Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Campaign-Finance)

B-C's attorney general has introduced amendments to the Election Act in a bid to ban big money from politics.

David Eby says new finance rules will limit individual donations to political parties to 12-hundred dollars a year -- the second lowest figure in Canada -- while out-of-province donations will be banned.

However, parties will receive an annual allowance over the next five years in an effort to help wean them off unlimited corporate, union and individual donations.

Both the Liberal and New Democrat parties would receive just over 8.1 million dollars over the five-year period, while the Green party would get 3.4 million. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-NEB-Pipeline-Orders)

A subsidiary of Enbridge is being ordered to improve worker safety and environmental protection after several infractions were spotted during field inspections of a B-C pipeline expansion project.

The National Energy Board says it issued three orders to Spectra Energy Transmission concerning construction of a natural gas pipeline expansion project near Chetwynd in northeastern B-C.

The company is cited for failure to construct bridges over waterways according to specification, failure to protect environmentally sensitive areas and inadequate sediment and erosion control at water crossings.

N-E-B inspectors ordered the company to complete 27 measures. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-WEA-Cold-Front)

Environment Canada is warning that higher elevations in the Interior could be hit with their first taste of winter this week.

The agency has issued special weather statements for parts of the Kootenays, Shuswap and Okanagan Valley, saying a lingering cold front could mean snow for those areas.

Drivers are encouraged to be prepared for changing road conditions and to adjust their speed accordingly.

The annual winter tire requirement for many of B-C's highways begins October 1st. …

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