Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Anti-Racism-Rally)

Speakers at an anti-racism rally in Vancouver are calling for people to spread love, tolerance and understanding.

About four thousand people attended the rally at Vancouver's city hall yesterday, with many carrying signs that bore messages like "live with love" and "diversity equals strength."

Bob Chamberlin of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs spoke to those gathered, saying now is the time for unity and all Canadians have to come together in order for reconciliation with First Nations to be successful.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson told the crowd that people need to know the city won't tolerate inequality or hate, but he says there's still work to be done in building love and respect. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Anti-Racism-Rally-More)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is congratulating Vancouverites on hosting a successful anti-racism rally.

Trudeau posted a message on Twitter following yesterday's event, saying --quote -- diversity will always be our strength.

Vancouver Police say about four thousand people attended the rally, and there were no reported assaults or injuries.

Police do say, however, that five people were arrested for breaching the peace and two were escorted away from the area to prevent a disturbance. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Wildfires)

A spokesman for the B-C Wildfire Service is crediting the public with helping to keep flames in check during a difficult fire season.

Kevin Skrepnek says people have been reporting fires when they spot them, which has allowed crews to tackle the flames before they become serious.

He says the big fires crews are currently battling started in early July.

More than one thousand fires have sparked since April 1st, scorching about nine thousand square kilometres across the province. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Airport-Smoke)

Smoke from wildfires is being blamed for a drop in passengers at the airport in Kamloops. …

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