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$12 million in funding to explore B.C.’s potential

With a $12-million investment from the Province, Geoscience BC can continue to provide new data to help companies and prospectors explore the potential to find mineral and oil and gas resources, leading to jobs and economic diversification.One new major metal mine in B.C. could create a $20-million to $50-million payroll and...

Free support set up for BC smokers to help them quit

Nicotine replacement therapies will be available to all British Columbian smokers at no cost and smoking cessation prescription drugs will be covered under PharmaCare. Starting Sept. 30, British Columbians will have the choice of either nicotine gum or patches to help quit tobacco with a free supply for up to 12 weeks, or...

Liberals’ ‘credibility’ soiled by new study on HST: Mungall

After a government-appointed panel released a report on the impacts of the HST, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall is disturbed at the discrepancies between the results and the promises made by BC Liberals. Although the BC Liberals assured that the harmonized sales tax would create over 100,000 jobs and economic growth in ...

Mining industry surges forward in 2011

B.C.’s $7-billion mining industry is reason to celebrate Mining Week, May 8-14, with employment, revenue, exports, production and prices all up over the previous year and on the rise. The province has eight metal mines and 10 coal mines in operation, as well as more than 30 industrial minerals mines and over 650 aggregate...

Civil Forfeiture Amendment Act pursued by Province

Small amounts of cash and property associated with “unlawful activity” could be quickly seized by the provincial government if an amendment to the Civil Forfeiture Act passes.If passed, Bill 6 - The Civil Forfeiture Amendment Act would make BC the first province to establish “administrative forfeiture.” This process applies...

Clark declares free parking in BC Parks

Premier Christy Clark has fulfilled one of the campaign promises made during her race for the B.C. Liberal leadership, announcing Tuesday that parking is now free in all BC provincial parks. The parking meters are coming out and parking will be free, effective immediately, so that British Columbia’s parks are even more welcoming...

Province takes firm stand against mud bogging

Ripping around in the bush and harming Crown land on an ORV (Off-road Vehicle) might seem like recreation to some people, but in B.C. it is a crime. As the weather improves and camping season starts to get underway, more people will head out to responsibly enjoy the forests and range lands for recreational purposes. Unfortunately,...

Craigslist employment scams targeting people in BC

Online job searches are convenient, reach a wide audience quickly, and are often free. Unfortunately, the BC RCMP Federal Commercial Crime Section (CCS) needs to warn you about a growing problem with “online jobs” linked to the production and distribution of fraudulent cheques targeting victims across Canada and the United ...

Public engagement on HST policy announced

The Provincial government is launching a public engagement process to consider options to improve the Harmonized Sales Tax.The Talking Taxes public engagement provides a timely and important opportunity for government to listen to the public and help determine what improvements may be made to the HST. Talking Taxes events...

Win a free energy makeover for your business

By Nina Winham Bring on your flickering fluorescents. Unload your overburdened outlets. Confess your energy offenses. If you're a great candidate for an "energy makeover," BC Hydro wants you. Right now, small-to-medium sized businesses and non-profits can apply to be the next Energy Fix makeover candidate. That means an...

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