Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-Cold-Deaths)

The provincial coroner says two deaths in the Cariboo-Chilcotin area and a third in the Fraser Valley may be linked to the deep freeze in the province.

The service says those cases remain under investigation and causes of death have not yet been confirmed.

But it's warning people to take extra care as Environment Canada has posted extreme cold weather alerts for many parts of the province.

It's also warning about the risks of fire or carbon-monoxide poisoning that can result as people use makeshift heaters to stay warm with several more days of unusually cold weather in the forecast. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Ski-Outlook)

There's no business like snow business -- especially for ski destinations in B-C.

Resort and ski hill operators have visions of big profits dancing in their heads because of early, deep snowfalls and the lower Canadian dollar.

Resorts of the Canadian Rockies says American bookings at its four B-C and Alberta resorts are up 80 per cent over the same time last year.

A spokesman says the company's Kicking Horse Mountain Resort at Golden has experienced an early season record 3.35 metres of snow. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Cattle-Charges)

A Fraser Valley dairy farm and one of its directors have pleaded guilty to charges laid following an undercover video investigation by an animal-welfare group.

The video shot by Mercy for Animals showed employees kicking and punching cows, beating them with canes and lifting a cow by a chain around her neck.

Chilliwack Cattle Sales has pleaded guilty to three counts of causing an animal to continue to be in distress, while Wesley Kooyman pleaded guilty to one count.

The S-P-C-A says it's the first time a B-C company has been held accountable for acts of cruelty on a farm. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Foreign-Workers-Complaint)

Union officials say temporary foreign workers have reached a settlement with the former owners of the Tim Hortons in Fernie in a human rights complaint. …

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