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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FORESTRY INDUSTRY BRACES FOR U.S.-IMPOSED TARIFFS

Canadian lumber companies are bracing for an expected announcement on new import tariffs on softwood heading into the United States.

University of British Columbia professor Harry Nelson said the largest forestry companies, especially those in B.C., can withstand a long dispute with several years of import tariffs on softwood.

The companies have bigger cash reserves to help weather the storm and they also have other options outside U.S. markets, such as China or India, Nelson said.

Quebec's largest lumber company has argued that B.C.'s largest producers have changed the playing field since the last softwood dispute by buying 39 sawmills in the United States, and could profit if the price for their U.S. softwood goes up because of tariffs.

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OPIOID OVERDOSE RESPONSE LACKING: DRUG POLICY ACTIVIST

If any other health issue claimed as many lives as opioid overdoses, there would be a faster response, says a drug policy activist.

Health Canada's proposal to loosen regulations on importing prescription heroin to treat opioid addiction is being hailed as a crucial step to reduce the number of fentanyl-related deaths.

But Caitlin Shane of Vancouver's Pivot Legal Society said there were 931 overdose deaths last year in British Columbia alone.

She said that points to the urgent need for a proven treatment for people struggling with opioid use disorder.

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SENTENCING UNDER WAY FOR BEATING DEATH

A sentencing hearing is under way in New Westminster for a man convicted of beating 19-year-old Karim Meskine to death with a baseball bat more than three years ago.

A man was convicted of second-degree murder last June but can't be named because he was 16-years-old when Meskine was killed near a SkyTrain station in December 2013.

Meskine was waiting for a bus when he was jumped and died in hospital after spending several days in a coma.

Crown Counsel has asked for the killer to be sentenced as an adult, but the defence is challenging the application. …

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