On the Street: Governments fund electric vehicle fast-charging sites

The federal government is kicking in $1.15 million to establish 23 new electric-vehicle fast chargers in B.C.

The stations, to be deployed by B.C. Hydro, are being funded in part by Natural Resources Canada with $575,000 from the provincial government.

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“Investments in green infrastructure will make our communities more accessible and healthier for everyone,” said federal Minister of Environment Catherine McKenna, who was in Victoria on Monday. “By making it easier for British Columbians to switch to an electric vehicle, more Canadians can be part of the solution to take action against climate change.”

Keith Anderson, vice-president of customer service for B.C. Hydro, noted electric vehicles are good option for those looking to reduce their driving costs and their impact on the environment because B.C. Hydro generates 98 per cent clean electricity.

The federal funding is part of the government’s $182.5-million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast-charging network for electric vehicles and establish natural gas stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres.

First Nations join economic group

Two more Vancouver Island First Nations have joined the South Island Prosperity Project. The addition of Scia’new First Nation (Beecher Bay First Nation) and Malahat First Nation brings the total number of First Nations participating in SIPP to seven. 

“We look forward to our member partnership creating real solutions to the challenges we face in Scia’new Nation. We are building the sustainable village development of Spirit Bay. Like other parts of the region we are seeking to create a strong economy, robust community infrastructure and increased services in our community while ensuring we don’t lose the things that make us a unique and beautiful place to live,” said Chief Russ Chipps.

Malahat Nation councillor George Harry said the model of regional cooperation aligns well with the Malahat nation.

“We are keen on building relationships with local communities and businesses. We believe our new membership to the South Island Prosperity Project is a positive step, as we both have similar goals,” he said.

Auditions for Dragon's Den

CBC’s Dragon’s Den will be holding open auditions in Victoria March 7 for entrepreneurs hoping to score some high-powered financial backing for their business ventures.

The audition tour is open to participants of all ages with businesses at any stage of development. Victoria auditions will be held at the Parkside Hotel, 810 Humboldt St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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