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Vaughn Palmer: Horgan drops reminders of bridge tolls, Liberals’ lengthy baggage train

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The B.C. Liberals had defended the levy for years, wrapping it in a “tolling policy” that was as arbitrary as it was infuriating to folks on both sides of the river.

But a few days before the official start of the 2017 campaign, the governing Liberals surrendered to the complaints. The payout would henceforth be capped at $500 a year for regular users of the crossings.

The New Democrats had been crafting a cap of their own. But when the Liberals came out with theirs first, something extraordinary happened.

“We’re going to get rid of the tolls,” declared NDP campaign director Bob Dewar to his team at party headquarters. “Find out how to do it. But we’re doing it.” 

Dewar was a backroom pro recruited by NDP Leader John Horgan from the party apparat...

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Norwin boys soccer uses quick-strike offense to top Penn-Trafford

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 10:18 PM

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Don’t pet voters’ dogs or sneeze on campaign literature — a few of the B.C. party COVID tips for staff

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Liberal events should have no more than 50 people, ideally be held outside, provide masks and sanitizer and, when possible, have assigned seating, the party says.

Green Leader Sonia Furstenau speaks in Victoria on Monday. Photo by Dirk Meissner /The Canadian Press

In its safety material, the Green party acknowledges that “COVID-19 has created a situation where campaigning is going to look very different.” For starters, canvassers should wear gloves and, this year more than ever, respect a voter who isn’t interested.

“Canvassers must understand that the public may not be comfortable with this type of activity at their place of residence. Team members will need to be polite, respectful and sensitive to people’s comfort levels,” the Green material says.

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Trump promises to protect sick Americans; does his new order do that?

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WASHINGTON — Less than six weeks before Election Day, President Donald Trump traveled to North Carolina on Thursday to announce his commitment to protecting Americans with preexisting medical conditions and to issue another round of executive orders related to health care.

“We are delivering better care, with more choice, at a much lower cost and working to ensure Americans have access to the care they need,” Trump told supporters in Charlotte, saying his plan “always protects patients with preexisting conditions.”

But it remains unclear what kind of protections Americans may receive...

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COVID-19: B.C. health officials announce 148 new cases, two deaths as flu season approaches

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“We need to consider the risk we will be bringing with us when we leave,” she said, also urging anyone in sports gatherings to take a step back from social interactions.

“If your teenage son has a girlfriend, have a conversation with her family,” she said. “There are no hard and fast rules, which makes it a challenge for all of us. We need to remember how we learned to work together while staying apart, connecting socially while physically distancing.”

In a touching moment, Henry responded to Global TV reporter Richard Zussman’s question from a 15-year-old who contacted him wanting to ask Henry if she was all right. This after Henry revealed this week that she had to step up home security after death threats and abuse.

“Don’t say things like that...

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Fans rally to raise funds for injured Battlestar Galactica actor Michael Hogan

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Fans and friends of Genie Award-winning actor Michael Hogan have raised more than $250,000 to help the former Battlestar Galactica star recover from a devastating injury.

According to a GoFundMe page, launched Monday on behalf of his wife, Susan Hogan, the 71-year-old actor’s life was tragically altered after suffering a fall Feb. 17 in Vancouver after an appearance at the FanExpo science fiction convention.

“He went to bed that night not realizing that the impact had caused a massive brain bleed. He was unable to be woken the next morning and was taken to Vancouver General Hospital and emergency surgery performed. It took 57 staples to close the part of his skull they had to remove in order to reach the damage,” Susan Hogan wrote.

The accident left the actor with c...

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Pa.’s failure to mandate quicker death reporting before the coronavirus fueled wild data fluctuations, mistrust

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For years, Pennsylvania has had a hard time counting its dead.

A new analysis shows that in 2017, Pennsylvania had the most severe death reporting lags in the country. Almost every state was able to send the vast majority of death certificates to federal health officials within three months, but Pennsylvania was able to manage only two-thirds of the work — earning the dubious distinction of slowest in the country.


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Ian Mulgrew: More caring not more lawyering wanted, survey finds

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Benton said that disconnect and alienation are a major reason only small numbers of the needy go to the justice system for a solution: They go elsewhere first.

Only one in four sought legal or non-legal assistance. A third resolved the problem on their own. The rest procrastinated.

“Historically, talking to your brother-in-law, some other family member or a friend are by far most common,” Benton said.

The top reasons for not acting were not knowing what to do, believing it would be too stressful and thinking nothing could be done. 

Of the agency’s roughly $105 million annual budget, about $30 million is spent on family, child protection, indigenous, immigration and refugee issues.

In 2019, justice department figures indicate some 13,000 people applied for ...

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A-K Valley don’t miss high school football matchups for Week 3

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 5:06 PM

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Kiski Area (1-0, 0-0) at Penn Hills (0-2, 0-0)

7 p.m. Saturday, Yuhas-McGinley Stadium, Penn Hills

Penn Hills won last year’s meeting in low-scoring fashion, 7-3, after the teams combined for 92 points in a 64-28 victory by the Indians in 2018. … In Kiski Area’s dramatic 36-35 season-opening victory over Connellsville on Monday, the Cavaliers rallied from a 35-17 second-half deficit...

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Elections B.C. prepares to tackle 160,000 — and growing — mail-in ballots

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And even though most voters “will likely only spend minutes inside a voting place,” according to Boegman, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a surge in interest in mail-in ballots.

Elections B.C. “began procuring a large volume of vote-by-mail supplies this summer in preparation for a potential election and we have enough to meet the anticipated demand,” the elections administrator wrote in response to questions from Postmedia News.

Suppliers are in-place to produce more if necessary.

Boegman said between 35 and 40 per cent of voters are believed to be interested in voting by mail, which means up to 800,000 packages may be distributed between now and election day on Oct. 24.

Each package contains six pieces: A secrecy sleeve, a certification envelope, a r...

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