Community events cancelled, emergency services stretched as volunteer numbers fall

From the Dragon Boat Regatta in Broome to the Orange Mardi Gras festival on the other side of the country, community events are being cancelled and emergency services are struggling to cope as the number of volunteers plummets. The trend has triggered soul-searching among community groups and charities — is it a temporary blip linked to … Read more

Site of fatal Walhalla road accident set for safety upgrades

The site of a fatal car accident in Victoria’s east, where a 4WD carrying four teenagers plunged over a cliff, is set to be widened and have safety barriers installed. Key points: Two cars within a fortnight went off the road outside Walhalla, resulting in the death one person It came five years after a … Read more

Fixing weekend discharge key to improving capacity at South Australia’s hospitals

A senior doctor at Adelaide’s biggest hospital says the health system is under “siege” and pinpoints Mondays as the busiest day. Key points: South Australia’s hospitals are usually busiest on Mondays Discharging patients on weekends is harder due to fewer available services Patients coming in for elective surgery on Monday also add to demand SA’s struggling health … Read more

Vancouver’s City Centre Motor Hotel transformed into artist studios, mural canvass as it awaits redevelopment

Vancouver Mural Festival decorated the former City Centre Motel, which is being converted into 75 art studios.Gabriel Martins/Gabriel Martins A relatively lower cost neighbourhood becomes populated with artists and young talent, including galleries, restaurateurs and mom and pop retailers, and a vibrant streetscape emerges. Developers take notice, purchase properties with an eye to tapping into … Read more

Burnaby now has its third community fridge

Two other fridges are located at Burnaby Youth Hub and Simon Fraser University. Burnaby’s network of community fridges has expanded again.  The Burnaby Primary Care Networks has added a third location that became operational at Tian Jin Temple on Saturday (Aug. 6) — located at 3426 Smith Ave. It includes a sheltered pantry space and the program is encouraging … Read more

Grocery prices in July had largest price increase since 1979 — with one food staple rising by 38% on the year

The rise in the cost of living cooled in July, but not for grocery prices.  The price of food at home rose 1.3% from June to July, marking a 13.1% increase compared to last year. It was the largest price increase for groceries since 1979, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The price … Read more

Drugmaker Endo Says Bankruptcy Likely Imminent

Endo International PLC, a pharmaceutical manufacturer facing thousands of lawsuits alleging it fueled the opioid addiction crisis, said Tuesday that it is likely to file for bankruptcy imminently. The company said it is in negotiations with a group of senior lenders that it expects will result in an agreement for a chapter 11 filing. Endo … Read more

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Out-of-control Newfoundland wildfires leave communities cut off with food running low

Smoke from a forest fire in central Newfoundland on Aug. 7.The Canadian Press The worst forest fires to hit Newfoundland and Labrador in more than 60 years have stranded hundreds of travellers who had returned to the island’s south coast for a series of summer festivals and reunions, while officials scramble to airlift food to … Read more