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Provincial Politics

Provincial Politics

City agrees to rezone motel property to allow for seniors’ housing

Kamloops city council has officially signed off on a new seniors’ housing program to be operated out of a former downtown motel. Under the program,...

Lower student loan interest rates in B.C. budget

Students still in school and those already graduated will pay less in loan repayments with a change announced in Tuesday’s provincial budget. Finance Minister Mike...

B.C. budget 2017: Local reaction

The B.C. Liberal government pledged to cut MSP premiums by half and find a way to completely get rid of a tax that hits...

NDP pans MSP reduction plan in B.C. budget

Opposition politicians were quick to attack the B.C. Liberal government's plan to cut Medical Services Plan premiums by half next year and eliminate them...

Nurses’, teachers’ unions and mining industry weigh in on B.C. budget

Gayle Duteil, president of the B.C. Nurses’ Union, had some praise for what she called an election budget. She said she was surprised to hear...

B.C. budget proposes PST relief for business electricity bills

Finance Minister Mike de Jong has accepted the advice of a business advisory group, proposing to take the provincial sales tax off business electricity...

Medical premiums cut by half in B.C. budget

The B.C. Liberal government's pre-election budget promises to cut Medical Services Plan premiums by half next year and eliminate them entirely after a consultation...

Victoria and Ottawa to team up for $469M highway improvement

Another two sections of the Trans-Canada Highway are in line for widening over the next seven years. Ministers from the provincial and federal governments announced...

NDP points to lack of doctors in Kamloops

The B.C. Liberal government’s announcement that it will proceed with a patient-care tower at Royal Inland Hospital comes amid the reality that one-third of...

Province greenlights $417-million tower at Royal Inland Hospital; largest-ever construction project in Kamloops

Calling it a huge day for him personally, Health Minister Terry Lake announced on Monday that the much-anticipated patient-care tower at Royal Inland Hospital has...

B.C. increases electric vehicle incentive fund

The B.C. government is committing $40 million in its pre-election budget to fund more $5,000 rebates for buying zero-emission cars and to extend its...

NDP aims to increase B.C. carbon tax

The B.C. NDP will campaign on a pledge to increase B.C.'s carbon tax on fuels earlier than the B.C. Liberals and send out climate...

IHA doesn’t foresee drug-use sites in Kamloops becoming gathering places for addicts

The Interior Health Authority doesn’t believe its roving supervised drug-use clinics will become gathering places for addicts, according to an administrator working to bring...

B.C. NDP sets shadow cabinet as election campaign looms

NDP Leader John Horgan has appointed rookie MLA Jodie Wickens to promote the party's $10-a-day child care plan, part of a realignment of his...

B.C. Liberals defend political donation rules

KGHM Ajax, a law firm and a number of construction companies were among purchasers of tickets to a fundraising dinner held by local Liberals...

Horgan takes on Clark, forest companies

NDP Leader John Horgan has started his election campaign on the state of B.C.’s forest industry, hinting that Premier Christy Clark should replace her...

B.C. Liberals defend donation downpour

  The B.C. Liberal Party won't support eliminating corporate and union donations or capping the amount that individuals can add to their bulging campaign fund,...

Lake, McLeod call on Ottawa to do more on overdose crisis

Cathy McLeod looks back in time as she explains why she wants the federal government to take stronger action on the opioid crisis in...

CMHC supports B.C. government’s loan program —but urges caution

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation supports the provincial government’s program to help first-time buyers enter the housing market, but senior market analyst Taylor...

Controversial Trans Mountain pipeline wins B.C.’s approval

The province gave its anticipated environmental approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project Wednesday, a pipeline will provide jobs as well as long-term benefits,...