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4 Manitobans arrested with intent to Traffic Crystal Meth
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4 Manitobans arrested with intent to Traffic Crystal Meth

Reading Time: < 1 minute Powerview RCMP seize drugs and weapons during a traffic stop On September 20, 2020, at approximately 1:00 am, Powerview RCMP conducted a traffic stop on Maple Street, in Pine Falls. During the course of the investigation, officers located and seized approximately 28 grams of crystal methamphetamine, weapons and drug paraphernalia. All four occupants were arrested. Erin Courchene, 34, of Winnipeg, has been Read More…

Edmonton Police Services Takes lead on understanding racial injustices
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Edmonton Police Services Takes lead on understanding racial injustices

Reading Time: 3 minutes Edmonton Police Services (EPS) commits to action for city’s racialized and underserved communities Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee announced a commitment to action by the Edmonton Police Service to engage with the city’s Black, Indigenous, racialized, and underserved communities in improving policing, and reimagining community safety and well-being. The new strategy acknowledges current community concerns Read More…

B.C government investing $3.75M into mental health for Students
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B.C government investing $3.75M into mental health for Students

Reading Time: 3 minutes Governments across Canada are investing millions into mental health as a result of COVID-19 The mental health and well-being of B.C. students and staff are at the heart of a new Mental Health in Schools (MHiS) Strategy aimed at finding new and improved ways to support students who need help. “Students deserve our support and Read More…

Temporary foreign workers will finally get the protection they need
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Temporary foreign workers will finally get the protection they need

Reading Time: 3 minutes Protecting B.C foreign workers will now how great protection under provincial jurisdictions Temporary foreign workers who come to B.C. to work will be better protected now that the employers who want to hire these workers will be required to register with the Province as of Dec. 15, 2020. Employers who wish to hire foreign nationals Read More…

New public health order to help slow B.C's overdose crisis
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New public health order to help slow B.C’s overdose crisis

Reading Time: 3 minutes The drug overdose crisis in B.C is at an all time record high VICTORIA – To help stop overdoses and save lives, B.C provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, has issued a public health order to increase the number of health professionals authorized to help people at risk for overdose access safer alternatives to the Read More…

Saskatoon welcomes 1st Community-Based Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Services
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Saskatoon welcomes 1st Community-Based Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Services

Reading Time: 2 minutes Mayfair Diagnostics will provide a minimum of 10,000 MRI procedures per year Thousands of patients in Northern and Central Saskatchewan now have improved access to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services.  Mayfair Diagnostics began delivering community-based MRI services in mid-August and will provide a minimum of 4,500 exams per year in Saskatoon. “Our government is committed Read More…

Canadian Government to roll out school bus seat-belt pilot in January 2021, starting in British Columbia
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Canadian Government to roll out school bus seat-belt pilot in January 2021, starting in British Columbia

Reading Time: 2 minutes Each day, Canadian children travel to and from school on 51,670 school buses Today Transport Minister Marc Garneau, along with both B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming, and B.C. Minister of Transportation Claire Trevena, jointly announced the start of a pilot project involving the use of seatbelts in school buses in two school districts in Read More…

Sarah Nick Signs on to Rogers Kiss 102.3 FM
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Sarah Nick Signs on to Rogers Kiss 102.3 FM

Reading Time: 3 minutes Rogers welcomes their newest host Sarah Nick in “Nick at Night” The outpouring of support received for former Energy 106 FM morning personality Sarah Nick after the her unceremoniously dismissal from the station, has come full circle. Sarah has now joined the Rogers family as the evening host of her solo show, Nick at Night Read More…

Alberta's $20M first step towards palliative care enhancement
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Alberta’s $20M first step towards palliative care enhancement

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alberta’s $20 million commitment to improve access to palliative care for Albertans and their families is welcomed The Covenant Health Palliative Institute in Alberta, will receive $5 million in funding to increase access to palliative and end-of-life services and promote advance care planning so Albertans can ensure their wishes are honoured. Additionally, $1 million will Read More…

Coastal First Nations $1.33M initiative to protect marine waters
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Coastal First Nations $1.33M initiative to protect marine waters

Reading Time: 3 minutes Indigenous communities have been the custodians of nature The British Columbia (B.C) Government forms partnership with the Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative focuses on removing marine debris such as discarded plastics and fishing gear from shorelines and traditional food-gathering areas on central coast of B.C. The Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative is Read More…

MMF developing curriculum to Home school Metis Children
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MMF developing curriculum to Home school Metis Children

Reading Time: 2 minutes MMF at odds with Manitoba Minister of Health Cameron Friesen and Dr. Roussin with handling of education for Metis Children The Manitoba Métis Government wants to ensure all opportunities are given to Métis parents who prefer to keep their children at home, and to do homeschooling, for fear of COVID and for the safety of Read More…

Alberta's construction innovators, get $3M injection from Feds
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Alberta’s construction innovators, get $3M injection from Feds

