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Conflict Of Interest Commissioner



Special Committee to Appoint a Conflict of Interest Commissioner

Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA, Courtenay-Comox, Chair  | Steve Thomson, MLA, Kelowna-Mission, Deputy Chair

Conflict Of Interest Commissioner

The Conflict of Interest Commissioner is a non-partisan officer of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia responsible for ensuring that Members of the Legislative Assembly fulfill their obligations under the Members’ Conflict of Interest Act (RSBC 1996, c. 287).

The Commissioner’s mandate includes reviewing Members’ disclosure statements; providing advice respecting Members’ financial interests; conducting investigations and formal inquiries when required; reporting annually on the affairs of his or her office; and issuing reports pursuant to investigations, which may include recommending the imposition of penalties.

The successful applicant will be recognized as a person of high standing and integrity within his or her professional community, with a strong legal or procedural understanding, and a proven record of senior-level decision-making. Applicants must be able to establish and maintain professional, impartial and trusted relationships with elected representatives of all political parties. The successful applicant will be able to provide independent, informed and objective advice to Members regarding conflict of interest considerations in a confidential manner, discern early signs of potential conflict and promote conflict avoidance and resolution. Excellent communication and media skills are required, including public education and outreach.

The Commissioner is to be paid compensation as may be set by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The Commissioner holds office for a term of 5 years and may be reappointed for further terms.

Applications should be received by email, fax or mail at the address below no later than August 30, 2019. Although the Committee appreciates the interest of all applicants, only those who are invited for an interview will be contacted. All applications received will be held in confidence.

For further information, please visit our website at or contact:

Kate Ryan-Lloyd, Acting Clerk of the Legislative Assembly Parliamentary Committees Office Room 224, Parliament Buildings

Victoria, B.C.  V8V 1X4
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Safety measures implemented at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

June 25, 2019

PEMBERTON – In response to the growing number of visitors flocking to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, BC Parks is implementing measures to address pressing public safety concerns, recognize Indigenous values and improve the overall visitor experience.

“Balancing increased visitation with our conservation mandate is a delicate matter,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Our government is committed to finding solutions for the exceptional growth at Joffre Lakes Park that protect the environment and improve public safety. The Joffre Lakes action plan ensures the natural and Indigenous cultural values of the park are protected, while continuing to provide recreation opportunities for visitors of all abilities.”

Located 35 kilometres east of Pemberton, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park has become one of the busiest parks in the province. Last year, 183,000 people visited the park — a 168% increase since 2010. In response to the growth, BC Parks has partnered with the Lil’wat Nation and N’Quatqua to develop the Joffre Lakes Park Visitor Use Management Action Plan. The plan contains a comprehensive range of actions that include:

  • increasing park presence with two First Nations stewards working alongside park rangers;
  • expanding the parking lots to increase vehicle capacity from 250 to 450 cars to accommodate approximately 1,350 people per day;
  • offering a shuttle service from Duffey Lake Park parking lot to the Joffre Lakes Park trailhead;
  • implementing a compliance plan and towing vehicles illegally parked on Highway 99; and
  • installing an emergency satellite phone at the Joffre Lakes trailhead as a means of communication for public safety.

The two First Nations stewards are part of a pilot project with BC Parks. The stewards will educate visitors about the park’s natural and cultural values, provide outreach and conduct park management, including facility maintenance.

The parking lot expansion will occur in phases, with the overflow lot expanded in early summer and the main lot expanded in the fall. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, since the parking lot fills quickly, especially on weekends. Operated by Parkbus, the shuttle bus runs every Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays throughout the summer. Roundtrip cost is $10 per person.

Enforcement of illegally parked cars along the shoulder of Highway 99 will be underway. The public is reminded that parking is not allowed along the highway. Instructions on how to recover a towed vehicle are posted at the Joffre Lakes trailhead.

Learn More:

For more information about Joffre Lakes Provincial Park and to view the Joffre Lakes Park Visitor Use Management Action Plan, visit:

For more information about BC Parks, visit:

For more information about the Joffre Lakes shuttle bus service, visit:


Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Media Relations
250 953-3834

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Canada and Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance strengthen nation-to-nation relationship with signing of Pathways Agreement

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

June 25, 2019 – Victoria, BC – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership is key to achieving reconciliation.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Chief Liliane Squinas, Chief Clifford Lebrun and Chief Stuart Alec, of the Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance, signed a Pathways Agreement committing both parties to move forward together to advance a lasting reconciliation and make real progress on the issues most important to the Nation Alliance.

