Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top B.C. News as of 4:30 P.M

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top B.C. News as of 4:30 P.M

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Top B.C. News

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THURSDAY, Sept. 19

B.C. NEWS ADVISORY

Here are the top B.C. news stories from The Canadian Press. All times local unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops. This advisory replaces The Canadian Press News Budget. Contact the Vancouver desk at 604-687-1662.

COMING TOMORROW:

North worries about onslaught LNG will bring

LNG-Exploding-Growth

VANCOUVER --Municipal politicians in British Columbia's north are facing the exact opposite problem that beset them as the forestry industry declined. Instead of worrying about sluggish economic growth and a fleeing tax base, they are now concerned about overcrowded hospitals and over-stretched infrastructure as the new gold rush of LNG development promises to rapidly swell their populations. Premier Christy Clark gathered several northern municipal leaders -- including an area NDP MLA -- into a meeting room at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention this week to discuss their worries. 600 words. By Dirk Meissner. Moves at 1 a.m. PST.

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TOP STORIES:

Dix says NDP needs to adjust to realities

Dix-Future

VANCOUVER -- Outgoing New Democratic Party Leader Adrian Dix says he doesn't plan to play an active role in the race to choose his successor, but less than 24 hours after announcing his decision to step down, he suggested the NDP should stay true to its left wing roots and be wary of attempts to liberalize the party to win elections."There's no need for a second Liberal Party," said Dix. "We don't need a second party that is compulsively self-absorbed and really doesn't have any agenda for the key issues in provincial jurisdiction. We need an NDP." 1,000 words. PHOTO. AUDIO.

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School support staff reach tentative contract

Strike-Averted

VANCOUVER -- Looming job action by 33,000 unionized school support staff in British Columbia has been averted with a tentative two-year contract. …

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