Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Paramedic-Funding)

B-C's health minister says the province will spend more than 91 million dollars over the next three years to beef up its emergency services.

Terry Lake says 60 paramedics and 20 emergency dispatchers will be hired, and six new ambulances purchased.

Lake says the extra staff and equipment will help meet goals for faster response times in emergencies, such as the nine-minute goal for urban centres.

The province has also implemented a program that will allow paramedics to provide minor health services in dozens of rural communities. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Softwood-Lumber-Envoy)

British Columbia's trade envoy on softwood lumber is calling his meetings this week in Washington, D-C and Ottawa a good start.

But David Emerson says the province wants to find a lasting solution to the long-lived trade dispute and he is ready to fight for its lumber producers.

The former federal cabinet minister has met with the U-S Trade Representative's officials, U-S senators and the National Association of Homebuilders, as well as Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

The 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the U-S expired in 2015 but Emerson says he believes a negotiated solution can be found that will benefit both countries. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Man-Deported)

Former B-C premier Ujjal Dosanjh (OO'-jahl doh-SAHNJ') is calling the deportation of a 59-year-old man with bipolar disorder "heartless."

Dosanjh and Green party Leader Elizabeth May are calling on Canada's immigration minister to intervene in the case of Len Van Heest, who has lived in Canada since he was a baby.

The B-C resident was deported to the Netherlands this week after a string of criminal convictions for uttering threats, mischief and assault -- offences his lawyer says were linked to his mental illness.

May and Dosanjh want the federal government to repeal a law that prevents non-citizens sentenced to more than six months in prison from appealing deportation. …

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