Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

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What's making news in British Columbia

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B.C. CLAMPS DOWN ON INVASIVE MUSSELS

Premier Christy Clark says a program to defend the province's waterways from invasive mussels is being enhanced, with $2 million in funding from BC Hydro, FortisBC, Columbia Power and the Columbia River Basin.

Clark said no zebra or quagga mussels have been detected in B.C. waterways so far and the province wants to keep it that way with the addition of eight permanent inspection stations that will check boats and equipment.

The invasive mussel species pose a serious threat to aquatic ecosystems, salmon populations, hydro power stations and other infrastructure facilities.

They can clog pipes, cause ecological and economic damage, displace native aquatic plants and wildlife and affect drinking water quality.

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PILOT WALKS AWAY FROM CRASH

A pilot from the Pacific Flying Club walked away with bumps and bruises after the single-engine plane he was flying crashed in the Cariboo.

The incident happened late Wednesday morning in an area northwest of Kamloops, between Clinton and 70 Mile House.

Bill Yearwood of the Transportation Safety Board said it appears the crash was caused by a mechanical issue in the Cessna 172, adding the pilot is OK and was treated in hospital.

Yearwood said the Pacific Flying Club is based at the Boundary Bay Airport in the Lower Mainland, and the man was en route to Vanderhoof.

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AIRLINE TURNS NEW LEAF ON FARES

Discount air carrier NewLeaf Travel says it will soon be selling low-cost seats, now that it has been given the green light by the Canadian Transportation Agency.

The regulator has ruled that indirect air service carriers like Winnipeg-based NewLeaf do not need an air licence as long as they do not portray themselves as the ones operating the flight or the aircraft.

NewLeaf purchases seats from Kelowna-based Flair Airlines and resells them to the public.

NewLeaf has previously said it would offer "no frills" flights from Kelowna International Airport and an airport in Hamilton, Ontario, to several cities, including Abbotsford.

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ANNUAL CUT FALLS IN SOUTHERN INTERIOR

Provincial forestry officials say the new annual-allowable cut for the Merritt Timber Supply Area in B. …

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