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Marcus Hondro

Digital Journalist based in Vancouver, B.C, Canada, Canada. Joined on Dec 14, 2011

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Op-Ed: Translink referendum no vote consigns Vancouver area to chaos

The one million more humans expected to become part of the Greater Vancouver metro area in the next 25 to 30 years have been consigned to transit chaos by those living there now. That is, in effect, the result we learned of today in the transit vote.

Prank video as terrified Paris Hilton told plane is crashing

It's not certain where an Egyptian TV show thought the humor was but they went ahead with a prank on Paris Hilton, convincing her the small plane she was in was about to crash. They even had an actor in on it thrown off the plane as it neared water.

Op-Ed: On Donald Trump having no chance, zero, of being U.S. president

Let's start here: It is likely virtually all of you would agree that Donald Trump has the proverbial snowball's chance in hell of becoming the next president of the United States. As much chance as Kanye West has of winning the Most Humble Rapper Award.

Air quality advisory: Fraser Valley, Langley warned of bad ozone

Metro Vancouver Regional District issued an air quality advisory Saturday for areas of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. The warning is for high levels of ground-level ozone.

Second escaped New York prisoner shot twice, captured near border

The second of two prisoners who escaped earlier this month from a maximum security jail in New York state has been recaptured. David Sweat was shot and wounded, and taken into custody, near the Canadian border.

Early morning shooting in Toronto's Queen St. West area, 2 dead

On the heels of a shooting last week, Toronto is again the victim of gun violence this morning. Two people were shot dead in one shooting while in another area of the city another shooting saw a young male wounded.

Giant goldfish 'size of dinner plates' are becoming huge problem

You may not think a tiny goldfish could grow into a massive problem in Canadian, American and world waterways, but it can. It seems that when families no longer want Goldie they often dump the little guy into a lake, stream or other waterway.

Barack Obama sings 'Amazing Grace' at funeral of slain reverend

U.S. President Barack Obama did something no other sitting president of his country has likely done before when he sang "Amazing Grace" at the eulogy for a friend murdered last week by a racist young white man. Obama led thousands of mourners in song.

Alzheimer's: Low memory test scores may be early sign of dementia

A new study has found low scores on memory and thinking tests may be a signal a person will develop Alzheimer's Disease. Researchers found that a signal that Alzheimer's is there may be detected up to 18 years before a diagnosis of the illness.

Immigration: Ottawa touts Express Entry for jobs needing workers

At an Economic Club of Canada event last week, Canada's federal minister of citizenship and immigration, Chris Alexander, told businesses they can look to a new immigration program to fill vacancies. The program fast-tracks immigrants with work skills.

Missing plane spotted on cliff of Alaskan mountain, all 9 dead

A float plane that went missing Thursday afternoon some 300 miles south of Juneau, Alaska, has been spotted on the side of a mountain. Rescuers have not reached the crash site and recent reports say all onboard died in the crash.

Op-Ed: Shocking shirt from Vans apparel company dishonors First Nations

Many of you will join me in shock that the American apparel company Vans could even think about the racist t-shirt it put out, one that denigrates First Nations. But they did. They had meetings and not only thought about it - they went with it.

Humpback whale tangled in nets survives after dramatic rescue

A juvenile humpback whale in waters off Powell River in B.C. became tangled in the ropes of a prawn fisherman's nets over the weekend and almost died because of it. It was rescued in a lengthy operation by fisheries officials.

Human footprints found on Calvert Island oldest in North America

An amazing archaeological find has been made on British Columbia's Calvert Island. It consists of 12 human footprints from three persons, thought to be the oldest footprints in all of North America.

Actors' Fund of Canada charity raises $99,000 for members in need

The Actors' Fund of Canada is a lifeline for many in the entertainment industry in that country, distributing funds to those who've fallen upon needy times. Last week in Toronto the Fund hosted its annual golf tournament and raised over $99,000.

Two shot dead in brazen daylight attack on Toronto cafe named

Two people were shot dead and two others seriously wounded when a gunman walked into a Toronto-area cafe in broad daylight Tuesday morning and started shooting. The brazen crime took place at about 8:18 a.m. in the town of Vaughan, north of Toronto.

Op-Ed: Canucks to trade Eddie Lack for a 2nd rounder? Won't happen!

The scuttlebutt coming out of the media, and fan base, in Vancouver is that Eddie Lack will be dealt. Mind you, there's an online petition trying to convince Jim Benning not to trade the popular and talented goalie. But do GMs listen much to fans?

New Neil Young album makes Monsanto chemical company mad

On the heels of telling long-shot U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump to cease using his song "Rockin' in the Free World," Neil Young announced he has a new album coming out. Called 'The Monsanto Years,' it has made Monsanto, the company, unhappy.

Edmonton cancels its first World Naked Bike Ride due to the cold

When naked humans prefer a warm environment, for obvious reasons being naked in the cold is no fun. Hence the June 13th cancellation of what would have been the Canadian city of Edmonton's first World Naked Bike Ride — who wants to freeze their buns of

New Alzheimer's drug being tested, may reverse disease

Researchers in Florida are enrolling participants in a large-scale study to be conducted on a new drug in the fight against Alzheimer's Disease. The drug is aducanumab and in smaller trials scientists say it has performed very well.
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