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'Okanagan's got it': Wineries pull together amid devastating loss of 2024 vintage

UBC Okanagan professor sees opportunity for industry adaptation and sustainability.

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Asking rent prices in March up 8.8% from year ago, but down from February: Urbanation
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Asking rent prices in March up 8.8% from year ago, but down from February: Urbanation

TORONTO — A new report says the asking rent for a home in Canada in March was up 8.8 per cent compared with a year ago, but down from February. The report by Urbanation, which analyzes monthly listi ...
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Trudeau says he doesn't understand why NDP is pulling back from carbon price support

OTTAWA — The New Democrats are facing political headwinds when it comes to carbon pricing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged Friday, although he doesn't get why they seem to be having secon ...
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Spy director stands by bold assertions in CSIS briefing notes on foreign interference
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OTTAWA — The head of Canada's spy agency stands by the stark conclusions contained in a series of CSIS briefing notes, including that China "clandestinely and deceptively interfered" in the past two ...
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Foreign landlord fails to pay taxes, CRA goes after tenant
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Tax filing changes 'raising the burden' on B.C. taxpayers

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Trudeau says he doesn't understand why NDP is pulling back from carbon price support

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Home prices expected to climb 4.9% in 2024 as sales rise last month: CREA
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Regulator limiting leverage in bank mortgage portfolios
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OTTAWA — Canada's banking regulator says it will be putting limits on how much leverage banks allow in their uninsured mortgage portfolios.

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Liberals say their plan to 'solve the housing crisis' will build 3.9M homes by 2031

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A dozen municipal parties under Elections BC investigation

Bob Mackin Elections BC is investigating 12 municipal political parties over allegations they broke the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) during the 2022 election campaigns. ABC Vancouve ...
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Elections BC is investigating 12 municipal political parties over allegations they broke the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) during the 2022 election campaigns.

ABC Vancouver’s campaign ad with Ken Sim and co-star Laura Appleton (ABC Vancouver)

Three of the parties have majority control of their respective city councils: ABC Vancouver, Burnaby Citizens Association and Contract With Langley Association. 

The others are the Civic Non-Partisan Association and Vision Vancouver Elector Association, which were once the dominant parties in Vancouver, former Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart’s Forward Together, Vancouver mayoral contestant Mark Marissen’s Progress Vancouver, councillor Chak Au’s Richmond Community Coalition, councillor Linda Annis’s Surrey First Electors Society, former mayor Doug McCallum’s Safe Surrey Coalition, Surrey-Newton Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal’s United Surrey, Township of Langley Mayor Eric Woodward’s Contract With Langley and Spirit Alliance, which ran two unsuccessful candidates in Kelowna. 

Elections BC said the investigations are related to one or more contraventions of laws against accepting prohibited donations, failing to deal with prohibited contributions and/or sponsoring election advertising without an authorization statement. 

“The investigations will determine whether contraventions have occurred or not and Elections BC will share the results of these investigations once they conclude. At this point no contraventions have been confirmed,” the agency said in an April 11 announcement. 

Parties and candidates had until Jan. 13, 2023 to disclose their campaign financing reports to Elections BC, which said it reviewed and spent until last September auditing the reports. 

“Some filers were required to submit supplementary reports to correct information in the initial filings, or disclose additional information required by LECFA.”

Investigations will proceed independently and case-by-case and Elections BC said it would either confirm each target is in compliance or subject to enforcement, including fines and provide updates on Wednesdays. 

Christy Clark (left) and Mark Marissen – divorced but always a political couple (Silvester Law/Instagram)

“All of the elector organizations listed above have been cooperative with Elections BC throughout the compliance review, audit, and supplementary report filing processes,” the announcement said. 

Under the rules for the 2022 campaign, individuals were allowed to donate up to $1,250 per campaign, if they were living in B.C. and a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. Companies and unions were banned from donating in 2017. 

Candidates and parties are required to have a financial agent that must follow rules about handling donations and filing returns. Elections BC has the power to levy fines up to double the amount of a prohibited donation. 

The biggest name under investigation is ABC Vancouver, the Sim-led party that dominated the 2022 civic elections in Vancouver. 

The party returned more than $116,000 in prohibited donations before last Christmas, including almost $7,000 to Sim and his immediate family. 

