UBC students applaud elimination of interest on B.C. student loans

 March 14, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Students at the University of British Columbia (UBC) are celebrating the Budget 2019 announcement to eliminate interest from B.C. government student loans, resulting in debt relief for about 200,000 people.As of Feb. 19, 2019, all B.C. student loans stopped accumulating interest.Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, was joined by students and Santa Ono, president of UBC, at the student union building, The Nest, to mark the historic announcement.“Post-secondary educat …


Tree Farm Licence 59 cut level gets a slight reduction

 March 14, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Effective immediately, the allowable annual cut for Weyerhaeuser’s Tree Farm Licence 59 in the South Okanagan will have an allowable annual cut level of 60,700 cubic metres.This is an 8% decrease from the previous cut level of 66,000 cubic metres per year set in 2018. This new, lower cut level takes into account changes in forestry practices to accommodate First Nations interests, including cutblock size, stream riparian zones and cumulative effects.“After carefully reviewing all the available i …


UVic students applaud elimination of interest on B.C. student loans

 March 14, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Students at the University of Victoria (UVic) are celebrating the Province’s Budget 2019 decision to eliminate interest from B.C. government-issued student loans, providing relief for about 200,000 people and making education more accessible for all.As of Feb. 19, 2019, all B.C. government-issued student loans stopped accumulating interest.Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, was joined by students at UVic to mark the historic announcement.“Post-secondary education is meant to open doors for peop …


Two maintenance contracts awarded in the Okanagan

 March 14, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

New maintenance contracts for service areas 08 and 13 in the Okanagan have been awarded to Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc.These new contracts will provide improved standards and better highway conditions for British Columbians year-round.The contract for Service Area 08 (South Okanagan) is set to begin on May 1, 2019, and will provide maintenance on provincial roadways for several communities, including Kelowna, Penticton and Osoyoos.The Service Area 13 (Okanagan-Shuswap) contract will i …


Immigration pilot program helps drive economic growth

 March 14, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

B.C. will benefit from a new immigration pathway that will help spur economic growth in smaller centres throughout the province.The Province has launched a new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot. The pilot is focused on attracting entrepreneurs from around the world to establish businesses in regional communities. This will help meet the communities’ economic development needs and encourage investments outside urban areas.“Due to an aging workforce and a pre …


Multiculturalism and anti-racism strengthened by grants

 March 14, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Print Tourism, Arts and Culture British Columbia News Multiculturalism and anti-racism strengthened by grants https://news.gov.bc.ca/19173 Simplified and traditional Chinese, and Punjabi translations are included in this release News Release Victoria Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:30 AM News Release Victoria Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:30 AM Seventy-six community groups are receiving funding for projects designed to promote multiculturalism and stand up to racism in B.C. through the Province’s Mult …


BLAZERS BLAST ROYALS 8-0 AT HOME – Kamloops Blazers

 March 13, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Kamloops, News, Sports /  No Comments

Brodi Stuart, Josh Pillar and Kyrell Sopotyk combined for 11 points in a 8-0 win over the Victoria Royals at home on Wednesday night. The win moves the Blazers to one point behind the Kelowna Rockets with two games to go for the final playoff spot. The Blazers will host their final regular season home game on Friday night against the Prince George Cougars. BOX SCORE   Source link


BLAZERS BLAST ROYALS 8-0 AT HOME – Kamloops Blazers

 March 13, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Kamloops, News, Sports /  No Comments

Brodi Stuart, Josh Pillar and Kyrell Sopotyk combined for 11 points in a 8-0 win over the Victoria Royals at home on Wednesday night. The win moves the Blazers to one point behind the Kelowna Rockets with two games to go for the final playoff spot. The Blazers will host their final regular season home game on Friday night against the Prince George Cougars. BOX SCORE   Source link


Tsilhquot’in National Government building largest First Nations solar farm

 March 13, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

The Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) is moving ahead with the redevelopment of an industrial site into a solar farm, supported by a $300,000 equity investment from the Province.Funding is provided through B.C.’s First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF), which supports Indigenous communities in their efforts to pursue clean-energy projects. The FNCEBF supports CleanBC, the Province’s plan to build a cleaner future that creates opportunities for all British Columbians, while protecti …


Homalco First Nation community energy plan seeks savings, efficiency

 March 13, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

The Homalco First Nation is implementing a community energy plan to promote efficient energy consumption and savings, supported by a $140,000 equity investment from the Province.Funding is provided through B.C.’s First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF), which supports Indigenous communities in their efforts to pursue clean-energy projects. The FNCEBF supports CleanBC, the Province’s plan to build a cleaner future that creates opportunities for all British Columbians while protecting B. …



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