Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Trudeau-Nanaimo)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is bringing his cross country town hall tour to Nanaimo this morning, where he may face questions over his support for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The Prime Minister told an Edmonton, Alberta radio station yesterday that the project is in the national interest and will go ahead despite B-C's efforts to block it.

B-C announced earlier this week that it plans to ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen off its coast until it can determine that shippers are prepared and able to properly clean up a spill -- a move Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has called that an unconstitutional attempt block the Alberta-to-B-C pipeline.

Trudeau told radio station CHED that it's normal for provinces to have differences of opinion and that's why there is a federal government to make sure the interests of all Canadians are looked after. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Mountie-Indecent-Assault)

A B-C Supreme Court judge has found a former R-C-M-P officer guilty of five counts of indecently assaulting five boys in the late 1970s and early '80s.

The court heard Alan Davidson was in his 20s and coached hockey, basketball and baseball at the time of the offences and served as an auxiliary Mountie before later becoming an R-C-M-P officer in Saskatchewan.

During his trial in Kamloops in September, the complainants testified that the assaults included sexual touching and oral sex.

A publication ban in the case protects the identity of the complainants, who are now in their 50s but were mostly in their early teens at the time of the assaults. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Fentanyl-Testing)

Researchers say opioid users in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside are increasingly testing positive for fentanyl.

Doctor William Honer with the University of B-C says even people on opioid-replacement programs like prescription heroin tested positive for the powerful painkiller during a five-month-long study last year.

At the beginning of the study, Honer says urine samples from 45 per cent of people who reported using opioids tested positive for fentanyl, but five months later that number jumped to 100 per cent. …

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