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Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales up 2.4% in April

Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales up 2.4% in April

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says wholesale sales, excluding petroleum, petroleum products, and other hydrocarbons and excluding oilseed and grain, rose 2.4 per cent to $83.3 billion in April.
B.C. politicians ask for audit of $3.86 billion North Shore water treatment plant

B.C. politicians ask for audit of $3.86 billion North Shore water treatment plant

VANCOUVER — A group of local politicians from B.C.'s Lower Mainland are asking the provincial auditor general to investigate how the cost of a wastewater treatment plant could balloon to $3.86 billion.
Federal minister tells B.C. Ottawa continues to back RCMP contract policing

Federal minister tells B.C. Ottawa continues to back RCMP contract policing

Premier David Eby says a letter from federal Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc describes the federal government's plan to move the RCMP towards a federal police force "like the FBI in the United States."
B.C. may work with N.L. on court challenge of federal equalization payments, Eby says

B.C. may work with N.L. on court challenge of federal equalization payments, Eby says

B.C.'s premier said Thursday that the province will consider joining with Newfoundland and Labrador in a court challenge over federal equalization payments.
Opinion: B.C.’s Legal Profession Act falls short on lawyer independence

Opinion: B.C.’s Legal Profession Act falls short on lawyer independence

Access to justice not achieved by undermining lawyer independence
Uber says new B.C. rules will increase costs, Eby says companies can 'suck it up'

Uber says new B.C. rules will increase costs, Eby says companies can 'suck it up'

Uber said the changes would make the ride-share expense rate in B.C. 50 per cent higher than the comparable rate in California.
NDP's Jagmeet Singh says report shows 'a number of MPs' have helped foreign states

NDP's Jagmeet Singh says report shows 'a number of MPs' have helped foreign states

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says a recent spy watchdog report shows a "number of MPs" have knowingly provided help to foreign governments — behaviour he calls unethical or even illegal.
Liberals set aside little for disability benefit, despite spending boast: advocate

Liberals set aside little for disability benefit, despite spending boast: advocate

OTTAWA — An advocacy group for people with disabilities says the federal government has set aside very little money for a new benefit, and takes issue with a Liberal minister's claim that it is the biggest line item in the budget.
Courts in crisis: Sheriff shortage closes Vancouver courtrooms

Courts in crisis: Sheriff shortage closes Vancouver courtrooms

"The wheels of justice have come to a screeching halt today."
Vancouver's AG: city not effectively managing child care, cultural, social non-profit leases

Vancouver's AG: city not effectively managing child care, cultural, social non-profit leases

Mike Macdonell: "Council and the public should receive better information concerning the value of non-profit leases."