Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Budget)

Premier Christy Clark says when it comes to people on social assistance, her government is focused on getting them back to work.

Clark was asked about the province's decade-long freeze on rates after her government unveiled a budget yesterday that slashed medical service premiums.

B-C's social assistance rate of 610 dollars a month is among the lowest in the country, but Clark says her government has raised rates for people on disability by 600 dollars a year.

She also points to a government program for single parents on welfare that pays for the person's tuition, books and child care while they go to school, adding that 70-thousand jobs were created in B-C last year. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Opioid-Crisis)

B-C's chief medical officer says more must be done to support patients with opioid abuse issues after they complete detox.

Perry Kendall says sending a patient back into the community without support after they go through withdrawal can be deadly.

He says the person's body is no longer desensitized to the drug so there's a higher risk of overdose if the person relapses.

British Columbia has been ground zero for the country's opioid crisis, with more than 900 deaths from illicit drug overdoses last year. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-HMCS-Chicoutimi)

A military spokeswoman says the Royal Canadian Navy's only operational submarine on the West Coast has undergone repairs to dozens of problem welds and is now on training exercises.

Katelyn Moores of Maritime Forces Pacific says H-M-C-S Chicoutimi has returned to sea after inspections and is gearing up for exercises with Pacific allies later this year.

Problems were found with 30 welds on the Victoria-class submarine in late 2015.

Moores says she doesn't believe any problems have been detected on Chicoutimi since it returned to sea. (The Canadian Press)

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(YUKON-Court-Assault)

A Yukon man has been found guilty of assaulting a lawyer, uttering threats and resisting a police officer in connection with a 2014 altercation in Whitehorse courthouse cells. …

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