Provincial

Government grants environmental assessment certificate to BC Hydro for the Site C Clean Energy project

Not everyone is in favour of the Site C Dam.

Environment Minister Mary Polak and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson said Tuesday the government has issued an environmental assessment certificate to BC Hydro for the Site C Clean Energy project, located seven kilometres southwest of Fort St. John.

The ministers decided that Site C is in the public interest and that the benefits provided by the project outweigh the risks of significant adverse environmental, social and heritage effects.    

Totem Pole raised at Fish Lake to celebrate BC’s newest Tribal Park

Chief Cecil holds the Eagle Mask during the ceremony. — Photo courtesy Wayne McCrory, Valhalla Wilderness Society

The singing of songs in the ancient tongue along with the thumping of native drums echoed across the sparkling waters of Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) in the BC Chilcotin (Tsilhqot’in) recently as some 250 people braved the bumpy mountain road to celebrate the commemoration ceremony of the new Dasiqox (Taseko) Tribal Park of some 800,000 acres.

The Tsilhqot’in name is Nexwagwez?an meaning there for us.

Combined with the five adjacent large provincial parks the Tribal Park is intended to link at a broader landscape level.

Hunter rushed to hospital following grizzly bear attack near Fernie

A grizzly bear attack a man Sunday near Fernie.

Ministry of Environment media spokeperson David Karn said a male hunter was transported to Calgary hospital by STARS helicopter after being attacked by a grizzly bear Sunday morning.

Karn said the attack happened at approximately 9 a.m. near Fernie.

“One male victim was injured in the attack by a boar grizzly bear,” Karn explained in an emailed statement.

“During the attack, the victim's hunting partner shot at the bear killing the bear.”

Karn said Conservation Officers responded immediately along with other first responders.

Mill fire near Burns Lake injures three

Mill fire near Burns Lake injures three

Three people are seriously injured after a mill fire near Burns Lake, according to RCMP Cpl. D.J. (Dave) Tyreman.

"On Oct. 9, at 8:59 a.m., the Burns Lake RCMP was notified of a fire at a local mill located 16 km east of Burns Lake and were called in to support BC Ambulance Service and the Burns Lake Fire Department," Tyreman said.

More regulation not the solution to the dispute between CRTC and Netflix

More regulation not the solution to the dispute between CRTC and Netflix

The Fraser Institute

Temperatures unchanged for two decades, climate policy should start reflecting global warming 'hiatus'

Temperatures unchanged for two decades, climate policy should start reflecting global warming 'hiatus'

By Ross McKitrick, The Fraser Institute

Policy-makers should carefully consider the implications of the pause or “hiatus” in global warming when crafting climate policy, concludes a new study released by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Tradition continues, but Canadian Avalanche Centre has a new name

Tradition continues, but Canadian Avalanche Centre has a new name

After ten years of serving as Canada’s national public avalanche safety organization, today the Canadian Avalanche Centre announced its new name and unveiled a new logo.

“Avalanche Canada will continue to provide the same award- winning and internationally recognized programs that have been developed over the past decade,” said Executive Director Gilles Valade.

A driving reminder that winter tire rules kick in October 1

Winter driving has officially started.

Today is the first day of winter driving.

Which is why the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is reminding motorists that beginning (Wednesday) Oct. 1, 2014, winter tires are required on many highways throughout the province.

Signs are posted on each of the designated highways to advise motorists where winter tires are required.

Removing barriers helps build inclusive communities

Don McRae . . . people living with disabilities take note

By Don McRae
Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation

The Government of B.C. has set out to become the most progressive place for people living with disabilities in Canada by 2024.

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