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OP/ED: Public consultation on the Department Of Peace bill

OP/ED: Public consultation on the Department Of Peace bill

As part of its annual general meeting, the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative held the last of its public consultations on the creation of a Department of Peace.

The meeting which took place at St. Paul University in Ottawa featured a panel of five commissioners and interventions from the public.  (It was especially interesting for me to attend since the discussions centered around my Private Members Bill C-373, An Act to Establish a Department of Peace.

Healthy Tips for the Holidays--courtesy of IHA

Healthy Tips for the Holidays--courtesy of IHA

In anticipation of heavy volumes at area Emergency Departments over the holiday season, Interior Health is reminding the public to take a few simple steps to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital.

Electricity rates to rise starting January 1, 2013

Electricity rates to rise starting January 1, 2013

Starting Jan. 1, 2013, FortisBC residential electricity customers will see a 4.2 per cent increase on their electricity bills from the recent BC Utilities Commission revenue requirements decision, along with a 2.3 per cent increase from rate rebalancing.

The cumulative rate adjustment for residential customers will mean an increase of 6.6 per cent. For the average residential customer using 1,050 kWh per month, the change is an increase of approximately $7.07 per month.

Fatal car crash near Trail

Fatal car crash near Trail

A Trail man is dead after a collision last night on Highway 22 between Castlegar and Trail, in the Birchbank area.

West Kootenay Traffic Services Cpl. John Ferguson said 53-year-old Franklin Murray Kotyk was heading northbound toward Castlegar when his 2000 Ford SUV crossed the centre line and hit an oncoming 1990 Chevy pickup.

Kotyk was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver of the truck, a Vernon resident, was transported to Kelowna hospital with serious injuries.

KBRH job action withdrawn - normal services Monday

KBRH job action withdrawn - normal services Monday

Rotating job action, with lab workers slated to reduce to essential levels Monday, has been cancelled.

Interior Health issued a brief release Monday, indicating services will remain at normal levels.

"Interior Health has just received notification that the job action planned for this week by the Health Sciences Professional Bargaining Association (HSPBA) has been withdrawn," the release said. "Interior Health will have full laboratory services at normal staffing levels tomorrow."

Whitewater opens ski season with mid-season conditions

An empty chair wasn't the norm during opening weekend at Whitewater Ski Resort.

Mid-season form?

It’s a description media liaisons rarely use at the start of ski seasons.

However, this season is totally different for Whitewater Ski Mountain.

The resort, identified by Powder Magazine as “one of the best powder mountains on the continent” opened for the 2012-13 season with a 200 centimeter base — the best since the late 1990's.

“It’s incredible . . . some a calling the base as what can be seen in January,” Whitewater’s Rebeckah Hornung said Sunday.

Practicing avalanche awareness in the backcountry can save a life

Practicing avalanche awareness in the backcountry can save a life

As more and more hikers, skiers and snowmobilers venture into the backcountry of B.C., it's important to remember to play safe and be prepared.

So the movers and shakers in the province urge backcountry enthusiasts to learn more about the necessary outdoor safety tools and techniques that could spare a life.

Outdoor adventurers can help themselves and others by being informed and staying avalanche safe.

Here are some key backcountry tips this avalanche season:

The Nelson Daily readers give 'two thumbs up' to heron sculpture

Sixty percent of readers like the eight-metre tall bronze sculpture.

The blue heron has landed on the Nelson waterfront.

And if The Nelson Daily readers have anything to say about the eight-metre tall bronze sculpture, it should stay thank you very much.

In a recent The Nelson Daily poll 60 per cent of voters like the $200,000 donated heron.

Of the voters, nine percent like the sculpture, just not on the waterfront whereas 31 percent don’t like the new piece of art at all.

KBRH job action to continue Monday with lab workers

KBRH job action to continue Monday with lab workers

Midnight Sunday will see the third day of rotating job action at KBRH - Thursday saw pharmacists strike, Friday was diagnostic imaging, and hospital lab services will be reduced to essential services on Monday, according to a union press release.

Job action at KBRH to impact patients

Job action at KBRH to impact patients

A job action at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) today may result in delays or postponements for patients, according to Interior Health Authority (IHA) spokesman Karl Hardt.

Hardt said yesterday’s job action by hospital pharmacists had no impact on patients, but today will likely be a different story.

“Some patients will be rescheduled today,” Hardt said, but said officials are still pulling together numbers on just who and how many will be impacted.

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