Statement regarding the Death of Roderick MacIsaac

 July 7, 2015 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News /  No Comments

The BC Coroners Service is refuting suggestions that the BC Coroners Service, or anyone working under its direction, deleted material from Mr. MacIsaac’s computer following his death. “At no time did anyone from the BC Coroners Service have access to the contents of Mr. MacIsaac’s laptop in electronic format,” said regional coroner Matt Brown. The coroner seized Mr. MacIsaac’s laptop from his home on Jan. 9, 2013, the day after his death had been reported to the BC …


How climate change will impact your seafood options

 July 7, 2015 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

The Daily Trevor Melanson | Jul 7, 2015 THE#BCBIZDAILYPlus, a big fraud fine and the future of mining Smoke on the waterAs shrouds of smoke continue to settle over B.C. cities from a flurry of forest fires across the province, B.C.ers are getting a feel for how climate change could shape the land around them. Turns out, it will also shape the ocean—not just sea levels but sea species—and thus B.C.’s seafood industry. A new report from Vancity, authored by two UBC researchers, says oc …


Doing business in China: what you need to know

 July 7, 2015 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

How B.C. can build long-term business bridges with China B.C.’s trade with China has increased fivefold over the past decade. But growth of that magnitude is unlikely to continue, especially as the Middle Kingdom looks beyond resources for imports Politics & Policy | Economy | Asia Pacific


New firefighting personnel on the way to assist in B.C.

 July 7, 2015 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News /  No Comments

Due to elevated wildfire activity in British Columbia, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson was able to confirm that 70 personnel will be arriving from Ontario to assist with B.C.’s firefighting efforts. As a result of the continued extreme and high fire danger ratings in regions throughout B.C., fire bans have been implemented around the province, including the “Fog Zone” on the western coast of Vancouver Island, effective at noon on Wednesday, …


Decisions made on Site C permit applications

 July 7, 2015 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News /  No Comments

Authorizations allowing construction to begin on the Site C Clean Energy Project were issued today by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Ministry statutory decision makers approved 24 authorizations, with conditions. Seven authorizations were issued under the Land Act, five under the Forest Act, eight under the Water Act and four under the Wildlife Act. As the project proceeds, additional authorizations under numerous statutes will be required for the life of the pro …


What a Chinese currency hub means for Vancouver

 July 7, 2015 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

And how will allowing for local settlement of the renminbi change the nature of B.C.’s (and Canada’s) trade with China? Last November, the federal, B.C. and Chinese governments announced the first Americas-based hub for trading Chinese currency, to be established in Vancouver. It was a historic breakthrough, given that until 2009, the Chinese government prohibited the use of its renminbi (RMB) in international transactions, with companies doing trade with Chinese firms typically doin …


Made in China (and Burnaby)

 July 7, 2015 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

When to manufacture locally and when to send it abroad: a case study from local outdoor equipment manufacturer Arc’teryx A buzzer sounds, and morning break time is over. The men and women at Arc’teryx Equipment Inc.’s garment manufacturing facility in Burnaby stop their casual chatter and walk briskly back to their work stations. Suddenly, the air roars to life with the whirring and churning of hundreds of machines: fabric cutters, embroidering robots, lamination presses and se …


How B.C. can build long-term business bridges with China

 July 7, 2015 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

Dee Hon | Jul 7, 2015 B.C.’s trade with China has increased fivefold over the past decade. But growth of that magnitude is unlikely to continue, especially as the Middle Kingdom looks beyond resources for imports Colin Hansen has done this before: a transpacific flight leading into two weeks of dawn-to-dusk meetings, fuelled by enough coffee to start a trade deficit with Colombia. It’s early April and he is packing his bags for another whirlwind tour that will touch down in Seoul, Be …


$2 million commitment to expand industrial training programs

 July 7, 2015 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Today, Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and for Western Economic Diversification, and Member of Parliament for Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced a $2,039,000 investment for Thompson Rivers University (TRU) to expand the school’s industrial training programs. With this funding, TRU will establish an instrumentation engineering program to support …


Power Outage in Lower Sahali and Downtown Kamloops

 July 7, 2015 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

The affected area is west of 12th Ave, south of Victoria St, East of Bunker Rd, north of Chino Pl. The cause is currently listed as “Under Investigation”  



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