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Illicit drug death numbers continue to rise

Provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March. — Submitted photo

The number of illicit drug deaths in March remained high, with the third-highest number ever for a single month said the BC Coroners Service in a media release.

BC Coroners Service said provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March, an average of almost four deaths (3.9) per day for the month. In contrast, there were 79 illicit drug-related deaths in March 2016.

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

This article is from DeSmog Canada, written by Carol Linnit.

The B.C. Ministry of Environment has quietly granted the Mount Polley Mining Corporation permission to drain mining waste directly into Quesnel Lake, B.C.’s deepest fjord lake and a source of drinking water for residents of Likely, B.C., as part of a “long-term water management plan.”

Where to Vote Cards are in the mail

Where to Vote Cards are in the mail

Where to Vote cards are being delivered across British Columbia starting today, and Elections BC is reminding voters to bring their card with them when they vote.

“Bringing your Where to Vote card with you will make the voting process faster and easier,” says Chief Electoral Officer, Keith Archer.

Registered voters will receive a card that includes the dates, times and locations for advance voting in their district. Each voter’s card also shows their assigned voting place for General Voting Day, May 9.

Updated: Various brands of flour and flour products recalled due to E. coli O121

The CFIA has added more brands of Robin Hood flour to the recall list following a food safety investigation.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety branch is updating its food recall warning issued on April 12 to include more brands flour and flour products following fears of  E. coli O121 contamination.

On the CFIA website, additional product information was identified during a food safety investigation.

Missed opportunities in the health firings

Five of nine key players named in Chalke's report were in government in 2001, three more by 2005 and one by 2007.

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”

It's the missed opportunities over the 2012 healthy ministry firings that will forever haunt the B.C. government.

Instead of seizing opportunities to set the record straight, Ombudsperson Jay Chalke's report – Misfire: the 2012 Ministry of Health Employment Terminations – pointed to a pattern of falsehood piled upon falsehood.

The term used in text messages to describe the government's approach throughout the debacle would be CYA.

Plan ahead to stay safe this Easter long weekend

In the Southern Interior 62 people are injured in 310 crashes.

After months of tough winter driving conditions, many British Columbians are likely making their first road trip of the year this Easter weekend.

The Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) said in a media release, that every Easter long weekend, an average of four people are killed and 650 injured in 2,300 crashes in B.C.

In the Southern Interior 62 people are injured in 310 crashes.

Age a factor in Canadian wealth inequality

Age a factor in Canadian wealth inequality

Wealth inequality in Canada is largely the result of differences in people’s age, where wealth accumulation is a slow and steady process over a long period of time, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Wealth, measured by a household’s net worth, includes the value of all assets — house, business, stocks, bonds, savings, etc. — minus all debts, such as the mortgage, a line of credit and credit card debt.  It is, of course, different than income.

Provincial Election: The Writs are Issued

Provincial Election: The Writs are Issued

VICTORIA– The writs have been issued for British Columbia’s 41st Provincial General Election.

“Eligible voters can vote from now until the polls close on General Voting Day,” said Keith Archer, Chief Electoral Officer. “B.C. has the most accessible voting system in Canada, and we encourage all eligible voters to cast a ballot.”

Five tips on coping with change from Canadian Mental Health Association

Five tips on coping with change from Canadian Mental Health Association

It seems there is a lot more uncertainty in the world today: government leaders around the globe divide opinions, concerns of terrorism are on the rise, and bigger policy changes are happening in many Western countries. It’s on the news, across social media platforms, in conversations with family, friends, and co-workers.

Premier Clark's statement on centennial of Vimy Ridge

BC Premier Christy Clark

Premier Christy Clark released the following statement in honour of the centennial of Vimy Ridge:

"In the early morning hours of April 9, 1917, after meticulous planning, Canadian soldiers stormed Vimy Ridge. For the first time, all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together, under the command of a Canadian.

"The objective was to capture strategically important high ground, and they succeeded more than they knew. The battle came to define Canada's newly independent place on the world stage.

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