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No charges under B.C.’s mining laws for failure of Mount Polley mine dam

No charges will be issued under the province’s mining laws against Imperial Metals after the catastrophic failure of its Mount Polley gold and copper mine tailings dam.

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B.C.’s Gibraltar mine wants to increase amount of effluent discharged to Fraser River

Taseko Mines Ltd. has applied to the province for a 50-per-cent increase in the water it discharges from its Gibraltar mine waste-storage facility into the Fraser River.

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Daphne Bramham: B.C. continues its massive restructuring of public education

A blunt reading of the B.C. government’s plan for public education is this: Impoverish it, neuter critics (including teachers and elected school trustees) and centralize control.

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Former WorkSafeBC head not slated to testify at coroner’s inquest

Two of the former top guns at WorkSafeBC are not scheduled to testify at a coroner’s inquest into the Lakeland Mills sawmill explosion that killed two workers in 2012.

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Camo-clad B.C. hunters pitch tent at legislature, bring hounds, make duck calls

Camouflage-wearing hunters have set up camp at B.C.’s legislature in an attempt to shoot down new quotas for big game animals such as elk, bison, moose, bighorn sheep and grizzly bears.

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Energy minister tells Imperial Metals it can repair damaged tailings dam

The company that owns the Mount Polley mine near Williams Lake will be allowed to repair the tailings dam before the government has finished its reviews into the cause of its partial collapse.

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Southeast B.C. coal mines draw the ire of U.S. environmental agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made a veiled threat to take Canada to the International Joint Commission in a dispute over plans to expand coal production in the Elk River Valley of southeastern B.C., near the Montana border.

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Engineering firm lands $1.5-million contract to probe Mount Polley mine spill

The B.C. government has awarded engineering firm Klohn Crippen Berger a $1.5-million contract to help with the investigation into Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine tailings dam collapse.

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Bennett reassures IPPs of future regardless of Site C decision

Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett promised independent power producers that they will have a place in the future of the British Columbia’s energy sector regardless of what decision government makes on BC Hydro’s $8-billion Site C megaproject.

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Union leader Sinclair earned respect from a Liberal premier

B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair had the ear of Premier Christy Clark on a recent series of initiatives on skills training and job creation, Sun political affairs columnist Vaughn Palmer writes.

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