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British Columbia Premier calls snap election in October

British Columbians are going to the polls next month after B.C. Premier and provincial New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader John Horgan called a snap election on Monday. During a news conference Horgan announced that he met with B.C. Lieutenant Governor »

Economy, Society

Vancouver pilot project to increase access to transit for low income earners

A pilot project to increase access to transit for low-income residents in the city of Vancouver was approved by the city council on Tuesday. The approved pilot project is a reduced fare transit program that is looking to design, test, »

Health, Society

Public health investigation into Canadian salmonella outbreak continues

In the ongoing investigation of a salmonella outbreak in Canada linked to red onions from the United States, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has reported an additional 49 illnesses since Aug. 31, according to a press release. As »

Society

British Columbia approves municipal bans on single use plastics

The British Columbia government is moving towards banning single-use plastics in a number of municipalities within the province in order to prevent plastic waste from polluting communities, shorelines and landfills. According to a news release from B.C. on Saturday, the »

Politics

Canada and British Columbia launch school bus seatbelt pilot project

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have partnered up to launch a pilot project to use seatbelts in school buses in two school districts in B.C., according to an announcement from Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau and B.C.’s »

Health, Politics

Setback for private health clinics, win for public system

Canada has what is known as “universal health care” which means in most cases, everyone has access to medical care including hospitalization and surgeries, costs of which are for the most covered entirely by the government. Doctors and institutions do »

Politics

British Columbia projects a $12.8 billion deficit for 2020-21 fiscal year

British Columbia has updated its provincial deficit forecast to $12.8 billion for the 2020-21 fiscal year due to the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the first-quarterly report for the year.  The province’s report said that revenue »

Economy

Red onions imported from U.S. likely source of salmonella outbreak in Canada 

Investigators from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) determined on Thursday that red onions imported from the United States are the likely source of an outbreak of salmonella infections across the country. On July 24, the PHAC said that »

Health

Canada places stricter rules for people travelling through Canada to Alaska

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced on Thursday a set of stricter rules and entry conditions for Americans and other foreign nationals travelling through Canada to Alaska in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and minimize the »

Society

Public Health Agency of Canada investigating outbreak of salmonella

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said that they are investigating an outbreak of 59 salmonella infections in five provinces across the country. According to a public health notice released on Friday, the Public Health Agency of Canada said »