by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 7:25pm

One of the region's newest, cutest and coolest new residents is promising to be a blessing for the entire West Kootenay, having already captured hearts in both Castlegar and Nelson.

Introducing Pheonix, a three-and-a-half-year-old Alaskan Malamute (much like a Husky, but generally a calmer, lower-energy breed) who's actually here, not just to frolic with frisbees, but to work and serve the region as a therapy dog for children who have been victimized by crime – an innovative and cutting-edge way to ease the pain and long-term impacts of trauma.

Recent News

Millennium Park Ponds win award of excellence

Millennium Park Ponds win award of excellence

The BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) today presented its Facility Excellence Award for 2016 to the City of Castlegar for Millennium Natural Swimming Ponds. The award recognizes excellence in facility concept, design development, maintenance or operation in a facility that demonstrates outstanding innovation and significant impact in the recreation and parks sector.

OP/ED: On park ponds and parcel taxes

OP/ED: On park ponds and parcel taxes

One of the arguments I'm hearing most in opposition to the city's proposed parcel tax is criticism over city council spending money on the Millennium Park Ponds – the argument being that council self-indulgently bought a shiny new toy we can't afford and now residents are footing huge tax bills as a result.

Regardless whether you are for or against the parcel tax, at least present an intelligent argument either way. This argument is childish and beyond nonsensical, and here's why:

The Millennium Park Ponds cost roughly $1.8 million – offset by a $400,000 grant, so in reality, they cost the city about $1.4 million.

West Kootenay Labour Council holds National Day of Mourning ceremonies

It's tradition at the Nelson ceremony that spectators place flowers at the plaque located at the Lakeside Park Soccer Field.

The West Kootenay Labour Council held its National Day of Mourning, or Workers’ Mourning Day, as scheduled in three locations in the region — Nelson, Castlegar and Trail.

Observed in Canada on 28 April every year, it commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.

Regional News

Medical dispensaries eager to be part of conversation regarding Canada's marijuana legislation says local owner

 Jim Leslie of Kootenays Medicine Tree in Nelson said the recent announcement by the Health Minister is "groundbreaking". — Submitted photo

Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott recently took to the United Nations General Assembly special session on global drug policy to announce Justin Trudeau's plan to keep his campaign promise to legalize recreational marijuana — legislation that is especially pertinent to those living in the Nelson area.

New Therapy Centre Opens in Trail

Hippotherapy utilizes horseback riding to reach therapeutic goals

Movin’ Mountains Therapy Centre is up and running on Laburnum Drive in Trail,  with a focus on innovative, therapeutic programming for children and youth of all abilities.  Born from a recognition that families in the Kootenays require more Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy  services, Movin’ Mountains is set on the premise that children are not just small adults.  Children and youth require a unique approach that is fun and motivating while allowing them to develop their skills and reach their goals.  

Free shuttle bus for Silver City Days in Trail

Free shuttle bus for Silver City Days in Trail

The Silver City Days Planning Committee and Trail Transit are pleased to announce the Silver City Days Free Shuttle Bus on May 7 and 8 from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Shuttle Bus will do loops with three stops on Saturday (Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Gyro Park and Kootenay Savings downtown) and two stops on Sunday (Kootenay Savings downtown and Gyro Park).

Provincial & National

BC aims to stop profits from crime in wake of Pickton book

BC aims to stop profits from crime in wake of Pickton book

Murderers and others convicted of serious crimes will not be able to profit from their crimes through memoirs or memorabilia and inflict further anguish on their victims and families, under proposed legislation introduced today.

As tax filing deadline looms, Canadian families challenged by increasingly complex tax system

Over the past several decades, Canada’s personal tax system has become more and more complicated.

Canadians are forced to navigate an increasingly complex tax system, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.