Metro Vancouver debates location of medical marijuana facilities

 

(nypost.com)
(nypost.com)

The battle between agricultural land and industrial landed heated up last Friday, when members of Metro Vancouver debated which would be more suitable to host a medical marijuana growing operation.

Metro Vancouver discussed the benefits of factories being built on agricultural land as opposed to industrial land. Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer, however, saw more benefits in avoiding the use of factories in general, and treating the growth in a farm-like way. Although this was only her point of view, Reimer did suggest that each municipality should be able to make up their own rules about the use of farm land, industrial land, or no land at all when it came to medical marijuana operations.

The discussion of the different aspects and factors of medical marijuana has been on the table for municipalities for a long time, with little to know strong outcomes or decisions, and this meeting was no different. Members debated the issue for over an hour, with all members except Reimer agreeing that medical marijuana should be grown in fortified buildings on agricultural land.

“We all have different kinds of land available and a different idea of what we think is acceptable in our communities,” said Reimer.

Advertisements

Maple Ridge deals with rising homeless numbers

(The Caring Place)
(The Caring Place)

With Maple Ridge having 70 per cent of their police calls regarding problems or situations with the homeless population, the city will be spending $925,000 more than in 2013 on RCMP services alone.

The city will spend over 40 per cent of this year’s revenue on Police and Fire expenses combined, weighing in at $15,950,000 on RCMP.

Mayor Ernie Daykin says that since the shut down of Riverview mental facility, the lack of group homes and resources have affected Maple Ridge ‘ s homeless situation, along with a combination of increased development and a slow rise in housing prices.

According to Daykin, the amount of money being spent on Police is in large part due to the high amount of phone calls regarding homeless people.

 

 

Physiotherapist Rick Celebrini is the man of the hour

Rick Celebrini takes pride in his current work as the physiotherapist to the Whitecaps FC. (Bob Frid- Vancouver Whitecaps)
Rick Celebrini takes pride in his current work as the physiotherapist to the Whitecaps FC. (Bob Frid- Vancouver Whitecaps)

Where would Steve Nash be without Rick Celebrini? This renowned physiotherapist comes with a long list of accomplishments that backs up his high-profile client list.

Celebrini is known for working on LA Lakers’ point guard Steve Nash, who calls Celebrini a “world-class physiotherapist.”

But his fast-paced job doesn’t stop there.

Continue reading Physiotherapist Rick Celebrini is the man of the hour

Doctor Who is the new sexy

Geekenders members dress up and get ready for one of their previous shows, and they don't hold back on costumes. (Ashley Legassic)
Geekenders members dress up and get ready for one of their previous shows, and they don’t hold back on costumes. (Ashley Legassic)

Who says Dr. Who isn’t sexy?

The Geekenders are a Vancouver-based theatrical group that earned the well-deserved category of “nerdlesque.”

According to their website they run “events by geeks, for geeks,” and their upcoming shows at the Rio Theatre are no different.

The group did a sexy spin on the popular Doctor Who TV series called DON’T BLINK, at the Rio Theatre on April 2 featuring 12 performers to represent the 12 Doctors that have been on the show.

Never before seen

The routines in this show are ones that haven’t been seen before, according to nerdlesque showgirl Dezi Desire, who plays the fourth Doctor.

Dezi Desire (Facebook)
Dezi Desire (Facebook)

“It’s going to be a very interesting show, I’m really stoked for seeing everyone’s new routines that they came up with,” Desire said.

With over 1,300 “likes” on their Facebook page, the Geekenders already have a profound fan base, and have sold-out previous Rio shows.

The Rio Theatre’s website describes this show as a “big ball of wibbly wobbly… sexy wexy… stuff.”

The traditional “geeky” shows, movies and comics that the Geekenders pay tribute to attract a large audience which can expect a parody-like spin on them.

There is a difference between nerdlesque compared to traditional burlesque or comic conventions, according to Geekenders creator Fairlith Harvey.

The beginning of the Geeks

“A lot of those events that are conventions means you’re really busy and walking around,” said Harvey. “There weren’t a lot of parties and there weren’t a lot of chances for people to mingle and make friends.”

Harvey says this was her inspiration to create Geekenders.

“Geekenders combines a variety show that has magic and burlesque and dance and singing and all sorts of comedy. We thought people need a place where they can make friends, where they’re not just in line waiting for panels,” Harvey said.

The Rio says they’re proud to announce the joining of the Geekenders into its “lineup of Geeky Wednesday Comedy,” which is on the first Wednesday of each month.

Tickets are available for the Geekenders’ next show, which is at the Wise Hall on April 11.

Langara student battles sexual assault with new pledge

 

Langara students join Melissa Malano's battle in a fight against sexual assault. (Ashley Legassic)
Langara students join Melissa Malano’s battle in a fight against sexual assault. (Ashley Legassic)

Langara student Melissa Malano is fighting back against rape and sexual assault, and Langara’s playing a part in this battle.

After the 21-year-old criminology student’s own experience with sexual assault, she decided to start a pledge last week for students to express their support for this ongoing issue, and has gained over 100 signatures so far.

Many of the men who signed the pledge denounced mainstream media’s idea of “college sex and promiscuity,” according to Malano.

Langara student Melissa Malano created a pledge against rape and sexual assault. (Ashley Legassic)
Langara student Melissa Malano created a pledge against rape and sexual assault. (Ashley Legassic)

“In our popular culture now a days, they put emphasis on the whole ‘sex and drugs being the in thing’, and a lot of younger people kind of have this misconception to think that going out and getting laid on a Friday or Saturday night on a daily basis is ok, and snorting coke off someone’s ass is cool, because that’s what we see in music videos, too,” said Malano.

Langara students are joining the pledge 

Student Eyren Uggenti helped Malano when she started the petition, suggesting to her that opening the petition up, rather than exclusively male signatures, would get support from the student body as a whole.

Uggenti also believes that it’s a taboo subject that people aren’t necessarily willing to open up about.

“When [Melissa] first started talking about it, I was kind of taken back and then I was like ‘O.K., what’s actually trying to be accomplished here and how can we go about doing that?” Uggenti said. “I think awareness is some of the key to that preventative approach as well.”

An issue that needs to be addressed openly 

Women are ashamed to tell their story because they would rather forget the situation ever happened, Malano suggested.

“These women that have been assaulted blame themselves, and I can relate to that because I did that too,” Malano said. “It’s part of the healing process to just completely forget it all together.”

Glenn Ruby of the Langara Falcons’ men’s basketball team thinks the topic needs to be addressed more openly.

“Even if I haven’t heard of any of those cases. . . obviously those things do take place,” said Ruby. “Something like rape or assault can really damage someone permanently, so it’s definitely something that needs to be focused on.”

Sign the pledge.

LEGO: A kid’s toy no more

Vancouver Lego Club member Paul Hetherington’s structure, titled “Firetruck Hotrod,” is displayed at Oakridge Centre’s Lego store. (Ashley Legassic)
Vancouver Lego Club member Paul Hetherington’s structure, titled “Firetruck Hotrod,” is displayed at Oakridge Centre’s Lego store. (Ashley Legassic)

Lego isn’t just for kids, and the Vancouver Lego Club (VLC) has shown that a strong community can be built using tiny blocks.

Continue reading LEGO: A kid’s toy no more

Politics and news concerning the municipality of Maple Ridge, covered by Langara journalism student Ashley Legassic.