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Easy Sharpie Mug For Valentines Day

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Here’s an easy way to dress up or customize inexpensive dishes, for yourself or as a personal gift. All you need is some Sharpie brand pens, a mug, wine glass, plate, any dish of your choice, and an oven. Because … Continue reading

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The countdown to Christmas is here!

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Some of us count down in days, others in weeks, and those with big shopping lists – in pay periods! One of the most fun ways to countdown to Christmas is with an advent calendar. I decided to add a … Continue reading

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Chronic pain patients need services beyond just opioids: B.C. advocate

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People who live with chronic pain need options beyond prescription opioids, and it’s up to the British Columbia government to provide more services such as physiotherapy, says the head of a group that supports patients and their families. “There has … Continue reading

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B.C. ends grizzly bear hunt, calls it ‘no longer socially acceptable’

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Hunting grizzly bears has been banned in British Columbia, a move guides complain will put them out of business while environmentalists say is long overdue. B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said public consultations have made it clear that killing grizzlies … Continue reading

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B.C. to cover cost of abortion pill Mifegymiso

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Starting Jan. 15, B.C. will join five other Canadian provinces in offering the pregnancy termination drug Mifegymiso for free. According to a B.C. health ministry press release, universal, no-cost coverage for the drug, which is also known as RU-486, will be available to patients … Continue reading

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Religions important to a healthy society

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If any one religious congregation disappeared from your city, would your community and city be better or worse off? There are Canadians who think it would be better if they did disappear, like old relics that have become burdensome, even … Continue reading

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Blood supply donors and privateers.

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I get a regular phone call that I won’t answer. I know what the caller wants and I’m not willing to get into a discussion about why I don’t want to talk to them. The caller? Canadian Blood Service (CBS), … Continue reading

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Seniors Advocate releases third annual Monitoring Seniors’ Services Report

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Victoria – The Office of the Seniors Advocate (OSA) released its third annual Monitoring Seniors’ Services report today. The report looks at over 25 programs and services offered to seniors in B.C. and measures performance on a year over year … Continue reading

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Woodwynn Farms the victim of a self-serving elitist decision by Central Saanich council.

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Central Saanich has posted “no occupancy” notices on some of the buildings and recreational vehicles at Woodwynn Farms addiction treatment centre, a move that operator Richard Leblanc says could effectively put the site’s six residents on the street. He said … Continue reading

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How to become Santa to a Senior in Victoria

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This is the time of year when many of us are busy attending holiday parties. But not everyone is so fortunate. Many of our elderly find December a lonely, isolating month. That’s why becoming Santa for a Senior can make … Continue reading

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