Province supports research, commercialization of no-pollution vehicles

 June 11, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

AVL Fuel Cell Canada is one of five British Columbian companies receiving a total of $1,190,856 aimed at developing advanced technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells, batteries and other hydrogen fuelling equipment.This funding will help the Province move toward the ultimate goal of zero-emission vehicles – cars, trucks and other transportation machines that produce no pollution at all.AVL is the world’s largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing of powertrain system …


People facing homelessness to get local support from grants

 June 11, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

People facing homelessness will receive help through grants that support strong, sustainable planning for local groups and organizations working on the front lines in British Columbia communities.The Province is granting $6 million to the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC) for a Homelessness Community Action Grant to help groups address homelessness in their towns and cities. The grants will also support organizations with a provincewide focus to explore better w …


Province supports innovative new way to fuel hydrogen vehicles

 June 11, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Richmond-based IRDI Systems will receive $55,000 to further develop B.C.’s clean energy vehicle (CEV) sector, create good jobs and support low-carbon innovation.“Under our CleanBC plan, we are building a low-carbon economy that will reduce climate pollution and create good jobs across our province,” said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. “To get there faster, we are supporting innovative companies like IDRI Systems to develop made-in-B.C. technology that will p …


Workshop scheduled for Lake Country Highway 97 improvements

 June 11, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Print Transportation and Infrastructure British Columbia News Workshop scheduled for Lake Country Highway 97 improvements https://news.gov.bc.ca/20001 Information Bulletin Lake Country Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:00 AM Information Bulletin Lake Country Tuesday, June 11, 2019 9:00 AM The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is inviting the public to an upcoming workshop to provide input on potential long-term safety improvements for Highway 97 through Lake Country.The public input received …


Minister’s statement on federal plastics ban

 June 10, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, has issued the following statement with respect to the Government of Canada’s announcement to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021:“British Columbia welcomes news that the federal government is moving toward a strategy to reduce, better recycle and ban certain plastics. Reducing plastic waste must be a joint effort by all Canadians and all levels of government. I look forward to working with my federal, provincial and territ …


Category 3 fires to be prohibited in southeast B.C.

 June 10, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, which includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District.The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires caused by Category 3 burning and to protect public safety. A map indicating the areas affected by this prohibition is available online: http://ow.ly/MCfc30oUSs …


Kootenay-based technology could expand clean vehicle range

 June 10, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Eagle Graphite is one of five British Columbian companies receiving a total of $1,190,856 aimed at developing advanced technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells, batteries and other hydrogen fuelling equipment.This will help the Province move towards the ultimate goal of zero-emission vehicles — cars, trucks and other transportation machines that do not produce any pollution at all.Eagle Graphite owns and operates one of only two flake graphite production facilities in Canada and the only graphit …


Jail replacement to bring local jobs, enhanced programs

 June 10, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

With $157 million in capital funding approved, the replacement of Nanaimo Correctional Centre (NCC) will proceed, creating approximately 1,000 project-related jobs and a purpose-built facility that enhances safety, security and space to continue successful programs.“NCC and the therapeutic community within it have an impressive history of changing lives for the better, and that’s a testament to the hard work of both staff and people in our custody,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety …


Students to get more co-op opportunities, life skills through work experience

 June 10, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

Post-secondary students will have more opportunities to gain real-life, relevant work experience that will give them a career leg up, benefiting employers.An investment of $9 million in co-op and work-integrated learning was announced on Monday, June 10, 2019, by Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. She was joined by students, staff, faculty and employers at the University of Victoria.“Work-integrated learning programs like co-ops open the door for students to gain …


Strengthening patient care in the Coquihalla corridor

 June 10, 2019 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, News, Politics /  No Comments

The expanded and redeveloped emergency department at Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre is strengthening patient care for people in Merritt and area through improved infrastructure, which includes features that foster equality and inclusion in British Columbia’s health-care system. “Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre plays a critical role for local residents needing care as well as those travelling through on busy area highways,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Our government i …



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