HEU stages rally against plans to privatize hospital laundry services Saturday in Nelson

HEU workers staged a protest through the streets of Nelson, concluding at the City Hall Courtyard Saturday.

Laundry workers at Kootenay Lake Hospital are being joined by Hospital Employees Union (HEU) president Victor Elkins at a rally Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. at the Baker Street Best Western Hotel on the 100 Block of Baker Street.

The group will then parade to City Hall where Elkins will be one of the key speakers at the rally against the Interior Health Authority's plans to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities.

Medicare and the Retirement Conundrum

Medicare and the Retirement Conundrum

There's been lots of attention paid recently to the Canada Pension Plan and how to extend it, and news stories and commentary about how adequate or otherwise Canadians' retirement situation will be. The sunshine boys over at the C.D. Howe Institute (a.k.a. the Isn't Capitalism Wonderful Institute, or ICWI) reassure us that everything is fine and we should just ignore all the warnings.

LETTER: Protect our freshwater fish

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Dear Madame Premier,
My name is Brynne Morrice. I’m a B.C.-based filmmaker, born and raised here. I love our province deeply. I love our people, I love our culture, and most of all I love the unparalleled natural beauty that defines our province.
Last summer, I learned of the imminent threat that zebra and quagga mussels pose to our province. While I sat with my family on an idyllic B.C.

What BC Can Learn From California's Drought

What BC Can Learn From California's Drought

By Laura Brandes, Communications Director, POLIS Water Sustainability Project

Time to step back and realize world's oceans deserve better

Time to step back and realize world's oceans deserve better

By David Suzuki

June 8 is World Oceans Day. In Canada, it’s a time to celebrate the rich marine life in three great oceans off the longest coastline of any nation —trillions of plankton, billions of fish, millions of seabirds, thousands of whalesand myriad other creatures great and small. Yet, we have little to celebrate when it comes to looking after this natural legacy.

Although the federal government has committed to protect 10 per cent of our oceans by 2020, it has so far protected just one per cent.

Castlegar filmmaker to debut movie 'Defensora' in Nelson

Castlegar filmmaker to debut movie 'Defensora' in Nelson

On May 22, 2015, Angelica Choc, a Mayan woman from Guatemala confronted shareholders of Canadian Mining Giant, Hudbay Minerals Inc. at their annual general meeting held in Toronto. With incredible dignity and courage, she told shareholders of the brutal killing of her husband, Adolfo Ich (allegedly) by Hudbay security personnel during a community protest near Hudbay’s mine site on September 27, 2009. She also told them how on the same day security personnel (allegedly) shot German Chub, a young man who is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Patient advocates pan province plans for contracting out surgeries

Patient advocates pan province plans for contracting out surgeries

Patient advocates are concerned that the BC Ministry of Health's plans to increase contracts with for-profit clinics is not an effective solution to surgical wait times. They are urging the province to scrap contract plans and focus instead on taking advantage of unused public Operating Room time.

Minister of Health Terry Lake announced yesterday that the BC government will be investing 10 million dollars to temporarily increase surgical capacity, with some of this money going to fund contracts with private for-profit clinics.

Steelworker Adam Connell tour raises awareness for public inquiry into sawmill explosions

Adam Connell holds up the Steelworkers petition while Ray Keen signs during a recent swing through Nelson. — Submitted photo

The United Steelworkers recently launched a petition demanding Premier Christy Clark call a public inquiry into the explosions of the Babine and Lakeland sawmills.

Adam Connell of the United Steelworkers, touring the region, was in Nelson this week to raise awareness and give locals a chance to sign the petition.

“I believe this is very important to every B.C. resident regardless of if you work in a saw mill or not (to sign the petition),” Connell told The Nelson Daily.

Kootenay Conservation Projects receive Million Dollar boost

Ministry of Environment staff member Mike Gall looks out on some of the restoration work completed at Premier Lake Park as part of the East Kootenay Grassland Ecosystem Restoration program. HCTF has provided financial support for this program since 2002. — Submitted photo

At the BC Wildlife Federation Convention held this weekend in Fernie, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) announced it will provide over a million dollars to Kootenay fish & wildlife projects.
The East Kootenay Grassland Ecosystem Restoration program was awarded the largest single grant in the region, receiving $189,000 to improve wildlife habitat through prescribed burns.

In total, 16 Kootenay conservation projects were approved for funding, including:

Assessment shows Jumbo resort foundations put down in dangerous avalanche path

Jumbo Valley. Image via dinlaroche, Flickr Creative Commons

The Jumbo Glacier Resort Municipality (JGRM) was dealt a blow recently when an avalanche assessment ordered by the provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) revealed building foundations laid down last fall were placed in a dangerous avalanche path.

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