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OP/ED: Remembering the health care outrage . . . smoldering still, after a decade.

Glyn Humphries . . .Health care too serious to leave to bureaucrats, administrators or politicians.

By Glyn Humphries

July 2002: I became one of the outraged. Outraged, not just about cuts to health care, but also about Canada’s bedrock of democracy: accountability and democratic process. It was a dark era for democracy.

In one fell swoop, bureaucrats damaged Nelson’s hospital- like officials removing children from a family, without warning or consultation.

One year after being elected, BC Liberals made audacious and sweeping reforms to healthcare, devastating morale and teamwork at Kootenay Lake Hospital (KLH), established since 1893.

Missing man recovered from Kettle River

Rescue teams recovering a drowning victim from Cascade Falls last week, the last missing person from the party was located and recovered on Monday; Photo, Mona Mattei

Grand Forks Search and Rescue and Christina Lake Fire Department successfully recovered a body from the Cascade Cove area of the Kettle River, near Grand Forks.

The body, found Monday, Aug. 6, has been positively identified as the missing 50-year-old male visitor, Andrew Barrie. He is the last of the three people to be recovered following the July 28 rafting incident.

Barrie of Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland was vacationing with his wife, Carol and his 16-year-old son Andrew when the accident happened.

Castlegar man escapes serious injury after experiencing ride of a lifetime

A Castlegar man escaped serious injury after falling asleep at the wheel and crashing down an estimated 120-foot embankment outside of Nelson Sunday afternoon.

""The driver is very fortunate to be alive," RCMP staff Sergeant Dan Seibel  said in an emailed press release.

"This is an excellent example that seat belts save lives. If the driver had not been wearing his seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, as it traveled down the cliff, he would likely have not survived this terrible incident."

The accident occurred at approximately 3:05 p.m.

Story reports RDCK spent too much on HB mine site lands

The CBC is reporting the Regional District of Central Kootenay paid $600,000 more for the HB Mine site near Salmo than the previous owners.

Documents obtained by CBC show in the summer of 1997 a company from Panama called Seattle Corporation purchased the land for $149,000 and sold it to the RDCK a few months later for $800,000.

In July the RDCK sunk a pile of money into the mine site after the dam was compromised due to the heavy rains experienced in the region that raised water levels higher than normal.

Police investigate assault on Fairview resident by known attackers

Nelson Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance after a lower Fairview resident ended up in Trail Hospital following a brutal assault by known attackers.

Approximately 10:15 p.m. (Thursday) July 26, a man heard the sound of breaking glass near the rear door of his house.

When the man investigated the commotion he was confronted by a group of armed males who assaulted him, causing significant injuries.

During the attack, the victim was able to break away, running off to safety.

The suspects left the scene in an awaiting vehicle.

OP/ED: Times are a-changin’ for sure, but are minds keeping up?

If you have been reading my musings this far, I trust you play with your ideas of truth.

As Michael Jessen wrote in his column recently, truth is something that evolves, for humans. We have to keep questioning what is, and reality is not just factual. Truth is not just fact. Not all truth is provable. Spiritual beings have reality.

Take the Columbia Basin Culture tour

Selkirk Weavers & Spinners Guild - Venue # 14 Castlegar

Taking place August 11-12, 2012 10 am - 5 pm, the Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event.

Travel to studios and archives that aren't normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory and go!

RDCK calls for public input for temporary light industrial application near Ymir

Selkirk Paving hopes to get the green light to move its crushing plant to a site near Ymir to help minimize its carbon footprint. — photo courtesy Selkirk Paving.

Local officials anticipate some opposition to a temporary light industrial application near the Village of Ymir to construct the material necessary to resurface 16 kilometres of Highway 6.

If approved by the Regional District of Central Kootenay board (RDCK), the 90-day temporary use permit will allow the government contractor, Selkirk Paving, to remove gravel from the property, crush that gravel and create asphalt on site to be used in repaving 16 kilometres of Highway 6 from Strom Road, just outside of Nelson, to Hall Siding.

Two car accidents in as many days, not to mention criminal mischief and drunk driving, plague Castlegar

Police are reporting car crashes and mischief as the week unfolds, according to Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.
 She said today (Tuesday) at roughly 10:15 a.m., Castlegar RCMP responded to an accident in which a 42-year-old man from the Island was exiting Columbia Ave via the on-ramp near the Chevron station towards the Kinnaird Bridge.
"He decided to make a u-turn around the small cement barricade just on the off ramp," she said.

Emergency over, recovery ongoing following massive mudslide at Johnsons Landing

The quiet, peaceful community of Johnsons Landing is on the road to recovery now that most of the rescue team has left.

Now that the recovery mission has been shut down, the focus of the recent Johnsons Landing slide is turning to the residents, who some, may be able to return home as soon as Thursday (August 2) officials said.

That decsion will come after officials finish survey the mudslide.

During the next two days a team of geotechnical experts from SNT Engineering Ltd. will be surveying the slide and damages both from the air — with a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) remote sensing technology — and on the ground.