Fortis BC calling on residents to call before they dig

Nearly 70 per cent of damages to underground gas lines in 2023 belong to ground disturbers without a BC 1 Call ticket With April being Safe Digging Month, FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) and BC 1 Call are teaming up to ask residents and contractors to click or call BC 1 Call before they dig, excavate […]

Province takes more actions to strengthen primary care for people

Patients looking for a family physician or a nurse practitioner will be better supported, as the Province provides an update on the work already underway and introduces new digital tools for providers to improve and speed up the connection process. “Last year we made a commitment to better connect people with primary care providers, and […]

Minister urges public to prepare for drought conditions again this year

Nathan Cullen, Minister of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship, has released the following statement in response to the April 2024 snowpack bulletin: “The latest snow survey and water supply bulletin from the River Forecast Centre indicates we may be facing drought conditions in B.C. once again this year. “The April survey shows that the overall […]

FortisBC electricity customers will receive bill credit starting April 22

FortisBC Inc. (“FortisBC”) residential, commercial and industrial electricity customers will receive the Government of British Columbia’s Electricity Affordability Credit on their bills beginning April 22, 2024, and it will be applied to each of their bills until March 31, 2025. The credit will be based on 4.6 per cent of customers’ electricity consumption from January […]

Two people killed in head-on collision on Highway 3 near Creston

RCMP confirmed Friday that two people died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon east of Creston in Kitchener. Creston RCMP said that both drivers were deceased at the accident scene. The accident happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. with Creston RCMP, Creston Fire Rescue and BC EHS responding to a 2-vehicle collision on Highway 3. Crews […]

BC Hydro issues call for new clean electricity to power B.C.'s future

BC Hydro has launched a call for power to ensure that people and businesses will have the clean, affordable electricity needed to power B.C.’s growing economy and create jobs throughout the province. “British Columbians are on the front lines of the fight against climate change and seeing the devastating impact it is having on our […]

CBSA cocaine seizure leads to nine-year sentence for drug smuggler

A resident of New Brunswick was sentenced to nine years in prison for attempting to smuggle cocaine into Canada at the Pacific Highway Commercial border crossing near Vancouver the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said in a media release Thursday. The bust was a joint venture between the CBSA and Royal Mounted Canadian Police (RCMP). […]

Time to be Bear Smart

The early spring has Kootenay bears waking up. They are hungry after their long winter nap and looking for any available food source, including human garbage and food waste. Every year, hundreds of bears are destroyed as a result of conflicts between people and bears. Conflicts can occasionally lead to scary close encounters, and on […]

Historic water bomber, Hawaii Martin Mars, to be displayed in BC museum

The Province is supporting the preservation of a historic piece of B.C.’s aviation history to ensure its story can be shared with residents and visitors for generations to come. “The Hawaii Martin Mars water bomber is a proud symbol of B.C.’s ingenuity and innovation, representing cutting-edge technology in aviation firefighting of its time,” said Lana […]

Province approves use of Taser 7

The Province has approved the use of Taser 7 as an intermediate weapon for all police agencies in British Columbia. The approval process for Taser 7 included convening a multi-disciplinary panel to provide advice to the director of Police Services with consideration of a range of expertise and perspectives. The panel had representatives from various organizations, such […]