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BC wildfire expected to cross into Alberta today - ‎14 hours ago‎
One of B.C.'s biggest wildfires is expected to cross over to Alberta today. The Siphon Creek fire was about 6 km from the Alberta border Wednesday afternoon, said Emily Epp, fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service in Prince George. "We ...
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Wildfires spark evacuation order, state of emergency near Fort St. John - ‎8 hours ago‎
An evacuation order has been issued near the Alaska Highway in northeastern British Columbia because of wildfires in the area.
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Lax mine regulation in British Columbia: A threat to southeast Alaska salmon? - ‎7 hours ago‎
Southeast Alaska's fisheries industry, and Seattle-area fishers who head north, have watched uneasily as the British Columbia government welcomes major mines upstream on such fabled salmon streams as the Stikine and Unuk rivers. The apprehension ...
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BC minimum wage to hit $11.25 by 2017 - ‎May 4, 2016‎
The B.C. government will increase the minimum wage to $10.85 per hour effective September 15, 2016. The 40 cent increase will move British Columbia out of last place nationally for minimum wage. "We are the fastest growing economy in the country and ...
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Clark's exclusive fundraisers not a conflict, commissioner rules - ‎May 4, 2016‎
British Columbia's conflict commissioner has ruled that exclusive fundraisers and a stipend paid to the premier by the B.C. Liberal Party are not conflicts because they do not amount to a 'private interest.' Paul Fraser has released a report into a ...
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White Nose Syndrome threatens BC's bat populations, biologist says - ‎6 hours ago‎
A biologist is worried B.C. bats could be at risk of extinction because the deadly fungus White Nose Syndrome has been detected in Washington State.

Naturopath suspended for Skype marijuana consultations - ‎May 4, 2016‎
A naturopath has been suspended from practice for providing medical consultations via Skype to help patients obtain medical marijuana from pot dispensaries.
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New driver's vehicle impounded after 197km/h race on BC highway - ‎12 hours ago‎
A novice driver from Abbotsford has been fined $468, been banned from driving for 15 days, and has had his car impounded after police caught him speeding at 197 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on a stretch of Highway 1 in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Chilliwack residents concerned over crime in downtown core - ‎7 hours ago‎
Crime and prostitution are nothing new in downtown Chilliwack but a recent spike in violence has spooked even long-time residents.

Alaska raises concerns with BC's mining oversight after audit

The Globe and Mail - ‎May 4, 2016‎
Six months after signing a pact to co-operate on mine development across the B.C.-Alaska border, the Alaskan government is questioning British Columbia's ability to protect the environment due to weak enforcement of its mining industry.
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Elderly women more likely to be prescribed medication, study shows - ‎21 hours ago‎
Elderly women are overprescribed medications more often than older men, according to a study from researchers at the University of British Columbia. In a study to be published today, Professor Steve Morgan and his research team examined when people ...
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Mother blames Burnaby General Hospital for son's suicide - ‎3 hours ago‎
A mother in Burnaby, B.C., says she's in shock her son died less than one hour after being discharged from hospital this week, despite having warned health workers her son had suicidal tendencies.
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Town of Osoyoos sues local school district over school closing - ‎20 hours ago‎
The town of Osoyoos, B.C. and four local parents have filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court in an attempt to quash a motion by the Okanagan-Similkameen School District Board of Education to close the town's only secondary school.
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BC lowers tax credit available to film industry - ‎May 2, 2016‎
The B.C. government announced today it will lower the subsidies available to the film industry, bringing in a projected $100 million in annual savings to the province.
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Auditor general slams BC for failing to adequately monitor mines - ‎May 3, 2016‎
British Columbia's auditor general has delivered a scathing report that concludes the government is not properly prepared to protect the environment from potential disasters in the mining industry.

Prison Break's Dominic Purcell calls Vancouver a gulag - ‎7 hours ago‎
Never mind the monikers of a world class city; Prison Break actor Dominic Purcell says Vancouver is a gulag. Purcell posted a rant to Instagram in which he complained about the city's weather, saying it has a "leaking cloud problem.

British Columbia marks Yom Ha'Shoah or Holocaust Memorial Day - ‎13 hours ago‎
HOLOCAUST survivors participated in a ceremony on Thursday at the provincial parliament buildings, lighting six candles in honour of the six million Jewish men, women and children killed by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945.
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Convicted teen killer Kelly Ellard denied day parole - ‎May 3, 2016‎
The hearing, before a two-person panel, took place at the Fraser Valley Institution in Abbotsford, B.C., where Ellard is serving a life sentence.
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Former child star arrested in connection with Sechelt bank robbery - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Police have arrested a former child actor after a rare bank holdup last week on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast. Deleriyes Joe Cramer, 42, faces several charges including robbery, disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence, failing to stop for a peace ...

British Columbia Lowers Film & TV Tax Credit

Deadline - ‎May 2, 2016‎
B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong said Monday, “Our objective here was to work with the industry to arrive at a reasonable place that recognizes the importance of the film-television production sector to B.C., recognizing the tens of thousands of jobs ...