Biologists sampling for burbot recovery on Kootenay Lake

 May 25, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Fish biologists are catching and releasing burbot on Kootenay Lake from May 6 to June 7, 2019, as part of recovery efforts for the Lower Kootenay burbot population.The annual spring trapping program allows biologists to monitor and re-evaluate lake population targets. Traps are set in shallow waters along the shorelines of the main body and upper west arm of Kootenay Lake.The traps are marked with numbered, orange buoys labelled “Fish Research,” approximately 0.46 metres (1.5 feet) in diameter. …


B.C. livestock join the wildfire fight

 May 25, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

As part of ongoing efforts to help keep communities safe from wildfire, the B.C. government is providing $500,000 to the BC Cattlemen’s Association to develop partnerships and investigate an initiative that will use grazing livestock to manage fine fuels in parts of B.C.“Using cattle and livestock grazing minimizes the growth of annual and perennial grasses, which helps to reduce wildfire risks,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. …


Agritech making fruit more accessible for British Columbians

 May 25, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

British Columbia’s agritech companies are partnering with the federal and provincial governments to find the perfect pairing between food and technology.A number of innovative projects are receiving investments under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.B.C. pears are a delicacy, though their ripening time makes it difficult for British Columbians to enjoy this fruit consistently. Consolidated Fruit Packers Ltd. (CFP) of Kelowna is eager to change that by bringing innovative methods to the Cana …


Attorney General’s statement on decision from B.C. Court of Appeal

 May 24, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Print Attorney General British Columbia News Attorney General’s statement on decision from B.C. Court of Appeal https://news.gov.bc.ca/19847 Statement Victoria Friday, May 24, 2019 11:40 AM Statement Victoria Friday, May 24, 2019 11:40 AM David Eby, Attorney General, has issued the following statement in response to the judgment by the British Columbia Court of Appeal on B.C.’s reference case:“We thank the B.C. Court of Appeal for considering this reference. Our government said from the outset t …


Queen’s counsel nominations now open

 May 24, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Print Attorney General British Columbia News Queen’s counsel nominations now open https://news.gov.bc.ca/19840 Information Bulletin Victoria Friday, May 24, 2019 1:00 PM Information Bulletin Victoria Friday, May 24, 2019 1:00 PM Nominations for the honorary designation of Queen’s counsel (QC) open May 24, 2019, and will be accepted until July 19, 2019.The title is bestowed annually by the lieutenant governor on the endorsement of the attorney general.The QC designation recognizes lawyers in Brit …


A safe sanctuary and support coming soon for women in Penticton

 May 24, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Women and children leaving violence will soon have more safe places to regroup, recover and build a better future in the Okanagan area.“Women and children need to know there are safe places, compassionate care, and hope when they make the decision to leave an abusive situation,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We’re working hard to make sure women and children have homes to provide new stable foundations on which they can rebuild their lives, homes like the ones …


More classrooms on the way for Vernon students at BX Elementary

 May 24, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

A 240-seat expansion at BX Elementary school will give students a better educational experience and eliminate the need for portables.“With the growth that Vernon has seen, it is vitally important to make sure students can go to school in positive, engaging environments,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “These new seats will ensure we are meeting the needs of students at BX Elementary and providing them with the best opportunities to succeed.”The Government of B.C. will provide $11.1 mil …


Occupational and physical therapy seats coming to northern B.C.

 May 24, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Increases in occupational and physical therapy training seats will ensure more patients get access to care that will improve their quality of life, while more students can train closer to home.“Expanding UBC’s occupational and physical therapy programs through a partnership with UNBC to create seats in the North will open the doors for more students to pursue careers in health care,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Adding more occupational and physical th …


$40 million to upgrade First Nations treatment centres throughout B.C.

 May 24, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

To support the healing journeys of First Nations individuals, families and communities, $40 million is being provided to build and revitalize First Nations-run treatment centres throughout British Columbia.The funding, provided equally by First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and the Province, was announced by Grand Chief Doug Kelly, Chair of the First Nations Health Council (FNHC), and Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, at the First Nations Primary Care, Mental Health and Wel …


New HousingHub partnership will increase rental housing supply in Kelowna

 May 24, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Close to 160 new rental homes will soon be available to middle-income families in Kelowna, thanks to a new partnership between the Province and a developer.The new homes are part of the Province’s HousingHub initiative, which proactively brings together and partners with all levels of government, landowners and a range of for- and not-for-profit groups to increase rental and homeownership options for people.“New rental homes are desperately needed for a range of people in need, including those i …



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