Building on the July 2018 Hubulhsooninats’ Uhoot’alh: Memorandum of Understanding for Recognition of Rights and Reconciliation, the Pathways Agreement identifies a number of priorities that would serve as a basis for negotiations of an eventual nation-to-nation incremental reconciliation agreement. Priority topics include: acknowledgement and reconciliation; nation building; stewardship; culture and wellness; economic development; infrastructure and implementation.


“The Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance’s vision of self-determination now signed into the Pathways Agreement, includes their ‘healing on the land‎’ initiatives and support for the development of their Nation-based governance that will provide real, tangible and meaningful benefits that meet the needs and priorities of their communities.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“This Agreement signals our mutual commitment to moving forward together as government partners. While the Pathways Agreement is only one step in our path towards self-governance and true and lasting reconciliation, it is an important step in our renewed relationship with Canada. Our Nation looks forward to meaningful implementation of this Agreement over the coming months.”

Chief Stuart Alec
Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance

Quick facts

  • The Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance was established in 2016.
  • The Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance includes four nations (Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation, Lhtako Dené Nation, Nazko First Nation and Ulkatcho Nation), whose traditional territories extend throughout the Northern Interior of British Columbia.

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For more information, media may contact:

Matthew Dillon-Leitch
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada Media Relations

Shawn Holte
Executive Director and Lead Negotiator
Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance


New partnership makes finding child care easier in Osoyoos

June 25, 2019

OSOYOOS – A significant expansion to the largest of only three licensed child care facilities in Osoyoos will mean that local parents will not need to drive to nearby towns to find quality care for their children.

“The early years of life are critical in the development and future well-being of children,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “Our government is pleased to work with the Government of British Columbia to help families access high-quality early learning and child care so more children and parents have the support they need.”

The Town of Osoyoos is receiving $900,000 to add 18 new licensed child care spaces to the Osoyoos Child Care Centre, the first expansion since the centre opened more than 20 years ago. It will allow the centre to add eight spaces for infants and toddlers, and 10 for children aged three years to kindergarten. This expansion will take the total number of spaces to 61, an increase of more than 40%.

“We believe access to licensed, good quality child care is something that all B.C. parents deserve. It should not matter if you live in a large or small community,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s Minister of Children and Family Development. “This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when you mix federal and provincial funding with municipal planning and local know-how. It is what the future of child care can look like, and I know it can’t come soon enough for parents.”

The Osoyoos Child Care Centre has strong relationships with community organizations, which it uses to connect families to local wraparound services. Parents who are new to Canada can access supports like language classes through the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Society, while links to the local Supported Child Development Centre will help families who have children with extra support needs to fully participate in the centre’s programs.

“The Town of Osoyoos is delighted to learn of this new partnership grant for the Osoyoos Child Care Centre,” said Sue McKortoff, mayor of the Town of Osoyoos. “The money will be used for the expansion of this local facility to allow 18 more spaces for infants, toddlers and pre-kindergarten children. Investing in early childhood education and care is a priority need of our young families. Expansion of these facilities assists in providing needed quality of life services that make our community an attractive place to work and live.”

In addition to wraparound supports, children will benefit from play-based learning, with activities such as story time, arts and crafts, and active play to boost their motor and language skills.

The centre is working closely with the Osoyoos Indian Band to teach children about local Indigenous culture and language. The expansion is expected to be complete within the next two years.

“We know that families in towns across the province are struggling to find licensed child care spots, and that one of the best ways to solve the space shortage is to work with local governments,” said Katrina Chen, B.C.’s Minister of State for Child Care. “That’s why we’re so encouraged to see towns, like Osoyoos, leveraging grants from Victoria and Ottawa to create new spaces for their communities. We need all three levels of government to work together for universal child care.”

