Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Dams-Lawsuit)

The B-C Sierra Club says it's suing the province for giving two dams retroactive exemptions from environmental rules in part to discourage similar situations in the future.

The group's lawyer Olivia French alleges the dams were built without required environmental assessments and when a provincial inspector determined Progress Energy broke the law, the company simply asked for and was granted the exemptions.

French says the lawsuit is asking that the exemptions be revoked because the practice is becoming too common in the province's northern natural gas fields.

A statement of defence has not yet been filed and none of the lawsuit's claims has been proven in court. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Environmental-Assessments)

The N-D-P government has introduced legislation to modernize the environmental assessment of major resource projects.

The province says the legislation provides a clear path for the approval of responsible resource projects, allows for more Indigenous participation and increases public engagement and transparency.

Environment Minister George Heyman says the revitalized process means good projects that respect B-C's environment, Indigenous Peoples and the public will be approved more quickly.

The B-C Green Party says it's pleased the legislation will ensure that climate change emissions must be specifically addressed in an application. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Election-Referendum)

Elections B-C says ballots are starting to trickle in for the province's referendum on electoral reform.

It says the initial mailout of referendum voting packages is now complete and so far it has received back just over 22-thousand -- 0.7 per cent of total of eligible voters.

The deadline for Elections B-C to receive the completed voting packages is 4:30 p.m. on November 30th.

Elections B-C says rotating strikes by Canada Post workers have so far not materially impacted the referendum timing but it continues to monitor the situation closely and can extend the voting period if necessary. …

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