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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to approve at least one new oil pipeline project in his first term, according to a report by Bloomberg News. Quoting sources close to the Prime Minster, Bloomberg points to Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain expansion as the most likely candidate, as Trudeau aims to balance environmental protection with stimulus for the sluggish economy. He therefore plans to neither approve all the projects under consideration nor reject them all. (Bloomberg News)

Non-profits in the Peace Region can begin applying for grants from an $800,000 fund set up by BC Hydro to mitigate impacts of Site C construction. The fund, which meets a condition of environmental approval for the Site C project, is targeted to non-profit organizations that serve the communities of Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Taylor, Chetwynd, and residents of the Peace River Regional District. A 10-person committee of local representatives will review applications and disperse the grants. (Alaska Highway News)

It may not be big enough to host a community of human-sized insects and a small boy, but a peach grown in a Kelowna orchard is seeking the Guinness record as the largest ever. Grown by Robert Hogue, who owns Roseridge Orchards and Market, the peach weighed in at 810 grams, 15 per cent heavier than the current Guinness World Record holder. Hogue credits the unusually hot spring and cool wet summer for the freakishly large fruit. (CBC)

The land of giant peaches should expect agriculture to be booming, and indeed it is. In 2015, B.C. sold more products outside of Canada than ever before. According to the ministry of agriculture, exports reached a record $3.5 billion in 2015. The ministry credits a partnership between the B.C. and federal governments and B.C. food companies for the 20 per cent growth in exports over the previous year. (Castanet)