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Second-worst winter ever for Monarch butterflies; researchers concerned

You can expect to see a lot fewer monarch butterflies returning to BC this spring, judging by bad news from Mexico. Environment Canada researcher Greg Mitchell was there this winter for the annual Monarch butterfly count. Monarchs from all over North America, including BC, migrate south every fall to winter...

Second-worst winter ever for Monarch butterflies; researchers concerned

You can expect to see a lot fewer monarch butterflies returning to BC this spring, judging by bad news from Mexico. Environment Canada researcher Greg Mitchell was there this winter for the annual Monarch butterfly count. Monarchs from all over North America, including BC, migrate south every fall to winter...

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...

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...

‘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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