Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-Fentanyl-China)

The R-C-M-P and China's Public Security Ministry have agreed to work together to combat the flow of illegal fentanyl and other opioids into Canada.

The announcement comes a week after Premier Christy Clark called on the federal government to take additional action to crack down on fentanyl imports from China to help deal with an opioid overdose crisis in the province.

The R-C-M-P has released a statement saying Commissioner Bob Paulson and Chinese Vice-Minister Chen Zhimin agreed at a meeting in Ottawa to strengthen co-ordinated law enforcement actions to disrupt the supply of fentanyl and synthetic opioids.

Discussions to formalize joint investigations will begin next week. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Child-Poverty)

A new report says the number of children living in poverty in B-C dropped marginally this year from last year -- but more than 163-thousand kids still live in unreasonable conditions.

A child advocacy group says that works out to one in every five children in the province, and the number soars to more than one out of every two children in single-parent families.

The B-C Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition says most children living in poverty have a working parent so it's calling on the province to boost affordable housing and daycare and setting a living wage, pegged at 20 dollars an hour in Vancouver.

Children's Minister Stephanie Cadieux says the province's steady approach to reducing poverty includes funded training for single parents, and so far about 700 of them have found jobs. (The Canadian Press)

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(Curriculum-Changes)

Education Minister Mike Bernier says a new curriculum set to begin next fall for public school students in grades 10 to 12 is being delayed by one year.

Bernier says the extension has been granted at the request of teachers, principals and trustees.

Redesigned lesson plans will now be implemented in the 2018-19 school year.

Bernier also says the reading, writing and numeracy tests given to all students in grades 4 and 7 are being moved up to the fall from after the winter break to provide an earlier snapshot of how students are progressing. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Tax-Competitiveness)

Premier Christy Clark is laughing off any suggestion that a proposed B-C value added tax is nothing more than another H-S-T. …

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