Provincial

B.C. Liquor laws get a makeover

Craft brewers can apply to have an on-site consumption area such as a lounge, tasting room or event area.

Minister Rich Coleman recently announced several changes today that will help support local breweries and distilleries, create new business opportunities, and revise current liquor laws in British Columbia.

The changes include:

RCMP Traffic Services target distracted drivers in February

Texting while driving can lead to a fine of $167.

Reducing fatalities and serious injuries is the number one priority of the BC RCMP Traffic Services.

Which is why in February, RCMP officers around the province will be targetting distracted drivers.

"In the month of February police across B.C. will be targeting drivers who operate vehicles while using a handheld device," said Cpl Robert McDonald of BC RCMP Traffic Services.

Holding a cell phone in your hand on speaker phone is an offence under the Motor Vehicle Act of Using an Electronic Device While Driving and could result in a fine of $167.

Honda Civic SiR 2DR tops the list of cars thieves like the most

Honda Civic SiR 2DR tops the list of cars thieves like the most

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) recently released its annual list of the top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada.

This year there is a new, but returning, hot target for thieves – the 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2DR. 

In fact Civics take up the top two places in this year’s list.  Civics have always been high on the list. It’s a popular vehicle for young people and many of them are stolen and chopped for parts.

COMMENT: Why this problem can’t be buried

COMMENT: Why this problem can’t be buried

Twenty-five years ago, after consensus on the reality and impacts of manmade climate change led to the formation of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, western governments had two choices. They could either stop subsidising fossil fuel industries and invest the savings in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy (e.g. putting solar panels on all public buildings to bring the price down for homeowners) or they could make long, lingering love to Fido.

What Ontario Can Learn from Greece

What Ontario Can Learn from Greece

By Livio Di Matteo, The Fraser Institute

“Even Greece, the poster child for rampant debt, carried an Ontario-style debt load as recently as 1984” -- Don Drummond (2012) Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services

Greece is experiencing a massive fiscal crisis rooted in rampant debt with resulting cuts to its public spending and services and a decline in the quality of life.

Former OKM treasurer charged after nearly $23,000 goes missing

Former OKM treasurer charged after nearly $23,000 goes missing

A 47 year old Kelowna woman has been charged with theft, fraud and uttering forged documents after nearly $23,000 went missing from the Okanagan Mission Secondary (OKM) School Band Parents' Program fundraising account in 2010/11.

Last year in February Kelowna RCMP received a report that money was missing from an account that parents maintained outside the school to support the OKM Band Program.

An effort by staff to review the account showed unauthorized activity that prompted the call to police.

Police tempt car thieves in Bait Car program

Police tempt car thieves in Bait Car program

We've all probably done it — hidden a purse or wallet in the car, while you've taken the dog for a walk, hoping car thieves aren't active in that park.

Or left a purchase in the backseat, while you ran into another store.

Or, perhaps you've left your tools in your work van overnight, waking up at 5 a.m. to find the window smashed, and your livelihood suddenly gone.
 
Police have a new way to deter thieves and help protect vehicle owners. BC’s Bait Car program now includes 'bait property.'

Health Science Union, B.C. Gov strike up tentative two-year deal

Health Science Union, B.C. Gov strike up tentative two-year deal

A two-year tentative labour agreement has been reached with the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association.

"This agreement keeps patients needs at the forefront by ensuring service stability," said Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid.

"News of today's tentative agreement means that we have now ratified or reached tentative agreements with all bargaining associations in the health sector."

Two Vernon women face drug trafficking and possession charges

RCMP dog Jet was key in the arrest of two Vernon women on drug charges near Princeton. — photo courtesy RCMP

Two Vernon women are facing cocaine trafficking and marihuana possession charges after a police dog search revealed a large quantity of crack cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone.

The Central Okanagan women were pulled over by a RCMP Traffic Services patrol team after the vehicle was observed travelling at a speed notably below the posted speed limit along Highway 3A near Princeton Friday (January 25) at around 8:35 p.m.

A Smart Meter bombshell?

A Smart Meter bombshell?

Surrey-Whiterock MLA Gordon Hogg’s office just released information that is being welcomed by the many thousands of British Columbians opposed to the forced installation of wireless smart meters.

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