Morning Headlines: May 3, 2019

Laurie Tritschler / May 3, 2019

Opponents says Horgan’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is driving up fuel costs in B.C.
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“Blame” games: BC Libs’ Billboard says gas prices Horgan’s fault

Liberal-leader Andrew Wilkinson has ramped up his message that the Premier is responsible for the pain BC drivers pay at the pump. Wilkinson’s party has rented a billboard facing the Alex Fraser Bridge which prominently displays the premier’s face and the words, “Blame John Horgan.”

The BC Liberal Caucus used publicly-funded money earmarked for the Legislative Assembly to buy the ad space.

“It’s outrageous,” said Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, who backs the NDP-led coalition.

Wilkinson has defended the move, saying it’s his party’s “job” as the official opposition to “present the case to British Columbians that they’re paying too much tax and that’s what we’re doing with those billboards.”

Walk out! Local high school students to cut class over climate change 

Teens in Vancouver and 63 other Canadian cities have said they hope their demonstration will spur policymakers across Canada to meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which scientists say are warming the country at twice the global rate.

Their “Climate Strike” movement gained traction after Swedish high schooler Greta Thunberg organized a school-strike in August 2018.

Vancouver City Council declared a “Climate Emergency” in January 2019. The province’s CleanBC initiative aims to make “all new cars in B.C. zero-emission by 2040,” according to the BC government’s website.

Lower mainland highschool students are planning to walk out of classes in solidarity with students across Canada alarmed by climate change.
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Metro Vancouver advises Grinders wear sensible footwear and pack cell phones.
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Grouse Grind opens today! Authorities advise users come to prepared 

The trail will be open between the hours of 6:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. as of this morning.

Metro Vancouver’s website recommends grinders wear sensible footwear, bring plenty of water, and pack cell phones in case they hike into trouble.

Grouse mountain’s Twitter account reminds users there are no bathrooms on the trail and asks people not to leave their garbage on the mountain.