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Censorship on the enormously popular Chinese app WeChat is affecting the way Canadian immigrants read the news about Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Vancouver.TOP STORIES, DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX.NEW NEWSLETTERHEADLINESSIGN UPVancouverB.C

government to shutter several salmon farms along wild migration routeThe announcement follows almost a year of negotiations between the B.C

government and the ‘Namgis First Nation, the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nations and Mamalilikulla First Nation over the future of salmon farms in the Broughton area.VancouverVancouver says court decision allows it to close illegal pot shopsThe city says it filed 53 injunctions against businesses that were operating outside its regulations.OpinionInequality, not a higher tax on multimillion-dollar properties, is what’s causing division in VancouverVancouver’s low property taxes are encouraging real-estate speculation, says Councillor Christine Boyle.VancouverA timeline of Huawei, the telecom firm behind 5G whose CFO faces U.S

extraditionStarMetro takes a look at the history of the Chinese technology firm at the heart of an extradition case that’s made international headlines, and longstanding concerns over its role in 5G networks.VancouverFreedom from discrimination trumps freedom of speech, argues lawyer in case against religious activistA hearing continued Friday as legal counsel for the NDP’s Morgane Oger argued that William Whatcott violated her rights by distributing flyers challenging transgender identity during her run for office

HuaweiVancouverFor neighbours of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou, her story is more about housing grievances than global intrigueMeng is another face of the trends that have been shaping the Vancouver neighbourhood of Dunbar for years, say longtime residents.VancouverVancouver mayor holds meeting with top Chinese diplomat despite Huawei controversySome urged Kennedy Stewart to rethink his scheduled encounter with China’s consul-general amid rising tensions over the arrests of Huawei’s CFO and a Canadian ex-diplomat.VancouverHuawei’s Meng Wanzhou tears up as bail granted following arrest in VancouverThe B.C

Supreme Court has released the Chinese tech giant executive on a $10-million surety and numerous conditions, ordering her to remain in Vancouver while she awaits extradition proceedings.Top StoriesTOP STORIES, DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX.NEW NEWSLETTERHEADLINESSIGN UPCanadaScathing reports call out Thunder Bay police for racism

Is there hope for change? The Indigenous community is not so sureTwo hard-hitting reports released this week have ushered in fresh hope that change might finally be coming for how Indigenous people are treated by police in Thunder Bay

But they have also torn open old wounds

Federal PoliticsOttawa drops requirement for provincial approval to open new supervised consumption sitesThe move comes as the Ontario government imposes new regulations on overdose prevention sites set up to address the opioid crisis that has killed thousands in CanadaCanadaLack of de-icing gear at remote airports puts passengers at risk, safety board warnsCanada’s Transportation Safety Board is warning that commercial flights at northern airports routinely put passengers at risk by departing while the aircraft are contaminated with ice and frost, a known cause of accidents.OpinionChantal Hébert: Canada’s political upheaval is not done yetThe three premiers who were toppled in 2018 could be joined by two more next year, and the future of one federal leader also remains an open question, Chantal Hébert writes.TOP STORIES, DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX.NEW NEWSLETTERHEADLINESSIGN UPWorldWorldSalt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter OlympicsThe U.S

Olympic Committee said Friday it was selecting Utah’s capital, which stood out as a predictable, slam-dunk pick in a process that also included Denver and Reno, Nevada.WorldChina suspends tariff hikes on U.S

cars, auto partsBeijing will suspend a 25 per cent import charge on cars and trucks and a 5 per cent charge on auto parts, effective Jan

1, the Finance Ministry announced.WorldApple strikes deal to produce new ‘Peanuts’ contentApple has struck a deal with DHX Media to produce new “Peanuts” content

The global children’s content and brands company will develop and produce original programs for Apple including new series, specials and shorts based on the beloved characters.Cannabis and You.banner-wrapper2-desktop{width:100%;display:block}.banner-wrapper2-mobile{width:100%;display:none}@media (max-width:414px){.banner-wrapper2-desktop{display:none}.banner-wrapper2-mobile{display:block}}CannabisTommy Chong says Canada’s weed legalization has kept ‘underground market alive’Chong was in Toronto last week to film a cameo as himself in CBC TV’s ‘Air Farce New Year’s Eve.’CannabisCouncillors in Toronto, Ottawa vote to allow retail cannabis storesCouncillors voted 20-4 Thursday evening to allow privately run cannabis stores to operate in Toronto.CannabisFor big tobacco and brewers, grass is greenerProponents of legal marijuana spent decades fighting a slow battle for mainstream acceptance

