Morning headlines – January 7th

Ben Ronald / January 7th, 2018

Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation stand in protest at a checkpoint.
(Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidumt’en Territory Facebook)

RCMP to enforce court-ordered injunction

A First Nations group in Northern B.C. is protesting the construction of a natural gas pipeline and preparing for police intervention.

RCMP said in a news release that they are planning to enforce a court-ordered injunction to remove protesters from preventing the construction of the pipeline.

The pipeline project will carry fractured natural gas from Dawson creek to the coastal city of Kitimat, directly through the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s traditional territory near Burns Lake.

Still no by-election in Burnaby-South

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is voicing his disappointment that a by-election has not yet been called in the Burnaby-South riding. Singh is running for election in that riding and does not currently hold a seat in Parliament.

Prime Minister Trudeau had suggested he would call an election for early February, a timeline that now appears unlikely given the 35 day minimum for campaign periods.

The Burnaby South riding was vacated when former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart left his post to run for Mayor of Vancouver.

Jaghmeet Singh has been leader of the NDP since late 2017, but doesn’t hold a seat in Parliament.

The sale and consumption of cannabis was legalized in October 2018.

Vancouver opens second pot-shop

Two cannabis retailers are officially open for business two months after the use of recreational cannabis was legalized.

The province has received at least 232 applications for licenses to sell cannabis products, but only six are approved.

The two businesses, Evergeen Cannabis Society and City Cannabis, have opened storefronts in the Kitsilano and South Vancouver respectively.