Reading Time: 2 minutes Federal government continue to play key role in Alberta’s construction restart Alberta’s construction and engineering is a central part of its economy, supporting good jobs across the province. As the province recovers from the impact of COVID-19, innovation is essential for it to come back strong and support growth across Alberta. Today, Mélanie Joly Minister Read More…

RCMP lays additional charges to Steinbach bomb threat perpetrator
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RCMP lays additional charges to Steinbach bomb threat perpetrator

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manitoba RCMP warns against intimidating victims and witnesses in Steinbach bomb threat On June 9 2020, the Manitoba RCMP Major Crime Services received information that several victims from an ongoing criminal matter were being intimidated and threatened. Project Detract was launched to investigate the information. The immediate objectives of Project Detract were to: protect the victims, determine Read More…

Over 11,000 hectares have burned in B.C. since April 1
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Over 11,000 hectares have burned in B.C. since April 1

Reading Time: 2 minutes 45% of B.C wildfires were caused by humans and continue to damage the provinces landscape With warm temperatures persisting in many regions of the province and the potential for new ignitions still high in some areas, the BC Wildfire Service is urging British Columbians to stay alert and use fire safely over the Labour day Read More…

B.C invests $39.8 million to upgrade Surrey classrooms
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B.C invests $39.8 million to upgrade Surrey classrooms

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C government continues record investment into classroom construction A 240-seat expansion at K.B. Woodward Elementary and seismic upgrades at Prince Charles Elementary and Queen Elizabeth Secondary will bring an improved learning experience to students in Surrey. “No matter where they live, B.C. students deserve the best educational experiences possible, and that means learning in safe, Read More…

Canada celebrates 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope
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Canada celebrates 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope

Reading Time: 2 minutes Over $750 million worldwide have been donate to fight cancer in the Name of Terry Fox Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada’s west coast. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed Read More…

WestJet mandatory face mask policy or face 1 year travel ban
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WestJet mandatory face mask policy or face 1 year travel ban

Reading Time: 3 minutes Westjet will implemens zero tolerance mask policy Today WestJet announced multiple safety updates including the potential for denied travel and a one-year travel ban for those who fail to comply with the airlines’ mask regulation. WestJet also announced the mandatory input of all guests’ contact information at online and kiosk check-in to help the Public Read More…

Sarah Nick, The radio host that captured the hearts of a nation
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Sarah Nick, The radio host that captured the hearts of a nation

Reading Time: 2 minutes One door closed for Sarah Nick and 10,000 opened What was supposed to be a routine Monday on the air hosting the Sarah and Tyler morning show at Energy 106 FM, ended with Sarah Nick receiving a letter of termination and being walked out the door minutes after signing off air. In a state of Read More…

Edmonton Police Services New $500,000 Amoured Black Wolf
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Edmonton Police Services New $500,000 Amoured Black Wolf

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Black Wolf will replace the aging Grizzly that has been used for 42 years by the Edmonton Police Services This fall, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is replacing its 42-year-old “Grizzly Armoured Personnel Carrier” with the “Cambli Black Wolf.” Budgeted and ordered in 2017 as a replacement vehicle for the aging Grizzly, the new Read More…

Little Stars PLAYhouse Breaks Ground in Partnership with Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF)
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Little Stars PLAYhouse Breaks Ground in Partnership with Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF)

Reading Time: 2 minutes Construction of new Little Stars PLAYhouse moving forward through partnership with MMF Today the Métis Federation of Manitoba (MMF) joined the volunteer-based nonprofit Woman Healing For Change in celebrating the start of the construction of the Little Stars PLAYhouse , the future home of the North End Stay and Play (NESP) program. It will be built at 681 Selkirk Avenue Read More…

CT-114 Snowbirds all clear for take off
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CT-114 Snowbirds all clear for take off

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian Snowbirds are Canada’s elite stunt flying aerial performing team The Commander of 2 Canadian Air Division, Brigadier-General Denis O’Reilly, has today lifted the operational pause on the CT-114 Tutor fleet. The operational pause was implemented following a Snowbirds CT-114 Tutor accidentin Kamloops, B.C. on May 17, which resulted in the death of Captain Jennifer Read More…

Play ball! B.C Sports moves into Phase 3
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Play ball! B.C Sports moves into Phase 3

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C opens up team sports as they continue to flatten the curb Athletes throughout British Columbia will be able to engage in more organized sport activities and some competitive play as the Province moves to Phase 3 of the Return to Sport Guidelines. “I know athletes and their families have been missing the joy of Read More…

Winnipeg NHL Hall of Famer Dies at 57 to Cancer
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Winnipeg NHL Hall of Famer Dies at 57 to Cancer

Reading Time: < 1 minute Dale (Ducky) Hawerchuk, NHL Great, Winnipeg Legend Today, the Winnipeg Jets, the entirety of the NHL lost one of their greatest ambassador of the game. Hall of Famer, Dale Hawerchuk, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 57.  Hawerchuk was an a passionate player who played the game of hockey the right way. Read More…

