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WorkBC's Find Your Fit to showcase B.C.'s in-demand jobs in Castlegar

WorkBC's Find Your Fit to showcase B.C.'s in-demand jobs in Castlegar

Young people of Castlegar will have an opportunity to learn the skills they will need for tomorrow's in-demand occupations.

WorkBC's Find Your Fit tour will be making its next stop at the Stanley Humphries school, Feb. 16.

Census figures are out: who grew, and by how much?

Census figures are out: who grew, and by how much?

The 2016 census figures are out, and communities all over Canada can compare their current population figures with the numbers from the 2011 census.  

In terms of percentage of growth, Rossland leads the pack of local municipalities; from a 2011 head-count of 3,556, Rossland has grown by 4.9% to a 2016 population of 3,729. -- an increase of  173 people.

Just down the hill, the Village of Warfield  shrank by 20 residents in those five years. 

The City of Trail grew from 7,681 in 2011 to 7,709 in 2016 -- 28 people: less than half one percent.

Bats flying in the winter? Or, find a dead bat? Please report. Here's why.

Bat with White Nose Syndrome.  Photo by Marvin Moriarty.

Bats are an essential part of the global ecosystem. They save agriculture a great deal of money by eating vast numbers of crop-destroying insects such as Colorado Potato Beetles, and they save humans a lot of itching by eating vast numbers of flying, biting insects such as mosquitoes. For years, bats had an undeserved bad reputation, but gradually we are learning to understand their huge value.

CBT announces new Heritage Program

Trust has supported restoration and preservation work on many heritage buildings in the Basin, such as Kaslo City Hall. — Submitted photo

The Columbia Basin Trust is making history as it establishes a new program, a new partnership and new funding to support the Basin’s heritage values.
 
The Trust has allocated $6.15 million for a three year large capital grants program for built heritage and $600,000 for a Heritage Support Program that will see a professional heritage position established in the Basin to support a broad range of heritage organizations.
 

Trail cop runs into freezing river to save local woman after car crash

Trail cop runs into freezing river to save local woman after car crash

The fire department's river rescue boat was deployed and a police officer got to swim in the river this afternoon after an accident at around 2:45 p.m.

Trail RCMP top cop Sgt. Darren Oelke said it all stemmed from a two-vehicle MVI between Birchbank and Genelle.

“There was a small van heading northbound and a larger van heading south,” Oelke explained. “The northbound vehicle crossed over (the centre line), essentially sideswiping the other vehicle, and sending both vans off the road.”

A solo skier with a sprained knee; Rossland SAR to the rescue

It's cold out there.  Where's a cabin when you need one? Not too far away, fortunately.

The Rossland Range Recreation Site's day-use shelters are mostly used by hikers, bikers, skiers and snowshoers to warm up in while they toast their cheese sandwiches on a stove.  But on January 31, the new Sunspot Cabin also provided warmth and shelter for an injured skier while she waited for help to arrive.

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.

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