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Premier Clark's statement on centennial of Vimy Ridge

BC Premier Christy Clark

Premier Christy Clark released the following statement in honour of the centennial of Vimy Ridge:

"In the early morning hours of April 9, 1917, after meticulous planning, Canadian soldiers stormed Vimy Ridge. For the first time, all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together, under the command of a Canadian.

"The objective was to capture strategically important high ground, and they succeeded more than they knew. The battle came to define Canada's newly independent place on the world stage.

Canada’s personal income tax turns 100

What’s more, when compared to U.S. states, Canadian provinces have seven of the eight highest top combined rates, with Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Manitoba all over 50 per cent. — Fraser Institute image

After 100 years of taxing Canadians, the personal income tax, which began as a small wartime revenue generator, has morphed into a costly, complex behemoth that’s difficult to administer and makes Canada very uncompetitive, finds a new collection of essays by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

CFIA expands Robin Hood Flour E. coli recall warning

The recalled product's UPC is 0 59000 01652 8.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded its original recall of Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original from western Canada to include the entire country.

The food recall warning originally issued on March 28, 2017 was updated Tuesday (April 4, 2-17) to include additional distribution information.

New specialty licence plates support charity, non-profit organizations

The expanded program will let even more British Columbians support other worthwhile causes.

Building on the success of the BC Parks licence plates unveiled earlier this year, ICBC is working to expand its specialty plate program to include support for charities and not-for-profit organizations. 

"The response to the BC Parks plates from British Columbians has been tremendous, with more than 14,000 Parks plates sold since the launch at the end of January to help support provincial parks," said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Deadline approaches for voters to register for BC Election

The deadline to pre-register of Tuesday, April 11.

Elections BC is doing its best to reach out to potential voters for the past two months with staff going door-to-door, sending out cars through the mail along with flooding the public with advertising to build up numbers for the upcoming provincial election May 9.

The deadline to pre-register of Tuesday, April 11, is slowly approaching.

Elections BC said the most of the people who still need to register are those who have turned 18 between the last provincial election and now.

Western Union transfers happily accepted by B.C.'s political parties

And the list goes on.

B.C. politics already has its dark money – donations that are difficult to trace back to an actual donor – but the free for all when it comes to political fundraising in the province has given rise to a murky practice: raising campaign cash from some dark corners of the world.

Its name seems innocuous enough, G&E Studio.

It's just one of the companies identified among the 76,887 donations that the B.C. Liberal party received between 2005 and 2015.

Fighting invasive mussels receives $3 million influx of funds

Invasive mussels threaten critical salmon habitat, damage infrastructure, and prevent full recreational use of our lakes and beaches. — Submitted photo

No matter what Mother Nature is throwing at us this spring, better weather is on its way.

And as the boating season approaches, the B.C. government is once again adding to its arsenal in the fight to keep B.C. invasive mussel free by adding two new inspection stations, expanding inspection hours and the inspection operating season, more than doubling the number of inspectors, increasing public education, expanding scientific lake monitoring and providing Canada’s first multi-purpose mussel-sniffing dog.

Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original recalled due to E. coli

Anyone having this product should throw it out or return to store where purchased.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is advising the public that Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. is recalling Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O121 contamination.

Unifor Local 2000 fights to save journalism jobs

The layoffs, combined with voluntary buyouts, reduce staff from 220 to just 128 — a 42 per cent reduction in just a few months.

The future of journalism is under attack after the owner of the Vancouver Sun and The Province issued layoff notices to 54 people last week.

Unifor Local 2000 is aggressively fighting these layoffs that, combined with 38 voluntary buyouts in January, will reduce staff from 220 to just 128 — a 42 per cent reduction in just a few months.

In the 1990s, there were more than 2,000 people working at both papers.

B.C. rolls out $95 million to support all 60 school districts

Every school district will also receive a portion of $27.4 million from the new Student Learning Grant, which was announced in February.

Government is providing school districts with a total of $95 million to help them extend the life of their facilities, put new supplies in classrooms and buy new school buses. 

Every school district in the province will receive a portion of this funding, which is being allocated through four provincial programs.

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