Morning Headlines: March 5, 2020

Michelle de Leon / March 5, 2020

The woman in her 80’s had pre-existing health conditions that made her vulnerable to the coronavirus.
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B.C. REVEALS 13TH CASE OF CORONAVIRUS

Provincial health officials announced the newest coronavirus case in B.C. is an eighty-year-old woman in critical condition at a hospital in Vancouver.

Doctor Bonnie Henry said the woman developed symptoms after returning from trip in India.

She assured the risk of COVID-19 remains low in British Columbia, even as five new cases have been announced in the past three days.

THE FEDERAL COURT TURNS DOWN CHALLENGES AGAINST TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE EXPANSION

The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to hear five appeals against the re-approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

First Nation and environmental groups argued the court decision to discontinue consultations on the project was unfair.

The B.C groups have said to expect more civil disobedience if the project continues.

Twelve groups originally filed challenges against the project with the Federal Court of Appeal last year, and the court agreed to take up six of those appeals.

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Weeks of blockades set up on rail tracks owned by CN Rail and used by Via brought trains for both companies to a halt earlier this month.

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BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR VIA RAILWAY

Passenger trains are on track to resume service again in most of Canada this weekend.

Via Rail Canada said most of the 1,000 employees that were suspended last month due to the blockades are being called back to work.

C-N rail line services between B.C. communities and western Alberta remains suspended.