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Enhanced wildland firefighter recruitment underway

The Province is opening the door for more wildland firefighters with in-depth knowledge of local terrain to join the service. Aligned with feedback from the Premier’s expert task force on emergencies, the improvements to the BC Wildfire Service’s hiring process have resulted in more than 1,000 firefighter applicants, with another three months of hiring to […]

Minister’s statement on lives lost to poisoned drugs in 2023

Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, has released the following statement regarding the BC Coroners Service year-end report on illicit drug toxicity deaths: “Today, as we reflect on the year behind us, our hearts are heavy with the loss of 2,511 people in British Columbia to toxic drugs. Each of these lives was […]

Survey indicates Canadians willing to make shifts towards more sustainable food choices  

Sodexo Canada releases the results of its first ever Sustainable Food Barometer. This new research reveals the sustainable food habits and intentions of Canadians, as well as the current disparities between their aspirations and behaviours. As both observer and influencer of consumer food consumption patterns, Sodexo Canada’s aim is to accelerate change across the entire […]

Report: BC Coalfields May Become Critical Minerals Source

A new report released by Geoscience BC indicates the potential for coalfields in British Columbia’s East Kootenays to host elevated concentrations of rare earth elements. Rare earth elements (REEs), a group of elements with uses in technologies such as turbines and electric motors, are important to Canada’s transition to a net-zero emissions economy. Owing to […]

FROM THE HILL: MP speaks to Palestine/Israel war

For the past three and a half months the world has witnessed the devastating situation in Palestine and Israel. Since the horrifying Hamas terrorist attacks of October 7 and the beginning of this latest assault on Gaza by Israeli forces, tens of thousands of innocent people have been killed, of whom two-thirds are women and […]

BBB Scam Alert: Don’t do this friend a favour

In this new con, a scammer poses as a friend asking for a simple favour. The email is so convincing that Better Business Bureau staff almost fell for it. How this scam works: You get an email that appears to be from a friend or family member. The message looks harmless and casual—like something a […]

New self-screening program will help detect cervical cancer sooner

People in B.C. will have improved access to cervical cancer screening as a provincewide cervix self-screening program launches, including the option to screen at home, a first in Canada. “It’s not every day that a province can set an achievable goal of eliminating a deadly cancer, but today’s launch of the first at-home self-screening program […]

B.C. under threat from invasive mussels and freshwater parasites — B.C. Wildlife Federation

British Columbia’s fish populations and freshwater ecosystems are facing threats from a parasite that causes whirling disease in trout and salmon and two species of invasive mussels. The B.C. Wildlife Federation is deeply concerned that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), FortisBC and BC Hydro are scaling back their support for invasive mussel surveillance in B.C. and […]

Money from Climate Action Tax Credit helps people after the holidays

This week, more than two million families and individuals will receive their third quarterly Climate Action Tax Credit payment. “With the global inflation and an expensive holiday season, we know people need support now more than ever,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Finance. “These are big challenges around the world. By boosting the Climate Action […]

The Provincial government wants to hear about support for evacuees

The Province wants to hear from people about the supports available when they must evacuate their homes during a disaster. With the increasing frequency and severity of wildfires and floods due to climate change, the Province is revamping its approach to emergencies to ensure people and communities are receiving the supports they need. A part […]

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