Morning Headlines: February 13th 2020

Ben Righetti / February 13, 2020

Protestors voice their displeasure over the Coastal GasLink pipeline
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BC hereditary chiefs launch federal court case

A pair of heredity chiefs launched a constitutional challenge against the federal government in climate court on Wednesday.

The challenge calls on the Federal Court to confirm that Canada is required to meet several international climate change targets, which would they say will not be met if the Coastal GasLink pipeline is constructed.

The pipeline is planned to run through traditional Wet’suet’en territory in Northern B.C , which has sparked a number of nationwide protests over the past few days.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told all protestors and demonstrators to observe the rule of law before protesting.

Stranded cruise ship docks in Cambodia

The MS Westerdam has finally been able to dock after having originally set sail on February 14th.

The ship was turned away by Thailand, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines, and Japan, before being able to dock in the port city of Sihanoukville.

On board, 20 people had fallen ill, but none were confirmed with having COVID-19. Health officials will come on board and conduct health checks for all passengers.

Another cruise ship, from Diamond Princess, is isolated near Japan. The boat has over 200 confirmed cases on board, meaning that the ship has the largest number of confirmed cases outside of China.

A Holland America ship, similar to the HS Westerdam, which has recently docked

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Surrey councillor Allison Patton

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Surrey councillor fined and suspended

City of Surrey councillor Allison Patton has been fined, as well as suspended, for identifying herself as a doctor during her campaign.

The penalties were a result of a complaint from public soon after Patton was elected to Surrey council as part of mayor Doug McCallum’s Safe Surrey Coalition.

Patton has accepted the suspension, as well as the $500 fine, calling the situation an “error”

She is a naturopathic doctor, as opposed to a medical doctor as she had previously stated.