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by Province of British Columbia on Thursday Apr 28 2022

Following the flooding in November 2021, the Province is making significant changes to ensure more people, communities and businesses can access and receive increased benefits from British Columbia’s Disaster Financial Assistance program.

The slate of immediate regulatory changes will allow the Province to provide up-front contributions toward community recovery projects, increase the...

by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Apr 28 2022

The city won’t be jumping on board the banning of single-use plastics train any time soon, despite communities across the province already banning them ahead of provincial and federal government legislation.

A city official confirmed that Nelson is waiting for the federal government to pass Canada-wide legislation that would ban single-use plastic later this year.

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by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Apr 26 2022

People are already standing together to stop a plan to log a section of old growth forest near Argenta.

Last weekend an environmental protest camp was set up near Argenta, with support from local environmentalists and at the invitation of the Autonomous Sinixt, Last Stand West Kootenay (LSWK) — a grassroots collective, non-profit group — intends “to help protect part one of the most...

by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Apr 26 2022

Three times is the charm for city council when it comes to presentations.

Or, at least it could be capped at three, according to a discussion over Council Procedure Bylaw at the April 19 committee-of-the-whole (COW) meeting.

The number of presentations at the monthly COW meeting — from city staff and from the public — that city council could feasibly hear and discuss was...

by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Apr 23 2022

The school district is facing a funding shortfall next school year, a direct result of a drop in projected enrolment, which could mean fewer teachers employed.

There is a projected decline of 43.125 full-time-equivalent (FTE) students for the next school year in School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake), a figure which is predominantly made up of regular Kindergarten to Grade 12 school...

by Nature Conservancy of Canada on Saturday Apr 23 2022

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has just announced plans for the largest private land conservation project in Canada’s history. When complete, Boreal Wildlands will protect 1,450 square kilometres of boreal forest near Hearst in northern Ontario.

The project will encompass an area twice the size of the city of Toronto.

This week, as we celebrate Earth Day and what it means to...

by Lone Sheep Publishing on Saturday Apr 23 2022

Interior Heath has issued a DRUG ALERT for the Nelson area after a sample believed to be methamphetamine tested positive for down (caffeine, mannitol, fentanyl, benzodiazepine). 

Interior Health said in a media release Friday, the overdose risk is very high when stimulants are contaminated/mixed with down.

“Please ensure your clients are aware of ...

by Trail Champion on Friday Apr 22 2022

On Wednesday, April 19, 2022, Cst Ryder Heim of the Trail and Greater District RCMP joined the South Columbia Search and Rescue team for a mock training exercise along the old Waneta Highway.

The exercise simulated a crashed watercraft in the Columbia River and searchers deployed to both sides of the river bank to rescue a lifelike water training doll. The team also used a boat to help...

by Castlegar Source on Friday Apr 22 2022

Two prescribed burns in the region may help the BC Wildfire Service get a jump on this year's fire season,

To help reduce wildfire threats, the BC Wildfire Service is supporting the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo) in conducting a prescribed burn covering up to 162 hectares in the Trozzo Creek area.

The burn site is around three km northeast of Winlaw. Smoke may...

by Province of British Columbia on Friday Apr 22 2022

B.C. firefighters will soon have easier access to workers’ compensation benefits and support services in recognition of their higher risk of developing work-related cancers.

The Province is amending the Firefighters' Occupational Disease Regulation under the Workers Compensation Act (WCA) by adding three cancers to the existing list of 13 that firefighters are at risk of developing....

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