FERRY FARES GOING UP - The price at the gas pumps also affects BC Ferries and it’s no surprise the company is rasing fares on August 1. Besides
the 10-cents passenger increase, it's 30 cents more for a vehicle on the Vancouver – Island routes. It’s five cents more for an adult and 20 cents more for a vehicle on the inter-island routes. Ferries has five vessels operating on liquefied natural
gas, a cleaner and less expensive fuel, said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President and CEO. Two hybrid-electric ships are in service and four more on the way.
TRAFFIC CLEARED – Cruise ships will be allowed in Canadian waters this fall. Federal Transportation Minster Omar Alghabra and B.C. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming made the announcement Thursday morning at Ogden Point cruise ship terminal
in Victoria. The ban was previously set to expire next March. It is not known what the immediate impact will be because new schedules are being developed. In Greater Victoria alone, cruise ships help pump in around $180-million into the economy.
WHAT’S PAUL UP TO? – If you want to know what our member of Parliament is up to, you can
find out directly from him tonight. Paul Manly has an online town hall meeting tonight on his web page www.paulManlyMP.ca at 7 pm. First he’ll update constituents on what he’s been doing and then
open the floor to question about federal issues.
OVERDOSE PROJECT - In May 2021, Island Health launched
an awareness campaign for men who use drugs to help prevent overdose deaths and support men to break the silence about their drug use. The campaign is aimed at men, primarily those employed in skilled trades and transport. Check this out, it’s worth
FOCUS ON BIKES – Nanaimo RCMP have their attention on a motorcycle that was found earlier this week. And while you’re at
it, you could keep an eye out for a a recently stolen E-bike. (See photo) A black Honda PGM F1 motorcycle was recovered on a trail
in the area of Ninth Street on July 13. The key was in the ignition, which appears to have been tampered with. The vehicle identification number had also been tampered with and because of that the owner could not be located. The motorcycle has not been reported
stolen. The second incident, an E-bike was stolen from a residence on Railway Avenue. It’s a men’s CCM Dimmer Hardtail mountain bike. If you know anything on either incident call RCMP non-emergency number at 250-754-2345, quoting file numbers 2021-25865
AMBULANCE OVERHAUL – British Columbia’s emergency health service
has been stretched past the limit for some time now, and finally the government is providing a cure. Health minister Adrian Dix announced 85 paramedics and 30 dispatchers will be hired full-time. The province will also buy 22 new ambulances and convert 22
rural stations into enhanced sites. Six are scheduled to be running with plans for another 16 by October. Dix said confidence in the 911 system was tested as wait times escalated during the heat wave.
ONE COVID CASE ON ISLAND - The Vancouver Island region heath officials identified one new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Across the province, there were 41 positives tests. There are 639 active cases
across the province, including 24 in the Island region. Two people are in Island hospitals, one in critical care. There were nine active cases in the Central Island, 11 in the South Island, and three in the North Island. Since the pandemic
began, 41 people have died of issues related to the virus in the Island Health region.
‘MASS GRAVES’ - Why do the media and activists keep pushing the “mass grave” narrative, even though chiefs from the Tk’emlups and Cowessess nations insist the burial sites are not mass graves? True North’s
Lindsay Shepherd covers the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship and Frontier Centre for Public Policy event “Can We Discuss Those Unmarked Graves?” Here’s another view.