Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Emergency-Preparedness)

The B-C government says it's putting an additional 15 million dollars into emergency programs this year.

Naomi Yamamoto -- the minister of state for emergency preparedness -- says the 80 million dollars being set aside this year comes from the B-C's budget surplus and money in its emergency preparedness fund.

Last year, the government spent 65 million dollars on the programs, which help the province cope with floods, fires, earthquakes and other such disasters.

Bill Adams of the Insurance Bureau of Canada says it's been estimated that a major earthquake in southern B-C could cause about 75 billion dollars worth of damage. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-RCMP-Officer-Beaten)

The B-C Criminal Justice Branch says it has filed an appeal of the sentences handed down to two men convicted of beating a Kamloops R-C-M-P officer until he was unconscious.

Jerry Lamar and Leon Leclerc were convicted in the beating of Constable Paul Koester near Pritchard in July of 2014.

B-C Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley called Lamar and Leclerc "cowardly bullies" but sentenced them to house arrest, while the Crown had been seeking 18 months in jail.

Crown spokesman Dan McLaughlin today confirmed that a sentence appeal has been filed and a hearing is set for May 26th. (CFJC)

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(BC-Sheriff-Shortage)

The head of the union representing B-C sheriffs says the province is playing a shell game to address sheriff shortages -- at great expense to taxpayers.

Dean Purdy of the B-C G-E-U Corrections component says the province is looking at moving sheriffs from one area suffering shortages to another.

Purdy says this doesn't solve the shortage issue while increasing costs due to such things as hotels, travel, meals and overtime.

While he applauds the province increasing the graduating class to 32 from 24 sheriffs at the Justice Institute, Purdy says the real issue that needs addressing is competitive wages. (CHNL)

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(BC-Van-Crash)

R-C-M-P say two people were taken to hospital after a van crashed into a restaurant after a multi-vehicle collision in Nanaimo. …

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