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New food hub to strengthen food security in Rock Creek

The Saffron Guild, owned by Susan Charnell since 2018, is one local business looking forward to using the new food hub. — Screenshot photo

Food and beverage producers will soon have more opportunities to grow their businesses while increasing food security in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary with the development of a new food hub with locations in Rock Creek and Greenwood.

"B.C. food hubs create new opportunities for small- and medium-sized businesses and strengthen food security, so British Columbians can rely on locally grown and processed food now and for generations to come," said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

UPDATED: Protesters rally outside MLA offices to challenge COVID-19 restrictions

Protesters stood outside the office of Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson Monday morning to protest the provincial health restrictions instituted by the BC Government to help stop the spread of COVID-19. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Approximately 40-50 people stood outside the office of Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson Monday morning carrying signs to protest the provincial health restrictions instituted by the BC Government to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The protesters were waiting for the MLA office to open to present a document outlining how the Public Health restrictions are hurting people and the economy in BC.

Ojibwe Author Tanya Talaga Joins Selkirk College’s Truth & Justice Series Conversation

Tanya Talaga is Ojibwe with roots in the Fort William First Nation in Ontario. A former journalist for the Toronto Star, award winning author and president of her own production company focused on Indigenous storytelling, Talaga will be featured in the March 4 virtual Truth & Justice Speaker Series presented by Selkirk College. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Veteran journalist and acclaimed Ojibwe author Tanya Talaga will discuss the current state of Indigenous resurgence in Canada on March 4 as part of Selkirk College’s Truth & Justice Speaker Series.

Rossland among communities to benefit from energy efficiency upgrade grants from CBT

Rossland Scouts Community Hall, constructed in the late 1940s, is used by the Rossland Society for Environmental Action, Rossland Youth Action Network, One Tree Adventures, and other community organizations over the years. — Photo image courtesy CBT

Community buildings in the Columbia Basin will see upgrades this year as part of the Trust’s Energy Sustainability Grants program the Columbia Basin Trust said in a media release.

The CBT said nearly $634,000 will support 15 projects to increase energy efficiency and generate energy to reduce costs and improve sustainability in public buildings, including the Scouts Community Hall in Rossland, the Slocan Park Community Hall in the Slocan Valley, the Mount 7 Rec Plex in Golden and the Seniors Hall in Cranbrook.

UPDATE: Teen victims of Sunday stabbing recovering from non-life-threatening injuries

Two teenagers who suffered stab wounds in a home invasion Sunday will likely be okay.

While they are understandably unprepared to speak to the media at this time, one of the girls' parents reached out to ease the minds of a concerned community, and says one of the teens has been released from hospital and is home recovering with her family, while the other is still being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at KBRH in Trail.

Their names will not be released at this time.

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Interior Health says Fernie COVID-19 community cluster now contained

Interior Health said the final tally had 97 cases connected to this cluster declared January 31, with all confirmed cases now recovered.

Interior Health said in a media release that the COVID-19 community cluster in Fernie has been contained.

Interior Health said the final tally had 97 cases connected to this cluster declared January 31, with all confirmed cases now recovered.

“Interior Health is thankful for the support of local physicians, health care staff, elected officials, community leaders and residents who pulled together to limit further COVID-19 exposures after the cluster was declared in late January,” the Interior Health release said.

Location of ferry construction on waterfront approved despite reservations and concerns

The approval requires Western Pacific Marine Ltd (WPM) to develop a traffic management plan for truck traffic and workers in the northeast area of the city near John’s Walk.

Environmental concern from elements of city council was not enough to block approval of a temporary use permit for the construction of the latest ferry for Kootenay Lake.

Several councilors had major concerns about the location of the ferry build, increased traffic in the area and why the application for the temporary use permit came so late to council. The project location is on lands that are not zoned for the purpose of “ship building,” therefore, a temporary use permit (TUP) is required.

Virtual town hall to provide Columbia River Treaty updates

Discussions will include the current Canada-U.S. negotiations, ongoing Indigenous Nations ecosystem studies, Local Governments’ Committee updated recommendations and work underway domestically to address interests related to the treaty.

An upcoming virtual town hall will give people from across the Columbia Basin and beyond a chance to touch base with Canadian negotiators, Indigenous Nations, local government representatives and others involved in current efforts to modernize the Columbia River Treaty.

The event will take place on Feb. 24, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Pacific time). It is open to anyone interested in the Columbia River Treaty.

During this virtual session, negotiators and others will provide the latest updates about the treaty, after which there will be opportunities to ask questions.

Cold cop makes sweet splash for Special Olympics

Ready for the cold plunge is Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk of the Kamloops RCMP. — Submitted

While police don’t generally encourage the public to jump into the Thompson River this time of year, Kamloops RCMP members are pushing for one of their sergeants to get in there -- for a good cause, of course.

In support of the Special Olympics, Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk has pledged to plunge into the icy-cold river on March 7, if he reaches his $2,000 fundraising goal for the BC branch of the organization.

Cool send off for retiring Nelson Police Chief Constable

Nelson Police Chief Constable Paul Burkart is getting a cold send off after 20 years of service in Nelson.

After 20 years of service, retiring Nelson Police Chief Constable Paul Burkart is going out in style.

The Chief Constable is being sent off into the frigid waters of Kootenay Lake from the end of the Hall Street dock as Burkart, takes the plunge to raise money for BC Special Olympics FreezinforaReason Campaign with the Cold in the Koots fundraiser.

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