Notice of Meetings – December 8, 2023

Meetings of the Peace River Regional District Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 8, 2023 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Center located at 11308 Alaska Road, in Fort St. John, BC. The agenda may be viewed on the PRRD’s web … Read more

Drivers advised to plan for winter conditions across South Coast region

British Columbia Government: Winter weather is forecast for the South Coast region and people travelling the Sea to Sky corridor and the eastern Fraser Valley should plan for snowy conditions. Environment Canada expects 10 to 20 centimetres of snow on the Sea to Sky Highway starting early evening of Friday, Dec. 1, 2023. Snowfall is also … Read more

New plastic requirements will give people better choices

British Columbia Government: The Province continues to take action to support the clean economy by preventing plastic waste and pollution. People will not receive items like cutlery and condiments unless they need them, and can expect to see options that support a healthier environment and cleaner economy. “We want to ensure people have the best options … Read more

Greater Terrace Area – 2024 Curbside Guide

Residents in the Greater Terrace Area, keep an eye on your mailboxes! The annual Greater Terrace Area Curbside Organics, Recycling & Garbage Collection Schedule Information Guide (aka the Curbside Guide) will start arriving in mailboxes over the next week. Can’t wait until then? The online version is available below, or in the sidebar on the Terrace … Read more

Modernized Simon Fraser Bridge opening this weekend

British Columbia Government: The Simon Fraser Bridge will fully reopen this weekend, with the completion of upgrades that will extend the life of this highway connection for people in and around Prince George. Upgrades to the structure include a full deck replacement and strengthening of the truss for the southbound bridge. An increase in height clearance … Read more

More supports coming to Vernon for mental-health, substance-use crises

British Columbia Government: To help people in crisis and to free police resources to focus on crime, a new crisis response is now in Vernon. Vernon has launched a Mobile Integrated Crisis Response (MICR) team, formerly known as a Car Team. This team is staffed with mental-health professionals and police officers to help people in … Read more

2024 Draft Budget

Schedule A Analysis of Changes in Tax Requisition 198 GM Strategic Services Schedule B Effect of Requisition Changes 199  GM Community Services/Facilities Schedule C Historical Requisition By Jurisdiction Schedule D Jurisdiction Breakdown 205 Emergency Planning Schedule E Average Home Tax Impact 231 Community Parks – Area A Schedule F Debenture and Short Term Debt 232 … Read more

Detailed safety study coming for electric kick scooters

British Columbia Government: The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has been collecting and analyzing the results of the first two years of the pilot project. Interim data has been provided by participating communities and a public opinion survey was conducted by Angus Reid Group. Interim findings to date: British Columbians support the testing of electric … Read more

Eight new station names announced for Surrey Langley SkyTrain

British Columbia Government: The new Surrey Langley SkyTrain extension is one step closer with the announcement of the official names of eight stations. The new station names are: Green Timbers Station (140 Street and Fraser Highway) 152 Street Station (152 Street and Fraser Highway) Fleetwood Station (160 Street and Fraser Highway) Bakerview-166 Street Station (166 … Read more

TNRD Seeking Advisory Committee Appointees for Input on Land Use

Kamloops, BC – December 1, 2023 – Have your say on land use in rural areas of the Thompson-Nicola region. The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) is seeking interest from qualified persons to serve as appointees on the Advisory Planning Commission (APC), to provide input on matters related to land use planning at the local government … Read more

More than 1,000 new affordable homes coming for Indigenous people

British Columbia Government: More Indigenous people will soon have new affordable rental homes on and off reserve as the Province is inviting Indigenous housing providers, First Nations and other Indigenous organizations to submit proposals for the Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund (IHF). “In 2018, we became the first province in Canada to invest in First … Read more

Robson Square ice rink opens for the season

British Columbia Government: A tradition celebrating the holiday season brings winter fun to residents and visitors with the opening of the Robson Square ice rink. Nestled in the bustling heart of Vancouver, Robson Square ice rink is a seasonal gem that welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each year. “Vancouver’s winters are special, and the Robson … Read more

