Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Trudeau)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Tofino yesterday afternoon meeting with Indigenous and regional leaders to a number of issues including the environment, economy and housing.

Chief Elmer Frank of the Tla-o-qui-aht (klay-o-kwee-at) First Nation says the relationship between his community and the federal government have improved over the last year.

Frank previously said the prime minister was no longer welcome on his nation's territory after a dispute about commercial fishing rights, but now says there has been significant movement on the issue.

Trudeau acknowledged the progress in working with the First Nation, but says fixing generations of wrong-doings can't happen overnight and reaching solutions will take time. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Wildfires)

A number of wildfires throughout B-C are growing due to hot, dry conditions.

Officials say two fires in the Columbia Shuswap have grown, prompting new evacuation alerts in the Galena Bay and Heather Lodge areas.

A fire 52 kilometres east of Bella Coola is now about 430 square kilometres in size and is posing a challenge for fire crews because of a lack of road access and thick smoke that is impeding aircraft operations.

Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says crews are preparing for even more fires as a chance of thunderstorms with lightning and little rain in some areas is in the forecast. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Wildfires-Fireworks)

A man has been fined for setting off fireworks in a tinder-dry area of the B-C Interior plagued by wildfires.

R-C-M-P say community members in Williams Lake reported seeing fireworks early yesterday morning.

Corporal Jesse O'Donaghey says officers found several empty fireworks canisters and a 34-year-old man who was intoxicated admitted to setting off the fireworks in celebration of returning home after being forced out on an evacuation order. …

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