November 20, 2017

Border Services respond to raid allegations

 The Canadian Border Services Agency says what is being reported as a series of raids of Metro Vancouver construction sites Wednesday -- detaining illegal migrant workers -- is not correct. In a written statement the CBSA says agents only went to one worksite looking for a man with a long criminal history who had previously been deported … [Read more...]

Minister of Citizen Services says communications staff under the microscope following ethnic voting strategy leak

The Minister of Citizens' Services and Open Government is condemning the quick wins ethnic voting strategy his own government cooked up. Government Communications falls in Ben Stewart's ministerial responsibilities and he says the strategy is absolutely inappropriate. Stewart was asked if he will take a hard look at the communications staff and if … [Read more...]

BCCLA wants to halt roll out of new BC Services card

The BC Civil Liberties Association is calling on the government to halt the roll out of the BC Services card. The government wants the multipurpose I-D card to replace the old Care Card, and phase one of the rollout is set for February 15th. But Michael Vonn with the BC Civil Liberties Association says major privacy concerns have not been … [Read more...]

Canadian Blood Services calling for more blood donations

Canadian Blood Services is asking British Columbians to roll up their sleeves this holiday season and donate. The organization says collecting blood during the holiday season is a challenge and the shortage alone in BC is tremendous. "Throughout the whole nation we need about 98,000 blood donors to come in between December 1st and January 2nd and … [Read more...]

Canadian Blood Services needs donations

Coming out of the summer months, Canadian Blood Services needs donations more than ever. They need more than 14,000 of them nationwide by October 8th. In BC they need at least 1,700. The fear is that without these donations, Canadian hospitals could be facing a national blood shortage. Marcelo Dominguez with the CBS explained where the … [Read more...]

Canadian Blood Services asks for summer donations

Canadian Blood Services is calling on people to roll up their sleeves in a final summer push for donations ahead of the long weekend. "In B.C., we need probably about 220-250 people to come in and book an appointment. If we can get at least that many people, I think it would go a long way to meeting our needs for that particular weekend." The … [Read more...]

MetroPCS lights up Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services, starts selling LG Connect 4G

MetroPCS may not be grand in scale, but it's certainly not lacking for ambition. Just over a year after announcing its eventual transition to Voice over LTE, the carrier has officially launched its VoLTE services. Moreover, it's announcing the first sale of a VoLTE-capable handset at one of the company's Dallas / Fort Worth store locations. The … [Read more...]

Rich Coleman admits to knowing bidders for Liquor Distribution Services

Minister Rich Coleman is calling some of the inferences being made about his connections to the Liquor Distribution Branch privatization process "ridiculous."  Coleman insists at the time he didn't know the names of companies bidding on the lucrative, 10-year contract  "I didn't say that I didn't know anybody...I didn't know the bidders … [Read more...]

NDP wants government to pause sale of liquor distribution services

BC NDP leader Adrian Dix says Premier Christy Clark and the  BC Liberals have absolutely no mandate to privatize the liquor distribution branch.  Dix says its not just because of serious questions being raised about the request for proposals process, or about BC Liberal ties to companies vying for the 10-year contral.  He says like … [Read more...]

BCGEU says petition against privatization of liquor distribution services getting lots of signatures

The BC Government and Service Employees Union petition against the Province's attempt to privatize liquor distribution services is drawing lots of signatures. "We have got close to 20,000 names on this petition so far." BCGEU Spokesperson Evan Stewart says they are gathering even more signatures... "When you tell people that the … [Read more...]