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Government provides $11 million for health research

Government provides $11 million for health research

Patients and researchers will benefit from a new $11-million grant from the provincial government to the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).

"This funding will help the foundation maintain the global competitiveness of B.C.'s health-research sector," said Health Minister Terry Lake. "The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research helps support solutions to our more-pressing health problems by funding the best and brightest researchers and spearheading significant projects to address health-system priorities."

A March to Change Everything

A March to Change Everything

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”                      – Margaret Mead

Citizens are persons owing allegiance to and entitled to the protection of a sovereign state.

Public election hearing slated for Trail

Commission Chair Justice Tom Melnick

The ninth independent and non-partisan British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission wants your input on the area, boundaries and names of provincial electoral districts to be used for the next two provincial general elections.

“Now is the time to have your say and shape your province,” says Commission Chair Justice Tom Melnick. “This democratic process is a unique opportunity for British Columbians to provide their views about how their communities are represented geographically in the Legislative Assembly.”

CBT seeking public input

CBT seeking public input

Columbia Basin Trust is asking residents where it should focus its efforts to best support residents and communities in the Columbia Basin now, and into the future.

The Trust is kicking off a year-long Basin-wide public engagement process starting with a series of drop-in community workshops and an interactive engagement website. Called “Our Trust, Our Future,” this process will connect the Trust with residents to find out what’s important to them and build on the input they may have provided in the past.

A bare quorum and a lot of details...

A bare quorum and a lot of details...

Rossland City Council met on Monday evening, September 8. There was bare quorum, with Mayor Greg Granstrom and Council members Jody Blomme, Kathy Moore (by speakerphone), and Jill Spearn in attendance.

Staff present were: Corporate Officer Tracey Butler, Executive Assistant Cynthia Anonuevo, Acting Financial Officer Lois Hunter, and Planner Stacey Lightbourne.

RANT: On mental health, YOLO, rainbows and elections

RANT: On mental health, YOLO, rainbows and elections

Okay, time to stick my head in the lion’s mouth again.

I posted a photo back on Aug. 26 about the city’s new banners reading , “YOLO” and “XOXO” (neither one of which is as bad – or as funny – as the ones with goofy cartoon faces that read, “A Great Place to Grow”, here in marijuana central. Those still make me giggle every time I see them). After reading the 161 comments (along with many others on friends’ Facebook pages), I began to feel like my recent column discussing my own mental illness was pointless – apparently, EVERYONE’S crazy.

UPDATED: Teachers vote overwhelming for binding arbitration

UPDATED: Teachers vote overwhelming for binding arbitration

Teachers from across the province voted overwhelmingly to accept binding arbitration B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker said Wednesday night during a livestream news conference.

More than 30,000 teachers of the 41,000 cast ballots Wednesday in voting with 30,490 of the 30,669 voted "yes" to accept binding arbitration with the government — 99.4 percent in favour.

BC Finance Minister says province on a balanced-budget course

Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance, explains the year-end surplus is expected to be up $82 million.

Despite challenges to the fiscal plan from wildfires and flood-related costs, B.C. is currently on target to balance the 2014-15 budget, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced Tuesday.

The year-end surplus for 2014-15 is now projected to be $266 million, up by $82 million from Budget 2014.

Revenues have improved by $515 million, partly offset by higher expenses of $433 million primarily for statutory spending on fighting fires and flood-related emergency programs. Firefighting costs alone are expected to reach $350 million this year.

City Councillor partners with Rossland consultation company Thoughtexchange for ground-breaking governance engagement

City Councillor partners with Rossland consultation company Thoughtexchange for ground-breaking governance engagement

Rossland City Councillor Kathy Moore has partnered with Rossland's online stakeholder engagement company, Thoughtexchange, to undertake something never before attempted prior to a municipal election. Moore – using Thoughtexchange’s unique approach to engagement – is making a bold move to host an online consultation process that will be open to anyone interested in having a say on the future of Rossland, with the results to be openly shared with all community members and candidates, before the electoral campaigns begin.

LETTER: Strike is 'nefarious' and 'manufactured' and should frighten parents

LETTER: Strike is 'nefarious' and 'manufactured' and should frighten parents

Letter to the Editor:

The continuing battle between the BCTF and the Provincial Ministry of Education should be of grave concern to families across B.C., and should be incredibly frightening to parents and caregivers in the Boundary and West Kootenay Region.

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