Air Canada Launches Direct Flights To Australia

 December 17, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

Air Canada has become the only airline providing direct flights between Australia and Canada. Flight AC34 arrived in Vancouver from Sydney just before 9:00am Sunday, after spending just over thirteen hours in the air. The flight took off amidst gala celebrations at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport with a Royal Canadian Mountie in attendances, and with entertainment, drinks and snacks for passengers in the departure lounge. Passengers boarded a brand new Boeing 777 for the flight. Those travellin …


Minster Calls For Farm Assessment Review

 December 17, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VICTORIA – Minister of Small Business and Revenue Rick Thorpe announced today that he is calling for a review of farm status assessment policy. “By committing to this review, our government is recognizing the important contribution farming makes to our communities and the fabric of British Columbia,” said Thorpe. “Farming contributes to the success of the Eat BC! campaign and is instrumental to the 100 mile diet concept, all supporting our commitment to climate action and green communities.” “Th …


Blazers 7 – Cougars 2

 December 16, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

Scott Wasden recorded a hat trick plus an assist and Jimmy Bubnick scored once and added three helpers as the Blazers beat the Cougars 7-2 last night at CN Centre.  Darcy Huisman gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead before the Cougars scored twice in 10 seconds to take a 2-1 lead after one.  In the second, Tyler Shattock, Alex Rodgers, and Wasden put the Blazers ahead 4-2, with Wasden adding two more and Bubnick potting his single to round out the scoring in the third.  Brock Nixon chipped …


Health Minister Names Expert Advisory Committee

 December 13, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VICTORIA – Health Minister George Abbott has appointed six internationally recognized experts to a special technical advisory committee to provide scientific advice on risk assessment issues for drinking water and source water quality. “We have made many improvements to our drinking water supplies under the Drinking Water Protection Act, from investments in new equipment to more certified operators,” said Abbott. “This appointment follows the many requests I heard at UBCM from concerned local go …


Personalized BC Parks Calendars Available Online

 December 13, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VICTORIA – BC Parks enthusiasts can now create and purchase their own personalized calendars featuring their favourite park scenes, Environment Minister Barry Penner announced today. “The BC Parks system protects many of the most diverse and beautiful wilderness spaces in British Columbia,” said Penner. “By building your own calendar, you will be able to enjoy scenes from your favourite provincial parks on your desktop or wall throughout the year.” BC Parks has partnered with micalendar.ca to br …


Canadian Police Told To Limit Taser Use

 December 12, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

The public complaints group for Canada’s national police force has recommended Taser guns be restricted. The move comes after a Polish immigrant died at Vancouver airport in October after being hit by a Taser. Two others had died recently in Canada after being shocked by the device. The group wants the police force to immediately restrict the use of Tasers by classifying them as impact weapons. That means officers could only use Tasers when an individual is being highly aggressive by posing a ri …


New Study Says Conservation Can Supply Electricity For A Million Homes

 December 12, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro has completed a Conservation Potential Review (CPR) study that identifies more than 10,000 GWh/year – enough to power one million homes – that could be achieved through conservation by the year 2020. The findings of the Conservation Potential Review support the BC Energy Plan target released earlier this year, which sets an ambitious conservation target to acquire 50 per cent of BC Hydro’s incremental resource needs through conservation by 2020. "Energy efficiency and c …


Kamloops Garbage Calendar Schedule Recalled

 December 12, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

This year’s Calendar will be recalled due to publishing errors. A future delivery date will be scheduled and an interim Garbage Collection Schedule is available online,


Report Shows Class Sizes Reduced Across The Province

 December 11, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

VICTORIA – The third annual report on class size shows that, for the second consecutive year, more than 95 per cent of classes in school districts throughout B.C. had 30 or fewer students, Education Minister Shirley Bond announced today. According to the report, classes with more than 30 students have decreased by close to 66 per cent throughout the province since 2005-06. “Our class size legislation continues to work to create a better learning environment for our students,” said Bond. “All 60 …


Canadian Pig Farmer Guilty Of Gruesome Murders

 December 10, 2007 /  Darryl Schmidt /  News /  No Comments

A Canadian pig farmer has been found guilty of second-degree murder after being tried for the murders of six women whose remains were found on his Vancouver farm. Robert Pickton, 58, had pleaded not guilty to killing 26 women. A trial date for the other 20 murder charges has not been set. He was found guilty of killing the women after picking them up from a neighbourhood which was known to be a haunt for prostitutes and drug addicts. The verdict followed 10 months of gruesome testimony and evide …



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