Common Causes activists join with Idle No More

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As MPs return to the House of Commons Monday, Idle No More protests along with rallys for democracy are being held across the country. A new network of groups dubbed Common Causes has joined in with the Idle No more groups. Rallies in B.C. are being held in Kelowna, Courtenay, Kamloops, Nanaimo, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver. Most of events are planned for noon, while the Kamloops gathering is billed as an information meeting with Idle No More, and begins at 6 p.m at the Smorgasbord Deli on 7th avenue.

Williams Lake strike vote

The unionized staff of the city of Williams Lake now have a strike mandate. Members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 882-B voted 95 percent in favour of striking Sunday. Talks between the city and the union broke down last week. Union Members take care of a number of things like clearing the snow for the city. It's unclear when a strike will actually happen. The city says in the event of job action, an essential services plan will be in place.
Woman dies after stolen vehicle crash

A female passenger is dead after an early Saturday morning crash in Prince George. It happened just off Highway 97 in a commercial part of town called the BCR Industrial site.
Police say a 42 year old man was driving a stolen Ford Escape when he crashed. The passenger was found dead at the scene. No names have been released.

Enbridge hearings resume in Kelowna

The review panel examining Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is expected to be met with protest yet again Monday as it holds a day of hearings in Kelowna. The panel has been holding hearings in various locations as it examines the potential environmental affects of Enbridge's plan to transport heavy crude from Alberta's oil sands to the B.C. coast. The hearings have been met with large protests in several cities, and last week the panel announced its work in Kelowna will be closed to the public due to safety concerns. Several protesters were arrested in Vancouver earlier this month after disrupting the hearings there and demonstrators say a rally will be held at 12:30 Monday afternoon outside the Kelowna hearings.

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