Highlights / B.C.

Economy, Health, International, Religion

Quebec rules for safety over turbans, religious beliefs

After years of litigation that began in 2006, the highest court in the province of Quebec has ruled workplace safety comes before religious beliefs. The ruling concerns Sikh truckdrivers who had challenged a requirement to wear safety helmets when leaving» 

Health, Society

Canadian Blood Services will expand, opening new plasma donation centres

Canadian Blood Services is opening three new plasma donation centres to ensure that the country’s blood supplies do not dwindle. Canada uses more human plasma products than any other country in the world after the U.S.. Most of it is» 

Environment

Salmon will be flown by helicopter after landslide blocked river

Since late June, tens of thousands of migratory salmon have been trapped behind a rock slide on the Fraser River in remote British Columbia. To help them continue their journey, Canadian authorities announced that they would fly them over the» 

Politics, Society

Drunk driving law: Charter of Rights challenge (interview)

Case may eventually make it to the Supreme Court of Canada (public commenting is open on all RCI stories at bottom- comments will be shown after examination) The case begins with an elderly woman who went to a liquor store» 

Economy

Railway modifies rules after deadly crash

The tragic railway derailment this week has led to changes in procedure by the Canadian Pacific railway. The new rules will now require handbrakes to be set on trains making emergency stops in mountain routes. Train number 301 was on» 

Arts and Entertainment, International, Society

Elvis is back!

Well, not exactly, but the Elvis festival is back. We may be just in the middle of winter in N.America, but tickets are already on sale for one of the world’s biggest Elvis festivals. In fact it bills itself as» 

Environment, Society

Wildfire forces campers out of western site

A wildfire is burning out of control in western Canada’s Fraser Valley and has forced campers to evacuate.  Today is the final day of a long holiday weekend when many Canadians like to get out and enjoy some of the» 

Environment, Society

Canada flooding situation worsens

More scattered rain showers to come The rains this spring in Canada have been far greater than normal and it has caused emergency situations in regions across the country.. It has now turned deadly with two men missing and presumed» 

Environment, Society

Charity warns of threats to grizzly bears

A new report says the long term survival of grizzly bears in the western province of British Columbia (B.C.) is threatened because of a loss of habitat and food sources and a government-sanctioned trophy hunt. The recently-formed charitable organization, the» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International

Canada – U.K. Arctic music & policy show looks to build bridges

Ask the average person in the South what they know about the Arctic and things like ‘ice’ or ‘polar bears’ usually top the list. But a new radio show launched this month wants to help change that. Dispatch, from the Cold Front comes»