New Process Ensures Urgent Needs Are Met Immediately

 October 31, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VICTORIA – The Province has implemented the new Immediate Needs process to ensure that urgent needs of all income assistance applicants for food, shelter or medical attention are met when they first contact an Employment and Income Assistance office. Immediate Needs replaces the longstanding Emergency Needs Assessment, building on its strong foundation. The new streamlined process makes sure ministry procedures are easier to understand and British Columbians in need receive services and supports …


Halloween Safety Tips For Pets

 October 31, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

Kamloops & District Humane Society  Pumpkins, trick or treaters and costume parties are all part of what makes this holiday so  enjoyable for people but not so much fun for our pets.  Keep the following tips in mind when  planning your frightfully fabulous festivities and you can help ensure that everyone in your family, including your pets, has a safe Halloween. Keep your pets away from the door, especially during peak trick or treating hours. Yo …


BC150 Years Local Museum Project Funding Annouced

 October 30, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VICTORIA – Thirty-nine local museums and heritage organizations across the province will receive funding through the BC150 Years Pride in Our Communities local museums program, announced Tourism, Sport and the Arts Minister Stan Hagen. “This funding will help some of the smaller local museum and heritage organizations in British Columbia tell their community’s unique story,” said Hagen. “The focus of BC150 Years is to celebrate, at the community level, the many people, place, events and achievem …


Liquor Compliance Summary Released

 October 30, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VICTORIA – The results of 4,604 compliance-related inspections of bars, restaurants and private liquor stores in British Columbia were released today by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. The report summarizes compliance and enforcement actions between April 1, 2007 and Sept. 30, 2007 resulting in: ·        445 alleged contraventions. ·        58 establishments received penalties. ·       …


Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

 October 30, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

Brought to you by the Kamloops & District Humane Society Pumpkins, trick or treaters and costume parties are all part of what makes this holiday so enjoyable for people but not so much fun for our pets.  Keep the following tips in mind when planning your frightfully fabulous festivities and you can help ensure that everyone in your family, including your pets, has a safe Halloween. Keep your pets away from the door, especially during peak trick or treating hours.You may know that the li …


Drive Safely This Haunted Halloween

 October 29, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VICTORIA – Goblins, ghosts, pirates and princesses will be out in force this Halloween and all B.C. motorists should practise extra caution to keep them safe. “When kids are out trick-or-treating they’re often not as careful as they should be, so drivers should slow down and keep an eye out for pedestrians,” said John Les, Minister of Public Safety and Minister responsible for ICBC. “At this time of year, reduced visibility and wet, slippery road conditions often add to the problem.” According t …


Terry Fox Resarch Institute HQ Coming To Vancouver

 October 29, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VANCOUVER – The Province is providing $30 million to the Terry Fox Foundation to fund a new Terry Fox Research Institute that will have sites across the country, with its headquarters located in Vancouver. “The new Terry Fox Research Institute will bring together researchers, scientists and institutions across Canada to work to assure that their discoveries are brought to the bedside and into patients’ lives as soon as possible and that we all share in discoveries of new techniques and practices …


Province Offers All Schools The Opportunity To Go Green

 October 29, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VICTORIA – The Province has launched its B.C. Green Schools program by making an eco kit available to all interested B.C. schools, Education Minister Shirley Bond announced today. “This is one step the Province is taking to help schools around the province model the best environmental practices and ensure that B.C. students learn about environmental responsibility,” said Bond. “The lessons our students learn now will have a long-lasting, positive influence on our environment and the next generat …


Non-Profit Operators Selected For Sro Hotel Buildings

 October 29, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VANCOUVER – People in the Downtown Eastside will have better links to support services and more stable housing with the selection of 10 non-profit organizations to operate the single room occupancy (SRO) hotels purchased this year by the Province, and two city-owned sites, Minister responsible for Housing Rich Coleman announced today.             “When we bought these hotels to preserve affordable housing stock, we committed to provide the s …


$500,000 To Enhance Foreign Credential Recognition

 October 29, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VICTORIA – Seventeen B.C. regulatory bodies will receive funding to improve their organization’s foreign credential assessment and licensing practices, announced Economic Development Minister Colin Hansen today.             “We are reducing the barriers to employment that skilled workers and professionals trained outside B.C. are facing,” said Hansen. “We want the process for reviewing credentials to be clear, consistent and timely." …



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