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January 17, 2019 / 19:40 | Story:

Plans are under way to rebuild the lumber and secondary industries in British Columbia, ensuring more logs are processed in the province, said Prime Minister John Horgan.

The revitalization plan for the forestry sector will be made through incentives and regulatory changes, he said in a speech at the annual Truckers' Convention on Thursday.

Changes in policy include increasing fines for late reporting of wood waste and reducing waste by redirecting it to pulp and paper mills.

The actions will reverse a systematic decline in the coastal forest sector over the past two decades, he said, adding that the plan will be implemented through a series of legislative, regulatory and policy changes over the next two years.

More wood can be processed here in B.C. and to achieve this the government will reform the policy of exporting raw logs, discourage high classification and restrict the export of minimally processed timber, he said.

This will be a gradual process and will be applied to new sales through B.C. wood sales programs, he said.

"For so long the vision for our coastal forestry … was to send our natural resources elsewhere," he said.

Coastal employment declined by 20 percent, timber production fell by 45 percent and pulp production by 50 percent, while log exports from Crown land increased almost ten-fold, impacting communities deeply, he said.

These policies will not be fulfilled by the stroke of a pen or a magic wand, but by hard work, he said.

"Continuing on the track where we are leaving a lot of junk in the bush and shipping too many offshore products without any added value is not sensible and is not sustainable."

He said the government can not recreate the industry that existed 20 years ago, but it was "determined" to return the wealth of natural resources to the communities it comes from.

"Let's find a way through incentives and regulations, through carrots and sticks to make it happen."

Truck Loggers Association chief executive David Elstone said the announcement addresses growing concerns about coastal management on the coast.

"The forest industry in B.C. is a complex entity and making changes is never easy. We look forward to working with the premier and helping them understand the difference between perception and reality," Elstone said.

The association has been struggling for this kind of change for many years, he said.

There has been a steady stream of contractors leaving the industry and these policy changes will contain this tide, he said.

"Forestry is not rocket science. It's much more complicated," he said. "And that's the truth."

The BC Green Caucus said in a statement that the widespread closure of mills, large-scale export of logs, the increasing amount of disposable waste left in cut-off places, intensification of forest fire stations and outbreaks of pests are challenges that the government must take seriously.

"This reform should have started a decade ago and should begin with the recognition that a healthy industry depends on a healthy forest ecosystem," said Sonia Furstenau, who represents the Cowichan Valley in the Legislative.

"Our goal is to develop a second growth sustainable sector in B.C. – that is resilient to climate change and forest fires and that can provide meaningful and rewarding employment to the local community – as a means of preventing the extraction of old trees."


January 17, 2019 / 7:23 | Story:

The National Energy Council rejected the request from Burnaby City Hall to rescind orders by allowing the company to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to carry out work at its terminal in the city.

Metro Vancouver City has asked the council to cancel requests after the Federal Court of Appeals overturned the government's approval for the expansion project.

Burnaby argued that the terminal's work was mainly related to the project, but the board said in a written decision on Thursday that it is keeping orders, allowing Trans Mountain Corp. do the infrastructure work at Terminal Burnaby.

NEB said pipeline modifications are not associated with the expansion project and that relocation and deactivation orders allow Trans Mountain to optimize the site and prepare to offer new services to transporters.

The council also allowed the company to continue deforestation as part of the approved work.

Burnaby has been a longtime opponent of pipeline expansion, which would substantially increase tanker traffic in the city's waters, and was among the plaintiffs in the case of the Federal Court of Appeals against the project.

January 17, 2019 / 15:00 | Story:

Almost a year after it was determined that the British Columbia government did not follow the law on income relief payments, the provincial ombudsperson said that about 1,000 people have not yet been paid.

Jay Chalke released an update Thursday in his May 2018 report that found that the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction unduly placed a one-month waiting period on those who earned extra income while receiving welfare benefits.

Chalke said last year in his report that about 2,600 people had their payments denied totaling nearly $ 658,000.

