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Premier urges New Brunswick town not to let guard down after water levels recede

SUSSEX, N.B. - Water levels in many parts of New Brunswick receded Thursday but Premier David Alward and Emergency Measures officials urged residents not to let their guard down because of a potential for more dangerous flooding. Alward spent the day touring areas that had been submerged Wednesday when heavy rain and ice jams caused rivers and streams to spill their banks.

Canadian town says 'no' to Enbridge pipeline in vote

By Julie Gordon KITIMAT, British Columbia (Reuters) - Residents of the British Columbia town of Kitimat voted against the Northern Gateway pipeline project in a blow to Enbridge Inc's efforts to expedite the flow of crude from Canada's landlocked oil sands to high-paying markets in Asia. The final tally, which came after a month of election-style campaigning in the small town where the pipeline terminal would be built, was more decisive than expected, with 58.4 percent of residents voting "no" and 41.6 percent "yes".

Kitimat, B.C., residents vote no in Northern Gateway oil pipeline plebiscite

KITIMAT, B.C. - The residents of Kitimat, B.C. have voted against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project in a non-binding plebiscite. The ballot count from Saturday's vote was 1,793 opposed versus 1,278 who supported the multi-billion dollar project — a margin of 58.4 per cent to 41.6 per cent. The results from two polling stations and an advance vote all showed a clear majority for the “No” side. “The people have spoken. That’s what we wanted — it’s a democratic process,” Kitimat Mayor Joanne Monaghan said in a statement issued after the vote Saturday night.

The winter that won't die prompts crashes, snowfall warnings across Prairies

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The winter that wouldn't die continues to plague the Prairies. Snowfall advisories were issued Friday in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, while in northern Alberta heavy snow and poor road conditions were considered factors in a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 63, the main road to the oilsands town of Fort McMurray. No one suffered life-threatening injuries in the pileup but RCMP said several people had been taken to hospital. That, combined with collisions on other roads in the area, prompted RCMP to warn against travelling on the highways in the area.

Alberta country music crooner cancels run for federal political office

HIGH RIVER, Alta. - Canadian country crooner George Canyon says he's cancelling his plans to seek political office. Earlier this year, the award-winning singer announced he would seeking the Tory nomination in the new federal riding of Bow River in southern Alberta. But on Friday, Canyon posted a message to fans on his website saying a recent health scare has made him re-evaluate that. Canyon said "everything is fine" but did not specify the health problem. He has spoken publicly about being diagnosed with Type I diabetes as a child.

B.C. First Nation along pipeline route officially rejects Northern Gateway plan

FORT ST. JAMES, B.C. - A group of First Nations with territory covering a quarter of the route for the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline met with federal representatives Friday to officially reject the project. Officials with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the National Energy Board and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans met with the four clans of the Yinka Dene in Fort St. James, and listened as dozens of elders, hereditary and elected chiefs said "No."

Kitimat residents to cast ballots on Northern Gateway pipeline project

KITIMAT, B.C. - Residents of Kitimat will cast votes in a local plebiscite Saturday for or against the multibillion-dollar Northern Gateway pipeline. The District of Kitimat has remained neutral on the $6-billion project, but the vote will decide council's position. "We'll see what the people of Kitimat want," said Mayor Joanne Monaghan.

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.

Former Parks Canada bosses fight proposal for hotel at Maligne Lake near Jasper

EDMONTON - Parks Canada should reject a plan to build a hotel on the shore of one of the most scenic lakes in the country's national parks, say three former senior staff. An open letter released Wednesday says allowing a private developer to build a 66-room hotel and 15 tent cabins at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park would violate well-established policy and open the doors to similar projects that would degrade the wilderness experience.

Manitoba eyes lifting moratorium on tundra buggy permits in new polar bear park

WINNIPEG - Manitoba is deciding whether to lift restrictions on eco-tourism as it prepares to designate a new polar bear provincial park on Hudson Bay. The province is hiring a consultant to review the number of off-road tundra vehicles used to carry tourists around polar bear country near Churchill and to recommend how many should be allowed to operate in the new park.
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