March 17, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Kamloops, News, Sports /  No Comments

The Kamloops Blazers scored three goals in the final five minutes to beat the Prince George Cougars 4-2 to finish the regular season. The Blazers and Kelowna Rockets finished the WHL season tied of 28-32-6-2 and tied for third place and the final playoff in the BC Division. The Blazers and Rockets will play a tiebreaker game on Tuesday, March 19th at 7pm at the Sandman Centre. The winner will go on to face Victoria in the first round of the WHL playoffs. The Blazers Box Office will be open on Mo …

Relationships, learning and healing key to social work in small communities

 March 16, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Jolene Brolund, who has only ever worked within Indigenous communities, exemplifies the evolving role played by ministry social workers, who are in the spotlight during Social Work Week, March 10-16, 2019.Her first assignment was in Burns Lake for Carrier Sekani Family Services. “It was my first experience of working with Indigenous families,” Brolund said, about a town with two local First Nations in the village and four surrounding it. “I was young and had no children then, and it was isolatin …


 March 16, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Kamloops, News, Sports /  No Comments

It was a dramatic game at the Sandman Centre with the Blazers scoring in the final minute to tie it at 4-4, but they ended up falling to the Prince George Cougars 5-4 in overtime. The point put the Blazers in a tie with the Kelowna Rockets for the final playoff spot in the B.C. Division. The Blazers are in Prince George on Saturday and the Rockets are home to Vancouver. If the two teams are tied following Game 68 of the regular season, the Blazers would host a sudden death tiebreaker game on Tue …

Over 80% of speculation and vacancy tax declarations complete

 March 15, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

More than 80% of declarations for the speculation and vacancy tax (SVT) have been completed and of those, more than 90% were completed securely online in just a few minutes.Over 99% of British Columbians are exempt from the SVT. Those who have not already claimed their exemption are reminded to complete their declaration before the March 31, 2019, deadline. The quickest and easiest way is to do so online: owners who have properties in areas where the SVT applies need to …

Premier’s statement on the mosque shootings in New Zealand

 March 15, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Print Office of the Premier British Columbia News Premier’s statement on the mosque shootings in New Zealand Statement Victoria Friday, March 15, 2019 1:25 PM Statement Victoria Friday, March 15, 2019 1:25 PM Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement regarding the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand:“Today, people around the world are grieving for the 49 souls who had their lives taken in a devastating act of terrorism at two mosques in Christc …

Funding provides thousands of students with new school playgrounds

 March 15, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

School districts in B.C. are receiving funding from a new program first introduced in May 2018 to support building new and replacement playgrounds.The following districts have been approved for funding:Southeast Kootenay School District (SD 5)$105,000 for an accessible playground at Isabella Dicken Elementary Kootenay Lake School District (SD 8)$105,000 for an accessible playground at Winlaw Elementary Kootenay-Columbia School District (SD 20)$105,000 for an accessible playground at Castlegar Pr …

Students at UFV celebrate the elimination of interest on B.C. student loans

 March 15, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Students at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) are welcoming the elimination of interest from B.C. student loans as part of Budget 2019.This decision will help alleviate the burden of debt for 200,000 people.B.C. student loans stopped accumulating interest, effective Feb. 19, 2019.Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, was joined by students, representatives of the student union society and Joanne MacLean, UFV president, at the student union building to mark th …


 March 15, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Kamloops, News, Sports /  No Comments

The Kamloops Blazers are home to the Prince George Cougars on Fan Appreciation Night at the Sandman Centre at 7:00pm tonight. The Blazers are one point behind the Kelowna Rockets for the final playoff spot in the B.C. Division with two games left in the regular season. GAME PROGRAM   GAME PREVIEW   PURCHASE TICKETS         Source link

Governments of Canada and British Columbia now accepting proposals to help restore Pacific salmon and boost fish and seafood sector

 March 15, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Wild Pacific salmon is integral to the economic and social fabric of coastal communities, and is fundamental to Indigenous communities across British Columbia. The need to act now to protect habitat and restore our wild fish stocks is clear and indeed vital to the environmental and economic sustainability of the province.Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson and BC Premier, the Honourable John Horgan, officially launched the Brit …

Astrobiologist alumnus presents new origin of life concept

 March 15, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  Education, Kamloops, News, TRU /  No Comments

The average 14-year-old doesn’t spend much time thinking abstractly or questioning the origin of life. But multi-disciplinary scientist and astrobiologist Dr. Bruce Damer wasn’t your average 14-year-old, and that question and many others circulated his thoughts while hiking through the Kamloops sagebrush in 1976. Small town boy contributes big ideas Damer’s thoughts and ideas continued to take shape and evolve, and led to him writing a series of articles for local newspapers. One of these …

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