Gaming handouts detailed

Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch has a new website.

Often in my weekly reports I have included updates on B.C. gaming funds in large part because there are frequently a large amount of inquiries around this topic that I receive on an ongoing basis.

Recently the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch has created a newly updated website that contains information that was not always available previously.

The new site is located at and also includes the master list of all organizations that receive gaming funds.

This information can be displayed in different formats including on a community by community basis.

If you have further questions regarding the gaming funds process please do not hesitate to contact my office.

On a different theme, beginning on last Friday, June 15, British Columbia’s revised drinking and driving laws have again returned to be enforced by members of the RCMP.

The increased penalties announced in the fall of 2010 remained unchanged.

However, there are new procedures that motorists should be aware of.

In the event that a driver “fails” it is now mandatory to be advised of the right to a second test that would be conducted on a different device.

If there is a difference in the result of a second test, the lower result of the two tests will prevail.

In addition the immediate roadside suspension may again be used against those drivers who register a “fail” reading as an alternative to the full current criminal code process.

In addition, more documentation will be available with respect to roadside screening device calibration accuracy.

Since the new regulations were introduced in September of 2010, alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths in B.C. have dropped by more than 40 per cent, this means 71 fewer fatalities.

Would you like more input into governance?

The BC Government has introduced a new website located at the “Gov. Together” website is intended to list all of the current opportunities to share your input and ideas in specific areas as listed on the website.

Currently there are already 32 different consultations listed online with many more being added in the near future.

Some of the topics range from the cosmetic use of pesticide to requests for input on the Natural Resource Road Act. As both of these topics have been of previous interest to local citizens they may desire to visit this new website to share further input.

Finally this week as graduation ceremonies approach, a reminder that it is illegal to provide liquor to under age minors.

Recently British Columbia increased the penalty for anyone caught supplying liquor to underage minors. The new penalty has been increased up to $575 and these tickets can be issued by both law enforcement and provincial liquor inspectors.

Let’s ensure that all celebrations that occur do so safely and responsibly.



Bill Barisoff is the MLA for the riding of Penticton.


Just Posted

Summerland golfers compete

Season begins for local golf leagues

Easter Fun Day packs ‘em in for Penticton child and youth development centre

It’s expected record numbers of people turned up for the ninth annual Easter Fun Day

Summerland Kiwanis Club provides support to local organizations

Cheques presented to organizations from Summerland and region

Penticton Speedway revved up to celebrate 50 years

The season will see go-carts and new races in part of its 50th anniversary

Mounties identify woman found dead on Kelowna beach

“Our investigators do not believe criminality was involved.”

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

South Okanagan community bands together on social media after shootings

Many in Penticton have turned to social media to express their condolences

Pacific Poke bowl lovers can get a free taste at the restaurant’s ‘Grand Opening Event’

The restaurant will offer some of its specials Thursday evening at its Kelowna location

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Okanagan resort seeking connnection to rail trail

Predator Ridge Resort slated to present wish for trail from resort to ORT to Vernon council

South Okanagan society looking to bring new racing event to their park

The Desert Park Exhibition Society board is looking into hosting another major event

Youth Shelter Fundraiser encourages kids to play for a good cause

The fundraiser takes place April 27 at the EnergyPlex

Okanagan power outage scuttles – but not ruins – city’s mission’s Easter meals

Vernon’s Upper Room Mission will serve Easter dinner a day later due to downtown power outage

Waterway Houseboats wins $2 million for damages caused in 2012 flood

Houseboat company wins lawsuit involving Province of British Columbia, District of Sicamous

Most Read