Rejected miners had exemplary qualifications

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The resumes of hundreds of Canadians who applied for jobs in a northern B.C. coal mine, but were rejected, show many had what appear to be exemplary qualifications. That's the assertion of two trades unions who have been fighting HD Mining in court after it hired 201 foreign temporary workers from China to do the job instead. HD Mining has repeatedly said it was forced to get permits from Ottawa to bring in the foreign workers because there was no pool of qualified or interested Canadians.

Forgotten graves in Fernie

Two funeral directors in Fernie are trying to locate hundreds of forgotten graves in the city.
Corolyn Haarstad and her business partner have spent 12 years going through historical records. And they think there are 393 people who died in Fernie, who are not in the town's cemetery. She thinks many of these people were buried in unmarked graves, now long forgotten about. She believes their bodies are under the ground in 4 locations in town.   Haarstad is hoping the city of Fernie will help her find the remains and protect the burial sites.

Voting law challenged

Two anti poverty activists and a visually impaired woman challenging voting identification rules will have their appeal heard Monday in B.C.'s highest court. The plaintiffs argue the federal law is unconstitutional and could make it difficult for some people to at the ballot box. Raji Mangat with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, which is an intervener in the case, says the rules could block the poor, senior citizens, new citizens and people living in remote communities.
The federal government won the case in the lower court. It has previously argued the homeless can vote with the help of a drop-in centre, and that the law could also help to reduce fraud.

   
Bye bye penny

The penny is no more. On Monday the Royal Canadian mint stops distributing the one cent coin. The federal government announced last year that the mint would halt circulation and production of the coin because it costs 1.6 cents to make each penny. Over time they will all be collected and melted down.




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