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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WHALE-WATCHING COMPANY SAYS IT'S TAKEN SOME RECOMMENDED ACTION

A company that owned a whale-watching vessel that overturned off Tofino, leaving six people dead, says it has already taken some steps recommended in a Transportation Safety Board report.

The board has made three recommendations, including that all commercial passenger vessels operating beyond sheltered waters carry emergency radio beacons that indicate their positions.

Jamie's Whaling Station says in a statement that it has reinstated the use of radio beacons recommended by the board, improved radio call-in procedures between its offices and tour vessels and made it easier to launch life rafts.

The company says it has also equipped its boats with manually inflatable personal floatation devices for passengers on outer decks, in addition to the life-jackets that are required by Transport Canada.

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GREEN LEADER SAYS CLARK TRYING TO CLING TO POWER ON SPEAKER ISSUE

British Columbia's NDP and Green leaders are accusing Liberal Premier Christy Clark of using delay tactics instead of resolving tricky political issues, such as electing a Speaker to serve in a minority government.

Green Leader Andrew Weaver says Clark's suggestions that she will appoint a short-term Speaker next week are just her way of clinging to power.

If Clark's government is defeated as expected, a new Speaker would be elected and would likely be from the government side of the house, meaning it would be a New Democrat.

Last month's election did not produce a clear winner and the Speaker's vote will be crucial in the legislature due to the tight result.

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OFFICIALS SAY MORE FLOODING POSSIBLE IN OKANAGAN

Emergency officials in the Okanagan area are warning that gusty winds in the forecast could create waves and bring more flooding and erosion along waterfront properties.

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says areas with shorelines exposed to the south will be at particular risk.

Environment Canada is calling for south winds gusting to 40 kilometres an hour this afternoon. …

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