BC Coroners Service confirm finding of missing whale-watching victim near Tofino

BC Coroners Service confirm finding of missing whale-watching victim near Tofino

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that a body recovered at Vargas Island near Tofino, British Columbia, is that of missing Australian tourist Raveshan Morgan Pillay.

Pillay was with a group of tourists on the whale-watching vessel Leviathan II when it went down at Plover Ridge off Vargas Island on Oct. 25, 2015.

Five of the boat’s 27 occupants were confirmed deceased as a result of the incident. Despite extensive search efforts over the following days, Mr. Pillay was not found.

Teck Trail to lose between 70 and 80 jobs in 2016, most via attrition

Teck Trail to lose between 70 and 80 jobs in 2016, most via attrition

Trail will be losing between 70 and 80 jobs as Teck Cominco reduces its operating costs for 2016.

In a press release issued Tuesday, Teck officials indicated a $650 million reduction in overall spending for 2016 throughout their global operations.

Teck Trail spokesman Richard Deanesaid this will mean, for Trail,  a reduction in capital spending in 2016 and a five-per-cent reduction in Trail Operations’ workforce between now and the end of 2016. 


Left to right:  Isabelle Desmarais, Louise McEwan, and Frank Ramovs

The Kootenay-Columbia Trails Society presented a cheque for $16,450 to the LeRoi  Community Foundation at an estate planning seminar  in Trail's Visac Gallery on Wednesday, November 18.  Frank Ramovs, a director of KCTS, and Isabelle Desmarais, another KCTS director and its Treasurer, handed the cheque to Louise McEwan, President of the LeRoi Community Foundation.   

WK Community TEETH Clinic looking for public support to capture $50,000

Daughter Sequoia and mom Nadine Honsinger share tooth stories at the TEETH clinic. — Submitted photo

WK Community TEETH Clinic is hoping the general public in the West Kootenay will find time to help the local organization in its bid to win $50,000.

West Kootenay Community TEETH Clinic Society is one of five finalists being chosen for a video storytelling campaign. To view the video and vote, go to this website.

Investigation of fatal collision near Revelstoke reveals 160 lbs of marihuana hidden in truck

DriveBC cameras show clearer conditions today, but police say the highway yesterday at the time of the accident was snow-covered and treacherous.

A fatal collision on Tuesday near Revelstoke involving a tractor-trailer has revealed 160 pounds of marihuana hidden in a commercial truck, according to Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky.

OP/ED: How Common Are Doctors' Errors?


"Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetimes, sometimes with devastating consequences." This statement is from a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

Fortis frantically working to restore power throughout the region

Fortis frantically working to restore power throughout the region

Winds from heavy storms yesterday evening brought down a number of trees in the Kootenay region, impacting electricity service in the towns of Crawford, Coffee Creek, Kaslo, Fruitvale, Salmo, Ymir, and Rosemont as well as portions of Trail, Rossland, Warfield, and Castlegar.

FortisBC’s first priority is to maintain the safety of the public and our crews as we respond to these outages. Crews worked through the night and this morning to restore service and brought customers in Ymir, Warfield, Salmo and parts of Fruitvale back online.

Garage burns down, home saved after early morning fire

Garage burns down, home saved after early morning fire

Fire crews are still dealing with a blaze in the 3100 block of 4 Avenue this morning, according to fire chief Gerry Rempel.

Rempel said the call came in at roughly 6:15 a.m.

“It’s a structure fire – a garage, and a couple of vehicles outside the garage involved as well,” he said, adding the garage was fully involved when the three fire crews arrived.

Could some of 25,000 Syrian refugees land in Nelson?

Nelson City Councilor Valerie Warmington said of 25,000 Syrian refugees, Nelson might be able to accept no more than 20. — The Nelson Daily file photo

During the Federal Election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised, if elected, he would allow 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada.

However, after the recent terrorist shootings last Friday in Paris, and bombing in Beirut, some people have called for the feds to think again about the decision.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall wants the federal government to suspend its plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year.

Paris terrorist attack ripples across the Atlantic to Nelson BC

The world is still coming to grips with what happened last week in Paris.

While people around the world are still reeling from the recent terror attacks in Paris and Beirut, the question many locals are asking is: What can we do to help?

For the residents of a small town like Nelson that is tucked away in the mountains, it’s easy for us to feel removed from the situation.

Are there ways for Nelson residents to assist and show support for the victims of terror not just in Paris, but also across the world?

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