to quash the petition will be heard startingMonday, along with a second constitutionalchallenge o the HS itsel launched by VanderZalm, who contends B.C. ailed to correctly implement the HS.But Vander Zalm said the proceedings andensuing appeals could take several years.He indicated the Fight HS campaign may seek a court injunction to orce Elections BC toollow its governing legislation.And he said volunteers will prepare or a“total recall” campaign targeting all B.C. LiberalMLAs in stages to pressure the government toeither reverse the HS or be toppled.“We will recall every Liberal MLA in theprovince i that’s what it takes.”Te citizens’ initiative petition, which wassubmitted with more than 700,000 signatures,was certifed as having passed with the required10 per cent o registered voters in all 85 constit-uencies in the province aer a six-week count.It’s the frst time aer a series o ailedattempts on other issues or a campaign tosuccessully meet the initiative requirements o B.C.’s Recall and Initiative Act.Vander Zalm said nothing short o a vote o the legislature by Nov. 15 to repeal the HS willsatisy petitioners and avoid recall campaigns tobegin picking o government MLAs, he said.Recallling an MLA is di cult – canvassersmust get the signatures o 40 per cent o regis-tered voters in the riding within 60 days.No MLA has ever been recalled in B.C.,although one resigned just as a recall campaignwrapped up that was expected to succeed.Finance minister Colin Hansen rejectedVander Zalm’s accusations o political interer-ence by Victoria or bias by Elections B.C.“We’ve said rom the outset that we will ol-low the law regarding the petition and that isexactly what we will continue to do,” he said.Te all-party legislative committee willconsider the dra legislation when the chie electoral o cer decides to submit it, he said.“I continue to support the HS because it’sthe right policy to build our economy and cre-ate jobs across B.C.,” he added.Te validation o the anti-HS petitioncomes just over a year aer the Liberalsannounced B.C. would adopt the HS, aerpreviously ruling out such a move in advance o their May 2009 election win.
Eight-month-oldDustin Lammingof White Rock,held by hismom HeatherJones, was alldecked out ashe arrived at theSurrey Museum’sopen houseon Saturdayfor the exhibitPirates! Blocks ‘nBuccaneers. TheVancouver LEGOClub’s displaycontinues untilAug. 28 at themuseum, 1771056A Ave.
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Surrey company investigatedfor mistreating workers
Surrey-based Khaira Enterprises claim thetree planting company ailed to properly eed or house themand their paycheques bounced.Te 28 immigrant workers, most o them rom the Congo,were employed at Bluewater Creek, 40 kilometres west o Golden.Te Khaira camp was shut down on July 21, when it wasdiscovered by a conservation o cer and ministry o orestsworker who were investigating reports o illegal burning.When they discovered the workers had no money, notransportation and were unable to leave the remote location,the RCMP was called in.“We have met with about a dozen people who worked atKhaira Enterprises this spring and summer and the storiesthey tell are absolutely shocking,” said Jim Sinclair, presidento the B.C. Federation o Labour. “We have pieced together astory that seems rom another century.”Te workers said the mistreatment included:• No sae drinking water at camp. Workers told to drink rom a nearby creek.• No toilet acilities.• Insu cient ood. Breakast consisted o bread, jam andpeanut butter. Tere was no lunch. Unrerigerated chickenwas served most nights.• Workers transported in overloaded and unsae vehicles.Some slept on mattresses in the back o a van.• Underpayment and non-payment o wages includingcheques returned by banks due to insu cient unds.• Employment Standards Branch violations including themisrepresentation o hours worked.• Physical and verbal abuse o workers.• Workplace racism.• Death threats to workers.• Reusal o adequate medical treatment or injured work-ers and ailure to report workplace injuries to WorkSae B.C.
Accused of not providing enough food, access to drinking water
Finance minister Colin Hansen
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“[Theworkers]were at themercy of acontractorthat wastreatingthem likeanimals. ”
Stockscould stillbe at risk
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Fisheries and Oceans Canada(DFO) area manager Barry Rosen-berger said the early summer runis currently estimated at 1.6 millionfsh, about twice as many as hadbeen projected.It’s too early or in-season esti-mates o the later stocks, but DFOprojected a urther 2.6 millionsummer-run and 8.2 million late-summer-run sockeye would returnto the Fraser.“We’re trying to take a precau-tionary approach as we move ourway through this,” Rosenbergersaid.According to Pacifc SalmonCommission estimates, just overone million sockeye have beencaught as o Wednesday, with theCanadian commercial eet taking359,000, U.S. commercial boatstaking 298,000 and First Nationson the Fraser taking 234,000. Tebalance includes test fshing, recre-ational and marine-area aboriginalcatches.George Heras, president o Ladner-based Seven Seas Fish Co.,said processors are scrambling tohandle the incoming sockeye aerbecoming accustomed to years o anon-existent Fraser fshery.Te harvest comes as the eder-lly appointed Cohen Commissionn the decline o Fraser sockeyeonducts feld tours ahead o publicearings slated to begin this all.Some observers worry DFO isot exercising enough caution.Just because enough sockeyeshow up and make it past theets and rods on the lower Fraseroesn’t mean enough will survivehe long trip upriver to spawn inheir birth streams.“Te Fraser is warmer than usualhis year,” SFU fsheries biologistJohn Reynolds said.“It’s getting to the critical tem-perature threshold where the fshcan actually die beore they get achance to spawn because they’renot adapted to these warm tem-peratures.”Te provincial government alsowarned this week drought condi-tions and near- record low streamows in much o northern B.C.could put fsh stocks at risk.