In March 2019, the Province announced more than 70 local governments would receive up to $25,000 to create a long-term child care plan to meet the needs of local families for the next 10 years. These plans will be completed over the coming months, with local governments also able to apply for federal and provincial funding to build licensed child care spaces. Since July 2018, more than 5,000 new licensed child care spaces have been funded throughout British Columbia. More are approved every month.

Investing in child care and early childhood education is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.


Karen Greig, manager, Osoyoos Child Care Centre –

“We are thrilled to be the recipients for funding to expand our building. This will allow our centre to support more families with young children, which is our passion and mandate. The child care field has lacked vital support for many years, and now it feels like there is hope on the horizon.”

Quick Facts:

  • The Community Child Care Space Creation Program is funded through the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the Government of Canada.
  • The program is administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, with up to $1 million to create new licensed child care spaces in B.C. communities.
  • This funding focuses on creating infant and toddler spaces, as well as those that support underserved communities.
  • The Community Child Care Planning Grant program provides up to $25,000 for local governments to assess and plan for the creation of new child care spaces that meet the needs of local families.
  • Under the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, public-sector organizations are eligible for up to $1 million to help create new licensed child care spaces.
  • The Start-up Grant progam offers up to $4,500 to support individuals and unlicensed child care providers with the cost of becoming licensed.

Learn More:

For more information about Childcare BC, visit:

To find child care your community, view the online child care map:

Child care factsheet:

Parents who need information about choosing child care, or want a list of registered and licensed child care centres in their area, can get help through their local Child Care Resource and Referral Centre, or by visiting:

For information about the Osoyoos Child Care Centre, visit:


Ministry of Children and Family Development
Government Communications
and Public Engagement
250 812-0495

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NIC Educational Assistant student wants to pay it forward

Jun 25, 2019

NIC educational assistant student Kristy Salter is giving back by learning to support others through the same challenges she faced herself.

Salter’s son has severe differing abilities, which led to many trips to BC Children’s Hospital and working with a variety of therapists and support workers.

“These people had a major impact on my life with how they helped me and my son,” said Salter. “I always wanted to give back and help other children or people, especially families that are going through the same thing I did.”

With the support of her husband and children, Salter returned to the classroom herself so she could help support others.

“When I looked into the program, I thought it was exactly where I needed to be, and I was right,” she said. “My instructors have been so supportive, and my classmates as well. It’s a great community to be a part of.”

NIC’s Human Services certificate in Port Alberni includes a focus on Indigenous cultural and curriculum content, which had a profound effect on Salter.

“It changed my perspective and how I looked at life in general,” said Salter. “It can be very emotional, especially if you’ve lived some of it, but you need to learn it and understand it. It’s made me a more empathetic person.”

The program has also expanded her thoughts as to the direction she wants her career to go once she’s done her program in June.

“You can go in so many directions,” said Salter. “You can continue on and get your diploma in human services, go into social work, go into child and youth care, mental health and addictions – the options are really endless.”

Before graduating, Salter and her classmates will be taking part in a long practicum, where they will be able to put into practice the skills and knowledge they gained in their program.

“I’m so excited to be able to get out there and make a difference in someone’s life, the way others made such a difference in mine,” she said.

The next intake of the Educational Assistant/Community Support Worker, Indigenous Focus program begins in September. Learn more at
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Media Liaison, North Island College


Supporting renewed relationships with Indigenous peoples

University of Victoria’s national centre for Indigenous law to help revitalize Indigenous laws

June 25, 2019 – Victoria, British Columbia

Indigenous peoples in Canada have unique laws and legal traditions. The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of revitalizing Indigenous legal systems and the significant role that Indigenous law institutes can play in helping Indigenous communities develop, use and understand their laws.

That’s why the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today announced $9.1 million to support the construction of a national centre for Indigenous law at the University of Victoria. This funding stems from Budget 2019.

The national centre for Indigenous law will serve as an accessible space for engagement and discussion and will house Canada’s first joint degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders (JD/JID) and the Indigenous Law Research Unit. The Department of Justice Canada is providing $173,300 over three years to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law to support the development of courses and field studies in Indigenous communities.

This announcement responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 50 and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Government of Canada is proud of the progress made to date on implementing the Commission’s Calls to Action, but it recognizes that there is still more to do and that true reconciliation goes beyond the scope of the Calls to Action.


