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'Domino' kidney transplant a success for MLA Conroy and husband

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy is making a gradual return to work after she donated a kidney and her husband Ed underwent a successful kidney transplant. The couple participated in a Canada-wide ‘domino’ kidney transplant that involved six people. Ms. Conroy volunteered to donate a kidney to her husband, but was not a compatible donor for him, so instead donated to another matched recipient who also had a willing but incompatible donor.

That donor helped yet another unmatched pair, and Mr. Conroy ultimately received a new kidney.

Atamanenko slams Tory budget bill

 

B.C. Southern Interior MP, Alex Atamanenko is extremely disappointed that the Conservative budget bill C-9 was adopted in the House of Commons on June 8th.

“This bill paves the way for the privatization of Canada Post and authorizes the sale of the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. with no debate or public scrutiny.  It also approves the drainage of the Employment Insurance Account which used to have a surplus of $57 billion paid by workers”, said Atamanenko.

Search continues; RCMP ask the public to quash rumour mill

Police are asking residents to handle rumours responsibly as Day Four of the search for 19-year-old Zachary Larsen continues.

Helicopters and numerous Search and Rescue water craft searched again yesterday, but found nothing, so a ground search was organized for today, beginning this morning in Millennium Park.

Roughly 100 volunteers showed up to help look for the young man, splitting into teams of eight, with each team led by a trained Search and Rescue person.

LETTER: We cannot let this issue die

Dear editor,

Death is not an option.  It is an experience each of us will face one day.  How we, or our loved ones, are cared for during that experience has taken a significant turn for the worse as local administrators once again reduce service levels while trying to convince us that adequate care is still available. Nurses and physicians in both hospital and home care settings will continue to give care to the dying as they can while caring for many other clients at the same time, but they will have to do that without support from a hospice palliative care coordinator.

Medical community urges BC government to act on pesticides

A group of eight British Columbia medical and health organizations are calling on the provincial government to enact province-wide legislation banning the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides. The group is also clarifying two common myths surrounding cosmetic pesticides because of emerging evidence of human toxicity, especially to the vulnerable, young and old. 
 

LETTER: Huckleberries for Haiti?

Dear editor,

There is just one month left in the “Grounds for Haiti” collective fundraising initiative and there are some great things happening in the month of June. Our small group behind the “Grounds for Haiti” collective fundraising initiative are intent on keeping the focus on long-term efforts on rebuilding Haiti in the public eye for awhile longer.

We are able to do this with the some creative fundraising partnerships and very supportive businesses.

CBT partners with Province to provide affordable seniors' housing

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is partnering with the Province of British Columbia to construct 114 affordable housing units for seniors and persons with disabilities in eight communities throughout the Basin; Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Baynes Lake, Golden, Revelstoke, New Denver and Valemount will each see projects built as a result of the partnership.

Castlegar residents gearing up for dancin' in the streets

More than 400 people attended last year's city street dance, held in conjunction with Sunfest - and this year should see an even better turn-out.

City councillor Kevin Chernoff has helped organize this year's event, and he said there's some new innovations and fun additions to make sure everyone has a terrific time.

"The street behind City Hall will be closed off, just like last year, and the dance will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Friday night of Sunfest (June 4)," he said.

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