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ICBC increases fairness of basic insurance rates

Drivers having more accidents will pay higher premiums.

ICBC is updating basic insurance to increase the accountability of drivers who cause crashes by changing how much an at-fault crash affects their basic insurance rates. This will help to alleviate the pressure on future rates paid by customers who don’t cause crashes.

Going forward, drivers who cause multiple at-fault crashes will lose their safe driving discounts faster than they do today. ICBC is applying to the BC Utilities Commission to have these changes take effect May 6, 2018.

B.C. farmers’ markets benefit from Buy Local funding

The next Winter Market organized by the West Kootenay EcoSociety is March 25. — Submitted photo

Farmers’ markets all over the province are enticing British Columbians with locally grown and produced products, fresh from their own backyards.

The B.C. government’s Buy Local program is providing six local farmers’ markets with a combined total of $57,055 in funding.

Last chance to vote for Castlegar artist in Kootenay Music Awards

Last chance to vote for Castlegar artist in Kootenay Music Awards

A well-known local artist is a contender for a Kootenay Music Award for Best Video, after releasing the video Faded Away – and your vote could be the one that helps her win!

Christina (Nina) Amelio said the Faded Away video was filmed in the Nelson Cemetery.

LETTER: Selkirk students campaign against college tuition increases

LETTER: Selkirk students campaign against college tuition increases

Dear Editor,

Since 2001, tuition has increased annually for Selkirk College students.. Last year alone, the cost of attending Selkirk College from the year previous to the current academic year jumped 6.6 per cent. Last year, tuition fees were introduced for adult basic education, which are high school courses taken at the College.

Trail market features new logo, 2017 summer dates

Trail market features new logo, 2017 summer dates

The City of Trail and the United Way of Trail & District have formed a new partnership to bring you the 2017 Trail Market on the Esplanade. Stroll along the beautiful river walk to enjoy our community market that features entertainment and various vendors who sell fresh produce, handmade jewellery, fragrant soaps, fashionable clothing, sweet and savoury baking, home décor items, ready-to-eat food and more.   

More than double snow accumulation for February

Mountain highways, including the Kootenay Pass between Salmo and Creston, are expecting 20 to 30 cm today.  — Photo courtesy DriveBC

February saw almost 2.5 times the normal monthly snowfall for the West Kootenay region said Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar in the monthly synopsis.

Lakeman said even though there was a general trend towards drier conditions during the second half of February, the month end snowpack of 40 centimetres is much deeper than normal. 

Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship established

Neith Muth by the Columbia River in 2016.

The family of Neil Muth and Columbia Basin Trust are pleased to announce a new scholarship for people who have triumphed over adversity and want to pursue post-secondary education.

The Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship honours Neil Muth, the Trust’s president and chief executive officer from 2005 through 2016, who passed away last November. Neil valued and supported perseverance and continuous learning. He encouraged his children, staff and others to be curious, to seek their own path, and to never give up.

B.C. streamlines online hunting forms, wildfire investigations

The changes showcase the government's commitment to improve service and offer more convenience.

Legislative amendments introduced Tuesday will make it easier for hunters to complete licensing, permitting and reporting activities online, and also will give wildfire investigators more time to complete their work and streamline the cost-recovery process associated with human-caused wildfires.

With the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act, 2017 (Bill 5), the B.C. government is acting on previous commitments to streamline processes and move more services online.

EDITORIAL: My insidious wardrobe

synthetic fleece, and nore fleece -- fleece is everywhere, even in the fish we eat

What next?  It seems that everything we do is an environmental problem.  Triclosan in "anti-bacterial" soaps and toothpastes and so on just contributed to developing antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and was bad for people who used the products, too.  Microbeads in toothpaste and various cosmetics built up astonishing levels of micro-bead plastic pollution in waterways, oceans and marine life, including our food.  Fossil fuels that get us and our products around so effortlessly are disrupting our climate, apparently uncontrollably.  Other oil industry products such as plastic nets, bags and other trash, and fertilizers used to excess, are building up in the oceans and fresh-water sources with deadly results.  NOW what?

Legislation strengthens animal welfare protection

Proposed amendments to B.C.’s Prevention to Cruelty of Animals Act would enable the B.C. government to regulate commercial breeders through either a registration or licensing system.

The British Columbia government’s latest action to target irresponsible dog and cat breeders in British Columbia is legislation introduced by Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick that will, if passed, provide a framework for the licensing and/or registration of commercial breeders of cats and dogs.

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