$27,500 in Meth and a Cellphone seized in Canadian federal prison
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$27,500 in Meth and a Cellphone seized in Canadian federal prison

Reading Time: 2 minutes Another major drug bust in Canadian federal prison Another major drug bust at a Canadian correctional facility is becoming all to often. Although strict guidelines are in place as to what gets in an out of correctional facilities, there is clearly a breakdown within the system. Throughout the years, there have been many speculation that Read More…

$1.3M funding for B.C First Nations who are leading climate change initiatives
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$1.3M funding for B.C First Nations who are leading climate change initiatives

Reading Time: 2 minutes Province supports clean energy projects in central First Nations communities Six central First Nations communities are receiving $1.15 million for clean energy projects as part of a funding partnership between the Province of British Columbia, Government of Canada and New Relationship Trust. “Through CleanBC, we are collaborating with New Relationship Trust and Western Economic Diversification Read More…

What is going on in Manitoba? COVID-19 cases are soaring
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What is going on in Manitoba? COVID-19 cases are soaring

Reading Time: 2 minutes Multiple COVID-19 outbreaks in the Manitoba At the start of the pandemic, Manitoba reported the lowest amount of COVID-19 cases in the country, with respect to the Northern Territories. Within the last few weeks, the province has recorded multiple COVID-19 hot spots that are of concern. The first notable break out came from the Hutterite Read More…

Alberni Valley family celebrates 100 years of farming
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Alberni Valley family celebrates 100 years of farming

Reading Time: 2 minutes A family that farms together, stays together In an idyllic location near Stamp Falls Provincial Park, the Darby family has been working the soil at their family farm for four generations. Their dedication to family and community is being recognized, as Darby Farm is British Columbia’s latest recipient of the Century Farm Award.   “The Read More…

Wet'sutwet'en land rights remain one of extreme complexity
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Wet’sutwet’en land rights remain one of extreme complexity

Reading Time: 3 minutes Wet’sutwet’en Hereditary Chiefs continue to work with Provincial and Federal governments on the land rights of Indigenous people It has been several months since the Wet’suwet’en stand off in B.C that saw the Hereditary Chiefs orchestrate blockades of multiple railways. The blockades were to prevent construction of energy pipelines on Indigenous land. Pipelines on Indigenous Read More…

B.C Ferries to get a piece of $1 Billion COVID-19 Fund
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B.C Ferries to get a piece of $1 Billion COVID-19 Fund

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C Ferries have been one of the hardest hit sectors in the transportation industry The federal and provincial governments have confirmed that the transit funding envelope of the Safe Restart Agreement will include eligibility for BC Ferries. Helping communities recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is a key part of the Safe Restart Read More…

First Nations to Remain Vigilant Amongst Growing Rates of COVID-19 in Manitoba
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First Nations to Remain Vigilant Amongst Growing Rates of COVID-19 in Manitoba

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brandon Manitoba has now become the COVID-19 hot spot in Canada As of this morning, 196 active cases were reported for Manitoba with 6 current hospitalizations and 3 people in the Intensive Care Unit. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 558. “Today I am reminding everyone Read More…

Over 5 million illegal cigarettes seized in B.C
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Over 5 million illegal cigarettes seized in B.C

Reading Time: 2 minutes More than 5 million illegal cigarettes were taken off the street last year in British Columbia The illegal tobacco was seized during undercover investigations conducted with local law enforcement agencies. Retail locations are regularly audited by the Ministry of Finance and Consumer Taxation Branch to ensure retailers are not selling contraband products. This saves the Read More…

Canada Developing Biodegradable COVID-19 Face Mask Filters
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Canada Developing Biodegradable COVID-19 Face Mask Filters

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canada has invested hundreds of millions into made in Canada COVID-19 PPE Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan, today announced a $1.3 million investment to FPInnovations for a COVID-19 response project to develop a biodegradable, sustainable filter for single-use face masks made from local, and eco-friendly solutions. Consistent with Natural Resources Canada’s work plan for personal Read More…

Federal and B.C Government to fund new T’Sou-ke First Nation health centre
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Federal and B.C Government to fund new T’Sou-ke Nation community centre

Reading Time: 3 minutes New community centre will deliver better health care to the T’Sou-ke Nation The T’Sou-ke Nation will finally receive a long overdue community centre that will also act as health care facility. The funding for the new centre is in partnership with the B.C and Federal Government. While touring the site of the future facility, Premier Read More…

B.C just made it easier to by Weed online
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B.C just made it easier to by Cannabis online

Reading Time: 2 minutes British Columbians (B.C) can now order Cannabis online with new App B.C has amended its regulations to allow private cannabis retail store (CRS) licensees to sell non-medical cannabis products online for pickup in store. Previously, customers could reserve cannabis products online, but they were required to be physically present to complete payment and obtain their Read More…

Manitoba COVID-19 cases are steadily rising
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Manitoba COVID-19 cases are steadily rising

