Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-BCMA-Deal)

B-C doctors will get a modest fee increase under the terms of a tentative contract with the provincial government.

The four-year deal covers 10-thousand members of the B-C Medical Association, including family doctors and specialists throughout the province.

They'll see their fees rise by 0.5 per cent in each of the first two years of the agreement, after which talks will resume to set the fees for the last two years.

Health Minister Mike De Jong says savings on lab fees and in other areas freed up money for the raises, as well as for new spending to improve access to doctors in rural areas. (CKNW,CHNL)

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(BC-BCGEU-Dispute)

The B-C Government Employees Union is asking for mediation in its contract talks with the provincial government, and it's warning there will be a strike if mediation fails.

President Darryl Walker says the two sides are still far apart on the main issues and he's hoping a mediator can help narrow down the differences.

The government has offered a three per cent pay increase over two years, but the union wants more, including a cost of living increase, saying its members haven't had a raise in three years.

The union's 25-thousand government workers voted 82 per cent in favour of job action last month, and Walker says they're ready to walk out if mediation doesn't produce a deal. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Fatal-Crash-Fine)

The family of a two-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a tow truck in Vancouver is outraged the only penalty against the driver is a two thousand dollar fine.

William Mah was driving the truck in August of 2009 when he turned a corner and hit a stroller, killing Aoi (AY-oy) Kazama and seriously injuring her mother, but criminal charges were dropped after experts concluded Mah was going only 12 kilometres an hour.

Sheira Hallam-Barbieri, the aunt of the victim, says the girl's family is disappointed because it had hoped the system would give them justice and hold Mah fully responsible for the accident.

Mah has a long history of driving infractions, including speeding and disobeying street signs, but his lawyer says Mah has had only two tickets in the past decade. …

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