California lawsuit could cost B.C. taxpayers millions of dollars

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B.C. taxpayers could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars after a ruling by a US judge. The decision found massive market manipulation by a dozen energy suppliers in California in 2000. One of the biggest players was Powerex - a wholly owned subsidiary of BC Hydro. If the US Federal Energy Commission accepts the decision the total cost would be $1.6 billion. Frank Lindh is general counsel for the California Public Utilities Commission. Lindh says the utiltiies commission would be open to settling the claims. B.C. Hydro was unavailable for comment.

Cosmetic pesticide legislation criticized

The NDP is criticizing legislation introduced by the Provincial government aimed at reducing the use of cosmetic pesticides. Environment critic Rob Fleming says an out right ban is needed, claiming the legislation will not make cosmetic pesticides less available. Environment Minister Terry Lake is defending the legislation, saying a ban isn't necessarily backed by science. The legislation would allow the Environment Ministry to regulate cosmetic pesticides so they can only be used by licensed professionals. The NDP points out that when Christy Clark was running for the Liberal Leadership she was in favour of a pesticide ban.

More information comes to light about West Kelowna double murder

RCMP are being tight lipped about a double murder in West Kelowna. 33 year old Jeremy Snow and 30 year old Tiffany Goruk were found dead Monday night in an SUV that smashed into a condo. Police chased a suspect, but were not able to make an arrest. However more details are coming out about Snow's background. He spent 4 years in a U.S. prison for running 79 kilos of marijuana across the border. RCMP Corporal Dan Moscaluk can't say yet if there is any connection between that botched drug run and Snow's death. That investigation was knows as blade runner. Snow flew a helicopter packed with pot from Kelowna to a wooded area in Idaho in March of 2009.

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