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Civil Suit Alleges B.C. Blacklisting Forestry Consultant Who Warned of Timber Overcutting, Faulty Data

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This article is by Judith Lavoie, and is from DeSmog Canada

Forestry has been a passion and a career for Martin Watts for 25 years, but, since attempting to point out problems with B.C.’s process for setting logging rates, his forestry consulting business has nosedived and Watts is claiming in a civil suit that he was blacklisted by the provincial government.

New Sexual Violence Policy approved at Selkirk College

Selkirk College now has a Sexual Violence Policy.

Selkirk College now has a Sexual Violence Policy in place making a clear commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment.

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is of vital importance,” says Selkirk College President Angus Graeme. “This is an important step in letting everyone know that there is zero tolerance for violence at Selkirk College. There is so much that goes into creating a safe and healthy learning environment and this policy supports our continual aspiration to be a violence-free college.”

Columbia River system pretty full, but floods not likely — officials

Water flows swiftly over the horseshoe dam at Bonnington Falls. — The Nelson Daily photo

BC Hydro officials say they’re not forecasting flooding along the Columbia River system in the Kootenays this year- but admit it could come pretty close as they try to manage “unprecedented” runoff.

While Nelson, Castlegar and Trail are unlikely to see any floods from high water levels on the river system, Kootenay Lake itself may peak at a point where flooding becomes possible, officials told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday.

Slow down this Victoria Day long weekend

In the Southern Interior, 69 people were injured in 270 crashes.

As B.C. roads are expected to be busy with the unofficial start of the summer road trip season this May long weekend, ICBC and police are asking drivers to slow down and maintain a safe speed now and throughout summer.

Crashes and injuries increase on long weekends because of many factors, including unsafe speed as people may be rushing to reach their destination. Last year over the Victoria Day long weekend, 490 people were hurt in 1,900 crashes in B.C. — including 69 people in the Southern Interior injured in 270 crashes.

New single regional transit fare structure means rate rise in city

In order to simplify the West Kootenay Transit Committee’s existing fare structure, city council approved a rise in the single fare structure from $2 to $2.25, but Nelson students will be paying a lot less. — The Nelson Daily file photo
Simplify, simplify, simplify.

City council has approved a new, single, simplified rate for transit, as recommended by a recent BC Transit Fare review, but it comes at a price.

A 25-cent price.

In order to simplify the West Kootenay Transit Committee’s existing fare structure, city council approved a rise in the single fare structure from $2 to $2.25, but Nelson students will be paying a lot less.

EDITORIAL: Our Real-Life Cliffhanger

Sylvester  Stallone in his mountaineering get-up.

Those over a certain age know that "Cliffhanger" is a 1993 action/suspense movie starring Sylvester Stallone, and as in all such entertainments, the big question is "will the good guys win?"  Well, of course.  The entertainment lies in watching how they do it (Gasp ― skinny ropes over terrifying chasms! Skinny ledges and slipping boots! Unrealistically but entertainingly skimpy clothing in a snowy landscape ― with macho muscles and bulging bosoms!) and what happens while they do it.

Elections BC approves two district electoral officer recounts

The votes are in but a final count is needed in two ridings, which will take place May 22 to 24.

Elections BC said in a media release it has approved two district electoral officer recounts as part of the final count in the ridings of Courtenay-Comox and Vancouver-False Creek, which will take place May 22 to 24.

Elections BC said under the Election Act, candidates or their official agents can request a recount of some or all of the ballots considered at initial count within three days after General Voting Day.

The ridings that did not meet criteria were Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, Maple Ridge-Mission, Richmond Queensborough and Vancouver-False Creek.

UPDATED: Highway 3 near Paulson Bridge open to traffic

Emcon Services and RCMP monitor the westbound lane of Highway 3 near the Paulson Bridge after a large section of the highway slid down the bank. — Photo courtesy Facebook

Emcon Services Inc., maintenance contractor for the Paulson pass continues to monitor a section of Highway 3 washed out Sunday.

The parts of the shoulder and road were washed away leaving travelers using the road to deal with single-alternating traffic control.

The TranBC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastruture website said the maintenance contractor is currently monitoring that stretch of Highway 3 and is working on repairs.

The washout is located on Highway 3 two kilometers east of the Paulson Bridge.

City moves to prop up paving program with parking meter rate rise

Meters will still receive quarters, loonies and toonies, but the cost per hour is increasing to $1.25 after council passed third reading of the bylaw to change parking rates. — The Nelson Daily file photo

With parking space already at a premium in the city's downtown, the premium people pay to park is now going up.

City council approved third reading on a change to the per hour rates they charge for metered parking, increasing the cost by 25 per cent, from $1 per hour to $1.25.

There is certainly a range of other issues regarding parking and the condition of city roads that need to be discussed at the council table, said Coun. Michael Daily, but the rate rise for parking was not one of them.

Logging proposal gets frosty response in Ymir

Ymir residents are alarmed at a BC Timber Sales plan to allow logging in their community watershed.

Residents of Ymir say they’re alarmed by plans of BC Timber Sales to allow logging in their community watershed.

They’re concerned that their tiny community water system could be damaged by forestry operations in the area.

“It’s our only source of drinking, consumable and firefighting water,” says Jay Leus, a resident of Ymir who opposes the idea of logging the area. “It could very well put us into a water crisis, as our community watershed is incredibly small.”

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