Global News: New website to help Ukrainians in B.C.

Global News (Canada): New website to help Ukrainians in B.C.. “On the website, Ukrainians can access free services such as assistance in finding housing, signing up for health-care coverage, job postings, signing children up for school and learning about other community services. British Columbians can sign up to volunteer to house refugees, offer employment, or donate to the cause as well.”

CBC: B.C. mayors go Facebook-free to preserve mental health, find better ways to connect with their community

CBC: B.C. mayors go Facebook-free to preserve mental health, find better ways to connect with their community. “A pair of B.C. mayors have given up using Facebook for the month of February in an effort to preserve their mental health and to find better ways of communicating with their community. Merlin Blackwell of Clearwater and Ange Qualizza of Fernie, both in B.C.’s Interior, challenged each other to get off social media after realizing they were spending too much time reading angry comments that weren’t helping them do their job.”

Rossland News: Grand Forks man building archive of neighbourhood lost to flood

Rossland News: Grand Forks man building archive of neighbourhood lost to flood. This is Grand Forks, British Columbia, not North Dakota. “A Grand Forks man is compiling a digital archive of North Ruckle in a bid to preserve the flood-ravaged neighbourhood’s history. Les Johnson, an accomplished videographer and active member of the Boundary Historical Society, said he started the project in the spring of 2021, roughly six months before demolition started at neighbourhood homes in the way of the North Ruckle Dike.”

CKPGToday: New interactive map allows British Columbians to view river quality trends across B.C.

CKPGToday: New interactive map allows British Columbians to view river quality trends across B.C.. “Using an interactive map of B.C., people will now be able to view 10-year water quality trends in certain rivers with data compiled from the Canada-B.C. Water Quality Monitoring Program. The program has been in place since 1985. Data collected is also used to determine the current status of water quality, detect emerging issues that may threaten aquatic life and support the development of guidelines for water, fish and sediment.”

Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal: New website offers free legal advice to do with COVID-19 matters

Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal: New website offers free legal advice to do with COVID-19 matters. “A new legal aid website has been launched to provide British Columbians with answers to legal questions surrounding COVID-19. The website … is from the Justice Education Society (JES), and will help people who have legal questions about the changes to individual rights and responsibilities regarding everyday life and work that have resulted from new policies from the provincial and federal government about the COVID-19 pandemic.”

12-year project complete: Online newspaper archive covers Victoria’s history (Times Colonist)

Times Colonist: 12-year project complete: Online newspaper archive covers Victoria’s history. “After spending 12 years getting the first 122 years of this newspaper digitized and online, the University of Victoria Libraries threw a party on June 4 to celebrate completion of the project. The… website includes news about every B.C. premier and Canadian prime minister to hold office up to August 1980, along with stories on six British monarchs, 24 U.S. presidents, two world wars, the 1912 sinking of the Titanic and the 1969 moon landing.”

Georgia Straight: B.C. government seeks public input about potential Chinese Canadian museum

Georgia Straight (this is a Canadian publication, why it is called Georgia Straight I do not know): B.C. government seeks public input about potential Chinese Canadian museum. “The province and the City of Vancouver are seeking to have Vancouver’s Chinatown designated as a United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, and are also planning to develop a Chinese Canadian museum.” An online museum would be part of the initiative.

Times Colonist: History available at your fingertips in online archive

Times Colonist: History available at your fingertips in online archive. “Back issues of the Colonist are more accessible than ever before, thanks to a digitization project led by the University of Victoria. Back issues from 1858 to 1970 are online… and the 1970s will be added early in 2019. As John Lutz, a history professor at the University of Victoria, has said, the website is a game-changer in historical research in B.C.”

Times Colonist: New tools to dig digitally into Island papers’ past

Times Colonist: New tools to dig digitally into Island papers’ past. “Historians and genealogists interested in people and communities north of Vancouver Island’s Malahat summit are gaining two new tools from Vancouver Island University. VIU Library and Special Collections is embarking on a project to reproduce in digital format early editions of the Nanaimo Daily Free Press (1874-1928) and the Cowichan Leader (1905-1928).”

CBC News: B.C. government announces database for unlicensed daycare providers

CBC News: B.C. government announces database for unlicensed daycare providers. “The B.C. government has introduced a bill that would give parents access to more information about who is caring for their kids. The proposed changes would make inspection reports and complaints about unlicensed daycare providers, accessible online for a minimum of five years. That information is already available for licensed spaces.” This was confusing for me initially because I equated “unlicensed” with “illegal,” but that is not the case in Canada. This discussion thread from WhatToExpect.com helped me fill in the blanks.

Now Available: Northwest Boreal Science and Management Research Tool

Discovered thanks to a nice e-mail from Steven J – the Northwest Boreal Science and Management Research Tool. From his e-mail: “The Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative is pleased to announce the launch of the Northwest Boreal Science and Management Research Tool. Explore thousands of curated scholarly articles, state and federal resource reports, land management plans, and more. Each entry includes geographic information about the area of study, allowing users to draw a box on a map to narrow searches to information directly related to a specific region in Alaska, the Yukon, British Columbia, and Northwest Territories. This project is a collaboration among Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS), Alaska Climate Science Center, DataBasin, and Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative.”