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B.C. offers increased protection for those at risk of family violence

This model strengthens the ability of police to enforce protection orders and of Crown counsel to prosecute breach charges.

Government is acting to ensure greater safety and protection of those experiencing or are at risk of family violence, by using professional process servers for delivery of protection orders at no cost to applicants, in all regions of the province.

This change means more than 1,000 applicants will no longer need to arrange for a friend or family member to serve a protection order or hire a professional process server when a respondent is not present in court to receive the order.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair issues statement following U.S. Army Corps decision

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair issues statement following U.S. Army Corps decision

Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe.

The four-state, $3.8 billion project is largely complete except for the now-blocked segment underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir. Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a news release that her decision was based on the need to "explore alternate routes'' for the pipeline's crossing.

SFU Six introduce wearable technology to track hockey metrics

He shoots, he scores!” may take on a new meaning for entrepreneurial Simon Fraser University students. — Submitted photo

"He shoots, he scores!" may take on a new meaning for entrepreneurial Simon Fraser University students.

In 2017, a team of six students plans to launch a product called the Game7 Shooting System, wearable technology that introduces a new way to track hockey metrics.

Using smart technology, Game7 supports the development of hockey skills with equipment that includes a player wristband and a net attachment with smart sensors. It reports analytics on the four major hockey shots: slap shot, snap shot, wrist shot and backhand.

Kinder Morgan Expansion project comes with conditions — Premier Christy Clark

Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement on the federal government’s pipeline decisions.

Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement on the federal government’s pipeline decisions:

“Yesterday afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his decision to reject Northern Gateway and approve the Kinder Morgan Expansion project. 

“For four and a half years, British Columbia's position has been principled, clear, and consistent.

Any heavy oil project must meet our five conditions:

Carfentanil detected at scene of illicit drug death for first time in BC

Carfentanil detected at scene of illicit drug death for first time in BC

For the first known time in B.C., the highly toxic opioid carfentanil has been detected at the scene of an apparent illicit drug death.

A drug sample seized by the coroner and Vancouver Police at the scene of a death that occurred Nov. 17, 2016, in an East Vancouver residence was sent to a federal Health Canada laboratory for testing. The sample has now been confirmed as containing carfentanil.

B.C.'s affordable housing plan doesn't even qualify as a band-aid solution

By the time the government's 2,897 units see the light of day, they'll have been eclipsed by new demand.

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short.

Sorry, someone had to say it.

Don't get me wrong, it sounds impressive: 68 projects, 2,897 units, $516 million (an average of $178,115 per unit) until you grasp the full extent of what's rapidly turning into a full-fledged housing crisis.

Daily reminders to increase calcium intake are effective

Jung notes that this age group tend to encourage their children to drink milk, but forget the importance of ensuring they get enough calcium.

UBC researchers have demonstrated that simple, cost-effective email messages can help improve the health habits of Canadians.

Mary Jung, an assistant professor of health and exercise sciences at UBC's Okanagan campus, recently completed a nationwide study with more than 730 Canadians who were not meeting Canada’s recommended dietary intake for calcium. Participants received an email — with evidence-based daily tips and strategies on how to increase calcium intake — four days in a row.

U.S. lumber industry petitions government to launch trade litigation

BC Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson is disappointed U.S. lumber industry is pushing for trade litigation.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson released the following statement today on the status of negotiations between Canada and the U.S. on softwood lumber and in response to the U.S. lumber industry filing its petition requesting the U.S. Government launch litigation against the Canadian and provincial governments and forest companies. He issued the statement while on the 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission to expand markets for B.C. wood products in China and Japan.:

Last week brings BC highest number of 911 overdose calls ever recorded

Last week brings BC highest number of 911 overdose calls ever recorded

B.C. paramedics and dispatchers will be getting much-needed support from the provincial government in the face of the province's opioid overdose crisis, with a $5-million injection of funding for BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), Health Minister Terry Lake announced Friday.

Overdose Crisis – RCMP Agreement with China

CMP and Chinese Ministry of Public Safety announced their commitment to work together to co-ordinate enforcement efforts against illegal fentanyl trafficking into Canada.

The Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris and Minister of Health Terry Lake issued the following statement on the overdose crisis:

“We are pleased to report today the RCMP and Chinese Ministry of Public Safety announced their commitment to work together to co-ordinate enforcement efforts against illegal fentanyl trafficking into Canada. China is also co-operating with our federal government to make precursors to fentanyl controlled substances under Chinese law.

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