The stories and upcoming events that will be talked about in B.C. this week.
1. Bullying summit
The B.C. government is slated to host an ERASE bullying summit on Nov. 13 with participation by students, key stakeholders and subject matter experts. Speakers include international author, educator and bullying expert Barbara Coloroso.
2. Salmon spawn
Records numbers of chum salmon are returning to urban creeks and streams in Burnaby to spawn. Naturalists hope the promising return bodes well for the future of salmon in the area.
3. Arson death inquest
The B.C. Coroners Service is holding an inquest into the death of Colette Marie Salemink from Nov. 13 to 16.
Salemink, 59, died in April 2010 following a house fire at her home in Coquitlam. Her son was charged with arson and manslaughter, but later found not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder.
4. Omega-3 doubts
A growing body of evidence suggests there is less support for the value of fish oil supplements, suggesting eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids may be more beneficial.
5. Oakridge rezoning
The City of Vancouver is holding open houses on Nov. 15 and 17 on a proposal to build a 45-storey building at Oakridge Centre. The proposed mixed-use development would include commercial, office, residential and public amenity space. City staff, along with representatives from the owner and developer will answer questions.
6. Rescue death inquest
The B.C. Coroners Service is holding an inquest into the death of Sheilah Lorraine Sweatman from Nov. 19 to 23.
Sweatman, 29, was performing a recovery operation with Nelson Search and Rescue when she died in Creston in June 2011.
7. Policing oversight
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Pivot Legal Society are presenting a panel discussion about B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office on Nov. 13. Moderated by CBC Radio’s Kathryn Gretsinger, the event will look at civilian oversight of policing in B.C.
8. Seduced into gangs
On Nov. 15, Langara College is hosting a talk and open dialogue examining the connection between alienation and gang violence. Keynote speaker Indira Prahst will explore the dangers, and what can be done.
9. Burnaby Hospital allegations
On Nov. 12, the B.C. New Democrats are holding a news conference where they are expected to outline allegations that the committee charged with consulting the community about a new hospital was influenced by Liberal insiders.
10. Kids conference
On Nov. 16 and 17, kids in grades one to seven are invited to Surrey’s Kids Conference 2012. This year’s theme is ‘Our rights and responsibilities,’ ranging from eating healthy to internet safety.