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Police say young man's death was 'entirely preventable'

Police say young man's death was 'entirely preventable'

Despite the efforts of public and police to avert an accident, a teenaged boy was killed after trying to cross Highway 1 near Hope.

At approximately 11 p.m. on July 15, Hope RCMP received a complaint of three persons walking westbound along Highway 3 (Old Hope Princeton Way). Extensive patrols were made, but no pedestrians could be located.

Quick response rescues four from Beaver floatplane crash

The wreckage of the Beaver floatplane that crashed near Bella Bella sits on the shoreline. — photo courtesy RCMP

Four people were rescued thanks to quick response from the RCMP vessell Lindsay after a Beaver floatplane crashed near Bella Bella Friday afternoon.

The RCMP received the Mayday relay on VHF radio at 3:50 p.m. with West Coast Marine Service members in the community of Shearwater near Bella Bella.

The information was that a float plane had crashed and was on fire just north of St. John Harbour, near the south entrance of the Seaforth Channel which is a very isolated area.

This location was just over 1 hour from the current location for the Patrol Vessel Lindsay.

Government announces Selkirk faculty ratification of new agreement

New agreements for faculty unions runs until March 31, 2019.

More than 500 BCGEU faculty members at Okanagan and Selkirk Colleges have ratified new agreements under the B.C. government’s 2014 Economic Stability Mandate.

Following local ratification by union members and college boards, the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association board provided the final ratification for the settlements between Okanagan College and the BCGEU Local 707, as well as between Selkirk College and the BCGEU Local 709.

The terms of the new agreements for the faculty unions are from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2019.

Silver Star tops BCAA 'Worst Roads' survey; West Kootenay roadways shut out

Topping the list is the Silver Star Road. — photo courtesy Google Street View

After hitting a record number of votes this year, the British Columbia Automobile Association’s (BCAA) fourth annual “Worst Roads” survey names the province’s Top 10 ‘worst’ roads.

Three Okanagan roads top the list; with roads in Richmond, Surrey, Maple Ridge and Vancouver Island also taking spots in the Top 10.

Van. Aquarium works to save False Killer Whale

Van. Aquarium works to save False Killer Whale

A false killer whale calf, which stranded in the fog on North Chesterman beach near Tofino yesterday morning, ended his long day of rescue and transport at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver, where veterinarians and team members worked overnight to keep him alive.

Government creates program to help low-income energy customers

Premier Christy Clark and the BC Government announced a plan to expand energy-efficiency programs to help low-income customers reduce electricity and gas bills.

Premier Christy Clark has announced that government, in partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC, is expanding energy-efficiency programs to help customers, particularly those on low-incomes, reduce their electricity and gas bills.

Updates to existing low-income programs will nearly double the number of eligible customers and make it easier to apply, and a new program will provide homeowners with up to $6,000 in rebates for energy-efficiency upgrades.

B.C.'s plan for protecting vulnerable species

B.C.'s plan for protecting vulnerable species

British Columbia’s five-year plan for protecting species at risk was released today by Environment Minister Mary Polak and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson.

“Our new plan provides a clear and certain path forward for B.C. to show leadership in conservation of species at risk,” said Polak. “The plan considers recommendations from the Species at Risk Task Force, government’s new conservation initiatives, and social and economic factors related to resource development.”

Breaking ground for the new correctional facility in Oliver

Breaking ground for the new correctional facility in Oliver

With the help of an excavator, representatives from the Province, Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB), local community and construction partners donned hard hats and officially broke ground today to celebrate the construction of the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC).

Boating Councils remind anglers wearing lifejackets can save lives

There are ways to park the boat and then there are ways not to park the boat.

This week (July 4-13) marks National Fishing Week in Canada.

The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and the B.C. Wildlife Federation want to remind anglers that wearing your lifejacket is even more important than wearing your ‘lucky fishing hat’. But they do share one trait.

They both have to be worn to be effective!
 
According to the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society, 80 percent of recreational boaters who drown each and every year in Canada were not wearing a lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD).

Some BC roads will have 120 km/h limits

Some BC roads will have 120 km/h limits

As a result of the provincewide Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review, changes that will help improve safety and mobility are coming to B.C.’s rural highways.

This review was undertaken to assess four key aspects of road safety on rural highways, including the setting of appropriate speed limits, requirements for winter tires, keep right except to pass, and wildlife collisions.

Speed Limits: 

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