August 2014

Come have a howling good time at this year's Raise the Woof!

Come have a howling good time at this year's Raise the Woof!

The Castlegar Source is thrilled to once again sponsor the Kootenay’s coolest evening – Raise the Woof!

A fundraiser for local animal rescue society KAAP (Kootenay Animal Assistance Program), Raise the Woof is also an incredibly upbeat fundraiser with something for everyone.

This is the second annual Raise the Woof, and KAAP president Laurel Mathew says last year’s event was a screaming success.

CH-146 Griffon helicopters in Trail area for Exercise KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014

Photo by Lt. Derek Reid, Canadian Army Public Affairs, 3rd Cdn Div HQ PA

A CH-146 Griffon helicopter landed and practiced patient transfer operations at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, British Columbia, on August 22, 2014. Four Griffon helicopters are supporting Exercise KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014, a training exercise involving roughly 400 Reserve Force soldiers from 39 Canadian Brigade Group from August 18-28, 2014.

Exercise KOOTENAY COUGAR 2014 is a culmination of training that has gone on throughout the year, and confirms soldiers' skills and readiness to respond to domestic emergencies or international operations.

VIDEO: Dining in Rossland

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Here's the final installment in Eric Gonzalez's seres of videos for Tourism Rossland. Great job, Eric!

SD board of trustees issues letter to parents re: teachers strike

Lorraine Manning, vice-chair, board of trustees, SD 20

Dear parents and guardians:

As you are likely aware, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) have not been able to make significant progress over the summer months and so the possibility of schools opening as usual following Labour Day is uncertain. The Board hopes that the recent appointment of an external mediator provides an opportunity for the parties at the table to adjust their positions and reach a negotiated settlement in time for schools to open as scheduled on September 2nd.

Potential detente between city and union

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff

We’re seeing forward motion in negotiations between the City of Castlegar and its CUPE workers, after a stalemate last month led to limited strike action on the union’s part Aug. 15, with city staff refusing all over time work.

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff says city staff continue to assess a settlement offer sent by the union at the end of last week, and are waiting to hear back from the mediator as his availability to resume talks.

“We will definitely have a written response for the union, hopefully as early as today,” Chernoff said.

Police lock down Nanaimo hospital

Police lock down Nanaimo hospital

A lockdown at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital today ended without incident, according to RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong.