March 2017

LVR Bomber grad Eric D'Andrea joins Mariner teammates at CCAA Nationals

Mariners forward Eric D'Andrea pushes an entry pass in the key during the PACWEST Championship game against Capilano College. — Photo courtesy Vancouver sports photography

Former L.V. Rogers Bomber Eric D’Andrea is off with the Vancouver Island University Mariners to the CCAA National Men's Basketball Championship held this week at Holland University in Prince Edward Island.  

D’Andrea, in his fifth season with the Mariners, helped the Nanaimo-based squad capture the PACWEST crown for the third straight season with a 94-77 victory over the Capilano Blues recently in the conference championship game.

VIU meets George Brown of Toronto in the opening game of the tournament Thursday at 9 a.m. PDT.

Wayling, Chargers pull off shocker at CCAA Women’s Volleyball Nationals

Katie Wayling came on as a substitute setter for Camosun College at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball Nationals this past weekend in Victoria. —Facebook photo

Former Mount Sentinel Wildcats athlete Katie Wayling was front and center, turning back the clock at the CCAA volleyball National Championships this past weekend in the BC Provincial Capital.

Wayling, who has been out of the sport of volleyball for the past six years, came on as a substitute setter to help the Camosun College Chargers to the school’s first CCAA Women’s Volleyball National silver medal.

City should not go on power play with hydro increase to build its utility reserves: councilor

A rate increase to build up reserves for Nelson Hydro and its Bonnington Falls generating plant is not sitting well with councilor Janice Morrison. — The Nelson Daily photo

The city’s electrical utility should not be building its reserves through a general rate increase, says one city councilor.

Janice Morrison said a recent council-approved 4.28 per cent increase to Nelson Hydro’s rates to its customers in order to build its reserves, among other things, was too high.

Fraudsters attempt to cheat public with CRA scam

RCMP warn of the public not to answer any of those emails that mimics the actual CRA.

As RCMP recognizes March as Fraud awareness month, and the fact that Canadians are locked into preparing their taxes, police would like to remind the public of the always problematic Canada Revenue Agency Scam.

RCMP said this scam involves an individual calling a person at home impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), claiming a recent audit has identified discrepancies from past filed taxes.

"The caller states that repayment is required immediately," the media release said.

Health-care spending more than doubled since 2001; projected to keep growing

Health care is projected to consume an even larger portion of program spending over the next 15 years.

Health-care spending by provincial governments has increased by 116 per cent since 2001, and even though increases have slowed recently, health care is projected to consume an even larger portion of program spending over the next 15 years, according to a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

New province-wide campaign reveals dangerous side of nursing

According to WorkSafeBC’s 2015 annual report, the overall injury rate due to workplace violence has increased over 50 percent since 2006.

Virna Bation, a nurse who’s worked in elder care for 17 years, never expected that her attempt to help a patient would turn violent. A 75-year-old resident suddenly became agitated while Bation was providing care and bit Bation’s thumb so badly that it sent her to the emergency department and kept her off work for three months.

“The pain was excruciating,” she says. “Emotionally and physically, I was really distraught. When I remember what happened, I feel shaky.”

Film Screening in Rossland: A New Economy

From the documentary film "A New Economy"

 A recent documentary film, " A New Economy," explores what might happen if working together for the common good were to become the most common business model.

Can the world be saved?  Can co-operation save us? Or can global capitalism, with its dependence on the infinite exponential economic growth demanded by return on investment, continue unabated without exhausting the resources that support our economy and ending our civilization? The answer to the latter question is arguably "no."  The answer to the first question -- can co-operation save us -- may well be yes, if we can achieve a paradigm shift in values, this film suggests.

City not ready to trash Waste Bylaw changes as it looks to compile list of amendments

City’s director of Public Works and Utilities, Colin Innes said there have been a few people that have been stand offish on the issue but they are pretty much in the minority. — Screen Shot photo

There won’t be any changes made yet to the city’s controversial Waste Management and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw as the department in charge of collecting waste and recycling is still assessing the fallout from the latest revisions.

The city’s director of Public Works and Utilities, Colin Innes, said he is giving the new bylaw amendments a chance to resonate and be absorbed within the community before coming back to city council with a possible new list of amendments, or scrapping the changes made in January.

Avalanche Canada issues 'High' risk in backcountry

Avalanche Canada is asking the public to be extremely careful.

Avalanche Canada is asking the public to be extremely careful when venturing into the backcountry over the next few days as recent high elevation rain has created very dangerous avalanche conditions.

"Very large natural avalanches are expected on Wednesday," said the Avalanche Canada website warning.

"Now is an appropriate time to avoid all avalanche terrain including the run out zones of large avalanches paths."

Saints 'Drive for Five' comes to sudden end

The Selkirk College Saints season came to an end on the weekend after the Trinity Western University Spartans won the semi-final series 2-0. Ryan Edwards (seen here) and the Saints were gunning for a fifth straight BCIHL championship. (photo courtesy Scott Stewart/Trinity Western University). — Selkirk College photo

The Trinity Western University Spartans snapped a historic British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) streak on Friday night, scoring a 6-1 victory over the Selkirk College Saints to secure the semi-final series sweep.

The Saints entered the BCIHL post-season with four straight championship titles and looking to complete a fifth.

The Spartans put a kink in the plan Thursday night when they opened the series with a 4-1 win at Langley’s George Preston Recreation Centre and followed it up with the series clincher the next night.

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