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Piece rate for fruit pickers is fairer than hourly wage, B.C. fruit growers maintain

As the B.C. government considers whether to scrap the piece-rate system of pay for the province’s fruit pickers, growers are arguing that it gives their workers a much better wage.

Fruit pickers are paid based on the volume of crops they pick instead of an hourly rate, but the province is looking at whether it should get rid of the pay method as it looks to increase minimum wages. Source: CBC News | April 23, 2018

Loss of North Okanagan Good Food Box program a concern for low-income residents

At a time when she was on disability and her husband had just lost his job, the box of cheap, fresh produce that came every month made things a little easier for Lumby resident Julia Richardson. The Good Food Box has been helping residents of the North Okanagan access affordable, healthy food for roughly 17 years, ever since an Interior Health nutritionist came up with the idea. At the time, it was pretty cutting edge; now, you’ll find Good Food Box programs in most major cities. Source: Kamloops Info News | March 9, 2018

Federal Court denies B.C. First Nation’s request for more salmon

A Federal Court judge has denied a B.C. First Nation’s attempt to get its allocation of sockeye salmon increased, saying it failed to show why such an increase was necessary and why other species of fish were not adequate to meet its needs. Source: The Lawyer’s Daily | January 12, 2018