Now, with recreational use legal in Canada and many states in the United States, big business is suddenly swooping in.Star Business JournalBusinessTSX closes at two-year low on concern about slowing Chinese economyCanada’s main stock index stepped lower in late-morning trading as the energy sector lost ground amid lower oil and natural gas prices.Renault sticks with Carlos Ghosn as internal probe finds no illegalityRenault SA said Carlos Ghosn, under arrest in Japan for allegedly understating his compensation, will remain chairman and CEO of the auto maker after it found no financial wrongdoing in France.BusinessLower-than-expected parcel volumes helping cut into backlog, says Canada PostWith a little over a week before Christmas, Canada Post says it is starting to catch up on parcel deliveries that have been delayed by rotating strikes over the past two months.Business‘Soft’ skills key for young people looking for work, says studyMost sought-after among employers are skills such as communication and empathy.Emergence of lab-grown meat poses new questions for religious leadersSeveral start-ups are already developing cell-cultured meat — meat based on animal cells grown in a Petri dish

Although no product is yet commercially available, companies have produced prototypes for chicken nuggets, burgers, and most-recently steak, that resemble conventional meat on the cellular levelBusinessCanfor Corp

extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hoursThe Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints.Energy BusinessRegulator schedules hearings for B.C

LNG natural gas pipeline challengeThe hearings are to determine only if approvals given by the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline are sufficient — if not, the NEB says the proponent will have to make a formal NEB application and undergo another separate process to win federal approval.AlbertaAlberta seeks proposals to build new refinery in effort to be ‘part of the solution’Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says a new refinery makes sense for Alberta, where oil is being sold at bargain basement prices due to a glut and lack of pipeline capacity to get it to market.BusinessFirst Nation sues Alberta, says oilsands project threatens sacred siteThe First Nation says that area is one of the last remaining in its traditional territory where it can pursue traditional practices.B.C

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rental task force seeks end to renovictions but says no to stricter rent controlSome advocates had lobbied for vacancy control, in which limits on rent hikes apply even when tenants move out.VancouverCondo market still ‘a lot better’ than normal in Vancouver suburbsExperts say that while the market is softening, it’s not overcorrecting, just returning to a more normal state after a wild few years.BusinessRichmond Hill, Vancouver among Canadian cities taking a stand against real estate’s unlucky numbersA few years ago, city officials in Vancouver began seeing a rise in special applications by commercial and residential developers asking for permission to skip any floor that contained the number four, in addition to the 13th floor.B.C

Courts and CrimeVancouverTop Chinese diplomat in Vancouver went on tirade over Huawei arrest, mayor saysSpeaking after the consul-general’s “awkward” speech at an event with the defence minister, Mayor Kennedy Stewart has faith that Ottawa will handle the arrest fallout well.BRITISH COLUMBIAAlleged impaired driver gives hamburger to officer instead of licenceA Victoria police constable says an alleged impaired driver handed him a hamburger instead of a driver’s licence during a roadside check.CanadaCanada’s firearm homicide rate climbs to highest since 1992There were 266 firearm-related homicides in 2017, an increase of 43 from the prior year.B.C

PoliticsCanadaBritish Columbia NDP MP Fin Donnelly says he’s not seeking re-election in 2019Donnelly has represented the British Columbia riding Port Moody—Coquitlam, previously called New Westminster—Coquitlam, since 2009.Vancouver‘That’s a wrap’: Electoral referendum ends with proportional representation tied with status quo, poll findsMore than 41 per cent of registered voters cast ballots by mail or in person, with Insights West finding more than six in 10 latecomers against first past the post.VancouverWhat we know and don’t know about B.C.’s proportional representation referendumWith the provincewide electoral reform vote closing Friday at 4:30 p.m., StarMetro unpacks everything that’s happened.OpinionOpinionDefine journalists by what they doThe recent creation of federal legislation designed to protect journalists’ sources and provide public funds to support newsrooms has required a definition of who qualifies as a journalist

OpinionWhat police are getting wrong about pot-impaired drivingOur police officers shouldn’t be demanding a better saliva test for marijuana, they should be demanding better training at recognizing impaired driving — regardless of the substance or its legality

OpinionThunder Bay has three years to address its police racism problemIt is the responsibility of the Thunder Bay Police Service and the city’s police board to begin the immediate implementation of the 44 recommendations in the three-year period set out in the report by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director — a report that concluded there is systemic racism within the force.SportsOpinionDamien Cox: Blue Jays going scorched earth, and patience will be keyThe Jays have finally, if reluctantly, launched wholeheartedly into the aggressive rebuild that should have started 18 months ago but, for reasons of business concerns and competitive delusion, did not.LACROSSEFresh start for Warriors extends to roster as Richardson focuses on local talentCanucks Sports and Entertainment bought the NLL’s Stealth in the off-season, moved them from the Langley Events Centre to Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver and renamed them the Warriors

