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UPDATED: BC Gov backtracks on environmental assessment exemption decision

With no public consultation or even discussion in the legislature the government changed the Reviewable Project Regulation.

The on-again announcement regarding the environmental assessment exemption for prospective sweet natural gas processing plants and all-season ski resorts, is, off again.

Environment Minister Mary Polak has rescinded the environmental assessment exemption Wednesday, one day after it was announced.

In a written statement, Polak said the government did not consult with First Nations about the proposed change prior to her Tuesday announcement.

Government calls for Coroners inquest Lakeland Mills explosion

The explosion at Lakeland Mills in Prince George killed two workers.

The  BC Government has ordered the BC Coroners Office to conduct an inquest into the deaths of workers following an explosion at Lakeland Mills in Prince George.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Suzanne Anton made the announcement Monday.

BC SPCA suggests to public chocolate bunnies the best kind of Easter gifts

Rabbits are not appropriate pets for small children. — Photo courtesy BC SPCA

The BC SPCA is urging the public not to not buy bunnies as Easter gifts this year.

Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA, says in a statement that rabbits and children are not a great match.

"Rabbits are great companions for adults, but are not appropriate pets for small children despite the pervasive media images of children with rabbits," Chortyk said.

Police applaud civilian assistance in tragic car crash

Police applaud civilian assistance in tragic car crash
On April 13, at approximately 10:25 pm, Castlegar RCMP, along with the Robson and Castlegar Fire departments, responded to the 1700 block of Pass Creek Road in response to a vehicle that had left the road, rolled, and was now upside down in the creek.
 
Local residents had gone to the vehicle to assist the driver and lone occupant who was trapped in the vehicle and help him hold his head above the water and offer comfort until he could be rescued.

UPDATED: Skier killed in avalanche near Golden from Leavenworth Washington

UPDATED: Skier killed in avalanche near Golden from Leavenworth Washington

RCMP confirmed the woman killed in an avalanche near Golden Friday was from Leavenworth, Washington.

RCMP report at approximately 2:30 p.m., a group of back country skiers were caught in an avalanche in the Mount Wotan area of British Columbia. 

 A group of six skiers had been traversing in back country terrain on Mount Wotan when an avaranche occurred,  burying one of the skiers partially and another entirely. 

NPD report sad ending to case of missing Nelson woman

NPD report sad ending to case of missing Nelson woman

Nelson Police is reporting a sad ending to the case of the missing Nelson woman, Jade Giesen.

Giesen, 47, missing since Sunday (April 6) was found deceased by Search and Rescue Friday (April 11) at approximately 8 p.m. near the Burlington Northern Rail bed on the way to Troup Junction, before the first trestle.

Nelson Police Detective Nathaniel Holt confirmed news to The Nelson Daily Saturday that Giesen was found approximately 50 feet from the rail bed in the woods.

LETTER: Water Meter Extortion?

LETTER: Water Meter Extortion?

"If you don't let me put a water meter in your home, then I'm going to put one outside your home - and I'm going to charge you for it."

Does a city have the authority to add additional water infrastructure like this and then charge individual residents for it?

On Monday, April 8th, Grand Forks, BC residents learned a few things...

Trail RCMP request public help in protecting residents from dangerous driving

Trail RCMP request public help in protecting residents from dangerous driving

Police are requesting public assistance in finding a dangerous driver who put the public in jeopardy, accrding to RCMP Cpl. Kelly Hall.

"On April 10, at approximately 11:00 a.m., members of the Trail and Greater District RCMP detachment attempted to stop an older white GMC pick up truck in the downtown are of Trail along Eldorado Street," Hall said. "The driver of the truck refused to stop and fled from police in the alley between Bay Avenue and the Fortis building, then continued along Farwell Street across Bay Avenue and Pine Avenue.

Trail swim coach to represent province in Saskatchewan

Coach Bill Park ChPC

Trail Regional Aquatic eXcellence (TRAX), formerly known as the Trail Winter Swim Club (TWSC), competitive Coach Bill Park ChPC has been selected by Swim BC to represent the province at the Prospects West Training Camp April 10-13 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Coaches are selected based on the highest FINA point scoring swim in each age group and gender. Many of the TRAX competitive swim program swimmers have scored well at both Provincial AA and AAA Championships this season.

West Kootenay's Junior Dragon's Den ready to roar

West Kootenay's Junior Dragon's Den ready to roar

Modeled after CBC’s “The Dragons’ Den”, where qualifying entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to a group of potential investors, Junior Dragons’ Den, the West Kootenay wide business contest for youth entrepreneurs, is taking flight!

Background - spearheaded by Community Futures, students in Grades 8-12 from throughout the West Kootenay-Boundary region were invited to submit a business concept paper and a brief ,one-and-a-half to two-minute video elevator pitch, explaining their business idea.

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