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BC government rolls out two-part plan to sell liquor in grocery stores

BC government rolls out two-part plan to sell liquor in grocery stores

Ed. Note: The following is a press release issued by the B.C. government:

The B.C. government has outlined a unique, two-part model for liquor sales in grocery stores that will ensure convenience and choice for consumers, promote B.C. products and create jobs.

RCMP save diabetic dog in the nick of time

RCMP save diabetic dog in the nick of time

Chester, B.C. - A missing 11-year-old tiny Pomeranian dog was already going into diabetic shock when two RCMP constables with Deas Island Traffic Services rescued him from suspicious circumstances, and returned him to his family just in time.

“Truly a miracle,” says Pam*, the delighted owner of the dog. “The odds were so stacked against this happy ending, had it not been for their diligence and excellent police work.”

Discover Camping kicks open reservation desk March 15

Kokanee Creek Park north of Nelson will no doubt once again be a hotspot for campers when the season begins.

Calling all wilderness explorers!

Get ready for another exciting season of camping, hiking and picnicking as BC Parks' reservation system, Discover Camping, prepares to open.

Starting at 9 a.m. (Pacific time) on Saturday, March 15, Discover Camping will begin accepting reservations at most campgrounds. In total, there are over 5,200 easily accessible (frontcountry) campsites.

No winners in Friday's Lotto Max, next draw estimated at $50 Million

No winners in Friday's Lotto Max, next draw estimated at $50 Million

No one can seem to select the right ticket to win the Lotto Max draw.

For another week, no one won the $50-million Friday jackpot in the Lotto Max draw.

Twenty MaxMillions prizes of $1-million were available in Friday’s draw, and claims are being made for six of them.

Two winning MaxMillions ticket were sold in Nova Scotia, one in British Columbia (bought in the Bulkley Valley-Stikine region), and one in Manitoba.

Two more MaxMillions prizes are being shared by four ticketholders in Ontario.

Silver Alert needed in BC

Silver Alert needed in BC

It’s time for B.C. to implement comprehensive measures to help locate and protect missing seniors with dementia, says Selina Robinson, MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville.

On Tuesday, Robinson introduced the Silver Alert Act in the legislature. The bill would create a program which would alert the public of a missing person who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of cognitive impairment.

BC Gov looks to reform local elections to include four-year terms

Members of the BC Legislature are slated to vote on changes local elections from a three-year to a four-year cycle beginning with the 2014 elections.

Mayor John Dooley leading Nelson into the year 2018?

That's on the horizon for Nelson voters as the B.C. government looks to introduce legislation during the current legislative session to change local elections from a three-year to a four-year cycle beginning with the 2014 elections.

The change, which must be passed in the legislative, would mean the next B.C. local election after November 2014 will be in October 2018.

COMMENT: BC's budgetary sleight of hand

COMMENT: BC's budgetary sleight of hand

The funny thing about provincial budgets is that sometimes they tell you a lot more about a government's attitude than what the politicians might have intended when they first wrote the document.

Case in point: most governments like to pat themselves on the back at budget time by highlighting the impact of their fiscal policies on family budgets.

BC Liquor Store back supporting Dry Grad

Patrons at the Nelson BC Liquor store can help support Dry Grad with a donation at the til.

BC Liquor Store customers are invited to support alcohol-free events for graduating high school students by donating $1 or more at the cash register to the Support Dry Grad campaign between Monday, February 24 and March 31.

Contributions by BC Liquor Store customers and staff top up funds raised by parents, students and teachers who work throughout the year raising funds for alcohol-free grad celebrations. Customers receive a small token of appreciation in recognition of their donation to the Support Dry Grad campaign.

Snowboarder who died near Pemberton identified

Snowboarder who died near Pemberton identified

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a snowboarding incident near Pemberton on February 23 as Jonathan Unger, aged 29, of Whistler.

Unger was part of a group that was skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling off the Millar Bench Forestry Service Road, about five kilometres from Pemberton.

In the late afternoon, Mr. Unger failed to meet up with another member of the group, who immediately went searching for him.

He was found in a tree well in an area where there was about 1.5 metres of fresh snow.

Canada finishes in third spot at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Canada finishes in third spot at 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

A non-slip here or a lucky break there and maybe . . . just maybe, the red Maple Leaf is sitting on top of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games medal table.

While Canada may not have topped the podium, the Olympic team definitely made the country proud by finishing third at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games that concluded Sunday in Russia.

Heading into the final days of competition much of the chatter surrounding the medal count was focused on how Canada was likely to finish well short of the 2010 total.

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