Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-Mill-Explosion)

The body of a man has been found amid the wreckage of the Burns Lake sawmill that was obliterated by an explosion and fire last Friday.

The B-C Coroner's Service says the body was discovered near the edge of the debris and forensic testing will be needed to confirm an identity.

A second man remains missing after the disaster engulfed the Babine Forest Products mill.

Nineteen other people were hurt in the blast, and 11 remain in hospitals in B-C and Alberta, at least two of them in critical condition. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Polygamy-Taxes)

The leader of the polygamous community of Bountiful in southeast B-C is facing tax evasion charges in a court in Vancouver.

The federal government says Winston Blackmore failed to pay taxes on one-and-a-half (m) million dollars earned between the years 2000 and 2006.

Blackmore says his company -- J-R Blackmore and Sons -- should be assessed as a congregation, allowing the tax burden to be spread out among the residents of his community.

But a federal lawyer says the people of Bountiful don't fit the criteria of a congregation for tax purposes in the same way as religious colonies where inhabitants don't have any property or possessions. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Trade-Mission-Costs)

Premier Christy Clark's trade mission to Asia in November cost taxpayers more than 600-thousand dollars.

The figure includes travel costs for the premier, ministers Pat Bell and Mike de Jong, and support staff.

Six thousand dollars in gifts were also handed out, and the province spent over 14 thousand in translation services on the junket to China and India.

During the mission, Clark's signed deals with Chinese companies that will invest 1.3 (b) billion dollars in two mining projects in the province, including a proposed coal mine near Hudson's Hope in northeast B-C. (CKNW)

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(BC-Boy-Returned)

A man accused of kidnapping a young boy in southeast B-C last fall has been given 30 days in jail after pleading guilty in a separate case. …

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