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Capital decampment

By Shannon Waters March 24, 2021

A formal agreement between the province and the City of Victoria will see the elimination of encampments in the city’s parks by May, according to Housing Minister David Eby.

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B.C. and Washington state collaborate to eradicate giant hornets

By Shannon Waters March 18, 2021

Agriculture officials in B.C. and Washington state are gearing up for a summer of trapping, tracking and destroying invasive Asian giant hornets on both sides of the border.

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Liberals dubious over Home Owner Grant administration changes

By Shannon Waters March 11, 2021

The NDP government’s plans to take over administration of the annual Home Owner Grant has been making the Opposition Liberals antsy.

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Business recovery grant program deadline extended

By Shannon Waters March 5, 2021

Small businesses in B.C. now have until the end of August to apply for the government’s $345-million recovery grant program, Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon announced Thursday.

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Polak back lobbying her old ministry for fired conservation officer

By Shannon Waters February 26, 2021

After more than 15 years in provincial politics, it has not taken former Liberal cabinet minister Mary Polak long to embark on a new venture — one that will soon have her interacting with a ministry she used to helm.

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B.C. versus Toronto

By Shannon Waters February 25, 2021

The B.C. government has involved itself in a Supreme Court of Canada case between the Ontario government and the City of Toronto over Premier Doug Ford’s move to slash the size of the city’s council ahead of the 2018 election.

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Rural funding status extended to Gulf Islands

By Shannon Waters February 17, 2021

The NDP government issued an order-in-council yesterday that Adam Olsen, the Green MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, said he has waited years to see.

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Fish farm phaseout draws criticism from premier and industry

By Shannon Waters February 16, 2021

Premier John Horgan had some harsh words regarding Ottawa’s approach to phasing out open-net pen fish farms in the Discovery Islands by summer 2022.

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Public health CEO out following investigation into allegations of misspending and retaliatory firings

By Shannon Waters February 10, 2021

CEO Benoit Morin abruptly “left” the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) yesterday, shortly after a report into allegations of misspending and retaliatory executive firings was made public.

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Outgoing lawmakers qualify for nearly $1M since election day

By Shannon Waters February 5, 2021

Later this month, severance payments for the 26 MLAs no longer in the legislature following the 2020 election are set to run out.

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