Mike Smyth: Liberal leadership fight enters the final rounds | The Province

Dianne Watts jumped into the B.C. Liberal party leadership race with several advantages over her rivals.
She enjoyed lofty public profile as the popular former mayor of Surrey and as a Conservative MP. She consistently topped opinion polls as the best choice to replace Christy Clark as new Liberal leader.

BC Greens piling pressure on NDP to ban foreign buyers in budget | ThinkPol

The BC Green Party is piling pressure on the NDP minority government its propping up to follow New Zealand’s example and restrict foreign real estate ownership in the province in the upcoming budget.

Vaughn Palmer: Horgan’s hands full with weed, Weaver, real estate, LNG | Vancouver Sun

“If B.C. starts to focus again on trying to land an LNG industry given all that has happened, I can tell you I am voting government down,” the Green leader vowed in a Dec. 31 interview with Carol Linnitt of DeSmog Canada, the online news service.

Proposed carbon pricing plan ‘not a cash grab’: McKenna | CTV News

The federal government has unveiled its proposed carbon pricing legislation, spelling out how it plans to regulate and enforce a price on greenhouse gases.

B.C. snowmobile clubs fear loss of backcountry access, seek more members – British Columbia – CBC News

The British Columbia Snowmobile Federation is worried it will lose more access to trails unless it signs up more members.
The federation’s media director, Trish Drinkle, said her organization estimates only 17 per cent of the province’s estimated 85,000 snowmobilers join local clubs.

Study finds U.S. regulations to protect killer whales near B.C. coast effective | CTV News

American regulations that limit vessel noise and traffic around endangered killer whales off the West Coast are working, a new study says. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said in its review of regulations adopted in 2011 that the changes are benefiting southern resident orcas without having negative effects on the local whale watching and tourism industries.

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