May 2017

Selkirk College Saints Keep Focus on Work Ethic

Grant Iles played for the Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the KIJHL last season and arrives to the Selkirk College Saints with a reputation for hard work and a team-first attitude. — Submitted photo

A culture of hard work is what has contributed to the massive success for the Selkirk College Saints over the last few seasons and the team has added a pair of recruits that will help continue the trend.

Grant Iles and Connor Harding have committed to play for the Saints in the upcoming British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, both arriving with a proven record of tenacity and grit during their junior hockey careers.

BC Election 'too close to call'

The poll, which concluded Saturday May 6th, has the NDP (40%) and Liberals (39%) in a statistical dead heat among decided voters.

A new Ipsos poll conducted using a dual online and phone methodology reveals an election that remains tight and too close to call.

The poll, which concluded Saturday May 6th, has the NDP (40%) and Liberals (39%) in a statistical dead heat among decided voters. The Green Party has 17% support, while 4% support other parties. These results exclude the 16% of British Columbians who are undecided or express no preference.

Arrests leads to drug seizures; Mountain bikes recovered

Grand Forks RCMP is looking for the owners of two recovered mountain bikes.

An arrest on an outstanding warrant led police to seize a quantity of drugs said Sgt. Jim Fenske Detachment Commander in a media release Monday.

Fenske the drugs were recovered Saturday (May 6th) when officers arrested a man on an outstanding warrant.

"A search of the male resulted in the seizure of four (4) grams of methamphetamine, five (5) grams of marihuana and over $4000 in cash," Fenske said.

The man was released and will appear at future court date.

On the same day, a routine traffic stop netted Midway RCMP drugs and cash.

UPDATED: Environment Canada issues Special Weather Statement for Boundary

The Kettle River has busted its banks in Grand Forks. — Photo courtesy RDKB

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is urging residents of the Boundary region to expect rivers to rise beginning Thursday.

This comes as Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement for the Boundary region for Thursday.

Environment Canada is forecasting rain and possible thunderstorms beginning late Thursday over the Southern Interior.

"A developing cold front will stall over the Southern BC Interior late Thursday and begin to transition out of the area on Friday," the statement on the Environment Canada read.

COLUMN: Work less, live better, do better

A worker who could benefit from working fewer hours

In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week.

Smoke from prescribed burn will be visible near Kaslo

This 20-hectare controlled burn will be visible from Highway 31 and Highway 31A.

BC Wildfire Service said in a media release Tuesday personnel would be conducting a prescribed burn in the Mt. Buchanan area (11 kilometres west of Kaslo) during the month of May 2017.

The release said with weather and site conditions permitting, this burn project could begin as early as Wednesday, May 10.

"Smoke from this 20-hectare controlled burn will be visible from Highway 31 and Highway 31A," the release said.

Students vote in NDP by wide margin

More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 B.C. election.

If students voted in Tuesday’s BC Election, the NDP would be looking for space for all its members after the party garnered 60 seats in the Student Vote program.

The NDP won 60 seats to 14 for the Green Party and 12 for the BC Liberals.

There was one Independent candidate elected.

"More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 B.C. election,” said Dan Allan Director of Contentfor CIVIX Canada in a media release Tuesday.

Judge approves Lemon Creek class-action suit

In July 2013 thousands of people in the Slocan Valley were forced from their homes for several days after a tanker truck fell into Lemon Creek, spilling 35,000 litres of jet fuel into the stream.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has given the go-ahead for a class-action lawsuit for residents of the Slocan Valley affected by the 2013 fuel spill in Lemon Creek.

Justice David Masuhara ruled last week the proposed civil action had met the proper requirements of a class action and had sound enough arguments to go to trial.

In July 2013 thousands of people in the Slocan Valley were forced from their homes for several days, and warned not to use the water for weeks, after a tanker truck fell into Lemon Creek, spilling 35,000 litres of jet fuel into the stream.

Mungall retains seat in Nelson-Creston but provincial picture still muddled

Incumbent MLA Michelle Mungall, talking with supporters at the Hume Hotel as the results played out Tuesday night, is back for a third term to represent constituents in Nelson-Creston. — Tim Schafer photo, The Nelson Daily

Although the Green Party may have lost the local Nelson-Creston riding, it has managed to win on the provincial stage.

On Tuesday night Andrew Weaver's Green Party took three seats — triple its largest representation ever — and with it the balance of power, as the province faces its first minority government in 65 years.

Christy Clark and the BC Liberals were able to hold on to power, albeit, a minority government after escaping the night with 43 of B.C.’s 87 ridings, compared to 41 for the NDP.

Larson, Conroy, Mungall re-elected as MLAs

BC Liberal Linda Larson is heading back to Victoria to represent Boundary-Similkameen.

On a night when Christy Clark and the BC Liberals were able to hold on to power, albeit, a minority government, not much changed in the BC Interior as most of the incumbents won return trips to represent their respective ridings in the BC Legislature.

Michelle Mungall and Katrine Conroy of the BC NDP Party easily won their ridings in Nelson-Creston and Kootenay West, respectively, while Linda Larson of the BC Liberal Party is back to represent Boundary-Similkameen.

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