Some background on the new Speaker of the BC legislature

first_imgVICTORIA – Political observers were surprised Friday when Opposition Liberal member Darryl Plecas accepted the role of Speaker, despite earlier reassurances he’d given that he would not consider the position. The Speaker traditionally comes from within government ranks, but this move gives NDP Premier John Horgan breathing room for his minority government. Here are some facts about the new Speaker:— Plecas was first elected to the B.C. legislature in 2013 as a member of the Liberal party to represent the riding of Abbotsford South. He won handily against longtime Liberal politician John van Dongen, who left the party earlier in the year to join the provincial Conservatives before running as an Independent. Plecas won re-election in 2017.— While in office, Plecas served as parliamentary secretary for crime reduction and later for seniors health.— Plecas spent 34 years as a criminology professor at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, where he held the position of RCMP research chair and director for the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research.— He repeatedly turned down offers from the NDP to take on the role of Speaker in the wake of the spring election, saying in one media interview it would be “disrespectful” and “dishonourable” to accept the position. “I would be hurting the Liberal party, in other words hurting the wishes of my constituents, and there’s no way that’s going to happen,” he said in June.— Plecas’s website says he is the grandson of Abbotsford pioneers and has lived in the area with his wife and two sons for the past 37 years.— He is the recipient of various accolades, including the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award for Public Safety, an award of excellence from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, a teaching excellence award from the University of the Fraser Valley, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Order of Abbotsford.last_img read more

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PDM Government at the helm 13 Years since leading JAGS day

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#JAGSDay#MemorialDay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 26th 2017: For the first time in 13 years the PDM Party will commemorate National Heroes Day as the Government of the day and lead the memorial service of the Most Excellent JAGS McCartney, who is founder of their party.  The country’s only National Hero, will be remembered in the annual service held in Grand Turk at the memorial site this Monday, which is also a public holiday.A rush to complete a spruce up of the memorial site were on this past week, with new roadway graded and soon to be paved, a cleaner premises now that overgrown bush and debris are gone and refurbishment to the National Memorial Park itself should enhance the celebration. The service on Monday morning is tradition, and is a solemn reminder of the man who fought for Turks and Caicos Islanders to play a larger role in the governance of the nation.James Alexander George Smith McCartney died in 1980 in a plane crash over New Jersey, USA as the first Chief Minister of the TCI.  McCartney, who was just 34 years old at the time of the crash, was into the fourth year of his tenure when he died; among his accomplishments was entering into a dramatic stand-off at the Junkanoo Club with the British which brought about a new constitution and more power to the Turks and Caicos people.  There is no word on who will be the speaker at this year’s ceremony, which is always punctuated by a wreath laying ceremony.Later on Monday, taxi drivers in Providenciales will hold their annual motorcade to honour JAGS.  It gets started at the down town ball park.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

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Opioid overdoses and Narcan training in San Diego schools

first_imgOpioid overdoses and Narcan training in San Diego schools KUSI Newsroom, January 21, 2019 Posted: January 21, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Board of Education said San Diego schools are experiencing an increase in overdose deaths.A proposed plan would make Narcan available in all schools across the county to address the issue.Vice-President for the San Diego County Board of Education, Mark Powell, said he would like every teacher trained in recognizing the signs of an overdose and would like every site administrator trained in the use of Narcam.Narcan can be used to reverse an opioid overdoses. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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