Friday, July 23, 2021


Politics

City Councillor submits resignation to CRD after viral video circulates online

Ben Isitt was Vice Chair of the First Nations Relations Committee.

BC Budget 2021: Largest mental health investment included in BC’s 2021 budget

The Province promised $500 million for mental health initiatives.
Lisa Lapointe

Almost 7,000 people have died in B.C. since the opioid crisis was declared in...

1,716 people died in 2020 alone.
Travelodge Victoria

Province extends Victoria Travelodge housing lease to end of year

The lease has been set to expire on March 31, 2021.
Murray Rankin

Province buys Thetis Cove property for future Esquimalt Nation land return

The 3.4 hectare property cost $13 million.

ICBC to offer $600 million in one-time rebates to drivers

Rebates are expected to average $190 per customer.
Highway 14 Improvements

Highway 14 improvements near Sooke to continue through 2021

Widening, realignment, and repaving are scheduled.

ICBC launches online tool that estimates insurance savings for BC motorists

Here's how you can check how much you'll save (it could be up to $400 per year!)
VicPD Broken Windows

City of Victoria and DVBA look to aid businesses vandalized in downtown core

Multiple businesses were damaged in an incident this week.
Forest Service Roads AG

Auditor General report finds service roads lacking critical maintenance

High priority repairs are overdue on 48 per cent of bridges and major culverts.
West Coast General Hospital

Construction of $6.25M Port Alberni hospital upgrade to begin in March

Improvements include 3 new beds, a seclusion room and new entrances.
BC Green Party Sonia Furstenau

Cowichan political leaders call out racism following First Nation outbreaks

"This virus does not care who we are or where we are from."

Victoria council unanimously votes to suspend $10,000 catered lunch fund

"As I've said for a long time, 'no more lunches.'"
Canada and America flags usembassy

Canadians hold more positive views on U.S. post-election (POLL)

The poll was conducted prior to the violence in the Capitol.
Donald Trump White House

Facebook and Twitter lock Donald Trump out of his social media accounts

Facebook says they will be blocking Trump for at least two weeks.
Lisa Helps

‘Disappointing and irresponsible’: Mayor Helps condemns councillor’s trip abroad

Helps says she is not empowered to fire Sharmarke Dubow.

Victoria councillor admits to international travel over winter holidays

Sharmarke Dubow said he flew to Somalia over the winter holiday.

Nearly half of Canadians visited friends or family over the holidays (POLL)

The provinces that reported the lowest rates of visits were B.C. and Alberta.

Former B.C. legislature clerk facing charges of fraud in spending scandal

Craig James could face up to 14 years in jail.
Money Hand

Website crashes as BC Recovery Benefit opens for applications

"It will be the fastest, most efficient way to access these supports," the Finance Minister said Thursday.
George Heyman

Province sets new emissions target for 2025 following CleanBC report

BC Green Leader Sonia Furstenau called CleanBC "an impartial road map."

B.C. comes closest among provinces to pre-COVID employment levels

Growth was slower than in previous months, however.
Stephen Andrew Facebook

Stephen Andrew wins seat on council in Victoria byelection

Andrew will replace Laurel Collins after a long-delayed vote.
Todd Doherty House of Commons

B.C. MP’s motion to create national suicide hotline receives unanimous support

A single 9-8-8 number people can call for mental health crises.
Selina Robinson

Applications for the $1,000 B.C. Recovery Benefit to open December 18

It's a one-time tax-free payment!
Raj Chouhan Speaker

First South Asian speaker in Canada elected in B.C. legislature

Raj Chouhan was first elected as a MLA in 2005.
Amalgamation

Mail-in ballots can still be used after today in Victoria’s byelection. Here’s how.

It’s more of a “pick up and drop off” ballot now.
Victoria Harbour Road Bike Lanes

Victoria byelection candidates weigh in on transportation questionnaire

Five of the nine candidates have answered the survey so far.
All Candidates byelection debate

Housing and homelessness front and centre at Victoria byelection debate

All nine remaining candidates took part in the discourse Tuesday night.

Horgan’s approval softens from spring peak, but tops poll of premiers

Premiers Jason Kenney and Brian Pallister were rated lowest.

Rob Fleming shuffled out of Education ministry at BC cabinet swear-in

Fleming is being replaced by rookie MLA Jennifer Whiteside.
John Horgan Election 2020

Final B.C. vote count solidifies NDP majority, bumps Greens off mainland

Mail-in ballots shifted the final results in three different ridings.

Victoria sets date for nomination cut-off in council byelection

General Voting Day will take place on Saturday, December 12.
Horgan Wilkinson Furstenau

LIVE: Coverage of the 2020 BC Elections results

Follow along to find out who's in the lead on Vancouver Island!

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19

According to a tweet by the President Thursday evening.
Amalgamation

Victoria Council to hold byelection on December 12 for vacant council seat

It could cost an extra $350,000 to hold due to COVID-19
Elections BC

Elections BC releases voting information after Horgan calls early election

Register to vote in advance before Saturday to make voting faster.
oak bay marina

Oak Bay seeks proposals for new Marina operator in 2023

The new operator would lease the Marina until 2052.

John Horgan cites minority government ‘instability’ in calling snap election

“12 more months of partisan wrangling will not serve anyone.”

B.C. heading to the polls during pandemic after Horgan calls early election

If announced today voting day would fall on Oct. 24.

$300M allocated to hire more health care workers in B.C. as part of economic...

The plan is to add 7,000 new workers to the health care sector.

B.C. announces details of $1.5 billion economic recovery plan

The nearly 40-page plan is called “Stronger BC for everyone.”
Osborne and Rankin

Vancouver Island candidate announcements heat up provincial election speculation

Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne and former MP Murray Rankin are both looking to run for the BC NDP
Sonia Furstenau

Sonia Furstenau elected leader of BC Green Party on second ballot

In her acceptance speech she accused Premier Horgan of “playing politics.”

‘You can parse my words’: Premier Horgan fuels early election speculation

Recent polls suggest the BC NDP could win a majority.

COVID-19 response has boosted B.C. Premier John Horgan’s approval rating to 71% (REPORT)

Most Premiers in Canada now hold majority approval ratings in their provinces

Victoria councillors suggest free downtown parking, new delivery app in COVID-19 response

Both motions will be discussed by city council this Thursday

B.C. Finance Minister announces Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

"I'm sharing this news now because I believe it's important to be open about what I'm facing."