Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Wildfires-Floods)

A review of B-C's response to last year's wildfires and flooding calls for a partnership with First Nations as well as local, provincial and federal governments to better prepare for such emergencies.

The independent review makes 108 recommendations and calls for an overhaul of disaster response practices.

Sixty-five-thousand people were displaced by the fires and floods and more than 1.2 million hectares were scorched by the flames.

The report by former Liberal cabinet minister George Abbott and hereditary chief Maureen Chapman of the Chilliwack area does not give an estimate of how much it would cost to implement all the recommendations. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Mother-Not-Guilty)

A B-C provincial court judge says a woman was acting in self-defence when she took her eight-year-old son to the ground and held him down during a tantrum.

Judge Richard Hewson found the woman not guilty of assault, saying the degree of force might be reasonable while she defended herself from harm.

Court was told the boy has behavioural issues and regular tantrums, and that on the day in question he swore at his mother, called her names and kicked her several times on the leg.

The mother testified she grabbed the boy as she'd been taught by counsellors and then fell to the ground where she straddled him while holding him down. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Election-Contribution-Illegal)

The federal elections watchdog says some signs used during an unofficial partnership between the Greens and Liberals in a B-C riding constituted an illegal contribution to the Liberal campaign.

The Green-Liberal partnership was aimed at unseating a Conservative incumbent in the Kelowna-Lake Country riding in the 2015 election.

The Commissioner of Canada Elections says the use of signs bought by the Green party to help build support for the Liberal candidate were a non-monetary contribution and a violation of the Canada Elections Act.

The commissioner found the violation was not intentional, but an agent for the Green party candidate involved has agreed it won't happen again. …

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