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Ban on feeding deer in urban settings proposed in new hunting regs

With urban deer a growing problem on Vancouver Island, changes to this year’s hunting regulations may offer some relief. One Island-wide change proposed by the province is to prohibit deliberate feeding of deer or other hooved mammals within 200 metres of a dwelling, school or playground. Deer in urban settings,...

Street crime, business costs, construction needs missed by BC Budget: Associations

Following the announcement of Budget 2024, the Business Improvement Areas of BC and BC Construction Association say it fails to address issues of street crime, current business costs and construction industry needs. While the BIABC says doubling the Employer Health Tax threshold to $1 million is a positive step, there...

Housing expert offers insight into provincial budget

A housing expert says the provincial budget shows some promise in addressing housing, but it will take a combined effort from all levels of government to fix the crisis.  The province announced more money in their budget for support for families, housing and healthcare with more deficits for the future...

UPDATE: Missing at-risk Saanich teen found

A high-risk teen from Saanich has been located, police say. Skylar Thiele, age 18, was last seen Thursday on Richmond Road in Saanich. Police believed she may be in the Greater Victoria or Campbell River regions. Police in Saanich said Friday that she had been located, safe and sound and thanked...

Prawner hit with $250K fine for fishing over protected glass sponge reef

A prawn fisher must pay a quarter-million-dollar fine, after deliberately setting traps in a globally unique marine refuge. Last month, the master of commercial vessel Darkstar was fined by the court and ordered to forfeit $80,000 worth of prawning gear. He was caught by Fisheries and Oceans Canada officers in...

Continued investments for Budget 2024 a good sign, lacking for safe drug supply: CCPA

While Budget 2024 shows significant investments that benefit British Columbians, it lacks investments to help bring more safe drug supply to those who need them. That is from senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Alex Hemingway. He says that the province is making the right move in...
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