It's not exactly what most British Colombians want to start in 2019, but the Canadian Federation of Taxpayers warns that whether you like it or not, be prepared for a big tax increase in the New Year.
CTF said the increase would affect most provinces through corporate, property and fuel taxes.
"Health Tax Entrepreneurs will have a cascading effect in the entire province, putting a cold on hiring and raising new salaries, and risking a property tax increase from Port Alberni to Prince George," said Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the Canadian Federation of Taxpayers. "This is a large download of taxes from Victoria to the back of the creators of jobs and cities in all provinces."
Employer Health Taxes starting in 2019, are stacked on top of pre-existing Medical Service Premiums, and according to the CTF, the tax will double tax deductions in many BCs. employer for this year.
"Because most cities and towns have payrolls of more than $ 500,000, their budgets are directly affected, causing the need for city budget cuts or property tax increases," the group said.
The following is a link to the official EHT provincial tax rate and calculator.
Homeowners in places like West Vancouver and North Vancouver with homes worth more than $ 3 million will be required to pay new "school taxes" made by the provincial government.
"Even though it is labeled as a school tax, the money goes into general income," Sims said.
Rates apply to homes, condominiums and vacant land.
Sims said that tax increases in British Columbia will continue throughout the year, with carbon taxes surging from $ 35 per ton to $ 40 per ton on April 1, 2019.
"This spends 8.89 cents for every liter of gasoline purchased in BC."
To read the Federal Taxpayer Federation Federal New Year Tax Change report, click here.
Photo: Heather Casorso
UPDATE: 4:01 p.m.
Severe snow warnings continue for most provinces. The Canadian environment estimates 30 cm in some areas.
"Snow will rise tonight and continue on Saturday before it subsides Saturday night when the system moves to Alberta. The amount of snow up to 30 cm can be estimated on Saturday night."
Snowfall also caused chaos on the road. Winter storm warnings have been issued for the Trans-Canada Highway – Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass.
Hazardous winter conditions are expected, "said Environment Canada." Prepare for travel conditions that change quickly and deteriorate. "
– ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) December 28, 2018
UPDATE: 2 p.m.
DriveBC reports Highway 97 has reopened to a single lane, alternating traffic north of Williams Lake.
UPDATE: 1:30 a.m.
Several accidents have been reported at the Coquihalla Highway.
An SUV with front end damage is jammed in the median near the Mine Creek Road exit, and another incident has a pickup on its side from the westbound lane near the old highway.
Heavy snow is estimated today on the high elevation high school BC.
Elsewhere, DriveBC reports the Trans-Canada Highway is closed in the second direction south of the China Bar tunnel, between Hells Gate and Boston Bar because it is jacknifed semi.
At present there is no estimated reopening time, and there are no detours available.
Meanwhile, Highway 97 was closed in both directions due to an accident north of Williams Lake. Detours are in effect.
Photo: Heather Casorso
UPDATE: 8:05 a.m.
Many British Columbia centers are preparing for the next winter blow, because Environment Canada has posted warnings of snowfall or winter storms for areas from the North Coast to the Alberta border.
Snow up to 30 centimeters is estimated in some areas when the storm crosses the province, while a trip on Highway 1 from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass is expected to be very dangerous before conditions subside Saturday night.
Meanwhile, power remained for around 1,600 customers on the south coast of SM eight days after the strongest windstorm in memory recently hit the entire region.
Hundreds of Hydro SM workers have worked hard all the time to improve the remaining blackouts concentrated in several southern Gulf Islands, where damage from fallen trees and overturned electricity poles is the most extreme.
Crown Utilities reported returning power to around 2,400 customers Thursday, meanwhile, said 70 crew would work on the islands of Galiano, Pender, Mayne, Salt Spring, Gabriola, Thetis and Saturna until Friday.
– The Canadian Press
ORIGINAL: 5 in the morning
Environment Canada calls for another Pacific system to track towards the Interior, carrying up to 25 centimeters of snow.
"We will see snow falling on Friday morning and we can reach five or 10 centimeters in the afternoon in Coquihalla," said meteorologist Bobby Sekhon.
"It will continue to snow on Friday nights and Saturdays too and we can see as many as 15 to 25 cm for more than a 24 hour period."
Sekhon said that would be a similar story for the Okanagan Connector, possibly just a few centimeters on Friday. The same system can bring snow to the Connector on Saturday too – "as much as 15 cm on Saturday night."
As for the Trans Canada Highway, Rogers Pass doesn't look too bad and Environment Canada only needs 10 to 15 cm at higher altitudes.
The story is similar if you head to the Kootenays too and Sekhon says the driver can expect up to 15 cm in Kootenay's pass.
