Provincial

BC government increases home owner grant threshold in 2016

Happy days, well almost, are here again after the Liberals said homes valued up to $1.2 million may be eligible to receive a full home owner grant this year. —Submitted photo

British Columbians are getting a bit of a reprieve a few days after the 2016 assessment notices were sent out to homeowners.

The Liberal government has said in a media release homes valued up to $1.2 million may be eligible to receive a full home owner grant this year, while a partial grant may be available if the home is valued above this threshold.

The home owner grant provides modest property tax relief to those who need it most. Last year, this program returned nearly $800 million to B.C. residents. For 2016, more than 91% of homes are below the threshold.

Interest payments exceed $60 billion as Canadian governments continue racking up debt

All forms of Canadian government spent $60.8 billion on debt interest payments in 2014/15.

Interest payments on government debt in Canada consume substantial shares of taxpayer dollars and come at the expense of other budget priorities, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, The Cost of Government Debt in Canada, finds that Canadian governments (federal, provincial and local) spent $60.8 billion on debt interest payments in 2014/15—virtually equivalent to total public spending on K-12 education in Canada ($62.2 billion) in the latest year of available data.

Australian man dies in snowmobile accident near Whistler

Australian man dies in snowmobile accident near Whistler

For three years running, Olivia top name for girls born in B.C

Baby Olivia and Ethan names of choice for newborns in BC.

For the third consecutive year, Olivia is the top name for girls born in B.C., according to the Vital Statistics Agency.

Ethan was the top name for boys in 2014, edging out last year’s number one name, Liam. Ethan has been in the number one or number two spot each year since 2002 in British Columbia.

Rounding out the top five names for girls born in the province in 2014 were Emma, Sophia, Emily and Chloe.

For baby boys, other names in the top five were Liam, Lucas, Oliver and Mason.

ICBC urges drivers to plan safe rides for NYE & shares best tales from designated drivers

If celebrating New Years is in the cards, make sure to have a safe plan to get home.

On New Year's Eve, an average of two people are killed — 30 people are injured in 100 crashes in the Southern Interior — and 200 are injured in more than 600 crashes every year on B.C. roads.*

In the last five years, three people have also been killed in impaired driving related crashes on New Year's Eve.**

During the holidays, CounterAttack roadchecks are in full swing across the province to help keep impaired drivers off our roads.

Nothing at all routine about this traffic stop near Sicamous

Police released picture of the marked police cruiser rammed early Monday morning that began a manhunt that led to the arrest of a 35-year-old man. — Photo courtesy RCMP

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said a routine traffic stop turned into a police manhunt after the driver of a vehicle rammed marked police cruiser early Monday (December 28) morning.

Dan Moskaluk said the incident began at 2:30 a.m. Monday during a traffic stop n Old Spallumcheen Road near Sicamous.

"A Sicamous RCMP officer had his marked police cruiser rammed by a vehicle that he had stopped on Old Spallumcheen Rd near Sicamous," Moskaluk explained in a media release.

B.C.'s economy: up, down and sideways

In 2010, B.C. was in ninth place among the provinces for international exports as a percentage of GDP with 24.9 per cent.

'Tis the season of lists and stocking stuffers of economic forecasts.

But instead of soothsaying over what could happen in 2016, a look back at B.C.'s economic performance over the past few years might be more illuminating.

Deciphering economic forecasts is a murky task anyways, not that interpreting statistics is any less risky.

Police incident concludes with Salmon Arm RCMP pulling man out of burning residence

Police incident concludes with Salmon Arm RCMP pulling man out of burning residence

No one was injured after RCMP rescued a man from a burning building Sunday evening at an Eagle Bay area home near Salmon Arm.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in a media release the barricaded man was pulled out of the building by Salmon Arm RCMP officers after he set fire the to the residence.

"Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance at a home in the Eagle Bay area at around 10 p.m. Sunday night (December 20)," Moskaluk explained in the release.

Manitobans give the most in Canada as donations on the decrease

Manitobans give the most in Canada as donations on the decrease

The holiday season is a time to reflect on the value of charity, yet fewer Canadians are donating to registered charities—and those who give are giving less in every province, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2015 Generosity Index, measures donations to registered charities claimed on personal income tax returns in Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories, the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.

No major winning tickets pulled in $60-Million jackpot Lotto Max draw

No major winning tickets pulled in $60-Million jackpot Lotto Max draw

Christmas may be a very special day to someone, or, then again, it may just be a regular special day.

There were no winners in Friday's Lotto Max draw meaning the next chance, on December 25, will have a boat load of prizes up for grabs.

This Friday 35 MaxMillions prizes of $1-million will be up for grabs along with major $60-million cash prize.

This past draw of the 22 MaxMillions prizes of $1-million available, eight of those prizes claimed by single ticket holders.

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