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Community gaming grants to benefit environmental, public safety initiatives

Public safety and environmental initiatives on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast will benefit from funding from the province. Community gaming grants will support 131 non-profit organizations in the public safety sector with a total $6.8 million, while $5.9 million will support 149 non-profits in the environmental sector, according to...

B.C. makes doubling of subsidized vet college seats permanent

Finding medical care for your pet or livestock should become easier in the coming years. The provincial government says a recent doubling of subsidized seats for B.C. veterinary students will be permanent, as the province copes with a vet shortage. The number of subsidized seats for B.C. students at the Western...

Province taking steps to improve accessibility in B.C. parks

The B.C. government is spending $3.6 million to improve park facilities across the province. Work will help remove barriers that restrict people from accessing outdoor recreation in their communities. “We know that being outdoors can help build community and provide many positive health benefits – physical, mental and spiritual. British Columbians...

We Wai Kai First Nation, fish farms challenging Discovery Islands licence decision

A court challenge has been filed by a Vancouver Island First Nation and fish farms, challenging a decision to not renew seven aquaculture licences in the Discovery Islands. According to a statement from the We Wai Kai First Nation, the challenge is not about their support or opposition to fish...

Province boosts funding to support highway cell coverage projects

The B.C. government is paying $75 million to improve cell service while driving on the province’s highways. Provincial officials said the new funding will expand cellular to at least another 550 kilometres of highway by 2027. This builds on a previous investment of $15 million dollars. No specifics were given on what...

Endangered killer whales further declining due to inbreeding: study

Population decline of southern resident killer whales appears to be getting worse because of inbreeding. The finding is from researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who say it has revealed why the whale population is not thriving. They say newly sequenced genomes from the 73-whale population show inbreeding is...
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