Peachland Smart Meter fight
The District of Peachland wants B.C. Hydro to live up to a promise to its residents. Last year the company came to a Peachland community meeting to talk about smart meters. Mayor Keith Fielding says B.C. Hydro representatives told home owners the company wouldn't install the meters if owners didn't want them. But Fielding says a number of his constituents have complained the meters were installed on their homes even though they had opted out. About 450 people in Peachland have signed a petition against smart meters. A B.C. Hydro spokesperson says the company can't remove the meters once they've been installed. The District has sent a letter to the utility company demanding it take immediate corrective action.
Judge rules on parental support case
Three adults who were left to fend for themselves by their mother decades ago won't have to pay her a penny. Shirley Marie Anderson, who is now 74 years old, launched the lawsuit in July 2000 and continued it in 2008, saying she needed financial help from her estranged children. But B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Butler says that while Anderson may be financially dependent, her children don't have the money to pay her support. He says even if they did, he wouldn't make such a ruling, challenging her moral claim, and he even ordered her to pay her children's court costs.