Nearly 140 affordable homes for women underway in Vancouver

British Columbia Government: More affordable housing for women and families in Vancouver is on the way as construction starts on 135 new homes. “We know the housing crisis is making it extremely difficult for women and single mothers to find an affordable place to call home,” said Ravi Kahlon, B.C.’s Minister of Housing. “These 135 much-needed … Read more

Minister’s statement on November Labour Force Survey results

British Columbia Government: Brenda Bailey, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation, has issued the following statement on the release of Statistics Canada‘s Labour Force Survey for November 2023: “As we approach the end of 2023, the latest Labour Force Survey (LFS) from Statistics Canada shows that despite high interest rates and a slowing global economy, B.C.’s … Read more

Dec. 12 proclaimed Christine Sinclair Day

British Columbia Government: Dec. 12 will be proclaimed Christine Sinclair Day in B.C. to recognize the extraordinary career and outstanding achievements in sport of the Canadian women’s soccer legend. “Dec. 12 is a day for our province to celebrate the extraordinary career of Christine Sinclair and her unparalleled contributions to soccer, both on and off the field,” said … Read more

qathet Regional District Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 1, 2023 qathet Regional District Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities qathet, BC – This December 3, the qathet Regional District joins together with organizations around the world to promote awareness and celebrate persons with disabilities. The United Nations designated December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 1992 to promote … Read more

Minister’s statement on World AIDS Day, Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week

British Columbia Government: Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, has issued the following statement in recognition of World AIDS Day and Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week: “Today marks the 35th anniversary of World AIDS Day, along with the beginning of Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week. On this day, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting people in British Columbia … Read more

Law protecting whistle-blowers now in force in public K-12 schools

British Columbia Government: Employees will benefit from new protections when bringing forward concerns about serious wrongdoing as the scope of the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) expands to the public K-12 education sector, effective Friday, Dec. 1, 2023. “Expanding PIDA to the public K-12 sector will allow employees in our education system, such as educators … Read more

People encouraged to prepare for stormy weather, heavy rain

British Columbia Government: People encouraged to prepare for stormy weather, heavy rain | BC Gov News Emergency Management and Climate Readiness People encouraged to prepare for stormy weather, heavy rain Print Emergency Management and Climate Readiness British Columbia News People encouraged to prepare for stormy weather, heavy rain People living on Vancouver Island, the … Read more

Procurement for Highway 1 four-laning near Revelstoke moves to the next step

British Columbia Government: The Province has selected three qualified teams to participate in the request for proposals (RFP) stage to design and construct the Highway 1 Jumping Creek to MacDonald Snowshed project. The project is approximately 40 kilometres east of Revelstoke. Highway 1 will be widened to four lanes over a 2.6-kilometre section between the … Read more

B.C. supporting wood-product manufacturers

British Columbia Government: New funding for six wood-product manufacturers will grow B.C.’s value-added wood sector, fortifying local economies and creating and protecting hundreds of forestry jobs. “We are investing in innovative projects that will help our forestry sector get more value and jobs out of the wood harvested in B.C.,” said Brenda Bailey, Minister of … Read more

New pilot project supports restaurant industry’s workforce development

British Columbia Government: Employers of small and medium-sized businesses and workers in the restaurant industry will have better workforce support as the Province works with Chefs’ Table Society of B.C. to improve workplace culture, attract and retain workers in B.C.’s restaurant sector.  “Through this partnership, we are working to strengthen the restaurant industry, which has … Read more

Fall session delivers transformative action on housing

British Columbia Government: Taking action to tackle some of the biggest challenges people in B.C. are facing was at the centre of several new pieces of legislation passed during the fall session, including the most significant housing legislation in B.C. history to deliver more homes for people faster. “One of the biggest challenges facing people … Read more