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manitoba at one point had the lowest number of positive cases per ca-pita Manitoba’s five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate has risen to 0.40 per cent as six new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to Read More…

B.C opens first of its kind 24/7 Indigenous Women Housing
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B.C opens first of its kind 24/7 Indigenous Women Housing

Reading Time: 3 minutes Homelessness for Indigenous women continues to be a big problem in in B.C The Province has partnered with the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society to open 21 new supportive homes for Indigenous women who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Victoria. “Housing is the foundation on which people build their lives, and Read More…

B.C set framework for 100% electric vehicles by 2040
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B.C set framework for 100% electric vehicles by 2040

Reading Time: 2 minutes Regulations are in place outlining how B.C. will reduce pollution and make the switch to 100% electric-vehicle sales by 2040. The regulations follow the Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Act that was passed last year and fulfils the CleanBC commitment to implement a ZEV standard. “British Columbians are eager to get behind the wheel of an electric Read More…

Inmate Escape from Willow Cree Healing Lodge
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Inmate Escape from Willow Cree Healing Lodge

Reading Time: < 1 minute Willow Cree Healing Lodge, a minimum-security federal On July 29, 2020, during the midnight security round, staff members at Willow Cree Healing Lodge, a minimum-security federal institution, discovered that Royce Badger was not accounted for. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) immediately contacted the Rosthern detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and a warrant for his Read More…

Insufficient fuel for flight resulted in forced landing near Gillam, Manitoba
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Poor flight crew judgement led to emergency landing in Gillam

Reading Time: 2 minutes Flight crew allowed plane to take off with insufficient fuel In its investigation report (A19C0038) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) identified that an unnoticed fuel shortage resulted in fuel exhaustion and the subsequent forced landing of a Beechcraft B200 medevac aircraft operated by Keewatin Air LP in April 2019. On 24 Read More…

The immigration challenges facing Canada amid the COVID-19
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The immigration challenges facing Canada amid the COVID-19

Reading Time: 3 minutes Federal Ministers sets immigration road map for provincial counterparts Immigration was a Canadian advantage before the COVID-19 pandemic, immigrants are helping Canadians through the pandemic right now and immigration will be critical to Canada’s economic recovery. The Canadian federal ministers and their provincial counterparts agreed to continue building a strong immigration system Canadians value and Read More…

Canada's national COVID-19 positive rate down to 1%
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Dr. Theresa Tam – Canada’s COVID-19 Pandemic Update

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada has flattened the curve of the Pandemic while countries struggle to combat its first wave “There have been 111,697 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,862 deaths. 88% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 3,616,000 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 42,000 people Read More…

Mount Robson Park: Berg Lake Trail
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B.C. gives free day pass to 6 provincial parks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Provincial parks a good way for British Columbians to escape the pandemic To help people stay active and safe in six of B.C.’s most popular provincial parks, government is introducing a new, free day-use pass pilot program.   “People in B.C. love the outdoors, but some of our most popular parks are experiencing a high Read More…

Trailblazers - The rise of Black Women C.E.O's in Canada
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Trailblazers – The rise of Black Women C.E.O’s in Canada

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Orginal Naturalista Black women entrepreneurs are paving the way across Canada from big tech start ups to hair and beauty products. Shondell Babb, the C.E.O of Naturally Gorgeous Curls has been one of the trailblazers finding ways to succeed in a multi billion dollar cosmetics industry. Thiah Management, the parent company of Naturally Gorgeous Read More…

Canada's national COVID-19 positive rate down to 1%
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Canada’s national COVID-19 positive rate down to 1%

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada acted fast to contain the COVID-19 pandemic “There have been 109,669 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,839 deaths. 88% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 3,438,000 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 40,000 people were tested daily, with 1% testing positive. As more Canadians go Read More…

Trudeau gives $19B to Premiers to restart their economies
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Trudeau gives $19B to Premiers to restart their economies

Reading Time: 3 minutes Trudeau government doing everything possible to ensure the provincial economies do not fail Today Prime Ministers Trudeau announced a federal investment of more than $19 billion to help provinces and territories safely restart their economies and make our country more resilient to possible future waves of the virus. “With Canadians doing their part and following Read More…

Winnipeg Good Samaritan Conned out of $10,000 in fake gold
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Winnipeg Good Samaritan Conned out of $10,000 in fake gold

Reading Time: 2 minutes “Don’t buy jewellery off someone on the street” The Winnipeg Police Service has recently received a report of an incident where a member of the public was approached and offered gold jewellery for sale. After completing the transaction, the victim had the jewellery appraised and discovered the gold was fake. During the evening of July Read More…

Workers’ compensation changes to better support workers
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Workers’ compensation changes to better support workers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Changes to the Workers Compensation Act will provide better support to injured workers Changes to the Workers Compensation Act will provide better support to injured workers and their families and enhance WorkSafeBC’s ability to investigate workplace incidents, while keeping premiums low. “For too many years, we have heard from injured workers in B.C. that the Read More…

