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by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Mar 24 2011

More than 2,000 non-profit community groups across BC will see part of $15 million in new grant funding restored to them, the province’s premier announced Thursday.

Christy Clark said the restoration of funding will bring over 500 organizations back up to historical funding levels, including youth arts and culture groups; community service groups like Rotary and...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Mar 24 2011

New cases of HIV among people who use drugs by injection (IDU) in BC continue to decline.

According to a new report released Thursday by the provincial health officer, entitled Decreasing HIV Infections Among People Who Use Drugs by Injection in BC, there are a number of factors that contributed to the decrease in new HIV cases seen among injection drug...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Mar 23 2011

Although small levels of radiation from Japan that have made their way over to the west coast of North America, there are no health risks to British Columbians due to radiation from the Japanese nuclear power plant, says the province’s health officer.

Dr. Perry Kendall said Wednesday people do not need to worry about any health risks from radiation in BC as a result...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Monday Mar 21 2011

A phone scam cropping up in Western Canada and in Nelson is targeting Safeway Club Card holders, according to a press release issued by the grocery chain Friday.

Safeway has said people in BC and Alberta have been receiving calls from either automated or live callers claiming to represent the company, trying to get their reward club points or credit card information...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Mar 17 2011

After years of debate and hesitation, the province’s minimum wage is finally going up.

Premier Christy Clark announced late Wednesday British Columbia’s minimum wage will increase in three stages to $10.25 by May 1, 2012, and the training wage will be eliminated.

“This increase could mean more than $4,000 additional dollars annually for a...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Mar 15 2011

British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall today issued a statement reassuring British Columbians that there is no expected health risk from radiation at the Japanese nuclear power plant.

“Based on present information, we do not expect any health risk following the nuclear reactor releases in Japan, nor is the consumption of potassium iodide tablets a necessary...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Mar 15 2011

The Canadian Press

British Columbians spooked by ongoing explosions at Japan's quake-damaged nuclear plants are making a run on pharmacies, hoping to boost immunity to any potential radiation drift.

But the provincial government, health officials and pharmacists themselves are encouraging people to stand down from stockpiling potassium...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Mar 14 2011

Premier Christy Clark today announced a new, smaller cabinet focused on creating jobs and changing the way British Columbians engage with their government.

“Together, we will focus on creating jobs and building a strong economy because that is the single most important thing we can do to support families and ensure we can invest in critical services like health and...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Mar 12 2011

The BC Federation of Labour is calling on premier-designate Christy Clark to halt BC Hydro's introduction of new hydro meters and to put the billion dollar investment in this unproven new technology under review by the BC Utilities Commission.


"Putting the program on hold is a win-win for British Columbians," said BC Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Mar 10 2011

As people prepare to spring forward one hour on Saturday, keep the effect of the time change in mind and adjust your life, and driving, accordingly, cautions one psychologist.

"Studies show that the switch into Daylight Savings Time can have a dramatic effect on disrupting our regular sleep cycle," said Dr. John Vavrik, a psychologist with ICBC.



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