Thornhill Advisory Planning Committee Meeting – Dec. 5, 2023

Thornhill Advisory Planning Committee Meeting – Dec. 5, 2023 Members of the public are welcome to attend the Thornhill Advisory Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. Consultant WSP is presenting on the updates to the Thornhill zoning and subdivision bylaws, so this is a good opportunity for residents to learn more about the project.  … Read more

FESBC promotes safe communities, creates jobs, supports forest industry

British Columbia Government: Forestry workers, First Nations and mills are getting to work on Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC)-supported projects that reduce wildfire risk, lower greenhouse gas emissions and provide recovered fibre to mills and bioenergy facilities. “The Forest Enhancement Society of BC supports First Nations, community forests, rural communities and many others who … Read more

Minister’s statement on lives lost to poisoned drugs in October

British Columbia Government: Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, has released the following statement regarding the BC Coroners Service report on illicit drug toxicity deaths in October: “As we face the sombre reality presented in the latest BC Coroners Service report, our hearts go out to the families and friends mourning the loss … Read more

More than 2,000 British Columbians lost to toxic, unregulated drugs for third consecutive year

British Columbia Government: At least 2,039 lives have been lost to unregulated drugs in the first 10 months of 2023, according to preliminary data released by the BC Coroners Service. October was the 37th consecutive month in which at least 150 deaths are suspected to have been caused by the toxic-drug supply were reported to … Read more

B.C. shows progress toward climate goals

British Columbia Government: British Columbia’s continued progress on climate action is demonstrated in the newly released 2023 Climate Change Accountability Report, which outlines the actions and results of B.C.’s work to meet the Province’s climate targets. The report shows British Columbia’s net greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) are down 5% from 2018, the year CleanBC was … Read more

Another 60 temporary Kelowna homes coming for people in need

British Columbia Government: Sixty temporary homes will soon be available for people experiencing homelessness in Kelowna as construction gets underway on the second project created through an agreement between the Province and the city. “These new homes ensure that more vulnerable people in Kelowna have a safe, warm place to stay, with access to the … Read more


BYLAW NO. 528 – ELECTORAL AREA ‘I’ (CORTES ISLAND) ZONING BYLAW, 2002, Amendment No. 33 Date of Public Hearing: Monday, December 11, 2023 Location of Public Hearing: Mansons Hall, 983 Beesley Road, Mansons Landing BC Public Hearing to commence at: 12:00 noon Subject Area: The subject area is legally described as Lot A, Section 33, … Read more

Minister’s statement on filing the first unexplained wealth order in Canada

British Columbia Government: Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has released the following statement about the first unexplained wealth order application filing: “Today, the first in a series of unexplained wealth order applications will be filed with the British Columbia Supreme Court, with a hearing date expected on Jan. 11, 2024. “As … Read more

Ministers’ statement on U.S. ‘sunset’ review of softwood lumber duties

British Columbia Government: Bruce Ralston, Minister of Forests, and Jagrup Brar, Minister of State for Trade, have issued the following joint statement in response to the United States International Trade Commission’s (ITC) decision in its five-year “sunset” review of the countervailing and anti-dumping duty orders imposed on Canadian imports: “We are deeply disappointed in the … Read more

Wider, safer Highway 1 open through Kicking Horse Canyon

British Columbia Government: ( People travelling the Trans-Canada Highway through the Kicking Horse Canyon are now using a wider, safer, four-lane divided highway, with the opening of the new westbound lanes through Phase 4 of the project. The opening of all four lanes on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, marks substantial completion of Phase 4 of … Read more

Patient-centred approach to MAiD services coming to St. Paul’s Hospital

British Columbia Government: Medical assistance in dying (MAiD) services will soon be available for people within a Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) clinical space adjacent to St. Paul’s Hospital. This means patients will no longer need to transfer to another health-care facility for this specialized end-of-life care. “MAiD is a legal end-of-life choice, and we’re ensuring … Read more