Elections BC launched the investigation earlier last year after a complaint from rival party TEAM for a Livable Vancouver. Director Sal Robinson conducted an analysis of ABC’s public filings and found several irregularities. 

In 2018, Sim represented the NPA and narrowly lost to Stewart by just 957 votes. The NPA took another two years to satisfy Elections BC’s reporting requirements. 

In October 2022, at the helm of the new ABC party, Sim defeated incumbent Stewart by a 36,000-vote margin, becoming Vancouver’s first Chinese-Canadian mayor. ABC took supermajorities on city council and park board.

ABC’s amended disclosure said it raised more than $1.4 million in donations for the campaign and spent $800,077 of that.

Progress Vancouver leader Marissen was the fourth place finisher in the 2022 race for mayor. However, Elections BC disqualified him from running in 2026 and deregistered the party last July when it launched an investigation. 

Elections BC cited Progress Vancouver for taking a non-permissible loan of $50,000, receiving donations without reporting contributor names and addresses, accepting prohibited campaign contributions from outside B.C. and accepting contributions that exceeded annual limits.

Image from WeChat video of Sept. 23 Fred Harding campaign event (NPA/WeChat)

“Further enforcement actions may apply depending on the results of this investigation,” Elections BC said last July. “Elections BC will provide an update on the outcome of this investigation once it concludes.”

Marissen said April 11 that Progress Vancouver has provided Elections BC “with all of the information that they have requested to date.”

“We hope to have this issue resolved as soon as possible,” he said. 

Chris Wilson, financial agent for the NPA, said Elections BC has been investigating the omission of financial agent contact information from a radio ad that aired on CKNW during the campaign. Wilson said the omission was corrected before election day. 

“The voice actor we hired to record the radio ad just didn’t read my name, even though that’s what they were instructed to do,” Wilson said. “

“We’re disappointed that this matter has taken so long to close.”

The NPA’s fifth-place candidate for mayor was Fred Harding, a former Vancouver cop who lives full-time in Beijing where he has promoted sales of Vancouver condominiums to Chinese investors.

Meanwhile, Stewart’s Forward Together party filed an amended report on Feb. 26 that said it took in $924,238.35 and paid out more than $1.1 million in expenses. 

Forward Together repaid two prohibited 2022 donations last July for $1,250 each to Stewart and his wife/council candidate Jeanette Ashe.

Woodward, who leads Contract With Langley, said his party has completed four audit inquiries from Elections BC since the election and continues to co-operate with the agency.

“We are waiting for more information from them regarding what follow-ups or additional information they are looking for,” Woodward said. 

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B.C. woman accused of defrauding her employer of over $1.8M to buy Mercedes Benz, gold, property

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A B.C. woman is facing multiple criminal charges, accused of diverting over $1.8 million from her employer to her personal bank accounts to buy an expensive car, gold and a property, according to court documents obtained by CBC News.

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First Salmon Ceremony brings community together for the river, land and fish
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First Salmon Ceremony brings community together for the river, land and fish

Last week, youth, Quw’utsun Elders and adults gathered along the Xwulqw’selu Sta’lo (Koksilah River), for Stth’lhnamut sqw’ulum, the First Salmon Ceremony. Along the ban ...
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Last week, youth, Quw’utsun Elders and adults gathered along the Xwulqw’selu Sta’lo (Koksilah River), for Stth’lhnamut sqw’ulum, the First Salmon Ceremony. Along the banks of the river, near the Cowichan Estuary, those in attendance heard teachings from Quw’utsun Elders, welcomed salmon to the river and committed to stewarding it and the lands around it.

The ceremony began with Qwiyahwultuhw, Elder Robert George, welcoming those in attendance.

“We wanted to lay down some teachings to all the people about looking after our river, looking after our salmon, looking after our environment,” he said. “This is what this day is for, to share those teachings and to look after the land.”

Qwiyahwultuhw hands Luschiim a coin, thanking him for being a witness to the ceremony.
Qwiyahwultuhw hands Allison Nicholson a coin, thanking her for witnessing the ceremony.

Qwiyahwultuhw then called on members of the ceremony planning team to honour witnesses of the ceremony — an important role rooted in oral storytelling so the ceremony can be shared with others. One by one, members of the planning team approached the two witnesses — Elder Luschiim and CVRD Area E Director Alison Nicholson — to acknowledge their role as witnesses and thank them with a coin.

