Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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The B-C Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision today in the case of a former leader in a fundamentalist Christian sect that practises polygamy in the province.

James Oler is accused of removing an underage girl from Canada to marry a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which operates in B-C and the U-S.

He was acquitted in 2017 by a judge who was not convinced Oler did anything within Canada's borders to arrange the girl's transfer to the U.S.

But the B-C Court of Appeal agreed with the Crown that proof of wrongdoing in Canada was not necessary and ordered a new trial.

Oler is self-represented and did not call any witnesses or make a case in his defence. (The Canadian Press)




B-C legislature's sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz asked for his job back after he was cleared of any wrongdoing related to alleged violations of employment rules.

A report by retired Supreme Court of Canada chief justice Beverley McLachlin cleared Lenz but found clerk Craig James engaged in misconduct and he has retired effective immediately.

James has issued a statement saying he's been publicly ridiculed and vilified, his family has been deeply hurt and humiliated -- and he's ''had enough.''

Lenz told a news conference that while the report cleared him he was told he is still the subject of a police investigation. (The Canadian Press)




B-C is investing five-million dollars in the Pacific Salmon Foundation to continue its conservation work.

The investment will help the foundation, which is a non-profit organization, restore wild salmon stocks through conservation, science and habitat restoration projects.

It will also connect the foundation with Indigenous communities and organizations to further reconciliation and conservation initiatives. …

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