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Paving the way for large personal income tax cuts in Canada

Paving the way for large personal income tax cuts in Canada

Large-scale personal income tax cuts could provide relief for working Canadians and lay the foundation for long-term economic growth, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The current debate about tax relief in Ottawa has focused primarily on the size of future budget surpluses, but policy-makers should think big and consider sweeping tax reform to lower the tax burden on Canadians and bolster the economy,” said Niels Veldhuis, president of the Fraser Institute.

Whistler RCMP locate bodies of missing ice climbers

Whistler RCMP locate bodies of missing ice climbers

Whistler RCMP in coordination with Pemberton Search and Rescue have located the bodies of three ice climbers who were reported missing earlier Monday. 

A search was started at first light for the ice climbers who had been reported during the night.  

“Shortly after the search started three bodies were located approximately 300 meters below the main colour at Joffre peak," RCMP Sgt. Rob Knapton said in a media release.

Sport in BC receives boost from government

Total funding of $52,695 to 32 programs will buy equipment, as well as train leaders, officials or coaches, and teach participants sport skills.

A new round of grants under the BC Sport Participation Program will provide thousands of British Columbians with new opportunities to participate in and enjoy the benefits of sport through the Local Sport Development, Girls Only and Forever Active Bodies 55+ programs, announced Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

No Lotto Max Winners, $50 Million up for grabs Friday

No Lotto Max Winners, $50 Million up for grabs Friday

Don't worry about checking those Lotto Max tickets as there was no winning tickets sold in in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw with a $50-million jackpot.

However, of the two MaxMillions prizes of $1-million each up for grabs, and a winning ticket for one of those prizes was sold somewhere in British Columbia.

The jackpot for next Friday’s Lotto Max will stay at $50-million, but there will be 11 MaxMillions prizes available.

The unofficial winning numbers for Friday's draw were 3, 7, 12, 18, 31, 33 and 35 with the bonus 26.

BC hockey dad handed conditional discharge for threatening player

BC hockey dad handed conditional discharge for threatening player

A BC hockey dad has been sentenced to a conditional discharge with 12 months probation for threatening a nine-year-old player on his son's hockey team.

The incident allegedly happened in the dressing room at the Karen Magnussen Arena after the boys' Atom 3 team lost a playoff game in February, according to the RCMP.

Terry Litt, 57, pleaded guilty to uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm to his son Jordan's teammate Rocky Bhala and was sentenced Thursday.

RCMP issue warning after drug overdoses in Vernon

RCMP issue warning after drug overdoses in Vernon

Vernon RCMP have issued a warning to street users there may be a bad batch of drugs circulating in the North Okanagan City.

This warning comes after a number of drug overdoses over the past week.

According to spokesman, Gord Molendyk, two people have died and four others have been admitted to hospital since December 30 — a 49-year-old man, who was known to use drugs, reportedly died of asphyxiation and a 29-year-old man found deceased in bed with drug paraphernalia next to him.

The  BC Coroners office is investigating both deaths.

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake reported near Tofino

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake reported near Tofino

The US Geological Survey is reporting earthquake with a magnitude 4.8 occurred18 kilometers east of Tofino on Vancouver Island.

Courtney, Campbell River and Qualicum Beach residents are reported beds shaking and dishes rattling in their cupboards.

The USGS is saying residents should expect aftershocks.

"These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake," the USGS said on its website.

More seats in 2014 mean more trades careers in 2015

More seats in 2014 mean more trades careers in 2015

In 2014, as part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, the Province invested $6.8 million to fund an additional 1,424 critical trades seats at 14 public post-secondary institutions throughout B.C.

In 2015, these new critical trades seats will be coming online, making it even easier for individuals to get the training for in-demand jobs.

“A number of important changes were introduced last year to the post-secondary education system as part of B.C.’s Blueprint," said Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson.

Another year of hardship for taxpayers says CTF

Another year of hardship for taxpayers says CTF

British Columbians face a number of tax and fee increases in 2015, courtesy of three levels of government, says the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF).

“It will be another expensive year for taxpayers, as we hand over more money to government,” Jordan Bateman, B.C. Director for the CTF said in a release published on the CTF website.

“With MSP, EI, CPP, BC Hydro, ICBC and BC Ferries all going up, it’s no wonder why ‘B.C.’ is joked to be short for ‘Bring Cash’.”

Among the tax and levy increases coming in 2015:

Lotto Max jackpot jumps to $50 million

Lotto Max jackpot jumps to $50 million

It would have been a great, late Christmas present.

However,  there was no winning ticket for the Friday, January 2, $40-millionjackpot in the Lotto Max draw.

The result means next Friday’s draw on January  9 will be a whopping $50 million.

There will also be two MaxMillions prizes of $1 million each up for grabs.

Friday's numbers were: 8, 9, 14, 19, 21, 31 and 46 with a bonus number 48.

Wednesday, Lotto 649 has also increased to $20 Million, along with one $1 million draw prize.

 

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