As Quw’utsun Elders T’awahwiye (Philomena Williams) and Siilnahmut (Kenneth Elliott) came around to a table with fern leaves and cedar planks on it, Qwiyahwultuhw explained that they would be cutting the salmon and, alongside two youth, would walk down to the river to return the spine and head of the fish to it so salmon are welcomed and will return to the river again.

Siilnahmut, who is now 67 years old, said that he has been blessed to work with salmon his whole life. He said the river has always looked after him and his family but he has noticed changes to the river as time went on due to human activity.

“The salmon’s home is becoming more unsafe for them,” he said. “It’s medicine for my heart to be able to share in the work that’s been called for today.”

Siilnahmut said it is up to us to look after the river and nature and spoke of some restoration work that has taken place along the river to shore up its banks.

“We prayed that we could help make the salmon’s home safe for them to return back each year,” he said. “Salmon look after many people around our globe. Our work today — offering our prayers to the Creator to bless our rivers, to bless our salmon and to bless each of you as community members — we’re learning to understand how connected we all really are.”

T’awahwiye remarked on the number of people — of all ages — who came together for the ceremony and to pledge to steward the river and the lands.

“We have a building in our Tribes called Lulumexun and that means guardian — of the rivers and forest. It’s up to each and every one of us to be that guardian as well,” she said. “We need to look after the habitat of the animals and fish. The more that we learn about it the more it needs to be spread … Our poor animals are in dire straits. Our trees, we don’t know how long the xpey’ (cedar) is going to last. It’s up to us to see that we have them much longer.”

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Then, quickly, quietly and with the skill of those who have had much practice, T’awahwiye and Siilnahmut fileted the salmon and laid the spine and head on the cedar planks in front of them.

T’awahwiye (Philomena Williams) and Siilnahmut (Kenneth Elliott) begin to cut into salmon, which are placed on top of fern leaves. Two cedar planks are ready on the table as well.
A close-up of Siilnahmut (Kenneth Elliott) cutting into the salmon.
A close-up of T’awahwiye (Philomena Williams) cutting into the salmon.
T’awahwiye (Philomena Williams) hands the salmon to Qwiyahwultuhw while the spine and head remain on a cedar plank on the table.
The spine and head of the salmon rest on cedar planks on the table.

Two youth from the gathering joined T’awahwiye and Siilnahmut as they walked to the banks of the river. One by one, Siilnahmut helped the youth cross further into the river on piggyback so they could place the salmon in the water and let the current float the salmon away.

T’awahwiye (Philomena Williams) and Siilnahmut (Kenneth Elliott), along with two youths, walk down to the river with the salmon on planks.
Siilnahmut (Kenneth Elliott) stands along the bank of the river with two youth, each who have a cedar plank with the salmon spine and head on it.
Siilnahmut (Kenneth Elliott) stands next to the two youth, their backs to the camera and facing the river, as the youth lift up the salmon body and head on cedar planks before they lower them into the river.
One of the youth placed the salmon, on a cedar plank, into the river and it floats away with the current.
Siilnahmut (Kenneth Elliott) piggybacks one of the youth across the river and back to the bank.

The ceremony was followed by dances, performed by youth from Alexander Elementary School. The dances brought people together, and even incorporated adults and other observers at times — including students from Sunrise Waldorf School who were in attendance.

Three young dancers in regalia smile and laugh.
A dancer in regalia holds hands with Jannifer Shepherd, a community member, as they dance.
Dancers form a bridge with their hands in the air while other dancers appear from underneath it.

Following the dances, community members crossed the river to participate in various activities.

T’awahwiye offered Hul’q’umi’num’ language lessons and Siilnahmut worked with youth and community members in live staking dogwood trees along the bank of the river to support its restoration.

Community members at the ceremony also had the opportunity to participate in Project 84,000, a community art project to honour the estimated 84,000 juvenile steelhead trout, lake trout, cutthroat trout, and other species that died in the Cowichan River last summer amidst heat, drought and poor environmental conditions.

