Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-Children-Killed-Watchdog)

The B-C government says it's taking action on family violence after a report on the murders of three children in Merrritt four years ago, but the N-D-P is questioning the government's commitment.

The report by Children's Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said the deaths of the children at the hands of their mentally-unstable father, Allan Schoenborn, could have been prevented if government agencies did a better job of working together.

Children's Minister Mary McNeil says the government is putting together an action plan to strengthen support for children and families, including a special domestic violence unit.

N-D-P children's critic Claire Trevena says she wonders how the government can promise more support when there's no new money in the budget for such action, but McNeil says if more resources are needed, the government will find the money. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Teachers'-Dispute)

Education Minister George Abbott said he's disappointed teachers plan to go on strike for three days next week, but he respects their decision and says he's open to new negotiations.

B-C Teachers Federation President Susan Lambert says teachers are frustrated and are taking the strike action reluctantly, adding she'd be open to new talks with Abbott "in a heartbeat."

Abbott says he'd be happy to meet with the union, and all Lambert has to do is call.

Meanwhile, Abbott has opened debate on his legislation, which would impose a ban on strikes while a mediator tries to hammer out a new teachers' contract, but he says the bill won't be rammed through the house, meaning the teachers' strike can proceed next week. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Hospital-Infections)

The Fraser Health Authority is denying a statement by doctors that 84 patients have died at Burnaby General Hospital because of infections from the C-Difficle bacteria over the past two years.

Dr. Andrew Webb, the health authority's vice-president of medicine, says the deaths can't be blamed on the bacteria alone and the hospital is still a safe place.

He admits there has been a high rate of C. difficile infections, but the health agency is taking action on the recommendations of an external review of infection prevention and control measures at Burnaby General. …

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