Provincial

Final Count — Liberals 43, NDP 41, Green Party 3

When the legislature is back, BC will have its first minority government more than 60 years.

BC’s three political parties were all jockeying for position after Elections BC released the final numbers Wednesday following the May 9 Provincial vote.

After the final riding was tabulated, giving the NDP Courtenay-Comox by 189 votes, the count leaves the B.C. Liberals with 43 seats — one short of a majority — the NDP at 41 and the Green Party at 3. 

Hunter-Funded Wildlife Agency Quietly Announced Before BC Election

Steve Thomson, Former Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announcing the new wildlife agency proposal on March 22, 2017.

By Judith Lavoie.  This article is from DeSmog Canada.

A plan to form a new, independent wildlife management agency in B.C., which would relieve the provincial government from managing contentious wildlife issues such as grizzly, wolf and caribou populations, is generating anxiety among some conservation groups who fear the structure of the new program could prioritize the interests of hunters over wildlife.

UPDATED: Coquihalla opens following dangerous goods spill

Smoke could be seen from the Ministry truck following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

DriveBC is the Coquihalla Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt has opened in both directions Tuesday morning following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

A hazmat team spent most of the night cleaning the spill.

MOTI reports Coquihalla near Merritt closed in both directions

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure issued a traffic advisory Monday saying the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt is closed following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

2017 BC Provincial Election — The Goldilocks edition

The verdict is in — “Voters always know best.”

It was a pretty safe bet going into election night that regardless of how the vote broke that there were four words from Premier Christy Clark's 2013 victory speech which would be left unsaid this year: “Well, that was easy.”

Something else telling between Clark's two speeches?

In 2013, it fell on then-NDP leader Adrian Dix to deliver that oft-cited line by political runner-ups: “Elections belong to the voters and the voters decided.”

Slow down this Victoria Day long weekend

In the Southern Interior, 69 people were injured in 270 crashes.

As B.C. roads are expected to be busy with the unofficial start of the summer road trip season this May long weekend, ICBC and police are asking drivers to slow down and maintain a safe speed now and throughout summer.

Crashes and injuries increase on long weekends because of many factors, including unsafe speed as people may be rushing to reach their destination. Last year over the Victoria Day long weekend, 490 people were hurt in 1,900 crashes in B.C. — including 69 people in the Southern Interior injured in 270 crashes.

Elections BC approves two district electoral officer recounts

The votes are in but a final count is needed in two ridings, which will take place May 22 to 24.

Elections BC said in a media release it has approved two district electoral officer recounts as part of the final count in the ridings of Courtenay-Comox and Vancouver-False Creek, which will take place May 22 to 24.

Elections BC said under the Election Act, candidates or their official agents can request a recount of some or all of the ballots considered at initial count within three days after General Voting Day.

The ridings that did not meet criteria were Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, Maple Ridge-Mission, Richmond Queensborough and Vancouver-False Creek.

Fraser Institute annual rankings reveal declines at some B.C. secondary schools

Some schools with relatively high numbers of ESL and special needs students have improved their ratings. — Submitted photo

A greater number of secondary schools in British Columbia have experienced declines in performance than have improved over the past four years, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual B.C. secondary schools rankings released today.

“Our annual report card reveals how schools perform year over year, so parents can quickly see if there are problems that must be corrected,” said Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at the Fraser Institute.

Avoid driving in flooded areas and respect the power of water, ICBC advises

Be prepared and plan out an alternative route in case the road you want to use is closed.

With the threat of more flooding in parts of B.C. this week, ICBC is urging drivers to be cautious in and around flooded areas.

ICBC recommends finding a safe location on high ground for the temporary storage of vehicles and seasonal vehicles such as motor homes, trailers or snowmobiles located in low-lying areas that may be subject to flooding.

Customers must ensure that vehicles are properly licensed and insured before they're operated on any road or highway. Customers can purchase temporary operation permits from any Autoplan broker.

RCMP need help locating dog following single-vehicle accident near Revelstoke

Deirdre is medium sized mastiff with uncropped ears black,  white chest and toe tip markings wearing a red collar.

RCMP is asking travelers and area users to be on the lookout for Deirdre, a seven-month-old black Mastiff dog lost following a single vehicle roll over collision on Wednesday, near Revelstoke.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in a media release the dog was a passenger in a vehicle involved in the accident.

The accident happened at approximately 1:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Revelstoke Volunteer Fire Department, Emergency Health Services, South East District Traffic Services and Revelstoke RCMP responded to the crash, 5 km east of Revelstoke, BC near the Trans-Canada Highway.

Students vote in NDP by wide margin

More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 B.C. election.

If students voted in Tuesday’s BC Election, the NDP would be looking for space for all its members after the party garnered 60 seats in the Student Vote program.

The NDP won 60 seats to 14 for the Green Party and 12 for the BC Liberals.

There was one Independent candidate elected.

"More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 B.C. election,” said Dan Allan Director of Contentfor CIVIX Canada in a media release Tuesday.

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