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Canada wide arrest warrant for Aaron James David Douglas

Aaron James David Douglas . . . maybe armed and dangerous

IHIT (Integrated Homicide Investigation Team) has issued a Canada wide arrest warrant has been issued for 33-year-old Aaron James David Douglas in in connection to the double homicide of two men and attempted murder of a female inside a Chilliwack residence on (Thursday) August 7.

Douglas has a Criminal Record dating back to 1996 and he is believed to be armed and dangerous.

“IHIT is asking the public to be vigilant and call 911 if you know the whereabouts of Aaron Douglas," said Staff Sergeant Jennifer Pound.

Actor/comedian Robin Willams dead at 63

Robin Willams . . . great loss

The Huffington Post

Legendary American actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at 63.

Williams was found unconscious and not breathing inside his Tiburon, Calif. home on Monday, according to a Marin County Sheriff’s Office press release. The coroner’s office suspects the cause of death to be “suicide due to asphyxia.”

The death was also confirmed by William’s wife, Susan Schneider, in a statement:

COMMENT: Crony capitalism alive and well at Mount Polley

COMMENT: Crony capitalism alive and well at Mount Polley

This weekend, the Vancouver Sun reported that Alberta billionaire Murray Edwards helped organize a $1 million fundraiser for the B.C. Liberal party at the Calgary Petroleum Club last year. Rapidly becoming a household name in B.C., Edwards of course is the controlling shareholder of Imperial Metals, which operates the Mount Polley Mine.

Putting aside that the cash was raised in another province and likely from folk who can't vote in B.C., Edwards' political generosity didn't stop at selecting canapes for his oil and gas pals.

Talks in BC teachers' strike resume with less than a month before new term begins

Talks in BC teachers' strike resume with less than a month before new term begins

The on-again, off-again negotiations in the teacher's strike are, on-again, for now.

The provincial government said the resumption of bargaining Friday will resume with the B.C. Teachers' Federation this week.

Both sides in the dispute say not much progress is being made.

The slow progress has forced the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils has called an emergency meeting for this Saturday.

The BCCPAC said if the strike does not end before August 25, school would not start on time.

Mount Polley mine disaster update

The damage to Vancouver-based Imperial Metals, Mount Polley mine tailings pond dam is massive. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

Government and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) officials continue to work together to address the breach at the Mount Polley tailings pond, to test the local drinking water to determine if it is safe for locals to drink or bathe in, and to help ensure the safety and well-being of local residents.

This factsheet will be updated daily with the latest information available.

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LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

Dear Editor,

I read with horror the article Mount Polley Disaster published in the The Boundary Sentinel on August 6, 2014.

I have been following the news on the Fraser River Imperial Mines tailing pond contamination. I see that the government treated this toxic tailings pond with the same the extreme carelessness I have observed for the last 30 years while protecting wild salmon from disease.

Environment Ministry test say tailings pond did not exceed guidelines

Premier Christy Clark — "... just been a terrible, terrible heartache".

Gabriele Matscha, impact assessment​ head for the B.C. Environment Ministry said in an explanatory note the first water quality test results since the breach of the Mount Polley Mine's tailings pond did not exceed BC or Health Canada Drinking Water Guidelines.

"Samples collected near the town site of Likely and on the north shore of Quesnel Lake indicate that none of the analyzed chemical and physical contaminant concentrations exceeded B.C. or Health Canada drinking water guidelines," Matscha​ writes.

Mount Polley Disaster

Mount Polley Disaster

In the early morning hours of August 4, BC Day, a catastrophic breach of Imperial Metals' Mount Polley tailings pond sent a slurry-like mixture of 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of fine sediment into Polley Lake. Hazeltine Creek and into Quesnel Lake. The breach has endangered not only drinking water for residents but the Quesnel, Horsefly and Mitchell salmon runs.

Northwest BC shouldn't look to CBT as a model

Northwest BC shouldn't look to CBT as a model

Establishing the Northwest British Columbia Resource Benefits Alliance (RBA) was a good move by the region’s local governments. Their news release announces that one of its first priorities is to negotiate a revenue sharing agreement with the Province.

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett statement on Mt. Polley Mine accident

The tailing pond at Mt. Polley Mine.

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett made the following statement today in response to the mine tailing pond incident at Mt. Polley Mine:

“In the early morning of August 4, 2014, the tailings pond dam at the Mt. Polley Mine site breached and released an estimated 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of fine sand into Polley Lake. Hazeltine Creek flows out of Polley Lake, and the flow may have continued into Quesnel Lake.

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