Stanley Park Causeway lane closures planned for tree removal

British Columbia Government: Drivers are advised of weekend lane closures over the next two months on the Stanley Park Causeway. The closures are for an urgent tree removal project in Stanley Park led by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. On the following dates, one lane will be closed on the Stanley Park Causeway, … Read more

New student housing opens at University of Victoria

British Columbia Government: Hundreds of additional University of Victoria (UVic) students are living on campus as a new student housing complex has opened, relieving pressure on the local rental market. “When young people move away from home for school, they need to be able to find safe, secure and affordable housing,” said Premier David Eby. … Read more

Deadline extended for public input on Disaster Financial Assistance

British Columbia Government: People who want to help shape and improve how the Province provides financial support following a disaster now have until the end of January 2024. The Disaster Financial Assistance program helps people, small businesses, charitable organizations and communities cover disaster-related losses that are not readily insurable. This may include the replacement of … Read more

Construction will begin on Baxter Bridge replacement this winter

British Columbia Government: People travelling between Enderby and Lumby will have a safer and more reliable bridge connecting the communities with the replacement of Baxter Bridge. Construction to replace the bridge located on Trinity Valley Road, 11 kilometres east of Enderby, will start this winter. A contract has been awarded to Formula Contractors Ltd. for … Read more

More student spaces coming to Kelowna

British Columbia Government: A new school addition is on track to deliver more student spaces as early as the next school year in the fast-growing Central Okanagan School District. “We are expanding schools to meet the needs of our growing communities,” said Rachna Singh, Minister of Education and Child Care. “With record population growth, our … Read more

Expanded Burnaby elementary school will be safer

British Columbia Government: Students at Brentwood Park Elementary will soon be getting more space with a new addition and seismic upgrade on the way. “In growing neighbourhoods throughout the province, our government is expanding and upgrading schools like Brentwood Park Elementary,” said Rachna Singh, Minister of Education and Child Care. “We are proud to be … Read more

The Regional Growth Strategy Community Survey is now open. We want to hear what your priorities are for the Peace Region over the next 20 years.

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Dates confirmed for inquest into deaths of Mary Ann Garlow and Dennis James Guay

British Columbia Government: A coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Mary Ann Garlow and Dennis James Guay will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 22, 2024, at the Burnaby Coroners’ Court (20th floor, 4720 Kingsway, Metrotower II, Metrotown, Burnaby). The deaths of Garlow, 63, and Guay, 53, were reported to the BC Coroners Service on April … Read more

Creston Tour of Lights

November 30, 2023 The RDCK and Town of Creston, in conjunction with BC Transit and NextGen Transit are happy to announce the return of the Creston Annual Tour of Lights. We will be doing two trips per night on December 18th, 20th, and 22nd at 6pm and 7pm. If you’re interested in participating, please call … Read more

Closure planned on Highway 97 near Summerland for 90 minutes Thursday

British Columbia Government: People travelling Highway 97 are advised of a short-term closure on Thursday between Callan Road and Okanagan Lake Provincial Park north of Summerland. The highway will be closed for blasting at the rockslide site on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For the safety of workers, blasting must take place … Read more

B.C.’s strong fiscal foundation supports people through global challenges

British Columbia Government: British Columbia’s economic and fiscal plan remains stable in the face of a slowing global economy and high interest rates as the Second Quarterly Report forecasts a lower deficit than in the previous fiscal update. “People’s budgets have been squeezed by global inflation and high interest rates are making the already high cost of … Read more

Minister’s statement on recent extortion attempts

British Columbia Government: Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has released the following statement in response to recent threats of violence to extort money from people: “Recently, the Abbotsford Police Department and Surrey RCMP have reported there have been a number of attempts by organized criminals to extort money from people by … Read more

Students learning in new seismically safe David Lloyd George Elementary

British Columbia Government: Students and staff are learning and working in a safe, modern school now that the new David Lloyd George Elementary school is complete. “Our government is building, expanding and upgrading schools throughout B.C.,” said Rachna Singh, Minister of Education and Child Care. “The new David Lloyd George Elementary is a safe, modern … Read more

Anti-Hate Community Support Fund grant applications are now open

British Columbia Government: Community organizations throughout the province that have experienced or are at risk of experiencing hate-motivated crimes are encouraged to submit grant applications for the Anti-Hate Community Support Fund. Financial support from the fund will be provided to places of worship, cultural community centres and other at-risk groups such as 2SLGBTQ+ organizations. Funding can be used … Read more

More child care spaces, health-care supports for people in northern B.C.

