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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U.S. INVESTIGATION COULD LEAD TO DUTIES ON SOFTWOOD LUMBER

Washington has decided to investigate allegations that Canadian softwood lumber was dumped into the U.S., harming the American forestry sector.

The U.S. Lumber Coalition filed petitions on the issue last month and the U.S. government's decision to investigate could lead to the imposition of preliminary duties in the next few months.

The coalition alleges that provincial governments, which own most of Canada's vast timberlands, provide trees to Canadian producers at below market value rates, along with other subsidies.

The B.C. Lumber Trade Council has said the claims from the American lumber lobby are based on unsubstantiated arguments that were previously rejected by independent NAFTA panels.

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AUTO INSURANCE RATES GOING UP FOR MANY B.C. DRIVERS

British Columbia's government says basic vehicle insurance rates will go up by 4.9 per cent next year.

But Transport Minister Todd Stone said the province will launch a third-party review to make recommendations for keeping auto insurance rates affordable in the future.

The review comes as the frequency and severity of injury claims jumped and the average cost of vehicle claims went up by 17 per cent between 2014 and 2015.

The government also announced earlier this year that it would be doubling basic premiums for high-priced luxury vehicles and clamping down on fraud.

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LAID OFF MINE WORKERS BEING RECALLED WITH NEW PIT APPROVED

The Yukon government is giving the approval for the development of a new open pit at the Minto Mine near Pelly Crossing.

Capstone Mining said this means about 50 employees who were laid off in October will be recalled to begin work on the new area in early January.

The company is starting to feel a turnaround in commodity prices, said mine manager Ron Light.

A temporary shutdown set for April will not go ahead, Light said, as there's now enough above and below-ground work to last through late next year.

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RESIDENTS WARNED MOOSE AND CALF WANDERING TOWN OF SMITHERS, B.C.

Conservation officers in Smithers, B.C., are warning people to be alert for a moose and her calf that have been seen wandering around the town. …

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