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BC Minister makes statement on lives lost to poisoned drugs in August

Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, has released the following statement regarding the BC Coroners Service report on illicit drug toxicity deaths in August: “Today’s BC Coroners Service report for August 2023 tells a story we have heard too often. We are not just talking about numbers, we are talking about people. We’ve […]

BC Wildlife Federation's BC Rivers Day: The New Normal is anything but normal

September 24, B.C. Rivers Day highlights the decline of the province’s vital arteries  It is tempting to shrug off the latest catastrophic wildfire season as The New Normal and throw up our hands about the damage that incinerated forests do to B.C. rivers and fish habitat. Forest fires are normal, natural, and even rejuvenating for […]

State of emergency for BC ends, fire response continues

Based on advice from emergency management and wildfire officials, British Columbia’s provincial state of emergency will expire at the end of the day on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. The work of firefighters from B.C., Canada and abroad, as well as wildfire risk diminishing in much of the Province as temperatures cool, has led to many […]

BCGEU faculty agreements ratified under Shared Recovery Mandate

Five BC General Employees’ Union (BCGEU) faculty agreements reached at the common table under the Province’s Shared Recovery Mandate have been ratified by the board of the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association (PSEA). These agreements cover nearly 950 BCGEU faculty members, most of whom teach vocational programs. The PSEA and the BCGEU tentatively settled the common agreement […]

Five Tips to Protect Your Grandparents’ Privacy & Money Right Now

In today’s world, where technology keeps changing and scams are getting trickier, it’s really important to help our grandparents keep their private information safe and their money secure. BBB serving Mainland BC & Yukon recognizes that National Grandparents Day, celebrated on September 10, is a timely reminder of how important it is to spark a conversation […]

Young people with mental-health challenges get more support

Teens and young adults struggling with stress and anxiety will benefit from a mental wellness training program that will support them on their journey to well-being. The Province is investing $3 million over the next three years to support the continued delivery of YMCA’s Y Mind and Mind Medicine programs in 30 communities across B.C. […]

Province extends state of emergency due to wildfire risk

With continued fire risk in many regions, and tens of thousands of people still under evacuation order and alert, the Province is extending the provincial state of emergency until Sept. 14, 2023, to ensure public safety and support the response to B.C.’s worst-ever wildfire season. “While many people have returned home, tens of thousands of […]

At least 198 lost to toxic drugs in July as public health emergency continues

For the 13th consecutive month, more than 190 British Columbians have lost their lives to the toxic, unregulated drug supply, according to preliminary data released by the BC Coroners Service. “I am saddened to once again report that British Columbia’s toxic drug crisis shows no signs of abating,” said Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner. “We are […]

Safety tips as children prepare to head back to school

As children return to school soon, ICBC (Insurance Corporation of BC) is sharing important tips for drivers, parents and caregivers to help children get a safe start to the school year. Every month in B.C., 30 children are injured in crashes while walking or riding their bike — in the Southern Interior two children walking […]

Police road block challenged by group attempting to enter Evacuation Order area in North Shuswap

The RCMP said in a media release Thursday that officers had to deal with concerned citizens in the North Shuswap area due to the elevated police presence in an Evacuation Order area. RCMP said the increase in police resulted in a confrontation at a road block, that was resolved safely. “While we understand and sympathize […]

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