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Vast majority of government infrastructure spending unlikely to grow economy

Most of the new spending is instead going to so-called “green” and “social” infrastructure including pet projects such as new parks, community centres and hockey arenas.

Only 11 cents of every dollar in new federal government infrastructure spending will be spent on highways, bridges, railways and ports—projects that can actually help improve Canada’s economy, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

This finding corroborates a Senate committee report from earlier this week that encouraged Ottawa to make transportation and trade infrastructure a priority.

B.C. streamlines online hunting forms, wildfire investigations

The changes showcase the government's commitment to improve service and offer more convenience.

Legislative amendments introduced Tuesday will make it easier for hunters to complete licensing, permitting and reporting activities online, and also will give wildfire investigators more time to complete their work and streamline the cost-recovery process associated with human-caused wildfires.

With the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act, 2017 (Bill 5), the B.C. government is acting on previous commitments to streamline processes and move more services online.

Legislation strengthens animal welfare protection

Proposed amendments to B.C.’s Prevention to Cruelty of Animals Act would enable the B.C. government to regulate commercial breeders through either a registration or licensing system.

The British Columbia government’s latest action to target irresponsible dog and cat breeders in British Columbia is legislation introduced by Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick that will, if passed, provide a framework for the licensing and/or registration of commercial breeders of cats and dogs.

​ICBC and BC Transplant expand organ donation program across the province

Global BC reporter Aaron McArthur and wife Elaine Yong hold daughter Addison who was the first baby to receive a heart transplant at BC Children’s Hospital. — Submitted photo

Starting Monday, every British Columbian visiting an ICBC driver licensing location will be asked to register their decision about organ donation.

To increase the number of people with a registered decision, ICBC and BC Transplant are expanding a provincial partnership to all ICBC driver licensing locations across the province.

More potentially deadly chemicals being found in street-level drugs in BC

More potentially deadly chemicals being found in street-level drugs in BC

BC RCMP wishes to advise that recent Health Canada tests have confirmed the presence of the compound W-18 and a fentanyl analog recently in two communities, and that drug users should be aware these chemicals may be present anywhere.

In mid-December, 2016, Surrey RCMP seized pebble heroin, among other drugs, in relation to a dial-a-dope drug investigation. Health Canada has just confirmed the presence of W-18 within the heroin sample.

GenSqueeeze responds to BC's Budget announcement

Finance  Minister de Jong

By Paul Kershaw

For younger British Columbians, BC's budget is built on fantasy.

Secure a great job. Own a home. Keep more of our hard-earned money. That’s the promise of BC according to the Premier and Finance Minister. Problem is, that promise is becoming a fairy tale, since B.C. is now the worst performing economy in Canada for younger generations.

'I don't want to, but I will because it's an election year' budget

Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong was throwing a bit of money at anything political Tuesday in his recent budget.

If last year's provincial budget could be described as petty, after Finance minister Mike de Jong doled out an increase in assistance rates for those living with disabilities, only to claw must of it back by ending the subsidized bus pass program, this year's budget could best be described as petulant.

This is de Jong's “I don't want to, but I will because it's an election year” budget.

Reaction from BC's fifth consecutive Balanced Budget

Not everyone was happy with the budget delievered by Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong.

Tuesday, Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong tabled a balanced budget for the fifth consecutive time Tuesday in the BC legislature.

Here are some of the responses from different parties in BC.

Sierra Club BC communications director Tim Pearson:

Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong delivers fifth balanced budget

Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong said Tuesday's budget shows the benefits of a fiscal plan that includes steady, solid growth and managed spending.

On the eve of a provincial election, Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong tabled a balanced budget for the fifth consecutive time Tuesday in the BC legislature.

The budget by de Jong delivers the dividends of a strong and diversified economy and prudent fiscal management by cutting costs for middle-class B.C. families, investing in priority programs and services, and promoting a competitive, job-creating economy.

ICBC keeps up the fight against auto insurance fraud

The 2016 public information campaign sparked a 70 per cent increase to ICBC's fraud tips line in the first quarter.

It's a never-ending surprise to see what people will try to get away with in this day and age.

The Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) continues to fight fraudsters with a new education campaign to support its increased fraud prevention efforts.

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