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by Sara Golling on Tuesday Jul 18 2017

While four of six Tsilhqot’in communities are evacuated due to raging wildfires surrounding  their communities,  Christy Clark's outgoing Liberal government has granted permits to Taseko Mines to conduct extensive pre-construction exploration and drilling for the New Prosperity  mine proposal in a place precious to the Tsilhqot'in Nation.  Never mind that the federal government has twice nixed...

by Contributor on Tuesday Jul 18 2017

The BC SPCA is escalating rescue efforts to help animals impacted by B.C.’s raging wildfires.

“Our staff and volunteers have been very active in supporting emergency services in affected areas, but as the wildfires spread we are escalating our involvement,” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA.

“The animal evacuation centre being operated by...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jul 17 2017

The Special Air Quality Statement issued by Environment Canada remains as smoke from the BC wildfires continues to cause poor air quality and reducing visibility.

"Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change," the Environment Canada statement said.

"Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms...

by Sara Golling on Monday Jul 17 2017

The headline above notwithstanding, people who suffer sexual assault in our region have many resources and many enlightened people available to help with all aspects of the ordeal and its aftermath.  Trail FAIR is there to help, and Victims' Assistance.  And I have  no reason to believe that this region's RCMP  personnel are anything but well-informed, responsive, up-to-date, and compassionate...

by Sara Golling on Monday Jul 17 2017

It's summertime.  We're all on holiday, right?  Who wants to think about stuff like governance at this time of year? On the other hand, can we afford to stop thinking about it, given how things are at the highest levels of Canadian politics?   

I say we need a fundamental change in the dynamics of Parliament, and that electoral reform can help.

Look at our Parliament in action:...

by Contributor on Monday Jul 17 2017

Is your camera ready?

The BC SPCA’s ninth annual Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest is now open for entries. The goal is to capture the best of British Columbia’s wildlife through the lens, whether the subjects are in your own backyard or in the vast natural wilderness of the province. All amateur photographers at least 14 years of age are invited to enter the competition, which runs...

by Contributor on Sunday Jul 16 2017

The B.C. government recognizes the overwhelming generosity of British Columbians and the various organizations who are pulling together to help those affected by the wildfires burning in various areas throughout the province.

Anyone wanting to provide assistance to those affected by the wildfires has a variety of ways to do so.

The Canadian Red Cross is supporting the Government...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jul 16 2017

BC Wildfire Service is expecting smoke from the Kamloops and Cariboo Fire Centres to drift into the Southeast Fire Centre by Sunday Karlie Shaughnessy of the Fire Information Office said in a media release.

Shaughnessy added smoke is expected to continue moving through this region, so long as the prevailing winds come from the west and northwest.

As for wildfires in the Southeast...

by Southeast Fire Centre on Sunday Jul 16 2017

BC Wildfire Service is expecting smoke from the Kamloops and Cariboo Fire Centres to drift into the region by tomorrow and is expected to continue moving through this region, so long as the prevailing winds come from the west and northwest.

Although the BC Wildfire Service is responding to a number of lightning-caused wildfires visible to surrounding communities and highways, none of...

by Contributor on Saturday Jul 15 2017

A major wind event is forecast to hit the Cariboo and southern British Columbia today, bringing gusts of up to 70 kilometres per hour to some areas.

These winds are expected to persist well into Sunday.

Given the current wildfire situation throughout the Interior, the BC Wildfire Service anticipates that this weather system will lead to a substantial increase in wildfire activity...

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