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STATEMENT: Canada uses World Conference to continue indefensible attack on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous peoples’ organizations and human rights groups are outraged that the federal government used a high level United Nations forum on Indigenous rights as an opportunity to continue its unprincipled attack on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On Monday, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples -- a high level plenary of the UN General Assembly in New York -- adopted a consensus statement reaffirming support for the UN Declaration.

Canada was the only member state to raise objections.

Residents riled over post-midnight train

City councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff

Many Castlegar residents got a rude awakening at roughly 12:40 a.m. this morning when CP Rail’s new nighttime train whistled its way through Castlegar.

City councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff, who lives directly adjacent to a train crossing, said the new schedule is a source of great frustration.

“I’m extremely upset – furious, in fact,” she said. “I’m not only a resident who lives right at one of the crossings, I’m a city councillor, and we weren’t given any kind of notification of this.”

Leaders discuss rural health care at UBCM in Whistler

Leaders discuss rural health care at UBCM in Whistler

The following is a press release issued by the B.C. government:

Mayors from throughout B.C. discussed the future of rural health care yesterday in discussions with Health Minister Terry Lake and health authority representatives at the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Whistler.

"We know there are challenges that need to be addressed in rural communities and part of our current strategic direction makes it very clear that we need a broad strategy for rural care that meets the needs of all British Columbians," said Lake. "By consulting with mayors and health professionals, First Nations and other stakeholders, we will be able to develop a strategy that meets the long-term future needs of those outside of urban centres."

Privacy commissioner says lack of provincial response, 'erodes the public's right to know'

Privacy commissioner says lack of provincial response, 'erodes the public's right to know'

The B.C. government has taken a step backward in providing timely responses to access to information requests under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, according to a special report issued today by Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

Call for Nominations for BC Community Achievement Awards

Call for Nominations for BC Community Achievement Awards

They come from BC's biggest cities and the smallest towns. They are young, old and in-between. They are people who boldly develop the grand plan or who quietly put it into play.

They are the recipients of the British Columbia Community Achievement Awards, one of the most prestigious honors bestowed on those British Columbians who make life better in their communities. And right now, the foundation that administers the awards is seeking your help with nominations for the 2015 award.

Acclaimed local education program starts second year

Acclaimed local education program starts second year

This week’s return to classes is especially good news for participants of a local alternative education program. Students and staff of the Take a Hike West Kootenay program are eager to embark on the second year of an adventure-based learning journey that mixes traditional classroom time with a unique blend of outdoor education, therapy, and community involvement.

Climate Change March Joins World Wide Movement

More than 250 supporters joined marches in 150 countries around the world  calling for action in Canada on climate change Sunday afternoon in Nelson. — Photo by Suzy Hamilton

Dubbed the “People’s Climate March”, more than 250 Nelson and area residents joined the world in calling for action in Canada on climate change initiatives Sunday afternoon.

It was one of 2,000 events taking place in 150 countries around the world ahead of a United Nations climate summit next week in New York city.

Castlegar's Maglio Industries inks $5.4 million contract for Creston road improvements

Castlegar's Maglio Industries inks $5.4 million contract for Creston road improvements

Maglio Industries Ltd. of Castlegar has been awarded a contract to improve the Pine Street-Railway Boulevard intersection of Highway 3 in Creston.

The intersection at Pine Street and Railway Boulevard will be realigned to create a cross intersection and traffic signals will be installed.

This will improve safety for motorists travelling on Highway 3 through Creston, and improve access to and from the highway for Creston residents.

10,000 Year-Old Sinixt Remains Reburied in the Slocan Valley

A shaman from the Arrow Lakes People of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation blesses the site at the Slocan Pool where the 10,000 year-old remains of a Sinixt ancestor were reburied. — Colin Payne photo

Recently, a group of First Nations people gathered near the banks of the Kootenay River to rebury the 10,000 year-old bones of a Sinixt ancestor, after the remains were exposed earlier this year.

The ceremony took place last week.

A walker in the Slocan Pool area found the remains in February, which were turned over to police and then sent to the coroner in Burnaby before being shipped to the BC Archeological branch.

Nelson Fire Department responds to fire at Hume Hotel

A popular hotel in Nelson had an early morning wake up call for guests when a fire started in the laundry room Sunday.

Guests at the Hume Hotel got an early wake up call due to a fire in the laundry room Sunday morning.

Nelson Fire Department responded to a call shortly after 7 a.m. of a fire that originated in the laundry room in one of the commercial dryers.

“Both on-duty Nelson Fire Department members responded immediately with one additional member responding from home,” said Michael Daloise, Assistant Fire Chief in a media release.

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