Licensing recruiters to protect foreign workers

 July 19, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Foreign workers who help fill labour shortages in a wide range of B.C. sectors will be better protected under a new government licensing requirement for recruiters.Those recruiters who help secure employment in B.C. for foreign workers have until Oct. 1, 2019, to acquire a licence.This new licensing requirement will give better protection to workers new to Canada, including people who enter under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and are more vulnerable to abuse in the workplace. Information …


TRU designates seats to train more Indigenous teachers

 July 19, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

When Roxane Letterlough was in school, she didn’t see many faces like hers at the head of the classroom. The girl from the St’at’imc Nation has grown up and graduated from that education system, and is now in a position to help with changes that will put more Indigenous students in BC’s schools. Thompson Rivers University recently announced it is expanding its Bachelor of Education program by 16 seats for Indigenous students this September. Letterlough is the cohort co-ordinator and instructor, …


Lions Gate Bridge rehabilitation work begins this weekend

 July 19, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Print Transportation and Infrastructure British Columbia News Lions Gate Bridge rehabilitation work begins this weekend https://news.gov.bc.ca/20277 Traffic Advisory Vancouver Friday, July 19, 2019 7:00 AM Traffic Advisory Vancouver Friday, July 19, 2019 7:00 AM Drivers can expect heavy traffic volumes and delays from 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019, to 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2019, on the Lions Gate Bridge.A temporary bridge cover and 13-metre approach ramps will be constructed to allow cr …


New investments to improve public transit for British Columbia

 July 18, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

British Columbians need efficient and affordable public transit to get them to work or school on time and back home safely at the end of the day.Investing in public transit fights climate change, reduces commute times and builds stronger and more sustainable communities.Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia, and Erinn Pinkerton, president and chief executive officer for BC Transit, announced more than $79 million in joint funding to purchase 118 new b …


More accessible and affordable homes coming to Nanaimo

 July 18, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

The B.C. government is working in partnership to build 114,000 affordable homes that cover the full spectrum of housing needs for British Columbians by 2028.Budget 2018 included a $7-billion investment in the homes people need. As a result of that investment, more than 21,000 new homes are completed, under construction or in the approvals process for a range of people who are struggling to find a place to live, from people who are experiencing homelessness and seniors on fixed incomes, to middle …


Carving out new friendships and connections

 July 18, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Community, Health, News /  No Comments

Anthony Martin displays the lizard sculpture that he carved at the Campbell River Shoreline Arts Chainsaw Competition.Anthony Martin is a friendly, well-spoken man who lights up when he talks about how he turned a challenging life experience into a positive and creative force in his life. He recently became a chainsaw artist who creates realistic and detailed sculptures from large, raw blocks of wood. Each piece he works on can take up to a week or more.“I really started carving seven months ago …


Construction starts on new hospice centre in Duncan

 July 18, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

People in the Cowichan region in need of end-of-life care will soon have the option to receive community hospice care closer to home.“Government is pleased to recognize this next step in the construction of Cowichan Hospice House,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “High quality, compassionate end-of-life care for British Columbians is a vital service and we are committed to supporting our community partners in bringing important projects like this one to completion.”The British Columbia gove …


Public Accounts confirm investing in people pays dividends

 July 18, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Government is committed to ensuring that executive compensation is fair and transparent for the public, and that public sector boards are held accountable for their compensation decisions.That is why each year, the Ministry of Finance discloses executive compensation to provide the public with a clear, concise description of the link between pay and performance for senior management and executive employees in key decision-making positions across the provincial public sector.British Columbia is c …


Public feedback invited on new approach to Interior forest sector

 July 18, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

The provincial government is accepting public input in shaping an Interior forest sector that will innovate, create jobs and support communities for generations to come.“The previous government failed to help the forest sector when it had a chance, eroding the public’s trust in B.C.’s forest sector operations and diminishing its competitive advantage,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “We are taking action and making different ch …


Researchers awarded prestigious federal grants

 July 18, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Six Thompson Rivers University (TRU) researchers have been awarded federal research grants totaling nearly $400,000, enabling them to conduct groundbreaking work in the social sciences and humanities. This funding is part of more than $285 million awarded to nearly 7,000 researchers and graduate students across Canada in areas including education, immigration, Indigenous health and the environment, and was announced this week by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. …



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