Stricter fines for not chaining up starting Oct. 1

 September 20, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Print Transportation and Infrastructure British Columbia News Stricter fines for not chaining up starting Oct. 1 https://news.gov.bc.ca/20633 Chinese, Punjabi translations are available Information Bulletin Victoria Friday, September 20, 2019 1:00 PM Information Bulletin Victoria Friday, September 20, 2019 1:00 PM (flickr.com) Commercial truckers will now face higher fines for not carrying chains when required, as well as not installing them during mandatory chain ups on B.C. highways.During pre …


Smoke visible from pile burning in Joe Rich

 September 20, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

The BC Wildfire Service plans to burn approximately 10 piles in Joe Rich, west of Philpott Road.The burns are scheduled to start on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, and will conclude by the end of December 2019.The exact timing of the burns will depend on weather, site conditions, venting and timing of snow. They will proceed only if fire behaviour conditions are suitable. Staff from the BC Wildfire Service will carefully prepare, control and monitor the fire at all times. Smoke may be visible from nearb …


New initiative supports conversations about urban Indigenous reconciliation

 September 20, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Indigenous groups and local governments are reaching out in their urban communities to have important conversations about reconciliation, supported by a partnership between the Province and the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM).B.C. has provided $110,000 to support the Urban Communities Partnering for Reconciliation (UCPR) 2019 initiative, which is funding nine projects over the next year. With program funding administered by the UBCM, the initiative provides financial assistance to projects t …


Construction begins on Highway 1 from Leigh Road to West Shore Parkway

 September 20, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Motorists are advised that crews from Windley Contracting are mobilizing on Highway 1 between the Leigh Road Interchange and West Shore Parkway.Daily and nightly lane closures and construction activities will begin at night on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, and will continue through 2020. Efforts are being taken to minimize the impact to motorists during peak traffic periods.From Monday to Friday during construction, there will be no southbound lane closures or stoppages between 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.Fro …


Get out and participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

 September 20, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

On Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, on shorelines throughout the province, British Columbians will gather to clean up debris and help tackle plastic pollution.Now in its 26th year, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a conservation effort that brings people to local beaches across the country, wherever water meets land. In B.C., 30 events will take place, from Richmond to Creston.  “I applaud all the volunteers who are joining this great cause,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Clima …


We Wai Kai and B.C. sign incremental Treaty Agreement, move a step closer to Treaty

 September 20, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

The We Wai Kai Nation and the Province of British Columbia have signed an Agreement that embraces innovative approaches to modern Treaty negotiations in B.C. and creates early economic development opportunities for the Nation.We Wai Kai Chief Brian Assu and Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, have signed an Incremental Treaty Agreement (ITA) that will return approximately 3,075 hectares (7,600 acres) of land in the Lower Campbell Lake area to the We Wai Kai Nation. …


Buy BC, Safeway partnership helps people choose local

 September 20, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Grocery shoppers will have an easier time identifying B.C. products when visiting Safeway stores, as the Buy BC brand will be featured in the retailer’s locations around the province.Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, was joined by Safeway’s Ralf Mundel, vice-president of B.C. operations, and Jana Sobey, vice-president, merchandising, at the Robson Street Safeway to announce that Safeway is the second major grocery store chain in the province to feature the Buy BC logo.The Buy BC marketing pr …


Seniors around British Columbia to benefit from age-friendly supports

 September 20, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

British Columbia communities are encouraged to support seniors so they can live active, socially engaged and independent lives, as $500,000 in a new round of age-friendly grants are open for application.“Seniors who are connected to their communities and stay active live longer and healthier lives,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Age-friendly grants are instrumental in supporting seniors and I hope communities around British Columbia apply so there can be local supports in place so senior …


Prescribed burn in partnership with Cook’s Ferry Indian Band

 September 20, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and Cook’s Ferry Indian Band plan to conduct a prescribed burn on the Shaniken 3 Indian Reserve, located southwest of the community of Spences Bridge.The prescribed burn is scheduled to start between Sept. 23 and Oct. 4, 2019, if weather, site and venting conditions allow.Staff from the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band and the BC Wildfire Service will carefully prepare, control and monitor the fire at all times. Smoke will …


Asian giant hornet nest eradicated in Nanaimo

 September 19, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

On the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, an Asian giant hornet’s (vespa mandarinia) nest was located in the ground in the Robin’s Park area in south Nanaimo and destroyed.Following information and suggestions from the provincial apiculturist, a provincial government entomologist and a group of local beekeepers successfully eradicated the nest using carbon dioxide and removed all hornets and the queen. The hornets are being preserved for further research and testing to determine their potenti …



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