Archives for July 19, 2017
January 21, 1948-July 18, 2017
On Tuesday July 18, Jim Linton passed away peacefully at home after a 2 year struggle with cancer. He stayed strong for his family and friends right to the end, never losing his generosity or sense of humour.
He will be fondly remembered by his loving family including his wife Pat, daughters Beth (Toronto) and Maggie (Kelowna), grandchildren Dylan and Hewitt and his best buddy Dexter. He was predeceased by his mother, father, sister and brother.
Born in Galt Ontario, British Columbia seemed to be calling his name and in 1981 he moved west with his young family and settled in Oliver. A man of many talents and interests he pursued several careers – recreation, aluminum siding, construction, farming, insurance, landscaping and bob cat services, to name a few. His interests were many including hunting, fishing, golfing, curling, cycling, skiing/snowboarding and motorcycles. His last passion was carving – a talent that had lain dormant but flourished in his last few years which brought him and others much pleasure. Jim was always open to new experiences and challenges and as a result his bucket list was always growing.
The family would like to thank the medical communities of Kelowna (surgical team), and Penticton (oncology doctors and nurses) and the Oliver doctors, nurses and pharmacists. He could not have asked for better care. Thanks to Dr. Entwistle and the palliative care nurses Lisa and Ashley for their compassion and concern. Heartfelt thanks to John and Daryn (Nunes & Pottinger) for their sensitive guidance.
A very, very special thank you to Dave & Janet Shaw – your generousity knows no bounds. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice. Family and friends are encouraged to drop by the house on Saturday, July 22 between 1 and 5 to celebrate Jim’s life.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Lana Popham was named agriculture minister as the NDP took the reins of power Tuesday.
“The agriculture industry, including the tree fruit sector, is set to grow its major economic contribution to the B.C. economy,” said Fred Steele, B.C. Fruit Growers Association president.
“We will work with Minister Popham to deliver on agriculture’s potential in the B.C. economy. Let’s start by getting some B.C. cherries to the hardworking firefighters.”
Popham is MLA for Saanich and she was the NDP’s agriculture critic.
Steele also thanked former Liberal agriculture minister Norm Letnick for his support of the BCFGA.
“Norm Letnick was instrumental in renewing the replant program, which has helped many growers get past the financial hurdle of replanting to higher yielding, premium varieties of apples and cherries”, said Steele.
The B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association represents 520 family operated farms and the tree fruit sector creates $776 million of economic activity annually.
Source: Black Press digital
Premier John Horgan announced his new cabinet today to build a better B.C. and get results for people.
“Our government will offer families relief from high costs and fees, strengthen services like health care and education, and create good jobs and economic opportunity across B.C.,” said Premier John Horgan.
“We will put people at the heart of everything we do. And we’ll work hard to deliver on our commitments to British Columbians.”
The new cabinet is made up of 20 ministers and two ministers of state. In addition, six MLAs have been named as parliamentary secretaries. Premier Horgan’s cabinet is the first in B.C. history to achieve gender parity, with 10 women named to cabinet and one named minister of state.
Ministerial portfolios reflect the government’s focus on making life better for people including a stand-alone Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, a Minister of State for Child Care, and a Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction. The government is also putting a special focus on jobs and opportunity in B.C.’s tech sector.
The government includes a mix of new and experienced MLAs and also includes:
- Four ministers and two parliamentary secretaries aged 40 and under
- 10 ministers and parliamentary secretaries who identify as a visible minority
- The first First Nations woman appointed to cabinet
“Starting today, we will deliver a government that works for people. We’re going to work hard every day to build a better B.C.,” said Horgan.
Members of the Executive Council
- Premier – Hon. John Horgan
- Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training – Hon. Melanie Mark
- Minister of Agriculture – Hon. Lana Popham
- Attorney General – Hon. David Eby
- Minister of Children and Family Development – Hon. Katrine Conroy
- Minister of State for Child Care – Hon. Katrina Chen
- Minister of Citizens’ Services – Hon. Jinny Sims
- Minister of Education – Hon. Rob Fleming
- Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources – Hon. Michelle Mungall
- Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy – Hon. George Heyman
- Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier – Hon. Carole James
- Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development – Hon. Doug Donaldson
- Minister of Health – Hon. Adrian Dix
- Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation – Hon. Scott Fraser
- Minister of Jobs, Trade, and Technology – Hon. Bruce Ralston
- Minister of State for Trade – Hon. George Chow
- Minister of Labour – Hon. Harry Bains
- Minister of Mental Health and Addictions – Hon. Judy Darcy
- Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Hon. Selina Robinson
- Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General – Hon. Mike Farnworth
- Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction – Hon. Shane Simpson
- Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture – Hon. Lisa Beare
- Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure – Hon. Claire Trevena
Government press release