GALIANO ISLAND – The Government of British Columbia and the BC Medical Association are partnering to establish a new incentive that will help fill 20 pre-designated family physician and specialist positions in rural communities, including a general practitioner on Galiano Island. The Rural Physicians for British Columbia incentive aims to fill 20 pre-designated family physician and specialist positions. The incentive will provide each physician with a one-time payment of $100,000 when they commit to a three-year return of service in
Murray presented Queen Diamond Jubilee Medals to citizens from Greater Victoria and Salt Spring Island on December 17th, 2012.
Andy Anderson served with distinction for 37 years in 2 Police forces. The first 25 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police retiring in 1983 and the last 12 years with the Oak Bay Police Department retiring in 1995 as Chief Constable. During his career as a peace officer and in his retirement Andy has served his community in a number of volunteer roles with a variety of service groups such as: Oak Bay Volunteer Services, BBB of Vancouver Island,
Marie Cooper is a leading voice in Aboriginal education in BC. Her interest in education came at a time when post-secondary learning was deemed illegal for “Status Indians.” Undaunted, she graduated from high school in 1952 (as one of the first Aboriginal students permitted to attend a BC provincial school) and set her sights on a teaching degree. She refused to give up her Aboriginal status and identity in order to attend a Canadian university, and chose instead to leave
Monday, December 17th, 2012 – Murray Coell, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and Six South Island MLAs joined together to present their Queens Diamond Jubilee nominees with medals at a ceremony held in the Rotunda of the Legislature. The event was hosted by Clerk of the House, Craig James. First to present was the Honourable Ida Chong, Minister of Aboriginal Reconciliation and MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head followed by Murray Coell, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands.
SAANICH – Five organizations in Saanich North and the Gulf Islands have received a total of $115,000 in Public Safety Grants from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. The organizations are: • Saanich Inlet Lifeboat Society-$22,100 • Salish Sea Marine Rescue Society-$10,000 • Salt Spring Island Search and Rescue Society-$11,000 • Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society-$30,000 • Saanich Marine Rescue Society-$41,900 Additional Information: Community Gaming Grants allow non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues. Last fiscal year,
CENTRAL SAANICH – The B.C. government is providing $20,000 through the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) to help the Tsawout First Nation Community pursue clean power options. Since 2011, B.C. has invested $3.26 million to help 61 Aboriginal communities participate in the clean-energy sector, including wind energy, biomass and run-of-river hydroelectric power. Quick Facts: This funding is from the fifth call for FNCEBF applications. The next intake of applications closes on Feb. 28, 2013. The First Nations Clean Energy
SALT SPRING ISLAND – Salt Spring Centre School Parent Support Group has received a $6,960 Community Gaming Grant from the Government of B.C. Additional Information: Community Gaming Grants allow non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues to support direct delivery of a program that benefits the broader community. Last fiscal year, in 2011/12, government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services. About 5,300 community groups benefited from funding during 2011/12.
NORTH SAANICH – On September 28, 2012, the provincial government launched a $2.3 million pavement repair project in the District of North Saanich, along Highway 17, from Lands End Road to Wain Road. The anticipated project completion date is October 26, 2012. Additional Information: Repaving consists of a minimum of 50 mm overlay combined with repairing the existing surface. Associated on/off ramps will also be paved.
SIDNEY, BC – Today, Murray Coell, a long-time public figure in British Columbia politics, announced that he will not seek a fifth term as MLA for Saanich North and the Islands in the 2013 general election. “It has been my honour to serve the people of Saanich North and the Islands for the past 16 years. I will be leaving this post with a deep appreciation of the strength and vibrancy of the communities that make up this riding, and
SIDNEY – Families on Salt Spring Island will benefit from an increase in funding to strengthen public access to emergency services in rural communities. The Lady Minto Gulf Island Hospital will be receiving $200,000. Quote: Saanich North and the Islands MLA Murray Coell: “This is great news for Salt Spring Island because this additional funding will help strengthen public access to our emergency services, something our government continues to make a top priority.” Quick Facts: B.C. has a comprehensive set