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BCSTA launches 'Back to School Action Plan'

BCSTA launches 'Back to School Action Plan'

Boards of Education are deeply concerned about the impact of the continuing bargaining impasse on students, families, staff, and the reputation of BC’s public education system. As the governors of BC’s local school districts and employers of staff who make our schools successful, BC school trustees know that a balance must be found between the bargaining objectives of the BC Teachers’ Federation and the economic mandate established by the provincial government. We believe that such a balance can be found. 

Holiday driving can lead to accidents so plan ahead

Don't let fatigue or drowsiness cause serious impairment. Plan ahead.

When holiday driving heats up so do driver fatigue-related crashes.

In an ICBC survey, an alarming 30 per cent of respondents admitted that they have nodded off while driving and yet only 54 per cent of respondents said they think drivers fatigued from long hours of driving have a very serious impact on road safety during in July and August in B.C.

Those figures relate to three people killed and 81 injured during the holiday peak months of July and August.

Government dumps money into BCIT trades training seats

More seats for educating trades will be available in September.

Government is delivering on its commitment in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to increase access and reduce waitlists for critical trades training seats by adding 272 seats at the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Seats will be available to students as early as September 2014.

“We want British Columbians first in line for the one million job openings anticipated to open by 2022," said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk.

Happy Birthday Columbia Valley agriculture association

WDFI makes the 100-year grade in the East Kootenay.

The name has been changed several times but the commitment to promoting agriculture and rural life has remained the same.

The Windermere District Farmers’ Institute and Livestock Association (WDFI) was presented with a Century Farm Award at a Centenary Celebration in Windermere Sunday.

The WDFI was incorporated in 1914 under the B.C. Agricultural Association Act as the Windermere Farmers’ Institute – Incorporation #91. The institute’s first membership fees were set at “Fifty Cents”.

UPDATE: No foul play in death at Pemberton Music Festival

More than 20,000 festival goers flocked to Pemberton for the music festival. — Photo courtesy IHIT

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokeperson Jennifer Pound said in a release that it has been determined there was no foul play in the death of 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath of Regina at the Pemberton Music Festival.

First Nations assert Aboriginal Title in Oppenheimer Park eviction

First Nations assert Aboriginal Title in Oppenheimer Park eviction

Homeless Tenters, First Nations Leaders from the Downtown Eastside, Coast Salish Territories and their supporters intend to defy an eviction notice given to the homeless in Oppenheimer Park on Sunday, July 20th at 7am.

Together they have issued their own Eviction Notice to the City of Vancouver (see below).

This land is still First Nations land and is under treaty negotiation. Until that’s settled, people camping there can stay as long as they need, during the housing crisis created by the three levels of Colonial Governments.

If evacuation is necessary, the BC Government wants the public to Be Prepared

Wildfires are burning up the province, so the public is advised to be prepared for the worst possible scenario. — Submitted photo

BC is experiencing a heatwave like none other.

Wildfires are burning throughout the province.

In case a wildfire happens in your community, or If people reside in an area that is experiencing wildfires with a potential for evacuation alerts or orders, there are some things you can do to prepare that will make this stressful time a little easier to manage.

Premier Clark issues statement regarding wildfire situation in West Kelowna

Premier Christy Clark . . . My thoughts and prayers are with people in the Smith Creek

Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement regarding the wildfire evacuation order issued in West Kelowna:

"My thoughts and prayers are with people in the Smith Creek area who are impacted by today's evacuation order.

"I know that first responders are working hard to first protect people's safety as well as their property.

"Our community is strong and will come together to ensure our friends and neighbours have the support they need in this difficult time.

Police say young man's death was 'entirely preventable'

Police say young man's death was 'entirely preventable'

Despite the efforts of public and police to avert an accident, a teenaged boy was killed after trying to cross Highway 1 near Hope.

At approximately 11 p.m. on July 15, Hope RCMP received a complaint of three persons walking westbound along Highway 3 (Old Hope Princeton Way). Extensive patrols were made, but no pedestrians could be located.

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