Morning Headlines: October 3, 2018

Aiya Benaso / October 3, 2018

Former Supreme Court judge Frank Iacobucci chosen to advise on consultations with Indigenous communities about Trans Mountain pipeline.
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Frank Iacobucci

Ex-Supreme Court judge appointed to oversee Indigenous consultations over Trans Mountain pipeline

Former Supreme Court judge Frank Iacobucci has been appointed to provide advice on the consultation process of the Trans Mountain pipeline with Indigenous communities. The Federal Government will follow the Court of Appeal’s decision to further consult Indigenous communities before expansion can continue.

Iacobucci says the management of the consultations is of deep concern to all the parties involved and is profoundly important for the country.

“I am committed to working diligently to ensure that the Court’s judgment is applied properly and that Indigenous peoples are meaningfully consulted,” said Frank Iacobucci in press release.

Vancouver home sales fall 40% since last year

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reports that September residential property sales in the region have decreased by 43.5%  from last year. The supply of homes for sale continued to increase across the Metro Vancouver housing market this month compared to August, while home buyer demand remained below typical levels for this time of year.

“There’s more selection for home buyers to choose from today. Since spring, home listing totals have risen to levels we haven’t seen in our market in four years,” said Ashley Smith, REBGV president-elect in a press release.

Vancouver home sales have dropped 40% since last September.

For Sale sign

Canucks kick off season opener tonight

The Vancouver Canucks hit the ice tonight at Rogers Arena for their first NHL regular season game. The Canucks face off at 7pm against their long time rivals the Calgary Flames.

The team is full of young prospects this season, including Calder trophy hopeful Elias Pettersson. This is the first home opener without the now retired Sedin twins in 18 years.