March 2017

EDITORIAL: My insidious wardrobe

synthetic fleece, and nore fleece -- fleece is everywhere, even in the fish we eat

What next?  It seems that everything we do is an environmental problem.  Triclosan in "anti-bacterial" soaps and toothpastes and so on just contributed to developing antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and was bad for people who used the products, too.  Microbeads in toothpaste and various cosmetics built up astonishing levels of micro-bead plastic pollution in waterways, oceans and marine life, including our food.  Fossil fuels that get us and our products around so effortlessly are disrupting our climate, apparently uncontrollably.  Other oil industry products such as plastic nets, bags and other trash, and fertilizers used to excess, are building up in the oceans and fresh-water sources with deadly results.  NOW what?

Carfentanil on Nelson’s streets, cops warn

Carfentanil, one of the deadliest synthetic opioids and fentanyl analogs, has been found on the streets of Nelson.

One of the most dangerous illegal drugs in the world has been found on the streets of Nelson, police say.

Carfentanil, a synthetic drug suspected in the deaths of hundreds of people worldwide, was found in suspected counterfeit oxycodone tablets seized from a subject during a recent arrest.

“The Nelson Police Department received the notification of the presence of Carfentanil from Health Canada, a federal agency which analyses drugs seized by police for criminal prosecution,” said Detective Constable David Laing in a news release issued Wednesday.

B.C. streamlines online hunting forms, wildfire investigations

The changes showcase the government's commitment to improve service and offer more convenience.

Legislative amendments introduced Tuesday will make it easier for hunters to complete licensing, permitting and reporting activities online, and also will give wildfire investigators more time to complete their work and streamline the cost-recovery process associated with human-caused wildfires.

With the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act, 2017 (Bill 5), the B.C. government is acting on previous commitments to streamline processes and move more services online.

Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship established

Neith Muth by the Columbia River in 2016.

The family of Neil Muth and Columbia Basin Trust are pleased to announce a new scholarship for people who have triumphed over adversity and want to pursue post-secondary education.

The Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship honours Neil Muth, the Trust’s president and chief executive officer from 2005 through 2016, who passed away last November. Neil valued and supported perseverance and continuous learning. He encouraged his children, staff and others to be curious, to seek their own path, and to never give up.

Carfentanil presence confirmed in Interior Health

Carfentanil presence confirmed in Interior Health

On the heels of information released by Nelson Police Department Wednesday, Interior Health officials are confirming the deadly drug carfentanil is now present in the region.

IH made the announcement Thursday following a positive carfentanil drug test in the Kootenay region reported by Health Canada and a positive carfentanil urine test in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region reported by LifeLabs.

More than double snow accumulation for February

Mountain highways, including the Kootenay Pass between Salmo and Creston, are expecting 20 to 30 cm today.  — Photo courtesy DriveBC

February saw almost 2.5 times the normal monthly snowfall for the West Kootenay region said Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar in the monthly synopsis.

Lakeman said even though there was a general trend towards drier conditions during the second half of February, the month end snowpack of 40 centimetres is much deeper than normal. 

Trail market features new logo, 2017 summer dates

Trail market features new logo, 2017 summer dates

The City of Trail and the United Way of Trail & District have formed a new partnership to bring you the 2017 Trail Market on the Esplanade. Stroll along the beautiful river walk to enjoy our community market that features entertainment and various vendors who sell fresh produce, handmade jewellery, fragrant soaps, fashionable clothing, sweet and savoury baking, home décor items, ready-to-eat food and more.   

LETTER: Selkirk students campaign against college tuition increases

LETTER: Selkirk students campaign against college tuition increases

Dear Editor,

Since 2001, tuition has increased annually for Selkirk College students.. Last year alone, the cost of attending Selkirk College from the year previous to the current academic year jumped 6.6 per cent. Last year, tuition fees were introduced for adult basic education, which are high school courses taken at the College.

Last chance to vote for Castlegar artist in Kootenay Music Awards

Last chance to vote for Castlegar artist in Kootenay Music Awards

A well-known local artist is a contender for a Kootenay Music Award for Best Video, after releasing the video Faded Away – and your vote could be the one that helps her win!

Christina (Nina) Amelio said the Faded Away video was filmed in the Nelson Cemetery.

Province reaches tentative agreement with BCTF

BCTF Executive Committee has endorsed the tentative agreement and is recommending ratification to its members.

The BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) and the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) entered territory at times thought would be impossible to achieve after the two sides reached a tentative Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) negotiated pursuant to Letter of Understanding (LoU) No. 17 to the 2013-2019 BCPSEA-BCTF Provincial Collective Agreement Saturday.

The tentative agreement came less than four months after the BCTF won a landmark victory at the Supreme Court of Canada.