Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Wildfires)

B-C's wildfire season is now officially the worst in the province's history.

The B-C Wildfire Service says more than 89-hundred square kilometres have now been scorched by fires -- breaking a previous record of 8,550 square kilometres set in 1958.

Chief wildfire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says the amount of charred land will only grow because there is no rain in the forecast in southern parts of the province.

A state of emergency declared on July 7th remains in effect and nearly 150 fires are currently burning -- including one that destroyed dozens of homes near Ashcroft six weeks ago that has now consumed more structures in the Green Lake area almost 100 kilometres away. (The Canadian Press, CHNL)

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(BC-Attempted-Abductions)

A 35-year-old man has been charged with two counts of kidnapping following the attempted abductions of two children in Prince George.

Police say they arrested a suspect yesterday morning after a man got into a fight with a woman who intervened when he tried to take a child from a playground.

They say they later received a report that a man fitting the same description had earlier tried to grab a young boy before the child's mother fought him off.

Kenneth John -- who is originally from Fort St. John -- has also been charged with one count each of assault and obstructing a police officer. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-CFL-Concussion-Lawsuit)

A former star receiver with the B-C Lions is asking Canada's highest court to hear his appeal after lower courts dismissed a lawsuit he filed against the C-F-L.

Arland Bruce III is seeking damages for over repeated concussions he says he suffered as a player over 13 years with several teams in the league.

B-C Supreme Court has ruled unionized employees must use labour arbitration to resolve disputes that arise from their collective agreement -- a decision that was upheld by the provincial court of appeal in May.

But Bruce's lawyer argues the C-F-L collective bargaining agreement is unusual because players have no long-term disability insurance plan and are not entitled to workers' compensation. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Tour-Bus-Accident)

The man killed when a slow-moving tour bus hit three people and car in Vancouver has now been identified as a doctor from a Massachusetts hospital. …

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