“Canada is firmly committed to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to ensure Indigenous peoples and knowledge are included and respected as we build a stronger Canada. The national centre for Indigenous law will create a space for conducting the research and providing the teaching necessary to ensure Indigenous laws will guide the paths of self-determination and reconciliation.”
– The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“Our government’s investment in the University of Victoria will create local jobs, and significant Indigenous input will go into the design and construction of the national centre for Indigenous law. The building will use innovative technology to teach and connect at a national and international level regarding Indigenous law.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Indigenous peoples have formed and operated dynamic systems of justice from time immemorial. The construction of this space, and funding for the Faculty of Law, will support the necessary dialogue and exchange with Indigenous communities on the revitalization of Indigenous laws and legal traditions.”
– The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

“Minister Bennett has been our greatest champion, and the recent federal contribution of $9.1 million to our national centre for Indigenous law is the exciting result. This commitment will enable us to build a strong, stable foundation from which to study, teach and learn Indigenous law as part of the great legal traditions of the world.”
– Val Napoleon, Director of the Indigenous Law Research Unit and of the JD/JID program and Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance, University of Victoria

“This is another major milestone for a history-making initiative for Indigenous peoples and a tremendous example of reconciliation in action. This investment will help build the physical structure for law students to harmonize Canadian laws and Indigenous legal orders, which will strengthen understanding and cooperation for all communities across the country.”
– The Honourable Melanie Mark, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training

Quick facts

  • The national centre for Indigenous law will be constructed in respectful relationship to the headwaters of Bowker Creek in Coast and Straits Salish Territory.
  • Budget 2019 also proposed to provide $10 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, in support of Indigenous law initiatives across Canada, through the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program, to improve equality for Indigenous peoples in Canada’s legal system.

Associated links

  • Budget 2019


Dani Keenan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


G7 and UNESCO convene International Conference on girls’ and women’s empowerment through education

25 June 2019

The G7 and UNESCO will host the Paris International Conference, Innovating for girls’ and women’s empowerment through education, on 5 July at UNESCO Headquarters, to mobilize support for girls and women through quality education and empowering learning opportunities for life and work.

Policy and decision-makers, including the education ministers of the G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States), will address this priority concern after the G7 Development and Education joint Ministerial Meeting held the same day, also at UNESCO Headquarters to prepare the August G7 summit Heads of State and Government in Biarritz, France.

From 2.30 to 5.30 pm education ministers from the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger) and Senegal will join their G7 counterparts. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay will open the Conference with France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. They will be joined by a panel of personalities including Nobel Peace Prize laureate,Malala Yousafzai, economist Ester Duflo (France) and football player Nadia Nadim (Afghanistan, Denmark), among others.

French president Emmanuel Macron will deliver closing remarks.

On this occasion, UNESCO will launch a global initiative Her Education, Our Future to galvanise cooperation around three main pillars: better data, better policies and better practices for girls’ and women’s empowerment through education.

In this context, UNESCO will present the 2019 Gender Report “Building bridges for gender equality”, which provides the first ever detailed breakdowns of G7 members’ aid to gender equality in education (under embargo, see below).

Beyond investments, the report calls for greater political and legislative commitment and highlights the importance of tackling negative gender norms and attitudes in society where teaching often remains a female profession with men in charge. In 28 mostly high-income countries, 70% of lower secondary school teachers are female, but women only account for 53% of head teachers.

Beyond school, unequal opportunities persist with technical and vocational programmes that remain male bastions. Only one quarter of those enrolled in engineering and information and communications technology programmes are women. Building on this data, UNESCO will launch a new global interactive Atlas on girls’ and women’s right to education, a monitoring and advocacy tool, that aims to enhance public knowledge of the status of national legislation on the subject.

UNESCO will convene an annual meeting to monitor progress and data collected, with a view to highlight, share and scale up best practices for girls’ and women’s empowerment in and through education.



Gender Report “Building bridges for gender equality” (Under embargo until 5 July)

Global Interactive Atlas on Girls’ and Women’s Right to Education , available as of 5 July

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B.C. would nix government cannabis store to cool fight with Cowichan Tribes – Times Colonist

June 25, 2019

B.C.’s minister responsible for cannabis says he would be fine if the provincial government abandoned its plans for a cannabis store in a Cowichan Valley shopping mall if that would help cool a dispute with the largest First Nation in the province.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said Monday he does not care if the government operates a cannabis store in the Cowichan Commons shopping mall, after criticism by the Cowichan Tribes that the province is delaying the tribes’ cannabis security check so the province can secure a lucrative retail location.

