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Op/Ed: Message to NDP Government — Fix systems to make clean air to breath, clean water to drink, healthy food to eat for everyone

The West Kootenay EcoSociety has been working with Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Slocan, Silverton, Warfield and the Regional District of Central Kootenay to build a plan to transition these communities to 100% renewable energy across community energy uses no later than 2050 that is affordable for the people of these communities. — Facebook photo

The NDP is projected to form a majority government following Saturday's provincial election, with Katrine Conroy being re-elected in Kootenay West by a landslide, and Brittny Anderson, NDP has been declared the provisional winner in Nelson-Creston. The West Kootenay EcoSociety congratulates our local elected MLAs and wants to work together on the following priorities.

Putting People First in the Energy and Climate Crisis

Election forecast: NDP clear winners across the province but local riding remains cloudy

Premier John Horgan will now form a majority government in Victoria following a decisive victory Saturday. — Facebook photo

This story has been updated with most recent vote count from Elections BC on October 25, 2020, 1:58 a.m.

The BC Election race turned into a sprint as an NDP majority government was declared elected barely 90 minutes after the polling stations closed across the province Saturday night.

BC NDP win majority government in province-wide Student Vote

Students across the province mirrored BC voters in the 2020 BC Election.

More than 700 elementary, middle and high schools participating in the Student Vote program for the 2020 British Columbia election mirrored the electorate in the province to predict the final outcome of the provincial count.

In a media release Student Vote annouced that students elected John Horgan and the BC NDP to form a majority government with 59 out of 87 seats and 40 per cent of the vote.

Premier Horgan also won in the electoral district of Langford—Juan de Fuca with 52 per cent of the vote.

Final results in BC Election hopefully released by November 16

Elections BC said approximately 65-70 per cent of ballots counted Saturday night.

Don’t worry about waiting up late Saturday night to see who’s the winner in the 2020 BC Election.

Officials with Elections BC said Friday that Saturday’s final results probably won't be released until November 16, however that date is not set in stone due to the extra time it will take to tabulate mail-in ballots.

Elections BC said approximately 65-70 per cent of ballots counted Saturday night.

UPDATED: BC prepared for winter driving at higher levels

The Paulson Summit is experiencing heavy snow accumulation during the first major snowfall of the season. — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada said a low-pressure system moving southeast across Vancouver Island will continue to give snow at times heavy Friday, with snowfall total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.

“Totals accumulations of 10 to 20 cm can be expected over most areas,” Environment Canada said.

“However, lower elevations of the south Okanagan are receiving mixed rain and snow. The snow will ease to a few flurries or showers this evening as the low moves to the south.”

Online booking for COVID-19 tests coming soon throughout IH region

Interior Health suggests the public check out the Testing Information page link for updates on when other testing sites will be available to the public. — Submitted photo

As British Columbians deal with the second wave of COVID-19 following another day of high number of documented new cases — Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed Tuesday 167 new cases in BC — Interior Health Authority announced the public will soon have access to new, easier ways to book a testing appointments for the virus with the launch of online booking for all IH COVID-19 Community Collection Centres.

BC students cast ballots in provincial Student Vote campaign

Wednesday and Thursday, some students in the local districts will participate in the Student Vote program. — Submitted photo

Even though they are under the voting age, tens of thousands of elementary and high school students from throughout British Columbia, including students in Kootenay Lake, Boundary and Kootenay-Columbia, will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the province and vote for the official candidates running in the general election.

Student Vote is an authentic learning experience that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom and empowers students to learn about government and the electoral process, and debate important issues facing the province.

Interior Health investigates COVID-19 cluster at Merritt Tim Hortons, 155 new cases in BC

Interior Health said the owner of the Tim Hortons in Merritt has voluntarily closed the restaurant.

In the daily COVID-19 media release Friday, Interior Health said the authority is investigating a cluster of cases of associated with the main Tim Hortons at 3340 River Ranch Road in Merritt.

Interior Health said as a result of the cluster, the owner has voluntarily closed the restaurant. Interior Health said it appreciates Tim Hortons efforts and co-operation in managing this situation.

New Program Helps Kootenay Businesses Enter & Expand into the Digital Economy

DER3 will help Kootenay businesses shift their business approach to be more profitable, expand into new markets or opportunities and respond to new challenges associated with COVID-19. — Submitted

Small and medium sized businesses in the Kootenays do not need to navigate the digital world alone, thanks to a new program that launched recently by KAST (Kootenay Association for Science and Technology)

Grand Forks party host fined for failing to comply with COVID-19 measures

Police said officers are investigating the party host for mischief and will submit the findings of the completed investigation to BC Prosecution Services for charge assessment.

RCMP said in a media release that man who allegedly hosted a party in Grand Forks during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend has been fined and mischief offences are being investigated.

RCMP said that after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday October 10, frontline officers from the Grand Forks RCMP were dispatched an on-going noise complaint at a residence in the 4900-block of Vernon Street.

RCMP said several callers reported hearing a live band that had reportedly been playing for several hours.