It’s a weird year for movies

Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG from Paramount Pictures and Sega. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America. | Paramount Pictures A quick look at 2020 numbers show life hasn’t moved at all since the pandemic started The 2020 box office numbers are striking. One quick look at the list shows a weird assortment of movies that came out before the pandemic and ones that were hits in 2019 — since there were so few movies released before the pandemic hit. Only two films released in the pandemic era — “Tenet” and “The New Mutants” — made the list, and they’re not even within the top five… Read More

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Officials hope new bridge can ease traffic woes in Salt Lake City

Construction continues on the Utah Department of Transportation’s 5600 West bridge project over the Union Pacific Railroad crossing near 800 South in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Officials say the project will eliminate delays and congestion caused by trains. The project is also widening 5600 West from state Route 201 to I-80 to two lanes in each direction with a center turn lane. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Drivers on Salt Lake City’s far west side should have a better travel experience with the addition of a new railway bridge aimed at reducing long train delays and traffic backups at a highly traveled… Read More

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Developers of Oakridge Centre ask for more density in new rezoning application

The developers of Oakridge Centre, one of the largest real estate projects by size in North America and driver of the most expensive condo pre-sales by dollar value in Vancouver, are asking for major revisions to their future plans, seeking to build more density and swapping an entire luxury condo building for market rental. Oakridge is a massive 28-acre site where a first phase of construction that will take four years to finish is currently underway. Pre-sale units went on the market in late 2018 and developers sold $1 billion in units in less than a year, more than the combined pre-sales for all downtown Vancouver developments during the same… Read More

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Utah lawmakers give porn filtering proposal the boot at interim hearing

Rep. Susan Pulsipher, R-South Jordan, listens to Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, talk about anti-vaping efforts during a roundtable discussion at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Should sellers of smartphones and computers be required to install software to block access to legal but explicit internet content and have those programs switched on when the devices are sold to Utah customers? A proposal from Rep. Susan Pulsipher, R-South Jordan, looking to do just that ran into a buzz saw of dissent at an interim committee hearing Tuesday, and the idea was bounced without a vote. Pulsipher… Read More

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Utah not part of Google antitrust lawsuit, but could be soon

In this file photo, a Google receptionist works at the front desk in the company’s office in New York. | Mark Lennihan, Associated Press Some say action smacks of politics, but Sen. Mike Lee lauds move as Utah’s A.G. hints at separate multistate action SALT LAKE CITY — Utah did not appear as one of the co-plaintiffs in a Justice Department filing Tuesday of an antitrust lawsuit against online search giant Google, but the state may be readying its own separate action targeting the company. The filing in federal court in Washington, D.C., which alleges Google misused its market dominance in online search and advertising, marks the most significant U.S.… Read More

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Provo supervisor charged with unlawful sexual conduct with teen employee

Adobe Stock PROVO — A supervisor at a Provo business has been charged with engaging in illegal sexual conduct with a teenager while at work. Justin Thomas Nielson, 35, of Springville, was charged Monday in 4th District Court with unlawful sexual conduct with a 16-year-old, a third-degree felony; and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a class A misdemeanor. A 16-year-old boy told police that on Sept. 25 while working at an undisclosed business in Provo, Neilson “took him into a back room of the business away from cameras,” according to charging documents, and inappropriately touched the boy. “(Neilson) is the supervisor of the victim and has processed his employee… Read More

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B.C. Election 2020: Long on promises, short on plans to pay for them

The platforms of each party contain scant information about how they intend to pay for all the things they have promised us. There is no section in any party platform listing the new taxes we can expect to pay if they are elected. So, we have to squint a little to see what’s coming. The NDP As the incumbent government, the NDP has already tipped its hand on the kinds of things the party sees as fair game to tax: Mostly wealth. A handful of new taxes have proven to be quite popular, especially the speculation and vacancy tax on empty homes. They have also introduced a foreign-buyers tax on… Read More

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B.C. Election 2020: Parties take different approaches to environment

Nowhere do the three main parties diverge more than on the environment. Getting a handle on what they are each planning means looking into their aspirations for the energy sector, too. The NDP The New Democrats plan to pass legislation committing B.C. to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, “meaning there are either no harmful carbon emissions or they are offset by natural carbon sinks, carbon capture or other technologies.” New buildings will have to be net-zero by 2032. Trucks, buses, ports, airports, and marine vessels will be weaned off fossil fuels and industry fast-tracked through electrification. On the one hand, the liquefied natural gas industry will continue to expand, while… Read More

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Prices are going up again. What does this mean for the future of Vancouver’s housing market?

The Vancouver real estate industry reported another month of higher sales and prices in September and continues to defy dire predictions of a pandemic-induced downturn. But some analysts point out fragile aspects of the market, such as a rising condo inventory and falling condo prices. The number of real estate sales in B.C. year-over-year in September increased 63 per cent. The average residential price in B.C. increased by 15.3 per cent compared to last year, and set a monthly record of $803,210. Total sales dollar volume in August increased 88 per cent compared to last year, according to the B.C. Real Estate Association, which represents real estate agents. The Canada… Read More

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Province seeks default judgment against Filipino man allegedly linked to money-laundering scheme

The province is seeking a default judgment against a man believed to live in the Philippines and allegedly involved in a money-laundering scheme linked to a $200-million international stock fraud. In an application filed in B.C. Supreme Court on Oct. 8, the B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office has asked the court to grant judgment against Vincent Manalastas on his rights related to a $2.5-million Salt Spring Island home. In its court action, the civil forfeiture office alleges the property at 391 Baker Rd. is the proceeds of crime and was used to launder money. The listed owner of the property is Beresford Estates Inc., of which Manalastas is the sole director.… Read More

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