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Police step up enforcement of distracted drivers throughout February

There were 34 people in the Southern Interior who died in 2013 in distracted driving-related crashes.

On average 34 people die in the Southern Interior in distracted driving-related crashes. That number increases to 91 when the numbers from the entire province of BC are factored into the equation.

Which is why Nelson Police Department is joining other police in the province in stepping up enforcement on distracted drivers during the month of February. 

Drivers using a hand-held electronic device behind the wheel are four times more likely to crash when talking on a hand held phone and 23 times more likely to get in a crash if they text behind the wheel.  

BC gov't supports liquor law changes

BC gov't supports liquor law changes

Festival goers and sports enthusiasts, as well as the hotel industry and its patrons, will benefit from a third set of recommendations highlighted today from the now released final report on the B.C. Liquor Policy Review.

In addition, government has announced its full support for all 73 recommendations in the report. A number of these recommendations require significant policy work and implementation planning, which will be done over the coming months.

A generation of BC children lose out

BCTF President Jim Iker . . . Premier Clark has a choice

The Editor, The Nelson Daily

This week the BC Supreme Court ruled, for the second time, that the BC government broke the Constitution, twice when it stripped teachers of our working conditions.

Those working conditions kept class sizes small, ensured students had access to specialist teachers, and provided extra help to students with special needs. This week’s ruling was a victory for teachers and students, but also for working people across BC and Canada.

While teachers celebrate court decision, government contemplates appeal

While teachers celebrate court decision, government contemplates appeal

While teachers across BC are celebrating Monday's ruling by the BC Supreme Court — reaffirming that provincial legislation limiting teachers’ bargaining rights is unconstitutional, restoring collective agreement provisions stripped in 2002, and ordering the province to pay $2 million in damages plus court costs — Premier Christy Clark is contemplating an appeal.

Clark said Tuesday her government will likely appeal a B.C. Supreme Court ruling.

LETTER: UBC students support ban on candy-flavoured cigarettes

LETTER: UBC students support ban on candy-flavoured cigarettes

Dear Editor,

We are third year nursing students at UBC-Okanagan and are writing in regard to the growing amount of flavoured tobacco products available today. With National Non-Smoking Week upon us, we feel it is important to address this concern specifically because of the way these products are being marketed towards youth.

Stephen Harper’s Disservice to Israel

Stephen Harper’s Disservice to Israel

The dictionary definition of perverse says (of a person or their actions) “...showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.” Well, that just about sums up Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s disturbing trip to Israel.

Safety reminder for backcountry enthusiasts

The outdoors can turn cruel in a matter of seconds, so be prepared.

A snowmobile death near Valemont has prompted the Canadian Avalanche Centre to issue a safety reminder for anyone venturing into the backcountry.

The avalanche happened (Saturday) January 18, and while everyone in the group was carrying essential safety gear-avalanche transceivers, probes and shovels, the victim could not be located for over three hours.

Locating an avalanche victim quickly is a critical factor in increasing their odds of survival.

RCMP ask for public assistance into death of Kelowna man

RCMP ask for public assistance into death of Kelowna man

Kelowna RCMP is asking for public help after a man was found deceased Saturday morning in Rutland.

Christopher Ausman, 32, of Kelowna was found dead lying on the pavement in the 100 block of Highway 33 West in Rutland in the early hours of Saturday (January 25).

The death was deemed to be suspicious in nature and the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crime Unit is investigating.

COMMENT: Government subterfuge on local campaign spending limits

COMMENT: Government subterfuge on local campaign spending limits

When you compare prices at the supermarket you usually look at comparable products, for instance you don't compare the price of a head of lettuce with a can of baked beans.

It should be the same way with government consultations. Case in point: when you're trying to figure out how many people live in an electoral district for an analysis of campaign spending you might want to consider registered voters or eligible voters. Maybe – if you're at a complete loss – total residents.

Is Canada a nation adrift?

Is Canada a nation adrift?

My reading consists primarily of books on history and political philosophy, and does not include memoirs of has-been politicians. I would not have read Joe Clark’s How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change had it not been a Christmas gift from my daughter. Had I relied on my prejudices, I would have deprived myself of an outstanding read.From the perspective of today’s viciously divided politics, Mr. Clark’s portrayal of the country’s history is balanced and laudable. His assessment of the state of Canadian politics is a sobering wake-up call.

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