Provincial

Premier Clark promises to 'deliver' during unveiling of next Executive Council

Premier Christy Clark is still smiling after winning the recent BC Election.

Premier Christy Clark introduced her next Executive Council to British Columbians at an event that included citizens from throughout the province.

"This is an exciting moment for British Columbia," said Premier Clark. "British Columbians have asked us to build a strong economy, a secure tomorrow, and a lasting legacy for generations. We will deliver."

The Premier's nominees for the Executive Council will be formally sworn in on Monday (June 10), at Government House by Her Honour, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon.

Portion of Highway 6 near Slocan makes BCAA's Worst Road top ten

Portion of Highway 6 near Slocan makes BCAA's Worst Road top ten

Highway 6 from Slocan City to Vernon checked in at No. 5 on the 2013 Top-10 BCAA (British Columbia Automobile Association) Worst Roads survey.

The survey was conducted between April 29 to May 27 allwong motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to participate.

For the second year in a row, Kelowna's Westside Road earned top spot.

Potholes and crumbling pavement was cited as the main problem for the Slocan City to Vernon stretch of highway.

BC Parkway bike path was third followed by Pacific Rim Highway on Vancouver Island.

Red Cross released surprising date during Water Safety Week

Parents with young children should be aware drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under the age of 10. — photo courtesy Red Cross

Research by the Canadian Red Cross shows the majority of Canadian parents do not understand what is needed to safeguard children in, on and around the water, even though drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under the age of 10.

Statistics reveal 90 percent of children killed due to drowning in shallow water were not with a supervising adult.

CFSEU-BC bust Hells Angeles grow-op in Langley

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit take down grow-op found buried under a fake farmyard. — photo courtesy CFSEU-BC

Members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit took down a second underground grow-op in the Fraser Valley in less than a month.

Four people — three men and a woman — were arrested Saturday when officers dismantled the marijuana operation found in five shipping containers buried under a fake farmyard near Langley.

A loaded handgun was also seized inside a bedroom Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said.

BC says no to Northern Gateway Pipeline

BC says no to Northern Gateway Pipeline

The following is a press release issued by the Environment Ministry:

British Columbia has made its final written submission to the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel. In the submission, the province states that it cannot support the project as presented to the panel because Northern Gateway has been unable to address British Columbians' environmental concerns.

GARDEN WISDOM: All creatures, great and small, eat seedlings

Snails -- photo by Ralf Kunze

Organic gardeners share one challenge that has many faces – how to nurse newly emerged seedlings along to the point when they are strong enough to defend themselves. Because seedlings are so tender and tasty, and low to the ground, they are easy pickings for a host of animals, from the very tiny to the enormous. Everything from wireworms and millipedes up to racoons and deer are perfectly happy to chomp on your veggies, sometimes eradicating a whole bed of newly emerged plants.

BC police departments support Gun Amnesty in June

Gun Amnesty month is a chance to take guns and ammunition out of homes.

British Columbia’s Police Departments are combining their efforts in making homes across BC safer by declaring a province-wide Gun Amnesty during the month of June.

The program, endorsed by the BC Association of Chiefs of Police, runs from June 1-30. During this time, residents of BC will be able to safely dispose of unwanted, documented or undocumented firearms, weapons and ammunition that have not been used in a criminal offence, without facing weapons-related Criminal Code charges.

Lotto 6/49 ship finally comes in for Surrey's Harry Black

Not one, but two winning tickets for Surrey's Harry Black.

A Surrey man, who has been playing the same numbers for the past 35 years, finally saw his ship come in in the April 13 6/49 draw.

The Lower Mainland player won half of a record-breaking B.C. Lottery Corporation grand prize with not just one, but two winning tickets.

The BCLC said that each of the four winning tickets in its $63.4-million Lotto 6/49 draw in April were worth close to $15.8 million.

Harry Black, 66, of Surrey, had two of those tickets.

Coquitlam-Maillardville to get judicial recount with just 35 votes between top two candidates

Winner by 35 votes, Selina Robinson

After the completion of final count in the Coquitlam-Maillardville electoral district for the 40th Provincial General Election, Elections BC will be making an application to the Supreme Court for a judicial recount. A total of 35 votes separate the top two candidates, and under the Election Act, an application for a judicial recount must be made by the District Electoral Officer if the difference between the top two candidates is less than 1/500 or .2% of the total ballots considered.

A few tips to keep wildlife in the wild

Help keep Smokey from becoming a garbage bear.

It is the time of year when bears come out of hibernation and other wildlife become more active in British Columbia. Those animals that have become conditioned to non-natural food sources, like garbage or composts, will return to communities to help themselves.

Hibernating bears cut their metabolic rates in half in order to survive long winters without eating. These bears come out of their winter sleep hungry and search for food.

Other wildlife, like young cougars, travel widely to search for unoccupied territory, which can lead to increased encounters with people.

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