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B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark went on the offensive Monday night against NDP Leader Adrian Dix in the only televised leaders debate of the provincial election campaign, seeking traction for her governing party running far behind New Democrats in the polls. The 90-minute debate was widely seen as a pivotal moment in the 28-day campaign, coming at the halfway mark and with public-opinion surveys pointing to an NDP return to power for the first time since 2001. An Angus-Reid poll last week had the party running 14 points ahead of the Liberals. Ian Bailey and Justine Hunter report. B.C. leaders trade punches in election's only televised debate
Provincial politicians promising not to override Esquimalt if it refuses to rezone property for regional sewage-treatment facilities could be setting a worrisome precedent, says Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard. Waste-management facilities such as landfills and sewage plants are notoriously difficult to locate, Leonard said. But municipalities reluctant to approve them know the province has the ability under the Waste Management Act to override their decisions. Last week, New Democrat platform chairwoman Carole James said an NDP government would not consider overruling Esquimalt if the township refused to rezone a Viewfield Road property to allow a sewage biosolids facility. But if the province were to refuse to override Esquimalt, Leonard wonders if it would also refuse to use its authority under the Waste Management Act in other jurisdictions. Bill Cleverely reports. Promise not to override Esquimalt on sewage could set precedent, Saanich mayor says
Members of Puget SoundCorps began removing creosote-treated debris Monday from four Kitsap County parks, starting with Old Mill County Park in Silverdale. The work involves identifying creosote debris and hauling it off the beaches. The crew is scheduled to move from Old Mill Park to Point No Point County Park near Hansville on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, workers will finish up at Norwegian Point County Park in Hansville and Salsbury Point County Park near the Hood Canal bridge. In addition to old creosote pilings, the six-member crew will remove pieces of old docks and man-made structures that have washed up on the park beaches. Creosote debris can leach a mixture of toxic chemicals into the shoreline environment. Chris Dunagan reports. Crew removes creosote debris from Kitsap County parks
Piles of plastic are piling up in some B.C. recycling facilities thanks to a recent Chinese ban on importing unwashed post-consumer plastics. The crackdown is forcing some companies to stop collecting plastics altogether, while others scramble to find new markets for the materials. "I don't want to turn my five acres into a plastic field," said Ed Shea, who collects bottles and bags on his five-acre property in Prince George. Shea used to send the plastic to a Lower Mainland company that shipped them to China, but now the recycling has nowhere to go. Chinese plastic ban affecting B.C. recyclers
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT TUE APR 30 2013
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM PDT EARLY THIS MORNING
W WIND 15 TO 25 KT EARLY...BECOMING NW 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 10 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS THIS MORNING.
NW WIND 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING W 10 TO 15 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
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