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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ELECTIONS BC CONFIRMS RECOUNT FOR CLOSE VANCOUVER ISLAND RACE

A recount has been requested in the Courtenay-Comox riding on Vancouver Island.

Elections BC said the request comes from Liberal candidate Jim Benninger, who lost to New Democrat Ronna-Rae Leonard by nine votes in Tuesday's provincial election.

The recount is to be conducted between May 22 and 24.

The B.C. Liberal party won 43 seats to the NDP's 41 and the Green party's three seats, but 176,000 absentee ballots are yet to be counted and there were several other close races.

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FEDS CONFIRM PIPELINE SUPPORT AFTER B.C. VOTE

Canada's natural resources minister won't say if he thinks the results of the B.C. election threaten the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline expansion.

But Jim Carr said Thursday the federal government will make its support of the project clear to the newly elected government, once the results are confirmed after absentee ballots are counted and recounts are done.

Premier Christy Clark's Liberals currently hold 43 seats, one short of a majority, while the New Democrats won 41 and the Green Party three.

Both the NDP and Greens oppose the pipeline expansion between Alberta and Burnaby and could try to derail it if they work together but Carr said it received conditional federal approval after "very rigorous review."

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MASSIVE DECLINE IN AFFORDABLE RENTAL PROPERTIES IN VANCOUVER: STUDY

A study released Thursday finds there has been a massive decline in affordable rental properties in Vancouver compared to the city's population.

The study by the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy looked at Vancouver and other major cities across the country.

It found that while Vancouver's population has grown by 58 per cent since 1990, its rental stock decreased by three per cent.

Professor Ron Kneebone warns that if additional incentives aren't provided to local markets to build more rental housing, the many social costs known to be associated with unstable housing will increase. …

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