by Contributor on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:44am

To Parents and Guardians:

As you are aware, the labour dispute between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Government, Ministry of Education has continued through the summer....

by Michelle Croissant on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:24am

In the first two weeks of August, 268 files were opened with Boundary RCMP.

Cpl. Richard Lantz said that many of the files were from the usual inspections as they continue to do regular...

by Contributor on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 6:44pm

The Christina Lake Stewardship Society’s Young Stewards of the Boundary Youth Program has been successful in encouraging children and their caregivers to do their part to keep our lake clean...

Recent News

Now that talks have stalled registration opens for parent support program

Now that talks have stalled registration opens for parent support program

Starting today, parents of public school students 12 years old and under can register at the government website address to receive $40 perstudent for each day school is not in session due to the ongoing labour disruption in B.C. public schools.

The Temporary Education Support for Parents (TESP) program is intended to help parents with the added cost of learning and supervision for the duration of the labour disruption.

COMMENT: Conservation officers oblivious to cougar numbers

COMMENT: Conservation officers oblivious to cougar numbers

The buzz in the media is that because of a rapidly increasing cougar population 117 cougar were killed by the conservation service last year.

The reality is that the cougar population is not increasing, a fact every veteran cougar hunter will quickly validate. Cougar sightings and complaints have increased dramatically because the population of their primary prey species, the deer have declined significantly and what few deer are alive are close to human habitation.

Regional News

UPDATED: Pilot involved in Crawford Bay plane accident trying to abort landing

The Cessna 172 that crashed burns on the Kokanee Springs Golf Course. — photo courtesy Facebook page of Mainstreet Newspaper

Bill Yearwood, with the Transport Safety Board’s Pacific region, told the Edmonton Journal the pilot involved Saturday's plane accident in Crawford Bay decided to execute a rejected landing and attempted to take off again.

“Something was not right on the landing and the pilot elected to abort the landing. During that takeoff from the aborted landing, the aircraft contacted trees and tragically crashed,” Yearwood said.

“(The pilot) had serious injuries, but we believe he will survive,” Yearwood added.

Fatal accident on Salmo/Creston Friday afternoon

Fatal accident on Salmo/Creston Friday afternoon
An Alberta man has died after a motorcycle accident this afternoon, according to RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services Sgt. John Ferguson.
 
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Provincial & National

BCTF President calls upon Premier to meet and resolve dispute

BCTF president Jim Iker . . . call on Premier to get involved

BCTF President Jim Iker is calling upon Premier Christy Clark to meet with him to help reach a fair settlement to the current strike/lockout before September 2.

Over the weekend in talks with Vince Ready, the BCTF trimmed its package by $125 million. By contrast the BC Public School Employers’ Association did not bring one penny to the table.

Furthermore, the government is demanding a court case escape clause, that would in effect nullify two class size and composition wins in the BC Supreme Court and any future decision in teachers’ favour.

BCTF too far from affordability zone for mediation

Education Minister Peter Fassbender . . . disappointed

 Minister of Education Peter Fassbender issued the following
statement Saturday following the decision by mediator Vince Ready to leave talks:

"Today veteran labour mediator Vince Ready determined that the parties  are too far apart for mediation at this time.   

"I'm very disappointed for students, parents and teachers. What should be a time of excitement and anticipation will instead be marked by frustration and uncertainty.