Tips, tricks on avoiding ticks and safe removal — Interior Health

Spring is here and the warmer weather means more people will be out hiking in tall grass or wooded areas. This can also mean an increased chance of getting tick bites. Ticks are small bugs that bite and feed on the blood of humans and animals and can sometimes transmit disease. Fortunately, there are precautions […]

Selkirk College Valedictorians Epitomize Spirit of Accomplishment

Carrying forward the power of community nurtured at Selkirk College into the broader world is the ambition of the Class of 2024 co-valedictorians. Convocation 2024 takes place at the Castlegar Campus on May 30 with two different ceremonies that celebrate the graduating class. Contemporary Music & Technology Program graduate Jay Porteous and Recreation, Fish & […]

FROM THE HILL: MP speaks to Canada Disability Act

When the House of Commons passed the Canada Disability Act almost a year ago, my colleagues and I were initially buoyed at this long-overdue action to lift people living with a disability out of poverty once and for all. Like many government announcements, details were slim, and we knew we’d have to fight hard alongside […]

$327,111 in grants to support crime prevention projects in the Kootenays

New Democrat MLAS Brittny Anderson and Katrine Conroy say that people in the Kootenays will benefit from projects that will advance public safety, help prevent violence, and promote healing. “By helping more people to recover and heal from trauma and abuse, we can help put a stop to the cycle of violence in families and […]

Column: The many uses and advantages of hemp

Overall, whether it’s used for fabrics, bioplastics, fuels, paper products or building materials, hemp has many advantages and few disadvantages. Hemp has been promoted as a solution to a wide range of environmental issues — as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics, resource-depleting cotton, polluting fossil fuels, energy-intensive building materials, forest-destroying paper products and more. It’s […]

COLUMN: Human nature and the soul

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”  Genesis, II, v. 7 [King James Bible, 1611] This quotation has been translated into English from ancient Hebrew with notable variations for the last word: soul; being; creature; […]

Southeast Fire Centre issues Category 3 fire prohibitions

The BC Wildfire Service is getting the jump on any potential dangers as the region prepares for the upcoming fire season. In a media release, the BC Wildfire Service said that effective at 12:00 (noon) PDT on Friday, May 17, 2024, Category 3 open burning will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, which includes […]

Cone Zone campaign urges drivers to slow down to protect roadside workers

Tens of thousands of roadside workers and millions of drivers in B.C. share a common goal. They all want to get home safe each day. Achieving that goal by getting drivers to use caution and obey work zone driving laws is the focus of the annual Cone Zone safety awareness campaign in B.C. It reminds […]

Katrine Conroy announces retirement from politics after 19 years serving the West Kootenay

New Democrat MLA and B.C. Finance Minister Katrine Conroy announced today that she will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming provincial election. “It has been a true honour to serve my community and this province for nearly 20 years,” said Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. “We have accomplished so much, from expanding affordable childcare […]

MP Cannings: Dental and Pharmacare Town Hall announced

Starting May 1, almost 2 million seniors were eligible to make appointments and start accessing the new NDP Dental Care Plan. MP, Richard Cannings noted that “after 57 years fighting for dental care to be included in the Canada Health Care Act, the NDP Canada Dental Care Plan is finally here.” The local MP has […]