B.C. has had its first avalanche fatality of the season. A 50 year old man was killed in an avalanche while working as a surveyor at a minerals camp near Stewart in the far northwest. Two employees were taking G.P.S coordinates on a steep slope at the time.
Both workers were swept away by the avalanche. One was able to get free, and wasn't injured. The other man was swept off a 300 metre cliff.
Crown lawyers say reforms in the province's court systems are not possible without more funding. That's after Justice Ministry Shirley Bond announced a plan to address court delays without adding additional money. Crown Counsel Association president Samiran Lakshman says cutbacks in legal aid and a hiring freeze on prosecutors are contributing to the court crisis.