Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Political-Donations)

B-C's New Democrat leader says he'll keep pushing to get big money out of politics, despite the Liberal government's refusal to support his bill banning corporate and union donations to political parties.

John Horgan asked Premier Christy Clark to support a bill he plans to introduce in the legislature next month, but the Liberals say they'll reject it.

Horgan has been critical of Clark's fundraising, saying that just 1.5 per cent of those who donated to the Liberals accounted for half of the 12.3 million dollars raised by the party last year.

Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson says political parties need to raise money to operate, and adds that the Liberals are in favour of transparency in the public funding of elections. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Tamil-Migrants)

A B-C jury has started deliberating in the case of four men accused of using a derelict cargo ship to smuggle hundreds of Tamil asylum-seekers into Canada.

The two Canadians and two Sri Lankans have pleaded not guilty to organizing or assisting the 2010 voyage of M-V Sun Sea.

The vessel arrived in B-C waters after a five-week journey from Thailand, carrying almost 500 Sri Lankan Tamils intent on claiming refugee status.

The Supreme Court of British Columbia heard that the vessel crossed the Pacific Ocean without a formal crew, despite being unseaworthy and designed only for coastal travel. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Duncan-Plane-Crash)

Officials say a flying school instructor and a student are both alive after their small plane crashed in a farmer's field just north of the Duncan airport.

Bill Yearwood of the Transportation Safety Board says the crash happened this afternoon after the Cessna 172 from the Duncan Flying Club clipped some power lines.

Yearwood says there were live power lines near the crash site, but the power has been shut off and both people in the plane were speaking to rescuers. …

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