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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VANCOUVER - B.C. TEACHERS PROMISED NEW FUNDING FORMULA

Premier John Horgan says the NDP government is rejecting what he calls the "one-size-fits-all" funding formula for school districts that was brought in by the previous Liberal government.

Horgan told the B.C. Teachers Federation's annual general meeting that his government wants to replace that system with one that accounts for differences in urban and rural communities.

School districts currently get funding based on the number of students, but the union is calling for a needs-based formula that would prevent cuts to programs and staffing levels when enrolment decreases.

Horgan says the government plans to put more money into public education up to 2021, but had nothing to say about bargaining with the teachers, who begin contract talks in about 10 months.

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MOUNTIES INJURED ARRESTING TRANS MOUNTAIN PROTESTERS

Mounties say three officers suffered minor injuries Monday night while arresting demonstrators against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Burnaby.

They say one officer suffered a head injury after being kicked, another had a knee injury and a third ended up with an injured hand as four people were arrested.

Fifteen other people were arrested earlier Monday, while police say at least 28 were arrested at the site over the weekend, after zip-tying themselves to a gate.

Protesters are not allowed within five metres of two work sites in Burnaby, under an injunction issued by a B.C. Supreme Court judge.

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OCEAN PLASTIC A MENACE FOR ANIMALS

The head veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium says the entanglement of a Steller sea lion illustrates the serious problem posed by plastic pollution in the oceans.

The aquarium says the full-grown female sea lion saved by a team from its Marine Mammal Rescue Centre had a thick piece of braided plastic around its neck. …

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