February 2017

British Columbia's carbon tax not revenue neutral, despite government’s commitment

Five years later, the carbon tax ceased being revenue neutral because the government no longer provided new tax cuts to sufficiently offset the additional carbon tax revenue.

British Columbia’s carbon tax is no longer revenue neutral and could actually result in almost $900 million in higher taxes over a six-year period, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Fraudsters pose as RCMP in CRA scam

Fraudsters pose as RCMP in CRA scam

A fraudster posing as Grand Forks RCMP officer demanded money on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for back taxes, fines and a fee from a Boundary citizen said Sgt. J.(Jim) Fenske in a media release.

"The scammer told the citizen that the R.C.M.P. would be arresting the person and "seizing" her children if she did not pay her taxes," Fenske explained after a citizen contacted the detachment to report the incident.

"Later the citizen got a phone call using the Grand Forks RCMP phone number on her cell phone," Fenske added.

Open house on rural education coming soon to Trail

Open house on rural education coming soon to Trail

Trail area families are being encouraged to attend an open house on Feb. 24 to share their ideas on how to transform rural education in British Columbia.

January sees third-highest number of illicit drug deaths ever in B.C.

Officials are urging users to have a Naloxone kits, and not to use alone.

The number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. decreased slightly in January over the figures for November and December, but was still the third-highest number ever for a single month.

Provisional data from the BC Coroners Service show that a total of 116 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of January, an average of more than seven deaths every two days. December 2016 had the highest number of illicit drug deaths ever, 142.

Bruins drop heartbreaker to Leafs, now meet Beaver Valley in playoffs

Anthony Galliart and the rest of the Bruins need to regroup, and fast, as the club opens the KIJHL playoffs Friday in Fruitvale.

The Nelson Leafs picked a great time to win its first game in Grand Forks this season.

The Leafs built a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes, then held off a late charge to beat the Border Bruins 5-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Boundary City.

Nelson not only won its first game in the Boundary City, but also was able to slip past the Bruins into third spot in the Murdoch Division standings and avoid meeting Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the opening round of the playoffs.

Council does not sit idle on ‘excessive’ idling and moves to re-open bylaw

All the city could do, he said, was follow up with a bylaw officer and go by the address and see what was happening.

An unsubstantiated incident of alleged excessive vehicle idling has prompted city council to look at re-opening the noise and idling bylaws to make changes.

At their Jan. 30 regular meeting city council had received a letter from Grand Forks resident Jack Koochin about a “serious problem” that affected “the entire neighbourhood, as well as our city.”

Firefighter, Mountie Save Care Giver In Medical Emergency

Firefighter, Mountie Save Care Giver In Medical Emergency

A Calgary firefighter and an off duty RCMP Officer are being credited for saving a woman’s life this past weekend, in Sooke.

Sheldon Burton, and his girlfriend Kimberley Dueck were visiting Sooke for the purposes of dog sitting this past weekend and while out for a walk at approximately noon on Saturday, came across a male in a wheel chair, who appeared to be in distress.

Burton and Dueck approached the male, and quickly realized his care giver had collapsed on the side of the roadway at Aiken Road and West Coast.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Editor, The Rossland Telegraph:

I have disliked the politics of liberals all my active political life as a socialist, yet as people they are most often my friends and the next-best-thing to socialists. Liberals work harmoniously within capitalism but I am far from accepting that attitude.

Liberals have had a dominant position in public discourse for a long time, and in media, liberal perspectives are taken as a norm, a mainstream, rather than as ideological viewpoints. Liberalism has been winning its political and cultural battles in the West for a few centuries.

Selkirk College Saints Return Home for Stretch Drive

Mitch Rosko and the Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team return to the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre this coming weekend where they will take on the University of Victoria Vikes in a two-game set. Friday night’s game starts at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s game will take place at 4 p.m. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

With four games remaining in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) regular season, the Selkirk College Saints are in an unfamiliar late-February position of looking up in the standings.

After a rocky start to the second half of the season, the Saints quest for home-ice advantage in the looming post-season has started to slip away. With four games remaining in the regular season, the Saints are staying focused on sowing the seeds of their own destiny as they push for their fifth straight BCIHL championship.

ICBC keeps up the fight against auto insurance fraud

The 2016 public information campaign sparked a 70 per cent increase to ICBC's fraud tips line in the first quarter.

It's a never-ending surprise to see what people will try to get away with in this day and age.

The Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) continues to fight fraudsters with a new education campaign to support its increased fraud prevention efforts.

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