Federal Gov. Helps low income Canadians access fresh produce
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Federal Gov. Helps low income Canadians access fresh produce

Reading Time: 3 minutes $1.5 million in funding to support Community Food Centres Canada Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating, plays an important role in the well-being and quality of life of Canadians and helps prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Unfortunately, there are some Canadians who do not fully enjoy the benefits of continued Read More…

Canada enacts new measures to help international students
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Canada enacts new measures to help international students

Reading Time: 2 minutes International students can now work longer hours with penalty Canada has implemented a number of temporary policy changes intended to support international students, learning institutions and other stakeholders in Canada’s education sector in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. International students who had a valid study permit, or who were approved for a study permit Read More…

150 new affordable rental homes coming to Nanaimo
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150 new affordable rental homes coming to Nanaimo

Reading Time: 2 minutes Middle-income families and individuals in Nanaimo will soon have access to 120 new, affordable rental homes in their community as construction gets underway on two new apartment buildings. “People deserve safe and secure homes, but even middle-income people like teachers and small business owners have struggled to find affordable housing in Nanaimo,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Read More…

Ontario moves forward with controversial $28.5B Subway Line.
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Day 3 of Quebec Amber Alert garners no leads to missing kids

Reading Time: < 1 minute Can they service alone in the woods. The two young missing Quebec girls have still not been found nor the suspected father. It’s been over 48 hour since the family car crashed and was left abandoned by the woods. Norah Carpentier, 11, right, is described as thin, wearing a white hat and white Nike sandals. Read More…

B.C invests $93M to help fight First Nations Addictions
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B.C invests $93M to help fight First Nations Addictions

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C invests $93M to help fight First Nations Addictions. Overdose in B.C First Nations are Increasing Yearly Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, has released the following statement in response to the First Nations Health Authority release on the overdose death rate: “Since the overdose crisis was first declared in 2016, First Nations Read More…

Grand Chief Dumas upset at smoking ban at First Nation Facilities
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Grand Chief Dumas upset at smoking ban at First Nation Facilities

Reading Time: 2 minutes Pallister Government imposed provincial wide ban on smoking as part of COVID-19 prevention Everyone knows the dangers of smoking and second hand smoke is more detriment to non smokers. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many jurisdictions have imposed strict regulations to prevent the spread of the virus. The coronavirus has infected over ten Read More…

14 & 15-year-old teens charged with first-degree murder
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14 & 15-year-old teens charged with first-degree murder

Reading Time: 2 minutes Both teens are detained in custody Members of the Winnipeg Police Service have charged a 14-year-old male for four recent shootings, including a homicide on Canada Day. – On July 1, 2020, at about 2:27 a.m., an injured 44-year-old male was found on Balmoral Street near Cumberland Avenue. The male had been struck by a Read More…

B.C. families get additional $450 climate action tax credit
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B.C. families get additional $450 climate action tax credit

Reading Time: 2 minutes The enhanced credit is part of B.C.’s COVID-19 Starting this week, more than 80% of families and individuals in British Columbia will automatically receive an enhanced climate action tax credit. “Many British Columbians are still worried about how they can cover costs such as transportation so they can return to work, pay for groceries and Read More…

Air Canada Cancels 30 Routes across Canada
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Air Canada Cancels 30 Routes across Canada

Reading Time: 2 minutes Air Canada Cancels 30 Routes across Canada. COVID-19 has wiped out a billion off the company’s balance sheet Today Air Canada announced the indefinite suspension of service to 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports in Canada.  These structural changes to Air Canada’s domestic regional network are being made as a Read More…

B.C buys Historic American Hotel for homeless initiatives
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B.C buys Historic American Hotel for homeless initiatives

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C buys Historic American Hotel for homeless initiatives. The war on homeless continues in wake of COVID-19 The B.C Department of Housing purchased the 42-unit American Hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for people who have been living in supportive housing and are ready to take the next step toward independent living. “Housing is the foundation Read More…

B.C signs historic agreement with Squamish First Nation
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B.C signs historic agreement with Squamish First Nation

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C signs historic agreement with Squamish First Nation. New economic control over resources for Indigenous People A historic agreement between the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Líl̓wat Nations, the Province, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and Whistler Blackcomb creates new opportunities for economic development, reflecting B.C.’s commitment to reconciliation. “After many years of negotiations and a Read More…

Helping First Nations bring ancestors, belongings home
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Helping First Nations bring ancestors, belongings home

Reading Time: 2 minutes Helping First Nations bring ancestors, belongings home. B.C commits $2M for Indigenous ancestry repatriation First Nations wanting their ancestral remains and cultural objects returned will soon have access to financial support through the BC Museums Association. “The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is clear: Indigenous peoples have a right to Read More…

Federal Government takes over COVID-19 screening from B.C
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Federal Government takes over COVID-19 screening from B.C

Reading Time: 2 minutes Federal Government takes over COVID-19 screening from B.C. The province has seen a influx in border travel over the months In early April, the Province introduced COVID-19 border screening measures, unprecedented in Canada, to help ensure British Columbians returning home from international destinations had the support they need to manage self-isolation plans and keep B.C. Read More…

