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02/05/2018 14:02 EST | Updated 02/05/2018 14:20 EST

What's making news in British Columbia

VANCOUVER —  

B.C. ANNOUNCES RULES ON POT USE AND SALES

The B.C. government says recreational pot will be sold online and through both private and government-operated retail stores in the province, once it becomes legal later this year.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says retailers will not be allowed to sell marijuana in stores that now sell liquor or tobacco.

People will be allowed to smoke pot in public places where tobacco smoking and vaping are now permitted.

It will be banned in vehicles and in areas that are frequented by children, including beaches, parks and playgrounds.

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UNIONS REACT TO MARIJUANA RULES

The Responsible Marijuana Retail Alliance of B.C. says it's disappointed that the government rejected its proposal to sell recreational pot in liquor stores.

The group is an initiative of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union, which represents public liquor store workers, and ABLE BC, the Alliance of Beverage Licensees, which represents private liquor outlets.

The alliance says liquor stores still remain "well positioned" to provide safe and reliable access to non-medicinal cannabis products.

And it says the government's rules will allow standalone cannabis stores to be located adjacent to liquor stores. 

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LULULEMON CEO RESIGNS WITH $3.3-MILLION CASH DEAL

Vancouver-based Lululemon says its CEO has resigned after he "fell short" of the company's standards of conduct.

The athletic apparel maker released the statement Monday after Laurent Potdevin stepped down Friday, also leaving the company's board of directors.

The company said it would not share further details, out of respect for the privacy of the people involved.

A filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says Lululemon and Potdevin reached a separation agreement in connection with his resignation, which includes a $3.35-million cash payment. 

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WORKSAFEBC AIMS FOR SAFETY DURING AVALANCHE SEASON

WorkSafeBC is warning employers that they need to develop plans to keep their workers safe during what is an active avalanche season.

The provincial occupational health and safety authority says workers in the backcountry, including those who are self-employed, face a potential risk of serious injury due to such slides.

Spokesman Patrick Davie says workers in the oil and gas, forestry, pipeline construction, highway maintenance and mining industries are at the greatest risk.

Employers with operations in avalanche areas are being told to increase their awareness of the risks, step up prevention efforts and collaborate with WorkSafe to ensure compliance with guidelines and regulations. 

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CHARGES AGAINST MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY THREATENED WOMAN

RCMP say a man has been charged in an incident in Surrey where it's alleged a woman was held against her will and threatened with a weapon.

Investigators say the alleged incident happened in July when the woman was reportedly grabbed on the street, held against her will and forced to walk to her apartment with the suspect, who was armed with a weapon.

They say once the woman got to her apartment, she called for help from her family who scared the suspect off.

Thirty-year-old Devon Paul is charged with forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, and uttering threats and he's due back in court on Feb. 13.

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LARGER SPCA BUILDING PLANNED IN KAMLOOPS

A new and much bigger building is in the works for the Kamloops SPCA.

Interim branch manager Alyssa Kyllo says a contractor has been selected and it's hoped that shovels will soon be in the ground.

Kyllo says the new building is desperately needed, adding that more than 1,500 abused, neglected and injured animals were cared for at the Kamloops SPCA last year.

The new facility is expected to cost $6.5 million.

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By The Canadian Press, Vancouver