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Federal government out $4.5 billion in COVID-19 overpayments

Failing to verify if Canadians were qualified for federal COVID-19 payments before paying money out has cost about $4.5 billion. Canada’s Auditor General says that is from overpayments to ineligible recipients and that the Canada Revenue Agency is falling short on verifying eligibility now. Her report suggests in trying to get...

Committees ready to help create B.C. first accessibility standards

Thirty people have been appointed to help develop British Columbia’s first two standards for accessibility for the province. Dan Coulter, Minister of Development and Poverty Reduction, says this piece of legislation helps identify, and remove, any restrictions that people living with any disability might have. “This helps anyone who is living...

Northern Health slapped with $355,000 fine after failing to complete safety investigations

The BC Nurses’ Union says it is deeply concerned after Northern Health Authority (NHA) was issued a substantial fine for failing to adequately complete workplace investigations related to safety. WorkSafeBC levied a $355,249 administrative penalty on our health authority for failing to conduct adequate workplace inspections following reports from nurses...

Only 20% of BC kids under 12 have received their flu shot

The provincial government will be holding extra walk-in clinics from Friday through Sunday, in an effort to increase the number of children who have been vaccinated against influenza. Currently, only 20 percent of kids under the age of 12 have had their shots…..and hospitals are overloaded with young patients...

Canfor to temporary curtail all Canadian production due to “weak market conditions”

Canfor has announced a temporary reduction in Canadian production. The company said this is due to "very weak market conditions." "Due to the significant decrease in demand for solid wood products and challenging economic conditions, we are temporarily curtailing production in Canada," said Canfor President and CEO Don Kayne. "We will be...

Northern Health, UNBC extend health care partnership

For the fourth time, UNBC and Northern Health renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) towards a shared commitment to advancing health care in the region via education and research. Both groups first established their partnership in 2010 and the MOU was renewed previously in 2016 and 2018. “These partnerships are critical...
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