Emergency Health Services
The Ministry of Health is adding $91.4 million in additional funding over the next three years for emergency health services.
This targeted investment will mean faster ambulance response times and support expanded care from paramedics and dispatchers.
In addition, the Province will also provide $4 million in immediate additional funding for necessary equipment, including carbon monoxide monitors, stretchers, safety kits and visibility gear.
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) has recently joined together with Diabetes Canada to tackle diabetes, which plagues so many people in Indigenous communities across the country.
An initiative CAP and Diabetes Canada has been working on is the introduction of the Food Skills for Families program into Aboriginal communities.
Food Skills for Families is a hands-on curriculum based program that makes healthy eating, shopping and cooking easy, quick and fun.
The program teaches people how to make healthy meals, snacks and beverage choices and to gain confidence in the kitchen.
Kelowna Housing Starts
It’s getting busy in the building world again.
The trend for housing starts in the Kelowna CMA moved upward in February as a result of a pickup in both single-detached and multi-unit construction, particularly apartment condominiums.
New construction of all housing types continues to be supported by low inventories of unsold homes in both the new and existing home markets along with high net-migration into the area and continued low mortgage interest rates.
Province Firefighter Health
The Province intends to move ahead with an amendment to the Firefighters Occupational Disease Regulation under the Workers Compensation Act to add presumptions for breast cancer, prostate cancer and multiple myeloma as occupational diseases for firefighters.
A presumption means if a professional or volunteer firefighter develops one of the listed cancers after a certain period of employment, it is presumed that the cancer arose from their employment.
The firefighter is then eligible for workers’ compensation benefits without having to provide evidence that the cancer is work-related.
Spring break is coming up for the kids.
Most in the area have 2 weeks off…and some interesting money numbers associated with that.
BDA Canada says BC parents on average are planning to drop $913 on March break activities for their kids.
The average spending may be high…but 69% surveyed say they’re planning free and social activities or nothing special.
A legal case between the Motoplex Speedway in Spallumcheen and the owners of a nearby residential community, has been heard in the BC Court of Appeal.
After a hearing on Monday, the court has reserved judgement in the appeal made by Lawrence Heights.
Last year, a BC Supreme Court judge ordered the track’s owner, Okanagan Aggregates, to pay 100-thousand dollars in damages, and ordered the track to limit noise to 80 decibels during events.
The subdivision owners are seeking several million dollars in lost revenue in their appeal.
There hasn’t been any races at the track since June 2015, and no races have been announced for this year.
Teachers in BC are voting today and tomorrow on the tentative agreement over classroom conditions with the Province.
The Supreme Courts ruling in favour of negotiating teacher numbers and classroom composition and size has been greeted positively by teachers.
If there’s a positive vote…it could mean significant changes to the number of teachers work, class size and composition for the school year starting in September.
Spring is in the air, and unfortunately so are the scams that come with that.
RCMP say this is when they start to hear more victims of phone, email and online frauds.
One of the most common is the Canada Revenue Agency Scam where a person is called and told they owe thousands of dollars to the tax man, and are threatened with jail if they don’t provide the money.
Police say the tax agency only uses registered mail to contact clients, not email or the phone.