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Be careful travelling this Easter Weekend

Be careful travelling this Easter Weekend

Every Easter long weekend, an average of three people are killed and 670 injured in 2,300 crashes in B.C. — of that stat 66 people are injured in 300 crashes every year in the Southern Interior.

People planning a road trip with family or friends this weekend, should do their part to keep our roads safe by making smart choices behind the wheel.

Cops tell drivers, 'Get your head out of your apps'

Cops tell drivers, 'Get your head out of your apps'

RCMP Message to BC Drivers is Simple, Get Your Head Out of Your Apps

Over 4,700 tickets for using an electronic device while driving were issued to drivers across the Province by the RCMP and Integrated Road Safety Units in the month of March. It is clear that distracted driving is an epidemic putting everyone at risk, says Cpl. Ronda Rempel of BC RCMP Traffic Services.

B.C. leads the fight against invasive mussels

The government announced Tuesday in Kelowna to expand its fight against invasive mussels in BC. — Submitted photo

The Province is expanding its fight against invasive mussels with a $1.3-million boost toward early detection and rapid response. 

Although these invasive species have never been detected in British Columbia, this program expansion increases protection of B.C.’s lakes and rivers against the threat of quagga and zebra mussels.

“This is a major step in our ongoing efforts to keep the provinces’ ecosystems, hydro stations, drinking water facilities and salmon populations safe,” said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment.

Op/Ed: Don't mistake voter engagement for voter tracking

 If Bill 20 passes, there will still be the little matter of the hoops one has to jump through to register a party to get a copy of the list.

Hear the one about four political parties that walked into a Vancouver hotel with the Chief Electoral Officer last September? Sorry, no punchline. But the parties had reason to chuckle.

Selflessly, the four proposed to the Chief Electoral Officer, Dr. Keith Archer, and Elections B.C. that political parties be given a province-wide “participation extract” following an election. Nice way of saying: who voted, by name and address.

Man gets shot twice; takes train to mall food court

Man gets shot twice; takes train to mall food court

A Surrey man took the skytrain to a mall food court while suffering visible gunshot wounds yesterday, according to RCMP Staff Sgt. Hedderson.

Hedderson said Surrey police got a call at roughly 4:45 p.m. indicating there was a man in the food court of the Surrey City Centre mall who had apparently been shot.

NDP MLA proposes new bill to help protect animals in distress

NDP MLA Selina Robinson poses for a picture with advocates from the BC SPCA outside the  legislature on Thursday. — Submitted photo

NDP MLA Selina Robinson introduced a bill in the legislature on Thursday that would help prevent animals from suffering or dying in vehicles without adequate ventilation.

The Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA proposed the Distressed Animals Act after the tragic 2014 case of the six dogs who died after being left in the back of pickup truck covered by a canopy for 40 minutes.

BC Transit up for review by provincial government

BC Transit up for review by provincial government

The provincial government will begin a review of BC Transit as part of the Province’s ongoing commitment to review all major Crown corporations.

Government wants to ensure Crowns are making every effort to keep controllable costs to a minimum, and the review process provides an external perspective that helps identify opportunities for improvement.

The current review - to be conducted by the Ministry of Finance - will examine and make recommendations on all aspects of BC Transit’s operations, planning, forecasting, and financial performance including:

Richmond RCMP seek public help after mistaken identity leads to bizarre attack

Richmond RCMP seek public help after mistaken identity leads to bizarre attack

On Feb. 28 at roughly 11 pm, Richmond RCMP officers responded to a noise complaint originating from a secluded location along River Road between No. 7 Rd and No. 8 Rd. Officers were taken aback when three adults were discovered, bound and badly beaten. The trio of victims, one female and two males, were transported by BC Ambulance Service to local area hospital for treatment. One of the victims suffered extensive lacerations to his face and head. The victims, all residents from the lower mainland, have since been released from hospital. They have been cooperating with investigators.

Alleged pedophile to face charges 40 years later despite fleeing country

Alleged pedophile to face charges 40 years later despite fleeing country

The Prince George RCMP have assisted in the successful deportation of a former Prince George resident wanted on sexual assault and assault related offences dating back to 1974.

In September 1974, Raymond Douglas MacLeod, then 32 years old, was arrested in connection with an assault and sexual assault of a female who, at the time, was under the age of 10. The offences were alleged to have taken place at a residence on Upland Street in Prince George, BC.

Government fires AGLG after failed review process

Government fires AGLG after failed review process

The province has fired AGLG (auditor general for local governements) Basia Ruta, the first person to have held this position in the newly-created office, after she completed only two local government audits during the three years of her tenure. A press release issued this morning also cites problems with an attempted review process of Ruta's leadership as part of the motivation for the dismissal.

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