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‘Teachers need a lifeline’: BCTF responds to budget 2024

Last week the province announced its 2024 budget which included funds for housing, health care and education.  Even though the NDP said that education is a top priority for the government, the BC Teachers Federation says the new budget “won’t make a dent” in solving staffing shortages in schools.  “No student...

Auditor general finds lack of provincial plan, First Nations notifications of hazardous spills

A lack of a provincial-level response plan and inconsistent notifications to First Nations about hazardous spills are just some of the flaws that B.C.’s auditor general found in a new report. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy audit looked at how the ministry handled hazardous spills between Nov....

Planning Moves Forward on New Movie Studio on Vancouver Island

A proposed movie and television production hub with soundstages, workshops and offices on southern Vancouver Island is moving closer to becoming a reality. The studio will be designed to be world-class to attract Hollywood features and ongoing series for television or streaming, and a hub for indigenous and domestic filmmakers. Construction...

Diabetes Canada challenges Canadians to donate 40 items for a good cause

For the third year in a row, Diabetes Canada is holding its 40 Items 40 Days Challenge.  From now until March 24th you can join in by dropping off gently used clothing and household items at any Diabetes Canada bin or arrange for a home pick up.  The challenge aims to...

Malahat Skywalk looks to the future under new leadership

The Malahat Skywalk is looking towards growing its overall experience under new leadership. Nathan Bird has been brought in as the new General Manager of the attraction as it approaches three years in operation this July. He replaces Ken Bailey, who had been with the attraction since its opening. Bird was...

BC’s minimum wage rising to $17.40 an hour on June 1

British Columbia's lowest earners will be making a little bit more, come June 1st. That's when the province's general minimum wage jumps by 65 cents an hour, to $17.40. The 3.9 per cent hike is consistent with the average rate of inflation as tied to BC's Consumer Price Index for 2023. Alternative...
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