Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Fire-Deaths)

Police say an investigation has determined a fire in Nanaimo that killed a family of three dead was accidental.

The bodies of a man, woman and their seven-year-old daughter were pulled from a home after the blaze was reported on Tuesday.

R-C-M-P had initially said they were treating the fire as suspicious because the cause was unknown.

Police they now say it was most likely cause by unattended candles. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Spill-Regulations)

Transport companies and pipeline operators moving petroleum products in B-C will have to foot the bill for any spill response and recovery costs under new regulations announced today.

Environment Minister George Heyman says the regulations increase responsibility, transparency and accountability for operators who transport potentially dangerous products through the province.

They will apply to pipeline, railway and truck operators transporting more than 10-thousand litres of petroleum products -- but not to marine vessels carrying the products along B-C's coastline.

Heyman says the province is working on a strengthened marine response and recovery program to complement federal spill regulations. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Climate-Letter)

Victoria city council has approved a motion to send a letter to major fossil fuel companies asking them to pay their share of the city's climate costs.

It would join the districts of Saanich and Highlands in sending a so-called climate accountability letter to 20 companies including Exxon, Chevron and Shell.

More than 55 B-C-based legal and environmental groups joined forces in January to suggest local governments send the letters while some have also suggested they consider a lawsuit against the companies seeking a portion of local climate costs.

The group West Coast Environmental Law says Victoria's decision to forward the letter sets the stage for other municipalities to take similar action. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Trans-Mountain)

A lawyer for the Alberta attorney general says the federal government considered a wide range of evidence -- including environmental and Indigenous interests -- when it approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. …

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