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Justice ministers push feds for answers on support for pot legalization

VANCOUVER — Canada’s justice ministers are asking for clarity and support as they scramble to organize and police an entirely new marijuana industry in fewer than 10 months. British Columbia Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said he hopes this week’s meeting between federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her provincial and territorial counterparts will provide more …

NDP leadership hopefuls pitch members for support in final public debate

VANCOUVER—Federal NDP leadership hopefuls lined up Sunday to take shots at rival Jagmeet Singh during the eighth and final debate in the campaign to replace outgoing Leader Tom Mulcair. Singh, an Ontario legislator, is the only one of the four candidates who is not a federal politician, and he bore the brunt of the attacks …

B.C. budget update likely just an appetizer for next year’s main course: experts

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s New Democrat government is expected to unveil its first budget on Monday following last week’s ambitious throne speech, but experts expect the financial update will be little more than an appetizer ahead of the main course early next year. David Moscrop, a political scientist at Simon Fraser University, said holding back …

B.C. NDP can’t afford to break key election promise on fundraising: experts

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s New Democrats are expected to use this week’s throne speech to broadly outline how they intend to follow through on their key election promise to get big money out of politics. But so far details have been scarce and a recent string of NDP fundraisers has at least one political observer …

B.C. orders more people to evacuate as wildfire situation deteriorates

ASHCROFT, B.C.—Angie Thorne hugged her granddaughter as she looked for the first time at the blackened pit where her home of 21 years had stood just days earlier. She and a caravan of friends and family drove up to the Ashcroft Indian Reserve on Sunday to see what remained after a wildfire engulfed the community …

High school? Colorado outfit offers niche program for marijuana sommeliers

VANCOUVER—A marijuana aficionado in Colorado has launched a program he hopes will make the title of cannabis interpener as familiar as wine sommelier, cheesemonger and chocolatier. Max Montrose, the 29-year-old president and co-founder of the Trichrome Institute in Denver, said he designed the niche curriculum, which teaches students how to become marijuana experts, after he …

B.C. father who killed his 3 children doesn’t meet high risk test: lawyer

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C.—A man found not responsible for killing his three children is being properly managed, his psychosis is under control and he doesn’t fit the definition of a high-risk accused, his lawyer said Thursday. Rishi Gill told a British Columbia Supreme Court judge that Allan Schoenborn, 49, is being properly managed in a psychiatric …

The ball is in B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s court, political scientists say

VANCOUVER –All eyes are on Premier Christy Clark after Monday’s announcement that British Columbia’s New Democrats have reached an agreement with the Green party to form a minority government, experts say. NDP Leader John Horgan and Andrew Weaver of the Greens appeared outside the legislative chamber in Victoria to share the news. They said details …

The ball is in B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s court, political scientists say

VANCOUVER — All eyes are on Premier Christy Clark after Monday’s announcement that British Columbia’s New Democrats have reached an agreement with the Green party to form a minority government, experts say. NDP Leader John Horgan and Andrew Weaver of the Greens appeared outside the legislative chamber in Victoria to share the news. They said …

Man who killed children struggles with anger management: psychiatrist

COQUITLAM – A man found not criminally responsible for killing his three children because of a mental disorder is making slow progress but still faces serious anger issues, a psychiatrist says. Dr. Marcel Hediger told a British Columbia Review Board hearing Wednesday that it’s unlikely he would recommend Allan Schoenborn be granted supervised outings into …

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