Cuts on the way for Vernon RCMP

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The head of Vernon RCMP says the level of policing in the city could suffer if the detachment doesn't get a funding increase. RCMP Superintendent Reg Burgess is asking city hall for an 5.8 percent increase. That works out to about 4 hundred and 15 thousand dollars. The City of Vernon has allotted a budget increase of only1.8 percent for policing. Burgess says he'll have to cut 3 and a half positions. He says the funding request is to cover wage and benefit increases as well as the increased cost of fuel. Vernon's mayor Rob Sawatzky says no departments are getting more than the 1.8 percent increase this year.

Journalist denies defamation against former 2010 Olympic CEO

Journalist Laura Robinson denies the story she authored last year about former 2010 Olympic head John Furlong is defamatory. Robinson filed her response to Furlong's civil suit against her and the Georgia Straight newspaper, on Monday. The article published last September alleged Furlong physically abused and bullied former students he taught in Burns Lake in the 1960s. Robinson insists what she wrote is true and constitutes fair comment and responsible communication on matters of public interest. Furlong has vehemently denied the allegations.  His suit also claims Robinson defamed him after the article appeared by sending an email to the CEO of Own the Podium referring to Furlong's "violence against women and children". In her defence, Robinson raised new allegations about Furlong's past personal relationships she claims she learned about only after her story was published. None of the claims by either side has been proven in court.

Federal Liberal leadership contenders stump for votes

Two federal Liberal leadership candidates are trying to sway West Coast voters they hope will lend their support. Justin Trudeau and Martha Hall Findlay visited Kamloops and Kelowna, respectively, Monday after staying in B.C. following the first debate on the weekend. Trudeau, the apparent front-runner, now heads to Kelowna. While Martha Hall Findlay is in Vernon Tuesday and Kamloops Wednesday.

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