Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Flooding)

Flooding has forced more people from their homes in the Interior after a creek breached its banks near Merritt.

Both the Lower Nicola Indian Band and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued evacuation orders yesterday, but the number of properties impacted remains unclear.

The River Forecast Centre says melting snow could contribute to more flooding across the province over the weekend and into next week.

Speaking in Kamloops yesterday, Premier John Horgan acknowledged that the rising waters are causing problems for many across the province, saying that snow is melting faster than rivers are able to take up the water. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-New-Treaty)

Negotiators for the federal and provincial governments, and for the Lheidli T'enneh (clayt-clay den-ay) First Nation near Prince George, have all signed off on a new treaty agreement.

The groups say in a joint statement that the Lheidli T'enneh Treaty updates an agreement reached in 2006.

The new deal provides for a capital transfer of 37.1 million dollars, more than 43 square kilometres of land and ongoing funding for services such as health, education and social development.

Members of the First Nation will vote on whether they want to ratify the treaty, and if they are in favour, the agreement will be approved first by the provincial government and then by the Government of Canada. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-FILM-Rio-Theatre)

The operators of one of Vancouver's last independent movie theatres say they're a step closer to saving the property from development.

Corinne Lea (kor-EEN' lee) says she and her business partner have been approved for a mortgage to buy the Rio Theatre after a months-long fundraising campaign.

The campaign raised more than half a million dollars and garnered support from entertainers including filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor Ryan Reynolds.

Lea says she'll remove subjects on the deal tomorrow, then have 60 days to come up with the rest of the money for a three million dollar deposit on the property. …

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