Provincial

Great Day for SPCA

The SPCA was a big winner after the government announced an additional $5 million to support o replace or renovate aging shelters, keeping vulnerable animals safe.

The B.C. government announced Tuesday an additional $5 million to support the BC SPCA’s eight-year Facilities Development and Service Plan to replace or renovate aging shelters, keeping vulnerable animals safe.

North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite joined with members of the BC SPCA for the announcement. This $5-million funding announcement will allow the BC SPCA to embark on the initial stages of Phase 2 of its facilities plan, which includes a new Vancouver campus.  

IIO BC called to Salmon Arm following police involved shooting

Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia is in Salmon Arm after man was shot.

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) has been called in to investigate a Salmon Arm police involved shooting.

While all aspects and circumstances around this incident will be subject to independent investigation and verification, police can advise that Monday (January 30) shortly before 12:20 a.m., Salmon Arm RCMP received a complaint of a theft in progress at a local car wash.

Police attended the car wash located in the 2300 block of 10th Avenue SW and located the suspect, a lone male, in one of the wash bays.  

Remember to buy your new BC Parks licence plate

All net proceeds from the sale and ongoing renewals of BC Parks licence plates will be re-invested back into provincial parks through the Park Enhancement Fund.

The public is encouraged to purchase their new BC Parks plates at Autoplan broker offices starting Monday, and show their support for provincial parks through images of a Kermode Bear, Purcell Mountains or scenic Porteau Cove.

In partnership with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, the specialty licence plates were unveiled by Environment Minister Mary Polak and Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone in Vancouver earlier this month.

OP/ED: Spending is to blame for Alberta's $10.8 billion deficit

This year’s deficit is expected to top $10.8 billion.

The Alberta government could have posted a small budget surplus this year if successive governments had kept program spending increases in line with population growth and inflation, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

But Alberta’s new government is continuing its predecessors’ trend of rapid spending increases, which has seen nearly uninterrupted deficits in the province since 2008/2009 — even during years when oil prices were at historic highs.

B.C.’s tourism sector sees spike in visitors

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show that from January to November 2016, a total of 5,143,414 international visitors arrived in B.C. to date last year, for an increase of 546,632 over 2015.

In the first 11 months of 2016, more than 5.1 million international visitors arrived in British Columbia, a 12.2% increase over the same time frame in 2015.

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show that from January to November 2016, a total of 5,143,414 international visitors arrived in B.C. to date last year, for an increase of 546,632 over 2015. The same visitor numbers show in November 2016, a 13.1% increase in international visitor arrivals over November 2015, showing a total of 31,675 more visitors. 

Canada’s inadequate patent protections for pharmaceuticals hampering innovation and economic growth

Both the U.S. and European Union provide a patent restoration term of up to five years beyond a patent’s 20 year life.

Strengthening protections of intellectual property rights for pharmaceutical drugs would encourage innovation of new medicines, create high-skilled jobs and grow the economy, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Credit unions to keep special tax status one more year

According to Finance Minister Michael de Jong the change will be introduced Feb. 21 as part of Balanced Budget 2017.

B.C. credit unions will keep their preferential tax advantage a little longer as the provincial government intends to pause for one year the phase-out of the tax advantage credit unions have enjoyed.

The change will be introduced Feb. 21 as part of Balanced Budget 2017, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced Tuesday.

Tim Jones Peak commemorates search and rescue leader

Jones died in January 2014 at the age of 57 years while hiking on Mount Seymour with his daughter and his beloved husky.

A peak in the North Shore Mountains is being named in honour of a long-time leader of British Columbia’s search and rescue community and commemorates his work as an advocate for backcountry safety.

Tim Jones Peak is located on Mount Seymour in the North Shore Mountains and previously was known locally as Second Pump Peak, although that name was never officially adopted. The 1,425-metre peak is within the boundaries of Mount Seymour Provincial Park. 

New modern liquor laws create new opportunities

Regulations come into force Monday, January 23.

An updated Liquor Control and Licencing Act and regulation come into force Monday, January 23, that will create new opportunities for businesses, increase convenience for consumers and enhance the Province’s commitment to social responsibility.

“We’ve come a long way since we first began the process of updating B.C.’s antiquated liquor laws," said said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch.

Bernie Sanders' style grassroots fundraising it's not

In a statement, the Liberal party reported that individual donors had outnumbered its corporate donors by a four-to-one margin in 2016.

Mere hours before the New York Times went to press with its look at the B.C. Liberal party's ethical scorecard, the party chose to get its 2016 fundraising results out ahead of the storm.

One last chance at political counter-spin and what a marvel of spin it was. U.S. Republican party strategist Karl Rove would have been proud.

In a statement released on Friday, the Liberal party reported that individual donors had outnumbered its corporate donors by a four-to-one margin in 2016, with 9,324 individuals and 1,876 corporations making donations.

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