Volunteer medics at Occupy Vancouver -- including an emergency room nurse and a first aid responder trained in the military -- are preparing for the worst as political rhetoric over the three-week-old encampment escalates.
After the death this weekend of Ashlie Gough, 23, in the camp, Mayor Gregor Robertson has come under pressure from his right-leaning opponent in the upcoming city election, Suzanne Anton, to remove Occupy Vancouver's tent city -- although the mayor said Sunday he was happy to let the protest continue, without people sleeping in tents. Stronger warnings from City Hall have medics at the encampment worried.
As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission wraps up its Vancouver hearings into residential school abuses Saturday, organizers of a week of public events are renewing their call for 50,000 people to take to the streets Sunday as a symbol of reconciliation.
The four days of testimony are the latest national event gathering painful stories from those who survived the church-run schools, the last of which closed in 1996 amidst revelations of widespread sexual and physical abuse across the country.
Greek villagers brought their region's fierce battle against Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold to the firm's headquarters Friday, marking the end of the activists' cross-Canada tour opposing open-pit gold mining in their homeland.