Legal Aid funding fight ramps up

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Lawyers in Kamloops and around the province are increasing the pressure on the provincial government today for more legal aid funding. Now they won't be taking on any legal aid cases involving out of custody clients charged with criminal harassment.Graham Kay is the Kamloops representative for the Trial Lawyers legal aid action committee. Kay says without more legal aid funding, trial lawyers will ramp up their withdrawal of services in the new year. 
He says they will stop handling cases involving out of custody clients charged with sexual assault.
   
Cattlemen's Association optimistic about wolf predation plan

The president of the B.C. Cattlemen's Association says a draft management plan, by the provincial government, on wolf populations may be a start to solving the problem of wolf predation but it's still a little bit soft. Kevin Boon says the plan acknowledges there is a wolf problem in some areas, and it opens the door to a resolution. The plan released yesterday estimates there are about 8500 grey wolves in the province.

Flu shot fight continues


The fight between the province's nurses and the medical-health officer over mandatory flu shots is far from over. The B.C. Nurses' Union has seized on public comments made by a U.K. based health group that questions the science used to justify the policy. Union president Debra McPherson says because the science is not compelling, the decision to get vaccinations should be left up to her members.

Robbery suspect arrested

The Williams Lake RCMP say they have arrested a man who robbed a local 7-11 on Tuesday. Police say Michael Lazaruk has been charged for robbery and wearing a disguise while doing so. Detachment Commander Warren Brown says the man is known to them, and had been recently released from custody on other criminal matters.



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