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Drivers advised to pull over to rest when fatigue kicks in during a holiday trek

Watching the road during a long holiday trek can make driver drowsy.

In a recent ICBC survey, an alarming 30 per cent of respondents admitted that they have nodded off while driving and 43 per cent admitted to driving while feeling fatigued in the last year.

In B.C., crashes involving driver fatigue peak in July and August and as a result, an average of four people are killed and 83 injured each of these months.

The highest number of these crashes occur on Saturdays and Sundays from 3-9 a.m.

Over the B.C. Day long weekend, on average, 90 people are injured in 360 crashes in Southern Interior every year.

Williams Lake man arrested for additional violent offences against women

Williams Lake man arrested for additional violent offences against women

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk:

An April 2013 Smithers investigation into an incident of forcible confinement in a vehicle, has led to several more victims being identified in the Williams Lake area. The alleged incidents predate the Smithers BC matter and spanned from 2007 to 2012 involving the same commercial truck driver.

National Drowning Prevention Week begins with two more fatalities

National Drowning Prevention Week begins with two more fatalities

Lifesaving Society of BC and Yukon National Drowning Prevention Week (NDPW) got off to a rather shaky start as two people died in separate incidents during the weekend.

In Victoria a 21-year-old international student drowned while swimming in Thetis Lake while a 19-year-old died after falling off his raft on the Similkameen River and getting caught in the current.

Both accidents happened Saturday.

The two fatalities bring the total for 2013 already to 43 drownings.

In 2012 there were only 25 deaths.

Garden of Wisdom: The "Cabbage of Choice"

Red Jewel cabbage
I’m not sure if it’s just our growing area, but Ladner has what I would describe as an abundantly healthy population of Small White butterflies. So many so, that most years I don’t even bother growing Brassicas. The butterfly (Pieris rapae), lays a single tiny yellow egg on the underside of a Brassica leaf.

More B.C. Firefighters deployed to Yukon

More B.C. Firefighters deployed to Yukon

Fires in the Yukon has B.C. firefighters heading north.

The Wildfire Management Branch said its sending another 43 personnel to the Yukon to help with fire suppression efforts. 

One Unit Crew from the Cariboo Fire Centre, one 12-person Incident Management Team and 11 other staff left last week.

Alcoholic beverages on beaches and parks could be right around the corner

Alcoholic beverages on beaches and parks could be right around the corner

Alcoholic beverages to beaches and parks?

Not totally out of the question after the Liberals gained another term in office.

According to attorney general Suzanne Anton the Liberal government is considering changed to the liquor act to allow people to bring alcoholic beverages to beaches and parks.

"Our government has an aggressive agenda," Anton said in a statement.

VIDEO: Kinder Morgan, Coal Ports could turn Vancouver into 'Carbon Corridor'

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Check out this new video from the Wilderness Committee and Vancouver filmmaker Dan Pierce, titled "Save the Salish Sea: Protecting an Ecological Gem from Fossil Fuel Extraction."

Okanagan Lake boater ends up on local wharf

A 45-year old Penticton man may want to book a return trip to the Safe Boating course. — Photo courtesy Penticton RCMP

Here's a boater that should take a refresher Safe Boating Course.

Tuesday (July 9) evening RCMP in Penticton was called to the City Wharf after a boater parked his vessel on the dock.
 
Luckily, only one occupant on board received minor injuries, all the while several tourists on the wharf scrambled out of the way.

The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. at the Rotary Park pedestrian wharf at the South end of Okanagan Lake. 

RCMP investigators attended and detained the boat operator at the scene. 

Enhanced intellectual property protection for medicines will help Canada with trade agreements

Enhanced intellectual property protection for medicines will help Canada with trade agreements

The Fraser Institute

Canada’s protection of intellectual property in the pharmaceutical industry falls short of international standards and could hinder its ability to negotiate new free trade agreements with the European Union and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, argues a new report from the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Forty people still missing after train derails in Quebec

Forty people still missing after train derails in Quebec

The Huffington Post

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — About 40 people were still missing a day after a runaway train derailed in Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a busy downtown district and killed five people.

Police said a higher death toll was inevitable, and authorities feared the number might soar once they're able to reach the hardest-hit areas. Worries remained over the status of two oil-filled train cars.

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