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Actions protect people, B.C. communities this respiratory illness season

The Province and public-health officials are taking actions to continue protecting people, communities and the health-care system this fall and are encouraging people in B.C. aged six months and older to get their COVID-19 and influenza vaccines. “An increase in hospital visits with the fall respiratory illness season requires measures to ensure our acute care […]

Input from sheriffs to strengthen access to court services

B.C.’s justice system will be strengthened by the B.C. Sheriff Service’s (BCSS) comprehensive plan to support sheriffs and make sure people have consistent, safer access to court services. “The work sheriffs do is critical to ensure people have access to courtroom services,” said Niki Sharma, Attorney General. “With law-enforcement agencies across the country experiencing recruitment […]

RCMP responds to helicopter crash east of Prince George

Prince George RCMP confirm two people have died in a helicopter crash shortly before 7:45 a.m. near Purden Ski Hill, which is located approximately 60 kilometers east of the B.C. Interior city. “There was a total of six people on board the aircraft at the time of the incident; regrettably, two of the individuals did […]

BC Minister makes statement on lives lost to poisoned drugs in August

Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, has released the following statement regarding the BC Coroners Service report on illicit drug toxicity deaths in August: “Today’s BC Coroners Service report for August 2023 tells a story we have heard too often. We are not just talking about numbers, we are talking about people. We’ve […]

Coastal GasLink project fined more than $340,000 for non-compliance

The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has issued two administrative penalties totalling $346,000 to Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. (CGL) on Sept. 19, 2023, for non-compliance with requirements of its environmental assessment certificate. One penalty of $340,000 concerned deficiencies with erosion and sediment control measures identified by compliance and enforcement officers during four multi-day inspections along the pipeline […]

BC SPCA seizes 30 Dachshunds from terrible living conditions in the Okanagan

The BC SPCA said officials seized 30 Dachshund dogs from an Okanagan breeder, ranging in age from four months to five years of age. The BC SPCA said the dogs were found to have dental disease, overgrown nails, exposure to high ammonia levels and were living in unsanitary conditions and were kept in small crates; […]

Four BC Wildfire contractors killed in head-on crash

RCMP said four BC Wildfire Service sub-contractors died in a traffic accident early Wednesday morning on Highway 1, near Walhachin, BC. RCMP said emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision accident at approximately 2 a.m.,  1 kilometer west of Juniper Beach Provincial Park. Police said that the initial investigation determined the pick-up truck failed to […]

Op/Ed: Driving at work is dangerous, we can make it safer

By Trace Acres Here’s something that may surprise you: Driving may be the most dangerous thing most of us do in our job, even if we do it just once in a while. Don’t think you drive at work? You may need to think again. Sure, you may not be a courier or delivery person […]

Op/Ed: From Executive Director, Columbia River Treaty, and B.C. lead, Canadian Negotiation Delegation

As British Columbia’s lead in negotiations with the United States to modernize the Columbia River Treaty, I would like to comment on the difficult conditions in the Arrow Lakes Reservoir this year. My perspective comes from having lived in the West Kootenay for 10 years, assuming several provincial environmental roles in the region and, for […]

State of emergency for BC ends, fire response continues

Based on advice from emergency management and wildfire officials, British Columbia’s provincial state of emergency will expire at the end of the day on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. The work of firefighters from B.C., Canada and abroad, as well as wildfire risk diminishing in much of the Province as temperatures cool, has led to many […]

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