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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FORMER SAILOR ALLEGES HARASSMENT BY MILITARY

A former sailor who served in B.C. alleges in a proposed class-action lawsuit that Canada's Armed Forces has a culture of sexual harassment and fear.

Thirty-four-year-old Nicola Peffers was based at Canadian Forces Esquimalt near Victoria and served on frigates, but left the navy in 2012.

She says in a statement of claim that female, gay and transgender members of the armed forces are routinely subjected to sexual harassment and abuse.

Her lawyer says attempts by the military to help and protect victims of harassment and abuse have been woefully inadequate.

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CROWN SAYS ACCUSED KNEW LEADER WOULD MARRY TEEN

A prosecutor has told a B.C. Supreme Court judge that members of a polygamous sect carried out the exact instructions of a now-imprisoned leader and would have realized they were taking girls to the U.S. for a sexual purpose.

Crown lawyer Peter Wilson is making closing arguments in Cranbrook at the trial of Brandon Blackmore, Gail Blackmore and James Oler, members of the polygamous community of Bountiful.

Wilson said records from Warren Jeffs show he told Brandon Blackmore that a 13-year-old girl "belonged" to Jeffs, adding Gail Blackmore was a willing participant in the girl's marriage to 60-year-old Jeffs.

Oler faces the same charge of taking a girl into the United States for a sexual purpose, but in connection to a 15-year-old girl to be married to another man in 2004.

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LANDLORD ASSOCIATION TO MAKE RENTING EASIER

Vancouver is joining forces with LandlordBC, a professional association for landlords to help ease homeowners into becoming landlords.

The city plans to bring in a one per cent empty homes tax that's designed to put more properties on the rental market.

LandlordBC has launched a website with online resources including a legislative help line, forms, a credit-check platform and a schedule of educational events.

Vancouver introduced the tax last month in an effort to boost its low vacancy rate, which sits below one per cent, by encouraging people to rent out their underused properties. …

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