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NDP MLA proposes new bill to help protect animals in distress

NDP MLA Selina Robinson poses for a picture with advocates from the BC SPCA outside the  legislature on Thursday. — Submitted photo

NDP MLA Selina Robinson introduced a bill in the legislature on Thursday that would help prevent animals from suffering or dying in vehicles without adequate ventilation.

The Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA proposed the Distressed Animals Act after the tragic 2014 case of the six dogs who died after being left in the back of pickup truck covered by a canopy for 40 minutes.

BC Transit up for review by provincial government

BC Transit up for review by provincial government

The provincial government will begin a review of BC Transit as part of the Province’s ongoing commitment to review all major Crown corporations.

Government wants to ensure Crowns are making every effort to keep controllable costs to a minimum, and the review process provides an external perspective that helps identify opportunities for improvement.

The current review - to be conducted by the Ministry of Finance - will examine and make recommendations on all aspects of BC Transit’s operations, planning, forecasting, and financial performance including:

Richmond RCMP seek public help after mistaken identity leads to bizarre attack

Richmond RCMP seek public help after mistaken identity leads to bizarre attack

On Feb. 28 at roughly 11 pm, Richmond RCMP officers responded to a noise complaint originating from a secluded location along River Road between No. 7 Rd and No. 8 Rd. Officers were taken aback when three adults were discovered, bound and badly beaten. The trio of victims, one female and two males, were transported by BC Ambulance Service to local area hospital for treatment. One of the victims suffered extensive lacerations to his face and head. The victims, all residents from the lower mainland, have since been released from hospital. They have been cooperating with investigators.

Alleged pedophile to face charges 40 years later despite fleeing country

Alleged pedophile to face charges 40 years later despite fleeing country

The Prince George RCMP have assisted in the successful deportation of a former Prince George resident wanted on sexual assault and assault related offences dating back to 1974.

In September 1974, Raymond Douglas MacLeod, then 32 years old, was arrested in connection with an assault and sexual assault of a female who, at the time, was under the age of 10. The offences were alleged to have taken place at a residence on Upland Street in Prince George, BC.

Government fires AGLG after failed review process

Government fires AGLG after failed review process

The province has fired AGLG (auditor general for local governements) Basia Ruta, the first person to have held this position in the newly-created office, after she completed only two local government audits during the three years of her tenure. A press release issued this morning also cites problems with an attempted review process of Ruta's leadership as part of the motivation for the dismissal.

B.C covers two curative hepatitis C drugs

B.C covers two curative hepatitis C drugs

The British Columbia government is providing public drug plan coverage of two new, often curative, hepatitis C drugs effective Tuesday (March 24, 2015) Minister of Health Terry Lake announced Monday.

People with hepatitis C will be able to apply for coverage under B.C.’s PharmaCare program of Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir).

These new medications cure about 90 percent or more of people treated; are easier to take; involve a much shorter course of treatment; and have fewer side effects than older drugs.

A SLAPP-happy new (draft) BC Societies Act

image from "Board Voice"

So, you think the federal Bill C-51 is bad?    It is.  And here comes the DRAFT new BC Societies Act, provincial legislation with provisions that will make life even worse for any society that speaks up about anything.  If this draft Act is made law, Sections 98 and 99  will enable any person  to bring legal action against a society on the basis that it is acting against an undefined “public interest," or an act or "threatened&quo

Rise in 'sextortion' cases prompts public warning

Rise in 'sextortion' cases prompts public warning

The RCMP is issuing a public warning after seeing a recent uptick in the number of “sextortion” cases.

What happens? After visiting a companionship or dating website, victims are befriended online. A suspect then entices the victim into performing intimate acts streamed over webcam or mobile device. Unbeknownst to the victim, the interaction is secretly recorded. The suspect then threatens to release the video online unless they are paid by the victim.

Here are some clues:

B.C. launches 10-year transportation plan

The highway through the Rogers Pass is one that needs attention.

The B.C. government announced Tuesday B.C. on the Move, a 10-year transportation plan that outlines critical investments and improvements throughout the province that will improve the daily lives of British Columbians.

This $2.5-billion plan will grow the economy, improve safety, maintain and replace aging infrastructure and support trade for B.C.’s expanding resource sectors through Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway.

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