Derrick Penner, The Vancouver Sun

Derrick Penner

The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Recent articles by Derrick:

B.C. Hydro proposes to take edge off of years worth of rising rates

The B.C. government says B.C. Hydro customers could see their bills go down, slightly, for the first time in decades → Read More

TRU carpentry camp a primer for the young to consider trades training

B.C. faces a looming shortage of carpenters, plumbers and electricians, so it is more important than ever to interest young people in potential careers in the skilled trades. → Read More

Maple Ridge pot-shop opening raises B.C. retail roster to 59 private stores

Opening of Spiritleaf's legal retail cannabis outlet in Maple Ridge follows crackdown on illegal dispensaries in Victoria and Kamloops. → Read More

Telus still working 'around-the-clock' to fix aftermath of email failure

The company attributes the disruption to flawed repair procedure while trying to fix an equipment failure. → Read More

UBC plots $20.4-million expansion of emissions-reducing bioenergy heating plant

The federal government will contribute $7.6 million to the project to more than double the bioenergy component of the university's district heating system. → Read More

First Nations group keeps pressure on DFO over proposal for seal and sea lion hunt

Proponents of the venture maintain that controlling seal and sea lion populations is critical to protecting salmon, though there are divided scientific opinions on the question. → Read More

B.C. minister asks for urgent federal help with forestry sector crisis

In the letter Donaldson proposed adjusting Employment Insurance eligibility requirements for laid-off mill workers, developing early retirement incentives, and establishing worker transition offices. → Read More

B.C. Hydro seeks special rate to offer TransLink, B.C. Transit EV conversion

The idea is to create an incentive for fleet owners to convert to electric vehicles by removing or reducing charges designed to discourage power use during peak demand periods. → Read More

Insurance brokers nearly ready to bring on ICBC rate changes

B.C.'s public auto insurer is set to roll out its driver-based rate system starting Sept. 1. → Read More

B.C. Hydro crisis fund costs less than half its estimate, utility says

B.C. Hydro was under pressure to find ways to help cash-strapped customers with rising electricity rates. Their solution wound up being less expensive than expected. → Read More

VPD senior officer suspended for unauthorized disclosure on young offender

The Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner has suspended an unnamed senior officer with the Vancouver Police Department over the unauthorized release of sensitive information about a young offender. Commissioner Clayton Pecknold, in a news release, said that in concluding that the officer had committed misconduct, an adjudicator from his office imposed three five-day suspensions […] → Read More

National Energy Board rejects argument LNG Canada's pipeline should have had federal review

Canada's national energy regulator ruled that British Columbia rightly had the jurisdiction to handle the environmental assessment for Coastal GasLink's 670-kilometre pipeline. → Read More

Office thermostat survey finds 'cold war' is real, and the casualties are mostly women

Many HVAC systems were designed in the 1960s when the average office employee was more likely to be a 150 lb man wearing a business suit. → Read More

National manhunt on for Port Alberni teens suspected in three murders

If you see them, "do not approach, take no action and call immediately 911,” RCMP warned on Tuesday → Read More

Northern B.C.: The dead, the missing and the police investigation

B.C. Mounties will provide an update into two major investigations in Northern B.C. at an 11 a.m. press conference today. Police said they will also be issuing a public plea for information but provided no specifics. The update comes following several media outlets reported that a man wanted for murder in Texas could be linked […] → Read More

B.C.'s crime rate rose slightly in the last year

Some 369,400 criminal-code offences were reported to police in 2018 giving B.C. an overall crime rate of 7,400 per 100,000 population → Read More

B.C.'s rime rate rose slightly in the last year

Some 369,400 criminal-code offences were reported to police in 2018 giving B.C. an overall crime rate of 7,400 per 100,000 population → Read More

In boom times for Vancouver film industry players bet on bigger boost from video streaming

With hits such as Netflix sensation Riverdale in its repertoire, Vancouver industry players prepare for the future of video streaming. → Read More

Plecas launches new investigation into suspended B.C. legislature sergeant at arms

Suspended sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz has been cleared of allegations in one inquiry, but a new complaint has led to another while special prosecutors also continue their work. → Read More

Same-day e-commerce draws new player into fray with Purolator QuickShip service

Taking advantage of the spotlight of Amazon's so-called Prime Day, Purolator announces its own QuickShip option for clients including online eyewear merchant Clearly. → Read More