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November 11, 2017 - 11:30 AM

VANCOUVER - MARIJUANA TAX SPLIT WITH FEDS A NON-STARTER FOR B.C.

British Columbia's finance minister is speaking out against Ottawa's plans to split marijuana tax revenues on a 50-50-basis.

Carole James is questioning why the province would only receive only half of the revenue when it bears most of the responsibility for the cost of enforcing marijuana laws.

She says B.C., along with the other provinces, will have to fund costly public education, prevention and police patrol programs to deal with the legalization of pot next July.

James says she'll be consulting with her provincial counterparts and making her views known to the powers that be in Ottawa.

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WOMAN HARASSED ONLINE BY EX-HUSBAND RELIEVED

A B.C. man who launched a revenge website to try to emotionally and financially ruin his ex-wife has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

After time served is taken into account, Patrick Fox will spend just over 20 months in prison and will be on probation for three years after his release.

In handing down the sentence, the judge in Vancouver said Fox created a website that falsely suggested Desiree Capuano was a white supremacist, drug addict and child abuser to make her as miserable as possible and even drive her to suicide.

Forty-three-year-old Fox was found guilty last June of criminal harassment, and Capuano now says she's hopeful she can rebuild her life.

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CEREMONY TO HONOUR FALLEN OFFICER SET FOR NEXT WEEKEND

A procession of law enforcement officers will lead the way to the Abbotsford Centre when a public service is held later this month for a police officer killed on duty.

The celebration of life ceremony for Const. John Davidson will be held on Nov. 19 at the University of the Fraser Valley Envision Athletic Centre.

The 53-year-old Abbotsford police officer was fatally shot on Monday after responding to a suspected stolen vehicle call.

BC Ferries says it will provide free vehicle and passenger travel for all emergency first responders heading to the ceremony.

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THREE YOUTHS CHARGED AFTER ALLEGED THREATS

An alleged threat that police say was posted on social media has led to charges against three youths in Vernon.

Mounties say students, staff and parents at Vernon Secondary School have been made aware of the threats that were allegedly directed against the school on Wednesday.

The three teens were arrested and charged on the same day and police say they have been released to their parents on conditions while awaiting their first court appearance.

They've been charged with uttering threats and mischief.

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PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS ON HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TO BE ACCEPTED FOR ANOTHER WEEK

British Columbians have one week left to add their voices to a campaign to shape the province's new human rights commission.

B.C. is the only province in Canada without a human rights commission and the NDP government has been leading a public engagement campaign on creating a new one.

The campaign's website has received thousands of visits, including from people who shared their experiences with human rights violations and ideas for the new commission.

British Columbia's previous human rights commission was dismantled in 2002 in favour of a human rights tribunal.

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SKI SEASON ARRIVES EARLY ON VANCOUVER-AREA MOUNTAINS

Ski resorts on the Lower Mainland are already gearing up for another season.

Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain opened their slopes this afternoon, while Mount Seymour will be closed for a little while longer.

Grouse Mountain spokeswoman Julia Grant says it's one of the earliest openings in almost 40 years.

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By The Canadian Press

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