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Surrey businesses back up BC salmon farms, warn of urban job losses from closures

Surrey businesses are defending coastal salmon farms, worried hundreds of urban jobs are at risk from government transition plans. This morning the Surrey Board of Trade held a press conference calling on the federal fisheries ministry to reconsider plans to remove all BC salmon farms from the ocean. Board president...

Cancellations, staffing shortages result in extra stress for BC Ferries employees

Recent ferry sailing cancellations and issues with staffing shortages are having a big impact on BC Ferries employees, according to the United Marine and Ferry Workers Union. Provincial president of the union Eric Mcneely says that over 4,000 of his members who wear BC Ferries uniforms are in front-line positions,...

Pharmacists given power to prescribe medication for minor ailments

To cut down on visits to a doctor’s office, the B.C. government is letting pharmacists assess and treat residents for minor ailments like pink eye or skin rashes. Pharmacists can start prescribing and renewing medications on June 1. The announcement was originally made on Sept. 29 but is now coming into...

More than 50 firefighters tending to Sayward blaze

The Newcastle Creek fire near Sayward is now 90 hectares in size, and 55 firefighters are tending to the blaze. In addition to the number of firefighters, they are being aided by three helicopters and water tenders according to BC Wildfire Service. The fire was spotted Monday afternoon, was initially around...

Island MP calling for fix of all weather stations on North Island

North Island – Powell River MP Rachel Blaney is calling for all weather stations on the North Island to be fixed, following a deadly plane crash last year. In a media release, Blaney says she has held roundtables with local businesses who are fighting to have the stations adequately maintained...

UPDATE: Fire near Sayward grows overnight

---Tuesday, 10 a.m. --- The fire near Sayward has grown overnight, and is still burning out of control. According to the BC Wildfire Service, the blaze grew to 60 hectares and is now at 90 hectares. They add there is still no risk to critical infrastructure or homes right now, and no...
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