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by Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Mar 25 2011

British Columbians will have an earlier vote on the HST than previously scheduled and it will be conducted under the authority of the Referendum Act.

The Referendum Act ensures a simple majority vote will determine the outcome of the referendum. Further details on the referendum will be finalized by an order-in-council, but the...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Mar 25 2011

The planned BC Hydro rate increases over the next few years won't be as high as expected, according to the province’s Energy Minister.

When the increases were first announced earlier this year, BC Hydro had said rates could soar by 10 per cent in each of the next three years. The company has embarked on a $6-billion plan to upgrade its dams and other facilities and...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Thursday Mar 24 2011

So what do we do now? We’re about to have an election almost no one wants; that likely won’t change the political balance of power; and, despite the rhetoric, probably won’t actually result in substantial policy changes.  And for this non-altering experience taxpayers will shell out $300 million!

Sigh...

I am not a dedicated partisan. Over my life, I have voted for all three major...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Mar 24 2011

More than 2,000 non-profit community groups across BC will see part of $15 million in new grant funding restored to them, the province’s premier announced Thursday.

Christy Clark said the restoration of funding will bring over 500 organizations back up to historical funding levels, including youth arts and culture groups; community service groups like Rotary and...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Mar 24 2011

New cases of HIV among people who use drugs by injection (IDU) in BC continue to decline.

According to a new report released Thursday by the provincial health officer, entitled Decreasing HIV Infections Among People Who Use Drugs by Injection in BC, there are a number of factors that contributed to the decrease in new HIV cases seen among injection drug...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Mar 23 2011

Although small levels of radiation from Japan that have made their way over to the west coast of North America, there are no health risks to British Columbians due to radiation from the Japanese nuclear power plant, says the province’s health officer.

Dr. Perry Kendall said Wednesday people do not need to worry about any health risks from radiation in BC as a result...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Monday Mar 21 2011

A phone scam cropping up in Western Canada and in Nelson is targeting Safeway Club Card holders, according to a press release issued by the grocery chain Friday.

Safeway has said people in BC and Alberta have been receiving calls from either automated or live callers claiming to represent the company, trying to get their reward club points or credit card information...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Mar 17 2011

After years of debate and hesitation, the province’s minimum wage is finally going up.

Premier Christy Clark announced late Wednesday British Columbia’s minimum wage will increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012, and the training wage will be eliminated.

“This increase could mean more than $4,000 additional dollars annually for a...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Mar 15 2011

British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall today issued a statement reassuring British Columbians that there is no expected health risk from radiation at the Japanese nuclear power plant.

“Based on present information, we do not expect any health risk following the nuclear reactor releases in Japan, nor is the consumption of potassium iodide tablets a necessary...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Mar 15 2011

The Canadian Press

British Columbians spooked by ongoing explosions at Japan's quake-damaged nuclear plants are making a run on pharmacies, hoping to boost immunity to any potential radiation drift.

But the provincial government, health officials and pharmacists themselves are encouraging people to stand down from stockpiling potassium...

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