Todd Feathers
San Jose’s foray into automated surveillance of homelessness is the first of its kind in the country, experts say. Illustration: Guardian Design

Mar. 25, 2024

San Jose invited tech companies to mount cameras on a vehicle in what appears to be first-of-its-kind experiment

For the last several months, a city at the heart of Silicon Valley has been training artificial intelligence to recognize tents and cars with people living inside in what experts believe is the first experiment of its kind in the United States.

Simon Little & John Hua
bridge collapse

Mar. 26, 2024

The ship strike and tragic collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge early Tuesday morning has put a spotlight on the potential risks faced by two of Metro Vancouver’s key spans.

Winnipeg Free Press
Slim hugs Jessalyn Dimanno, the manager of outreach for the Coalition for the Homeless. CALLAGHAN O’HARE / FREE PRESS

Mar. 8, 2024

HOUSTON — The bright Texas sun bears down on the cracked cement landscape behind a gas station on the city’s outskirts. Here, an elaborate makeshift structure shields its resident, a lanky man called Slim, from the elements — it can get cold at night, he says.

Alex Hemingway

Feb. 21, 2024

The long reign of exclusionary single-family zoning is being challenged in British Columbia—and none too soon amid a severe housing shortage.

Bob Weber
Environment Minister Rebecca Schulz says negotiations between water licence holders in three southern Alberta river basins will open this week. Schulz shakes hands with Premier Danielle Smith in Edmonton on Oct. 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Jan. 31, 2024

Drought-weary Alberta opens water-sharing talks with large users

EDMONTON — Lance Colby saw what was coming.

The Alberta government said Wednesday it would open talks on water-sharing between large users as the province's drought situation worsens. But Colby, chair of the Mountain View Regional Water Services Commission in central Alberta, had already begun such discussions.

Brandi Morin
 Residents of an Indigenous homeless encampment in Edmonton being evicted by police | Photo by Brandi Morin

Jan. 18, 2024

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
A shadowy group with links to Canada's natural gas lobby is running online ads attacking Canadian municipalities' efforts to ban natural gas infrastructure. Illustration by Ata Ojani/National Observer

Jan. 15, 2024

A shadowy new organization attacking the climate efforts of Canadian cities is infiltrating Google searches and ads in the New York Times and other publications online.

The group — Voice for Energy — bills itself as a platform for Canadians to "speak up" against municipalities implementing measures to reduce or ban natural gas to "protect" people’s so-called "energy choice."

The Canadian Press Chuck Chiang
File photo: Fortis BC LNG expansion site in Delta, BC Friday, February 3, 2017. PHOTO BY JASON PAYNE /PNG

Jan. 17, 2024 

The gas provider is being criticized for a lack of transparency and timely explanation about the stench Delta Mayor George Harvie said led to emergency services being flooded with calls

Tara Jean Stevens said the “apocalyptic” stench that blanketed Delta on Tuesday night was so heavy that her car and garage still smelled of rotten eggs Wednesday morning.


“I had a headache all night,” said Stevens, a radio host on Wave 98.3. “I never get headaches … it felt thick in the air, even though you couldn’t see it.”


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