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Paramedics: an essential service, or just healthcare workers?

A heart attack victim receiving expert care

There you are, flat on the floor with crushing chest pain.  "Heart attack!" you think, while the world goes a bit grey and fuzzy.  But you're able to reach your phone and dial 911.  Is this an emergency?  Are the paramedics who come to tend  you essential, or just nice to have, like a clean floor to lie on while you wait for help to arrive?

BC Hydro's $2.5-mill reno of Castlegar offices nearing completion

BC Hydro employees are looking forward to moving back into their newly-renovated digs. Photo by Devon Hoggan

BC Hydro is nearing completion of their $2.5-million renovation of their offices, according to spokeswoman Mary Anne Coules, who said the project is expected to be completed on schedule by April of this year.

Outdoor vigil slated for Wednesday at City Hall

Castlegar City Hall downtown will be the venue for a healing vigil tomorrow

A combination of recent events, global politics, and tragedies has inspired a local spiritual director to organize an outdoor vigil at Castlegar City Hall on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Joan Alexander described the intent on the Facebook event page (link at bottom of article).

Poverty study finds high housing need in Trail, minimum wage far below living wage

Poverty study finds high housing need in Trail, minimum wage far below living wage

In partnership with Selkirk College, the Skills Centre is releasing research to support the development of a poverty reduction strategy for the Lower Columbia Region.

The Surviving, Not Thriving report covers several topics from income and employment, to food security, housing, early childhood vulnerability, transportation, and recreation.

“The indicators in this report provide insight into poverty in our region,” said Jan Morton, executive director of the Skills Centre.

Journalist and Author Amy Goodman Coming to Selkirk College Mir Lecture Series

Democracy Now host Amy Goodman will be speaking at the Mir Centre for Peace Lecture series on April 8 at the Brilliant Cultural Centre in Castlegar. Tickets go on sale February 1.

Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace Lecture series welcomes award winning alternative investigative journalist Amy Goodman to Castlegar this spring.

Goodman is the host of Democracy Now, an independent global news program. She’s authored six books and won numerous awards for her work including the Gandhi Peace Award for her contribution to the promotion of international peace.

“Media can be the greatest force for peace on Earth,” Goodman has said.

Community hall discussion comes back to council table

 Grand Forks city council continues to grapple with planning for a community hall.

The horse came before the cart as city council tried to muscle in on a regional district/Community Futures-led community hall initiative before its input was officially required.

Grand Forks city council grappled in its regular meeting Jan. 16 with the notion of relinquishing control over the initial planning for a community hall, proposed recently by Area D regional district director Roly Russell and Community Futures Boundary general manager Wendy McCulloch.

Boundary region big winners as government pours funds into palliative care support

Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson was present to present a cheque during Thursday's announcement to improved access to hospice palliative care in Grand Forks and Osoyoos/Oliver.

The Province has provided $129,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Grand Forks and Osoyoos/Oliver.

“It’s very important to patients and their families in rural areas to have access to care and support close to home,” said Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson.

“This funding will help ensure that people don’t have to travel too far outside of their own community to receive service.” 

UPDATED: Missing Pass Creek woman found in Kelowna

UPDATED: Missing Pass Creek woman found in Kelowna

Sgt Laurel Mathew of the Castlegar RCMP said in a media release that the missing Pass Creek woman has been found in Kelowna.

Darilee Nolie was located in Kelowna at the hospital and is safely with Police there Mathew explained.

"She is fine, and will be brought back home to Castlegar in the near future," Mathew explained;

"Thank you to everyone who took the time to share and discuss."

Mathew said the sharing of this story through social media is what led us to know she was in Kelowna and allowed us to locate her.

At least 120 feminists join the Women's March in Grand Forks

Kelly Davison shares what she is marching for.

Organizers of the Women's March in Grand Forks are thrilled at the turnout, which is estimated at around 120 participants. 

"We had no idea what to expect," said Kelly Davison, a co-organizer of the event along with Shara Cooper.

Marchers from across the region join Castlegar's Women's March on Washington

Marchers from across the region join Castlegar's Women's March on Washington

Marchers from Castlegar, Trail, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo and the Slocan Valley came together in Castlegar Saturday morning for the Women’s March on Washington, organized by Cara-Lee Malange, community education coordinator with the Mir Centre for Peace.

 Malange said she was delighted at the turn-out for the event.

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