FootballCalgary Stampeders promote linebackers coach Monson to defensive co-ordinatorBrent Monson has spent five of his nine seasons with the Calgary Stampeders as a linebackers coach, assisting them in their Grey Cup win in November and in 2014

Vancouver SportsHockeyCanucks fall to Predators in Nashville after Sissons scores OT winnerAfter the Predators allowed a pair of goals in the final 4:05 of regulation, Sissons scored 3:05 into overtime.HockeyCanucks rally in the third period to beat Blue JacketsJake Virtanen, Josh Leivo and Elias Pettersson scored while Jacob Markstrom stopped 34 shots for Vancouver.HockeySam Gagner on second AHL demotion by Vancouver Canucks, ‘It’s hard to take’Sam Gagner was demoted back to the Toronto Marlies despite playing more than 18 minutes a night during that two-week stretch he played for the Vancouver Canucks.Vancouver FeaturesVancouverNorthern B.C

community grapples with life in the shadow of a slow-moving landslideThe residents of Old Fort, B.C., who were trapped for a week behind a massive, creeping landslide, have now been displaced indefinitely

CanadaWith help from Ontario teachers, Vancouver cleaners took on a corporate giant — and wonIn the face of losing their jobs, Khin Kyi and her colleagues reached out to an unlikely ally: Ontario teachers, whose pension fund owned the properties being cleaned by a largely newcomer workforce on the other side of the country

Forest firesWhat it’s like on the front lines of B.C.’s wildfire fightWith hand tools, hoses and grit, wildfire ground crews are the foundation of forest firefighting.Star Exclusive1,235 people have died on Canadian subway and rail tracks since 2007

Why don’t we have safety barriers? StarMetro obtained and analyzed records of track-level deaths across Canada

By installing barriers that separate platforms from the track, experts say many of those deaths could have been prevented

Transit agencies, however, estimate the cost of barriers would be in the hundreds of millions

Safety advocates say they’re “putting a price on humanity.”VancouverOn Vancouver Island, three men go missing and a province wonders whyThree men disappeared on the same day under suspicious circumstances, sparking a fire of speculation across British ColumbiaIndigenous issuesThis B.C

reserve has been 17 years without safe drinking water

Many don’t even have tap waterXeni Gwet’in First Nation has been under boil-water orders since 2001, despite more than $3M Ottawa spent

Residents explain it shows the gap between feds’ words and actions.EnergyMeet the self-described ‘sinister seniors’ taking a stand against Trans Mountain — and going to jail for itHundreds of anti-pipeline protesters have been arrested for defying a court injunction to stay back from Kinder Morgan’s facilities in Burnaby, B.C

More than a third were over 60.Entertainment50 fascinating facts about 2001: A Space OdysseyStanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, turns 50 this year

In honour of the milestone, Star movie critic and 2001 superfan Peter Howell presents 50 fascinating facts about his all-time favourite film.OpinionVinay Menon: As a critic, George Conway is right; as a husband, he’s dead wrongIs there not a way for George to tangle with Donald Trump that does not involve making a fool out of his wife, Kellyanne Conway, each week, asks Vinay Menon.OpinionSocial and musical movements fill Yo-Yo Ma’s visitViolinist’s Bach Project, as he calls it, involves a two-year, six-continent trip around the world with 36 stops.LifeGift GuideFive products to make this a cannabis ChristmasFrom ornaments to socks, here are a few suggestions to get your shopping started.Fashion & StyleHemp clothing is not just for hippies anymoreToday hemp is an up-and-coming sustainable superstar in the textile world.AdviceOur eldest children are not inviting their sibling to Christmas dinner: Ask EllieIt’s tough for the parents when sibling rivalries last until adult children are in their 40s, writes Ellie.AdviceI don’t know how to talk about premature ejaculation with my new partner: Ask ElliePremature ejaculation is a common male problem, with a variety of behavioural and medical treatments available, Ellie notes.Health & WellnessEverything about Lyme disease is steeped in controversy

Now some doctors are too afraid to treat patientsThese three Canadians say they are struggling with a chronic form of Lyme disease and feel abandoned by a health-care system divided over how to diagnose and treat the expanding illness.Sign InMy Star locationSelect LocationSectionsSee MoreHomeLifePoliticsEntertainmentWorldSpecial FeaturesStar Business JournalDiversionsOpinionWheels.caCanadaHomeFinderSportsClassifiedsStar InvestigationsDeath NoticesFacebookTwitterYouTubeGoogle+InstagramRSSAbout usFeedbackManage newslettersSubscriptionsAboutContact UsFeedbackthestar.comSubscribe to The StarManage Star SubscriptionFeedbackSite MapNewslettersHomeFinder.caStarAuctionsRedfin Real-Time Price Tracker Sees Price Gains, Inventory Declines Across 19 Markets in May 2012
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