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Poverty study finds high housing need in Trail, minimum wage far below living wage

Poverty study finds high housing need in Trail, minimum wage far below living wage

In partnership with Selkirk College, the Skills Centre is releasing research to support the development of a poverty reduction strategy for the Lower Columbia Region.

The Surviving, Not Thriving report covers several topics from income and employment, to food security, housing, early childhood vulnerability, transportation, and recreation.

“The indicators in this report provide insight into poverty in our region,” said Jan Morton, executive director of the Skills Centre.

Boundary region big winners as government pours funds into palliative care support

Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson was present to present a cheque during Thursday's announcement to improved access to hospice palliative care in Grand Forks and Osoyoos/Oliver.

The Province has provided $129,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Grand Forks and Osoyoos/Oliver.

“It’s very important to patients and their families in rural areas to have access to care and support close to home,” said Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson.

“This funding will help ensure that people don’t have to travel too far outside of their own community to receive service.” 

Column: Work Less, Live Better

Column:  Work Less, Live Better

Since the 1950s, almost everything about work in the developed world has changed dramatically. Rapid technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete. Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the lowest costs and standards. Most households have gone from one income-earner to at least two. Women have fully integrated into the workforce, albeit often with less-than-equal opportunities, conditions and pay.

Editorial: Abortion, Foreign Aid, and Health Care

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Following the Women's March on Washington and supporting marches in thousands of centres internationally, women's rights and their health and well-being globally have just taken a severe blow.

Trail fitness centre to get $335,000 expansion

Trail fitness centre to get $335,000 expansion

 The Trail Aquatic and Leisure Center will be expanding its fitness center in 2017 - the final planning stages for a 933-sq.-ft. additional space are under way. Parks and Recreation director Trisha Davison says her vision for the project would be for building to begin by April 1 and wrap up with the annual shutdown in August. No contract has yet been awarded for the project.

BC Coroners Service Releases 2017 Illicit Drug Death Numbers

The December deaths bring the provisional numbers for the full year of 2016 to a total of 914.

The number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. continues to increase each month with December numbers the highest ever recorded in a single month in the province, according to the latest statistics from the BC Coroners Service.

Provisional data show that a total of 142 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of December, an average of nine every two days.

The December deaths bring the provisional numbers for the full year of 2016 to a total of 914, an increase of almost 80% over the number of deaths in the previous year.

BC takes significant step forward in preventing cancer with HPV announcement

Canadian Cancer Society calls the recent BC Government announcement to provide the HPV vaccine to all genders — significant.

In a media release, the Canadian Cancer Society calls the recent BC Government announcement to provide the HPV vaccine to all genders through schools a significant move forward in public health policy.

The Society believes this change, which will take place in September 2017, will have an enormous impact in reducing children’s future risk of  HPV related cancers.

Gitxsan chiefs add fourth lawsuit opposing Pacific Northwest LNG

Juvenile salmon at Flora Bank, by Lelu Island.  Photo by Tavish Campbell.

Inland B.C. hereditary First Nations chiefs joined coastal ones in announcing a fourth federal lawsuit against Ottawa’s approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project, at a press conference in Vancouver.  They claim that the gas export terminal is an infringement of their Aboriginal fishing rights.

Two Gitxsan Nation hereditary chiefs—Charlie Wright with the Luutkudziiwus house group, and Yvonne Lattie with the Gwininitxw house group —filed the judicial review on Tuesday morning. 

B.C. extends free HPV coverage to boys

The program is being expanded to Grade 6 Boys to improve protection against a range of HPV-caused cancers that affect both females and males.

Beginning this September, British Columbia will become the latest province to provide the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to boys, as part of B.C.’s publicly funded immunization program, Health Minister Terry Lake announced Friday.

“We need to do everything we can to help girls and boys grow up to be healthy adults,” said Lake.

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