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Roughriders take tight game over B.C. Lions

VANCOUVER—The B.C. Lions know they're facing an uphill slog in the second half of the season after dropping yet another close game.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-4) squeezed out a 24-21 win Saturday night, handing the Leos (3-6) their first home loss of the season.

Riders quarterback Zach Collaros threw for 215 yards, while B.C.'s Travis Lulay put up 231.

Smoke flavour hides in wine grapes

VANCOUVER—Smoky overtones can ruin a nice bottle of wine, but researchers in British Columbia are finding that preventing grapes from capturing the flavour of wildfires can be difficult.

Wine grapes absorb smoke compounds, surrounding them with sugar, explained Wesley Zandberg, an assistant chemistry professor at the University of British Columbia in Okanagan.

Aquarium ditching whales, dolphins

VANCOUVER—Whales, dolphins, and porpoises no longer will be kept at Vancouver's aquarium—a move animal advocates say is a step toward the end of cetaceans in captivity.

The Vancouver Aquarium announced yesterday it is ending the display of cetaceans following a long and controversial battle with animal activists and the city's park board over the issue.

First Nations hope for economic high from pot

VANCOUVER—Canada's marijuana industry is expanding rapidly and some First Nations are looking to cash in on the emerging economic opportunities.

Phil Fontaine, an indigenous politician turned marijuana executive, has spent the last year travelling the country and talking to First Nations about jobs, wealth, and training opportunities the burgeoning marijuana business could bring.

Shelter plays mom to moose calves

After months of bottle-feedings and curfews, a pair of moose calves rescued in northern British Columbia are thriving and giving hope for other orphaned wildlife in the region.

Roy Rea, an instructor at the University of Northern British Columbia, says the male and female calves were only days old when they were discovered near Prince George in late May.