"It looks like Saturday will be the main snow day for the region, with an average of 15 cm falling and as many as 25 expected in some places."
Sekhon said that by passing the front it would likely bring snow to the highway and also be able to bring snow to the valley floor as well.
"Five to 10 cm in Kelowna is not out of the question," he said.
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Dec. 28, 2018 / 2:48 noon | Story:
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Vancouver police said they could not confirm a statement that a six-year-old girl was lured from an elementary school playground earlier this month.
The police said they had investigated tips from the community, interviewed staff and students at the school, talked to neighbors and reviewed the video footage but found no evidence that it happened.
Sergeant Jason Robillard said an investigation was underway.
Police have investigated allegations that the girl was in the playground area outside the Sexsmith Elementary School in southern Vancouver on December 5 when a man took her to the closest location where he attacked her, then returned her to school.
Robillard said detectives from the department's sex crime unit and the youth service section were investigating.
He said investigating allegations that affect personal safety, especially those involving children, was a priority for the police.
"We feel this is an important update for parents, staff, students and the public at large," he said in a news release on Friday.
"Bait packages" that were placed in Surrey malls during the Christmas shopping period captivated the Grinches and Good Samaritan.
Surrey Property Crime Target Team RCMP places branded electronic shopping bags and branded jewelry boxes in the food court and seating area. The plainclothes officer supervised to see if any thieves would take advantage of this situation.
During the five-day project, three suspected men aged 32 to 35 years were arrested for stealing bait packages. All subjects have criminal records and have been released to appear in court later.
However, investigators were very surprised by seven Good Samaritans who saw unattended packages and returned them to customer service or security, or just watched them in the hope that the owner would return.
"This is the first time our Property Crime Team has carried out a bait package project in Surrey," said Staff Sgt. Mike Hall. "Having only three subjects stealing packages compared to seven people doing the right thing is quite refreshing, especially around the holiday season."
Images shared on social media allegedly showed a dead mouse pulled from a bowl of soup at a restaurant in Vancouver.
The Crab Park Chowdery said he was investigating the allegations after the video was posted to Instagram on Thursday, reports CTV News.
"Today, my friend ordered Manhattan clam chowder and a little surprise in it," wrote the poster.
Vancouver Coastal Health is investigating this issue.
VCH last checked the restaurant in October, and previously found signs of mice in February.
– with files from CTV Vancouver
Photo: CTV News
Two missing pedestrians and their dogs were rescued from Vancouver's North Shore Mountains late Thursday.
North Shore Rescue responded around 7pm. after the man and woman turned wrong on the steep terrain on Mount Grouse
"On the way down, they followed several tracks and ended up in Mosquito Creek drainage," search manager Scott Merriman told CTV News.
Climbers were taken to the parking lot around 2am, cold but not injured.
The call set a new annual record for North Coast Rescue, with 141 rescue missions.
– with files from CTV Vancouver
Vancouver General Hospital
A public warning was issued on a man who claimed to be a surgeon in Vancouver.
Vancouver Coastal Health said, Asten Nguyen Phong Nguyen claimed to operate at Vancouver General Hospital, but was not registered to practice in BC.
Nguyen also asked patients to pay a down payment before the operation, reports CTV News.
"This person has no affiliation with VCH, he is not registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, and he is not authorized to practice medicine in this province," VCH tweeted Thursday.
Health authorities urge those who have paid a deposit to immediately contact Vancouver Police.
– with files from CTV Vancouver
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Dec. 28, 2018 / 7:19 in the morning | Story:
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The apple tree at UBC comes from a tree in England that is said to be the famous apple tree Isaac Newton.
On a cold, sunny day in December, Jean-Michel Poutissou paused to admire the six apple trees he had fought to save.
Poutissou came to Vancouver in October 1972 when the trees on the campus of the physics laboratory TRIUMF were only young trees. The trees are the trunk of the same tree that Sir Isaac Newton said sat down when he pondered gravity.
Poutissou, an emeritus researcher at TRIUMF, said the trees "grew happily" until the mid-1990s when condominium developers wanted a straight road from the campus to homes. The trees are in danger of ax.
"Nobody cares too much about Newton's apple tree," he said. "For them, they block."
It took a campaign to convince the president of the University of British Columbia, where TRIUMF was located, to intervene and save the roundabout where the trees were planted, he said.
Now for almost 50 years, the trees are covered in shoots that will fatten during the winter before paying off.
Poutissou said he had tasted the apple but it had been a long time and he didn't remember the taste.
"It's not like McIntosh, but don't hold me for it," he said with a laugh.
Tree trips began around the end of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Letters between the University of British Columbia and the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, England, showed that on the day two tree transplants arrived in Vancouver on the Air Canada flight on January 4, 1971, the land was covered with more than 50 centimeters of snow.
