--B-C Update--



A spokesman for Quebec's provincial police says B-C serial killer Robert Pickton is in a medically induced coma after he was attacked in prison on Sunday.

Sergeant Hugues (YUUG') Beaulieu says doctors were planning to try to wake Pickton soon to see if he could survive on his own.

Beaulieu notes that the plan was current as of yesterday, but he wasn't sure if it had since changed.

Police previously said Pickton was in a life-threatening condition after the attack at a maximum-security institution northeast of Quebec City. (The Canadian Press)



Officials in the evacuated town of Fort Nelson are pushing for a Monday or Tuesday deadline to start allowing about 47-hundred residents home after nearly two weeks.

Rob Fraser, mayor of the regional municipality that includes Fort Nelson, says the "imminent risk" posed by the Parker Lake fire has been reduced, and officials are focused on rolling out a phased approach for people to return.

Fraser says water, hydro and hydroelectric services are operational, and some doctors had returned while grocery stores were working on restocking their shelves.

Barring any unexpected changes, Fraser says he's hoping officials will be able to decide this weekend on when to lift the evacuation order. (The Canadian Press)



The Yukon government says it has dispatched wildland firefighters to the evacuated community of Fort Nelson in B-C as well as the Northwest Territories community of Fort Liard about 200 kilometres to the north.

A statement from Yukon says nine firefighters from Whitehorse have been sent to B-C to help in the response to the Parker Lake fire burning just outside Fort Nelson.

It says a 20-person group from the Yukon First Nations wildfire service also left Tuesday to help with the response to a fire south of Fort Liard.

The Yukon government says both requests for additional resources were made through the Northwest Compact resource sharing agreement between Canada's western provinces and territories and several U-S states. (The Canadian Press)



Canada Infrastructure Bank is lending 150-million dollars to the Prince Rupert Port Authority to help with the construction of a new export logistics hub.

A statement from the federal Crown corporation says work is underway to prepare for the hub, which will expand capacity for rail-to-container export loading.

It says the facility will allow the efficient loading of bulk commodities including agricultural, forestry and plastic resin products with room to expand and diversify to handle additional cargo in the future.

The agency says the expansion at one of the country's busiest ports will improve Canadian supply chains and drive economic growth. (The Canadian Press)



Police in West Vancouver say a man from Ontario has been arrested and charged after an alleged assault on his intimate partner while the pair was staying at a short-term rental unit in the upscale British Properties neighbourhood.

Officers responded to multiple calls Tuesday evening and found a woman had been the victim of a serious assault by her partner, a man who police say had been placed on parole in Ontario and had a history of violence.

They say the man was seen with a large knife at the West Vancouver home, and there was a "prolonged operation" to negotiate with him and ensure his safe arrest.

Police say the man surrendered just before 9 A-M yesterday and he has since been charged with assault and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. (The Canadian Press)



The B-C and federal governments are providing nearly 10 million dollars to help 35 First Nations develop clean-energy projects and improve energy efficiency.

A statement from B-C's Energy Ministry says the money will flow through the B-C Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative.

The funding includes 7.5 million dollars from Ottawa and 3.2 million from the province through the Clean B-C program.

The projects include a feasibility study for a 40-megawatt wind project for the Metlakatla (met-la-'CAT-la) First Nation near Prince Rupert, and the installation of heat pumps in 70 homes at the Sik-E-Dakh Band north of Smithers. (The Canadian Press)


(B-C Update by The Canadian Press)

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