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by Contributor on Tuesday May 17 2011

The upcoming long weekend means more people will be outside enjoying the weather and opening summer cabins.

This can mean an increased risk of contact with bats, the primary carrier of the rabies virus in B.C., warns a communicable disease specialist with Interior Health.

Bats can fly into poorly sealed cabins and homes, or roost in attic...

by Contributor on Tuesday May 17 2011

The world's first small-scale hydrogen liquefaction plant will be built in North Vancouver.

B.C.-based Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC), and Sacré-Davey Engineering, along with international partner Air Liquide, are building this innovative, high-tech plant — with $870,000 in provincial funding.

They will use local by-product...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday May 16 2011

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia has withdrawn its rate-restructuring proposal to raise insurance rates of drivers who get a speeding ticket or other moving violations.

The move followed a meeting Monday with the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Shirley Bond, who stated that ICBC has been instructed to ensure it applies a test of, “being...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday May 15 2011

An expected increase in traffic and collisions along Highway 23 North to the Mica Dam expansion have prompted a call for an increased police presence on that stretch of road.

As recommended by the community-based Mica Units 5 and 6 Core Committee, BC Hydro is providing funding to the RCMP to conduct additional patrols along the 136-kilometre stretch of highway for the...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday May 12 2011

Let the hype begin.

The provincial government is spending $5 million to convince people the HST is a good thing.

The information campaign announced by Finance Minister Kevin Falcon Thursday says it will correct misunderstandings about the HST, in the lead-up to the referendum this summer.

Using print, TV and online...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Thursday May 12 2011

With spring melt waters rising the danger of flooding is increasing in some areas of the West Kootenay.

With an above average to high snow pack this year in the region, there is an increasing possibility of spring flooding. The Regional District of Central Kootenay is urging people to take time now to become better informed and prepared.

People...

by Contributor on Thursday May 12 2011

The Canadian Cancer Society B.C. and Yukon today congratulated Premier Christy Clark and Opposition Leader Adrian Dix for agreeing to put forward legislation that would protect the health of children and families by banning the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides in British Columbia. 

"This is a big step forward for cancer prevention in our province," said Cathy Adair, Vice President...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday May 11 2011

Breeding season for the western screech-owl has begun, and with it comes a bird call that the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is asking the public to listen for.

Listed as an endangered species both federally and provincially, the FWCP is looking to track these owls to better understand their distribution, range and habitat use.

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday May 11 2011

The Province introduced legislation today to give British Columbia the toughest animal cruelty laws in Canada with higher penalties and greater accountability, following the slaughter of as many as 100 sled dogs last year.

The amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act increase fines for animal cruelty convictions to a maximum of $75,000 and...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday May 11 2011

With a $12-million investment from the Province, Geoscience BC can continue to provide new data to help companies and prospectors explore the potential to find mineral and oil and gas resources, leading to jobs and economic diversification.

One new major metal mine in B.C. could create a $20-million to $50-million payroll and contribute $15 million to $30 million...

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