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Just in time for Women's Day, sole female cop dog breaks glass ceiling and makes first arrest

Just in time for Women's Day, sole female cop dog breaks glass ceiling and makes first arrest

Chrisa, the one and only current female police dog on the RCMP Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Service, partnered with the newest dog handler to the team, captured their first suspect following an alleged armed robbery.

Losing an hour sleep during time change can be a problem

Some drivers have admitted to feeling less alert after the time change.

As we get ready to move our clocks forward an hour this Saturday night for the start of Daylight Savings Time, ICBC is asking drivers to make an effort to adapt to the time change to help reduce the impact it could have on their driving skills.

According to an ICBC survey, 34 per cent of B.C. drivers admit that the time shift does affect them and make them feel less alert after the time change. Studies show that the switch to Daylight Savings Time can have a dramatic effect on disrupting our regular sleep cycle as it puts us out of sync with our circadian rhythm.

Media mogul David Black finds backers for new refinery

Media mogul David Black finds backers for new refinery

B.C. media mogul David Black says he is very close to inking a deal to build a massive new crude oil refinery in Kitimat.

Black made the announcement during a speaking engagement to business leaders at the B.C. Chamber of Commerce in Vancouver.

The newspaper publisher said he plans to sign a memorandum of understanding within a month with a major investment firm for the $25 billion project.

The plant, to be built north of Kitimat, would refine oil from the Alberta oilsands shipped either by pipeline or rail.

Close budget vote allows Premier to move on

Premier Christy Clark's government survived Tuesday's budget vote.

It was close, but the B.C. Liberal  government survived a key budget vote Tuesday.

The close vote comes on the heels of a stormy period over a leaked ethnic vote winning strategy.

Premier Christy Clark took the positive road, saying the 45 to 38 budget vote in her favour is a sign for her people to the start towards the government meeting its financial commitment of delivering a balanced budget next year.

BC goes to the polls in a May 14 election.

Discover Camping reservation site begins operation Friday

Kokanee Park is one of the more popular Provincial Park destinations in the Discover Camping inventory.

Don't get left behind on camping this summer in B.C. Provincial Parks.

Starting Friday (March 15) at 7 a.m. the Discover Camping phone lines are opening up to begin accepting reservations for campgrounds with reservable inventory.

"With camping being so popular, many British Columbian families are starting to plan for the upcoming camping season. Discover Camping makes planning and customizing camping vacations easy with its interactive features," said Terry Lake, Minister of Environment.

COMMENT: Senate

Reports about the behaviour of some Senators have once again unleashed a flurry of demands to either abandon or at least reform that venerable institution. Defenders refer to the Senate as the “Chamber of Sober Second Thought.” It is not how the Constitution defines it, although sobriety may have been a consideration in the days of Sir John A. Macdonald.

COMMENT: At $18.2 million, election campaigns don't come cheap in B.C.

COMMENT: At $18.2 million, election campaigns don't come cheap in B.C.
They're off. The start to B.C.'s official pre-campaign period for the 2013 election campaign is well underway. 
 
Day one of the pre-campaign would have been an easy miss, coming as it did on the same day a meteor crashed to earth and the Canucks fell to the Dallas Stars. 
 
Heck, Elections BC didn't even post a news release to honour the occasion on its website.
 

COMMENT: An Ambassador of Freedom FROM religion?

COMMENT: An Ambassador of Freedom FROM religion?

Canada now has an Ambassador of Religious Freedom. By definition the basis of religion is in the realm of metaphysics, but metaphysics surely cannot be the focus for our newest Ambassador. How does our federal government define religion?

Liberals setting next government up for failure, say independent MLAs

Liberals setting next government up for failure, say independent MLAs

Independent MLAs say the current government is putting a stranglehold on the post-election government by deliberately cutting short funding supply for operations. In a statement released this week, the four independents say that no government in the past has taken this approach in advance of an election.

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