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The head of Kinder Morgan Canada says the federal government needs to step into the dispute between Alberta and B-C over oil exports.

Ian Anderson says he appreciates the strong support Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shown for the company's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

But he says he expects Ottawa to help solve the dispute between the provinces.

Trudeau refused to wade publicly into the dispute today, saying talks continue behind closed doors with the provinces. (The Canadian Press)

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B-C's Green party leader says a deal between the province and Air b-n-b on the collection of taxes from short-term rentals is a good step toward tax fairness.

But Andrew Weaver says the agreement will not improve the need for long-term rentals.

He says the province should encourage local governments to restrict and regulate short-term rentals, as Vancouver and Victoria have done.

The government says it will introduce legislation allowing Air b-n-b to collect 11 per cent in taxes, with the money going toward housing and tourism initiatives. (The Canadian Press)

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B-C's premier says next week's throne speech will focus on protecting the economy and environment as well as the affordability needs of residents.

John Horgan says current trade tensions with Alberta over the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline are just a distraction.

The minority N-D-P government pledged in its first speech last September to protect renters from huge increases, to hike welfare rates and to launch consultations on boosting the minimum wage.

Next Tuesday's speech is expected to deliver on other priorities promised during the election campaign, such as 10-dollar-a-day daycare and investments in public transit, housing and health-care. (The Canadian Press)

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Warnings about winter storms and snowfall are in effect for many areas of the province as a snowstorm continues. …

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