Thursday October 19, 2023

The Nelson Daily

Progress toward an agreement-in-principle has made on operational issues on the new Columbia River Treaty, after the 19th round of negotiations concluded in Portland Oct. 12-13.

The latest round of talks — including negotiators representing Canada and the United States — made progress on operational and other issues, noted a press release Wednesday from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.

“The teams will continue to address compensation and bilateral treaty-ecosystem provisions in the coming weeks,” it noted.

If the agreement-in-principle is confirmed, the details of the agreement will be revealed, with the Province launching a conversation with Columbia Basin residents in B.C. and First Nations to explain the deal, as well as seeking feedback on it.

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