Governor General honours B.C. sheriffs

Governor General David Johnston began his first official visit to B.C. Monday, carrying on an 800-year tradition by presenting a new coat of arms and flag to the B.C. Sheriff Service.

Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon greet veterans at the B.C. legislature Monday.

VICTORIA – Governor General David Johnston began his first official visit to B.C. Monday, carrying on an 800-year tradition by presenting a new coat of arms and flag to the B.C. Sheriff Service.

Johnston and his wife Sharon braved wind and rain to inspect an honour guard at the B.C. legislature, then headed inside with Premier Christy Clark to unveil the new coat of arms.

Attorney General Shirley Bond said the sheriff service was created by B.C. legislation in 1860. It now consists of 480 full-time and auxiliary staff who provide security and inmate transfer to 45 courthouses and 44 circuit courts in B.C.

Johnston, a law professor and former president of the University of Waterloo, was appointed Governor General last fall. He urged B.C. residents to look ahead to 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday, and send him their suggestions “to inspire Canada to become an even smarter, more caring nation.”

The three-day visit continued Monday with a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, and a dinner hosted by B.C. Lieutenant Governor Steven Point.

Tuesday’s schedule includes a meeting with representatives of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation at Tofino and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation in Bamfield, two of the Vancouver Island communities who signed a treaty with the federal and provincial governments in 2009.

Wednesday, Sharon Johnston visits the Aboriginal Mother Care Society in Vancouver, and the Governor General addresses the Canadian Club of Vancouver.

Just Posted

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after semi truck collision on Hwy. 97

RCMP say person sustained non-life threatening injuries

Flood risk assessment project now underway throughout entire Thompson River Watershed

The project, due to be completed in 2019, will identify hazards and high risk areas.

New TNRD bylaws address ‘dry cabins’ and cannabis sales

‘Dry cabins’ have been approved for parts of Loon Lake, while cannabis sales will be restricted.

MP hears about seniors’ needs at local town halls

Jati Sidhu was in local communities last week, meeting with constituents and hearing their comments.

Local News Briefs: Get ready for Paddington Bear

Plus a free business plan workshop, an Easter Egg hunt in Cache Creek, and more.

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

New anti-radicalization centre in the works for B.C.

Centre aims to help ‘vulnerable individuals of the path to radicalization’ before they turn to crime

B.C. bravery, public service honoured by Governor General Julie Payette

UVic basketball coach Kathryn Shields inducted into Order of Canada

Sea lion with rope wrapped around neck saved by Vancouver Aquarium

Steller sea lions are a species of special concern and some populations are endangered in parts of Alaska

B.C. can learn from Washington’s wine industry growth

Winery owner cites importance of industry collaboration

50-million-year-old fossil found in B.C. town makes history

Paleontologist Dr. Bruce Archibald says Princeton, B.C. is becoming famous for giving up rare fossils

Most Read