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by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Aug 03 2017

Nelson Hydro is looking for some cooperation from the public to conduct some maintenance and upgrades Tuesday to locations on Victoria Street and the North Shore, Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

“Nelson Hydro endeavours to be as complete as possible on outage notices,” the media release said.

“The purpose of this outage is for powerline maintenance and system upgrades...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Aug 03 2017

Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement for most of the southern areas of BC, including the Kootenays, Boundary, Arrow and Kootenay Lake regions.

"Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. Smoke is expected or occurring," the Environment Canada Statement said.

"The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Aug 03 2017

Nelson-Creston MLA and Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall announced Wednesday the provincial government has asked the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to begin reviewing the Site C project.

“Our government is delivering on our commitment to British Columbians by ordering an...

by Timothy Schafer on Thursday Aug 03 2017

The possibility of an evacuation in Nelson this summer due to the threat of wildfire is very real, with the city situated next to arguably one of the greatest fire risks in the province.

West Arm Provincial Park forest east of the city could set the stage for the next big B.C. blaze — and subsequent evacuation — as hot and dry conditions persist in the region with no sign of abating,...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure redesign of the Highway 3A at South Slocan Village is beginning to take shape as crews have completed the temporary road beside the old bridge a few kilometers east from the Highway 3A/6 junction.

The construction replaces the bridge at South Slocan, which was built in the early 1960s and is nearing the end of its lifespan.

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

To protect the public and to aid in fire suppression, BC Wildfire Service has closed the Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road and the East Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road.

The closure was announced in a Southeast Fire Centre media release Wednesday.

The Harrop Creek wildfire once again increased in size Tuesday night, going from 655 hectares to an estimated size now of 1,000...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The muggle problem

Anyone familiar with the Harry Potter universe knows what a muggle is: a human being without magical ability. The word communicates a depth of low valuation, a dismissive judgement of people who cannot do what Harry and his ilk can do [though the better sort of magic-endowed feel responsible for protecting muggles from evil magicians].
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by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

Governments change — along with laws, regulations and priorities. It’s the nature of democracies. In Canada, we’ve seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being and life shouldn’t be subject to the shifting agendas of political parties. That’s why Canada should recognize the right to a...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The sale of Teck's  two-thirds share of the Waneta dam to BC Hydro is now subject to "a number of conditions" according to press releases dated August 1, 2017.  Those conditions include review and approval by the BC Utilities Commission, and assuming that it goes forward, the sale is not likely to be completed before early 2018.  When the sale is done, BC Hydro will have complete ownership of...

by Contributor on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

In response to the extreme fire situation in British Columbia, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is suspending public recreational access to all its lands in the province. This is a precautionary measure in order to minimize the chance of human-caused wildfires in...

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