Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

What's Making News in British Columbia

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What's making news in British Columbia

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RESPONSE TO OVERDOSE CRISIS MUST BE 'FLEXIBLE': MINISTER

British Columbia's minister of mental health and addictions says the best ideas for fighting the overdose crisis will come from impacted communities and the government's approach must be flexible.

Judy Darcy spent Thursday in Kamloops talking to drug users, first responders and local politicians, and taking part in a round table on the ongoing crisis.

She says Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian and front line workers are asking for more funding to extend the hours of overdose prevention and supervised injection sites.

Darcy also spoke of the need to provide support for kids, and to identify early mental health and addictions issues before they become serious.

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TALKS BEGIN ON B.C. MINIMUM WAGE

Consultations on raising British Columbia's minimum wage are underway, with the first discussions being held in Abbotsford.

The Fair Wages Commission is holding public hearings in eight communities around the province, and is also accepting online submissions on the issue.

The B.C. Federation of Labour says it is eager to see a $15-per-hour minimum wage and also to see exemptions like the liquor server wage eliminated.

The federation will be making its submission at the Vancouver hearing next week.

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FIRE DESTROYS HOMELESS CAMP IN COQUITLAM

There are no reports of any injuries after a homeless camp in Coquitlam was destroyed by fire.

Crews responded to the scene near the Lougheed Highway Wednesday night after neighbours called 911 to report a large plume of black smoke coming from a bush area.

The people who had been living in the camp had all fled by the time firefighters arrived.

Officials say it's just the latest in a series of fires involving homeless people in Metro Vancouver.

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CATTLE PRICES UP DESPITE WILDFIRES: RANCHER'S GROUP

The general manager of the B.C. Cattlemen's Association says cattle prices are up considerably this year.

Kevin Boon says prices soared by 15 per cent over last year. …

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