Community Living B.C. workers strike

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More than three thousand Community Living workers are withdrawing their services Wednesday for 24 hours in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley. They work with people with developmental disabilities in Group homes and community offices. Spokesperson Patsy Harmston says her co-workers cannot afford to stay in that line of work and need a pay raise. On Thursday, community living workers in Kamloops and a number of other cities will withdraw their services for 24 hours.

Leashes and licenses for cats?

Nature B.C., a coalition of more than 50 groups, wants cat owners to use leashes and wants BC municipalities to require licenses for felines. A new study shows cats are responsible for many more animal deaths each year than previously thought, as many as 3.7 billion birds, and up to 20 billion mammals in the U.S. alone. Nature B.C. President John Neville says other cities such as Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary require cats to be licensed. Nearly two years ago Nature B.C forwarded a resolution to the B.C. Union of Municipalities, urging them to adopt mandatory cat licenses. But, Neville says he isn't aware of any B.C. towns or cities that now require them.

NDP commits to B.C. Rail inquiry if elected

A New Democrat MLA says if his party wins the May election, a public inquiry will be held into the government's six million dollar payment to two former ministerial aides. Attorney general's critic Leonard Krog says he's disappointed a B.C. Supreme Court judge denied the auditor general's request for access to government documents related to Dave Basi and Bobby Virk's case. The pair pleaded guilty to leaking secret documents about the 2003 privatization sale of B.C. Rail at their trial in 2010, when the government announced it paid their legal fees.  Auditor general John Doyle wanted government documents related to
the payout but a judge refused, saying solicitor client privilege is an important democratic principle.

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