TRU researchers share $579,000 in federal awards

 May 23, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

Five Thompson Rivers University researchers received $579,240 over five years through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Discovery Grants program, announced this week by the Government of Canada. The Discovery Grants Program funds innovations in chemistry, physics, life sciences, mathematics, computer science, geoscience and the many branches of engineering. This week, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an unprecedented investment of …


New homes and opportunities open for people in need in Vernon

 May 23, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Fifty-two people who have been homeless in Vernon are about to move into their new homes with around-the-clock supports, to help them regroup and improve their lives.“A safe home is a critical foundation for recovery, while support services are the building blocks that give strength, purpose and hope so people experiencing homelessness can make a new start,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “The City of Vernon has shown leadership by leaning in to the challenges a …


Ross Chilton to become Community Living BC CEO

 May 23, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Community, Health, News /  No Comments

A long-time leader in British Columbia’s community living sector with a track record of advancing inclusion in social service agencies and on sector boards will become CLBC’s next Chief Executive Officer, starting August 12, 2019.Since 2007, Ross Chilton has served as CEO of Community Living Society, a service provider that provides services to hundreds of individuals with developmental disabilities and families across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. During this time, he helped expand emp …


Nearly 600 campsites added to BC Parks and recreation sites

 May 23, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Camping enthusiasts will now have more options for enjoying the great outdoors as 594 new campsites are being added to BC Parks and recreation sites throughout the province.Ranging from walk-in tent sites to marine sites, 13 provincial parks will have 362 new sites and 12 recreation sites will have 232 new sites. The new BC Parks campsites are located in regions with the highest demand – the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenay Rockies and Mount Robson. “People from all over the world com …


Fire prohibitions across Northwest Fire Centre

 May 23, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Effective noon (Pacific time) on Friday, May 24, 2019, burning prohibitions will be in effect throughout the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction to reduce wildfire risks and protect public safety.These prohibitions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified.The Northwest Fire Centre extends from the border of the Yukon Territory in the north to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the south, and from the Pacific Ocean and Alaska border in the west to just east of Endako. A map of the …


Nominations open today for CLBC Inclusion Awards

 May 23, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Community, Health, News /  No Comments

VANCOUVER – Community Living BC (CLBC) invites you to recognize an inclusion superhero in your community by nominating them for a 2019 CLBC Widening Our World (WOW) award.CLBC holds the WOW awards to recognize the many ways people are leading the way to make sure adults with developmental disabilities are included in their communities.  Whether it is an employer, teacher, support worker, community member, someone who lives with a disability, or anyone else that is making sure their community is …


Inquest scheduled into death of John Robert Buehler

 May 22, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

The BC Coroners Service has scheduled an inquest into the death of John Robert Buehler, beginning on July 15, 2019.The inquest will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Prince George Courthouse located at 250 George St.The death of Buehler, age 51, was reported to the BC Coroners Service on Sept. 17, 2014, following a police-involved incident at a remote cabin south of Valemount.Under Section 18(2) of the Coroners Act, inquests are mandatory for any deaths that occur while a person was detained by or in th …


More inclusive workforce to advance tech sector in B.C.

 May 22, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

People under-represented in B.C.’s growing technology and engineering sectors, including women, Indigenous peoples, immigrants and people with disabilities, will have better opportunities and advancement through new government-supported initiatives.Provincial funding of up to $2.2 million over two years will break down barriers through pilot projects, such as mentorship for employees and resources and training for employers. Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, made the announc …


Province appoints new members to BC Ferry Authority board

 May 22, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Marvin Harold ShafferMarvin Shaffer is a consulting economist and adjunct professor in the public policy program at Simon Fraser University. He has extensive experience with Crown corporations and other government agencies from the work he has undertaken in his consulting career and while working as head of the Crown Corporations Secretariat in the mid-1990s. Shaffer was a lead negotiator for the Greater Vancouver Regional District, leading to the creation of TransLink. He was the lead negotiato …


Burn prohibition expanded in Prince George Fire Centre

 May 22, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Thursday, May 23, 2019, Category 2 open burns will be prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, to reduce wildfire risks and protect public safety.This prohibition will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified.The Prince George Fire Centre extends from the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the north to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, the Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south, and from the Alberta border in the ea …



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