Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Canada-Iran-Plane-Crash)

Premier John Horgan says the province is mourning the tragic loss of life in the devastating plane crash in Iran.

British Columbians are among the 63 Canadian victims on the Boeing flight that went down near Tehran minutes after takeoff, killing all 176 people on board.

A Vancouver-based Iranian-Canadian organization says a Vancouver engineer, his wife and their 15-year-old son were on board the flight enroute to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

The niece of a North Vancouver couple who were award-winning doctors in Iran says they were also killed while returning from a visit with family.

Horgan says his government's thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims as well as the greater Iranian-Canadian community in B-C. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-LNG-Pipeline)

Coastal GasLink says it has no plans to request police action despite posting a court injunction covering a disputed area of the Wet'suwet'en (wet-SOH'-wed-en) First Nation.

The order gives opponents of its natural gas pipeline 72 hours to clear the way toward its work site near Smithers but the company says the move was merely procedural and it remains focused on finding a peaceful resolution with hereditary chiefs and their supporters.

But yesterday a hereditary chief called for pipeline construction to cease and for the B-C government to revoke the company's permits.

The order comes one year after the R-C-M-P enforcement of a similar injunction along the same road sparked rallies across Canada in support of Indigenous rights and raised questions about land claims. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Smudging-Court-Challenge)

The B-C Supreme Court has dismissed a constitutional challenge filed after an Indigenous smudging ceremony at a school in Port Alberni in 2015.

The mother of one of the students argued her family's religious freedoms as evangelical Christians were violated because her daughter was not able to leave the classroom. …

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