Provincial Government

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart questioning Public Safety Minister Mike Farnsworth in the Legislative Assembly. (video screenshot)

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart calls on government to start using emergency alerts

Tegart pointed out that other provinces have used the system hundreds of times

 

Mink farms are being phased out in B.C. and will be shut down entirely by April 2025. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

BC plans to phase out mink farming industry by 2025

The government is doing this over four years to allow farmers and workers a transition period

 

A group calling itself BC Public Service Employees for Freedom is rejecting the province’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which takes effect Nov. 22. (Black Press Media file photo)

Letter to deputy minister latest step protesting B.C. Public Service vaccine mandate

Nov. 22 the deadline for all B.C. Public Service workers to get vaccinated

 

The CanPac Valour will be laying the cable for the project. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror

3,400 kilometres of cable bringing high-speed internet to B.C. coast

Connected Coast project officially launched in Campbell River

The CanPac Valour will be laying the cable for the project. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 20, 2021. (Submitted)

Chilliwack MLA Kelli Paddon reads powerful words from bullied 11-year-old in BC Legislature

“They said because I am black, I should go kill myself,” Eevah Macdonald wrote

Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 20, 2021. (Submitted)
The BC Public Service Agency building on Blanshard Street in Victoria. Some government employees have sent internal emails criticizing the province for mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by Nov. 22. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

B.C. government employees in hot water for sending anti-vaccine emails

Public service agency taking ‘appropriate follow-up’ to messages sent from government computers

The BC Public Service Agency building on Blanshard Street in Victoria. Some government employees have sent internal emails criticizing the province for mandating COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by Nov. 22. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
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Fraser Valley organizations get government funding to provide skills training

Fourteen groups with ties to Chilliwack are sharing in a $6,784,615 federal/provincial investment

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BC Football Conference teams, including Chilliwack’s Valley Huskers (in black) and Victoria’s Westshore Rebels (in white) are sharing in Amateur Sport League Fund money. (Chilliwack Progress file photo)

Chilliwack Chiefs and Valley Huskers receive COVID relief from provincial government

The Amateur Sport League Fund is distributing $11 million to 72 sports organizations

BC Football Conference teams, including Chilliwack’s Valley Huskers (in black) and Victoria’s Westshore Rebels (in white) are sharing in Amateur Sport League Fund money. (Chilliwack Progress file photo)
Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Rossland, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet and Victoria all have plastic bag bans. (Pixabay.com)

B.C. cities will no longer need provincial approval to launch single-use plastic ban

More than 20 municipalities in B.C. are developing bylaws banning single-use plastics

Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Rossland, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet and Victoria all have plastic bag bans. (Pixabay.com)
Cultus Lake, BC’s largest waterpark, has been helping families make amazing memories for 35 years. (Chilliwack Progress Impress photo)

Provincial government provides COVID relief for Cultus Lake Waterpark

Chilliwack’s West Coast Amusements and First Class Concessions also share in the $36.5 million fund

Cultus Lake, BC’s largest waterpark, has been helping families make amazing memories for 35 years. (Chilliwack Progress Impress photo)
Helicopters fly past the Tremont Creek wildfire as it burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. says expanding emergency alert for wildfires is a priority, but no timeline set

About 4,300 properties were under evacuation orders Thursday due to wildfires

Helicopters fly past the Tremont Creek wildfire as it burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Battle between Penticton and B.C. over homeless shelter officially before the court

The city filed their official petition before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 6

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon is seen during a news conference in Calgary on Sept. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

Alberta revives ‘turn-off-taps’ resources bill that sparked legal row with B.C.

Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon says it’s prudent to have such legislation

Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon is seen during a news conference in Calgary on Sept. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
B.C. homeowners are being urged to take steps to prepare for the possibility of a flood by moving equipment and other assets to higher ground. (J.R. Rardon)

‘Entire province faces risk’: B.C. citizens urged to prepare for above-average spring flooding

Larger-than-normal melting snowpack poses a threat to the province as warmer weather touches down

B.C. homeowners are being urged to take steps to prepare for the possibility of a flood by moving equipment and other assets to higher ground. (J.R. Rardon)
The 10-part Netflix series Maid, which is being exclusively shot in Greater Victoria, was filming near Prospect Lake in Saanich last month. (Photo courtesy Fred Haynes)

Province announces $150,000 towards film studio, fulfilling B.C. NDP promise

Investment to fund movie studio feasibility study at Camosun College

The 10-part Netflix series Maid, which is being exclusively shot in Greater Victoria, was filming near Prospect Lake in Saanich last month. (Photo courtesy Fred Haynes)
Fans of the Indian restaurant Shandhar Hut are excited to have a second location opening soon at the base of Promontory Road, but the project has created a financial burden for the restaurant’s owners at the worst possible time. (Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce photo)

Chilliwack businesses getting financial boost through Circuit Breaker grant

A one-time payment of $10,000 will go to restaurants, bars, breweries, gyms and fitness centres

Fans of the Indian restaurant Shandhar Hut are excited to have a second location opening soon at the base of Promontory Road, but the project has created a financial burden for the restaurant’s owners at the worst possible time. (Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce photo)
The Chilliwack Chiefs and Coquitlam Express will finally play games in early April as the BCHL squeezes in a shortened 20 game season. Just-announced provincial funding may help the junior A league offset financial losses caused by the COVID pandemic. (Darren Francis photo)

Province provides relief funding for amateur sport

The government is directing $15 million to teams/leagues impacted by the COVID pandemic

The Chilliwack Chiefs and Coquitlam Express will finally play games in early April as the BCHL squeezes in a shortened 20 game season. Just-announced provincial funding may help the junior A league offset financial losses caused by the COVID pandemic. (Darren Francis photo)
Construction workers throw a table down from the Hope Station House as they worked to clear the structure out early Friday morning. The work was halted the same day as Hope officials agreed to stop for one week while the Ombudsperson’s office investigated claims brought up by concerned citizens. (Photos/Adam Louis)

Hope Station House granted demolition stay until March 22 as Ombudsperson’s office investigates

Coalition to save the Station House has planned a protest for March 20

Construction workers throw a table down from the Hope Station House as they worked to clear the structure out early Friday morning. The work was halted the same day as Hope officials agreed to stop for one week while the Ombudsperson’s office investigated claims brought up by concerned citizens. (Photos/Adam Louis)
The 2016 National Youth Homelessness Survey — which surveyed 1,103 young people who experience homelessness in 47 communities across Canada — found that 57.8 per cent of youth surveyed reported having some sort of involvement with the child welfare system. (Pixabay)

B.C. extends emergency supports for youth ‘aging-out’ of foster care

Youth will either be able to stay in their placements or receive financial support, Ministry says

The 2016 National Youth Homelessness Survey — which surveyed 1,103 young people who experience homelessness in 47 communities across Canada — found that 57.8 per cent of youth surveyed reported having some sort of involvement with the child welfare system. (Pixabay)
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B.C. dentists argue for COVID-19 vaccine priority after ‘disappointing’ exclusion from plan

Vaccines are essential for dentists as patients cannot wear masks during treatment, argues BCDA

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