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by Contributor on Monday Dec 18 2017

Reaction appears to be positive after the British Columbia government announced Monday it is ending the hunting of grizzly bears throughout the province.

Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy made the announcement Monday.

 “Through consultations this...

by Dan Kraus on Sunday Dec 17 2017

One of Canada’s well-recognized raptors, the peregrine falcon, has made a remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction. 

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says it is a positive sign that conservation efforts are working and that maintaining habitat is now crucial in their continued recovery.

The conservation status of the peregrine falcon has been assessed as “not at risk” by...

by The Fraser Institute on Wednesday Dec 13 2017

The amount Canadians donate to charities —as a share of their income — has hit a 10-year low and lags far behind the amount Americans give, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The holiday season is a time to reflect on giving, and with Canadians becoming less generous every year, charities face greater challenges to...

by Dermod Travis on Sunday Dec 10 2017

Risky to confess such things – especially publicly – but there are a few things that get under my skin fast.

Eons ago, when I was in high school, it only took a single word.

It wasn't the word itself so much, as it was the tone some used saying it that suggested you were getting flipped off more than you were communicating.

Fast forward to 2017 and I'm happy to report that...

by The Fraser Institute on Thursday Dec 07 2017

Wait times for medically necessary treatment hit a new record in 2017 and eclipsed 20 weeks for a second year in a row, 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 in 2017 of 21.2 weeks—the longest ever recorded. By...

by Contributor on Tuesday Dec 05 2017

British Columbians have spoken.

After considering input from 48,951 British Columbians, and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and a range of other interested stakeholders, the Province has announced a number of key decisions related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.

“Looking at the responses received, it’s clear that British...

by Contributor on Sunday Dec 03 2017

Ever since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to de-criminalize marijuana, there's been a buzz around the country - pardon the pun - about safety concerns surrounding the announcement. Enforcement is a key prong of safety, and roadside testing is one of the most critical challenges facing police services nationwide.

This year's National Safe Driving Week,...

by Contributor on Sunday Dec 03 2017

British Columbia is expected to outperform Canada with strong, stable economic growth this year, Finance Minister Carole James said, following an annual meeting with the Economic Forecast Council.

“I’m proud that the members of the Economic Forecast Council have affirmed B.C.’s position as an economic leader in Canada,” James said.

“Our government will remain attentive to the...

by Contributor on Wednesday Nov 29 2017

Small business owners who suffered financial and business losses following British Columbia’s worst wildfire season can now apply for additional financial assistance.

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston, and...

by Dermod Travis on Sunday Nov 26 2017

It's a story all too common in British Columbia.

Here's how CTV News reported it: “Police believe a drug overdose is the cause of death for two men, apparently in their fifties, who were found lifeless in a car parked at a gas station on Friday morning.”

It didn't happen in B.C., though. It happened in Montreal on August 25 and...

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