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T HE Government and manufacturers are launching a new campaign aimed at educating drivers into the benefits of buying a hybrid or pure-electric vehicle and dispelling fears over their cost and limited range. Unveiling the Go Ultra Low programme this week, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that £9.3 million will be invested in increasing the number of charging points across the country where battery-powered cars such as the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 or Renault Zoe can be topped up. Although there are already more charging points than filling stations in London, the cash injection will create hundreds more charging points across the country, adding to the more than 6,000 already available, and including 140 new rapid charge points which can charge an electric car in less than half an hour. This will cement the UK’s position as one of the best for electric vehicle recharging networks in Europe. Nick Clegg said: “Electric cars are one of the most promising of our green industries and we want to secure the UK’s position as a global leader in both the production and adoption of these vehicles.

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John Gleeson/Staff Writer

B.C.’s grand chief and First Nation leaders on the Sunshine Coast are supporting a call for Ottawa to “systematically and properly” study the full impact of Fukushima radiation on the West Coast fishery.

Radiation from the March 2011 nuclear accident arrived off the B.C. coast last year, Robin Brown, ocean sciences division manager with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), said Tuesday.

“According to our observations, the radiation from Fukushima was detected in B.C. coastal waters in June 2013. Barely detectable, but detectable,” Brown said.

Although the federal government tested food samples, including some domestic fish species, in 2011 and early 2012, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said Wednesday that “further testing of imported or domestic food products for the presence of radioactive material is not required.”

Last month, Tahlton Central Council president Annita McPhee wrote national Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, urging him to press Ottawa for action amid growing concerns by members of the Tahltan Nation in northwestern B.C.
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