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Early prohibition of fires, fireworks throughout BC

Fire photo by Meritt Thomas via Unsplash

Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Thursday, April 16, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires, although campfires will still be allowed.

The following activities will be prohibited, and these restrictions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified:

COVID-19 sparks additional protections for inland ferries

Ferries in the West Kootenay that will see these changes include Glade and Harrop cable ferries as well as the Kootenay Lake Ferry between Balfour and Kootenay Bay.

Under new guidelines set by Transport Canada to reduce and mitigate the risks of COVID-19, the provincial government announced additional safety measures Monday that are now in place for the Province’s inland ferry system to help protect the safety of passengers and crew.

Effective immediately, passengers boarding inland ferries must comply with the following changes:

RDKB says: Please don't travel to secondary homes or cabins in the RDKB

Please cancel your travel plans and stay home instead.

Many residents from BC and other provinces own cabins or secondary homes in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, including at Christina Lake, Big White and other tourist destinations in our region. The regional district has a simple message for anyone contemplating visiting or staying at a secondary home or cabin in the RDKB during this pandemic: Don’t.

BC 1 Call urges homeowners to click or call before digging

Click or call before digging to avoid damaging underground infrastructure and costly service disruptions.

With so many British Columbians staying home to practice safe physical distancing, many are taking advantage of the spring weather to get outside in their yard and tackle home improvement projects. 

Which is why BC 1 Call is urging homeowners to click or call before they dig to avoid damaging underground infrastructure and costly service disruptions.

Exposure to general public very low from case of COVID-19 at Okanagan Correctional Centre

In a media release, the Interior Health’s Medical Health Officer is confident that the risk of exposure to the general public is low.

Interior Health said in a media release Friday it is actively following up on any individuals who had contact with an inmate at Okanagan Correctional Centre who has tested positive for COVID-19.

"Interior Health’s Medical Health Officer is confident that the risk of exposure to the general public is low," the media release said.

Invasive Ivy to be removed from Nelson Courthouse

It has been etermined that the ivy is threatening the building’s structural integrity, including obstructing gutters and downspouts, preventing proper roof drainage, and damaging the chimney, roof and soffits. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Courthouse in Nelson is going to get a bit of a facelift starting sometime in April as crews will remove invasive ivy that is growing on the landmark structure.

The reason —  invasive ivy causes building-integrity risks.

“A recent assessment by Fairbanks Architects Ltd. determined that the ivy is threatening the building’s structural integrity, including obstructing gutters and downspouts, preventing proper roof drainage, and damaging the chimney, roof and soffits,” the BC Government media release said.

Air Canada Extends Temporary Suspension of West Kootenay Regional Airport Flights

Air Canada has extended the suspension of all flights in and out of the West Kootenay Regional Airport until at least April 30, 2020.

As a result of COVID-19, Air Canada is facing uncertainty and is making adjustments to its schedule which resulted in the extension.

“The extension of flight suspensions has resulted in the temporary closure of the airport terminal building to the general public,” says Patrick Gauvreau, Airport Manager. “The airport remains open and operating for general aviation, medical air and cargo service, and the Southeast Fire Centre.”

Nelson sends cheers of support to frontline healthcare staff during COVID-19 pandemic

Firefighters at Nelson Fire and Rescue rolled the truck out of the Ward Street station to blast out the siren during what is becoming a nightly salute in the Heritage City to the frontline healthcare works during the COVID-19 pandemic. — The Nelson Daily photo

Residents of Nelson are joining in on what has been a daily salute around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At 7 p.m., or most notably shift change at local hospitals, citizens step out onto their balconies and sidewalks and open their windows to applaud, cheer, yell and bang pots in a salute to the work being done by frontline healthcare workers.

Tuesday, at 7 p.m., cheers could be heard throughout the City of Nelson as citizens saluted healthcare workers.

Interior Health reports COVID-19 outbreak at West Kelowna Agricultural Business

Interior Health said the business is currently closed to customers.

In a media release Tuesday, Interior Health said it is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 illness involving a group of temporary foreign workers residing in housing at a West Kelowna agricultural business.

"On March 27, an IH Medical Health Officer placed an order on Bylands Nurseries Ltd. A group of temporary foreign workers residing in on site housing are to remain in quarantine on the property until the Medical Health Officer provides alternate direction," the IH release said.

"This followed confirmation of COVID-19 cases among this group."

RCMP Emergency Response Team deployed to Grand Forks to deal with emotionally distraught woman

Police said the 43-year-old Grand Forks woman was transported to hospital for a full medical assessment.

RCMP said Monday the Southeast District Emergency Response Team was deployed to Grand Forks Saturday evening to assist with the apprehension of an emotionally distraught woman.

RCMP said Saturday, March 28, 2020 at approximately 7:45 p.m. Grand Forks RCMP received a request to respond to a residence in the 2100-block of 68th Avenue to check on the well-being of a local resident.

Police said at the scene frontline officers encountered an emotionally distraught adult woman, who they believed to be armed with a firearm.