Government responds to sasquatch lawsuit

The B.C. government has responded to a lawsuit filed by a sasquatch tracker who claims the province has “breached its stewardship responsibility” by failing to recognize and protect the legendary creature.

In a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in October, Todd Standing accused the provincial government of damaging his livelihood and credibility by “non-recognition of sasquatch.” He asked the court to require a government biologist to accompany him into “known sasquatch habitat” for three months to prove his claims.

The government’s response, filed Jan. 25 at the New Westminster registry, denies Standing’s version of the alleged facts and “denies that the plaintiff suffered or continues to suffer any loss, damage or expense as alleged in the notice of civil claim.”

On Friday, a Ministry of Forests spokesman said the response filed with the court “clearly articulates the ministry’s position.”

Reached on his cellphone, Standing said he’s in the process of lining up witnesses and scientists, including a professor at Idaho State University, to provide evidence, including footprint and genetic analysis of materials found in the B.C. wilderness. A judge will assess the case and determine if it can proceed to trial.

“I can’t imagine a judge saying it’s frivolous,” he said. “Imagine multiple professors and scientists talking definitively about what they know. The truth is going to come out.”

In January, Standing helped a fellow Bigfoot believer file a similar lawsuit in a California court. A preliminary hearing has been set for March 19.

Standing, who once took Les Stroud, TV’s Survivorman, into the backcountry to search for sasquatch, studied wildlife in university. He said he set out to prove that sasquatch couldn’t exist because there was no space in the ecosystem for them, but soon became convinced of the opposite.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

REAL SCOOP: IHIT on the scene of Coquitlam murder

Homicide investigators are on the scene of another murder – this time in Coquitlam.

Coquitlam RCMP received several calls of shots fired in the area of Sylvan Place and Riverview Crescent about 10 p.m. Friday. A vehicle was seen speeding away.

“When officers arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle. The male victim was transported to hospital but succumbed to his injuries,” Cpl. Frank Jang, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said in a news release Saturyda.

He said shortly after the shooting, police learned of a burning dark-colored sedan a short distance away in the area of Mariner Way and Dartmoor Drive.

One person is dead after a shooting in Coquitlam Friday night. Fire crews also responded to a car on fire. The vehicle is believed to be linked to the incident. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)

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One person is dead after a shooting in Coquitlam Friday night. Fire crews also responded to a car on fire. The vehicle is believed to be linked to the incident. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)

“It is still early in the investigation but this appears to be a targeted incident,” Jang said. “We need those who have information about this incident to please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551- 4448 or ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

The murder came a day after Surrey realtor Kam Rai was shot to death in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood.

Rai has a number of friends on his Facebook page that are linked to both the Red …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

PARKLAND, Fla. — Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school.

The rally, held in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was attended by scores of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the carnage happened.

Teens spoke passionately during Saturday’s rally in front of the federal courthouse, pleading with lawmakers to change the nation’s gun laws.

One student, Emma Gonzalez, angrily criticized politicians who take campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association. She challenged them to stop taking money, leading the crowd in a call-and-response chant.

“They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun,” she said, and the crowd chanted, “We call BS.”

She also said adults who knew that the shooter was mentally ill should have done more to prevent him from having a weapon.

From a mosaic of public records, interviews with friends and family and online interactions, it appears that Cruz was unstable and violent to himself and those around him — and that when notified about his threatening behavior, law enforcement did little to stop it.

He reportedly left a suburban Palm Beach County mobile home in November because his benefactor gave him an ultimatum: you or the gun.

The Palm Beach Post reports Rocxanne Deschamps said, “He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house” in public comments that have since been removed from her Facebook page.

Chad Bennett, a friend of Deschamps’, said Nikolas Cruz “chose the gun and he left.”

He then went to live with another family; his mother died in November and his father died years ago.

Florida’s child welfare agency investigated after he cut himself in an online video but found him stable, according to state records.

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Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Province to appeal NEB ruling on Burnaby’s Trans Mountain bylaw

VICTORIA — The provincial government is appealing a decision that allows Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass local regulations in constructing its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The National Energy Board ruled in December that the company is not required to comply with two sections of the City of Burnaby’s bylaws, which Kinder Morgan had said were hindering its ability to go ahead with the federally approved project.

The city said Friday that it wants to appeal the decision, saying the company should be required to comply with all municipal bylaws.

Now the provincial government is following suit, saying it has filed leave to appeal the board’s ruling with the Federal Court of Appeal.

The province says in a statement that the board erred by “too broadly defining federal jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines.”

B.C. is also locked in a dispute with Alberta and the federal government over the project’s future after Premier John Horgan’s government announced it is looking at limiting shipments of diluted bitumen from the West Coast.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun