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First day of spring brings another day of heat to many parts of B.C.

VANCOUVER — British Columbia is welcoming the first day of spring with another day of record-breaking warmth.
In the news today, March 20

In the news today, March 20

Four stories in the news for Wednesday, March 20 ——— DRUG TREATMENT LACKING IN PRISON: EX-INMATE A recently released prisoner from the Atlantic Institution in New Brunswick says he filed 70 complaints to try and get treatment for an opioid addiction
Ex-prisoner says no addiction help available as he feared return behind bars

Ex-prisoner says no addiction help available as he feared return behind bars

VANCOUVER — Memories of vomiting, diarrhea and unrelenting stomach pain as he withdrew from opioids in prison had Rob MacDonald repeatedly asking for addiction treatment before he left a maximum-security facility but despite dozens of formal complain
Politicians hitting the road for votes in Alberta election campaign

Politicians hitting the road for votes in Alberta election campaign

EDMONTON — After firing up supporters at campaign kickoff events, the leaders of Alberta's two main political parties are heading out to stump for votes.

QuickQuotes on the 2019 federal budget

OTTAWA — Quick reactions to the 2019 federal budget: The opposition would like to see us make cuts very rapidly — their idea is balance the budget at any cost.
First Nations, cities support B.C.'s plan to require permits for pipelines

First Nations, cities support B.C.'s plan to require permits for pipelines

VANCOUVER — First Nations and cities that have seen costly and damaging oil spills are supporting British Columbia's efforts to require permits for companies transporting hazardous substances through the province. The B.C.
Deficits in big-spending pre-election budget tee up ballot-box choice

Deficits in big-spending pre-election budget tee up ballot-box choice

OTTAWA — The final budget of the Trudeau government's mandate will scatter billions in fresh spending — on everything from pharmacare to retraining workers to first-time home buyers — as the Liberals commit to an electoral fight that pits their defic
Liberal-dominated justice committee ends SNC-Lavalin probe amid opposition howls

Liberal-dominated justice committee ends SNC-Lavalin probe amid opposition howls

OTTAWA — The Liberal-dominated justice committee of the House of Commons pulled the plug Tuesday on its probe of the SNC-Lavalin affair, prompting fresh howls of opposition outrage and a walkout by Conservative MPs from the government's budget presen
Liberals to create national drug agency as building block of pharmacare plan

Liberals to create national drug agency as building block of pharmacare plan

OTTAWA — The federal Liberal government is promising a new agency to negotiate prescription drug prices for Canadians and try to drive down costs — a move billed as an "important step" on the path to an eventual national pharmacare plan.
Crash-prone Quebec ferry removed from service as inspection raises serious doubt

Crash-prone Quebec ferry removed from service as inspection raises serious doubt

MONTREAL — A Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigator says a ferry that has been removed from service in Quebec after two recent collisions was already badly damaged before the accidents.