University researchers push legalization of marijuana

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A team of researchers is arguing the province's half a billion dollar domestic marijuana industry could be a boon for the government if pot is legalized and taxed. Researchers from U.B.C. and S.F.U. have published a study that concludes black market marijuana sales in B.C. pull in between 443 million and 564 million dollars a year for organized crime. Dan Werb, one of the study's lead authors, says that money is now going towards organized crime, rather than to the government in tax revenue. For more on this story click here

B.C. second worst in Canada for child poverty rate.

B.C. remains stuck near the bottom of the heap in Canada when it comes to child poverty. A child and youth advocacy group has issued its yearly report card on the problem. The report has found the province has the second worst child poverty rate in the country, with Manitoba in dead last.The report was compiled based on 2010 figures from Statistics Canada. It doesn't take into account the province's moves this year to raise the minimum wage and ease welfare exemptions. Dr. John Millar of the Public health Association of B.C. says those things will help. However he is urging the province to develop a formal strategy to combat child poverty and to appoint a child poverty minister.

K.V.R. trail users oppose changes to trail use

A group of concerned trail users want to keep the Kettle Valley Rail Trail near Naramata open to highway vehicles. Many users drive cars and trucks on the trail to see stunning views of Okanagan lake and the  tunnels cut into rockface. However a Provincial draft plan for the trail proposes to ban vehicle access. 500 people have signed a petition against the changes.

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