Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Enforcement-Audit)

B-C's auditor general says a program that enforces child and spousal support in the province isn't giving taxpayers the best value for their money.

Carol Bellringer's report says the Ministry of Justice didn't follow good procurement practices in 2006 when it agreed to the latest contract for the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program.

It says in 2015 to 2016, the province paid 18 million dollars to the contractor, while 210 million dollars in support payments were made to families.

The ministry says it has already implemented two of the recommendations in the report and disputes the value for money comment, saying the audit didn't look at the quality of services delivered. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Wildfires)

A B-C Wildfire Service official says this year is the second-worst on record in terms of land lost due to fires in the province.

Kevin Skrepnek says just over 49-hundred square kilometres of forest, brush and grassland have been destroyed so far this year.

But he says it's too early to tell whether this year will surpass the 1958 season, when more than 85-hundred square kilometres were lost to flames.

Skrepnek says wind patterns are forecast to shift in the coming days, which should help reduce the smoky haze that has been settling over much of the coast. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Fire-Danger-Okanagan)

Former Kelowna fire chief Gerry Zimmerman says current dry conditions with no rain in sight seems to be the new normal in the Okanagan region.

Zimmerman was the face of a fire that roared through the southern part of the city in 2003, destroying more than 230 homes.

He says seeing the fire danger rating as "severe" across the entire Okanagan is very scary but he thinks the region is better prepared should such a fire happen again.

The 2003 fire was caused by a lightning strike during one of the driest summers on record. (CKFR)

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(BC-School-Board-Byelection)

Education Minister Rob Fleming says a byelection will be held in October to restore the Vancouver School Board. …

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