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Stats Can Reports Tenants Continue Paying Over a Third of Income for Rent While Home Ownership Drops

As rents continue to increase, a large proportion of British Columbians are still spending more than a third of their income on shelter. The latest figures from Statistics Canada show that over 37 per cent of tenants were above that threshold in 2021. The good news, though, is that's lower than...

BC Assistance for Seniors Lags Behind Other Provinces

BC's Seniors Advocate made several recommendations on Thursday aimed at helping seniors living independently make ends meet financially. Isobel Mackenzie says the province’s subsidies for its senior citizens are lower than other provinces and fail to provide adequate assistance. “When we look, at exactly what is provided to support seniors living in the...

Province invests in suicide care improvements

The B.C. government is spending $2 million to create a provincewide standard of care and training to help people with thoughts of suicide and self-harm. Provincial officials said a provincial framework will be developed based on best practices, local clinical knowledge and the perspectives of people with lived experiences. “When people...

Report calls for more mental health supports for repeat offenders in B.C.

An independent review issued by the B.C. government looking at repeat offenders has come back with its findings and 28 recommendations for the province, including a change in terminology. The report was launched in May so the province could better respond to two public safety challenges. The first concern was “prolific...

Snowbirds to return to the skies after cause of crash found

The cause of a Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft crash in August has been traced down to an improperly built oil filter. The incident involving one of the team’s CT-114 Tutor planes happened on Aug. 2 in Fort St. John. Forces Canada says the engine failed just after take-off while the plane’s...

Colder, wet conditions to return this winter with La Niña system: Environment Canada

While the last weeks of summer have been dry, cooler and wetter conditions are forecast to return this autumn and winter. Environment and Climate Change Canada says that is because cooler ocean temperatures are expected to return as the seasons change. Meteorologist Derek Lee says September is the start of fall...
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