A statement from Chalke said the ministry has pledged to repay these people by October 1 of last year, but there are almost 1,000 people still entitled to payments totaling more than $ 225,000.

The Ombudsperson's report said that the imposition of a one-month waiting period for income exemption was contrary to the employment and assistance regulation.

Mr. Chalke said he is calling on the ministry to intensify efforts to locate the remaining individuals and pay the money owed to them.

Social Development Minister Shane Simpson said in a statement that the government is committed to compensating all those who did not receive the exemption.

He said that more than 1,650 people have already been reimbursed.

"There were difficulties finding the remaining individuals," Simpson said. "They are no longer in care and are no longer living at the address we have for them, but we continue to seek them to ensure they receive a fair payment that goes back to a poor policy decision taken in 2012."


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A pilot project in Vancouver is being expanded across British Columbia after more than double the number of people dependent on drugs remained under treatment to prevent them from suffering a fatal overdose.

The initiative, led by the Center for Excellence in HIV / AIDS and Coastal Health in Vancouver, uses the same strategy that has helped to reduce HIV / AIDS rates in the province and to administer patients with other chronic conditions, such as diabetes.

Dr. Rolando Barrios, the center's senior medical director, said a renewed care system involves a team of doctors, nurses and social workers who take simple steps, such as calling patients who do not attend appointments and work to meet other needs. such as housing and employment.

The pilot of 17 clinics involved 1,100 patients and showed that seven out of ten of them remained in treatment after three months, compared with three in 10. The program prescribes surrogate opioids like suboxone and methadone to reduce illicit drug cravings and quit abstinence. symptoms.

Barrios said retaining people who are addicted to opiates like heroin and fentanyl in treatment is the biggest hurdle in the overdose crisis that cost 3,600 lives in B.C. alone since 2016.

The project includes practical help, including reminding patients when medication is about to expire and getting pharmacies to connect with healthcare teams when people do not get their medications.

"We expect adherence to treatment to improve overall outcomes and eventually that we can not document now, will reduce overdose and mortality," he said on Thursday.

Dr. Patricia Daly, chief of public health public health at the Vancouver Coastal, said reducing HIV rates involves setting targets to identify 90% of patients in B.C. and keep them on treatment.

"Most people who are dying are known for the health system. They may have even started treatment at some point in their lives, but we are doing a terrible job of keeping them on treatment, which probably needs to be some cases. " , lifelong or certainly for many years, "said Daly.

"We know that people with relapse of addiction, which is the norm, is not necessarily a curable condition. They could be in long-term recovery, but they need to stay with this treatment to avoid death."

Guy Felicella battled a 20-year heroin addiction and an overdose six times after fentanyl hit Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. He finally sought replacement opioid treatment that led him to take suboxone for nine months, starting in 2013.

"What this provided was stability, so I was not keen on using fentanyl every day," he said, adding that he now works in the neighborhood to help others in the same area of ​​addiction, alongside a nurse who once saved his life.

January 17, 2019 / 2:35 p.m. | Story:

Canada's interim competition commissioner is urging B.C. to change its beverage policy to allow more competition, stimulate innovation and lower prices.

Matthew Boswell writes in an open letter to B.C. Attorney General David Eby that the province's current policy restricts competition, raises consumer prices, and limits access to specialty products.

B.C. requires restaurants, bars and hotels to purchase alcoholic beverage products at retail prices from government-owned stores.

Boswell says he supports recommendations that hospitality providers should be able to purchase alcohol products from any licensed source in the province, including private retailers, and they must pay "an appropriate wholesale price."

These two recommendations were made in an April 2018 report commissioned by the provincial government as part of its ongoing review of the provincial policy of alcoholic beverages.

Boswell, who applauded the BC's efforts to revise its policy, says such changes would stimulate more competition and lead to more consumer choices and lower prices.

