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Record-setting $891 million paid to lottery winners across BC

Kootenay region lottery highlights had $23 million in prizes paid to players.

It was a record-setting year for lottery players in British Columbia, with more than $891 million in total prizes paid out, including $23 million to players who purchased winning tickets in the Kootenay region.

BCLC sold more than 102 million winning tickets to players at retail locations and online in 2021, which was also a record-breaking total amount.

Support from city for fentanyl task force allows leveraging of funds to continue work

City council has approved a simple resolution that supports the Nelson Fentanyl Task Force (NFTF) and the regional community action teams in finding ways to “reduce the risk of harm to our vulnerable populations due to the overdose crisis.” — Creative Commons

The city has grasped the gravity of the overdose crisis.

City council has approved a simple resolution that supports the Nelson Fentanyl Task Force (NFTF) and the regional community action teams in finding ways to “reduce the risk of harm to our vulnerable populations due to the overdose crisis.”

The city’s written support will help leverage funding for the task force and to help advance efforts at regional collaboration with neighboring areas.

NPD arrest data criticized in provincial report from B.C. Office of the Human Rights Commissioner

The Nelson Police Department (NPD) provided the B.C. Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) with data on 1,687 arrest incidents that took place between 2019 and 2020, along with police departments from Vancouver, Duncan, Surrey and Prince George. Offender race was available in 1,617 of the Nelson cases.

Indigenous and black people are ‘significantly over-represented in Nelson Police arrest data’ says a provincial report looking at racial profiling in Nelson and four other B.C. communities.

The Nelson Police Department (NPD) provided the B.C. Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) with data on 1,687 arrest incidents that took place between 2019 and 2020, along with police departments from Vancouver, Duncan, Surrey and Prince George. Offender race was available in 1,617 of the Nelson cases.

Backcountry group rescued from avalanche near Whitewater Ski Resort

Two people were taken by ambulance to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail after being rescued by Nelson Search and Rescue following an avalanche Monday afternoon near Whitewater Ski Resort. — Nelson SAR Facebook photo

Two people were taken to hospital following an avalanche near Whitewater Ski Resort Monday afternoon a post said on the Nelson Search and Rescue Facebook page.

Nelson SAR said team members along with Whitewater Ski Patrol responded Monday, December 27 at 3:30 p.m. to a SOS activated following a size 2.5 avalanche outside of the Whitewater Ski area on the south face of the East Peak of Evening Ridge.

Nelson SAR said four people and two dogs were involved in the avalanche.

Interior Health updates COVID-19 Test Guidelines

Monday the BC Ministry of Health confirmed 6,288 new cases of COVID-19, with 713 for the interior region.

 As COVID-19 activity increases across B.C., guidance for when to get a COVID-19 test has been updated.

Monday the BC Ministry of Health confirmed 6,288 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 241,946 cases in the province for the three-day period over Christmas.

  • Dec. 24-25: 2,552 new cases
  • Dec. 25-26: 2,023 new cases
  • Dec. 26-27: 1,713 new cases

The Interior Health region reported 713 new cases during the same time period.

As for testing, Interior Health said:

A COVID-19 test is not recommended if:

Six Selkirk storylines to put a wrap on most unusual Post-Secondary Year

Selkirk College students, faculty, staff and community Elders joined together to officially open the post-secondary’s first Indigenous classroom on the Castlegar Campus. Set in a permanent circular configuration and featuring brilliant wood furnishings, the bright space sets an immediate tone of openness. — Submitted photos

Six Selkirk College Storylines from 2021

Wrapping Up A Most Unusual Year at Post-Secondary

It was a year of adaptation and acrimony. Shrouded by the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Selkirk College community found new ways of working and being that squeezed every drop of creativity and resilience just to figure out a way to get by.

In wake of snow removal lawsuit, city resets snow and ice control policy

The city has beefed up its Snow and Ice Control policy in response to an ongoing court case in which a woman sued the city, alleging negligence over its downtown snow removal — Creative Commons photo.

The squeaky wheel has been given some grease.

The city has beefed up its Snow and Ice Control policy in response to an ongoing court case in which a woman sued the city, alleging negligence over its downtown snow removal.

Using the findings of the Supreme Court of Canada, and recommendations of the Municipal Insurance Authority (MIA), City of Nelson Public Works and Utilities drafted and city council passed an expanded policy to ensure municipal immunity in how it removes snow.

KIJHL Commissioner discusses COVID-19, education and positive future

KIJHL Commissioner Jeff Dubois said excitement is building for stretch drive and playoffs in 2022.

Since joining the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League as commissioner late in the 2019-20 season, Jeff Dubois has navigated the league through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this Question & Answer article, Dubois touches on what the experience working with the league has been like, placing a focus on post-secondary education for players and more.

KIJHL: What was your first season as commissioner of the KIJHL like?

COVID-19 vaccinations available in city for children under 12

The Interior Health Authority announced recently in a blanket press release that public health COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children (aged five to 11) have had “overwhelmingly positive” response from families.

The roll out for the COVID-19 vaccination of children aged five to 11 in the region has begun, but no approval has been given to offer vaccinations through School District No. 8 schools.

The Interior Health Authority announced recently in a blanket press release that public health COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children (aged five to 11) have had “overwhelmingly positive” response from families.

Province adds more restrictions to strengthen COVID-19 measures for safer holiday season

Dr. Bonnie Henry said Tuesday during a media briefing the revised provincial health officer orders will take effect on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

The provincial health officer is implementing additional measures to address rising COVID-19 case counts that could result in increased hospitalizations and critical care admissions and the potential to overstress the health-care system.

Revised provincial health officer orders will take effect on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

The restrictions will extend to Jan. 18, 2022, at 11:59 p.m., and include:

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