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Petition to end unfair MSP Premiums in BC ~ you can sign here

BC Health Minister Terry Lake & federal Health Minister Dr Jane Philpott co-hosting meeting with provincial health ministers in Vancouver Jan 20 & 21

BC NDP calls for tougher legislation around safety on party buses following tragic incident January 9

BC Hydro rates to go up again April 1, 2016 (as announced in 2014)

BC Education Ministry contributes $35 million to school upgrades (announced Nov 2015)

BC now has the toughest drinking-driving penalties (Oct 2015)

UBCM supports Internet voting for municipal elections in BC for 2018 (some details in Oct 2, 2015, pg 2 & 3)  

  BC revamps scholarships for Grade 12 grads for 2015-2016 (see pg 2 in Aug 28 SVN)  

    District of Sooke hires new Corporate Officer Feb 1    District of Sooke Regular Council Meeting on Tues Feb 9 (after the long weekend) at 7pm in Council Chambers   Forum about John Phillips Memorial Park on Wed Feb 10 in the lobby at SEAPARC, 4 to 7 pm.     District of Sooke Acting Mayor for Jan & Feb 2016 is Councillor Kerrie Reay. In March and April the Acting Mayor will be Rick Kasper. Mayor Maja Tait is away on maternity leave.   SD62 Transportation Safe Routes to School (slides from Jan 19th presentation) BC Transit fares going up as of April 1, 2016, including for youth & seniors.  SEAPARC referendum April 30 on financing a ball field land purchase


 Federal / National West Shore of south Vancouver Island
  The first Trudeau Liberal budget is anticipated.  See list of new Liberal cabinet in the November 6, 2015 edition of Sooke Voice News.  On Vancouver Island, six of seven seats are held by the NDP: Incumbent Randall Garrison, NDP won re-election in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. Alistair MacGregor, NDP, is the MP for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. Murray Rankin is the MP for Victoria. Federal NDP leadership review in April 2016 in Edmonton.

    New WIN Thrift Shop opened in Langford on Jan 28 ~ 735 Goldstream Ave    SD62 Transportation Safe Routes to School (slides from Jan 19th presentation)     BC Transit fares going up as of April 1, 2016, including for youth & seniors. Construction of McKenzie Interchange in Saanich/Langford to begin in December 2016  Construction of new athletic training facility in Langford to begin in 2016.

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Lagoon Trail at Witty's Lagoon closed during Feb | District of Sooke  hires new Corporate Officer | Feb 2 by-election results from two BC Lower Mainland ridings: NDP wins in both | Feb 2 ~ it's groundhog day! | Extra sailings on BC Ferries for Family Day long weekend | Sooke municipality has lost 3 senior staff this month |  Petition to eliminate punitive BC-MSP premium system has over 63,000 signatures (see pg1 & 3)  | SEAPARC seeks financing referendum success for $750K of $999K land purchase          





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