October 2016

No bang for the Saints as Clan steals opener from Selkirk

The Selkirk College Saints hockey team officially opened the 2016-2017 BCIHL regular season on Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. Prior to the puck drop, the Saints raised their fourth straight provincial championship banner to the rafters of the Castlegar rink. Selkirk College Vice President of Students & Advancement Cathy Mercer (middle left) joined members of last year's team and this year's captains for the pre-game banner ceremony.

The Selkirk College Saints opened the 2016-2017 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) regular season with a slight stumble, but nobody said the quest for a fifth straight league title would be easy.

Coming into the regular season as the four-time defending league champions, the Saints home opener Saturday night featured an entertaining game against the Simon Fraser University Clan.

A pair of powerplay goals and stellar goaltending by Jordan Liem helped the Clan escape the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex with a 3-2 victory.

UPDATED: RCMP confirm suspect in Golden shooting found deceased

UPDATED: RCMP confirm suspect in Golden shooting found deceased

RCMP have confirmed that police have located the body of the suspect Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in a media release Wednesday.

Dan Moskaluk said Thunderblanket was found deceased.

"A positive confirmation of identification and the exact cause of death is now the subject of a full investigation by the BC Coroner Service," Dan Moskaluk said in the media release.

"The deceased was located within the identified search area east of Revelstoke," he added.

It's official — NDCC Aquatic Centre re-opens October 20th

A few touch-up jobs remain but this look at the NDCC Aquatic Centre says the end is near. — Photo courtesy RDCK

Finally, a date users can count on.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay confirmed Tuesday that Thursday, October 20th will be the official opening of the Nelson and District Community Complex (NDCC) Aquatic Centre.

“We are thrilled to welcome the public back to their facility,” said Valerie Warmington, chair of the Nelson and District Recreation Commission in a media release.

Free curling this week at Nelson Club

The Nelson Curling Club is ready for another season of curling.

The Nelson Curling Club is ready for another year on the ice.

The 2016/17 season kicks off this week with open ice all week for your chance to practise up or give it a try for the first time.

The Club is re-energised and ready to go, so curlers are urged to hurry out onto the ice and practice your slide into action.

For information check out the new website.

Register online or at the club this Friday October 14th at 7 p.m.

Thousands of Canadians leave country for medical care in 2015

Reasons may include Canada’s long wait times.

Tens of thousands of Canadians continue to venture abroad for medical care, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, Leaving Canada for Medical Care, 2016, estimates that 45,619 Canadians in 2015 received non-emergency medical treatment outside the country.

Snow could reduce need for air conditioning

UBC's Rehan Sadiq (left) and Kasun Hewage say snow can help reduce summer air-conditioning bills. — Submitted photo

A recent UBC study shows that snow cleared from winter roads can help reduce summer air-conditioning bills.

The UBC study, a computer modelling exercise, found directing a building’s air handling units through a snow dump — snow collected and stored from winter road clearing operations — can reduce the need to use air conditioning during warmer parts of the year.

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans sued for putting wild salmon at risk

Wild salmon reach a spawming bed.

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is breaking the law by not testing B.C. farmed salmon for a virus that has spread like wildfire in Norway and Chile, before allowing them to be transferred into open-net ocean pens alongside wild fish.

Teck contributes $1.6 million to Riverfront Centre

Teck contributes $1.6 million to Riverfront Centre

The City of Trail and Teck are pleased to announce $1.6 million in funding for the Trail Riverfront Centre, a new integrated library and museum facility that will enhance cultural and educational experiences for the community and anchor revitalization of Trail’s downtown core.

Teck will provide an initial donation of $500,000 in 2016, with the balance borrowed by the City of Trail and repayment supported by Teck donations over a multi-year term. The total cost of the Riverfront Centre is approximately $8.3 million. The other major funding partner is Columbia Basin Trust.

Police seek public information in disturbing animal cruelty case

Police seek public information in disturbing animal cruelty case
The Castlegar RCMP are investigating a disturbing incident of animal cruelty, according too RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.
"Some time in the early morning hours of Oct. 12, a resident in the rural 2000 block of Charleston Avenue in Robson went into her yard and discovered a cat that had been hung on her fence."
Mathew said the woman  was able to cut the cat down from the fence, but the cat died just prior to the police arriving.

Selkirk College Recognizes Teaching Excellence

The annual Selkirk College SCOPE Awards were presented to five faculty members earlier this month. This year’s recipients include (L-R): Kay Armstrong, Gail Potter, Mike Konkin, Duff Sutherland and Doris Hausleitner.

Five outstanding Selkirk College faculty members have been recognized for their commitment to learning and exceptional performance in the classroom.

The Selkirk College Faculty Association hosted a special evening at the Castlegar Campus earlier this month where they presented their annual SCOPE Awards (Standing Committee On Professional Excellence). This year’s recipients included Gail Potter, Kay Armstrong, Mike Konkin, Duff Sutherland and Doris Hausleitner.

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