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by Contributor on Thursday Sep 28 2017

With the days getting shorter and the fall ushering in cooler weather, motorists are reminded that winter tire regulations will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2017.

Drivers are required to have winter tires installed on their vehicles if they are travelling on designated highways around the province.

“People may experience sunny and warm conditions when they set out, but run into...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Sep 27 2017

There was an impressive water rescue of an 18-year-old Castlegar woman from the Columbia River last night, according to RCMP Acting Sgt. Darryl Orr.

Orr had nothing but praise for KBRFR (Trail Company) for helping a woman with potential mental health issues who waded into the water near the Trail boat dock and was swept away by the current.

“I don’t care what kind of boat you are...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Sep 26 2017

You wouldn't know it from the weather outside — unless the topic is last week's early winter blitz — but winter is really on its way.

The Nelson Hydro’s EcoSave Program and the West Kootenay EcoSociety want to get people thinking about energy savings by hosting the fifth annual Annual Green Home and Energy Show, Wednesday, October 4th at the Prestige...

by Contributor on Tuesday Sep 26 2017

Research efforts aimed at identifying bat species or individual populations that may be able to survive the arrival of deadly White-nose Syndrome (WNS) received a boost this week with the announcement of $100,000 (U.S.) in new funding for cross-border bat science.

WNS is a devastating fungal disease that has wiped out millions of bats in eastern North America,...

by John Boivin on Tuesday Sep 26 2017

The people who run sawmills and forestry operations in the BCs Southern Interior launched a charm offensive at the Regional District of Central Kootenay meeting last week.

The Interior Lumber Manufacturer’s Association gave a presentation on its operations and told directors they wanted to address people’s concerns about protecting local watersheds.

“Every ILMA member is...

by Dick Cannings MP on Tuesday Sep 26 2017

Last Friday, I tabled my Private Members Bill, C-363, in the House of Commons.  This bill would patch a large loophole in the Species at Risk Act, or SARA, that has allowed previous governments to wilfully ignore scientific advice as to which species need protection in Canada.

SARA is designed to be transparent and timely.  It is also politically flexible—governments can choose to list...

by CBT on Tuesday Sep 26 2017
Columbia Basin Trust is launching a new $3.6-million program to help maintain and create new child care spaces in the Basin.

“The Child Care Support Program will help sustain and grow quality licensed child care in the Basin,” said Johnny Strilaeff, President and CEO, Columbia Basin...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Sep 26 2017

FortisBC announced Monday at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Vancouver that W.E. Graham Community Services in Slocan has been awarded funds as part of the 2017 Community Giving Program.

Slocan's W.E. Graham Community Services was one of the organizations to receive the $15,000 in funding to help advance the positive work they are doing in their communities, thanks to...

by Andre Carrel on Monday Sep 25 2017

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia which was, only a decade ago, a financially sound crown corporation, is on the ropes today. What happened?

The information ICBC offers on its “Rate Pressures” web page speaks of “significant external pressures on ICBC’s insurance rates”. From 2014 to 2016 the number of crashes increased by 14 percent, and their costs went through the roof....

by Timothy Schafer on Monday Sep 25 2017

What is felt to be an inequitable cost split between the city and its regional district partners for several fee-for-service regional organizations will likely form the crux of a coming referendum in Grand Forks.

The idea of an 8.75 per cent annual funding increase to the Boundary Museum’s 2018 budget borne solely on the back of the City of Grand Forks ripped the scab off an old wound...

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