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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OPPOSITION LEADER WELCOMES RCMP ELECTION ACT PROBE

B.C. New Democrat Leader John Horgan is welcoming news that the RCMP is investigating possible violations of the province's Election Act related to indirect political fundraising contributions.

The NDP has introduced six private member's bills calling for bans on union and corporate donations to political parties, but the bills were not supported by the Liberal government.

The Liberals are expected to introduce legislation on Monday that affects party donations and a spokesman said the party will co-operate fully with the RCMP.

The police investigation comes a month before the start of a provincial election campaign where party financing and donation rules are expected to be major issues.

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SHELL QUASHES PLANNED LNG PROJECT IN PRINCE RUPERT

Royal Dutch Shell has announced it's ending development of a proposed liquefied natural gas project in Prince Rupert.

But the company said it is moving ahead on a proposed Kitimat-based LNG project with its partners.

Shell acquired the Prince Rupert LNG project as part of a takeover of natural gas giant BG Group last year.

The company said it decided to discontinue the project after reviewing how it stacked up against existing options.

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UNION TO FIGHT 54 LAYOFFS AT VANCOUVER SUN, THE PROVINCE

The union that represents staff at the Vancouver Sun and the Province said it expects 54 layoffs announced by Postmedia will be followed by more cuts.

Unifor Local 2000 said it will challenge the layoffs announced by the struggling newspaper chain and will contact its members about a legal strategy.

A Postmedia spokeswoman said the company will give notice to the employees being laid off over the next two weeks and they will be out of work about a month from now.

Postmedia failed to reach a target set last fall to reduce its salary costs by 20 per cent.

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SELF-STYLED PRINCE, PRINCESS OF POT GRANTED BAIL

A pair of marijuana activists who co-own the Cannabis Culture brand have been granted bail in Toronto following their arrest at Pearson International Airport. …

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