Provincial

Students vote in NDP by wide margin

More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 B.C. election.

If students voted in Tuesday’s BC Election, the NDP would be looking for space for all its members after the party garnered 60 seats in the Student Vote program.

The NDP won 60 seats to 14 for the Green Party and 12 for the BC Liberals.

There was one Independent candidate elected.

"More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 B.C. election,” said Dan Allan Director of Contentfor CIVIX Canada in a media release Tuesday.

BC Election 'too close to call'

The poll, which concluded Saturday May 6th, has the NDP (40%) and Liberals (39%) in a statistical dead heat among decided voters.

A new Ipsos poll conducted using a dual online and phone methodology reveals an election that remains tight and too close to call.

The poll, which concluded Saturday May 6th, has the NDP (40%) and Liberals (39%) in a statistical dead heat among decided voters. The Green Party has 17% support, while 4% support other parties. These results exclude the 16% of British Columbians who are undecided or express no preference.

UPDATED: RCMP release name of man buried in landslide

UPDATED: RCMP release name of man buried in landslide

RCMP have identified the man who is missing and presumed dead after a landslide at Tappen, near Salmon Arm Saturday as 76-year-old Roy Frederick Sharp.

Police said Sharp was last seen inside his home along Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road.

That area was hit by a mudslide early Saturday.

According to RCMP, search crews have been on site throughout the weekend but have been unable to locate Sharp.

RCMP confirm Tappen senior missing following mudslide

A Dam Big Problem: unauthorized dams built for Petronas

One example of an unauthorized dam in northeastern BC

By Ben Parfitt.  This article is from DeSmog  Canada.

A subsidiary of Petronas, the Malaysian state-owned petro giant courted by the B.C. government, has built at least 16 unauthorized dams in northern B.C. to trap hundreds of millions of gallons of water used in its controversial fracking operations.

Share the roads with motorcycles

Warmer weather promises to bring out the motorcycle riders on roads in the Southern Interior.

ICBC (Insurance Corporation of BC) said sixty per cent of motorcycle crashes in B.C. involve other vehicles.

Which why police and ICBC are urging everyone to share the roads safely with motorcycles and yield the right-of-way at intersections.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and, with warmer weather upon us, more riders will be hitting the road. It's important that both drivers and riders practice safe driving to keep our communities safer.

Riches beyond any party's wildest dreams

The B.C. Liberals raised $13.1 million while the  B.C. NDP raised $6.2 million and B.C. Green party came in at $754,988.

Earlier this month the 2016 donation numbers for B.C.'s political parties were filed with Elections B.C. and, not unexpectedly, it was another bumper crop for the B.C. Liberals. 

The party raised $13.1 million, more than any other provincial party in Canada and $4.8 million more than the federal NDP and Green party combined. 

The B.C. NDP raised $6.2 million – $791,469 more than its federal counterpart – and the B.C. Green party came in at $754,988.

Poll indicates children's health may become platform issue in provincial election

Poll indicates children's health may become platform issue in provincial election

Today, BC Healthy Living Alliance is releasing results from their Health Priorities Survey which shows that 80% of residents in the Interior are very concerned about the impact of physical activity on children’s health – followed by nutrition (64%) and poverty (60%).

Nearly eight in ten Canadians have used alternative medicines: survey

More than three-quarters of Canadians — 79 per cent — have used at least one complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) or therapy sometime in their lives.

More and more Canadians are using complementary and alternative medicines and therapies—such as massage, yoga, acupuncture and chiropractic care—and they’re using them more frequently, finds a new survey by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The incredible shrinking role of government in BC

Today, spending is just 18.4 per cent of BC’s total economic pie (GDP) on government programs and services compared to 21.1 per cent in 2000.

During an election, pundits and political parties tend to focus on spending promises. But the attention on spending makes it easy to forget that we’ve actually witnessed an incredible shrinking of government’s role in BC over the past 15 years.

Unlike the strange mist that shrinks Scott Carey in the 1957 sci-fi classic, The Incredible Shrinking Man, the cause of BC’s shrinking public sector is not so mysterious.

USA announces preliminary countervailing duties of nearly 20%

The U.S. Department of Commerce argues that the countervailing duty is required to offset what in its view is unfair subsidies provided to lumber companies.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Monday announced that preliminary countervailing duties of nearly 20% will be applied to the majority of Canadian softwood lumber shipments entering the United States.

Preliminary countervailing duties in the form of cash deposits become effective around May 1, 2017, (once notice published in U.S. federal register) for four months to the end of August.

Thereafter, these duties will not be collected until the final orders are published in January 2018.

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