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BC govt announced another 717 #childcare spaces at the $10-a-day rate to helping parents raising young families. https://islandsocialtrends... | #childcaresubsidy
08:26 PM - Feb 10, 2024
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Recognizing the challenges of the tight market for #renters in BC, the provincial government has boosted their support for the BC Rent Bank which issues pivot-style loans to help people avoid circumstantial eviction. https://islandsocialtrends...
03:39 AM - Feb 02, 2024
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The Province of BC has put a 2-year cap on #international student registrations at #universities and colleges, until underlying problems like shortages in housing and health care supports can be resolved. https://islandsocialtrends...
02:42 PM - Jan 29, 2024
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In British Coilumbia the use of #smartphones in #classrooms is being restricted during instruction time. Announced along with new legislation to go after social media companies around issues of child safety. https://islandsocialtrends...
03:34 PM - Jan 27, 2024
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Just looking for a price-comparison on fresh #fruit in #grocery stores across Canada & USA. In Victoria, BC, Canada (single serving): banana 31¢, apple 82¢, blackberries $2.33. #Nutrients vary among those, but shows what people have to choose from. How about where you are?
02:58 PM - Jan 21, 2024
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Starting Jan 29, 2024 women in BC can do a self-test at home for #HPV (screening for cervical #cancer ) instead of having a Pap test done at a doctor's office or clinic. https://islandsocialtrends... | #womenshealth
02:33 PM - Jan 09, 2024
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Barbie movie possibly displaces Kenneth as baby name; 'Kenneth' not given as a baby name in British Columbia, Canada in 2023. https://islandsocialtrends... | #movieopinions
09:02 PM - Jan 01, 2024
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School library funding in British Columbia, Canada is provided through provincial government operating grants & local school fundraising by librarians and #parents . https://islandsocialtrends... | #librariesmatter #schoollibrary #reading
04:34 PM - Dec 31, 2023
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Soccer's superstar Christine Sinclair played her last game in Canada with a high profile send-off December 5 in Vancouver. They even renamed the stadium as Christine Sinclair Place for the evening. https://islandsocialtrends... | #soccer
01:41 PM - Dec 06, 2023
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Much-loved actor Matthew Perry dead at age 54. It apppears he drowned in his hot tub, at home in L.A. https://islandsocialtrends...
12:11 AM - Oct 29, 2023
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Some of you know that I edit and publish an #independent #newspaper on south Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Providing sensible attentive news insights. Easy to find online at IslandSocialTrends.ca. Never miss an article... digital subscribers welcome. #journalism
09:28 PM - Oct 21, 2023
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Helping the community become acquainted with the range of supports provided by their local fire rescue service, with a family-fun open house at the local fire hall: https://islandsocialtrends... | #emergencypreparedness #publicinformation
09:19 PM - Oct 01, 2023
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A nice community event today in cool weather after a long hot summer... over 800 people showed up to celebrate apples and the harvest season in Sooke -- a rural area west of Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC. https://islandsocialtrends... | #foodsecurity
01:20 AM - Sep 25, 2023
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Canada still pushes for direction of peace (supports for mental health & various aspects of community reconstruction) in addition to providing millions of dollars for military equipment. Internationally not the biggest financial player in #UkraineRussiaWar but showing leadership in targeted ways.
04:22 PM - Sep 22, 2023
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GST (5%) tax now dropped on purchase of materials & labour when building apartment/rental buildings. It's one way to help speed up construction of new purpose-built rental, to help with #housingcrisis . https://islandsocialtrends...
02:41 PM - Sep 16, 2023
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The debate over whether to wear a #mask indoors during #respiratory season -- in health care settings or shared public spaces -- is perplexing. Putting your own health first and that of others is just common sense. https://islandsocialtrends... | #COVID #influenza
12:23 PM - Sep 10, 2023
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A basic thing like a crosswalk can improve student and family safety when arriving at elementary school. This small community waited a long time for the new crosswalk, but the new mayor produced results. https://islandsocialtrends...
03:12 PM - Sep 05, 2023
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Now 4th month of 2023 BC #wildfire season. "Firefighting is an inherently expensive response business to get into. Aviation aspects really add up, in addition to ground resources." Meanwhile, folks are learning to deal with #smoky air. https://islandsocialtrends...
08:15 PM - Aug 28, 2023
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Even the best #journalism won't cover every single angle of a complex story, that's where a reader's #medialiteracy comes in. Nowadays, the long term impacts of #COVID infection should continually be noted going forward, by journalism & public health alike. #LOngCOVID #VascularDisease #FluSeason
12:30 PM - Aug 15, 2023
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The BC government is providing funding to communities of various sizes to help with emergency response planning with a focus on climate-related scenarios. https://islandsocialtrends... | #ClimateReality #emergencymanagement
05:28 PM - Aug 10, 2023
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It was an honour and a pleasure again this year to be a #Sponsor of the Sooke Fine #arts Show which showcases original works by #artists of the #coastal region of BC, Canada. https://islandsocialtrends...
03:28 PM - Aug 06, 2023
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Here's how a #School district collaborated with a #municipality to create an all-weather #sports playing field. For school use in regular hours, and by sports teams & community outside of school hours. https://islandsocialtrends...
09:08 PM - Jul 06, 2023
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This is how a family-friendly community event rolls out in Langford, BC on #canadaday . Second such event for the growing Vancouver Island municipality, as Canada celebrated its 156th year of confederation. https://islandsocialtrends...
05:48 PM - Jul 02, 2023
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Happy Canada Day everyone! At my #writer /#editor's desk it's #canadaday every day. If the mug in this photo today looks a bit roughed up, well it's been used for my morning cuppa tea every day since 1995 (the year I started my #Publishing company Brookeline Publishing House Inc.).
03:29 PM - Jul 01, 2023
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Urgency has never been greater for independent media to somehow carry on despite the onslaught of social media & large corporate media seeing only the bottom line. With the loss of experienced #journalists there is loss of context & insight. Readers & society will take the final blow. #journalism
04:48 PM - Jun 14, 2023
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Province of BC (in Canada) will be sending #cancer patients to facilities in Bellingham, WA for radiation treatments over next 2 years while they install new PET scanners & train more technicians. https://islandsocialtrends...
02:44 PM - May 16, 2023
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A brand new skatepark was officially opened in Colwood last weekend (west shore of Greater Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC), promoting the relaxed community usage it will provide as well as offering a safety net for #youth . https://islandsocialtrends...
03:52 PM - May 15, 2023
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Regulatory action announced by BC Health Minister to protect availability of #Semaglutide for Type 2 #diabetes ; stood up for protection of low #pharmaceutical prices in Canada. Suggests USA could do better. https://islandsocialtrends...
08:45 AM - Apr 20, 2023
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In BC there never were true lockdowns during the height of the COVID #pandemic , says Provincial Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry. She thinks #COVID #vaccination could eventually be needed every 5 to 10 years. https://islandsocialtrends...
06:57 PM - Mar 10, 2023
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Lots of #Seniors work past 65. For some a choice, but for many a necessity. Canada's upcoming federal budget hopefully includes a tax credit for senior workers. IMO significant that #Women in elected office could make this happen. https://islandsocialtrends...
01:21 PM - Mar 06, 2023
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