Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Article excerpt

(BC-Teachers-Dispute)

The B-C Teachers' Federation is making another attempt to sack the mediator the government appointed to try the settle the teachers' long-running contract dispute.

Union lawyer John Hodgins has told a B-C Supreme Court judge that Charles Jago doesn't have any experience as a mediator and is biased and should be removed from his post.

Education Minister George Abbott has defended Jago as a qualified mediator, but Abbott has also warned he will legislate an end to the teachers' dispute if Jago's mediation effort fails.

The teachers dispute extends back to the start of the school year last fall when the union and government failed to reach a new contract, and teachers began job action, which now includes a ban on extracurricular activities. (The Canadian Press)

---

---

(BC-Flood-Threat)

The rising Fraser River in the Prince George area is expected to peak late today or early tomorrow before water levels begin to recede.

That's the prediction of the B-C River Forecast Centre, which issued a flood warning for the Prince George area earlier today.

The centre has also also added the North Thompson and Liard Rivers to its list of waterways on flood watch, joining other rivers in the Peace region and northern Rocky Mountains, however, it's ending high streamflow advisories in the Southern Interior and Okanagan-Kettle areas.

Meanwhile, crews have managed to clear a huge mudslide that blocked the Trans-Canada Highway between Revelstoke and Golden yesterday. (The Canadian Press)

---

---

(BC-Mill-Fire)

Merritt's fire chief says industry-wide vigilance after two deadly B-C sawmill explosions may have kept a sawmill in his community from being destroyed by fire last night.

Flames were sparked in an outside wall of the Tolko sawmill just before 9 p.m., spreading from the ground to the fourth floor before crews could extinguish them.

Dave Tomkinson says damage was minimized thanks to recent cleanup efforts at B-C mills.

He says the fire is not considered suspicious, and the building's mechanical and electrical systems are likely the culprit. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.