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Review recommends steps to solve widespread racism in B.C. health care

The report concludes that this problem is widely acknowledged by many who work in the system, including those in leadership positions.

Indigenous people in British Columbia are exposed to widespread racism that often results in negative experiences at the point of care, inequitable medical treatment, physical harm and even death, the independent review into Indigenous-specific discrimination in the province's health-care system has found.

NPD officers named to Alexa’s Team

During a recent Nelson Police Board meeting, three of the five local members of Nelson Police Department were named to Alexa’s Team. From left, Nelson Police Board Chair and Nelson Mayor John Dooley, Const. Drew Hildred, A/Sgt. Lisa Schmidtke, Const. Lauren Mirva and Nelson Police Chief Paul Burkart. — Submitted

As ICBC (Insurance Corporation of BC) and police begin the Christmas Holiday CounterAttack campaign, again urging drivers to plan ahead and make smart decisions to get home safely, Alexa’s Team paid tribute to the dedicated RCMP and Municipal police officers with annual awards.

Alexa’s Team is a program that recognizes police officers in BC for their outstanding efforts in reducing the number of drivers affected by alcohol or drugs on British Columbia’s roads and highways.

Selkirk College Facilities Team Makes Safety Happen

The Selkirk College Facilities Department includes custodial and maintenance team members that have been charged with creating a safe learning environment for students and staff. This crew includes individuals who work on all campuses in the region. — Submitted

The journey through pandemic-riddled times requires strength of will, commitment to diligence and creative problem-solving at a level few have experienced.

At Selkirk College, the frontline workers in the Facilities Department have led the charge with tireless work that ensures an adapted and safe campus environment.

FortisBC receives decision on interim 2021 electric rates

FortisBC said electric rates are set to change as of January 1, 2021.

In a media release Thursday, FortisBC said the company has received interim approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for its interim 2021 electricity rates.

The interim approval will result in a 4.36 per cent general rate increase for its customers, effective January 1, 2021.

FortisBC said a residential customer with average use of approximately 12,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year of electricity would see their monthly bills increase by about $7.30 per month.

Nelson thrust into media spotlight over mask wearing

The "Wearing is Caring" sign handed out to businesses by Nelson Chamber of Commerce has been well received by the public. — The Nelson Daily

It’s been said that even bad press is better than no press at all.

However, Nelson would like to be known as the picturesque city nestled in the Selkirk Mountains on the edge of beautiful Kootenay Lake tourists love to visit instead of a place where patrons spit at staff at hotel coffee shops for not wanting to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Friday, media reports said an irate customer at Empire Coffee Shop in the Adventure Hotel on Vernon Street spat at staff after refusing to wear a mask.

Snowfall warning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said total amounts of about 15 cm is expected on the Paulson Summit. — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning Tuesday for Highway 3 Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.

“A frontal system moving through southeastern British Columbia will bring snow to parts of the region today,” Environment Canada said.

“Snow will become at times heavy on Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass tonight before tapering off early tomorrow morning as the system exits the region.”

Interior Health declares long-term care outbreak at Orchard Manor in Kelowna

Interior Health said the outbreak is contained to Orchard Manor, which provides long-term care services.

Interior Health has declared an outbreak at Orchard Manor after one staff member tested positive for COVID-19. No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms at this time.

The outbreak is contained to Orchard Manor, which provides long-term care services. Orchard Manor is connected by a common building to Hawthorn Park, which provides independent and assisted living services.

The entire facility includes 161 beds, none of which are health authority funded.

KIJHL postpones season through to Dec 7

The KIJHL said on Twitter revised Return to Sport guidelines published by Viasport this evening forced the league to pause from regular season competition through Dec. 7.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is doing an about-face on its decision to continue its regular season.

Following province-wide restrictions brought in by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry Thursday, the league decided to continue its season Friday with a host of games — including a 10-1 victory by the Nelson Leafs over the Grand Forks Border Bruins and Castlegar Rebels doubling up on Osoyoos Coyotes 6-3 in the South Okanagan City.

KIJHL moving forward with games this weekend

The KIJHL said based on available information, the league will host games this weekend as scheduled, except for Friday's game in Golden.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has provided an update on league operations following the Provincial Health Order issued on November 19th:

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the KIJHL has made the health and safety of our athletes, staff, volunteers, billet families and fans our top priority. In doing so, we have closely observed all of the guidance and protocols outlined by the Province of British Columbia, the Provincial Health Officer, Viasport, Hockey Canada and BC Hockey, as well as our team’s home facilities.