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Treasury Board president Stockwell Day says he will leave politics at the end of his current mandate.

Day made the announcement this morning.

He says he will not be seeking re-election.

Day says after spending 14 years in provincial government and nearly 11 years at the federal level, it is time to move on.

Day is the MP for the B.C. riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla.

The former leader of the Canadian Alliance, Day says he will forever cherish his years in politics.

(The Canadian Press)

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Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs has set up a special hotline for people who have relatives in Japan in the wake of Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami.

The department says on its Canadians with relatives in Japan can call toll-free, in Canada, 1-800-387-3124, or from elsewhere 613-943-1055.

There are more than 1,500 Canadians registered with the Canadian embassy in Tokyo, but it is likely that many more Canadians are in the country.

(The Ottawa Sun)

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Advanced polls and the election of a new Chief and Council for the Upper Nicola Band have been moved back a week out of respect for memorial services for Band Elder Joe Colin Michel, who passed away recently.

Advanced polls originally set for tomorrow will now take place on Saturday March 19 between 10am and 6pm and the Election Poll is between 8am and 8pm on the following Saturday, March 26 at the Upper Nicola Health Centre, the former Head Start location.

For more information, call the Upper Nicola Band Office at 250-350-3342.

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The City Wood Stove rebate program wraps up at the end of the month and it may be the last time it's funded.

Program coordinator Tim Larson says with that in mind, people interested may still come on board.

Larson says there's still room for people to take part but he advises that the clock is running out on the program.

Check with Larson at 250-378-8216.

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As many as 300 people are already confirmed dead from the tsunami that roared ashore in eastern Japan today, spawned by one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded.

The images of surging water and uncontrolled fires broadcast by Japanese T-V networks resemble scenes from a Hollywood disaster movie.

Cars and houses were washed into the sea.

And a Japanese coast guard official says a search is under way for a ship carrying 80 dock workers that was swept away.

Meanwhile, waves of up to two metres high are already being seen in Hawaii in the wake of the massive earthquake in Japan -- and officials warn they could become larger.

Kauai was the first of the Hawaiian islands hit by the tsunami, with water rushing ashore in Honolulu and swamping the beach in Waikiki.

But the waves have stopped short of the area's high-rise hotels.

Evacuations have also been ordered along the U-S west coast and a tsunami watch has been issued for sections of the B-C coast, including parts of Vancouver Island.

Emergency officials are warning people to get off beaches and not to go there to watch for any big waves, as has happened with some previous tsunami watches.

Prime Minister Harper says Canada stands ready to help and support Japan following the massive earthquake and tsunami.

He has also called Japan's Ambassador to Canada to extend condolences on behalf of all Canadians, saying our thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people.

Officials at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo are working with Japanese authorities to determine whether any Canadians have been injured in the quake or subsequent tsunami.

A group of 25 high school students and five of their teachers from Brighton, Ontario are reported to be safe following the massive quake.

They were on a tour bus when the quake hit.

(The Canadian Press)

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