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Canadians challenged by an increasingly complex tax system

Canadians challenged by an increasingly complex tax system

by The Fraser Institute

WildSafeBC funding should help reduce human-wildlife conflict

Bear-resistant bins can stop bears from turning into garbage eaters.

To help reduce the number of human-wildlife conflicts, which some are potentially dangerous situations, the Province is awarding WildSafeBC $275,000 to provide education and increase awareness in communities.

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, British Columbians are spending more time outdoors, increasing the chances of human-wildlife conflict.

Updated: False bomb threat shuts down Coquitlam school

Updated: False bomb threat shuts down Coquitlam school

The precautionary lockdown implemented at Scott Creek Middle School this morning has been lifted. Shortly after 8 a.m. this morning, the Coquitlam RCMP received an anonymous phone call claiming there was a bomb at Scott Creek Middle School. The RCMP immediately deployed its full resources to the school to ensure the safety of students, parents and school staff.

Staff and students who were at the school were evacuated and remained under the care of school staff. Parents whose children were not yet at school were advised to keep their children at home until further notice.

Civic Elections Hazardous to Municipal CAOs

Civic Elections Hazardous to Municipal CAOs

Local elections across B.C. were supposed to be buried and done with last November, but some of the fallout from a few races is still coming home to roost and there are a few lessons to learn from it.

The top ones? Local elections are a perilous time to be a chief administrative officer (CAO), the passing the buck saga continues unabated and whoever knew that basic math could be so difficult.

BC government told multi-billion dollar resource road network an asset and a liability

BC government told multi-billion dollar resource road network an asset and a liability

In a new report on the state of access management, the Forest Practices Board estimates that B.C. now has over 600,000 kilometres of resource roads and concludes that the provincial government's information about and management of these roads remains inadequate.

"It is extremely difficult for the public and other users of resource roads to have any reliable idea of where roads are and whether they are accessible or safe for travel," said board chair Tim Ryan.

50 cops undertake massive ground search for missing Comox woman

50 cops undertake massive ground search for missing Comox woman

Police continue to investigate the disappearance of Julia Strobach, who was last seen in Courtenay, BC, on Oct. 31, 2013, then 27 years old. Investigators have confirmed the last sighting of Julia was in the 1000 block of Braidwood Road, Courtenay, in the early evening hours.

NDP turns up heat on federal government to reverse Coast Guard cuts

Kitsilano Coast Guard base in Vancouver.

New Democrat MPs and candidates have commenced a campaign to reverse the decision by Prime Minister Stephen Harper government’s cuts to BC Coast Guard services.

In a party release, NDP Fisheries and Oceans deputy critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam) calls on the Harper government to re-open the Kitsilano Coast Guard base in Vancouver after an April 8 oil spill from the Marathassa, a grain-carrying cargo ship anchored in Burrard Inlet, leaked approximately 3,000 litres of toxic bunker fuel into local waters

Police continue to grapple with gang turf wars in Surrey/Delta

Police continue to grapple with gang turf wars in Surrey/Delta

Today the Surrey RCMP, RCMP Lower Mainland District and the City of Surrey announced the creation of a tip line dedicated to gathering information about the shootings that have occurred in Surrey and Delta over the past six weeks. The tip line is 604-915-6566 and will be monitored 24/7.

B.C. grants $1.7 million to fight invasive plants

B.C. grants $1.7 million to fight invasive plants

The B.C. government is distributing over $1.7 million in new grants to help control the spread of invasive plants in the province, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson recently announced.

The 29 grants will be given to regional invasive species committees, local governments and the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia to support their activities and the goals of the provincial Invasive Plant Program.

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of victims of B.C. plane crash

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of victims of B.C. plane crash

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of two persons who died following an air crash on Monday (April 13) as Robert Brandt, aged 34, and Kevin Wang, aged 32, both residents of the Vancouver area.

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