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Be road smart this long weekend

Watch out for the other guy and slow down this Labour Day Holiday weekend.

The unofficial conclusion to summer holidays happens this weekend with the Labour Day Holiday.

Tuesday, students return to the classroom while familes return to the normal routine of fall.

However, before the first laptop is opened, the public is racing to get the most from the final longweekend of summer.

Which is why the province is encouraging the public to be safe this Labour Day holiday weekend — noted as one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Province counsels caution with campfires this long weekend

Province counsels caution with campfires this long weekend

The BC Wildfire Service reminds everyone planning to head into the backcountry or go camping on the Labour Day long weekend to comply with provincial legislation related to campfire use and open burning.

Although small campfires are once again allowed in most parts of B.C., extended hot and dry weather conditions this year have led to increased wildfire risks in many regions.

ICBC says fraud, rise in claims reason for rate increase

The graph by ICBC shows a spike in injury claims since 2014.

ICBC will today start the process of filing its basic insurance rate application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) but will take a further two months to analyze emerging external pressures on basic insurance rates before submitting the remainder of its application – including a proposal for a specific basic rate change – by October 30, 2015.

Minister responds to ICBC call for rate increase for drivers

Minister Todd Stone has issued the following statement on the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone has issued the following statement on the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) submission to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for next year’s rate:

“Government has been informed that ICBC has provided the British Columbia Utilities Commission with its initial documentation and a schedule outlining the information that it will provide in the weeks ahead with respect to their 2015 rate application.

Average Canadian family spends more on taxes than basic necessities

The average Canadian Family's expense may surprise you. — Courtesy Fraser Institute

The average Canadian family spends more on taxes than on food, clothing and shelter combined, finds a new study released Thursday by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

What autonomy?

The B.C. government appoints a majority of governors in both cases: eight for the smaller boards and eleven at UBC.

The feud at the University of British Columbia over the sudden departure of president Arvind Gupta – one year into his 5-year term – is also casting an unexpected light on the board of governors, a university body that rarely gets so much attention.

Most universities in the province have 15 members on their board, except for the University of B.C. which has 21 members.

However, the boards are far from autonomous. The B.C. government appoints a majority of governors in both cases: eight for the smaller boards and eleven at UBC.

Insights West poll gives NDP big lead in BC

The graph shows what BC voters think if the election was held today. — Insights West

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company, said in a media release that if the federal election was held today, the Conservative Party would not do well in the province of BC.

B.C. invests $10.5 million to support tourism in 14 communities

Resort communities like Tofino will benefit from the recent government investment. — Photo submitted

The Government of British Columbia is investing $10.5 million in 14 resort communities for projects that help support local tourism infrastructure and amenities.

The funding comes from the government’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), which helps to grow the tourism sector in eligible municipalities. This year, the B.C. government is providing a total of $10.5 million to 14 eligible communities and is extending the RMI program for another year to the end of 2017.

International visitors continue upward trend

There has been nearly 10% increase in visitors coming to B.C. compared to June 2014.

British Columbia’s tourism sector continues to show growth in international overnight visitors.

In a media release, the government said there were an additional 52,872 more visitors in June of 2015 compared to 2014 – representing a 9.5% increase over June 2014.

This brings the total number of visitors to B.C. in the January to June period up by 156,856 visitors – or 8.3% – over the same period last year.

Alleged fire starter arrested; facing charges in Mackenzie

Alleged fire starter arrested; facing charges in Mackenzie

A man accused of starting two fires has been arrested and is facing charges, according to Mackenzie RCMP.

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