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Medical fees top B.C. budget list

Medical fees top B.C. budget list

  Finance Minister Mike de Jong is set to perform surgery on Medical Services Plan fees in the Feb. 16 budget, but he insists B.C. will continue to be the only province to charge people directly for medical care. “There are some people who advocate eliminating MSP entirely as a separate fee and hiding it or camouflaging that fee within ...

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City to reveal plan to extend Grasslands Boulevard

City to reveal plan to extend Grasslands Boulevard

The City of Kamloops will reveal its plans to connect Woodrush Drive and Cantle Drive in Westsyde at an open house on Thursday, Feb. 18. Extending Grasslands Boulevard to link the two roads, which are now joined by an emergency access-only route, will cost about $2 million. The project will be funded with development cost charges. The open house runs ...

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New names for Kamloops schools

New names for Kamloops schools

Two schools in Kamloops will be getting new names this year. After consultation with each school community, suggested names for Stuart Wood elementary when it moves to the McGill elementary campus of Beattie School of the Arts include McGill elementary (50 per cent of respondents chose it), Beattie elementary (40 per cent) and North Sa-Hali elementary (10 per cent). Surveys ...

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TRU hosts indigenous governance conference

TRU hosts indigenous governance conference

Nearly two years after the Supreme Court of Canada issued the first declaration of Aboriginal title in Canadian history in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, there are still many questions left unanswered about how to implement this decision and the impact it will have on resource development in Canada. Determining Access, Theory and Practice in Implementing Indigenous Governance over Lands ...

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Ajax information sessions begin Feb. 16

Ajax information sessions begin Feb. 16

Information sessions on the proposed Ajax copper and gold mine south of Aberdeen begin Tuesday and Wednesday in Kamloops. Representatives from the provincial and federal governments and from KGHM Ajax will be at the technical-presentation sessions to answer questions from the public: • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre 1250 Rogers Way • ...

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Camping fees to rise in half of B.C. provincial parks

Camping fees to rise in half of B.C. provincial parks

Camping fees will be hiked in about half of all provincial parks in British Columbia this year, while fees will be reduced or eliminated in some other parks. The Ministry of Environment said the fee increase is necessary “to maintain high service levels and provide new recreational opportunities at B.C. provincial parks for a growing number of visitors.” The ministry ...

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Heavy industry again calling for Kamloops council to lower tax rate

Heavy industry again calling for Kamloops council to lower tax rate

In what’s becoming a budget-time tradition, heavy industries in Kamloops are once again urging city hall to bring down their tax rate. A letter headed to council on Tuesday from Domtar, Tolko Industries and Lafarge is calling on the city to “adopt a medium- to long-term industrial tax strategy that results in the Kamloops industrial class paying a competitive level ...

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UPDATED: Suspect arrested in relation to Shuswap shooting that killed one, injured two

UPDATED: Suspect arrested in relation to Shuswap shooting that killed one, injured two

A suspect has been arrested in connection to a Feb. 7 shooting in the Shuswap that killed one person and injured two others. Richard Allen Williams was arrested on Thursday and made his first appearance in Kamloops provincial court on Friday afternoon. Evidence presented during the brief hearing is bound by a court-ordered publication ban. Williams, 59, is facing a ...

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TRU faculty agrees to three-year deal

TRU faculty agrees to three-year deal

Faculty at Thompson Rivers University have voted in favour of a new collective agreement. Of the 459 members who voted, 91 per cent acquiesced to an agreement recommended by a mediator which would see a 5.5 per cent wage increase over the life of the deal. Of the money, five per cent will be split between all faculty, with the ...

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City recovers stolen bike-repair stations

City recovers stolen bike-repair stations

The City of Kamloops installed three bike-repair stations and this one at the main entrance to Kenna Cartwright Park was the lone device not stolen. Stations in Riverside Park and on McArthur Island were taken by thieves and recovered on Thursday night. Dave Eagles/KTW They’re a little banged up, but a pair of bicycle-repair stations stolen from two parks are ...

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