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by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 16 2017

Wildfires are sweeping B.C. Close to 900 have burned through 600,000 hectares so far this year, blanketing western North America with smoke. Fighting them has cost more than $230 million — and the season is far from over.

It’s not just B.C. Thousands of people from B.C. to California have fled homes as fires rage. Greenland is experiencing the largest blaze ever recorded, one that Prof...

by Contributor on Tuesday Aug 15 2017

The provincial government is making its first move toward a $15-an-hour minimum wage for British Columbia by announcing a 50-cent increase for September and renewing its commitment to a fair wages commission.

In making the announcement today, Premier John Horgan said moving over time to a $15 minimum wage is long overdue in making life more affordable for British Columbians.

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by Castlegar Source on Tuesday Aug 15 2017

In a press release today, the City of Castlegar announced big news for people travelling via the West Kootenay Regional Airport (WKRA).

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, city council and representatives from the Regional District of Central Kootenay, area municipal councils and local business representatives met yesterday to receive a report that outlines possible improvements to the regional...

by Contributor on Tuesday Aug 15 2017

The BC SPCA is applauding the provincial government’s move to end British Columbia’s grizzly bear trophy hunt. Announced Monday by Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson and in a B.C. government release, the ban will take effect on Nov. 30 throughout British Columbia, after this year’s season.

“The decision...

by Dermod Travis on Thursday Aug 10 2017

It had to have been lost in the mail. It's the only plausible explanation.

I can't imagine any other reason for not receiving an invitation to at least one of the “by invitation only” dinners held since 2013 with B.C.’s deputy ministers.

The annual cash for access event is hosted by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce.

After all, it might seem a little crass for the B.C. Liberal...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Aug 09 2017

How much alcohol should a person be allowed to have in her bloodstream while being in control of a  motor vehicle?  Is there a "safe" limit below which someone is not really impaired, or  not too impaired? Canada's Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, is considering lowering  the blood-alcohol content limit that constitutes a criminal offense from anything over .08 percent to anything over...

by Bob Hall on Wednesday Aug 09 2017

The Provincial Government’s announcement that tuition fees for Adult Basic Education will be eliminated starting immediately is welcome news for learners interested in upgrading opportunities in the Selkirk College region.

Looking to open the door to adults who wish to expand their education and skills, Premier John Horgan made the announcement at Victoria’s Camosun College. The NDP...

by Andre Carrel on Tuesday Aug 08 2017

Scenario: the year is 2007 (or 1997). A political science class is presented with a hypothetical election outcome where parties A and B have each received 40% of the vote and party C the remaining 20%. The class is asked to write an essay: This is the Government the People have Elected. Many agree that, while possible in theory, such an election outcome is all but impossible in...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

Governments change — along with laws, regulations and priorities. It’s the nature of democracies. In Canada, we’ve seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being and life shouldn’t be subject to the shifting agendas of political parties. That’s why Canada should recognize the right to a...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The sale of Teck's  two-thirds share of the Waneta dam to BC Hydro is now subject to "a number of conditions" according to press releases dated August 1, 2017.  Those conditions include review and approval by the BC Utilities Commission, and assuming that it goes forward, the sale is not likely to be completed before early 2018.  When the sale is done, BC Hydro will have complete ownership of...

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