Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top B.C. News as of 4 P.M

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Top B.C. News as of 4 P.M

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Top B.C. News

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FRIDAY, Sept. 22

Here are the top B.C. and Yukon news stories from The Canadian Press as of 4 p.m. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops. Projected word counts and timing of stories and updates are subject to change.

Contact the B.C. bureau in Vancouver at 604-687-1662 or

FOR MONDAY:

Reporter Laura Kane and photographer Darryl Dyck will be in Smithers covering hearing at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

MOVING SUNDAY:

Some B.C. school boards still hiring teachers

Teachers-BC

VANCOUVER -- The need to hire 3,500 teachers in a scramble to reduce class sizes in British Columbia is undermining the recruitment effort at the most expensive and remote districts, the province's teachers union says. The BC Teachers' Federation president Glen Hansman said the surge job openings resulted in a "domino effect" with teachers moving around the province to more desirable districts. By Linda Givetash.

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B.C. cities cross fingers for finance reform

UBCM-Convention

VANCOUVER -- A years-long crusade to get big money out of British Columbia's municipal elections may finally make headway now that a new provincial government is overhauling its own reputation as the campaign finance ne'er-do-well of the western world. Local government politicians say the time has come to rein in lax laws around political fundraising and spending, while the B.C. government moves to ban union and corporate donations and limit individual donations to $1,200 at the provincial level. With UBCM-Convention-Resolutions. By Geordon Omand. 630 words.

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TOP STORIES:

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Extradition to face charges in India halted for couple

Extradition-Halted

VANCOUVER -- A defence lawyer says the extradition of two British Columbia residents to India to face murder charges was challenged in court because the federal justice minister's decision to surrender the pair failed to consider new information in the case. Michael Klein said Surjit Singh Badesha and Malkit Kaur Sidhu were on a plane to Toronto with Indian police en route to India on Thursday when the British Columbia Court of Appeal decided to halt their extradition. By Camille Bains. 600 words.

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This writethru coming...

Petition aims to change SFU Clan team name

SFU-Clan-Name

VANCOUVER -- For more than 50 years, Simon Fraser University's sports teams have played under the name The Clan, to honour the Scottish heritage of the school's namesake. But now, amid violent neo-Nazi marches in the United States, some professors and students are sounding the alarm that the name evokes a very different clan -- the Ku Klux Klan. Will be writethru. Moves Sports and National. Guard against duplication. By Laura Kane.

B.C. cites rumours about changes to federal tax reforms

Tax-Changes-BC

VANCOUVER -- British Columbia's finance minister says there are rumours the federal government will back off on parts of its proposed tax reforms for small business that have elicited the anger of doctors, farmers and business owners across the country. …

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