Terms of Use

Welcome to our site. We ask you review these Terms of Use, which constitute a binding agreement that governs your use of this site ("Agreement"). We are Black Press Ltd. and its subsidiaries, employees, and agents (referred to as "us", "we", and "BCLocalNews.com"). We have tried to avoid unnecessary legal verbiage. Our goals are to set terms on which to protect our rights to provide you with access to the free content at this site. If you do not wish to be bound by this Agreement after you have read it, please leave the site. If you remain on this site, or return, you agree to be bound by this Agreement.

1. Responsible conduct. BCLocalNews.com encourages a free and open exchange of ideas in a climate of mutual respect. Any action by a user that infringes on another user's right to use and enjoy this BCLocalNews.com site is prohibited. BCLocalNews.com reserves the right, but does not assume any obligation, to monitor your online conduct to enforce these Terms of Use. Without limitation, BCLocalNews.com reserves the right to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us in our sole discretion and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request or to preserve our rights. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

2. Copyright. The content on this site is protected by intellectual property laws, including Canadian and U.S. copyright laws. You are hereby granted a non-exclusive license to use the material at this site ("Content") while connected to this site (including, where available, to email individual stories to friends directly from this site). You are also granted a limited license to print one copy of any Content posted at the site, but only for your personal use. Except as expressly provided above, all rights are reserved. Except to the extent required for the limited purpose of reviewing material on our site, electronic reproduction, adaptation, distribution, performance or display is prohibited. Changes to or deletion of author attribution or copyright notices are prohibited. Commercial use of any of the Content is prohibited. Use of any of our trademarks as metatags on other web sites is prohibited. "Scraping," indexing, and caching are all prohibited. You may not display this website in frames (or any of the Content via in-line links) without our express written permission, which may be requested by contacting us through our feedback form. You may, however, establish ordinary links to our site without our written permission.

3. Links. We may provide links from our site to other sites as a convenience to our visitors. We have no control over linked sites and make no representations about any content or material available at these locations. Links do not imply adoption, sponsorship, affiliation or endorsement.

4. Discussion Boards and other self-publishing third-party products. Although we do not have any obligation to monitor these services, or this self-published content, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us in our sole discretion and to disclose any information to preserve our interests or to satisfy law, regulation, or government request. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions, in our judgement.

5. Limit to Actual Damages. You agree not to claim against us (or against any third party who might claim indemnity from us) for any loss, damage, injury, or expense unless that claim is for actual out-of-pocket expense sustained by you directly and caused or contributed to by our acts or omission in connection with this website or these Terms of Use or our accompanying Privacy Policy. It is understood that, except for such actual or special out-of-pocket damages, you assume all risks of all injury, loss, damage, or expense by any and every cause, whether by negligence, or breach of this or another contract, or otherwise.

6. Modifications/ Termination. You agree that we may modify the terms of this Agreement (or discontinue this site) at our discretion, without advance notice, and that your right to access and use this site is conditional on an ongoing basis upon adhesion to and your compliance with the then-current version of these Terms of Use. You should therefore visit this page frequently.

7. RSS Feeds. By downloading the information through an RSS Feed from BCLocalNews.com (and/or its affiliate sites) you agree you will only do so for personal use or in conjunction with a non-commercial website (a website that generates no revenue). For use in conjunction with a commercial website, please contact webeditor@blackpress.ca. If the RSS Feed information is posted on your website, prominent attribution must be made to BCLocalNews.com including a link to the BCLocalNews.com home page. No other content from BCLocalNews.com may be posted on your website.

8. Your Contribution
If you contribute content to this site you:

  1. warrant that you are the author or otherwise have obtained sufficient copyright in the content or assured yourself that it is in the public domain, such that you can grant the licence below,
  2. grant a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual licence to us to use the content by any means of dissemination or archival retrieval, known or yet to be invented,
  3. waive your claims based upon moral rights in the absence of malicious intent on our part,
  4. warrant that factual statements and implications are true and opinions honestly held (making a reasonable allowance for reader recognition of sarcasm, parody, exaggeration and similar devices), and
  5. warrant that the content is not threatening, abusive, libelous, obscene, pornographic, profane, indecent, criminal, breach of confidence, infringement of Trade-mark, discriminatory or otherwise unlawful under any applicable private or public law.

9. Choice of Law
These Terms of Use are agreed to be subject to and governed by the law of British Columbia, Canada.

10. Arbitration and Waiver of Class Action. All claims, dispute, or controversy between you and us arising from or involving this website or these Terms of Use are agreed to be heard by and submitted to arbitration pursuant to the Commercial Arbitration Act.

For greater certainty, and as a separate agreement, both you and we agree to waive any right you or we may have to commence or participate in any class action against us (or you) and, where applicable, you and we hereby agree to opt out of any class proceeding otherwise commenced.

11. If any provision of these Terms of Use are held ineffective, illegal, or void, then the remaining terms are agreed to remain in full force and effect.

12. Privacy Policy. Please review our Privacy Policy.