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UPDATE: Decision to close Winlaw Resiliency Centre reversed; lawsuit filed

UPDATE: Decision to close Winlaw Resiliency Centre reversed; lawsuit filed

The initial order to remove potable water and shower facilities from the Winlaw Resiliency Centre has been reversed as of Sunday afternoon.

Representatives from Executive Flight Centre spent Sunday afternoon visiting with several affected residents in the Slocan Valley and were made aware of the continued needs of some residents with special circumstances.
 
Due to the concerns, Executive Flight Centre officials said shower and potable water services will remain in place until Wednesday (August 14) at which time service levels will be re-evaluated.

Interior Health removes restrictions for Slocan River users south of Winlaw Bridge

The containment boom on the Slocan River is now gone after IH removed some water restrictions on the Slocan River. — The Nelson Daily photo

Slocan River users south of the Winlaw bridge can breathe a sigh of relief after Interior Health lifted restrictions Thursday due to the July 26 Lemon Creek jet fuel tanker spill.

“All “Do Not Use” water restrictions on the Slocan River south of the Winlaw Bridge and nearby containment booms have been removed,” Tracy Watson, IH Communications Officer said in a written statement.

“This means that water drawn from this area may be consumed, and that it is now safe for recreational purposes from a health perspective.”

As transient population spikes, be aware of available resources

As transient population spikes, be aware of available resources
City councillor and food bank/drop-in centre manager Deb McIntosh is saying a recent increase in the city's transient population is our cue to ensure residents have adequate information about the resources available in terms of social safety nets here in town.
 
"We seem to have an influx of 'transients' in the Castlegar area," McIntosh said.

Reforming BC liquor laws begins in September

In September British Columbians will be asked for input to make practical reforms to B.C.'s outdated and inefficient liquor laws.

The review of B.C.'s liquor laws began this week with a request for feedback from key industry groups and stakeholders.

In September, British Columbians also will be asked for their input to make practical reforms to B.C.'s outdated and inefficient liquor laws.

The goal is to find practical, responsible solutions that improve consumer convenience and grow B.C.'s economy, all while ensuring public safety.

"Right now, some of B.C.'s liquor laws go back many years," said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton.

Booms removed from Kootenay and Lower Slocan Rivers; 18 locals hired after yesterday's job fair

A worker begins removal of one of the booms on the Slocan River.

Executive Flight Centre is reporting that Kootenay and Lower Slocan River containment booms have been removed, and that upwards of 150 people attended yesterday's job fair in Castlegar, with 18 people getting hired to help with spill clean up.

Fire fighters 'put the boots' to local residents - again!

Left to right: Joel Cerimanara, Aaron Bebleman and Tom Mcrae helped raise more than $1,300 last year

Postponed last week after the Lemon Creek jet fuel spill and subsequent evacuation, this fundraiser proves the Pass Creek Fire Department can't  be dissuaded in their desire to boot locals around a little for a good cause.

If you get pulled over by fire fighters near the mailboxes going into Pass Creek between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday, don't be alarmed.

Jury awards American woman $18.6 mill in lawsuit against Equifax

Jury awards American woman $18.6 mill in lawsuit against Equifax

A jury awarded Julie Miller of Marion County, Oregon $18.6 million last Friday in a federal lawsuit against Equifax. The lawsuit claimed she spent two years trying to get Equifax Information Services to fix major mistakes on her credit report which cost her the opportunities to get new credit.

Vandals cause upwards of $10,000 damage over long weekend

Vandals cause upwards of $10,000 damage over long weekend
During the long weekend period starting Friday, Aug. 2 to Monday, Aug. 5, the Castlegar RCMP responded to 55 complaints, including expensive   vandalism and one major theft, according to Cpl. Debbie Postnikoff.
 
"The majority of the complaints were causing a disturbance and mischief related incidents," she said.

IHA lifts Do-Not-Use order for Kootenay River, but not Lemon Creek or Slocan River

The containment boom on the Slocan River is collecting any loose pockets of jet fuel.

Residents of the area impacted by the July 26 jet fuel spill at Lemon Creek are advised of the latest health update:

All Do Not Use water restrictions on the Kootenay River above and below Brilliant Dam have been removed. This means that water drawn from the Kootenay River may be consumed, and that it is now safe for recreational purposes from a health perspective. However, given the presence of containment booms on these waters,recreational users are advised to avoid these areas. The wires and chains used to keep the booms secured are a safety hazard.

COMMENT: Cluster Munitions and Bill S-10

COMMENT: Cluster Munitions and Bill S-10

The federal government has tabled legislation, Bill S-10, An Act to Implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions.  My party opposes this Bill because it does not signify an attempt to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions but in fact, proposes to make an exception to it.

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