January 17, 2019 / 14:28 | Story:

A man accused of murdering a 12-year-old British Columbia girl over 40 years ago was found guilty of murder in the first degree.

Jurors began deliberating on the fate of Garry Handlen on Tuesday after an 11-week trial at BC Supreme Court where Monica Jack's mother witnessed in tears the last time she saw her daughter riding a bike on a sunny Saturday in May 1978.

Jack's relatives wept in court after the verdict was released on Thursday.

The trial heard that Handlen told a secret RCMP officer in November 2014 that he sexually abused Jack after kidnapping her from a road retreat in Merritt.

His defense team had kept the confession was coerced.

A conviction for first-degree murder carries a life sentence with no chance of probation for 25 years.

In a hidden camera video shown in court, Handlen told the crime boss of a so-called Mr. Big operation that he grabbed Jack, threw his bike into a lake, forced the girl into the bathroom of his trailer and drove a trip hard where he killed her and burned her clothes and parts of her body.

Jack's skull and some bones were found in the area 17 years later.

His mother, Madeline Lanaro, told the trial that she was taking her old Mustang home with her other children when she saw her daughter on the road and the girl waved to them.

"I buzzed and the children screamed," Do you want a ride? "And she said" no. "

Lanaro said that his daughter asked for permission to ride a bicycle on the road for the first time that day.

The secret nine-month operation that began in Minden, Ontario, in early 2014, involved a fictional criminal group that hired Handlen to do legal and illegal work as a moneylender, the trial said.

Handlen received nearly $ 12,000 from the gang that promised him a middle management job because he was winning the favor of the boss, who told him in the video that the police had DNA linking him to Jack's murder, but the crime could be assigned to another person if He provided sufficient detail.

"The result is they got people who saw you and got your DNA. That's not good, Garry," the crime boss said in a hotel room in a video screened at the jury.

Handlen was also told that he would have to travel to the British Columbia with other members of the group to point out where he said he had kidnapped Jack so that a sick man taking advantage of his fall had this information.

Handlen told the alleged crime boss that he picked up an Indian girl and sexually assaulted her, then repeated at least a half-dozen different times that he strangled before throwing his body behind a log and leaving the area.

"It's a burden on my shoulder now, I already told you. So I'm not the only one who knows now," he tells the crime boss in the video.

The boss says he could continue working for the group to pay off the debt.

"I am indebted for life now," says Handlen, before thanking him repeatedly.

Handlen's defense attorneys told the jury that his client was created by the RCMP with incentives that made him believe he would get the dream of a new truck and remain part of a group he called a bunch of siblings.

However, the Crown said Handlen had no motivation to confess to a crime he did not commit and was relieved to have ventured a secret he had carried for 36 years.

January 17, 2019 / 10h21 | Story:

The woman who quit Wednesday as a liberal candidate in the federal election in Burnaby South says she hopes the party will give her a "second chance."

Karen Wang says she "still loves" the liberals but also says the party did not say whether it would allow her to rescind her resignation.

Wang came down suddenly after being criticized for an online post that highlighted the ethnic group of New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh, who is also running in the election.

The Liberal Party has already said that Wang's comments are not in line with his values.

When he announced his decision on Wednesday, Wang said he did not want comments to become a distraction.

Speaking in a telephone interview, Wang says she has the "heart and passion" to serve Burnaby South and if the Liberals did not accept her back, she would consider running for Independent.

She plans to hold a press conference in Burnaby on Thursday afternoon.

January 17, 2019 / 9:26 am | Story:

Former US President Barack Obama is coming to Vancouver.

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce said in a statement that Obama will speak on March 5 during a late afternoon event at the Vancouver Convention Center.

It is billed as a conversation with the first African-American to be elected to the presidency.

Iain Black, president and CEO of the commercial board, says the organization is delighted with its looks.

Obama, who was elected 44th US president in 2008 and served two terms, is expected to make an appearance in Calgary earlier in the day.

Tickets for the Vancouver presentation will be offered to board members first, but the remaining tickets will be made available to the general public on February 1.

