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Unemployment in BC grows while employment stays static, survey shows

While employment numbers saw little movement in May, BC did see an increase in unemployment. That comes from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for last month, showing that Canada had a 0.1 percent increase in employment, totaling 20.5 million people nation-wide with jobs. Their unemployment rate is at 6.2 percent,...

Missing Nanaimo man may be elsewhere on Island, police say

Nanaimo RCMP are appealing to other Island communities to help find a missing man. A missing persons investigation was started June 2 to locate Cameron Snapski, age 27. Snapski has been experiencing personal struggles and as a result, there’s concern for his safety and overall well-being. He has been residing at...

Students enrolling in NIC could get $30,000 to support their education

Freshman North Island College students could get up to $30,000 in bursaries. According to the college, members of their board will present the Dr. Allan Duncan Pritchard Legacy Bursary awards in award ceremonies at secondary schools on Vancouver Island. The bursary is named after Pritchard, who was a writer, historian, expert...

New machines allow BC to significantly improve access to medical scans

Thanks to recent investments in medical equipment, BC hospitals were able to complete the most ever MRI and CT scans during the past year. There were 322,000 MRIs performed, an 83% increase over 2017, and nearly 300,000 CT scans, an increase of 43%. Since 2017, the health ministry has added 18...

Feds table legislation to standardize, secure access to personal health data

Canadians will soon be able to securely access their own health data, thanks to new federal legislation. This week Health Minister Mark Holland introduced the Connected Care for Canadians Act, which aims to standardize the way health information is collected and stored. The act outlines plans to create a modern...

Hawaii Mars water bomber’s last flight happening ahead of schedule

An iconic Martin Mars water bomber will be moving to the BC Aviation Museum in Sidney just in time for its mid-August open house. The Times-Colonist reported yesterday the final flight for the Hawaii Martin Mars plane in Port Alberni will be sometime between August 5 and 10. The museum is...
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