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A case of H5N2 avian flu has been confirmed in the Abbotsford area. It was found in a duck that was shot by a hunter earlier this week. Ray Nickel with the BC Poultry Association tells us it’s a low pathogen virus, and because it’s a wild bird, it’s not likely this will lead to an outbreak, but just the same, local farmers will be on alert because it was just a year ago we had a quarantine and a cull …he says there are already safeguards in place.
Don’t forget, this is the first weekend for Operation Red Nose. If you live in Abbotsford or Mission, the number to call is 604-864-4814 and in Chilliwack its 604-393-3000. It goes from 9pm-3am Fridays and Saturdays every weekend from now until New Years, excluding Christmas weekend….you call for a ride, and their wonderful volunteers will get you and your car home safely. Just remember to donate generously if you use the service, as money raised will go towards PacificSport Fraser Valley in Abby-Mission and the Sardis Kiwanis Club in Chilliwack.
(The Canadian Press and NEWS 1130) British Columbia’s premier says the province is ready to welcome Syrian refugees but still needs to work out funding details with the federal government.
Christy Clark says the newcomers need the strongest-possible chance of succeeding, and Metro Vancouver’s housing prices alone are the highest in the country.
The 3rd annual Toys for Tots event is coming to the Ramada in Abbotsford this Friday. Last year they raised over $15,000 and more than 1100 toys for the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau. If you’re wondering what to donate, Rebecca Thuro with Abby Community Services says they always seem to have a shortage of items for teens and tweens.
(The Canadian Press) The Liberal government will not meet its Dec. 31 deadline to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees and now says it aims to complete the program by February.
The new target is to bring 10,000 people to Canada by year’s end and the remainder in the first two months of 2016.
In a Facebook post this afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the delay, saying it is important to “do it right.”