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School District 72 Public Meeting

          There's a meeting in Campbell River on Wednesday night to provide an update on the status of school next week in wake of the on-going B-C teachers' strike.
          It's being put on by the District Parent Advisory Committee and the District 72 School Board.
          Board chair Michele Babchuk says many parents are worried about how the teachers' strike will affect them and their kids.
          Wednesday's information session happens at 6:30 p.m. at the Robron Centre.

Teachers' Strike-Retail Sales

          A retail consultant says the on-going teachers' strike shouldn't have much affect on back-to-school retail sales in B-C.
          David Ian Gray says some parents may've decided to hold off purchasing new clothes and school supplies, but eventually they'll get around to buying those items.
          He says the large national retail outlets will still generate a lot of sales from post-secondary students.
          Gray estimates that retails sales in B-C makes up about 10 per cent of the large national retailers overall sales.

ICBC Rate Hike

          I-C-B-C intends to ask the B-C Utilities Commission to allow the corporation to increase basic insurance rates by 5.2 per cent.
          I-C-B-C's Adam Grossman says the proposed rate increase stems from a rise in the cost of injury claims. 
          Grossman says if approved, customers will pay about three-dollars extra a month.
          I-C-B-C wants the higher rates to come into effect on November 1st while the commission reviews the corporation's application.

Dog Rescue

          A 12-year old German shepherd is okay after being rescued from a campsite at Bedwell Lake in Strathcona Park.
          The dog made the hike in with his owners but injured his hind leg and couldn't hike out.
          Campbell River Search and Rescue, with the help of E-and-B Helicopters, flew to the camp and evacuated the animal.