What's Making News in British Columbia

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What's Making News in British Columbia


What's making news in British Columbia

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HALF BILLION DOLLARS INVESTED IN RENTAL HOUSING

Premier Christy Clark says a $500,000 investment in the province's rental housing stock will help more people find an affordable place to live.

The money will be used to create 2,900 rental units through partnerships with non-profits, local governments, community agencies and the private sector.

Clark says it will help pay for a mix of housing, including for low-to moderate-income earners, seniors, students, adults with developmental disabilities, aboriginals and single parents.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong said last week the province raked in more than $2 billion in extra revenues and some of that money would be used for housing.

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MAN ARRESTED WITH RIFLE AND AMMUNITION IN AIRPORT BATHROOM

A 28-year-old man is facing multiple charges after officers were called to Abbotsford Airport for reports of a man with a weapon.

It's alleged the man was seen with a rifle bag as he interacted with airport staff and management on Sunday.

Police say the man was arrested after being found in an airport washroom with a SKS rifle and ammunition.

James Kreitewolf is charged with three weapons offences, causing a disturbance and cocaine possession.

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PROVINCE INVEST MONEY TO RENEW UBC FACILITIES

The B.C. and federal governments are spending $51.5 million on three infrastructure projects at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Most of the money is going towards renewing and replacing facilities at the Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Labs, to provide modern research and lab space for more than 2,000 students.

The other two projects involve construction of an interdisciplinary hub for innovations in physical activity and exercise medicine and expansion of a centre at Vancouver General Hospital that focuses on medical devices and technologies.

The federal government is putting up $39.7 million for the three projects while the province's share will be $11. …

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