Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-Beluga-Sick)

A beluga whale suffering from an unknown illness at the Vancouver Aquarium is showing signs of recovery.

The aquarium says on its Twitter account that Aurora the whale is "looking brighter" and was more interactive with staff on Saturday.

Veterinarians and staff were scrambling to figure out what was ailing the beluga after its offspring Qila (KEY-lah) died earlier in the week.

Aquarium staff are continuing to keep a close eye on the surviving beluga and are running more tests to figure out what was wrong. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-LNG-Protest)

Two groups are planning a protest against a proposed liquefied natural gas project in Squamish today.

The Skwomesh Action and My Sea To Sky groups are holding a prayer gathering and peaceful demonstration in opposition of the Woodfibre L-N-G project.

The project was given the go-ahead by the province earlier this month, and Premier Christy Clark says the 1.6-billion dollar enterprise will be the cleanest of its kind, providing hundreds of environmentally-sound jobs and reducing global emissions by displacing the need for coal power.

But protesters say the project would have a negative impact on seawater, putting wildlife in the Howe Sound at risk. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Opioid-Summit)

B-C Health Minister Terry Lake says the province is doing everything possible curb an overdose crisis that has killed over 600 people in the province in the first 10 months of the year.

Lake's statement was released at the end of a two-day summit in Ottawa where provincial and federal governments and health officials met to discuss a plan to combat the crisis fuelled by illicit opioids.

Lake says the province is committed to working with the federal government, and is calling for the feds to step up diplomatic negotiations with China and Mexico, where the deadly opioid fentanyl is often is being illegally imported into Canada.

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says a number of legislative changes will be coming in the next few months to address the crisis, and more support will be provided to communities in the meantime. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Fire-Victims-Support)

Residents left homeless after a fire in Victoria are receiving temporary lodging, along with food vouchers and other gift cards donated by the community. …

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