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Third enhanced BC Family Benefit arrives

A third increase in the BC Family Benefit will mean 75 per cent of families will get more money in their bank accounts. According to a media release, the monthly benefit was temporarily increased for families in the province for the first time in three months of 2023. The benefit...

New collaborative psychedelic research centre to bring reconciliation: VIU

A first of its kind in Canada research centre is being developed at Vancouver Island University (VIU), aiming to combine Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. It will be called the Naut sa mawt Centre for Psychedelic Research and the university says it will combine multiple ways of knowing for development of...

Nanaimo Bastion shooting sends one to the hospital

Nanaimo RCMP are seeking witnesses or information about a shooting in downtown Nanaimo this weekend that sent one man to hospital. A 39 year-old man was shot at around 8pm on Saturday by the Coast Bastion hotel.  Community safety officers were flagged down by the victim, who was bleeding heavily. First responders...

Bursaries coming to those studying early childhood education from the province

The province is using a new fund to help students enrolled in early childhood education (ECE) programs to pay for school costs. Called the ECE Education Support Fund, it will allow students to apply for bursaries during the winter term, using an online portal from the Early Childhood Educators of...

Province invests $5 million to help mitigate animal diseases

The provincial government is investing $5 million towards helping protect farms from animal diseases. This comes in response to diseases, including Avian influenza leaving an impact on multiple farms and ranches in BC. The investment hopes to help farmers and ranchers plan, prepare, prevent, and mitigate animal diseases on their...

Police warn certain Ford pickups could be targets for theft

Police are warning owners of certain Ford pickup trucks that they could be a target for theft. Specifically, earlier models of Ford Super Duty (F-250/F-350) trucks. This after arrests were made relating to two stolen Ford F-350 pickup trucks from the Nanaimo and Crofton areas earlier this month. The vehicles were...
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