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Shambhala Music Festival: Before and After

Shambhala Music Festival is definitely a good time to be had by all, but organizers have security systems in place for a festival that draws some 10,000 electronic music lovers. — Photo courtesy Shambhala Music Festival

As excitement and numbers build for the 17th Shambhala Music Festival August 8-11 at a ranch outside Salmo, concerns over the security and safety of festivalgoers heighten in light of the recent death at the Pemberton Music Festival.

Foul play has been ruled out in the death of 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath, but the tragedy underscores the risks of bringing huge numbers of people together, who are partying for days with little sleep and often using drugs and alcohol.

California-grown fresh fruit on "class one" recall list

California-grown fresh fruit on "class one" recall list

The brand "Sweet 2 Eat" fresh, whole fruit is being recalled in Canada due to a concern of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The fruit varieties include peaches, plums, nectarins and pluats and are being pulled off of supermarket shelves. 

Consumers should look for the brands Wawona, Sweet 2 Eat or Harvest Sweet. Each individual piece of fruit will have a Sweet 2 Eat sticker on it. 

Any recalled items that have already been purchased should be thrown out or returned to the store. 

LETTER: Dan Albas needs further education

LETTER: Dan Albas needs further education

In a Saturday morning interview on CBC Radio’s The House, Dan Albas, the Conservative MP for South Okanagan-Similkameen continued his government’s attacks on the Canadian judiciary. I feel his remarks betray a scary lack of understanding of the role of the courts in our country.

COMMENT: Fencing agreement with Nature's Trust

COMMENT: Fencing agreement with Nature's Trust

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On July 2nd there was a field trip on Nature Trust property. The major objective of the field trip was to encourage Nature Trust to take ownership of their 475 acres and start the process of mitigating the significant damage caused by the cow which is contrary to the 99 year lease agreement signed with the Fish & Wildlife Branch in 1974 a year after the purchase.

COMMENT: Wildfire Safety, Building Accessibility and Celebrating Summer

COMMENT: Wildfire Safety, Building Accessibility and Celebrating Summer

Summer in the Okanagan. Who wouldn't want to be here and enjoy all of what nature has to offer? Lakes, trails, every kind of fruit and vegetable and wine to top it off.  However the heat of summer also brings wildfires. Many of you live in interface areas, beautiful homes backing onto forests and hills, surrounded by nature’s fuel for fires.

LETTER: Water meter fines too high; more respect for residents needed

LETTER: Water meter fines too high; more respect for residents needed

Dear Mr. Allin and members of the Grand Forks city council,

Concerning the new water metering bylaws now under consideration for first, second and third readings at this evening's meeting (July 21), and for probable adoption on August 18, I understood that these draft bylaws were only available within the Information Package that was prepared for the COTW (Committee of the Whole) meeting held on June 23rd; draft bylaws are not posted on the city's website because they are not yet in force.

COMMENT: Troubled Times

Alex Atamanenko, MP BC Southern Interior . . . convinced that Canada is not acting in a responsible manner on the international stage.

The more I reflect upon our troubled times, the more I am convinced that Canada is not acting in a responsible manner on the international stage.  As Robert Murray, Professor and Columnist for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy stated, “The Harper government has come out with its ‘principled foreign policy’.  Exactly what that principled foreign policy looks like, though, is very short on details but very big on strong, sometimes inflammatory rhetoric”

Homicide charges pending for missing 5-year-old and grandparents

Homicide charges pending for missing 5-year-old and grandparents

Earlier today, the Amber Alert was called off for missing five-year-old Nathan O'Brien and a press conference was announced for noon PST. O'Brien and his grandparents Alvin and Kathryn Liknes have been missing for two weeks. 

At the press conference, Calgary Police Service Chief Rick Hanson announced that the missing persons case has been changed to a homicide status and that they have a man in custody.

Van. Aquarium works to save False Killer Whale

Van. Aquarium works to save False Killer Whale

A false killer whale calf, which stranded in the fog on North Chesterman beach near Tofino yesterday morning, ended his long day of rescue and transport at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver, where veterinarians and team members worked overnight to keep him alive.

B.C.'s plan for protecting vulnerable species

B.C.'s plan for protecting vulnerable species

British Columbia’s five-year plan for protecting species at risk was released today by Environment Minister Mary Polak and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson.

“Our new plan provides a clear and certain path forward for B.C. to show leadership in conservation of species at risk,” said Polak. “The plan considers recommendations from the Species at Risk Task Force, government’s new conservation initiatives, and social and economic factors related to resource development.”

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