The Trudeau Liberals present their second budget today in Ottawa.
Insiders say skills and training will be prominent features.
The opposition Tories are warning it will include more debt and higher taxes for Canadians.
Health Sciences Centre
A new Health Sciences Centre at Okanagan College has been announced.
18.9 million for the construction of a new Health Sciences Centre at Okanagan College in Kelowna.
The new facility will ensure that Okanagan College continues to train students for health science careers that are in demand throughout the province.
The new facility will be beside the existing Laboratory Building.
The new centre will allow Okanagan College to provide an additional 79 health and social development full-time equivalent student spaces to meet potential future demand.
The Laboratory Building currently accommodates the bachelor of science in nursing program, university transfer science programs and engineering technology programs.
At the 101st BC Teachers’ Federation Annual General Meeting, Glen Hansman of Vancouver Elelmentary was re-elected for a second one-year term as President.
In addition, First Vice-President Teri Mooring from Quesnel and Second Vice-President Clint Johnston from Chilliwack were also re-elected to continue in their respective positions.
Delegates at the Annual General Meeting carried numerous motions related to recruitment and retention, privacy of student information, and appropriate use of technology in schools, as well as a statement of principles protecting rights of transgender students and teachers.
Job Training Funding
Up to 322 job seekers are receiving training for jobs in the Central Okanagan, thanks to support from the federal and provincial governments.
The governments have allocated more than $1 million in total to Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) and YMCA of Okanagan to deliver three training programs from fall 2016 to fall 2017, at no cost to eligible participants from Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country.
The Canada-B.C. Job Fund supports training programs that provide individuals the skills to enter and succeed in the job market.
Fraud Prevention Month
March is fraud prevention month.
Three signs you might be a victim of identity theft:
“You receive a phone call or letter informing you that you have been denied or approved for a loan or credit card that you didn’t apply for.
“You suddenly stop receiving your credit card statements or other mail.
“You are contacted by a collection agency informing you that they are
collecting for a defaulted account in your name that you never opened.
Tips on what the banks do to protect you…and what you can to do prevent identify theft are up on our news blog.
What banks are doing to protect customers
Banks have highly sophisticated security systems and experts in place to protect customers’ information and to protect them from being the victims of financial fraud. Banks’ work to protect consumers is an ongoing, vigilant effort. As well, banks work closely with law enforcement and help educate consumers about steps they can take to minimize the risk of becoming a victim.
“Banks take their role in the fight against identity theft extremely seriously. There are also simple steps that everyone can take to protect their personal information from theft,” says Terry Campbell, President of the Canadian Bankers Association. “One simple tip is to limit the amount of identification that you carry with you. If you’re just going out shopping, you don’t need your social insurance card – just keep it at home in a safe place.”
Here are more tips for Canadians on protecting their personal information:
“Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through mail or over the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or know with whom you’re dealing.
“An identity thief will pick through your garbage or recycling bins. Shred or destroy all receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements and any financial documents before putting them in the garbage or recycling.
“Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up with creditors if your bills don’t arrive on time.
What to do if you are a victim of identity theft
“Contact your bank right away – Your bank will take the appropriate steps to help prevent fraud. These steps could include cancelling and reissuing credit or debit cards, investigating and reversing fraudulent transactions and providing further advice
“Contact local police – Contact your local police force and file a report about the fraud.
“Contact Canada’s credit reporting agencies – If you suspect that you may have been a victim of identity theft, contact both of Canada’s credit reporting agencies, Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada, and obtain a copy of your credit report. If there are creditors on the report that you have not done business with, contact those organizations and let them know you have been the victim of identity theft.
“Consider a fraud alert for your credit files – Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada can also put a fraud alert put on your credit files. With this fraud alert, creditors that have viewed your credit report will have to contact you before extending credit. This can help prevent someone else from taking out a loan or credit card in your name.
“Contact other organizations as necessary – Other organizations and government agencies may also need to know if your personal information has been stolen and used to commit fraud.
For example, you should contact government agencies such as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) if someone has used your Social Insurance Number to apply for government services.
BC’s highest court has denied an appeal in a legal case involving the Motoplex Speedway in Spallumcheen.
The developer of Lawrence Heights, a nearby residential community, says noise from the track has slowed development, resulting in lost revenue.
Last year, a BC Supreme Court judge ordered the track owner, Okanagan Aggregates, to pay 100-thousand dollars in damages, and to limit noise to 80 decibels during events.
Lawrence Heights appealed the damage amount, but the BC Court of Appeal found no reason to increase it.
It’s not known when — or if — activity will resume at the track, which has been quiet since June of 2015.
An indoor bull riding event and barn dance planned for Lumby next month is getting criticism all the way from Lower Mainland.
The Vancouver Humane Society wants it cancelled claiming the animals will be caused distress for the sake of human amusement.
Lumby’s Mayor says the bulls are treated well and hopefully the exposure will actually draw more people in.
The event April 22nd is being held to raise more money for renovations and expansion of the Pat Duke Memorial Arena
Banning Flight Electronics
The ban on air travel with electronic devices from several Muslim-majority countries has been extended to Britain.
Like the U.S., the U.K. will now forbid passengers flying into the country with laptops, tablets and other portable electronic devices.
Travelers can still fly with the banned items, but they have to be packed in their checked luggage on flight to the U.S. and U.K. from popular airports in Istanbul, Dubai, Doha and Qatar.
Canadian officials are looking in to it.
There’s been some suggestion this is coming up because of a security threat