Four youth cross a bridge, single-file.
T’awahwiye (Philomena Williams) in the background speaks to a group of youth.
Siilnahmut (Kenneth Elliott) holds a mallet, demonstrating how to live stake dogwood into the ground to youth.
Siilnahmut (Kenneth Elliott) watches as a youth hammers a mallet onto a live dogwood stake.
Youth and adults gather around a long piece of butcher paper, where they are using wax crayons to reveal fish imprints under the page.
Youth and adults gather around a long piece of butcher paper, where they are using wax crayons to reveal fish imprints under the page.
Fish imprints, coloured on to a piece of butcher paper using crayons.

The ceremony closed with a gathering around a fire, drumming, singing and forming a circle where all participants held hands to close the day.

Community members and youth gather around a fire as people drum and sing.
A birds-eye-view photo of community members gathered in a large circle, holding hands, on the banks of the river.
Photo courtesy of Kristina Disney

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Youth addiction services come to Vancouver Island
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Youth addiction services come to Vancouver Island

Snaw-Naw-As Chief Gordon Edwards and Premier David Eby look on as Snaw-Naw-As singer ‘Ćum’qwa:tun’ (Lawrence Mitchell) opens the event with his son Jaylen George. Photo by Julie C ...
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A man in a woven cedar hat songs and drums as Premier Eby and others watch
A man in a woven cedar hat songs and drums as Premier Eby and others watch
Snaw-Naw-As Chief Gordon Edwards and Premier David Eby look on as Snaw-Naw-As singer ‘Ćum’qwa:tun’ (Lawrence Mitchell) opens the event with his son Jaylen George. Photo by Julie Chadwick/The Discourse

Located down a quiet street on the territory of the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation with an ocean view, the new Orca Lelum Youth Wellness Centre — which offers youth addiction services — gives off a placid spa vibe.

Clean and inviting, in addition to the bedrooms which will house 20 youth, the space features a media room, outdoor sauna, gymnasium and a large meeting room for group sessions or Elder teachings.

The treatment centre, which opens in June, will offer culturally relevant detox and treatment services to Indigenous youth who struggle with substance use, drug addiction, mental health crises and trauma, and is the first of its kind.

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Kw’umut Lelum executive director Bill Yoachim, MLA Sheila Malcolmson and Jennifer Whiteside, B.C.’s minister of mental health and addictions, tour the facility’s Cedar Room, where clients and staff can hold group sessions and teachings. Photo by the Government of B.C.

On Tuesday, the centre hosted an event to launch the facility, attended by Premier David Eby, University of Victoria vice president Qwul’sih’yah’maht Robina Thomas, Snaw-Naw-As Chief Gordon Edwards, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Sheila Malcolmson and others.

Run as a branch of Kw’umut Lelum — an Indigenous agency which serves families and children in nine First Nations on Vancouver Island — the centre will provide 20 substance use treatment beds for youth aged 12 to 18 years old. Ten of the beds are reserved for short-term detox and stabilization and the other 10 are for those taking part in the centre’s 10-week residential wellness and healing program.

The design of the space is intentional, so that the kids who come there to “feel as though they’re worth it, and know they matter,” says Kw’umut Lelum executive director Bill Yoachim.

A young woman with long black hair speaks at a podium that reads Taking Action for You
“I aged out of care and I think about how I could have become another statistic, but it was my support system that was created at Kw’umut Lelum that helped guide me on my journey,” said Tłilinux̱w Kaitlyn McMahon-White, who will be a peer support worker at the facility. Photo by Julie Chadwick/The Discourse

Until now, youth struggling with addiction have been sent away from community to get treatment, “but we know that they do best close to their community, [and] also close to their culture,” said Thomas, who is also the board chairperson of Kw’umut Lelum.

The goal of the facility is to ensure “we can look at every Indigenous youth that was ever a part of [it] and say, ‘we did everything we could to give you a long, healthy life,’” Thomas said, referencing a quote from former Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Douglas White Kwul’a’sul’tun at the 2010 opening of the Kw’umut Lelum building in Snuneymuxw.

The centre’s flagship program is a 10-week residential wellness and trauma healing program that features land-based practices that incorporate ceremony, traditional medicines and ceremonial bathing and brushings, with a focus on identity and belonging as well as the development of life skills and emotional and physical health.

“Our children are so important to us, and I’m so grateful to see a facility designed strictly to help them out in their life, because that wasn’t available when I was a child. 

