High-risk designation and charter challenge rulings for murderer Allan Schoenborn expected this month.
According to Dave Texeira, a spokesperson for his ex-wife, the BC Supreme Court Judge will now issue his ruling on August 31st, instead of September 15th, which was previously reported.
The question is whether the man found not criminally responsible for killing his three children in their Merritt home back in 2008 will be considered high-risk accused and restricted in accessing day passes from the forensic psyche unit in Coquitlam, where he now resides.
The former Conservative government used Schoenborn as an example in 2014 to introduce the new designation, which can be applied to people found not criminally responsible because of mental disorder.
If designated a high-risk accused, it would also extend the time between his annual review hearings up to three years.
As the fires continue across BC, the state of emergency has been extended again until Sept 1st..
This is the third time the state of emergency has been extended.
Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says the state of emergency is an important step.
"It does allow for a freer movement of resources around the province and allows the office of the fire commissioner to access local fire departments for assistance as well. It streamlines a lot of things because of the scale of this emergency. Just having a local state of emergency simply isn't enough just given its across such a huge area."
Environment Canada has also issued a special weather statement for the BC Interior.
A cold front developing over the interior today is expected to bring strong winds of up to 60km/h.
New wildlife-exclusion fencing being built along the Coquihalla.
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena says the 10km of fencing being built along Hwy 5 south of Merritt will increase safety for motorists by preventing wildlife-vehicle collisions.
“Wildlife on our highways present a potential hazard to motorists and can catch drivers off guard. Increasing the length of exclusion fencing along some of our busier routes, such as the Coquihalla, will keep our wildlife populations, and motorists safe.”
The 10km of fencing will be built 22km south of Merritt, from the Kane Valley Overpass to Rusty Pitt, and will add to the 160km of fencing that already exists along the Coquihalla.
Work will begin in the fall.