Provincial

B.C. rolls out $95 million to support all 60 school districts

Every school district will also receive a portion of $27.4 million from the new Student Learning Grant, which was announced in February.

Government is providing school districts with a total of $95 million to help them extend the life of their facilities, put new supplies in classrooms and buy new school buses. 

Every school district in the province will receive a portion of this funding, which is being allocated through four provincial programs.

Wanted: more walk, less talk in today’s federal budget

Missed opportunity says Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The federal government missed a key opportunity to walk the walk and tackle income inequality in today’s federal budget, says Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Senior Economist David Macdonald.

“While there are some positive aspects to Budget 2017,” Macdonald says, “let’s not mistake this for the bold, visionary inequality reduction budget that Canadians were promised by this government.”

Province to re-invest licence revenue back into wildlife management activities

The agency subsequently would be supported by hunting licence revenues of $9 million to $10 million each year.

As part of the Province’s long-standing commitment to healthy wildlife populations, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced Wednesday that all hunting licence revenue will be re-invested to enhance wildlife management activities.

Based on input from stakeholders over the last few years, the government will form a new agency in fall 2017 with startup funds of $5 million. The agency subsequently would be supported by hunting licence revenues of $9 million to $10 million each year.

B.C.’s tourism sector off to great start in 2017

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada from January 2017 indicate a 9.2% increase over the same month in 2016.

In the first month of 2017, international visitor arrival numbers continue to show positive signs of growth for the booming tourism sector in British Columbia.

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada from January 2017 indicate a 9.2% increase over the same month in 2016, resulting in 23,427 more visitors arriving in B.C. 

Other notable increases for January (over January 2016) include:

Balfour drinking water system project gets green light under CWWF

Balfour water system part of $373.2 million allotted for 144 new projects.

The community of Balfour, located 40 kilometers north of Nelson, is one of 144 new projects in British Columbia through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

Recently, Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, announced a combined $373.2 million for 144 new projects.

The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding — more than $186.6 million — and the Province is investing nearly $123.2 million.

Vote for government trusted to put kids first — BCTF

The BCTF is rolling out a new ad expected to hit the airwaves Monday.

The BC Teachers Federation is firing the first shot over the bow as the province nears the upcoming election with a new ad expected to hit the airwaves Monday.

The ad is the first part of the BCTF's campaign leading up to the provincial election and the period when school district budgets will be set for the coming school year.

It can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube.

Bad Service, No Tip — Insights West Survey

One third of British Columbians (32%) consider it acceptable to not leave a tip at a sit-down restaurant if the service was below average. — Insights West graphic

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company said a recent survey revealed a third of British Columbians refuse to tip at restaurants where they perceive to have received bad service.

However, the survey went on to say most are happy to reward food servers with a higher gratuity if they believe their performance was exceptional.

B.C. Liberals' electoral finance reform package doesn't amount to much

MLA Vicki Huntington likes to call the Premier Christy Clark the "Diva of Deflection".

Last week Premier Christy Clark heard the four letters that every politician dreads, particularly when it's hitting close to home: RCMP.

Only five days after announcing its investigation into the Globe and Mail's report that some lobbyists may have had their personal donations to the B.C. Liberal party and NDP reimbursed by unknown third-parties, Elections B.C. called on the RCMP to take over.

Health-care spending more than doubled since 2001; projected to keep growing

Health care is projected to consume an even larger portion of program spending over the next 15 years.

Health-care spending by provincial governments has increased by 116 per cent since 2001, and even though increases have slowed recently, health care is projected to consume an even larger portion of program spending over the next 15 years, according to a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Recovery of our most endangered plants and animals is possible

Dan Kraus is Weston Conservation Scientist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

I lost my Cracker Jack wildlife cards sometime in the 1980s, but the images printed on the cards are still vivid in my mind. The small cards came wrapped in clear plastic and featured a holographic image of a wildlife species in danger.

I can still see the pencil marks in the top drawer of my old desk where I marked lines to keep them organized. There was a special area in my drawer reserved for the handful of species that lived in my country, and were at risk of extinction.

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