"It is an honor for our organization to host one of the most respected world leaders in recent history in the light of its lifelong dedication to principled diplomacy and the creation of a more egalitarian society," Black said in the statement.

Board President Lori Mathison said Business leaders repeatedly placed Obama's name at the top of the polls about the desired speakers.

Mathison called Obama "possibly the most coveted speaker in the world."

Tickets for Obama's speech in Calgary on the Saddledome are now on sale.

January 17, 2019 / 09h24 | Story:

Vancouver city councilmen voted to join cities like Los Angeles and London to declare a climate emergency.

The mayor's office says in a social media post that the councilors voted unanimously to approve the motion.

Counselor Christine Boyle, who changed the resolution, says the team now has a mandate to "dramatically strengthen" Vancouver's climate action plan.

She says this could include new methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond the city's current climate goals and create a special working group to support Vancouver's efforts to transition fossil fuels.

The resolution also requires a framework to ensure that communities most vulnerable to the impact of change are supported first.

Boyle says climate change is already affecting Vancouver residents and addressing the emergency will not be easy.

"We are a smart city, capable of doing difficult things," Boyle said in a statement.

"We need to respond to this crisis urgently and compassionately on the path to a more just society."

Vancouver's carbon pollution levels are seven per cent below 2007 levels, representing an average reduction of less than one per cent per year in the last decade. An annual average reduction of more than three percent is required to meet the city's 2030 goals, the statement said.

Turmoil has caused 14 passengers on a flight from Vancouver to Edmonton to get sick. reports that Flair Airlines' Boeing 737-400 was leaving Vancouver on December 29 when, while on autopilot, the aircraft rose sharply by 20 degrees and rolled 45 degrees to the right.

The autopilot applied the full aileron to the left, causing the aircraft to roll 30 degrees to the left.

Meaningful buffeting continued after the plane stabilized.

Seat belt signs were lit during the incident, and passengers were instructed to remain seated, but the Transportation Safety Council reports that 14 people became ill. There were no injuries, however.

The aircraft continued to Edmonton for a safe landing.

The Aeroinside report contains information from the Civil Aviation Daily Report System.

Transport Canada strives to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the data contained in the CADORS, however, the information contained therein must be treated as preliminary, unsubstantiated and subject to change.

A hundred days in an attempt to return to the world that left Victoria, Jeanne Socrates is on her way to the record books.

The 76-year-old hopes to become the oldest person to navigate alone, nonstop, around the world, according to CTV News.

"I found a big squid on the deck … that took a clutch while it was hoisted," she wrote in a recent blog post.

Socrates left Victoria in October. She is already the oldest woman to make the epic journey, a feat she performed when she was 70 years old.

In an e-mail to CTV, Socrates said she made a great time all around the Pacific on her boat, the 38-foot S / V Nereida, but encountered storms skirting Cape Horn.

"I often have to find a way to wait and let them through before I continue," she said.

"Avoiding an imminent system of weather meant keeping the seas in very hectic seas and winds of up to 40 kt or more – it was very frightening to keep up at night under these conditions, surfing up to 12-15kt sometimes in the great seas" . … I was definitely being able to " and not liking it! "

She plans to be back in Victoria in June.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island

Prince George could house the province's second BC Cannabis store.

A lawsuit goes before the city council on Monday for a rezone at a mall on 120-6565 Southridge Avenue, which formally housed a bank.

In a letter to the board, the liquor and marijuana distribution subsidiary has indicated that it is interested in the venue because the retail area has ample parking and is easily accessible to customers.

The store would have 2,000 square feet and would be designed bright and welcoming. If approved, Prince George would become the second BC city with a government cauldron shop after the location of Kamloops which opened on the day of legalization.

Government-run cannabis stores do not require a license from the province, but they have to follow local zoning and bylaw processes.

The proposal is Monday for second reading, which if approved, would set the stage for a public hearing at a later date.

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