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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CROWN SAYS ACCUSED SCHOOL ATTACKER TRYING TO OBSTRUCT LEGAL PROCESS

A man charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old high school student was unresponsive during his video appearance in an Abbotsford courtroom.

Twenty-one-year-old Gabriel Klein, who's also charged with aggravated assault for injuries to a second girl in the same attack last week, sat motionless in a wheelchair as the judge questioned him Monday.

Crown lawyer Rob Macgowan told the court that Klein's repeated unwillingness to engage appears to be an intentional attempt to obstruct the legal process.

Klein is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday, when he is expected to appear in person.

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PM ANNOUNCES OCEAN PROTECTION PROGRAM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a $1.5-billion marine safety plan for Canada's coastlines and says it includes funding for a marine safety system, restoring ecosystems and new methods and research to clean up oil spills.

He announced the five-year plan in Vancouver a day after a barge flipped and sank not far from Bella Bella, where a tug ran aground last month, spilling more than 100,000 litres of diesel fuel.

Trudeau says the incident is unacceptable and it's time for Canada to step up and protect its magnificent oceans.

The B.C. and federal governments have been in talks to develop a West Coast marine spill response system for much of the past year.

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CITIZENSHIP CASE DISMISSED AFTER CONSTITUTIONAL ARGUMENTS

A case brought by the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association has been dismissed.

The two advocacy groups had sought a blanket stay of a section of the Citizenship Act, which allows the federal government, without a hearing, to revoke the citizenship of people deemed to have misrepresented themselves.

The groups had argued the provision could potentially ensnare Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef, who discovered last month that she was born in Iran, not Afghanistan as she'd believed. …

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