The NDP is projected to form a majority government following Saturday's provincial election, with Katrine Conroy being re-elected in Kootenay West by a landslide, and Brittny Anderson, NDP has been declared the provisional winner in Nelson-Creston. The West Kootenay EcoSociety congratulates our local elected MLAs and wants to work together on the following priorities.
Putting People First in the Energy and Climate Crisis
This story has been updated with most recent vote count from Elections BC on October 25, 2020, 1:58 a.m.
The BC Election race turned into a sprint as an NDP majority government was declared elected barely 90 minutes after the polling stations closed across the province Saturday night.
More than 700 elementary, middle and high schools participating in the Student Vote program for the 2020 British Columbia election mirrored the electorate in the province to predict the final outcome of the provincial count.
In a media release Student Vote annouced that students elected John Horgan and the BC NDP to form a majority government with 59 out of 87 seats and 40 per cent of the vote.
Premier Horgan also won in the electoral district of Langford—Juan de Fuca with 52 per cent of the vote.
Don’t worry about waiting up late Saturday night to see who’s the winner in the 2020 BC Election.
Officials with Elections BC said Friday that Saturday’s final results probably won't be released until November 16, however that date is not set in stone due to the extra time it will take to tabulate mail-in ballots.
Elections BC said approximately 65-70 per cent of ballots counted Saturday night.
Environment Canada said a low-pressure system moving southeast across Vancouver Island will continue to give snow at times heavy Friday, with snowfall total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.
“Totals accumulations of 10 to 20 cm can be expected over most areas,” Environment Canada said.
“However, lower elevations of the south Okanagan are receiving mixed rain and snow. The snow will ease to a few flurries or showers this evening as the low moves to the south.”
I don’t usually go into the “inside baseball” minutiae of backroom politics on Parliament Hill—the battles over make-up of committees, opposition motions with poison pills, and filibusters—because, frankly, most Canadians aren’t concerned about these details. They just want parliament to work for them, especially when so many individuals and businesses are struggling through an unprecedented health and economic crisis.
The COVID-19 outbreak at the École de l’Anse-au-sable in Kelowna has increased to 11 after Interior Health announced that six additional members of the school have tested positive.
The outbreak, first announced Wednesday, had only three confirmed cases at the time with 160 other people told to self-isolate and monitor symptoms.
“Although there has been an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases, there are no new details related to the investigation to report,” Interior Health said in a media release.
The BC Coroners Service has published updated reports on illicit drug toxicity deaths to the end of September 2020.
The following are the key preliminary findings of these reports (data is subject to change):
As British Columbians deal with the second wave of COVID-19 following another day of high number of documented new cases — Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed Tuesday 167 new cases in BC — Interior Health Authority announced the public will soon have access to new, easier ways to book a testing appointments for the virus with the launch of online booking for all IH COVID-19 Community Collection Centres.
Even though they are under the voting age, tens of thousands of elementary and high school students from throughout British Columbia, including students in Kootenay Lake, Boundary and Kootenay-Columbia, will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the province and vote for the official candidates running in the general election.
Student Vote is an authentic learning experience that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom and empowers students to learn about government and the electoral process, and debate important issues facing the province.