Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In-the-News

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In-the-News

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VANCOUVER - WARMER WEATHER BRINGS AIR-QUALITY ADVISORY

An air-quality advisory has been issued for parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley as air pollution reacts with the warmer weather.

The regional district of Metro Vancouver issued the advisory saying smoke from a wildfire burning north of Harrison Hot Springs is also occasionally reaching into the Lower Fraser Valley, creating a haze that may also be contributing to the ozone levels.

The district says high ground-level ozone is formed when pollutants from burned fuels react with the air in the presence of sunlight.

It says the advisory is expected to continue until temperatures cool and that the highest levels are usually seen in mid-afternoon to early evening, though the weather is expected to cool into next week.

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NDP TO OFFICIALLY FORM NEXT B.C. GOVERNMENT ON JULY 18

The official swearing in of B.C.'s NDP premier-designate John Horgan and his cabinet is set for July 18.

Horgan's New Democrats and three members of the Green party defeated Christy Clark's Liberals in a confidence vote in the legislature last month.

Horgan has already named three political veterans to his inner circle of advisers, including former Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs.

The Liberals won 43 seats in May's election, but the New Democrats, who won 41 seats, reached an agreement with the Greens to oust the Liberals and form a minority NDP government.

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FIVE PEOPLE CHARGED FOR ALLEGED DRUG TRAFFICKING

Five men are facing a total of 33 charges after a months-long investigation into drug trafficking in Abbotsford.

Police say the charges relate to trafficking in fentanyl, carfentanil and cocaine, as well as alleged firearms offences.

The five men range in age from 18 to 22, and police say one of them is facing 17 charges.

The Abbotsford Police Department says its gang and drug unit has been targeting people dealing in the deadly opioids fentanyl and carfentanil.

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RCMP SEEK PUBLIC'S HELP IN NABBING MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTED WOMAN

RCMP are looking for a suspect after a 69-year-old woman was allegedly sexually assaulted in Boundary Creek Provincial Park in the West Kootenay region.

Investigators say a woman reported she was followed by another motorist as she drove on Highway 3 west of Grand Forks, but that the other vehicle drove past when she pulled into the park to use a washroom. …

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