B.C. Human Rights Code to include explicit protection for gender identity, expression

Hon. Suzanne Anton, BC Attorney General and Minister of Justice

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton introduced legislation Monday to make B.C.'s Human Rights Code more explicit in the protections it affords transgender persons in British Columbia.

Bill 27, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2016, was passed to include "gender identity or expression" among the protected grounds covered by the code. Prior to the change, transgender individuals were protected under the code's protected grounds of "sex", as interpreted by B.C.'s Human Rights Tribunal and the courts.

Joint task force mobilized to scale up overdose response

Premier Christy Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake explained the importance of the Joint Task Force on Overdose Response. — Submitted photo

British Columbia is experiencing an unprecedented rise in overdoses.

In response to this, Premier Christy Clark announced a newly formed Joint Task Force on Overdose Response headed by provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall and Clayton Pecknold, director of police services.

Other members are still being determined but will include representatives from BC Centre of Disease Control and the ministries of Health and Public Safety.

CBC's Steve Armitage steps down from Rio 2016 Summer Games broadcast team

Veteran CBC Sports broadcaster Steve Armitage will be missing when CBC's coverage in Brazil begins August 5.

When the 2016 Summer Olympics open next week in Rio, there will be a familiar face missing on CBC Sports coverage.

Veteran CBC Sports broadcaster Steve Armitage will not travel to Brazil as a member of CBC’s broadcast team due to a recent diagnosis of chronic heart failure.

A staple of CBC’s Olympic Games broadcasts for decades and a familiar voice to sports fans across Canada, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games were to be Armitage’s 16th as a broadcaster.

“I am not going to Rio for the Games because I have no other choice," Armitage said.

Op/Ed: The LNG dream remains in the spin cycle

The Liberals continue to trumpt the benefits LNG to B.C.

It seems like only yesterday that British Columbians were being told that the province was on the cusp of LNG riches. In fact, it almost was.

Last October, Finance Minister Mike de Jong predicted: “We are poised to see the final steps taken. Every step of the way, there have been detractors and naysayers and people who have dismissed the opportunities.”

Those final steps hit a speed bump last Friday when the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission nixed NextEra Energy’s proposed $4.3 billion purchase of Hawaiian Electric Industries.

Children’s success in schools tied to teachers’ wellbeing

Sabre Cherkowski, Assist. Professor at the University of British Columbia/Okanagan in Kelowna, said education is key to the continued success of our society.

In an article published in the Journal of Educational Administration, Assist. Prof. Sabre Cherkowski said the ability of public schools to teach students in an innovative and relevant way starts with an education systems that looks after the wellbeing of its teachers.

It's about time B.C. wineries catch a break in selling product

This new partnership will make it easier for customers in Canada’s two largest provinces to enjoy B.C. wine.

British Columbia’s new interprovincial trade agreement with Ontario and Quebec will cut red tape for B.C. wineries and increase market access for the world renowned wines produced throughout the province.

Building on the success of previous agreements with Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia, this new partnership will make it easier for customers in Canada’s two largest provinces to enjoy B.C. wine, while increasing consumer awareness of made-in-B.C. products across the country.

Let's clear up the confusion between dietitians and nutritionists

Fern Hubbard Registrar, College of Dietitians of British Columbia says only dietitians are uniquely and rigorously trained to provide nutrition care across the entire continuum of health – from staying healthy, getting better, living with illness or disability, to coping with end of life.

Dietitians and nutritionists both focus on diet and nutrition to improve wellness and address health conditions.  But, when trying to choose between a dietitian and a nutritionist, know that there are important differences in their qualifications, scope of expertise and legal requirements as practitioners.

The public may assume that dietitians and nutritionists are one and the same; but in British Columbia nutritionist is not a regulated health profession.

What does that mean?

Sierra Club, environmentalist Josette Wier file judicial review against unlawful Site C approvals

An artist drawing of the Site C Dam project.

Sierra Club BC and environmentalist Josette Wier filed a petition for judicial review today in the Supreme Court of British Columbia seeking a declaration that the Province unlawfully authorized BC Hydro to remove amphibians from their habitat along the Peace River knowing that the Province lacked the legislative authority to do so.

The Sierra Club and Wier hope tiny tadpole can provide be the basis of stopping a massive hydroelectric project in northeastern British Columbia.

Vernon RCMP raid grow ops for unlawful production of a controlled substance

RCMP conduct a pair of searches on grow-ops believed to have ties to organized crime.

RCMP in the North Okanagan raided two licenced grow-ops Wednesday believed to have ties to organized crime.

Vernon/North Okanagan Regional RCMP executed the two search warrants early Wednesday morning in the Vernon area.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in a media release it is alleged that although licenced, the grow-operations were being operated for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance and production for the purpose of trafficking.

Governments of Canada and British Columbia unveil details of BC Transit projects

Premier Christy Clark was in Kelowna Tuesday to unveil details Tuesday for projects totalling almost $160 million in federal and provincial funding for BC Transit projects.

The face of transit in BC is changing for the better after governments of Canada and British Columbia joined forces to unveiled details Tuesday for projects totalling almost $160 million in federal and provincial funding for BC Transit projects.

Premier Christy Clark and Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities made the announcement Tuesday in Kelowna.

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