Regional News

COMMENT: Parents need to take action to prevent cyberbullying

Shara Cooper

Like most parents in Canada, I have grieved for Rehtaeh Parsons, the 17-year-old teenager that committed suicide April 7 after being sexually assaulted two years ago. After the assault, she was cyberbullied until her breaking point.

As a parent, this terrifies me. I know I am in way over my head. Every parent feels that “kids didn’t act like that when I was young.” But for parents today, it’s a little more accurate.

'Many Mouths' set to roar as Selkirk students launch book

'Many Mouths' set to roar as Selkirk students launch book

Selkirk College’s second year Creative Writing students are hosting a Gala for the launch of their book “Mouths of Many” on April 19th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm upstairs at The Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson. Students will be reading excerpts from their self-published anthology, while promoting sales and awareness for the Creative Writing program.

Koolaree AGM: Planning for camping

Koolaree AGM: Planning for camping

Thirty people in attendance at Camp Koolaree's Annual General Meeting on Saturday April 6 voted to do all they could to run camps at the Kootenay Lake facility this summer. Increasing the size of the board from five members to eight, the meeting adopted a budget designed to allow the camp to operate in the black, and developed a fund-raising plan to complete paying down the camp's twenty five thousand dollar debt. A new finance committee was formed, while other folk volunteered to help get the message out to friends and supporters.

RCMP looking for person responsible for damaging highway signs

RCMP looking for person responsible for damaging highway signs

Nelson RCMP is requesting the assistance of the public to identify those responsible for damaging several signs on Highway 6 between Crescent Valley and Slocan Park in the early morning hours of March 23 (Saturday).
 
Sometime overnight between (Friday) March 22 and (Saturday) March 23, someone drove a vehicle into the ditches and over highway signs along Highway 6 between Crescent Valley, BC and Slocan Park.

COMMENT: Change cannot come soon enough

COMMENT: Change cannot come soon enough

As we move towards the end of another session of Parliament I always like to reflect on the events of the past year.  Locally my office has continued to assist constituents who run into difficulties with the federal government bureaucracy.  We have been able to help people in obtaining justice from Revenue Canada and Citizenship and Immigration.  I have noticed that it is often difficult for people to sponsor visitors from India, Russia and a number of other countries.   

Second intake announced for affordable rental housing initiative

Second intake announced for affordable rental housing initiative

Last spring CBT announced its partnership with the federal and provincial governments to offer the Affordable Rental Housing initiative (ARHi), which is providing $10 million over three years to support new affordable rental housing projects in communities across the Columbia Basin. (View the original news release here.)

Fatal car crash in Salmo

Fatal car crash in Salmo

On April 7, at approximately 09:25 a.m.,Salmo RCMP responded to a vehicle crash involving an automobile and a parked dump truck on Railway Avenue (Hwy 6) near 3 Street in Salmo.

The male driver was transported to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced deceased. The male has been identified as 52-year-old Salmo resident, Roger Irwin.

Out of Left Field: Do YOU want to learn to cook gluten-, dairy- and soy-free?

Out of Left Field: Do YOU want to learn to cook gluten-, dairy- and soy-free?

My son and I have been gluten-, dairy- and soy-free all his almost-15 years of life. I don't mind admitting, when I first went gluten-free, I almost starved. I was scared to eat anything – I'm on the extreme end of the continuum in terms of celiac disease, and I was terrified of the pain and sores and mental/emotional incapacitation (if I find myself struggling with debilitating depression, I need only look back on what I've been eating to find the culprit – it's almost always a food issue).

Nature Fest in new venue this spring

Gardeners will not want to miss the fourth annual Nature Fest.

Gardeners and nature lovers from around the region will want to mark May 18 on their calendars for Castlegar’s Fourth Annual Garden and Nature Fest.

The Castlegar Garden Club and Castlegar Communities in Bloom are partnering to sponsor this open-air festival at the Castlegar Community Complex (2101 6th Ave) from 10 a.m. To 3 p.m.

This is a new venue for the festival, due to ongoing improvements at Millennium Park, but it promises to be every bit as special as the previous three festivals.

RCMP say computer scam making its way to East Kootenays

RCMP say computer scam making its way to East Kootenays

The latest scam affecting many Canadians has popped up in the East Kootenays.

RCMP in Kimberley and Cranbrook have received reports from residents that have been locked out of their computer.

The scammers send a pop-up message which often has a photo of the owner, taken by their own computer, stating that their computer has been frozen by police for a criminal investigation.