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Park Board to lift ban on breeding cetaceans in captivity at Vancouver Aquarium

Beluga whale Aurora catches a fish thrown by a trainer while being fed at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday June 25, 2014.
Beluga whale Aurora catches a fish thrown by a trainer while being fed at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday June 25, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER – Vision Vancouver lost control of the Park Board to the NPA on Saturday night, leaving many wondering whether hard line stances on key issues hurt the Vision candidates.

NPA Park Board candidates campaigned on a promise to reverse a controversial decision affecting the breeding of whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium.

The party says it will begin work right away on the change.

Many had been critical of the previous Vision-dominated Park Board for perceived interference at the facility.

The new board also wants to settle the battle over the ‘One Card’ used at community centres. The battle has been raging for nearly two years over an initiative to allow universal access to all community centres in the city.

Supporters said it would make it easier for people to use whatever centre they wanted. Critics said it was an attempt by the Park Board to control the money raised by individual community centre associations.

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A lawsuit was filed to stop the process and NPA commissioners now say they want to find a way to make peace.

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