British Columbia Government: People in northern B.C. will have access to more services, including health-care supports and child care spaces, with an investment of more than $3 million from the Northern Healthy Communities Fund (NHCF). Among the funding recipients is Coast Mountain Children Society, a not-for-profit organization providing care for infants, toddlers and school-age children in … Read more

New recruitment program for RDCK volunteer firefighters

November 29, 2023 Nelson, BC: Starting December 1, 2023, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will implement a new structured recruitment program for volunteer firefighters. The goal of the program is to create a regional approach to training that will see volunteers train as a cohort and ready for active duty in a quicker … Read more

Highway 1 expansion advances for Fraser Valley residents and travellers

British Columbia Government: The next phase of Highway 1 expansion through the Fraser Valley to the Sumas Prairie has begun, which will relieve traffic congestion and accommodate more sustainable transportation options in the region. Accelerated advance work along the Highway 1 median east of 264th Street has begun, with work delivered by local companies including … Read more

 Cortes Island Zoning Bylaw Review Open House – December 11th, 2023

Campbell River, BC – The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is resuming its review of the Electoral Area B, Cortes Island, Zoning Bylaw, and invites community members to provide their input into the final document. A zoning bylaw assigns regulations and zones to both land and water within a local government jurisdiction, such as Cortes Island, … Read more

Notice of Special Regional Board Meeting – November 29, 2023

Main Office #202 – 4675 Marine AvenuePowell River, BC V8A 2L2 Hours of Operation 8:30am – 4:30pm Closed 12:00pm – 1:00pm Monday to Friday Contact Tel: 604-485-2260Fax: 604-485-2216Email: Comment > Connect > Support Comment How will this information impact your life? Comment below and let us know your perspective. Connect Bastyon Facebook Freespace … Read more

SRD Testing West Coast Tsunami Warning Notification System

Next Monday, December 4th at 7:00 pm the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) will be sending a test alert to the West Coast of Vancouver Island Tsunami Warning subscriber list through its free emergency notification system, Alertable. Subscribers will receive a test alert via: SMS text; Phone call to cellphone and landline; Email or as a … Read more

Enhanced mental-health, addictions services will help First Nations in Cowichan Valley

British Columbia Government: First Nations people in need of treatment and recovery services can access expanded culturally appropriate care at the newly completed Tsow-Tun Le Lum Healing House located on the territory of the Cowichan Tribes. Tsow-Tun Le Lum, which means “helping house” in the Hul’q’umi’num’ language, offers 20 treatment beds and living units to support … Read more

New homes open for people experiencing homelessness in Victoria

British Columbia Government: People experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Victoria are moving into 46 new homes with around-the-clock supports with the opening of The Juniper. “The Juniper marks another step in our work to break the cycle of homelessness in Victoria and across the province,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing. “This building is … Read more

Transit-oriented development brings more housing, services to people in Port Moody

British Columbia Government: People in Port Moody are a step closer to enjoying the benefits of a comprehensive transit-oriented community made possible by legislation passed in 2022 that allows the Province to buy land for housing projects near transit hubs. “Building neighbourhoods next to transit makes sense,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. … Read more


BYLAW NO. 276 – OYSTER BAY / BUTTLE LAKE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BYLAW, 2023 Date of Public Hearing: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 Location of Public Hearing: Banquet Hall, Oyster Bay Resorts, 4357 Island Hwy. S., Campbell River BC Public Hearing to commence at: 7:00 p.m. Subject Area: The subject area is legally described as Electoral … Read more