British Columbia

Apple Tells Booksellers About PST Changes in B.C.

In accordance with new tax regulations in British Columbia, Apple Books now takes a 7% provincial sales tax (PST) out of the paychecks of publishers living there — reports 9to5Mac. Apple sent a reminder detailing the change to booksellers via email on Tuesday. The company now collects and remits the PST to B.C.'s Ministry of...

B.C. Medical Services Watchdog Looks Into Telus Health LifePlus Program [Update]

[caption id="attachment_374739" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Image: Telus; Reception at the TELUS Health Care Centre located on Nelson Street in Vancouver, B.C.[/caption] According to the Vancouver Sun, British Columbia's Medical Services Commission has launched a probe into the private, fee-based services offered by Telus Health to determine if they allow patients to jump the queue, which would be...

Rogers to Bridge Cellular Coverage Gap Along Hope-Keremeos Highway in B.C.

British Columbia's Ministry of Citizens' Services on Friday announced a joint project with Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI) to improve cellular coverage along Highway 3 between Hope and Keremeos. "We are working hard to expand connectivity where it’s most needed in the province," said Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizens’ Services. "Cellular coverage along key transport routes...

B.C. Transit to Launch Apple Pay and Google Pay Support

B.C. Transit on Wednesday announced it is adding support for Apple Pay and several other contactless payment options and pre-paid fare products to over 900 buses across more than 30 transit systems in British Columbia. The provincial Crown corporation, which is responsible for coordinating public transit services in B.C., has partnered with Cubic Transportation Systems...

Telus Tower Approval Decision Delayed by Victoria City Council

According to the Times Colonist, government approval for Telus's proposed HQ building in downtown Victoria, British Columbia, has been delayed. City councillors heard from dozens of speakers for more than three hours during a public hearing on Thursday, December 9, but failed to reach a verdict. Councillors will reconvene on Thursday, December 16, at 9...

Telus Outsourced B.C. Vaccine Call Centres to Debt Collection Agency, Says Report

Upon looking into Telus' handling of its government contract for establishing and operating call centres in British Columbia for the booking of COVID-19 vaccine appointments, PressProgress procured emails and employment documents proving Telus farmed its duties out to CBV Collections, a debt collection agency out of Burnaby. Telus botched last month's rollout of B.C.'s vaccine appointment...

Proposed Telus Tower in Victoria Reaches Public Hearing Stage

[caption id="attachment_349879" align="aligncenter" width="804"] Image: City of Victoria[/caption] According to the Times Colonist, Victoria City Council has approved Telus' plans for a massive 12-storey office building with a glass facade in British Columbia's capital city for public hearing, despite concerns over the tower's height, density, and possibility of blocking views of the Olympic Mountains in...

iPhone 11 Fished Out of B.C. Lake, Still Works After 6 Months Underwater

[caption id="attachment_349517" align="aligncenter" width="1440"] Image: Aquatic Monkey on YouTube[/caption] An Apple iPhone 11 was recently fished out of British Columbia's Harrison Lake by free divers Clayton Helkenberg and his wife Heather, with the phone remaining in fully-working condition and returned to its owner, reports CBC News. https://youtu.be/ifzizYAf-hs Clayton and Heather are free divers from Chilliwack...

BC Police Confirms Use of Controversial ‘Clearview AI’ Facial Recognition Software

British Columbia police have confirmed the use of a controversial facial recognition software. According to a new report from CBC, British Columbia's privacy commissioner confirmed that five police officers and one civilian have used the Clearview AI facial recognition software despite privacy violation concerns. "It wasn't surprising that officers individually might want to take advantage of...

Woman in Saanich, B.C. Issued $368 Ticket for Using Mounted Phone

[caption id="attachment_318246" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source: Brittany Taylor via Twitter[/caption] A woman living in Saanich on Vancouver Island in British Columbia was issued a rather large ticket for distracted driving on New Year's Eve. The ticket in question was for the sum of $368, however, her lawyer is fighting back and stating that it is invalid....