Connect to share and comment

Environment minister spurns spat over site of sewage treatment plant

VICTORIA - Plans for a sewage treatment plant on the waterfront of Esquimalt, B.C., could be flushed away by a dispute between the township and the Capital Regional District. Councillors in Esquimalt have derailed plans for the treatment plant by voting against a rezoning application. That has prompted the regional district to urge Environment Minister Mary Polak to overturn the township's decision, but Polak says the issue is within local jurisdiction and she's unlikely to step in.

Transport Canada not negligent in grounding airline following fatal crash: judge

VANCOUVER - The owner of a British Columbia airline that went bankrupt following a crash that killed three people has lost his lawsuit against Transport Canada. Sonicblue Airways owner Ranjit Singh Gill sued the national safety agency and two of its managers for negligence and "misfeasance in public office" over the decision to suspend his operating certificate the day after the Jan. 21, 2006 accident. Gill claimed the agency had no grounds to do so and supervisors Trevor Heryet and David Nowzek acted with "in excess of their legal authority, with malice and in bad faith."

NEB approves 400 interveners approved for Trans Mountain pipeline review

VANCOUVER - The National Energy Board hearings into Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline expansion through Alberta and British Columbia will begin in August and hear from more than a thousand people, groups and communities. But only 400 of the more than 2,118 applicants who applied to be interveners in the hearings will be allowed to participate. Those groups given approval will be allowed to question experts and company officials and present evidence at the hearings.

B.C. transportation minister says aboriginal tourism operates must live with ferry cuts

VICTORIA - British Columbia's transportation minister insisted Tuesday the Liberal government remains committed to supporting First Nations tourism in the province, even though aboriginal entrepreneurs say their plans to promote authentic travel experiences in remote coastal areas have been swamped by cuts to ferry service. Transportation Minister Todd Stone said the government isn't about to change course, and aboriginal tourism operators must learn to live with the coming cuts to the coastal ferry service.

B.C. government ferry cuts set coastal aboriginal tourism efforts adrift

VICTORIA - Aboriginal entrepreneurs looking to develop home-grown tourism ventures along British Columbia's coast say their plans have been set adrift by Liberal government route cuts at BC Ferries. The government's decision to sink the money-losing summer run between Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and Bella Coola on the Central Coast has prompted one First Nation and a major tourism agency to re-evalutate their tourism strategies.

Children of Pickton's victims share $4.9 million in compensation fund

VANCOUVER - Ninety-eight children will divide $4.9 million in compensation for the loss of their mothers to serial killer Robert Pickton or other predators in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The compensation, from the federal, B.C. and Vancouver governments, was a recommendation made at the public inquiry looking into police failures involving the disappearances of 67 women, mostly Pickton's victims.

BC Ferries gets approval to build new cable-ferry system for Vancouver Island

VANCOUVER - BC Ferries has received approval to build what could be one of the world's longest cable-ferry systems, but the service and the commissioner who regulates it are keeping quiet about the expected costs until contracts for the controversial Vancouver Island project are complete. Ferry commissioner Gord Macatee announced on Thursday that despite opposition from community members he has approved funding for the project, a necessary step under the Coastal Ferry Act.

Former B.C. lieutenant-governor in hospital with spinal injury after fall

VANCOUVER - Former British Columbia lieutenant-governor and Trudeau-era cabinet minister Iona Campagnolo is in hospital with a spinal cord injury, but she is expected to make a full recovery. Campagnolo's daughter, Jennifer, said her mother was injured in a recent fall and is now in the spinal care unit at Vancouver General Hospital. The injury means Campagnolo, 81, won't be attending next week's federal Liberal party convention in Montreal.

Police search for illegal base jumper as woman arrested for alleged mischief

WHISTLER, B.C. - Police will be recommending charges of mischief over $5,000 against a 25-year-old man who made an illegal base jump from a gondola at Whistler mountain. A video of the jump posted to YouTube shows a man and woman in a cabin on the Peak 2 Peak gondola, which connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. In the video, shot with a helmet cam, the man forces the cabin door open with what appears to be a strap, before leaping off.

NDP says court documents reveal B.C. Liberal strategy to provoke teacher strike

VICTORIA - British Columbia's Opposition New Democrats revealed the contents of court transcripts Wednesday that they said confirm what a judge has already concluded: the Liberal government had a strategy to intentionally provoke a full-scale teachers strike two years ago. NDP Leader Adrian Dix led off the first question period of the spring legislative session by calling on Premier Christy Clark to publicly release cabinet documents that could reveal how the government handled contract talks with teachers.
Syndicate content