Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Budget)

B-C's minority N-D-P government has tabled an updated budget, promising to hire 35-hundred teachers and build thousands of rental units and homes for the homeless.

But Finance Minister Carole James says plans for a universal, 10-dollar-per-day child-care program and a promised 400-dollar subsidy for renters are still in the development stages.

She says those plans may be more fully addressed when the government presents its next budget in February.

The budget update forecasts a surplus of 246 million dollars this year and economic growth of 2.9 per cent. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Wildfires)

Agriculture Minister Lana Popham says recovering from the most destructive wildfire season in B-C's history will not be quick or easy.

Popham says cooler, wetter weather is forecast to arrive in the parched southeast region of the province later this week.

But she's urging residents to remain vigilant until the wildfire season is over.

Kevin Skrepnek of the B-C Wildfire Service says more than 12-hundred wildfires have destroyed nearly 11-thousand 700 square kilometres of land, breaking the previous record set in 1958. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Coastline-Data-Collection)

Two areas in B-C will be part of a 50-million-dollar federal government study on Canada's coastlines.

The Port of Vancouver and Port of Prince Rupert are among six sites where data will be collected to help determine how humans are impacting marine ecosystems.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada says scientists will spend the next several years collecting data from areas where there is existing vessel traffic, or the potential for increased traffic.

It says information gathered under the Coastal Environmental Baseline Program will help detect changes in the environment and determine the effects of human activity. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-River-Rescue)

Mounties say search and rescue crews picked up 13 people stranded by a rising river after a torrential downpour in northern British Columbia. …

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