“For almost 10 years of my life I was wandering the earth not knowing anything about myself, and because I didn’t know, I thought I could scrape the ‘Indian’ off my arms. I thought that’s what it was. But now seeing we have this state-of-the-art facility for our children, it touches me in a deep place,” said Snaw-Naw-As First Nation member ‘Ćum’qwa:tun’ (Lawrence Mitchell), who sang at the event with his son Jaylen George.

Toxic drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among youth aged 10 to 18 years old, according to the BC Coroners Service. The crisis also disproportionately affects Indigenous people, who are six times more likely to die than other B.C. residents from toxic drug poisoning, according to recent data from the First Nations Health Authority.

“Indigenous women [specifically] are almost 12 times more likely to die from toxic drug poisoning. And we know that so many of the issues that give rise to addictions challenges start when people are young,” added Jennifer Whiteside, B.C.’s minister of mental health and addictions.

In response to a question from The Discourse, Premier Eby said that this particular project — both the facility and the clients it will service — came directly from the community.

“That is what we hope to do across the province, in terms of Indigenous health and wellness initiatives and addiction and mental health supports, is to empower nations to bring forward those proposals that will best serve them,” he said.

“We’ve been working with the First Nations Health Authority on ensuring that the treatment and responses to the toxic drug crisis in Indigenous communities and the treatment facilities and the supports that come forward are led by Indigenous people and are for Indigenous people.” 

The Province is investing $7.1 million in initial funding for the Orca Lelum centre, in addition to $1 million from Island Health, as part of a $171 million provincial investment in Indigenous-led treatment, recovery and aftercare services.

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B.C. tables anti-racism legislation, promises to hold public bodies accountable

VICTORIA — British Columbia has introduced legislation its attorney general says is designed to hold public bodies accountable for addressing systemic racism in policy and programs.

23 hours ago

CBC British Columbia

Elections B.C. investigating 12 civic parties for possibly breaking campaign finance rules

A dozen municipal political parties in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Langley Township and Kelowna are being probed by Elections B.C. for possibly breaking campaign financing laws during the 20 ...
More ...A sign at a Vancouver polling station directs voters to the ballot box during the 2022 civic elections.

A dozen municipal political parties in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Langley Township and Kelowna are being probed by Elections B.C. for possibly breaking campaign financing laws during the 2022 civic elections.

23 hours ago

CBC British Columbia

West Kelowna basketball grandma goes viral on TikTok

Shirley Simson, who turns 85 at the end of May, has made waves on TikTok for her sharp basketball moves and trash talk. Her grandsons Hunter and Parker came up with the video series as a way to get th ...
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Shirley Simson, who turns 85 at the end of May, has made waves on TikTok for her sharp basketball moves and trash talk. Her grandsons Hunter and Parker came up with the video series as a way to get their gran in top shape and promote their apparel brand at the same time.

23 hours ago

Conservative immigration policy should focus on the goal of citizenship: Tory critic
Business in Vancouver

Conservative immigration policy should focus on the goal of citizenship: Tory critic

OTTAWA — Conservative immigration critic Tom Kmiec says immigration policy should be focused on the ultimate goal of citizenship.

23 hours ago

When Times Are Tough, the Tough Turn to Poetry
The Tyee

When Times Are Tough, the Tough Turn to Poetry

This spring, four award-winning poets offer reflections on grief, and paths towards possible futures. A collection of excerpts.

11 Apr 2024 20:04:00

When Times Are Tough, the Tough Turn to Poetry
The Tyee

When Times Are Tough, the Tough Turn to Poetry

This spring, four award-winning poets offer reflections on grief, and paths towards possible futures. A collection of excerpts.

11 Apr 2024 20:04:00

Health minister says feds still working out the bumps of new dental health care plan
Business in Vancouver

Health minister says feds still working out the bumps of new dental health care plan

Uninsured seniors first to receive dental care coverage when program starts in May

11 Apr 2024 19:58:00

Lapu-Lapu Block Party headliners include Manila Grey and John Concepcion
Georgia Straight

Lapu-Lapu Block Party headliners include Manila Grey and John Concepcion

Performers will also include "Canada’s Drag Race" star Kimmy Couture.

11 Apr 2024 19:42:47

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