Local News Headlines

Fishing Death

          R-C-M-P say a conservation officer with extensive knowledge of the backcountry saved a man whose friend drowned in frigid lake waters near Powell River. 
          Mounties say when the men failed to return from a fishing trip, their friends and family alerted authorities, though no one knew exactly where they'd gone. 
          R-C-M-P say a conservation officer who joined the search found the men's truck parked at Khartoum Lake, where he heard someone calling for help. 
          They found a man who managed to swim to shore but couldn't hike out because of the rugged terrain. 
          R-C-M-P say the man had spent the night sitting on the shore and was taken to hospital for treatment of hypothermia. 
          His 44-year-old friend drowned and his body has been recovered.

Campbell River Tax Ruling

          A B-C Supreme Court judge says the City of Campbell River can discriminate when it sets two separate tax rates for forestry lands within its municipal boundaries. 
          The judicial review launched by TimberWest focuses on property that is classified as managed forest lands in the city and is also owned by Merill and Ring Canadian Properties Inc. 
          A bylaw passed in May 2014 required TimberWest to pay a tax rate that was about two and a half times higher than what Merill and Ring was required to pay and will jump to about five times as much by 2016. 
          Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon says the Local Government Act exempts the city from having to apply the same tax rate to lands within the same class.

Watershed Management

          A Comox Valley group has renewed calls for the formation of an independent body to oversee protection of the Comox Lake Watershed. 
          David Stapley with the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Steering Committee says the ongoing boil water advisory is further proof that an authority responsible for watershed management needs to be established.
          Stapley says an independent group would ensure that any human activity is properly managed to protect the valley's water supply. 
          He encourages civic officials to work with the province to form a watershed authority.  

MPs Back In Ottawa

          M-P's are back in Ottawa for the spring sitting of parliament.
          Vancouver Island North M-P Tory John Duncan says his party will focus on several key priorities, including the economy.
          Duncan says this will be the last session before voters are called to the polls.
          Finance Minister Joe Oliver is expected to table his budget in April.