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B.C. fall fair includes home-grown pot prize

VICTORIA—One of Canada's oldest fall fairs is putting a new twist on its annual showcase of local livestock, produce and fruit by adding a new category for best home-grown marijuana.

The Cowichan Exhibition in Duncan, B.C., which dates back to 1868, has created a best cannabis category to embrace legalization and celebrate local pot growers, said exhibition vice-president Bud James.

Junior squad downs Swiss in exhibition game

VICTORIA—Maxime Comtois, the lone veteran on Canada's world junior hockey team, hopes his teammates learn from yesterday's victory.

Comtois had two goals and two assists in Canada's 5-3 win over Switzerland in a pre-tournament game designed to help both squads prepare for the world junior championship that begins on Boxing Day in Vancouver and Victoria.

Indigenous music singled out for UN designation

VICTORIA—Her life was steeped in classical music but Ida Halpern was passionate about the songs of British Columbia's indigenous people—music she set out to prove was equal to that of Bach and Mozart.

Halpern's more than 500 recordings, transcriptions, and handwritten notes comprise a unique indigenous collection at the Royal B.C. Museum.

B.C. voters to shape electoral reform

VICTORIA—British Columbians are invited to help shape a referendum planned for next fall that could reform the province's voting system in time for the next election in 2021.

Attorney General David Eby said yesterday the government has launched its “How We Vote” website, asking for public input on the question or questions that will be on the referendum ballot.