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Meme ridicules suicide: Todd’s mom

VANCOUVER—A mock movie poster for “Suicide Squad” depicting Amanda Todd with celebrities who killed themselves has drawn the British Columbia teenager’s mother into another battle against cyberbullying and trolls.

Carol Todd is taking aim at an Internet memes she spotted including one with photographs of her daughter, actor Robin Williams and rocker Kurt Cobain.

B.C. town opts to toss straws

VANCOUVER—Some businesses in an ocean-side town on Vancouver Island are eliminating plastic drinking straws—taking a first slug against plastic waste.

Businesses in the tourist destination of Tofino have been asked to stop routinely handing out straws and to provide biodegradable options on request, said Michelle Hall, co-chair of a non-profit group that’s spearheading the campaign.

Feds toy with DIY science

VANCOUVER—In a community laboratory she co-founded, Alaina Hardie isolates and sequences sections of her own DNA though she has no formal education in biology.

The Toronto software developer believes that “citizen scientists” like her have potential to make breakthroughs as significant as universities or big corporations.

It appears the federal government thinks so, too.

Company linked to second quake

VANCOUVER—A natural gas operation that halted work after a 4.6-magnitude earthquake in northeastern British Columbia last week has been linked to the largest earthquake in the province that’s been attributed to fracking.

Progress Energy, which is owned by Malaysia’s Petronas, paused its operations after the Aug. 17 quake that occurred 114 kilometres from Fort St. John.