A Mountie in BC’s Columbia Valley is being celebrated for risking his own life to save another. The police officer, a four-year member of Canada’s national police force and accomplished swimmer, jumped into action on Tuesday to guide a paddle boarder, struggling against the river’s current, safely to shore.
Earlier this month, as public pressure mounted in Fairy Creek, across the province, and right here in the West Kootenays, the BC NDP Government finally honoured the request of the Pacheedaht, Ditidaht, and Huu-ay-aht First Nations, and deferreding (temporarily stopped) old-growth logging in the Fairy Creek watershed and central Walbran areas in their territories for two years.
Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner, has released the following statement about public safety during the heat wave in the province:
The Regional District of Central Kootenay said in a media release Wednesday, that effective immediately, mandatory Stage 2 Water Conservation Measures are being implemented in the South Slocan Water System.
The RDCK said the system is experiencing high water use and declining reservoir levels.
There has been another discovery of remains linked to the former residential school system, this time in the Kootenays.
In a media release Wednesday, the Lower Kootenay Band says a search using ground-penetrating radar located 182 human remains in unmarked graves of a site near the former St. Eugene’s Mission School outside Cranbrook.
With British Columbians achieving nearly 80% adult Dose 1 vaccine coverage and COVID-19 case counts continuing to decline, the Province is safely moving to Step 3 of its four-step restart plan on July 1, 2021.
"British Columbians have stepped up at every stage throughout this pandemic," said Premier John Horgan.
On Saturday I took part in the send-off ceremonies in Penticton for the Syilx Caravan for the Children that went to Kamloops to grieve for the 215 children who were found in unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
In a media release Tuesday, FortisBC said the power company hit a new summer record for peak hourly demand on our electric system Monday.
“The peak load was 735 megawatts,” a FortisBC media rep said in an emailed statement.
“This exceeded the record set the previous day, which was 673 megawatts.”
To The Editor:
This Canada Day I will reflect on what factors in my life have led me to be so obtuse about the impact of colonialism on Indigenous People.
In a government media release Tuesday, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, released a statement on the 10-year anniversary of the line-of-duty passing of Sheilah Sweatman, ground search-and-rescue volunteer:
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