February 2017

A Vigil in Rossland

Some of the crowd in Harry LeFevre Square on Tuesday evening, standing up for a peaceful and understanding culture.  Photo by Dave Cornelius.

On Tuesday evening, Rossland’s Harry LeFevre Square was filled with light from the many candles held in mittened hands by Rosslanders who turned out in the cold to show solidarity with Muslims everywhere and all others fleeing persecution, throughout the world.

Paramedics: an essential service, or just healthcare workers?

A heart attack victim receiving expert care

There you are, flat on the floor with crushing chest pain.  "Heart attack!" you think, while the world goes a bit grey and fuzzy.  But you're able to reach your phone and dial 911.  Is this an emergency?  Are the paramedics who come to tend  you essential, or just nice to have, like a clean floor to lie on while you wait for help to arrive?

Editorial: Medical Assistance in Dying

Editorial:  Medical Assistance in Dying

The Rossland Telegraph interviewed a local doctor  (let's call this person "Dr. X") to learn what people in our area suffering from "grievous and irremediable" conditions that result in enduring and intolerable suffering can expect if they conclude that they want to have medical assistance in dying (MAID). 

Speed dating? Try Skied Dating!

The chairlift can be a fine place to meet people.

Are you tired of riding in the singles line? Skied Dating returns this February with two events to choose from. Head to RED Mountain Resort on Saturday, Feb. 11, or Whitewater Ski Resort on Sunday, Feb. 12 to experience a fun and easy way to meet other singles who also love to ski or snowboard.

A solo skier with a sprained knee; Rossland SAR to the rescue

It's cold out there.  Where's a cabin when you need one? Not too far away, fortunately.

The Rossland Range Recreation Site's day-use shelters are mostly used by hikers, bikers, skiers and snowshoers to warm up in while they toast their cheese sandwiches on a stove.  But on January 31, the new Sunspot Cabin also provided warmth and shelter for an injured skier while she waited for help to arrive.

Environmental projects get $1.07 million from CBT

Grizzly bears are but one of many species which will benefit from CBT's Environment Grants Program.

Forty-nine projects were approved for funding in 2016 with a combined total of $1.07 million from Columbia Basin Trust's Environment Grants program. The projects address one or more of the program’s four goals: Ecosystems, Climate, Water and Environmental Education.

“We know residents value a healthy environment,” said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin Trust Manager, Water and Environment. "We are pleased to support so many worthwhile projects that will contribute to environmental well-being.”

Projects in the Castlegar region are:

Lab test confirms carfentanil is being ingested

Carfentanil is a drug is similar to fentanyl but can be 100 times more toxic – one or two grains the size of salt grains can be fatal.

As part of the surveillance related to the opioid overdose public health emergency, the province has confirmed through laboratory testing that carfentanil is present in the illegal drug supply in the Lower Mainland and being ingested.

In a media release Wednesday, the province said urine lab testing found carfentanil present in 57 of 1766 urine drug tests conducted from Jan. 10-24, 2017.

Wage premium for government employees over comparable private-sector workers hits 13.4 per cent in Ontario

Eight of 10 government employees in Ontario (79.7 per cent) are covered by a defined benefit pension plan.

Government employees in Ontario get higher wages, on average, than comparable workers in the private sector and they retire earlier and take more days off per year, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

West Kootenay Rapids grab Gold and Nelson Peewee Rep Tourney

The winning West Kootenay Rapids Tier 2 squad includes, back row, L-R, Asst Coach Craig Upper, Safety Person Mike Gerrand and Head Coach Geoff Watts. Middle, Dakoda Fizzard, Seamus Boyd, Bryce Sookro, Captain Rhett Hamilton, Drake Proctor and Alexander Andersen. Front, Koby Upper, Ethan Bennett, Nathan Medeiros, Simon Forrester, Dylan Watts, Mason Ouchi and Reid Gerrand. Goalie, Brady Stocks. — Submitted photo

Two teams, and two great weekend results for Nelson Minor Hockey at the Peewee Rep Tournament this past weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas.

The West Kootenay Rapids Tier 2 and 3 teams advanced to the playoff round with the Tier 2 squad capturing the Tournament Championship.

West Kootenay Rapids Tier 2 blasted Springbank, Alberta 8-2 in the final.

West Kootenay Rapids consist of players from Nelson, Castlegar and Nakusp.

The tournament attracted teams from the East Kootenays, Alberta and Washington State.

Canada matters on World Wetlands Day

Canada is a country of wetlands, swamps, fens, marshes and bogs – all of which cover about 13 percent.

Canada proudly has a wetland engineer as its national animal. While other nations have picked wetland wildlife, such as Finland’s whooper swan or Pakistan’s Indus crocodile, only our Canadian beaver reshapes the land by making it hold more water.

By damming small creeks and streams, Canada’s five to 10 million plus beavers build and maintain millions of acres of shallow ponds and meadows across our country. These are not only good for beavers but for other species ranging from moose to wood ducks.

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