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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ONE ACQUITTAL, TWO CONVICTIONS IN TRIAL INVOLVING CHILD BRIDES FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA

Sentencing has been set for April, after a judge in Cranbrook, B.C., convicted two of three people accused of taking girls from Canada to the United States to become child brides in polygamous marriages.

Brandon Blackmore and his former wife Gail Blackmore have been found guilty of taking a 13-old-girl into the United States for a sexual purpose.

Court heard the girl was married to Warren Jeffs, the 60-year-old prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who is now serving a life sentence in Texas for child sex assault.

But the judge acquitted James Oler, saying there wasn't enough proof that he crossed the border with a 15-year-old girl who was later married to another member of the trio's polygamous church.

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MAYORS OF CANADA'S LARGEST CITIES TO SEEK SOLUTIONS TO OPIOID CRISIS

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson will head an initiative by big city mayors to help combat the opioid overdose crisis.

The big city mayor's caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities wants to share experiences and best practices in an effort to stem a growing number of overdose deaths.

A date has not been set but task force members will meet with federal Health Minister Jane Philpott and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

The announcement comes as Robertson is proposing an additional $370,000 in funding to help support front-line workers in Vancouver and help prevent overdose deaths in single room occupancy hotels and shelters, where a quarter of those deaths occur.

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NEW FUNDING DRIVES GREEN TRANSPORTATION IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

The British Columbia government has announced $40-million in additional funding to encourage residents of the province to switch to zero-emission vehicles.

Energy Minister Bill Bennett says the funding over three years will help make electric vehicles more affordable and help expand charging stations at homes, businesses and along the province's roads and highways. …

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