Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Auditor-Budget-Ads)

B-C's auditor general says she had a constructive meeting with the minister responsible for the government's advertising program.

Carol Bellringer says she invited Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson to her office for a chat after viewing the Liberal government's recent advertising campaign highlighting its surplus budget.

Bellringer says an ad regarding the budget and a proposed cut to medical premiums appeared to exceed guidelines for information that should be included in public communications.

Bellringer says the guidelines should be toughened up, but she's not planning to conduct a further audit or investigation into the matter. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Credit-Rating)

B-C Finance Minister Michael de Jong says the province's strong fiscal discipline and stable economic growth are the reason for its double-A-high credit rating from the Dominion Bond Rating Service.

The rating service says B-C's debt-to G-D-P ratio is expected to decline slightly to 17.7 per cent by the end of 2019 to 2020.

It says that will leave British Columbia with the lowest debt burden among all provinces, following substantial debt increases elsewhere.

The government says B-C is the only province rated triple-A with all three international credit rating agencies -- Moody's, Standard and Poor's, and Fitch. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Smart-Phones)

The province is launching a pilot program to put smart phones in the hands of up to one-thousand current and former youth in care.

The government says the phones will be paid for through a two-million dollar fund jointly administered by the province and TELUS.

It says the phone package will be registered in the youth's names to help them develop a positive credit rating and encourage responsible cellphone use.

The province says its goal is to make sure that young people who are leaving care have the appropriate supports in place as they move into adulthood. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-SBD-McMorris-Injured)

Snowboard star Mark McMorris is tweeting from a B-C hospital about the backcountry crash that left him severely injured, saying he almost died but is now trying to get better. …

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