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B.C. residents asked to upload photos of ticks for online identification

The BC Centre of Disease Control is using an app eveloped by Dr. Jade Savage at Bishop’s University that invites Canadians to submit photos of ticks for identification. — BCCDC photo

To assist with documenting and helping better understand the risks of Lyme disease in the province, the BC Centre of Disease Control has started a new program to help the identification of ticks.

In a media release on its website the BCCDC said it has joined forces with eTick, a free and easy tick photo identification service.

The BCCDC said identifying ticks accurately can help researchers, healthcare providers and the public better understand the risks of contracting Lyme disease in the province. 

Wednesday farmers’ market location permanently pegged

City council gave third reading to the bylaw that permanently positioned the market, that has bounced around for years along Baker Street and even to Cottonwood Park, in the plaza — an area specifically designed to host such events.

The location for the Wednesday city farmers’ market has been set, moving to the 600 block of Baker Street and the Hall Street Plaza.

City council gave third reading to the bylaw that permanently positioned the market, that has bounced around for years along Baker Street and even to Cottonwood Park, in the plaza — an area specifically designed to host such events.

There was some discussion about having the market rotate around the various blocks of Baker Street, to share the good and the bad aspects of the market with the downtown businesses.

Doctors tour Kootenays to warn parents about vaccinating kids

A crowd filled the North Shore Hall in Nelson Saturday to listen to Dr. Stephen Malthouse, Dr. Sophia Bayfield and Dr. Kevin Sclater explained reasons against vaccinating children. — Submitted photos

A suspended doctor and a few colleagues toured the Kootenays over the weekend to warn parents about the risks of vaccinating kids.

Dr. Stephen Malthouse was joined by Dr. Sophia Bayfield and Dr. Kevin Sclater at speaking engagements in Nelson, Trail and Castlegar April 8 and 9 to explain that the risks of children under the age of 19 getting COVID-19 is “statistically zero”.

The doctors said the dangers of the COVID-19 shot for the same age group are significant, including myocarditis, stroke, arrhythmias of the heart and even death.

Uncertainty still surrounds old-growth forests of Enterprise Creek: ad hoc negotiating team

The dispute started in December 2021 when Interfor tried to begin logging a stand of old growth forest south of Silverton, drawing a blockade of Slocan Valley residents who felt the proposed cut “was detrimental to this fragile ecosystem.” — submitted photo

The future of the old-growth forest of Enterprise Creek is still uncertain.

Although no official deferral has been announced for the area, Interfor Corporation has agreed to bring a team — which includes Last Stand West Kootenay, the Autonomous Sinixt and the Valhalla Wilderness Society — on a walk through the area before commencing logging, noted a press release from the ad hoc negotiating team.

Council needs to commit to support for arts in Nelson as pandemic restrictions wane: Page

Keith Page said it was the municipal government’s responsibility to aid and abet all parts of the arts and culture sector as the community recovers from the latest wave of the pandemic and restrictions are being lifted.

The city needs to step up and not wave in its commitment to the arts and culture sector in the Heritage city, says one city councillor.

Keith Page said it was the municipal government’s responsibility to aid and abet all parts of the arts and culture sector as the community recovers from the latest wave of the pandemic and restrictions are being lifted.

Selkirk College SOAR students share ‘Stompa’ effort with Serena Ryder

Students in the SOAR Program class that is based at Nelson’s Silver King Campus were thrilled to meet one of their heroes when Canadian musician Serena Ryder joined them on a Zoom call in early-April. — Submitted photo

Students in Selkirk College’s SOAR Program enjoyed a virtual visit with award-winning Canadian musician Serena Ryder where she introduced her house plants and pets, chatted about the healing power of song and graciously answered questions.

Grand Forks RCMP respond to more than 190 calls during March

Sgt. Peppler said an area of concern is the increase in calls related to telephone scams.

In a media release, the Grand Forks RCMP said officers responded to more than 190 calls during the month of March.

Detachment Commander, Sgt. Darryl Peppler said some of the calls for service included multiple and varying traffic complaints; frauds and other scam related complaints; landlord/tenant disputes; mental health related calls; counterfeit currency; false 911 and alarm calls; harassment and threats; missing persons; and break and enter.

A healthy forest helps battle climate change: forest industry reps

Climate change is front and centre in today’s society but a sustainable forest management practice could lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and contribute to the climate adaptation as well.

The province’s forests and the forestry industry have a role to play in climate change, says one of the region’s industry professionals.

Stuart Card, chief forester with Castlegar’s Interfor, said climate change is front and centre in today’s society but a sustainable forest management practice could lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and contribute to the climate adaptation as well.

Agroforestry in Selous Creek area placed on the menu for city strategic planning

Council will consider discussing establishing a “greenbelt” encircling the city which would protect Nelson from the effects of wildfire and also add another facet to the city’s economy — Creative Commons

Agroforestry could be the next belt that city council buckles up, after one councillor advanced the idea to the next strategic planning session.

Keith Page petitioned council to consider discussing establishing a “greenbelt” encircling the city which would protect Nelson from the effects of wildfire and also add another facet to the city’s economy.

Ground-breaking for new Habitat for Humanity Build Project in Castlegar

On Tuesday April 19, Habitat for Humanity Southeast BC will be breaking ground on a new multi-family, affordable housing project in Castlegar.

Four families will be given the opportunity to achieve the dream of affordable homeownership thanks to Habitat for Humanity’s newest build project in Southeast BC. Located at 560 8 Street in Castlegar.

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