FortisBC restores some power to West of Rock Creek fire customers using diesel generating unit

Beaverdell and Christian Valley to be restored using temporary generator power until 60 crews can repair fire-damaged poles between Rock Creek and Westbridge. — Photo courtesy Fortis BC

FortisBC delivered a diesel generating unit to Beaverdell Saturday to provide power, on a temporary basis, to about 560 customers who have been without electricity since Thursday evening due to the Rock Creek wildfire.

FortisBC crews are currently working on integrating the units into the power system.
The temporary units will provide continuous electricity to customers in Beaverdell and along Highway 33 to just north of Westbridge.

Transporting oil and gas by pipeline in Canada is 4.5 times safer than transport by rail

It's a risky way for moving product says Fraser Institute.

Transporting oil and gas by rail in Canada is a lot more risky than moving it by pipeline, concludes a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Statement of the chief coroner concerning drug-overdose deaths

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe issued a public statement Tuesday.

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe Tuesday issued a public statement regarding recent drug-related deaths, reminding drug users of the risks associated with all illicit drug use.

“The recent publicity surrounding drug-overdose deaths in which fentanyl has been detected in post-mortem analyses gives the BC Coroners Service the opportunity to again remind users that it is not possible to be sure of the contents of any illicit drugs,” said Lapointe.

“It is essential that those who use these drugs take all possible steps to minimize their risk.”

BC's new LNG partner — a concern or a one-off

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak

What's being called the “Scandal that ate Malaysia” has been in the news in B.C. recently. In Malaysia, it's been in the news too, but for about a year now.

Broad strokes to the scandal: Malaysian investigators are looking into allegations that US$700 million was siphoned off from state-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and somehow ended up in the personal accounts of Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Former CEO back at helm of TELUS after current President steps down

Darren Entwistle is back as President and CEO of TELUS. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

The President and Chief Executive Officer of TELUS doesn't like living in Western Canada.

So Joe Natale is stepping down.

"Natale recently indicated that a move to Western Canada would not work for him and his family for several years and the Board determined that the Company would be best served by having its chief executive officer reside in the West," said the TELUS media release.

So the major telecommunications company has gone back to former CEO, Darren Entwistle, to take of the leadership.

Wood Lake fire near Harrison Lake grows to estimate 1325 hectares

The Wood Lake fire near Harrison Lake is now estimated at 1325 hectares. — Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service

The Wood Lake wildfire 20 kilometres north of the community of Harrison Hot Springs and near Harrison Lake is now estimated at 1325 hectares.

The larger estimated size of this fire is due to increased visibility today which permitted more accurate mapping.

Water conservation urged as final Okanagan area increases drought rating

Water conservation urged as final Okanagan area increases drought rating

Responding to continuing dry conditions, the Government of B.C. has announced a Level 4 drought rating for the Okanagan Region, and taken the additional action of suspending angling on the Okanagan River (main-stem only) between Okanagan Lake and Osoyoos Lake due to warming water temperatures.

This brings the Okanagan region to the same drought level classification as the South Thompson, Similkameen, Kettle and Skagit areas, which were raised to Level 4 on July 27.

UPDATED: Social Media helps RCMP identify mystery cyclist found unconscious

RCMP in the Columbia Valley are trying to indentify a man suffering serious injury in a bike accident.

The man who was severely injuried in a bike accident Saturday (August 1) in Invermere has been indentified said Columbia Valley RCMP.

Jacob Daniel McNeil of the Invermere area who found found unconscious in a ditch by two people passing by Saturday evening, was identified by friends when the story of the mystery man surfaced on social media.

McNeil, 25, is currently in Foothills Hospital in Calgary. where he has been put in an induced coma.

Crews continue to battle human-caused Wood Lake Wildfire

The Wood Lake Wildfire located 20 kilometers north of the community of Harrison Hot Springs is believed to have been human caused. — Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service.

An estimated 135 firefighters are busy battling the human-caused Wood Lake Wildfire located 20 kilometers north of the community of Harrison Hot Springs.

The Coastal Fire Centre said the fire was reported in the early afternoon of Sunday (August 2), burning in a much used recreational forested area.

No homes or structures are at risk from this fire, and the fire is currently spreading northward away from the community of Harrison Hot Springs.

Water use reduction order to protect fish

Coldwater River near Claybanks. — Photo courtesy Province of BC

To protect coho, chinook and steelhead populations in the Coldwater River, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson has issued temporary water use restrictions on the river and its tributaries effective midnight Friday, July 31, 2015.

The Coldwater River is located in south central part of BC.

It is the largest tributary of the Nicola River, which it joins at the city of Merritt.

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