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by Sara Golling on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

First, the cannabis news:  as readers of the "Council Matters" column already know, the provincial government is seeking input from municipal governments to help guide provincial policy on the decriminalization of cannabis.  The federal government is preparing to pass Bill C-45 and...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Oct 15 2017

The recent bout of cooler weather is the early warning that winter is well on its way — and with winter comes flu season.

With is why Interior Health is that a good way to stay healthy, prevent illness and potentially save livesin one easy step – by getting your annual flu shot.

Interior Health advises that the flu shot is a safe and effective way to help protect the public,...

by Contributor on Thursday Oct 12 2017

In a report release Thursday, the BC Coroners Service said suspected drug overdose deaths increased by almost 80 percent from 2016.

“There were 113 suspected drug overdose deaths in August 2017,” the report detailed.

“This is a 79% increase over the number of death occurring in August 2016 (63).”

The report summarizes all unintentional illicit drug overdose deaths in...

by Dick Cannings MP on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

Universal pharmacare is a hot topic on Parliament Hill these days.  The concept is simple—a single program that would ensure that all Canadians had free access to prescription drugs.  Canada is the only country in the world with universal health care that doesn’t include the cost of drugs in its coverage.

And that doesn’t make sense—if I cut my foot I can go to my doctor and get...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Oct 11 2017

The Canadian government is banning plastic microbeads in toiletries. Although designed to clean us, they’re polluting the environment, putting the health of fish, wildlife and people at risk. Manufacturers and consumers ushered plastic microbeads into the marketplace, but when we learned of their dangers, we moved to phase them out.

Why, then, is it taking so long to phase out the world...

by Interior Health Authority on Wednesday Sep 20 2017

To ensure individuals have access to the mental health and substance use (MHSU) services they need, no matter where they live, Interior Health is expanding access to a rural telehealth pilot project.

“Unless you’ve struggled with a mental illness, it is nearly impossible to understand the barriers and stigma that people face in trying to get the support they need,” says Judy Darcy...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Sep 20 2017

Bigger isn’t always better. Too much of a good thing can be bad. Many anti-environmentalists throw these simple truths to the wind, along with caution.

You can see it in the deceitful realm of climate change denial. It’s difficult to keep up with the constantly shifting — and debunked — denier arguments, but one common thread promoted by the likes of the Heartland Institute in the U.S....

by Rossland Telegraph on Tuesday Sep 19 2017

A local man, Daniel Papanek,  found something totally unexpected during a hike along the Malde Creek Forest Service Road on Sunday, September 17.  It was lying in a coil, the tip of its tail barely visible and adorned with things that rattle when shaken.  Just to make sure of its identity, the man took a long branch and just tickled the creature with it ― and sure enough, it rattled.

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by Sara Golling on Wednesday Sep 13 2017

As autumn sets in and the sunlit hours of each day diminish, some people begin to notice that their moods dim along with the daylight. Northerners generally begin to feel the effects earlier in the fall, as the shrinkage of their daylight is earlier and more pronounced.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is real.  It was identified in a paper by Norman E. Rosenthal and Thomas A. Wehr in...

by Contributor on Thursday Sep 07 2017

Fentanyl has been detected in more than four of every five illicit-drug overdose deaths in British Columbia through the first seven months of 2017, according to the latest statistics from the BC Coroners Service.

From January through July 2017, 706 of the 876 suspected illicit drug deaths had fentanyl detected, representing an increase of 143% over the same period in 2016. In most cases...

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