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B.C. set record for drug overdose deaths last year, appeals for federal help

By The Canadian Press
January 18, 2017 - 3:03pm Updated: January 18, 2017 - 7:48pm

VICTORIA — More than 900 people died in British Columbia last year from illicit drug overdoses, but the provincial health minister says the toll could have been far higher and he warned the federal government Wednesday the epidemic is spreading across Canada.

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B.C. housing minister says first-time home buyer program attracting applicants

By The Canadian Press
January 16, 2017 - 5:31pm

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s housing minister says a program to help first-time homebuyers received applications within hours of launching.

Rich Coleman said that within six hours of the provincial loan program’s launch on Monday, 29 applications had been submitted.

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B.C.’s only independent MLA cites health issues in decision not to run again

By The Canadian Press
January 11, 2017 - 11:06am

DELTA, B.C. — British Columbia’s only sitting independent politician says she won’t be running for re-election in May.

Vicki Huntington, who is not affiliated with any political party, says she has decided to step away from politics to focus on her health.