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Office of the Premier

Throne speech outlines a clear path to make life more affordable

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:14 PM

Historic investments in housing and child care are at the heart of the speech from the throne, which focused on making life more affordable, creating more opportunity for people and a brighter future for British Columbia.

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Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat

Premier and ministers travel to Japan to expand access to key markets

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 8:30 AM

Technology, energy and natural resources were the focus of the Government of British Columbia’s mission to Japan.

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Advanced Education, Skills and Training

Students and tech sector to benefit from tech-programming expansion

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 9:15 AM

Students and the tech sector will benefit from thousands of additional tech-related spaces at public post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia, announced Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

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Metro Vancouver land-matching project connects new farmers to farmland

Friday, January 5, 2018 10:00 AM

A pilot project that matches new farmers looking to get their start in B.C. agriculture with available fertile farmland in the Metro Vancouver area will kick off in 2018, thanks to a $25,000 investment from the governments of Canada and British Columbia.

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Attorney General

Government directs changes to make ICBC work for B.C. drivers again

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 11:07 AM

The British Columbia government is directing changes for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) to bring about an end to its financial crisis, while keeping rates affordable for B.C. drivers, Attorney General David Eby announced.

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Children and Family Development

B.C. and Indigenous leaders confirm commitment to action on child welfare

Friday, January 26, 2018 11:20 AM

The Province of British Columbia, with the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs (collectively known as the First Nations Leadership Council), has released a statement following the Jan. 25-26, 2018, emergency meeting on Indigenous child welfare hosted by federal Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott.

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Citizens' Services

Expanded coverage brings high-speed internet access to Okanagan communities

Friday, February 2, 2018 9:00 AM

Rural and remote communities in the North and Central Okanagan are now enjoying the benefits of a high-speed internet connection, thanks to funding from the provincial government’s Connecting British Columbia program.

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Students in Lake Country to get modern, new middle school

Thursday, February 1, 2018 1:20 PM

A new middle school in Winfield will help provide children in Lake Country with the quality public education they deserve, Premier John Horgan announced today.

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Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

Government will complete Site C construction, will not burden taxpayers or BC Hydro customers with previous government’s debt

Monday, December 11, 2017 11:30 AM

The British Columbia government will complete construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam, saying that to do otherwise would put British Columbians on the hook for an immediate and unavoidable $4-billion bill – with nothing in return – resulting in rate hikes or reduced funds for schools, hospitals and important infrastructure.

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Environment and Climate Change Strategy

B.C. government ends grizzly bear hunt

Monday, December 18, 2017 9:30 AM

The British Columbia government is bringing an end to the hunting of grizzly bears throughout the province, Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, announced today.

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Medical Services Plan premium cut starts Jan. 1, 2018

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 8:30 AM

Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums will be cut by 50% on Jan. 1, 2018, marking an important step toward improving fairness for all British Columbians, Finance Minister Carole James said today.

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Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Help build a rural development strategy for B.C.

Monday, January 29, 2018 1:45 PM

The Government of British Columbia is seeking input into a new rural development strategy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced today.

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It’s official: A new hospital for people in Terrace

Friday, February 9, 2018 11:15 AM

Decisive action is finally being taken as Health Minister Adrian Dix announced that a new hospital for Terrace has moved to the business planning stage after approval of the concept plan.

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Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

One million people commit to end violence against women and children

Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:30 PM

Premier John Horgan joined Moose Hide Campaign officials today to hand out the one millionth moose hide pin, representing one million people standing together to end violence against women and children.

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Jobs, Trade and Technology

Record-breaking employment and wages benefit B.C. tech workers

Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:30 PM

B.C.’s technology and innovation industry is providing people with more good-paying jobs and producing higher revenue than ever before, according to the latest BC Stats report on the sector.

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Help is on the way for B.C.’s lowest-paid workers

Thursday, February 8, 2018 11:15 AM

British Columbia’s lowest-paid workers will earn a $15-an-hour minimum wage by June 2021, Premier John Horgan announced today, endorsing the recommendations of the Fair Wages Commission.

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Mental Health and Addictions

$20 million to support community-driven solutions to overdose emergency

Friday, February 9, 2018 4:48 PM

The Province of B.C. will provide the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) with $20 million over three years to support First Nations communities and Indigenous Peoples to address the ongoing impacts of the overdose public-health emergency.

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Municipal Affairs and Housing

Public Safety and Solicitor General

Cannabis retail, driving laws amongst new firm-on-safety policy decisions

Monday, February 5, 2018 12:30 PM

As British Columbia works towards the federal timeline for legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018, the Province continues to set policy direction to meet the needs and expectations of British Columbians.

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Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Project creates opportunities while preserving area history

Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:45 PM

Twenty-three people have gained valuable skills and contributed to their community by working on a project that brings the past to the present.

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Tourism, Arts and Culture

Olympic Cauldron lighting signifies start for B.C. athletes

Friday, February 9, 2018 6:00 AM

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare lit the Olympic Cauldron on Thursday night to honour B.C. athletes competing in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and salute the start of the Games in the Korean host city.

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Transportation and Infrastructure

Pattullo Bridge replacement will improve safety and create good jobs

Friday, February 16, 2018 9:15 AM

Saying it’s time to build a safe, reliable crossing for thousands of daily commuters, Premier John Horgan has announced that the B.C. government is moving forward with the construction of a $1.377-billion bridge to replace the aging Pattullo Bridge.

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