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IHA says 114 long-term care patients in Castlegar evacuated

Interior Health has evacuated residents from two Castlegar long-term care homes as a precautionary measure due to the Merry Creek Wildfire. 

Sixty residents from Talarico Place and 54 residents from Castleview Care Centre have been relocated temporarily to alternate care homes within the Kootenay Boundary. Interior Health’s priority is to ensure residents are safe and receiving appropriate care and supports during this challenging time.

Talarico Place is owned and operated by Interior Health, while Castleview Care Centre is owned and operated by Chantelle Management Ltd.

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate in Nelson vandalized

On the eve of Canada Day, vandals tossed orange paint on the steps, doors and windows of the church located at the corner of Ward and Mill Streets. — The Nelson Daily photos

Nelson joined the list of communities in Canada, on a smaller scale, having local churches vandalized following the discovery of unmarked burial sites of children’s remains at former residential schools in Canada.

On the eve of Canada Day, the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate at the corner of Mill and Ward Streets in Nelson was vandalized when perpetrators tossed orange paint on the steps, doors and windows.

Human remains of 182 discovered at Kootenay Indian Residential School near Cranbrook

The Kootenay Indian Residential School, was operated by the Catholic Church for almost 100 years from 1873-1970.

There has been another discovery of remains linked to the former residential school system, this time in the Kootenays.

In a media release Wednesday, the Lower Kootenay Band says a search using ground-penetrating radar located 182 human remains in unmarked graves of a site near the former St. Eugene’s Mission School outside Cranbrook.

The St. Eugene’s Mission School, known as the Kootenay Indian Residential School, was operated by the Catholic Church for almost 100 years from 1873-1970.

From The Hill — Richard Cannings

MP Dick Cannings said this Canada Day 2021 is a time to reflect on what the path for the country going forward looks like.

On Saturday I took part in the send-off ceremonies in Penticton for the Syilx Caravan for the Children that went to Kamloops to grieve for the 215 children who were found in unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.

A good crowd had gathered, most wearing the orange shirts that have come to symbolize the terrible realities of residential schools in Canada.

Minister Farnworth recognizes ten-year anniversary of search-and-rescue volunteer Sheilah Sweatman's passing

The picture of Nelson Search and Rescue's Sheilah Sweatman was displayed during the memorial on the Lakeside Soccer Fields saluting the Nelson Search and Rescue member. — The Nelson Daily photo

In a government media release Tuesday, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, released a statement on the 10-year anniversary of the line-of-duty passing of Sheilah Sweatman, ground search-and-rescue volunteer:

"Exactly 10 years ago today, on June 29, 2011, British Columbia's search-and-rescue community lost one of their own when Nelson Search and Rescue's Sheilah Sweatman tragically lost her life during a search-and-recovery call on the Goat River near Creston.

Interior Health warns of extreme heat alert

Interior Health said excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion and in severe cases, can also lead to heat stroke, also known as sunstroke.

Interior Health is warning the public that the high temperatures — expecting to last expected to last at least until Wednesday, with daytime highs ranging from 35 to 40 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows of 20 to 22 degrees Celsius — will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses and are historically associated with an increase in deaths among residents.

Interior Health said excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion.

In severe cases, it can also lead to heat stroke, also known as sunstroke.

Columbia Valley police searching for suspect from armed robbery

RCMP said the unknown suspect has been described as a South Asian male, approximately 5 ft 6 in to 5 ft 10 in tall, wearing a pair of dark pants with a Toronto Raptors emblem, a dark coloured hoodie, a pair of sunglasses, a blue face mask and a pair of blue latex gloves.

Columbia Valley RCMP is releasing images of a suspect in connection to the armed robbery of a local pharmacy in an effort to identify the individual and advance its criminal investigation.

On June 27, 2021, just minutes after 12 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery just committed at the Invermere Pharmasave, situated on 10 Avenue in Invermere BC.

Police have learned that the yet to be identified suspect entered the pharmacy, displayed a firearm to an employee and demanded narcotics.

Two more churches go up in flames in South Okanagan

The Chopaka church on the Lower Similkameen Indian Band reserve in B.C. was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.— Photo courtesy Chief Keith Crow

The Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP (PSOSRD) have opened an investigation after two more churches were destroyed by fire early Saturday (June 26) morning.

In a media release Saturday, the Princeton RCMP received a call at 3:52 a.m., the St. Ann's Catholic Church on the Upper Similkameen Indian Band (USIB) near the small community of Hedley was on fire.

Hedley is located approximately 74 kilometers southwest of Penticton and 38 km southeast of Princeton on Highway 3.

BC Wildfire Service crews battle lightning-caused wildfire north of Balfour

BC Wildfire Service said personnel and aircraft are responding and the fire was visible from Nelson, Highway 31 and communities in and around Balfour. — BC Wildfire Twitter

BC Wildfire Service crews in the Southeast Fire Centre were busy Wednesday responding to a wildfire north of Balfour.

BC Wildfire Service said on Twitter that the Knob fire is burning four kilometers north of Balfour.

“The fire is about 0.5 (hectare) and is lightning caused,” BC Wildfire Service said.

BC Wildfire Service said personnel and aircraft are responding and the fire was visible from Nelson, Highway 31 and communities in and around Balfour.

“No structures (are) threatened at this time,” BC Wildfire Service said.

Interior Health reminds the public of heat-safety tips

Interior Health reminds everyone that too much heat during the upcoming sunny weather can be harmful to a person's health.

With temperatures across our region soaring this week — Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the high 30s into the weekend — Interior Health reminds everyone that too much heat can be harmful to your health.

"Excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion," the Interior Health media release said.

"In severe cases, it can also lead to heat stroke, also known as sunstroke. Heat stroke can be a life-threatening medical emergency."

Who is most at risk?

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