B.C. launches 24/7 helpline to help people with addictions
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B.C. launches 24/7 helpline to help people with addictions

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C. launches 24/7 helpline to help people with addictions. B.C has one of the countries highest opioid rates A new 24/7 helpline for clinicians will provide health-care providers around British Columbia with live, in-the-moment addiction medicine support, while they are treating patients. The 24/7 Addiction Medicine Clinician Support Line was launched on Tuesday, June 16, Read More…

B. C investing $1.89M to Raise awareness of elder abuse
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B.C investing $1.89M to Raise awareness of elder abuse

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C investing $1.89M to Raise awareness of elder abuse. COVID-19 has enhanced the awareness of senior abuse In advance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday, June 15, 2020, the B.C government has provided $1.89 million to help raise awareness of senior abuse. The funding will also help create educational programs to protect seniors Read More…

Calgary still recovering from heavy rainfall and hail
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Calgary still recovering from heavy rainfall and hail

Reading Time: < 1 minute Calgary still recovering from heavy rainfall and hail. The damage is in the millions and rising A significant thunderstorm, which brought rain and damaging hail, moved over Calgary, over the weekend. The heavy rainfall resulted in major flooding to some roads and underpasses. Calgary’s northeast was the most heavily impacted by this substantial weather event. Read More…

Alberta Government Spotlights homegrown talent start June 11
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Alberta Government Spotlights homegrown talent starting June 11th

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alberta Government Spotlights homegrown talent starting June 11. The series of online concerts to help artists Alberta Music, the National Music Center, CKUA and Stagehand are partnering with support from the province to deliver Alberta Spotlight, a weekly online concert series featuring Alberta musicians. The funds raised from the event will go directly to Alberta artists Read More…

More than 157,000 students in B.C have returned to school
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More than 157,000 students in B.C have returned to school

Reading Time: 2 minutes More than 157,000 students in B.C have returned to school. Strict COVID-19 measures put in place for safety More than 157,000 kindergarten to Grade 12 students, representing nearly 30% of B.C.’s total school population, were back in classrooms during the first week of the province’s gradual return to schools for in-class instruction under new health Read More…

Saskatchewan Economy On The Rebound Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
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Saskatchewan Economy On The Rebound Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Reading Time: 2 minutes Saskatchewan Economy On The Rebound Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic. 600 more jobs created in the month of May Job numbers for May released today show Saskatchewan is in a strong position compared to other provinces.  The unemployment rate in May 2020 was 12.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted), the second-lowest among the provinces. Nationally, the unemployment rate was Read More…

BC provides post-secondary funding for aged-out kids in care
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B.C provides post-secondary funding for aged-out kids in care

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C provides post-secondary funding for aged-out kids in care. $250K from the Youth Futures Education Fund Youth who have aged out of government care in the province of British Columbia and are ready to pursue post-secondary education this fall will have an additional $250,000 from the Youth Futures Education Fund (YFEF) to help them with Read More…

The B.C 54 has a plan to reduce poverty, will it work?
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The B.C 54 has a plan to reduce poverty, will it work?

Reading Time: 2 minutes The B.C 54 has a plan to reduce poverty, will it work? 29 projects will receive $1.4 million to fight poverty Community-based supports for vulnerable and low-income people throughout B.C. are being boosted through a series of local government poverty reduction initiatives. With grants from the Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program, 54 local governments throughout Read More…

British Columbia increases minimum wage to $14.60 per hour
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British Columbia increases minimum wage to $14.60 per hour

Reading Time: < 1 minute British Columbia increases minimum wage to $14.60 per hour. BC is one of the most expensive provinces to live in Canada To support British Columbia’s lowest-paid workers, the general hourly minimum wage is increasing to $14.60, and the minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers and live-in camp leaders are also increasing, effective Monday, Read More…

Bee-lieve it: B.C. celebrates the Day of the Honey Bee
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Bee-lieve it: B.C. celebrates the Day of the Honey Bee

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C. celebrates the Day of the Honey Bee. Honey Bees economic contribution is over $3.2B. In recognition of the significant role the province’s honey bees and native pollinators play in B.C.’s agricultural industry and the lives of British Columbians, May 29 is proclaimed Day of the Honey Bee. “Honey bees and native pollinators may be Read More…

Calgary bylaw now bans the practice of conversion therapy
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Calgary bylaw now bans the practice of conversion therapy

Reading Time: 3 minutes Calgary bylaw now bans the practice of conversion therapy. Gender and sexual orientation equality Calgary City Council voted to pass the Prohibited Business Bylaw (BYLAW NUMBER 20M2020) to ban the practice and promotion of conversion therapy. With this, The City of Calgary initiates new regulations to protect Calgarians, regardless of gender and sexual orientation, to Read More…

B.C Opens up campsites June 1 and adds another 180 locations
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B.C Opens up campsites June 1 and adds another 180 locations

