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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 2, November/December 2004

$539 million in promises

The provincial government made these funding announcements following the announcement of the date for the Surrey by-election.

Oct. 1: $82,000 for post-fire weed control to protect Okanagan parks

Oct. 5: World Teachers’ Day $200,000 to administrators to supervise teachers and $425,000 for online courses and literacy initiatives

Oct. 6: $8 million to create B.C. trust for public lands

Oct. 6: $15 million creates new opportunities for First Nations

Oct. 6: $135 million northern development initiative introduced

Oct. 7: $6 million calf program eases BSE pressure on markets

Oct. 12: $1.2 million promotes industry training to secondary students

Oct. 15: $4 million over two years to protect and enhance wildlife and fisheries habitats linked to highway projects

Oct. 19: Federal and provincial governments provide $418,500 to fund business services society

Oct. 20: Province reduces sales tax—$270 million

Oct. 21: $7.5 million to enhance SFU’s Segal School

Oct. 21: $800,000 to support caribou recovery

Oct. 22: $15 million scholarship program

Oct. 22: Vancouver to receive $10.2 million in traffic-fine revenue

Oct. 22: Local governments receive 100% of traffic fine revenues—over $31 million

Oct. 24: $2 million over two years for cycling program

Oct. 26: $33 million to improve childcare access, flexibility

The government was also spending taxpayers’ money on television ads and full-page ads in newspapers telling British Columbians that B.C. is the best place in the world to live and work.