Therapy/trauma dog here to ease struggling local children (with photo gallery)

Therapy/trauma dog here to ease struggling local children (with photo gallery)

One of the region's newest, cutest and coolest new residents is promising to be a blessing for the entire West Kootenay, having already captured hearts in both Castlegar and Nelson.

Introducing Pheonix, a three-and-a-half-year-old Alaskan Malamute (much like a Husky, but generally a calmer, lower-energy breed) who's actually here, not just to frolic with frisbees, but to work and serve the region as a therapy dog for children who have been victimized by crime – an innovative and cutting-edge way to ease the pain and long-term impacts of trauma.

BC aims to stop profits from crime in wake of Pickton book

BC aims to stop profits from crime in wake of Pickton book

Murderers and others convicted of serious crimes will not be able to profit from their crimes through memoirs or memorabilia and inflict further anguish on their victims and families, under proposed legislation introduced today.

West Kootenay Labour Council holds National Day of Mourning ceremonies

It's tradition at the Nelson ceremony that spectators place flowers at the plaque located at the Lakeside Park Soccer Field.

The West Kootenay Labour Council held its National Day of Mourning, or Workers’ Mourning Day, as scheduled in three locations in the region — Nelson, Castlegar and Trail.

Observed in Canada on 28 April every year, it commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.



Rossland Youth Week is an entire week of events to celebrate the diverse, talented and overall fantastic youth of Rossland.  This is a brief synopsis of what will be happening April 30-May 5.  For complete details please go to  Youth Week Events are community events open to all!

Youth Give Back – Friday April 29th, 9-11am

Spring Farm Fair fast approaching

The Spring Farm Fair will feature two free petting zoos, free horse-drawn carraige rides, free admission and so much more.

We are hosting our Third Annual Spring Farm Fair on May 14 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Grounds in Robson. Spring Farm Fair is associated with the Annual Pass Creek Fall Fair, which informs and educates the public regarding the importance of the Agricultural Industry and the positive impact to the economy of B.C.

Spring Fling is finally here!

Spring Fling is finally here!

Spring hasn't officially arrived in Castlegar until you get to Fling it – and that day is finally here!

Saturday will see the 11th Annual Spring Fling Festival, with tons of entertainment, vendors, food and fun, as well as the classic car show and the famous three-on-three street hockey tourneys, this year expanded to include more age categories.

Province takes action against sexual violence on campuses

Legislation was introduced Wednesday to make campuses safer.

The Province introduced legislation Wednesday to make campuses safer and more responsive to the needs of victims by requiring public post-secondary institutions to establish sexual misconduct policies within one year of the bill receiving Royal Assent.

“As parents, we expect our sons and daughters will be safe,” said Premier Christy Clark.

“And for students, university is often the first place they’re on their own. They have every right to feel safe on campus and today is a step in the right direction.”

Water Quality Advisory for City of Nelson rescinded

Nelson residents can go back to drinking city water after the advisory was rescinded. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The City of Nelson, in consultation with the Interior Health Authority, has rescinded the Water Quality Advisory issued to residents Friday (April 22), effective immediately.

In a media release Wednesday afternoon, City of Nelson Public Works staff said recent testing shows that current water qualities are good.

"We thank residents for their cooperation and patience throughout the Water Quality Advisory," the release said.

New Therapy Centre Opens in Trail

Hippotherapy utilizes horseback riding to reach therapeutic goals

Movin’ Mountains Therapy Centre is up and running on Laburnum Drive in Trail,  with a focus on innovative, therapeutic programming for children and youth of all abilities.  Born from a recognition that families in the Kootenays require more Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy  services, Movin’ Mountains is set on the premise that children are not just small adults.  Children and youth require a unique approach that is fun and motivating while allowing them to develop their skills and reach their goals.  

Local kids advance in Junior Dragon's Den competition

Local kids advance in Junior Dragon's Den competition

The Third West Kootenay- Boundary Junior Dragons Den business competition, took place April 21 at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail. The event saw 14 youth businesses from Grand forks to Nakusp, vying for dominance as they pitched their wares to a panel of local Dragons (aka. ‘the judges’) in front of a live audience.

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