The two cuttings were later transplanted and now six trees sit on the TRIUMF campus.
Today, National Trust in England is the preserver of native apple trees at Woolsthorpe Manor, where Newton considered the law of gravity. The tree is called Bunga Kent, a traditional variety, which produces apples of various sizes.
An email from the organization said there were many universities in the world that had twins from the original tree. It is unknown how the idea of sending a university Newton's apple tree appears and it seems that there is no tradition or policy, he said.
"This possibility is spread more by word of mouth between universities."
The tree is an icon of learning, discovery and the beginning of the era of modern science, said the belief.
Photo: BC Wildfire Service
Summer B.C. forest fires the record breaking has topped the list of 10 of Canada's best weather stories for 2018.
The national weather forecaster released a list Thursday on its website.
"Spring floods cause increased vegetation, which dries in dry summers, turning it into firewood. For the second year running, British Columbia faces emergencies in all provinces," Environment Canada said.
"Nearly 2,000 forest fires have occurred throughout the province. Even though the season is getting late, it replaces lost time."
May is one of the hottest and driest on record, throughout the interior and south coast. Humid June eased worries for a while, but, in July, everything improved. Lightning on July 18 triggered forests in Okanagan and in August, warning air quality was a fact of life for weeks.
When smoke enveloped Western Canada, "Beautiful British Columbia doesn't look so pretty."
Environment Canada says the risk of western fires since 2015 has increased two to six times due to human-caused warming.
"The weather changes in Canada are sudden, not subtle, fast, not gradual. As Canada continues to experience increasingly extreme weather, a month-long heat wave, suffocating smoke and fog from forest fires, and extreme flooding will only be the norm dozens of decades. from now on. "
According to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization, 2018 is the 40th year globally with temperatures above normal and the fourth warmest year since observations began 135 years ago.
See the top 10 other Canadian Environment stories here.
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Dec. 28, 2018 / 6:20 a.m. | Story:
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Mike Babins and Maria Petrucci from Evergreen Cannabis.
A licensed marijuana shop will open in Vancouver because the number of legal pot shops in British Columbia is still behind other provinces.
Evergreen Cannabis owner Mike Babins said the store received a provincial license this week and plans to open its doors on Saturday.
During receiving the city license, it will be the first legal shop in the city since recreational marijuana was legalized on October 17.
Babins said the provincial licensing process was "very, very thorough."
"They work very, very, very hard to ensure there is no organized crime in this industry," he said.
"They returned 20 years with my wife and me to find out every job we have, every vacation we do."
The shop founded by Babins and his wife Maria Petrucci in the town of Kitsilano was originally opened as a medical marijuana dispensary in September 2015. The store operated for three years with a city license under the old city licensing regime.
The couple closed the shop door on October 16 while they waited for provincial approval to reopen as a recreational grass shop.
A number of illegal dispensaries remain open in Vancouver despite a court order this month which confirmed the city authorities to close them.
Evergreen Agreement brings the total number of licensed marijuana stores in BC. fifth, with others in Kamloops, Kimberley and Pouce Coupe.
The provincial government website lists 65 pot retailers licensed in Alberta and 20 in New Brunswick, while Ontario will not have stores until April.
SM Public Security Minister Mike Farnworth has defended provincial measures in pot shops, saying the government gives more votes to the city than others.
Babins said he believed in B.C. License officials work hard and he understands why it takes a long time for the license shop.
"After seeing what the process is, I fully understand now," he said.
The couple paid taxes since Day 1, tracking everything they bought and never borrowed money, instead using retirement savings to open a store, he said. They also hire lawyers and consulting firms to help with the application.
"We did everything right. We made it easy for them and it still took a long time because they had to check to make sure we were clean."
They applied for provincial permission in mid-August and finally received it on Tuesday.
The store still needs a new city license to operate legally. Babins said the city had signaled its support for the store but no one was available during the holidays to issue their licenses, so the couple planned to be at the city hall first thing on Tuesday.
He said he was not worried about the city that was cracking down on the store in the following days.
"I think with all the completely illegal and forbidden stores that have not been closed … it will be a media disaster if they come after the first licensed shop in town because we opened two days earlier than they returned from their Christmas holidays."
The holiday travel period continues when friends and family visit each other from far and far.
Drivers are urged to be careful and get ready for bad conditions, and that includes preparing your pet too.
Our pets are our close friends, and for many people, it is difficult, emotionally and logistically, to leave them when they travel.
However, not thinking and preparing before the trip on your trip can cause a lot of unhappiness for humans and creatures.
The province has a few tips on how to hit your favorite pet.
1) Consider the needs of animals.
