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. WOMAN WANTS ASSISTED DYING LAW BROADENED

A 25-year-old Chilliwack woman has filed a constitutional challenge of Canada's new law on assisted dying, only 10 days after it came into force.

Julia Lamb argues the law violates her rights and the spirit of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling by restricting medical help in dying to those whose death is reasonably foreseeable.

Lamb has a degenerative disease that severely weakens her muscles but is unlikely to cause her immediate death.

She is filing the court challenge with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, which argues the law excludes a class of people who are suffering with no immediate end in sight from diseases such as muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease.

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GOVERNMENT SAYS TENT CITY CONDITIONS HAVE WORSENED

The B.C. government says fire, crime and sanitary conditions at Victoria's tent city courthouse have degenerated since it lost its bid in March for an injunction ordering it dismantled.

The government is back in B.C. Supreme Court for a second try for an interim injunction to start evicting more than 100 homeless people who've been living at the camp outside the city's courthouse since the fall.

Crown lawyer Warren Milman says risks including crowded pathways and the storage of combustible materials have gotten worse instead of better since a fire commissioner's report warned it was only a matter of time before a serious fire occurred.

He told court the government will have housing ready for every camper by Aug. 8 and it's prepared to accept a phased dismantling of the camp once the fire dangers are removed.

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HALF-BROTHER SUSPECTED IN YOUNG MOM'S MURDER

The half-brother of a young Mission woman has been charged in her murder more than three years ago.

Matthew Pernosky is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Rachel Pernosky, whose body was found in a rural area of Chilliwack in March 2013, three days after she disappeared. …

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