by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:29pm

In a disturbing interview from Parliament Hill today, local MP Alex Atamanenko confirmed he is, indeed, in the East Block of Parliament Hill today, but is unharmed and safe.

“We’re in the building with armed police protection, so I don’t think that’s a concern,” he said. This, after a gunman shot and killed a soldier guarding the National War Memorial and (the gunman) was subsequently shot and killed by police.

“We’ve been locked down ever since the shooting this morning at about 9:55 a.m. Ottawa time,” Atamanenko said.

Recent News

OP/ED: Guns can kill us, but losing our national identity is a choice. No gun can do that.

OP/ED: Guns can kill us, but losing our national identity is a choice. No gun can do that.

A guy with a gun.

That seems to be how it always starts.

World War 1, JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., Lennon. Just a guy with a gun.

Car crashes cause commuter chaos

Car crashes cause commuter chaos

Two vehicular accidents occurred during the afternoon rush hour yesterday, but passersby may be relieved to learn there were no life-threatening injuries in either case.

The first incident occurred at roughly 4 p.m., according to RCMP Cpl. Debbie Postnikoff.

“The driver of a vehicle was turning left off the Robson Access Road onto Broadwater, and failed to see a motorcycle travelling southbound,” she said. “The motorcycle operator, a 44-year-old Castlegar man, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Trail hospital.”

Rebels have lose/win weekend; hit the road Friday to face off against Fernie

Why are the Rebels pretty in pink this month? Watch for a story in tomorrow's Source to find out!

Friday night, the Castlegar Rebels played in Spokane, a game which ended in a tough loss in overtime.  Spokane scored a late power play goal with just under a minute-and-a-half left to tie the game and scored 16 seconds into the overtime period.  Castlegar’s penalty kill was 6/6 before Spokane capitalized on their seventh try to tie the game. 

The Rebels bounced back Saturday night with a 9-3 home win. 

Regional News

Mad Piper Entertainment — connecting business to entertainers

James Picton is well known in and around Nelson as being a gifted guitar player. Picton is optimistic Mad Piper Entertainment can take him to the next level. — The Nelson Daily photo

When Johnny McCuaig got into the music business, say about 22 years ago with The Johnny McCuaig Band, he figured he was either on top of the world, or would be booking his penthouse suite very soon.

However, years into the game the Nelson native realized there is a lot that goes into a career in music, and if there was someone there to provide a bit of guidance, his career may have taken a different route.

New website helps navigate the child and youth mental health care landscape in Kootenay-Boundary

New website helps navigate the child and youth mental health care landscape in Kootenay-Boundary

The new KB Searchlight website  for the Kootenay Boundary (KB) region is the first local web resource to link all child and youth mental health care services in one place. Opening with a welcoming illustrated map of the region, site visitors can click to find the most appropriate local services,
resources and apps for a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harming, substance use and more.

Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management Program Get Introduction to Fairmont Hotels

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Director of Operations David MacGillivary poses with the Selkirk College hospitality program students that came out to a special presentation at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson last week. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

As students in the Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management (RHOT), Hospitality and Professional Cooking programs dove into their second month of studies, a visit by the head of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise helped provide additional incentive to make good use of their time learning about the industry.

Nestled in one of the most iconic locations in Canada, the Chateau Lake Louise has left visitors in awe of the soaring mountain peaks that surround the resort, majestic Victoria Glacier and the breathtaking emerald lake for more than a century.

Provincial & National

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses Canada on War Memorial shooting

Prime Minister Stephen Harper . . . I join all Canadians in praying for those touched by today’s attack.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today delivered the following remarks:

“My fellow Canadians, for the second time this week there has been a brutal and violent attack on our soil.

“Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

“Corporal Cirillo was killed today – murdered in cold blood – as he provided a ceremonial Honour Guard at Canada’s National War Memorial.

Health Minister updates BC's readiness for Ebola

Health Minister updates BC's readiness for Ebola

Health Minister Terry Lake has issued the following update on the health-care system's preparation for the low likelihood of a case of Ebola in B.C.:

"Our Ebola Preparedness task force has been meeting regularly, and has been reviewing B.C.'s protocols to respond to the unlikely occurrence of a case of Ebola arriving in the province. 

"The task force, in consultation with the health authorities, have designated the following sites as regional centres to assess those under investigation for Ebola and to treat confirmed Ebola cases: