Provincial

Government wants public input to help shape future of Columbia River Treaty

Water, dams or whatever interests the public is up for discussion following the release of the "Public Consultation Report Working Draft."

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review, announced another round of consultations with residents of the Columbia River Basin following the release of the "Public Consultation Report Working Draft."

The report provides a comprehensive summary of the input received from the public and key findings as the Columbia River Treaty Review Team prepares its recommendations to Cabinet.

Pilot survives plane crash in Fort Nelson

A picture of the plane burning on the ground was tweeted by Harisson Dickie.

A pilot is lucky to be alive after surviving a plane crash Wednesday afternoon in Fort Nelson, BC.

The pilot was the only person on board the plane said the Transportation Safety Board officials.

The plane, said to be seen on fire just after 4 p.m., crashed Wednesday in the middle of an intersection in an industrial area of Fort Nelson.

RCMP said the pilot was pulled out of the wreckage and was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released Wednesday evening.

No one on the ground was hurt.

Mike & Vicki — 'A safe place to make a bad choice'

Mike and Vicki Project is an innovative and interactive resource designed to stimulate conversation about the choices that youth have when facing drug and alcohol use.

A collaborative drug awareness effort between the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional RCMP Detachment, Interior Health Mental Health and Substance Use and Mind Festival Learning, is set for its official launch.

The Mike and Vicki Project is an innovative and interactive resource designed to stimulate conversation about the choices that youth have when facing drug and alcohol use.

Fire ban rescinded in The Southeast Fire Centre

Open burning is once again permitted in the Southeast Fire Centre.

The Southeast Fire Centre has rescinded its open burning prohibition as of Friday (September 20) at noon.

The Southeast Fire Centre said in a release that although open fires will be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, the Wildfire Management Branch is asking the public to remain vigilant with any fire use, including open burning and campfires.

"Despite the recent cool and wet weather, the region's fire danger rating could increase again," the release said.

NDP leader Adrian Dix issues statement regarding his resignation/next steps

Dix addressing the 2012 UBCM attendees.

NDP leader Adrian Dix made the following announcement of his future plans on the BC BDP caucus website:

“Since our defeat in the election on May 14, I have reflected both on my future as Leader of the B.C. NDP and on the future of our party.

“In doing so, I have tried to put the long-term success of the B.C. NDP ahead of any personal ambitions.  

“I have always believed very strongly that politics is not about politicians or leaders themselves, but about the people we represent and the change we hope to bring to British Columbia.

UPDATED: List of recalled items from Salmon Arm Cheese Farm grows to 15

Cheese from Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm in Salmon Arm has been linked to an outbreak of E. coli.

The list of recalled items from Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm of Salmon Arm has expanded to 15 after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency added Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm brand Mild Gouda.

The additional recall came after CFIA said the product may contain E. coli.

Cheese at the Salmon Arm farm has been linked to the death of one elder woman in the B.C. Interior along with 11 other cases of illness in B.C. and Alberta.

The CFIA list of raw milk cheeses affected by the recall include:

COMMENT: Referendums

COMMENT: Referendums

As a dual citizen, Canadian and Swiss, I have the right to vote in Switzerland’s national referendums. In 2012 there were twelve referendums dealing with issues ranging from animal disease legislation to the application of the state’s gambling revenue earnings.

In March of this year the Swiss voted in referendums concerned with improving day care and family services, land use planning, and giving shareholders greater control over executive pay. In June they voted on asylum law amendments and a proposal for the people to elect federal cabinet ministers individually.

Public has say in new BC liquor laws

The Nelson Liquor store will remain the same but the liquor laws maybe changing.

People who want to have a drink on the beach or enjoy a family lunch with drinks with children can now voice their choice through a new website launched by the B.C. Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform John Yap launched the new Liquor Policy Review website - www.gov.bc.ca/liquorpolicyreview - while touring Steamworks Brewing Co.'s new facility in Burnaby.

Can BC Go GE Free? Groups Rally as Union of BC Municipalities set to vote on Sept 18/19 at AGM

Can BC Go GE Free?  Groups Rally as Union of BC Municipalities set to vote on Sept 18/19 at AGM

Thousands of people across the province who are concerned about genetically engineered (GE, also often called GM or genetically modified) foods and crops are rallying to support a resolution calling for a GE Free BC that will be debated at the Vancouver AGM of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM).

COMMENT: Government has bad case of cold feet on local election rules

COMMENT: Government has bad case of cold feet on local election rules

Whales have shorter gestation periods. For the third time since the Local Government Elections Task Force tabled its report, the B.C. government has been stricken with a case of cold feet.

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