Prime Minister announces longest campaign in Canada since 1872

The race is on as what may had predicted when he met with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall Sunday. — Photo courtesy Facebook

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sunday the start of the 42nd federal election campaign, following his meeting with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall.

Canadians will go to the polls on October 19, 2015, after the Governor General indeed dissolved Parliament, launching the longest campaign in Canada since 1872.

“This is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect all Canadians: the economy and our country’s security,” said the Prime Minister in a release on the Conservative Party of Canada website.

Clark Government shakes up cabinet

New Education Minister, Mike Bernier, was sworn in today by Honourable Judith Guichon.

In a somewhat surprise move, Premier Christy Clark announced the following changes in cabinet responsibilities today:

Shred-It, iTunes and Twitonomy – just some of the government's credit cards

Shred-It, iTunes and Twitonomy – just some of the government's credit cards

One of the more feared aspects to the release of the public accounts each year – at least as far as government ministers are concerned – is that tiny volume itemizing each ministry's credit card charges.

Guess the anxiety finally got the better of them, because last year the Finance ministry decided to post the statements online on a quarterly basis instead, presumably hoping fewer would take notice.

It didn't seem right not to wait for the annual totals though.

Be smart when driving highways this BC Day Holiday weekend

Police will be out the BC Day Holiday weekend checking for impaired drivers at random road checks. — Photo courtesy ICBC

The BC Day holiday weekend is right around the corner and Nelson Police Department is urging the public to make smart decision when taking to the roads.

Lindsay Olsen of ICBC  said in a media release that on average, five people are killed and 530 injured in crashes across the province.

The statistic for the Southern Interior, on average, is 94 people injured in 360 crashes every year.

Canadian Safe Boating Council urges boaters to boat safely this summer

Be smart on the Kootenay waterways this summer. You never know who could be watching.

The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) is launching year three of an initiative called “Operation Dry Water” in an effort to curb drinking and boating on Canadian waterways — a practice that is being blamed for  approximately 40 percent of boating-related fatalities.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August BC Day holiday weekend on the horizon, CSBC wants to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of drinking and boating. 

International visitor numbers show positive growth

BC is attracting more international visitors. — Photo courtesy Destination British Columbia

British Columbia is showing strong growth in international overnight visitors with overall numbers up by an additional 34,785 visitors or 8.3% over May 2014, and year-to-date up by 103,993 visitors or 7.8% over the same period last year.

Statistics Canada figures show an increase in international overnight visitors across many important markets, an important indicator of tourism industry growth.

Government consultation regarding distracted driving draws heartfelt ideas

British Columbians have clear and passionate views about all forms of distracted driving said the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton.

Submissions from the public continue to pour into the government regarding its month-long consultation on distracted driving.

More than 10,000 heartfelt submissions and strong opinions have been received during the survey that ran for four weeks from June 17 through to July 16, 2015.

“British Columbians have clear and passionate views about all forms of distracted driving,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton.

Forcing Canadians to contribute more to CPP will reduce voluntary private savings

According to the study, past increases in mandatory CPP contributions were followed by a decrease in private savings among Canadian households.

When Canadians were forced to contribute more to the Canada Pension Plan in the 1990s and early 2000s, they ended up saving less voluntarily, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

RCMP arrest armed robbery suspect, Ronald Teneycke

Armed robbery suspect Ronald Teneycke.

The manhunt for armed robbery suspect Ronald Teneycke has ended.

Teneycke was apprehended by police in an orchard in Cawston Thursday morning (July 23).

The arrest unfolded when an RCMP officer involved in the search spotted a vehicle similar to the one stolen by Teneycke Wednesday in Cawston, a small farming village near Keremeos in the Okanagan Valley.

RCMP said as the officer got closer he was able to confirm Teneycke was alone in the vehicle. 

Penticton RCMP needs public assistance in locating man with outstanding warrants

Jessy Arthur Michaud is wanted for outstanding warrants.

The Penticton RCMP is reaching out to the public to assist them in executing outstanding warrants for Jessy Arthur Michaud.

The 46-year-old Michaud has three outstanding warrants for his arrest since July 17, 2015.

Michau is a caucasian male, 5’9” tall, weighing 161 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Penticton RCMP considers Michaud to be violent, is known to possess weapons, and considered to be a risk to public safety, so if you see him, do not approach him, but immediately call 9-1-1.

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