Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Fish-Farms)

The Watershed Salmon Watch Society is reporting an alarming increase in wild fish dying in B-C's open-net salmon farms.

The society has released a report based on numbers from the fish farming industry that finds about 100-thousand wild fish were killed in salmon farms in 2017 -- nine time higher than the numbers in 2011.

Science Advisor Stan Proboszcz (PRO'-bosh) says many species are attracted to fish farms -- exposing them to pathogens and parasites, contamination from pesticides and medications, predation by farm fish -- or they could simply be killed by farm operations.

But he says there's little data on the problem and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans needs to start examining the issue more closely. (The Canadian Press, CFAX)

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(BC-LNG-Pipeline)

A court hearing is to begin tomorrow in Prince George on whether an interim injunction should continue against opponents of Coastal GasLink's natural gas pipeline.

The company says it has signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route from northeast B-C to LNG Canada's export terminal in Kitimat -- but hereditary chiefs in the Wet'suwet'en (wet-SOH'-wed-en) First Nation say the project has no authority without their consent.

Fourteen people were arrested near Houston last January after Coastal GasLink was granted an interim injunction in December against pipeline opponents.

Court documents filed on behalf of the opponents say certain vehicles and people were denied access to traditional territory in accordance with Wet'suwet'en law. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-CRIME-Gymnastics-Coach)

A gymnastics coach from B-C who spent more than 15 years in Saskatchewan has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Regina.

Police say the charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred between January 2002 and April 2008 while the accused was coaching the girl. …

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