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by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

Governments change — along with laws, regulations and priorities. It’s the nature of democracies. In Canada, we’ve seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being and life shouldn’t be subject to the shifting agendas of political parties. That’s why Canada should recognize the right to a...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The sale of Teck's  two-thirds share of the Waneta dam to BC Hydro is now subject to "a number of conditions" according to press releases dated August 1, 2017.  Those conditions include review and approval by the BC Utilities Commission, and assuming that it goes forward, the sale is not likely to be completed before early 2018.  When the sale is done, BC Hydro will have complete ownership of...

by Contributor on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

In response to the extreme fire situation in British Columbia, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is suspending public recreational access to all its lands in the province. This is a precautionary measure in order to minimize the chance of human-caused wildfires in...

by CBT on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

If your business or organization could benefit from hiring a student during the school year, Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program may be able to help you afford it. Applications for the popular first-come, first-served program open August 10, 2017.

“Each year, Basin employers hire hundreds of students with help from wage subsidies from the Trust,” said Lisa Kilpatrick, Columbia...

by Dick Cannings MP on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

For the past month, we have seen a series of wildfires race through the British Columbia interior, destroying homes, disrupting lives and damaging businesses.  The BC government has already spent over $150 million fighting the fires and has provided over $100 million in relief to those who have been forced from their homes.

Most of the fires started early on July 7th, when a...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

Despite continuing to grow — the Harrop Creek wildfire is now estimated by BC Wildfire Service at 650 hectares — the blaze remains approximately 16.5 kilometers from said Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles.

MacCharles, who took a fly-over the wildfire Tuesday morning, said the fire grew in size Monday evening which resulted in a significant smoke plume that was visible from many locations...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jul 31 2017

The Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Monday that current weather conditions in the region are having an impact on wildfires with wind activity causing the size of several fires to grow on Sunday, July 30, 2017.

Island Pond wildfire

  • The 150-hectare Island Pond fire that started on July 30 is about 17 kilometres southeast of Canal Flats....
by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jul 31 2017

Residents and visitors within the area between Rusty Creek and Cascade Creek along Highway 31 (see map) 30 kilometers northwest of Lardeau in the north end of Kootenay Lake are being placed on an Evacuation Alert said the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operation Centre in a media release Sunday evening.

The RDCK EOC said the active Rapid Creek Fire, listed at 34...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jul 30 2017

The Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre said in a media release Monday the Harrop Creek wildfire continues to burn, but still poses no threat to any communities or infrastructure.

The RDCK said BC Wildfire Service personnel would monitor the fire while attempting to develop control strategies for the now 200-hectare blaze.

“The fire, which has been...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Jul 28 2017

The Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre reports local departments in the Bonnington area were called Friday morning to deal with a house fire.

The fire was contained to the house at 3763 Thompson Road in Bonnington.

However, the house was lost in the fire....

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