out in a big way.

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Wildfires Have Potential to Add Touch of Smoke to British Columbia Wines

Wildfires Have Potential to Add Touch of Smoke to British Columbia Wines

By Beth Leighton, The Canadian Press

British Columbia Fire
Thick smoke from the BC wildfires is seen over Kalamalka Lake in Vernon B.C. on Monday, August 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Bassett)

VANCOUVER – Winemakers can only hope the scent of smoke that’s in the air across British Columbia from wildfires won’t swirl in the glass once this year’s vintages have been bottled.

Smoke-shrouded grapes can give an ashy, bitter flavour to wine and tests have been developed to help growers assess the quality of their grapes, said researcher Matt Noestheden, a PhD student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna.

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Manitoba RCMP Make ‘Largest Marijuana Seizure in Canada’

Manitoba RCMP Make ‘Largest Marijuana Seizure in Canada’

Semi-Trailer Marijuana Seizure
RCMP seized 925 pounds of marijuana from a semi-trailer truck near West Hawk Lake, Manitoba on July 22, 2018. (RCMP HANDOUT)
Semi-Trailer Marijuana Seizure
Other seized items include 75 pounds of cannabis shatter, oils, and edibles. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Manitoba RCMP say they have made the largest marijuana bust through a traffic stop in Canada since 2015.

Officers on patrol pulled over a semi-trailer truck on the Trans-Canada Highway near West Hawk Lake on July 22 as part of a regulatory inspection of the driver’s paperwork.

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Comedian Seth Rogen to Voice Announcements on Vancouver Public Transit

Comedian Seth Rogen to Voice Announcements on Vancouver Public Transit

By The Canadian Press

Seth Rogen
Vancouver commuters will soon hear a familiar funnyman’s voice on public transit telling them to keep their bags and dirty shoes off the seats. Canadian actor Seth Rogen poses for a photograph on set during filming of the movie “The Interview” at Robson Square in Vancouver on Friday, November 29, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER – Vancouver commuters will soon hear the voice of a familiar funnyman on public transit telling them to keep their bags and dirty shoes off the seats.

Actor and comedian Seth Rogen volunteered to be the guest voice of Metro Vancouver’s transit authority, after the transit provider ditched actor Morgan Freeman’s voice amid controversy.

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Drugs, Cash Seized During Dauphin Traffic Stop

Drugs, Cash Seized During Dauphin Traffic Stop

Dauphin Drugs Cash Seizure
Drugs and cash seized during a traffic stop by RCMP in Dauphin on June 5, 2018. (RCMP HANDOUT)

Two people from out-of-province have been charged after RCMP seized 190 grams of cocaine earlier this month.

Mounties conducted a traffic stop on the afternoon of June 5 in Dauphin, where they also located a large sum of Canadian currency and various drug paraphernalia.

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