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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ELECTIONS BC RAMPS UP FOR IMPENDING PROVINCIAL ELECTION

British Columbia's Chief Electoral Officer said more than 1.9-million voter registration notices were being sent out across the province.

Mail outs began Tuesday, marking the start of efforts by Elections BC to update the voters list ahead of the provincial election, scheduled for May 9.

The notices ask eligible voters to register to vote or update their voter information, and also outline the two new electoral districts that will be in place when the province goes to the polls, boosting the total number of B.C. ridings to 87.

Voter registration drives start next month at shopping malls and community centres while enumerators will make door-to-door visits in select high turnover neighbourhoods, new subdivisions and residential complexes.

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FAMILIAR PRINCE GEORGE-AREA LAWYER TO RUN FOR B.C. NEW DEMOCRATS

A well-known lawyer wants another shot as the B.C. New Democratic Party candidate in the Prince George-Mackenzie riding in central B.C.

Bobby Deepak ran for the New Democrats in 2013 but failed to make inroads following the retirement of B.C. Liberal cabinet minister Pat Bell.

He said he's surprised by the number of people of diverse political backgrounds who've expressed their support and added there seems to be a ground swell of support that he did not see the last provincial election.

Deepak was expected to be acclaimed at an upcoming nomination meeting and said his campaign will be based on a strong and effective northern voice, jobs and an economy for everyone, not just the wealthy.

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B.C. HIGH COURT SNUFFS PROVINCIAL APPEAL IN FIGHT WITH TOBACCO GIANT OVER HEALTH CARE COSTS

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled B.C. must give tobacco company Phillip Morris International access to raw data collected as part of a lawsuit filed by the province to recover the costs of treating smoking-related illnesses.

The province had raised privacy concerns about release of the data used to determine not only if illnesses suffered by B. …

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