Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-SNC-Lavalin)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has kicked Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould and her counterpart Jane Philpott out of the Liberal caucus.

Trudeau made the announcement shortly after an emergency meeting with Liberal M-Ps in Ottawa today.

The prime minister says Wilson-Raybould's secret recording of telephone conversation that she had with the former clerk of the Privy Council was "unconscionable."

The recording was released last week as part of evidence that Wilson-Raybould said was an intense pressure campaign to persuade her allow engineering giant S-N-C Lavalin to avoid criminal proceedings on corruption and fraud charges. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Hidden-Property-Ownership)

The province says it's introduced legislation that will help end the days when B-C could be used by shell companies to hide wealth, evade taxes and launder money.

Finance Minister Carole James says the proposed Landowner Transparency Act would establish Canada's first public registry of property owners.

It would require corporations, trusts and partnerships that currently own or buy land to disclose their beneficial owners -- and those failing to do so would face fines of up to 100-thousand dollars or 15 per cent of the assessed property value, whichever is higher.

James says creating the registry is one of the key steps the province is taking to ensure homes in B-C are used for people and not speculative investment or money laundering. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Baby-Injured)

A GoFundMe page set up in support of the family of an 11-month-old baby who was injured at a daycare near Victoria says the girl suffered a serious head injury.

The page says the baby's mother was told by the daycare provider in the Langford area that the girl had fallen against a coffee table when she was found vomiting and lethargic.

The mother took the baby to an urgent care centre and she was eventually flown to Vancouver Children's Hospital for treatment.

Police say they haven't yet determined if any criminality was involved but say the unnamed daycare has been fully co-operative. …

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