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C Opens up campsites June 1 and adds another 180 locations for campers to use and enjoy the great outdoors The 2020 summer camping season has arrived, giving people in B.C. more opportunities to get outside and connect with nature as most provincial campgrounds and recreation sites open June 1, along with more parks for Read More…

Celeste Haldane reappointed BC Treaty Chief Commissioner
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Celeste Haldane reappointed BC Treaty Chief Commissioner

Reading Time: 2 minutes Celeste Haldane reappointed BC Treaty Chief Commissioner. The BC Treaty Commission is an independent body Celeste Haldane the current Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commissions has been reappointment to another three-year term. Her reappointment was met with great enthusiasm by The First Nations Summit and the governments of British Columbia and Canada. Haldane was first Read More…

Manitoba to expand Cannabis retail operations June 1, 2020
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Manitoba to expand Cannabis retail operations June 1, 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute Manitoba to expand Cannabis retail operations June 1, 2020. Manitoba has 30 Cannabis stores in the province Beginning June 1, Manitoba will expand its cannabis retail application process to all prospective retailers. This includes the introduction of a new controlled-access licence for retailers. Manitoba will also continue to offer age-restricted licences for retailers wishing to Read More…

Calgary's City Hall has been under wraps since May 2017
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Calgary’s City Hall has been under wraps since May 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutes Calgary’s City Hall has been under wraps since May 2017. The 1907 building is in need of modern upgrades Witness to our history One of our most familiar landmarks for more than a century, Historic City Hall has stood alongside Calgarians throughout our greatest victories and our hardest challenges including the Spanish flu of 1918 Read More…

Over 70 New Affordable Homes To Open In Saanich B.C.
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Over 70 New Affordable Homes To Open In Saanich B.C.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Over 70 New Affordable Homes To Open In Saanich B.C. 3,300 New Homes To Be Created Over The Next Several Years Low- to moderate-income families, individuals, seniors and adults with disabilities in Saanich will soon have access to over 70 new affordable homes thanks to a partnership between the Province, the Capital Regional District (CRD) Read More…

Manitoba Premier Celebrates 150 Years Of Diversity
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Manitoba Premier Celebrates 150 Years Of Diversity

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manitoba Premier Celebrates 150 Years Of Diversity. Happy Birthday, Manitoba. Here’s To Another 150 More Years The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of Manitoba becoming a province. During those 15 decades, people from all over the world have come to the keystone province in search for a safer, more prosperous life for themselves and Read More…

Scott Moe Proclaims May 11-15 Sexual Assault Awareness Week
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Scott Moe Proclaims May 11-15 Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Reading Time: 2 minutes Scott Moe Proclaims May 11-15 Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Sexual violence education to be mandated Scott Moe, Saskatchewan Premier proclaimed May 11-15 Sexual Assault Awareness Week and committing to new initiatives to reduce sexual violence and increase support to victims and survivors. To strengthen the province’s network of services, funding has been committed in 2020-21 to Read More…

Asians Being Racially Targeted For COVID-19 Pandemic
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Asians Being Racially Targeted For COVID-19 Pandemic

Reading Time: 2 minutes Asians Being Racially Targeted For COVID-19 Pandemic. B.C Launched The Resilience Projected To Combat Racism More supports for communities will be available following a rise in racist incidents targeting Asian people during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is very concerning that we are seeing an increase in racially motivated attacks toward people of Asian heritage since Read More…

COVID-19 Forces BC Gov. To Update Emergency Support Services
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COVID-19 Forces BC Gov. To Update Emergency Support Services

Reading Time: 2 minutes COVID-19 Forces BC Gov. To Update Emergency Support Services. BC Moving From Pen & Paper To A Digital System With annual flood and wildfire seasons approaching in British Columbia and physical distancing restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the Province is launching a digital registration system for Emergency Support Services (ESS). The new platform will Read More…

BC Government Defers Alcohol License Fee In Wake Of COVID-19
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BC Government Defers Alcohol License Fee In Wake Of COVID-19

Reading Time: 2 minutes BC Government Defers Alcohol License Fee In Wake Of COVID-19. Renewal fees will be deferred until Sept. 30 The B.C Government has temporarily deferred renewal fees for those liquor licensees experiencing financial hardship due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the significant challenges that some in the liquor industry are facing due to Read More…

Manitoban's To Buy Online Direct From Farmers Amid COVID-19
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Manitoban’s To Buy Online Direct From Farmers Amid COVID-19

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manitoban’s To Buy Online Direct From Farmers Amid COVID-19. $160,000 Through Canadian Agricultural Partner COVID-19 has brought on many challenges to food producers and in most instances, completely wiped out or severely disrupted the supply chain. Among the hardest hit are the farmers, who face many uncertainties every year. Whether it be drought, flooding and Read More…

Folklorama Cancels Festival For 2020 Due To COVID-19
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Folklorama Cancels Festival For 2020 Due To COVID-19

