Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-Drunk-Driving-Review)

B-C is reviewing its drunk driving laws in the face of court challenges from motorists who faced stiff penalties after being stopped for impaired driving.

Justice Minister Shirley Bond says the review will cover a total of 12-hundred people who were handed roadside driving bans in November of 2011 just before the B-C Supreme Court struck down part of the law.

She says officials in the motor vehicle branch are examining the driving records of each of the motorists to determine if those who were ordered to take driver education programs should be excused from the program.

Waiving the orders could save each driver almost 26-hundred dollars. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Clark-Auditor)

Premier Christy Clark says she wants to fix the process of selecting B-C's auditor general, and she also wants the current watchdog, John Doyle, to stay on another two years.

She says her government will introduce legislation to extend the auditor's term from the current six years to eight, and limit it to a single term.

Clark says she wants to take the politics out of the appointment after a Liberal-dominated committee voted not to extend Doyle's term.

N-D-P caucus chairman Shane Simpson says Clark has hit the damage control button and he wants to see more details of her plan. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Film-Woes)

It doesn't appear the struggling B-C film industry will get any more tax help from the provincial government.

The industry says it needs more tax credits to better compete with Ontario and Quebec.

North Shore Studios president Peter Leitch (Leech) says movie and T-V production companies in B-C are in trouble with empty studio space and idle jobs, and his studio is facing the worst financial quarter in its 23-year history.

But Premier Christy Clark says B-C already offers about 285 (m) million dollars in tax credits to the film industry each year and it's not likely more money will be available because the government is trying to balance its budget. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Idle-No-More)

A highway blockade north of Victoria, a street protest in Vancouver, and a railway blockade in northwest B-C were part of a national day of protest by the idle No More movement. …

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