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Feds to invest $319K in B.C. fisheries and clean aquaculture tech projects

The Canadian government says it will be investing nearly $320,000 in B.C. fisheries and clean aquaculture technology projects. Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Diane Lebouthillier announced over $3.5 million in funding for 18 initiatives in Canada, including five in B.C. The funding is for small to medium-sized...

Island MP’s derelict vessel bill a ‘good step’ to what the province needs

A coastal cleanup organization director says Island MP Lisa Marie Baron’s bill to amend the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act is a step in the right direction. Baron, who represents Nanaimo-Ladysmith, is revisiting the bill that was first tabled and passed its first reading in June 2023. The bill comes...

District Lot 9 to be given to Snuneymuxw First Nation

Nanaimo council approved the purchase of land by the ministry of indigenous relations and reconciliation. During a council meeting on Monday, the city approved the disposition of District Lot 9, with plans to transfer the property to the Snuneymuxw First Nation. The lot was originally bought from the Esquimalt and Nanaimo...

Syphilis cases on the rise on Island & Coast

Syphilis cases have been on the rise in Canada, including on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) with symptoms that include pain or soreness, non-itchy rash to your chest, abdomen, palms on your hand and feet. The BC Centre for Disease Control released a...

Rainfall warnings in effect on parts of Vancouver Island

A lot of rain is forecasted for tonight on parts of Vancouver Island. According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, two rainfall warnings are in effect today between Nanoose Bay and Fanny Bay, and the Malahat Highway. For the eastern part of the island, rain could go up to 50 millimeters,...

‘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...
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