Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Wildfires)

More than two months after thousands of residents were chased from their homes by ferocious wildfires, a provincial state of emergency has been lifted in British Columbia.

Hundreds of buildings were lost after dozens of out-of-control wildfires broke out in B-C's Interior, setting records for destruction.

The state of emergency declared on July 7th allowed for better co-ordination between agencies and a 100-million-dollar fund was made available to support the thousands of evacuees.

Forests Minister Doug Donaldson says 21 million dollars of that fund has been delivered so far, helping about 52-thousand people.

There are still 155 fires burning in the province and 11 evacuation orders are in place affecting more than three-thousand people. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Seniors-Advocate)

B-C's seniors advocate says a survey shows many of those in care homes desire more flexibility in their lives, such as less regulated meal times and increased interactions with others.

Isobel Mackenzie says the two-year project involved 22-thousand people living in provincial residential care facilities.

She says almost 90 per cent of those questioned feel safe and almost as many say they are treated with respect.

However, 60 per cent say they don't get to bathe as often as they'd like and only 57 per cent feel their facility regularly feels like home. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Drought-Ratings)

The B-C government is announcing Level 3 drought ratings in several regions of the province, due to continuing dry conditions and dropping water levels.

Level 3 drought conditions call for voluntary water use reductions of 30 per cent from all surface water and groundwater users, including residents, industry, farmers and municipalities.

The water conservation measures affect the East Peace region, the Kootenay Columbia region and the South Coast region, particularly the Sunshine Coast where conditions have been especially dry. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Softwood-Carr)

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says duties imposed by the United States on Canadian softwood imports have not had much impact on forest producers so far. …

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