Provincial

A bit of unfinished business

There a few things the government needs to clear up before the election May 9.

Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but 2017 is an election year in British Columbia.

On the presumption they're not the same thing, government and election ads should be over by the Stanley Cup semi-finals.

There's a bit of unfinished business, the B.C. government could attend to in the meantime, though.

Just as there are debt clocks to track the growth in public debt, perhaps there should be a “not forthcoming clock” to track the amount of time it takes for the government to come clean on the 2012 health ministry firings.

Strategy putting B.C. foods on the global menu

The guide represents B.C.’s diverse agri-food and seafood sector, and includes profiles of about 100 B.C. producers.

A new international market development strategy is the latest item on the menu offering B.C.’s agrifood and seafood products to the world. The strategy aims to build on the record $3.5 billion worth of B.C. products exported in 2015.

The strategy focuses on providing programs and services that support three key areas: market knowledge, generating investment, and building networks, that collectively support success for B.C. companies in the marketplace.

Avoid these distracted driving excuses and save $543

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris says still no excuse to dial or text at the wheel.

With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, most of us have bills to pay and don’t need another.

That’s why, as a 32-year-cop-turned-solicitor general, I’d like to share some information that may help you to save yourself at least $543 in penalties – not to mention a trip to a body shop, the hospital or worse.

Steady growth continues for B.C.’s tourism sector

Improved air access connecting B.C. to Australia, China, Mexico and the United Kingdom have contributed to this growth.

In the first 10 months of 2016, nearly 4.9 million international visitors came to British Columbia.

The latest international overnight visitor numbers from Statistics Canada from January to October 2016 indicate a 12.2% increase over the same 10-month period last year, which translates to 531,431 more visitors to the province.

Month-over-month statistics show a 12.1% increase in October 2016 over October 2015. Other notable increases from key markets include:

Advice for BC's Political Parties

A little advice for B.C.'s political parties to consider in their on-going quest for self-improvement.

2016 is almost a wrap and – safe to say – one for the books.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, though, it's time for a few New Year's resolutions for B.C.'s political parties to consider in their on-going quest for self-improvement.

1.   Anticipate more, scramble less

A line from Carly Simon's Anticipation sums this one up: “We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway.”

Give the Gift that Keeps On Giving — register as an organ donor

British Columbians can register online using a computer or mobile device: www.transplant.bc.ca

The B.C. government is urging all British Columbians to get in the holiday spirit and consider giving the greatest gift of all – the gift of life – by registering as an organ donor.

Since Service BC and BC Transplant launched their unique awareness partnership in April 2015, 30,485 new donors have registered through Service BC.

Between April and September of this year, almost 12,000 new registrations were received through Service BC, more than tripling the number over the same period in 2015.

Changes to camping reservation system take effect in January

The province is hoping changes to Discover Camping Reservation Service will making booking a site easier.

With the 2017 camping season just around the corner, those looking to experience BC Parks are reminded to become familiar with new changes to the Discover Camping Reservation Service.

The Province announced significant changes to the Discover Camping Reservation Service in November 2016, to enhance fair access for everyone looking to book a campsite in B.C.’s world-renowned provincial parks.

 These changes take effect on Jan. 2, 2017, and include:

Illicit drug death numbers hit new record

From left, Dr. Perry Kendall, Provincial Health Officer; Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe; Clayton Pecknold, Director of Police Services release the latest information regarding illicit drug deaths in B.C. during a media conference Monday. — Photo courtesy BC Government

The month of November brought the highest number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. for a single month in recent memory, according to the latest statistics from the BC Coroners Service.

Provisional data shows that a total of 128 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during November, an average of more than four a day. The previous high for a single month was 82 in January, 2016.

The November numbers bring the total illicit drug deaths for the year to 755, an increase of 70.4% over the number of deaths occurring the same time period last year.

Revelstoke RCMP rescue injured bald eagle

Revelstoke RCMP rescue injured bald eagle

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Dec. 16, the Revelstoke RCMP were informed of an injured bald eagle near the Illecillewaet River and Simpson Street. Upon arrival, locals Dorn Crowe and Terry Duncan were attempting to apprehend the eagle, who later became known as Illy. The bald eagle appeared to be suffering from a damaged wing.

Wilderness preparedness and safety tips

Anyone who makes the decision to go into the backcountry must be able to take care of themselves and their companions.

British Columbia is full of opportunities and unforgettable recreational experiences. But to safely enjoy this province, everyone venturing out into the wilderness has the responsibility of adequately preparing for the trip.

As the number of people in the wilderness has increased in recent years, so have the number of search and rescue operations undertaken by volunteers. Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is encouraging all outdoor enthusiasts to make good decisions in order to stay safe.

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