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Failing to stop for police proves costly for 20-year-old Delta driver

Failing to stop for police proves costly for 20-year-old Delta driver

Lower Mainland RCMP said a 20-year-old driver from Delta learned the hard way after twice failing to stop for police earlier this month.

Sgt. Annie Linteau Acting, Senior Media Relations Officer said in a media release Wednesday the decision by the young driver quickly totalled up after police determined he twice failed to stop for police in two days.

Canada’s health-care wait times hit 20 weeks in 2016 — longest ever recorded

Before this year, the longest recorded median wait time was 19 weeks in 2011.

Canadian patients waited longer than ever this year for medical treatment, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, reports a median wait time of 20 weeks — the longest ever recorded — and more than double the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking wait times for medically necessary elective treatments.

BCAA survey says B.C. drivers not prepared for winter

The survey shows that drivers may be taking risks by not being honest with themselves about their driving skills or comfort level when it comes to winter driving. — The Nelson Daily photo

There's good reason to watch out for the other guy as BC drivers head into a winter the World Meteorological Organization predicts will be a colder and stormier season across the province.

In a survey for the BC Automobile Association (BCAA) conducted by Insights West, B.C. drivers are taking little action to prepare for bad weather.

Sleep apnea immediately compromises blood pressure

Glen Foster, an assistant professor of health and exercise science said sleep apnea is linked to high blood pressure.

A single bout of sleep apnea impacts the human body’s ability to regulate blood pressure.

In a recent study measuring the impact of simulated sleep apnea on humans, researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus found that just six hours of the fluctuating oxygen levels associated with sleep apnea can begin to deteriorate a person’s circulatory system.

Health Minister’s statement on the federal opioid summit

Health Minister Terry Lake has made the following statement following the federal summit on the opioid crisis in Ottawa.

Health Minister Terry Lake has made the following statement following the federal summit on the opioid crisis in Ottawa, Nov. 18 and 19, 2016:

“Since January, British Columbia has lost 622 people to overdose deaths. This is more than double the number of people who died in car crashes last year. We are making a concerted effort to combat this crisis, but strong partnerships between all levels of government are essential to ending it.

Perhaps it's time for an outside legal opinion on the inside legal opinion

Not everyone knows what to do with good legal advice.

If winning cases before the Supreme Court of Canada could be likened to the National Hockey League, the B.C. government would be the Toronto Maple Leafs of litigants.

Perhaps the government is getting bad legal advice? Perhaps it's not listening to good legal advice?

News last week that the government had lost its decade-long-plus fight with the B.C. Teacher's Federation is just the latest in a list of constitutional blowouts before Canada's highest court.

Report shows drug overdose deaths continue to rise in province

Fentanyl still remains a major contributor to the high number of deaths according to the report.

The updated statistics from the BC Coroners Service released Wednesday show the number of illicit drug overdose deaths has increased over the month of October.

The BC Coroners Service said for the first 10 months of 2016, the number of illicit drug overdoses was 622, compared to 397 for the same period last year.

The total number of illicit drug deaths in October was 63, up from 57 in September.

Nature Conservancy of Canada President & CEO Wins Major National Award

Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) President and CEO John Lounds.

Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) President and CEO John Lounds is the recipient of a Nature Inspiration Award from the Canadian Museum of Nature during their third annual event.

Lounds won in the Individual Category from five Canadians shortlisted. He is credited for connecting Canadians to nature and inspiring them to join in the protection and conservation of nature.

B.C. launches Memorial Cross licence plates

The new Memorial Cross licence plates.

The province recently announced a new commemorative licence plate is available in British Columbia for recipients of the Memorial Cross.

"Our troops sacrifice so much for Canada, and we are grateful for their service," said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.

“The Memorial Cross licence plate is a small way we can honour these brave service members, who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.”

Veterinarians of British Columbia ban tail docking and alteration of dogs, horses and cattle

Gunnar is one of many animals who has been subjected to tail docking.

After an unprecedented voter response from the registrants of the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC), 91.5 percent of those who voted cast their ballots in favour of banning the cosmetic tail docking of dogs, horses and cattle, and tail alteration in horses. The decision bringsBritish Columbia in line with a majority of provinces across Canada and supports the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) position on the practices.

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