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Case of avian flu confirmed in Regional District of Nanaimo backyard farm

Another poultry flock on Vancouver Island has a confirmed case of avian flu. The Regional District of Nanaimo confirmed the news Thursday that a small backyard flock tested positive for the flu. The farm was already put under quarantine in late April by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which suspected the...

Highway 101 planning open to public feedback, province

The province is asking for public input for long-term improvements to Highway 101. Consultation is already underway on the section of the highway between Sechelt and Gibsons. The province says the input will help them decide what long-term routing will be needed for the corridor. Traffic volume on the highway has...

Search and rescue funding distributed to groups across province

Funding from the province of B.C. has now been distributed to ground search and rescue groups, according to the BC Search and Rescue Association. A total of $5,961,000 was provided by the province, according to BCSAR. They say of the fund, $4,918,750 was sent to SAR groups directly with the...

B.C. money laundering report recommends provincial investigation unit, commissioner

A lengthy report highlighting money laundering in B.C. is recommending the province create its own money-laundering intelligence and investigation unit. Former B.C. Supreme Court justice Austin Cullen was commissioned to do the report in 2019. He says in his report, Lower Mainland casinos “accepted hundreds of millions of dollars in...

Fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees to be held at Filberg Centre

A local cultural society will be hosting a fundraising event for Ukrainian refugees in the area. Handmade perogies, cabbage rolls and kubasa with a dill pickle and a small tub of sour cream in clam will be served at the fundraiser by the Comox Valley Ukrainian Cultural Society. The take-out food...

Unvaccinated Canadians allowed to travel domestically and internationally beginning June 20th

Unvaccinated Canadians will soon be able to board a plane or train. Federal officials announced Tuesday afternoon that, as of June 20th, the vaccine mandate for domestic and outbound international travellers will end. The restriction was announced last October as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Those coming back to...
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