Reading Time: 2 minutes Folklorama Cancels Festival For 2020 Due To COVID-19. In 2019, The 50th Anniversary Saw 455,000 Visitors Canada’s largest mulit-cultural festivals have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020 would have marked the 51st edition of the world-renowned festival celebrating cultural diversity, inclusion and acceptance. “For many of us, Folklorama is home; it is tradition Read More…

B.C Guarantees Childcare For 2,650 Essential Service Workers
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B.C Guarantees Childcare For 2,650 Essential Service Workers

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C Guarantees Childcare For 2,650 Essential Service Workers. $38M To Allocated To Childcare For Workers More than 2,500 essential service workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic have been referred to open child care spaces through the Province’s new child care matching process. Less than a month after the Province launched its new Read More…

B.C School District Provides 75,000 Healthy Meals A Week.
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B.C School District Provides 75,000 Healthy Meals A Week.

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C School District Provides 75,000 Healthy Meals A Week. Vulnerable Students Face More Barriers To Learning To ensure vulnerable students do not face barriers to learning while in-class instruction is suspended, B.C.’s school districts are finding innovative ways to provide families with more than 75,000 healthy meals a week. “No student should ever have to Read More…

Major Changes In 2021 In How Commercial Vehicles Operate In B.C
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B.C Changes How Commercial Vehicles Can Operate In June 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C Changes How Commercial Vehicles Can Operate In June 2021. Electronic Logging Devices Will Be Mandatory As of June 12, 2021, commercial vehicles that cross provincial borders will be required to be equipped with an electronic logging device (ELD). In response to these changes to the federal Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations, B.C. Read More…

B.C Government Provides 49 New Temporary Housing For Homeless
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B.C Government Provides 49 New Temporary Housing For Homeless

Reading Time: 3 minutes The B.C Government today announced a partnership with the District of Squamish and Squamish Helping Hands Society to provide 49 new temporary homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the community. “The need for safe, secure housing has never been more important,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This Read More…

$2,000 Ticketing Fine Under Emergency Program Act Orders
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$2,000 Ticketing Fine Under Emergency Program Act Orders

Reading Time: 2 minutes $2,000 Ticketing Fine Under Emergency Program Act Orders. These Orders Are Not Suggestions, They Are The Law Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has given police and other enforcement officers the ability to issue $2,000 violation tickets for price gouging and the reselling of medical supplies and other essential goods during the Read More…

Liberal Leader Lamont, Starts Petition To Help MB Businesses
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Liberal Leader Lamont, Starts Petition To Help MB Businesses

Reading Time: 2 minutes Liberal Leader Lamont, Starts Petition To Help MB Businesses. Small Business Are The Backbone Of Manitoba Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont is frustrated with the lack of resources being offered to small businesses in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Pallister government. Mr Lamont has indicated, one of the best ways the Pallister government Read More…

Manitoba Dr Christian Petropolis Develops Superior N95 Mask
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Manitoba Dr Christian Petropolis Develops Superior N95 Mask

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manitoba Dr Christian Petropolis Develops Superior N95 Mask That Is Silicone Based With A Higher Grade Filter The Manitoba Government is seeking submissions from local manufacturers who will be able to develop an accelerated process to scale made in Manitoba masks and begin production as soon as possible.  To encourage the mobilization of local manufacturing, Read More…

Pallister, Bowman Stopped Feuding, Agrees To Ticket Public
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Pallister, Bowman Stopped Feuding, Agrees To Ticket Public

Reading Time: 3 minutes Pallister, Bowman Stopped Feuding, Agrees To Ticket Public For Defying COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders The COVID-19 pandemic has had a crippling effect on economies around the world and the nature of the virus to humans can be deadly. Yet, many continue to defy the health warning by local officials and gather in large settings. Read More…

B.C Government Announces $900K For Kids With Special Needs
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B.C Government Announces $900K For Kids With Special Needs

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C Government Announces $900K For Kids With Special Needs In Wake Of COVID-19 Pandemic VICTORIA – The B.C. government is providing a new Emergency Relief Support Fund and added service flexibility for parents of children with special needs to help during the COVD-19 pandemic. “We have been hearing from families of children with special needs Read More…

Massive Drug Bust In Canadian Port, 106 Kilos Of Meth Seized
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Massive Drug Bust In Canadian Port, 106 Kilos Of Meth Seized

Reading Time: 2 minutes Massive Drug Bust In Canadian Port. 106 Kilos Of Meth Seized At An Approximate Value OF $13.5 million dollars. Today, the Canada Border Services Agency CBSA announced that a shipment of 106 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized at the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility (TCEF). The  Tsawwassen Facility is a part of the marine ports of Read More…

British Columbia COVID-19 Updates, 19 New Cases Of Coronavirus
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Coronavirus Death Toll Up In British Columbia, 19 New Cases

Reading Time: 3 minutes British Columbia COVID-19 Updates, 19 New Cases British Columbia – Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “We are announcing 29 new cases, for a total of 1,203 cases in British Columbia. “Every health Read More…