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New Sexual Violence Policy approved at Selkirk College

Selkirk College now has a Sexual Violence Policy.

Selkirk College now has a Sexual Violence Policy in place making a clear commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment.

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is of vital importance,” says Selkirk College President Angus Graeme. “This is an important step in letting everyone know that there is zero tolerance for violence at Selkirk College. There is so much that goes into creating a safe and healthy learning environment and this policy supports our continual aspiration to be a violence-free college.”

Move to Residential Recycling starts July 1

New recycling guides and schedules will be delivered to residents with their new blue boxes, which will include detailed sorting instructions.

Recycle BC, responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout the province, will begin directly managing curbside recycling in the Boundary Region of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), on July 1, 2017 the the non-profit organization said in a media release Monday.

The communities joining the program include Grand Forks, Christina Lake, Eholt, Greenwood, Midway, Kettle Valley, Rock Creek, Westbridge, Beaverdell and Carmi.

Selkirk College Students Visit Remote Calvert Island Research Station

Students in the Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Program spent a week at the Hakai Institute in early-April as part of the field trip element of their studies. Hakai Institute researcher Derek Heathfield (left) and Selkirk College student Brent Rayner (right) take part in a 3D drone mapping exercise that is mapping the coastline and determining processes in sand dune formation. — Submitted photo

A group of ten Selkirk College students in the Integrated Environmental Planning Program (IEP) spent a week off-grid on the west coast studying the impacts of climate change on a delicate ecosystem.

Just prior to completing their two-year IEP diploma,students and their instructors traveled from Castlegar to Calvert Island on the central coast of British Columbia. As part of the requirements for a spring field trip, students spent five days at the Hakai Institute applying the knowledge they have gained in the past two years to an entirely different ecosystem.

Teck sells Waneta interests to Fortis for $1.2 billion

Teck sells Waneta interests to Fortis for $1.2 billion

Fortis Inc. ("Fortis"), (TSX/NYSE:FTS) and Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”), (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) today announced an agreement under which Fortis will purchase Teck’s two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam and related transmission assets in British Columbia, Canada, for $1.2 billion cash.

RDKB urges public to be aware when dealing with flood water

The image shows the power of flood water.

The Boundary region is not out of the woods yet in regards to flooding in the region.

Which is why the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is urging citizens to be aware when dealing with flood water.

The RDCK on its Twitter account is advising the public not to ever try to walk or drive through flood water.

"Six inches can carrry or knock over an adult and 12 inches of fast moving water can carry away a small car."

The RDKB is urging public to respect the power of flood water and use extreme caution.

Local Police Attend Alexa's Team Ceremony

Four-year-old Alexa Middelaer was killed by an impaired driver while she was feeding a horse in Delta in 2008.

Eight local police officers attended a ceremony Wednesday in Kelowna in recognition of making Alexa's Team for 2016.

Alexa's Team was created by the Middelaer family in memory of their four-year-old daughter, Alexa, who was killed by an impaired driver while she was feeding a horse in Delta in 2008.

The team was formed to help bring awareness to the seriousness of impaired driving and recognize police officers that work hard to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads.

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.

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.

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.

Letter: Let's put an end to strategic voting

Letter: Let's put an end to strategic voting
To The Editor:
 
A strategy to end strategic voting:
 
The political landscape in British Columbia has been plagued by polarized politics for as long as anyone can remember.
 
Many voters find themselves voting to block something they despise and/or wasting their vote all together. The way out of this mess is to reform our voting system so that our votes are accurately represented (proportional representation).
 

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