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Tips to catch counterfeit bills

Tips to catch counterfeit bills

The RCMP has listed March as Fraud Prevention month, which is also an excellent timing for a reminder about counterfeit bills.

Although counterfeit levels have dropped dramatically in recent years, the routine checking of security features on bank notes is your first line of defence.

While bank notes have many security features the public is advise to concentrate on remembering just a few of them.

And check more security features if first checks raise your suspicions.

Government slows proposed amendments to the Forest Act

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson issued the following statement today with regard to proposed amendments to the Forest Act that would enable the conversion of volume-based forest licences to area-based forest licences:

"The mountain pine beetle infestation has had a devastating environmental impact on the province's Interior forests and significant economic impact on forestry-dependent communities.

It is important that the provincial government have as many tools as possible to enhance mid-term timber supply.

COMMENT: From Pringles to the Royal York, Partnerships BC CEO spares no expense

COMMENT: From Pringles to the Royal York, Partnerships BC CEO spares no expense

At a time when public confidence in government is at historical lows, the B.C. government should follow Ontario's lead and have the expense claims of senior government employees reviewed by an independent office to ensure they meet both the government's guidelines and the public's smell test, according to IntegrityBC.

Vancouver to host 2014 Grey Cup

BC Premier Christy Clark was all smiles during Friday's announcement that Vancouver will host the 2014 Grey Cup.

The Canadian Football League's prize game, the Grey Cup, is heading back to B.C.

The CFL granted B.C. the championship contest after Winnipeg decided not to host the game due to construction of the new stadium.

Vancouver last held the Grey Cup Game and Festival in 2011, the last time the B.C. Lions won the league.

During the announcement Friday in Vancouver, the B.C. government said it would kick in $2.7-million for Vancouver to host the 2014 Grey Cup.

Girl friend charged in death of man in Kimberley

The quiet city of Kimberley was rocked by a murder Friday.

A 37-year-old woman has been charged in the suspicious death of a man Friday (March 8) in Kimberley.

On Friday RCMP was called to a residence in Marysville to find a deceased 47-year-old male.

The death appeared suspicious whick prompted investigators to secure the scene and requested the assistance of major crime.

The man's girl friend has been arrested and is currently being held in custody pending a court appearance.

The investigation is still in the early stages and police have not confirmed the cause of death.

Just in time for Women's Day, sole female cop dog breaks glass ceiling and makes first arrest

Just in time for Women's Day, sole female cop dog breaks glass ceiling and makes first arrest

Chrisa, the one and only current female police dog on the RCMP Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Service, partnered with the newest dog handler to the team, captured their first suspect following an alleged armed robbery.

Losing an hour sleep during time change can be a problem

Some drivers have admitted to feeling less alert after the time change.

As we get ready to move our clocks forward an hour this Saturday night for the start of Daylight Savings Time, ICBC is asking drivers to make an effort to adapt to the time change to help reduce the impact it could have on their driving skills.

According to an ICBC survey, 34 per cent of B.C. drivers admit that the time shift does affect them and make them feel less alert after the time change. Studies show that the switch to Daylight Savings Time can have a dramatic effect on disrupting our regular sleep cycle as it puts us out of sync with our circadian rhythm.

Media mogul David Black finds backers for new refinery

Media mogul David Black finds backers for new refinery

B.C. media mogul David Black says he is very close to inking a deal to build a massive new crude oil refinery in Kitimat.

Black made the announcement during a speaking engagement to business leaders at the B.C. Chamber of Commerce in Vancouver.

The newspaper publisher said he plans to sign a memorandum of understanding within a month with a major investment firm for the $25 billion project.

The plant, to be built north of Kitimat, would refine oil from the Alberta oilsands shipped either by pipeline or rail.

Close budget vote allows Premier to move on

Premier Christy Clark's government survived Tuesday's budget vote.

It was close, but the B.C. Liberal  government survived a key budget vote Tuesday.

The close vote comes on the heels of a stormy period over a leaked ethnic vote winning strategy.

Premier Christy Clark took the positive road, saying the 45 to 38 budget vote in her favour is a sign for her people to the start towards the government meeting its financial commitment of delivering a balanced budget next year.

BC goes to the polls in a May 14 election.

Discover Camping reservation site begins operation Friday

Kokanee Park is one of the more popular Provincial Park destinations in the Discover Camping inventory.

Don't get left behind on camping this summer in B.C. Provincial Parks.

Starting Friday (March 15) at 7 a.m. the Discover Camping phone lines are opening up to begin accepting reservations for campgrounds with reservable inventory.

"With camping being so popular, many British Columbian families are starting to plan for the upcoming camping season. Discover Camping makes planning and customizing camping vacations easy with its interactive features," said Terry Lake, Minister of Environment.

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