Local News Headlines

BC Teachers-LRB

          B-C Teachers' Union will meet with the Labour Relations Board on Tuesday to figure out what services would be essential if members move to stage-one of job action.
          Contract talks between the B-C-T-F and the province have been slow going.
          Steve Stanley, the head of the Comox Valley teachers' union, says the federation is hoping this will pressure the province to move on some of key issues. 
          B-C-T-F would have to issue 72-hours notice before beginning job action.

Cumberland OCP

          Village of Cumberland is holding a public meeting Tuesday night to consider adoption of the Official Community Plan.
          The O-C-P will guide land use management and planning in the village over the next five to 10 years.
          Chief Administrative Officer Sundance Topham says the public hearing is a chance for people to learn more about the proposed bylaw and give their opinions. 
          Public meeting is being held at the Cumberland Cultural Centre.
          It gets underway at 7 p.m.

Canada-Korea Trade Agreement

          International Trade Minister was in Campbell River on Monday to talk about the benefits of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
          Ed Fast says the elimination of high tariffs will open doors in the South Korean market for B-C's fish and seafood sector.
          B-C's total exports to South Korea between 2010 and 2012 averaged more than eight-billion dollars a year.

NDP Courtenay-Alberni Riding

          Federal New Democrats on Vancouver Island are preparing now to take on the Harper Tories in the next election.
          They held their founding meeting in the new riding of Courtenay-Alberni this past weekend. 
          Jane Burton, the head of riding association, says the party wants to be well-prepared when the vote is called. 
          New Democrats also held a founding meeting in the new Vancouver Island North-Comox-Powell River riding.