Kamloops parking rates to double
Parking rates in downtown Kamloops are set to double. City council approved the change Tuesday. They also approved a plan to do away with traditional parking meters in favour of electronic parking kiosk's. The city plans to borrow 1.7 million dollars to install 90 of the kiosks, with 3 or four of them on every block. Drivers will park, and then enter their licence plate number into the kiosk. The rates will jump from the current 50 cents per hour to one dollar per hour when the kiosks are installed.
Denny's restaurants to pay 1.3 million dollars in court settlement
Denny's restaurants in B.C. have served up a court settlement to more than 70 temporary foreign workers. The workers launched a class action lawsuit last year against Northland Properties Corporation, which operates Denny's Restaurants and Dencan Restaurants Inc. Herminia Vergara Dominguez, who spearheaded the suit, alleged she and other Denny's workers paid thousands of dollars in recruitment fees to an employment agency in Richmond, B.C., and were promised work in Canada. But when Dominguez arrived from the Philippines in 2009, she says Denny's failed to provide the promised work, didn't pay overtime and refused to cover expenses, such as travel fees. The settlement approved March 1, is worth more than $1.3 million and reimburses the affected workers for lost hours, overtime, airfare and employment agency fees.Denny's will also pick up the workers' legal fees and expenses
and will donate $80,000 to charity.