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Be careful on the highways during Family Day Holiday Weekend

Highways in the Southern Interior can be unpredictable.

Road conditions can be unpredictable and vary widely across the province at this time of year. If you’ll be travelling over Family Day long weekend, snow, sleet, heavy rain, fog and ice are just some of the challenging winter conditions you could encounter when driving on B.C. roads.

On average, 24 people are killed and 5,700 are injured in 19,000 crashes every February in B.C. and seven people are killed and 690 are injured in 2,700 crashes every February in the Southern Interior.

BC Coroners Service and Avalanche Canada stress need for safety

A sign showing an avalanche hazard warning of "considerable" is seen at a parking lot where snowmobilers embark from near Mount Renshaw outside of McBride. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

In the wake of the deaths of five persons in an avalanche near McBride on Jan. 29, 2016, the BC Coroners Service and Avalanche Canada are joining to stress the need for preparedness for those heading into the backcountry this winter.

Is BC starting to become overrun by lobbyists?

Dermod Travis said last year, there were 2,502 in-house and consultant lobbyists registered in the province, up from 1,451 four years ago.

Last month, lobbyists gathered in Vancouver for The Future of Lobbying, a one -day conference put on by B.C.'s Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists, Simon Fraser Institute's Governance Studies and Public Affairs Association of Canada (B.C. Chapter).

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there does seem to be a future for the industry. In fact, if we're not careful, B.C. could be overrun by lobbyists.
Last year, there were 2,502 in-house and consultant lobbyists registered in the province, up from 1,451 four years ago.

Great Bear Rainforest Agreement Signed

An aerial view of part of the Great Bear Rainforest.  Photo Credit:  Garth Lenz

First Nations governments and the BC government, with the support of ForestEthics Solutions, Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC and five forestry companies, have announced the fulfilment of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements.

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of avalanche victims near McBride

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of avalanche victims near McBride

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of five men who died in an avalanche near McBride on Friday (January 29) as all being from Alberta and ranged in age from 41 to 55 years.

They are:

Fire rescue crews to carry naloxone for drug overdose patients

Firefighters in Surrey and Vancouver will be the first in B.C. to carry and administer a potentially life-saving treatment, naloxone.

Firefighters in Surrey and Vancouver will be the first in B.C. to carry and administer a potentially life-saving treatment, naloxone, for patients suffering opioid drug overdoses. All paramedics also now will be able to give naloxone.

“An overdose can happen to anyone. The lives at risk may be your neighbours, friends or family members,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

Province commits $10 million for B.C. ground search and rescue

Nelson SAR, seen here during a rescue in Five-Mile Basin, is part of the small army of 2,500 volunteers getting assistance. — Photo courtesy Nelson SAR

Search and rescue groups in the province are getting a much-needed monetary boost after the province promised $10 Million in one-time funding to help bolster training, administrative support and equipment renewals.

“It’s a small army of 2,500 volunteers that comb the province’s backcountry, rappel into steep ravines and weather the worst of the elements, while leaving behind the comforts of home to go seek and find those who are lost or injured,” said Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto.

Quick thinking homeowner assists Salmon Arm RCMP in solving triple theft

Quick thinking homeowner assists Salmon Arm RCMP in solving triple theft

A Salmon Arm homeowner, who had witnessed thieves stealing his ATV, figured the best way to get help was to create some noise, according to RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott West.

"After seeing thieves drive away with his ATV from his yard, he ran out of his house, jumped into his car and followed the thieves honking his horn in order to draw attention, and it worked," Scott said.

Avalanche Takes Life of Snowmobiler Near Prince George

A snowmobiler was killed Saturday after being caught in an avalanche.

Prince George RCMP said the BC Coroners Service has taken over the investigation following the death of a snowmobiler near Prince George Saturday morning.

Cpl. Craig Douglass said just before 11 a.m. Saturday (January 23rd) Prince George RCMP received a report of an avalanche that took the life of a snowmobiler in the Torpy Mountain range, northeast of Prince George.

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