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Patient advocates pan province plans for contracting out surgeries

Patient advocates pan province plans for contracting out surgeries

Patient advocates are concerned that the BC Ministry of Health's plans to increase contracts with for-profit clinics is not an effective solution to surgical wait times. They are urging the province to scrap contract plans and focus instead on taking advantage of unused public Operating Room time.

Minister of Health Terry Lake announced yesterday that the BC government will be investing 10 million dollars to temporarily increase surgical capacity, with some of this money going to fund contracts with private for-profit clinics.

Weekend fire destroys Hope businesses

Weekend fire destroys Hope businesses

Two businesses were destroyed and two other’s badly damaged by fire over the weekend.

On May 30 at approximately 9:30 p.m., police and Hope Fire Department responded to a fire alarm in the 500 block of Wallace Street.  Emergency responders arrived to find smoke billowing from a local business and three adjoining businesses in danger of catching fire.

“Our officers acted quickly and evacuated residents to safety from the apartments above the burning business” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

New website for youth in and from government care

New website for youth in and from government care

A new website, AgedOut.com, will help current and former youth in government care navigate the many challenges that can arise as they transition to adulthood.

Thanks to a $500,000 investment from the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Adoptive Families Association of B.C., Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks and the Ministry conducted nearly two years of research, planning and development.

Richmond B-&-E forces RCMP to fire gun at dog

Richmond B-&-E forces RCMP to fire gun at dog

Shortly after 8 a.m. on May 29, Richmond RCMP responded to the 9000 block of Walford Street, for a report of a Break and Enter in progress. A local home owner was startled to find an unwanted male in his residence. This suspect fled once discovered.

Government commits half a million to raise stroke awareness

Health Minister Terry Lake gets tested following a press conference Tuesday.

Stroke awareness in British Columbia will be getting a boost with $500,000 in government funding to the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s FAST Signs of Stroke campaign, Health Minister Terry Lake announced Tuesday.

“Stroke can happen at any age, and when it does, seconds count. Knowing the signs of stroke is integral to getting yourself or a loved one life-saving treatment as soon as possible,” said Lake.

Municipal amalgamation in Ontario fails to achieve cost savings in cities both big and small

Municipal amalgamation in Ontario fails to achieve cost savings in cities both big and small

Ontario’s push for municipal amalgamation in the 1990s has failed to deliver cost-savings and efficiencies promised for both large and small cities, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Police Believe Illegal Drug Production Caused Explosion

Police Believe Illegal Drug Production Caused Explosion

Police are confident that the cause of the house explosion and fire on Friday (May 22) in Courtenay is criminal in nature.

Police conducted a search of the residence, after obtaining a search warrant under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, on Saturday (May 23) and located equipment and other evidence that is used in the production of Hash Oil. 

Spree of taxi cab robberies prompts police to ask for help

Spree of taxi cab robberies prompts police to ask for help

Five robberies of cab drivers have police asking for public help in catching the suspects, according to a press release issued today by RCMP Sgt. Dale Carr.

Surrey RCMP’s Robbery Unit is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying suspects involved in a series of taxi cab robberies that occurred this past month.

Two Okanagan provincial parks renamed

There was a ceremony to rename Haynes Point and Okanagan Falls provincial parks. — Submitted photo

Environment Minister Mary Polak and Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie celebrated another step forward in their partnership agreement today announcing the official renaming of Haynes Point and Okanagan Falls provincial parks to the traditional First Nation nsyilxcen (Okanagan) place names.

The name changes are part of an agreement made between the Province and the Osoyoos Indian Band that also sees the Band managing the two parks and will see McIntyre Bluff officially renamed as well.

Penticton RCMP report local man assaulted

Penticton RCMP report local man assaulted

Penticton RCMP have one in custody after a man was badly beaten and left on the side of the road Thursday (May 21) morning.

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