Consider whether your puppy is ready for the trip. Cats are usually less interested in traveling than dogs. Pets that are very young or very old may consider your road adventure too tiring, and better with pet caregivers.
2) Make your trip for a longer trip.
If possible, make it a habit for your pet to travel by vehicle while still young. No matter how old, start with a quick walk, and then do an easy day trip, before you overcome a long and winding road.
3) Pack for your pet.
Pack your food and animal food, lots of water, and one or two toys. Make sure you are ready with ropes, cleaning wipes, garbage bags, comfortable beds for your pet, and flashlights to walk in dark and foreign places. If you are heading somewhere far away, consider bringing pet first aid kits.
4) Make sure your pet can be identified.
Make sure your creature has an identification name tag, which includes the name, address, and telephone number that you can contact when traveling. Bringing a photo of Fido will also help in the lost event.
5) Bring a rover vaccination certificate.
Find out what the rules are for crossing international borders. Dogs entering U.S. from Canada must have a certificate indicating that they have been vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days in advance.
6) All seat belts.
Loose creatures can also distract the driver, block the driver's view and block the brake pedal, gas, or clutch pedal. Train your cat or small dog to travel in their cage, and secure a carrier with a seat belt.
Some use pets designed to work with seat belts. If you use a chest for your big pet, make sure the coffer is anchored, and the inside is soft.
Driving with your dog loose behind a pickup truck is very dangerous, plus you can get a ticket, like this video from RCMP, BC SPCA and ICBC explain.
7) Keep them close when away from home.
It is best not to forget your pet. When outside the vehicle, protect your pet, and never let them approach wild animals.
8) Plan to stop.
Regular breaks will give you and your animal a chance to relieve and relax comfortably. Small exercise and water breaks are also good for two-legged and four-legged travelers, so pay attention to rest areas, parks, or other stops along the way.
9) Monitor the heat.
Leaving animals in hot vehicles for too long will hurt or kill them. Heat can rise quickly in a parked vehicle, so park in the shade and keep some windows open. If it's very hot, bring the pet out, keeping it safe in the carrier or with a leash. At the other end of the thermometer, don't leave your animal in the vehicle if the temperature is near freezing
10) Plan accommodation in advance.
Do some research in advance where pet-friendly accommodations are along your route, and consider making a reservation. Some motels / hotels have a limited number of rooms for pets and their friends.
11) Loosen and enjoy the adventure.
Your best four-foot friend is there for fun, so stop and kiss roses and enjoy friendship from a joint adventure.
Animals can be great explorers, and they are always there for you.
When traveling with animals, your comfort and safety are related to their comfort and safety.
– with files from the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
UPDATE: 6:15 a.m.
Traffic seems to be flowing smoothly on Highway Coquihalla on Thursday night.
While slippery conditions and some rollovers slowed traffic the previous day, especially near the Zopkios brake check, highway cameras showed at least one lane in each direction now free of snow.
The temperature remains cold near the peak though, currently sitting at -6.5 C.
There is a possibility of 40 percent of light snow in Coquihalla throughout the night, with a period of heavier snow expected Friday.
UPDATE: 1:19 a night
Everything is still slippery at Coquihalla. DriveBC reported a decline near the snow spot and Castanet has received many reports of rollovers about 50 kilometers east of Hope.
One driver indicated that they had seen two incidents north in Coquihalla in the north of snow and another said they saw three ambulances on the way to the same area.
At 1:15 a.m. the traffic seemed to be supported near the Zopkios Rest Area, west of the Coquihalla Summit. The camera showed the highway to stop heading north towards Merritt.
UPDATE: 12:05 a.m.
Environment Canada says the next 24 hours should be a decent weather for the Valley at least. But the Meteorologist, Bobby Sekhon, told Castanet, there was a Pacific system that arrived on Friday morning and was likely to bring snow as high as 10 to 25 centimeters.
"So for Coquihalla we will see snow starting on Friday morning and we can reach 10 centimeters on Friday afternoon. Snow flakes will continue to fall until Saturday too.
Sekhon said we had to wait for snow to start on Saturday.
ORIGINAL: 10:46 a.m.
Travel conditions in Coquihalla appear normal for driving conditions in the winter, and Environment Canada does not have a warning effect – but it is still slippery.
Castanet Vernon, Josh Winquist News Director told us that conditions at the summit were not ideal. "Two separate rollovers, one heading south the other in the median, the emergency crew is in place," Winquist said.
At 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, there appeared to be four separate single vehicle incidents within two kilometers of Merritt and Kamloops in Coquihalla.
"The road conditions seem good, don't know why the driver lost control, the four incidents looked like they had just happened," Winquist said.
DriveBC does not have a major incident registered but you are advised to check the highway and Castanet cameras for the latest travel conditions.
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