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by Contributor on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The record-breaking heat expected in the coming days could cause an increase in energy use as cooling systems work harder to keep up with demand.  
 
FortisBC finds that demand on its system typically peaks between 5 and 7 p.m. on weekdays when people are returning home from activities.  
 
Which is why we’re encouraging customers to find fun ways to stay cool....

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

To protect the public and to aid in fire suppression, BC Wildfire Service has closed the Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road and the East Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road.

The closure was announced in a Southeast Fire Centre media release Wednesday.

The Harrop Creek wildfire once again increased in size Tuesday night, going from 655 hectares to an estimated size now of 1,000...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The muggle problem

Anyone familiar with the Harry Potter universe knows what a muggle is: a human being without magical ability. The word communicates a depth of low valuation, a dismissive judgement of people who cannot do what Harry and his ilk can do [though the better sort of magic-endowed feel responsible for protecting muggles from evil magicians].
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by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

Governments change — along with laws, regulations and priorities. It’s the nature of democracies. In Canada, we’ve seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being and life shouldn’t be subject to the shifting agendas of political parties. That’s why Canada should recognize the right to a...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The sale of Teck's  two-thirds share of the Waneta dam to BC Hydro is now subject to "a number of conditions" according to press releases dated August 1, 2017.  Those conditions include review and approval by the BC Utilities Commission, and assuming that it goes forward, the sale is not likely to be completed before early 2018.  When the sale is done, BC Hydro will have complete ownership of...

by CBT on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

If your business or organization could benefit from hiring a student during the school year, Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program may be able to help you afford it. Applications for the popular first-come, first-served program open August 10, 2017.

“Each year, Basin employers hire hundreds of students with help from wage subsidies from the Trust,” said Lisa Kilpatrick, Columbia...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

The RCMP has been called into investigate theft of equipment that has hindered the fighting the Harrop Creek wildfire the Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Tuesday.

The BC Wildfire Service Southeast Fire Centre said one water pump and 10 100-foot lengths of hose went missing during the night of July 31-Aug. 1, 2017.

"The theft of a water pump and hoses being used by...

by Eileen Delehanty Pearkes on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

This weekend, Graeme Lee Rowlands reached the end of an impressive six-week journey across the Columbia Basin.

Calling himself “the anadromous cyclist”(in reference to the Columbia River’s spawning fish), the 22-year-old university student has spent the past month cycling up the river – from its mouth near Portland, Oregon, to the source at Columbia Lake. The...

by Dick Cannings MP on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

For the past month, we have seen a series of wildfires race through the British Columbia interior, destroying homes, disrupting lives and damaging businesses.  The BC government has already spent over $150 million fighting the fires and has provided over $100 million in relief to those who have been forced from their homes.

Most of the fires started early on July 7th, when a...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

Despite continuing to grow — the Harrop Creek wildfire is now estimated by BC Wildfire Service at 650 hectares — the blaze remains approximately 16.5 kilometers from said Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles.

MacCharles, who took a fly-over the wildfire Tuesday morning, said the fire grew in size Monday evening which resulted in a significant smoke plume that was visible from many locations...

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