Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to take part in a roundtable discussion on B-C's opioid crisis today in Vancouver.

More than 900 people died of illicit drug overdoses in the province last year, and the provincial government has declared a public health emergency.

Trudeau discussed the issue with Victoria's mayor on Thursday during a visit to the provincial capital.

Lisa Helps says the two leaders didn't reach any tangible results, but the meeting was what she called "the beginning of a relationship." (2)



A mother and her 13-year-old son have died of their injuries after a house fire in rural Oregon.

That brings the death toll from Wednesday's blaze to six, including four other children between the ages of four and 13.

The fire devastated the tiny timber town of Riddle, south of Portland, which has a population of fewer than one-thousand.

Officials say it started when combustible materials were placed too close to a space heater that was being used after a fireplace malfunctioned. (2)



The Alberta government says it will seek intervener status in any lawsuit against the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Premier Rachel Notley's government made the announcement in its throne speech yesterday.

Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says the province is focusing on court hearings at the federal level for now, but will not rule out addressing lower courts.

In January, the City of Vancouver voted to go ahead with a judicial review of B-C's environmental assessment of the 6. …

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