News Briefs for for September 29

Stock the Locker Campaign raised $32,000 in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district.

Stock the Locker campaign raises $32,000

Organizers of the Stock the Locker Campaign, which raises funds for students who need financial assistance getting school supplies raised $32,000 in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district.

“Your generosity helped provide school supplies and other necessities for vulnerable local students,” says a release from the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation.

Special thanks went to: Staples for collecting $15,000; Coastal Community Credit Union for raising $5,000; Woodgrove Centre for donating $5,000; and to Runners of Compassion, local service clubs, private donors, and SD 68 employees, who contributed more than $7,000; Costco, Long Lake Chateau, and Curves, who donated supplies.

“We will continue to fundraise until we reach our goal of $50,000 to support local school children in need,” the release concludes.

You can find out more, and make a donation, at

B.C. comsumer debt highest

B.C. has the highest consumer debt load in the country, according to the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, with average per capita debt topping $58,600 here, compared to $49,600 nationally.

Personal debt includes credit card, personal lines of credit, or personal loans, and mortgage debt.

“B.C.’s high consumer debt is a financial burden that can potentially strain British Columbians’ ability to maintain payments, especially if interest rates were to rise,” says a CPABC release.