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Earth Hour trumps 2010 savings by two times

By turning off the lights for one hour between 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, British Columbians saved 117 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by 1.8 per cent during Earth Hour — almost twice as much as in 2010. Power saved during Earth Hour was the equivalent of turning off about 7.8...

B.C. government to hold earlier HST vote under Referendum Act

British Columbians will have an earlier vote on the HST than previously scheduled and it will be conducted under the authority of the Referendum Act. The Referendum Act ensures a simple majority vote will determine the outcome of the referendum. Further details on the referendum will be finalized by an order-in-council, but...

BC Hydro rate increases not as high as expected: Coleman

The planned BC Hydro rate increases over the next few years won't be as high as expected, according to the province’s Energy Minister. When the increases were first announced earlier this year, BC Hydro had said rates could soar by 10 per cent in each of the next three years. The company has embarked on a $6-billion plan to...

Gaming grant money to be returned to community groups: Clark

More than 2,000 non-profit community groups across BC will see part of $15 million in new grant funding restored to them, the province’s premier announced Thursday. Christy Clark said the restoration of funding will bring over 500 organizations back up to historical funding levels, including youth arts and culture groups;...

New HIV cases drop among those who use injection drugs

New cases of HIV among people who use drugs by injection (IDU) in BC continue to decline. According to a new report released Thursday by the provincial health officer, entitled Decreasing HIV Infections Among People Who Use Drugs by Injection in BC, there are a number of factors that contributed to the decrease in new HIV...

Nothing to fear from radiation in BC

Although small levels of radiation from Japan that have made their way over to the west coast of North America, there are no health risks to British Columbians due to radiation from the Japanese nuclear power plant, says the province’s health officer. Dr. Perry Kendall said Wednesday people do not need to worry about any...

Safeway, Canada Post warn of scams

A phone scam cropping up in Western Canada and in Nelson is targeting Safeway Club Card holders, according to a press release issued by the grocery chain Friday. Safeway has said people in BC and Alberta have been receiving calls from either automated or live callers claiming to represent the company, trying to get their...

Premier announces increase to minimum wage

After years of debate and hesitation, the province’s minimum wage is finally going up. Premier Christy Clark announced late Wednesday British Columbia’s minimum wage will increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012, and the training wage will be eliminated. “This increase could mean more than $4,000 additional dollars...

People stock up on potassium iodide as nuclear scare nears in BC

The Canadian Press British Columbians spooked by ongoing explosions at Japan's quake-damaged nuclear plants are making a run on pharmacies, hoping to boost immunity to any potential radiation drift. But the provincial government, health officials and pharmacists themselves are encouraging people to stand down from stockpiling...

Premier Christy Clark announces cabinet

Premier Christy Clark today announced a new, smaller cabinet focused on creating jobs and changing the way British Columbians engage with their government. “Together, we will focus on creating jobs and building a strong economy because that is the single most important thing we can do to support families and ensure we can...

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