NDP raising issue of highway maintenance as lawsuit launched

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The NDP says an ICBC lawsuit over potholes on the Coquihalla highway highlights a serious issue. ICBC has filed a claim against the company which maintains the Coquihalla in a bid to recoup damages paid to vehicle owners in February 2011. The insurer claims VSA Highway Maintenance failed to warn motorists and to keep the road in driveable condition. NDP Transportation Critic Harry Bains says the government should make sure those damages don't happen in the first place. VSA Highway Maintenance says it met its contractual obligations with regards to the Coquihalla. The government wouldn't comment on the lawsuit.

Family service workers take strike action

About 500 British Columbian family service workers are taking job action today and tomorrow.
The largest group of workers is in Kamloops with 116 members from Interior Community Services taking part.  Those on strike assist at-risk youth, people with addictions, teen or single parents, and offer vocational and life skills training and job placement. The B.C Government Employees Union members are demanding a wage increase. Picket lines are going up at offices in Vancouver and North Vancouver today, with job action taking place in Kamloops, Vernon, Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, and Cranbrook Thursday.

Cariboo Regional District prepares for legal action

Directors with the Cariboo Regional District say they intend to move forward with legal action against the City of Williams Lake. This after a public survey showed 60 percent of respondents wanted the C.R.D. to continue with legal action. The city backed out of five year deal to provide fire protection for fringe areas of the city before Christmas. The district went to court and got an injunction to ensure city firefighters respond to rural areas, but it only lasts for a couple more months. The C.R.D. Directors says they will enter into mediation with the city to save taxpayers money. However, they will move forward with legal action should Williams Lake not honour its original agreement.

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