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OP/ED: When gender stereotypes become a day-to-day reality

Prologue: This column is loaded with sexual stereotypes and may offend some readers, which bothered me a bit while I was writing it. I realized, however, that there also seems to be a small bit of truth to most stereotypes (that’s what made them stereotypes in the first place). And that is, in my opinion, what makes them sort of funny. I am not an advocate of gender stereotypes, nor am I too politically correct to avoid using them entirely. In this particular column, their use seemed unavoidable.

Emergency Response Centre slows, recovery efforts full speed ahead

The EOC has lowered the activation level at Johnsons Landing from two to one.

The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will lower its activation level from Level 2 to Level 1 as of this weekend and begin to focus on long-term recovery and assistance for Johnsons Landing residents and others affected by flooding, sloughs or landslides, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) announced Thursday.

While the RDCK will remain ready to respond to emergencies, regional district staff and other agencies who have been working fulltime at the EOC will return to their regular duties.

UPDATE: July 17/18 floods have been included as qualifying events for flood relief funding

Photo by Gary Sauer - Millennium Park footbridge almost completely submerged.

Finally, some good news for a region beseiged by calamitous weather events - the province's Disaster Financial Assistance Program has designated overland flooding from June 3 to 12 and June 22 to July 2 as "qualifying events", meaning home owners and small business owners may qualify for between $1,000 and $300,000 in relief funding to repair uninsured damage caused by the floods. July 17/18 flood events have now been included in the designation as well.

Celgar sentenced for 2008 spill

On July 25, Zellstoff Celgar Limited Partnership was sentenced in B.C. Provincial court for depositing acutely lethal effluent into the Columbia River, and for other offences under the Environmental Management Act. The sentencing is the result of a conviction on February 16, 2012, following an eight-day trial.

Increasing student employment opportunities, courtesy of CBT

The School Works Program pilot, which began its successful run in February, is being offered again this fall to Basin-based businesses and organizations.

School Works provides an $8/hour wage subsidy to encourage small businesses and non-profit, First Nation and public sector organizations in the Basin to provide part-time employment for full-time high school and post-secondary students in the Basin during the school year.

LETTER: Proposed federal riding boundary changes need local discussion

Dear Editor:

I am writing about hearings that are to be held in our area with respect to the way the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission has decided to divide up the province between Members of Parliament.

Hearings in our area are scheduled for Nelson on October 2, 2012 and Castlegar on October 3, 2012. None are scheduled for Trail.

Community mourns the loss of a little boy

An aerial view of Pines Bible Camp after the wind storm hit; Photo, Mona Mattei

The unfortunate death of 11-year-old Richard Fehr of Christina Lake at summer camp weighs heavily on the small community of Grand Forks as they clean up in the wake of storm-force winds that ripped through the area on Friday.

Richard Fehr, on vacation at Pines Bible Camp, was getting ready for dinner after playing at the beach when the tree crushed his cabin. He sustained serious injuries and was medi-vaced by helicopter to Boundary hospital where he later died.

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of two bodies recovered from massive Johnsons Landing landslide

The Johnsons Landing slide covered 83 acres.

The B.C. Coroners Service confirmed the identities of the man and woman dug out of a massive landslide that struck Johnsons Landing in southeast B.C. a week ago.

The man was 60-year-old Valentine Webber, while the woman was his 22-year-old daughter, Diana.

The two bodies were recovered last week, a few days after the 83 acre slide — 2,000 metres long, 100-200 metres wide is at least three to five metres deep — thundered down the mountain, burying three homes in Johnsons Landing.

Kootenay Caravan gets surprise visit from high-powered pipeline opponents in Williams Lake

Adrian Dix meets with Keith Wiley of the Kootenay to Kitimat Caravan at event in Williams Lake. — photo courtesy Kootenay Caravan

It was a big surprise for the Kootenay to Kitimat Caravan during one of its events on Day Four of the tour opposing the Enbridge pipeline.

In Williams Lake, the Kootenay to Kitimat Caravan set up two mock pipelines in front of City Hall where a group of local activists were waiting.

But out of the crowd came Provincial NDP leader Adrian Dix, who happened to be in town and dropped in at the event with local NDP candidate Charlie Wise.

The other surprise was Kim Slater, an activist who is running the full distance -nearly 1,300 km- of the proposed pipeline in BC.