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B.C.-based Paralympians headed to Rio

B.C.-based Paralympians headed to Rio

British Columbia will be sending another strong contingent of athletes to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with more than a quarter of the team hailing from this province.

Of the 162 athletes representing Team Canada, 44 of them either live or train in British Columbia. These Paralympians hail from 20 geographic regions throughout the province and will be participating in 14 events, with the majority competing in wheelchair rugby, rowing and athletics.

B.C.’s new curriculum

Tuesday was the start of the second year of a three-year process of phasing in the new curriculum.

The world is changing and parents expect their kids to be taught the skills they need to succeed in that changing world.

That’s why, for the past few years, the Ministry of Education has partnered with teachers and education experts to develop a new curriculum that will make sure British Columbia’s students and education system remains a global leader.

Revelstoke RCMP seeking public assistance to identify deceased male

The man used a blue "Super-Cycle bicycle” with a front basket with a rear fender to support additional items, such as in his case, camping gear. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Revelstoke RCMP is seeking public assistance in establishing the identity of a deceased adult male, whose body was discovered by sight-seers on Friday August 26, in a forested area along Highway 1.

RCMP Cpl. Thomas Blakney said in a media release on (Friday) August 26, shortly after 4 p.m., police received a report from a group of sight-seers, of the discovery of the body of an adult male at a makeshift campsite.

Car crashes up? Not so fast

ICBC applying for basic rate increase of 4.9 per cent. Which is vastly different story lines among Canada's four public auto insurers.

It's here somewhere.

Licence, car registration fees to drop 35 per cent in 2016. No, that's Quebec.

Average passenger vehicle owner would pay an additional $17 a year in premiums. Nope, that's Manitoba.

Auto Fund rate stabilization reserve hits $377 million – highest ever, $65 million profit in 2015. No, that's Saskatchewan.

Here it is: ICBC applying for basic rate increase of 4.9 per cent.
Vastly different story lines among Canada's four public auto insurers.

Legislation in effect to regulate e-cigarettes

The act, as amended, requires retailers to ensure e-cigarettes are sold only to adults aged 19 years and older, and to ensure that no retail displays are seen by youth.

Laws around the sale, promotion and use of e-cigarettes are now in effect.

The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act is designed to protect youth from the unknown effects of e-cigarette vapour and from becoming addicted to nicotine, which is why it treats e-cigarette use exactly the same as tobacco, with the same bans and restrictions.

There are no restrictions on adults buying e-cigarettes.

The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act was introduced as an amendment in spring 2015 to help stop the growing use of e-cigarettes by young people in British Columbia.

BC Coroners Service reminds boaters to wear PFDs

The best way to enjoy being on the water is wearing a personal flotation device.

As the fina long weekend of the summer approaches, the BC Coroners Service is urging residents and visitors to stay safe when boating.

The need for all persons in small vessels to wear a properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD) is highlighted by two cases reported to the BC Coroners Service this week.

Both persons were in small boats. In one case, the person fell overboard. In the other, the boat capsized. Neither person was wearing a PFD. Neither survived.

Joint task force statement on International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day has never before been more relevant.

Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall and director of police services Clayton Pecknold released the following statement in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31, 2016.

“With the unprecedented number of overdoses we are seeing across the country, International Overdose Awareness Day has never before been more relevant.

UPDATED: Tentative deal reached in postal labour dispute

The mail will continue to move after a tentative deal was reached Tuesday. — The Nelson Daily photo

A tentative deal has been reach between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers averting job action by the union.

"We can't give details of the agreements at this time, but we're pleased that our members don't have to resort to taking job action," Mike Palecek, national president of CUPW said in a statement.

The tentative agreements, reached in the early hours of Tuesday morning, must still be ratified by more than 50,000 postal workers across the country before they become new contracts.

A few common sense tips for bear safety

The public is urged to be bear smart — never approach a bear and do not run as bears can move very quickly.

Bear calls have been keeping Conservation Officers running for much of the past few weeks as a lackluster berry crop appears to have driven the annimals down to fruit trees in and around the communities of the West Kootenay.

Bears everywhere are out searching for available food sources as they fuel up for the winter months.

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure bears don’t have to be destroyed for public safety.

What can YOU do in urban areas?

ICBC applies for rate hike to deal with escalation of vehicle crashes

ICBC is filing an application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission, August 25 to ask for the 4.9-per cent rate hike, effective November 1.

The Insurance Corporation of BC is seeking a rate increase of $3.50 per month for basic coverage due to an escalation in the number of crashes, the number of claims being filed and the cost of settling those claims.

The increase was announced in a media release by ICBC Thursday.

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