“I’d be quite happy if the application didn’t go anywhere at this time,” Farnworth said of the government store application. “If there’s no public store in Cowichan, I’m not going to lose sleep over that.”

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Government of Canada supports survivors of gender-based violence in Vancouver

June 25, 2019 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Department for Women and Gender Equality

Ending gender-based violence is crucial if we are serious about giving everyone the same opportunities to join and grow Canada’s middle class. We all benefit when women, girls and people of all genders are safe and free to live their lives to the fullest.

Today, the Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced funding for a project to support survivors of gender-based violence in Vancouver. This includes people who have been underserved, such as Indigenous women and their communities, children and youth, ethno-cultural women, women who are newcomers, refugees or non-status, LGBTQ2 communities and gender non-binary people, and women living with disabilities.

The Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity, affiliated to the University of British Columbia, will be receiving $1 million to test and evaluate a survivor-centric and trauma-informed approach to supporting criminalized women survivors of gender-based violence – one that will provide feedback and valuable information on how best to improve services and supports to women who are struggling to find a way to get the help they need, to reclaim their lives and recover.

Last year, Minister Monsef announced more than $50 million in funding for nearly 60 projects in communities across the country, including the one announced today, to support survivors of gender-based violence and their families.


“With this investment, we are funding the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity to support survivors and their families in Vancouver. This funding envelope was developed in partnership with leaders from the women’s sector, whose advice continues to inform Canada’s first Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. Leaders asked for more dollars over a longer period of time to meet the ever growing demand for their services, a simplified application process, and resources to help provide supports for the most underserved and marginalized survivors of gender-based violence. Our government listened. Gender-based violence must not be tolerated, and we will continue to work with survivors, community partners, the private sector and other orders of government to end GBV in all of its forms.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

“I’m glad the Government of Canada is providing $1 million to the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity. These funds will increase the capacity of eligible women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women and women’s groups to advance gender equality and provide essential services for women in need. It’s crucial that we have institutions in BC that offer peer support, survivor-centric and trauma-informed approaches when helping cis and trans women survivors of gender-based violence.”

The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P.
Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre

“We are very pleased that the Government of Canada has invested in this work. Today’s announcement will help advance gender equity by supporting criminalized women and gender diverse survivors of gender-based violence to access social, health and legal supports to help them reclaim their lives. Working closely with our community partners, this project aims to work alongside women and gender diverse people’s lived experience in developing best practices in intersecting trauma-informed supports and evidence-based policies that will affect change and agency in a gender-based violence response.”

Dr. Kate Shannon
Executive Director, Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity & Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Quick facts

  • In June 2017, the Department for Women and Gender Equality (formerly Status of Women Canada) announced the first-ever federal Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.
  • To date, the Government of Canada has invested over $200 million across government to prevent gender-based violence, support survivors and their families, and create more responsive legal and justice systems.
  • The Promising practices to support survivors and their families call for concepts is the largest amount of funding ever announced for programming to specifically support diverse groups of gender-based violence survivors and their families.
  • Gender-based violence can have lifelong impacts on an individual’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. Additionally, the effects can be serious and costly. Annually, the economic impact of intimate partner violence and sexual assault is estimated to be over $12 billion.

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Braeson Holland
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality

Valérie Haché
Senior Communications Advisor
Department for Women and Gender Equality


BCIT graduates empowered, shaping BC, inspiring global progress – BCIT

Honorary doctorates encourage grads to use education to make world a better place

The vision for the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is to empower people, shape B.C. and inspire global progress. 2019 valedictorian Nic Johnson may just be the embodiment of those principles.

“If there’s one thing that I’d like people to take away from what I say, it’s the importance of giving back to the community that’s supported you,”the newly-graduated civil engineering technologist explains, after speaking at this week’s convocation ceremonies. “It will give you something back that’s intangible. It will keep you going when you want to stop, keep you focused when you’re being distracted.”

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