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Feds to fast-track new homes on Vancouver Island

The Federal Government are hoping to have more homes, built quicker, on Vancouver Island. On Friday, the federal government announced an agreement with three communities to fast-track over 900 homes over the next three years. This will be done through $33.5 million provided by the housing accelerator fund. The feds say through...

Bus schedule to change for Family Day

Expect some changes to the bus schedule this Family Day in Powell River. According to BC Transit routes 1,2, and 3 will have service run under the Sunday/holiday schedule. For Routes 12,14, and the handyDART there will be no service available. Transit schedule returns to normal on Tuesday.

NDP planning to bring national pharmacare plan to aid seniors with cost-of-living

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says a proposed pharmacare plan will help seniors feeling the financial pinch avoid deciding to buy medication or groceries. This comes as the Mar. 1 deadline to implement the national plan with the Liberal government looms. Singh says adding a medication plan is very important, as...

New BC Wildfire Service office one step closer to coming to Powell River

A triple-wide modular trailer unit may be coming to the Powell River airport to accommodate a new office for BC Wildfire Service. The decision from city council comes after BC Wildfire Service got a new lease area within the city’s airport lands next to their existing lease area to expand...

Interfor cuts back on coastal logging production before new duties kick in

One of BC’s largest lumber companies is curtailing production while politicians continue a war of words over softwood lumber. The company’s Coastal Woodlands Division is based in Campbell River. In a statement Thursday Interfor says it is reducing BC lumber production by 30 million board feet this quarter, blaming poor...

BC sets stage for Amsterdam-style cannabis ‘coffee shops’

BC may soon have coffee shops more famous than Amsterdam, after the province relaxed cannabis consumption rules this week. On Valentines Day, the province quietly published a bulletin about public consumption of cannabis. Valid licence-holders are now allowed to promote a place for people to consume cannabis, and spend time...
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