July 27 Community Briefs

Drones for hunting now illegal, Kids can win trip to Victoria with Ice Age art, B.C.'s coroner requires assisted death reports

BC: drones for hunting now illegal

B.C. amended the Wildlife Act hunting regulation, making it illegal for people to operate or possess a drone, or use data obtained by a drone, while on a hunting or trapping expedition. It is also now illegal for a third party to use a drone to help a hunter or trapper.

The minimum fine for hunting with a helicopter or drone is $2,500 – although a first conviction could cost a hunter $250,000 and up to two years in jail.


Kids: win Victoria trip with Ice Age art contest

B.C. kids aged 5 to 15 are invited to draw, sketch or paint a creature from the Ice Age, for a chance to win a trip to the Royal BC Museum for a major celebration.

Contest closes on Sept. 20. Winners and an adult chaperone will be flown to Victoria for a special event on Oct. 25 to help us celebrate the Royal BC Museum turning 130 years old.

Learn more on royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/contest.


Assisted death reports required

The government has passed a regulation requiring medically assisted deaths to be reported to the B.C. Coroners Service.

The federal government has complied with a Supreme Court of Canada deadline to permit medical assistance in dying for those with a terminal illness.

In June, B.C. announced it has adopted the practice guidelines of the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons, which requires consent of two doctors “and the patient’s consistent expression of a desire for medical assistance over a reasonable period of time.”