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Time to Become Concerned about TB

Michael Jessen is the Nelson and area volunteer director for the BC Lung Association.

When Stephen Lewis speaks about tuberculosis, he doesn’t restrain his words.

The world is showing “far too much strangled deference when it comes to fighting TB,” Lewis told a standing room crowd in a passionate speech at a recent Vancouver conference.

“It’s time to take TB as a cause celebre,” he added, urging TB activists to go to the “metaphorical barricades” to build political will and action.

Environment Canada issues Snowfall Warning for Paulson Summit, Kootenay Pass

The Paulson Summit is already been hit with more snow on the highway. — Photo courtesy DriveBC

West Kootenay/Boundary residents are going to have to wait a few more days for spring driving conditions to finally arrive in the region after Environment Canada issued a Snow Warning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass Friday.

Environment Canada it's possible for snowfall amounts in the 15 cm range for Friday combined with an additional 5 to 10 cm on the Paulson and Kootenay Pass passes of Highway 3.

"Snow is expected to develop early this morning and continue through the day," Environment Canada said.

Independent candidate seeks economic, ecological ‘sanity’

Tom Prior of Nelson has tossed his hat into the Nelson-Creston ring for the upcoming BC Election. — Submitted photo

A man running as an independent candidate in the Nelson-Creston riding says he wants government to do more to help the Kootenays benefit from its resource riches — in an ecologically-sensitive way.

Tom Prior, a businessman and ecological activist, says he decided to throw his hat in the ring after seeing thousands of raw logs hauled out of local valleys last summer, but not producing good paying local jobs.

“This was haunting, and the continued loud silence from local politicians was in the end too much,” he says of his decision to run.

Time to get rid of embarrassing 'wild west' corruption

Time to get rid of embarrassing 'wild west' corruption

With a final five weeks back in Victoria before this Spring election, there is a lot to talk about.
 
The last month has been dominated by the big money influence over this BC Liberal government. My New Democrat colleagues and I have repeatedly asked questions about a variety of government decisions that correspond to big donors' influx of cash to the BC Liberal Party as well as the new RCMP investigation looking into it.
 

Letter: More funding not always the answer

Letter: More funding not always the answer

To The Editor:

More funding might help our seniors if they are in a publicly owned facility. A few more staff and maybe an extra therapist. But history shows that more funding has not improved the quality of care in "for profit" or even "non-profit" facilities.

The taxpayers shelled out more money in 2010 when the client rate was increased which according to the Health Minister, was to be used to increase staff levels.

Did that happen? No.

School district chair to propose banning school trips to US after Trump ban

School district chair to propose banning school trips to US after Trump ban

The chair of the local board of education is going to be suggesting, at the SD 20 board’s next meeting, that school-related trips to the US be disallowed due to the trump administration’s travel bans.

Teri Ferworn, chair of the SD 20 board, said such a policy may not even be the purview of individual school districts.

“There may be some kind of word from high about (how we have to handle this),” she said, adding that, until or unless that happens, she thinks there should be a moratorium on trips to the States.

Castlegar's Patrick Zubick named as year's top goalie by SIJHL

Photo credit: Gary Moskalyk

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday that Castlegar’s Patrick Zubick, now with the Dryden GM Ice Dogs, has been named the SIJHL’s top goaltender for the 2016-17 season.

CBT commits $1 mill for Alliance for Literacy over next two years

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy offers numerous programs for all ages.

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) ensures that communities have access to the literacy programs and support services they need. Their unique regional approach will continue to have Columbia Basin Trust’s support with another two-year funding commitment.

Selkirk Enactus Club embarks on community clean-up project in Castlegar

Club members pose for a group shot as they introduce inaugural project.

Selkirk College students are undertaking a community clean-up project through their Enactus Club, according to Enactus spokeswoman Ivy Chen.

Che said a group of students from the Enactus Club at Selkirk College will collect garbage from the roadsides leading to Selkirk College and the section of Highway 3A called ‘Airport Hill’.

So what is the Enactus Club, and why are they doing this?

SPCA unveils design for new $2-mill Castlegar facility

Castelgar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff and SPCA CAO Craig Daniell were two of many dignitaries on hand to see the reveal of plans for the new West Kootenay Community Animal Centre.

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) unveiled plans for its new, $2-million West Kootenay Community Animal Centre in Castlegar at a special event on March 21 at the Castelgar Complex.

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