Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Bus-Service)

More than one year after Greyhound cancelled bus service in most of Western Canada, one Vancouver Island company says it's feeling the effects.

John Wilson of Wilson Group, which operates much of the Island's inter-city bus service, says the disappearance of Greyhound has meant less connectivity across the country for passengers and freight.

The company closed five bus depots on the Island this year as a cost saving measure, and Wilson says the only other alternative would have been to reduce service, which would affect more vulnerable people.

Maryanne Titian, a 69-year-old member of the Ahousaht (Ah-HOW'-zat) First Nation, says the closure of bus depots has forced her and her husband, who are both ill, to wait outside in wind and rain to get to medical appointments. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-WEA-Snow)

Some powerful winter weather is prompting warnings across southern and eastern British Columbia from forecasters.

Environment Canada says a steady feed of moisture streaming into the southern Interior is bringing copious amounts of snow to many highway passes.

It warns that weather in mountain regions can change suddenly and cause hazardous driving conditions.

For those hitting the road, driving conditions are available at drive-b-c-dot-ca. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Farmer-Help)

Struggling B-C farmers enrolled in the federal and provincial Agri-Stability program will be eligible for much higher interim payments this winter.

The Ministry of Agriculture says increasing the maximum interim payment from 50 to 75 per cent of the estimated final payment will help farmers recover from their losses.

A combination of extreme weather and difficult market conditions this year are expected to result in higher than average payments to farm producers.

The ministry says the support will be used by grain and oilseed producers in the Peace region who lost crops due to early snowfall, cherry growers in the Okanagan who got too much rain, and Fraser Valley cranberry growers hit by a deep freeze in February. …

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