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Gold River To Receive Government Funding For Business Improvement

March 30, 2019

 Gold River is receiving $29, 140 to develop a plan to create a business improvement area in consultation with local merchants. The plan will include a “shop local” campaign, as well as explore the feasibility of Wi-Fi in the downtown area.

The plan also includes a business ambassador program to support and welcome prospective investors and entrepreneurs in Gold River.

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Gold River To Receive Government Funding For Business Improvement

March 30, 2019

 Gold River is receiving $29, 140 to develop a plan to create a business improvement area in consultation with local merchants. The plan will include a “shop local” campaign, as well as explore the feasibility of Wi-Fi in the downtown area.

The plan also includes a business ambassador program to support and welcome prospective investors and entrepreneurs in Gold River.

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Gold River To Receive Government Funding For Business Improvement

March 30, 2019

 Gold River is receiving $29, 140 to develop a plan to create a business improvement area in consultation with local merchants. The plan will include a “shop local” campaign, as well as explore the feasibility of Wi-Fi in the downtown area.

The plan also includes a business ambassador program to support and welcome prospective investors and entrepreneurs in Gold River.

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Blaney Plan To Help Seniors With Taxes

May 19, 2019

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney has tabled a bill to prevent seniors from being cut off their pensions for not filing taxes on time.

The NDP Seniors Critic has heard from numerous pensioners who are late with their taxes because of illness, either to themselves or their spouse. Come July, the penalty is a temporary suspension of the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

“Something happens in their life, and they don’t get their taxes in on time,” Blaney said.

The first call her office received came from a woman in her mid-80s who was facing eviction because she wasn’t receiving her GIS, which paid a significant portion of her rent. Blaney’s office managed to have the woman’s GIS re-instated, and assured her landlord the money would be there.

“When I became the Seniors Critic, we were getting calls from all over the country about this issue. What we could see very clearly is 30,000-plus seniors lost their GIS, and by October they were mostly re-instated. For those low-income people, it’s up to four months without their Guaranteed Income Supplement, which can make it very hard to even survive.”

Blaney’s bill aims to give GIS recipients a one-year grace period if unable to file taxes by deadline. It also requires Employment and Social Development Canada employees to reach out to affected seniors to assist them through the process.

“Of course if they continue not doing their taxes, that’s going to be a problem,” Blaney said. “After a year, they will eventually lose it. But this is for the seniors in this country, the vast majority who, for one reason or another, can’t get their taxes in on time. This will help tens of thousands of seniors, keep them out of dire straits in terms of poverty, and give them a little more time to deal with these issues as they face the challenges they face…It’s a very simple solution to a very important issue.”

The next step is to discuss the matter with Seniors Minister Filamena Tassi. Blaney hopes the Liberals will “take this under their wing” and implement her plan.

Mobilie Mammography Comiing May 29 & 30

May 17, 2019

Mobile mammography service performs about 10% of the total number of screening mammograms in BC. There are three mobile screening units that serve rural and remote communities in BC: Get your screening May 29th and 30th at Aquatic Centre parking lot call 1-800-663-9203 to book.

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Peter Schwarzhoff announced as Liberal candidate for North Island-Powell River

May 13, 2019

He was a candidate in 2015, and he will be a candidate again.

Peter Schwarzhoff was the Liberals’ North Island-Powell River candidate during the 2015 federal election. According to a release, Schwarzhoff was acclaimed as the party’s North Island-Powell River candidate on May 11th.

Before running as a Liberal candidate, Schwarzhoff spent 30 years as a meteorologist, air quality researcher, and science manager with Environment Canada. As such, he said that one of his top concerns is climate change.

“For the Island, I know we care about that. But there’s so much more. The Oceans Protection Plan has been a really big boost, not only for the area near where the oil tankers may eventually transit but throughout our area as well, improving safety both for anybody at sea and the sealife within it,” Schwarzhoff said in an interview with the MyCampbellRiverNow.com newsroom.

He added that working towards reconciliation with First Nations is important to the Liberals, as well as to him personally.

“We’ve only just begun to travel that path and I look forward to continuing our path to reconciliation.”

Schwarzhoff has served as a board director for Campbell River Community Living, as well as volunteering with Greenways Land Trust.

“The families of North Island – Powell River need a trusted voice in government who will be a champion for a stronger middle class while protecting our precious environment,” Schwarzhoff wrote in the release.

“I will never stop working hard to build a better future for the families of our riding.”

He said he was able to personally come to Port McNeill, Port Hardy, and Gold River during the 2015 campaign season. He hopes to come to as many communities as possible in the riding.

There is no timeline yet on when he will start visiting communities and voters within the North Island-Powell River riding.