Queen of the North trial begins

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A trial begins today for the officer in charge of the bridge the night a B.C. ferry sank off the north coast seven years ago. Karl Lilgert is charged with criminal negligence causing the deaths of passengers Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rosette. They died when the Queen of the North slammed into Gil island and sank in March of 2006. A Transportation Safety Board report said the crew members on the bridge failed to make a critical course change in the minutes before the accident.
Kokanee numbers down drastically

Spawning numbers of salmon in the province's most important kokanee fishery are the lowest on record. This fall biologists counted only 2 thousand kokanee in Wood Lake near Kelowna.   That's ten times lower than the amount of salmon counted only 2 years ago. Paul Askey is a provincial fish biologist. He says Wood Lake is very rich in nutrients. And that coupled with a very hot summer in 2011 caused algae blooms that robbed oxygen from the lake. Askey says the population should recover because good water conditions returned to Wood Lake last summer. As well as the fact conservation groups are working to improve flows in the creek where kokanee spawn.

Environment Minister says Bimbo the deer has got to go

B.C.'s Environment Minister and Kamloops North Thompson MLA Terry Lake is now weighing-in on the case of Bimbo the deer. The animal has been living in Janet Schwartz's Ucluelet home for about nine years, since it was a fawn. Officials have been pleading with Schwartz to let the deer go, but so far she has refused. Lake says it's illegal to keep wild animals as pets. The province says it will work with Schwartz, but says in the end Bimbo will spend her remaining years at a wildlife rehabilitation centre.

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