by Timothy Schafer on Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:31am

Fees for a fourth Habitat for Humanity housing project in Grand Forks has been given fiscal support by city council.

Council agreed by resolution to waive $8,840 in development fees,...
by Larry Hudema on Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:28am

On Tuesday May 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gem Theatre, Spotlight Films will be presenting the Irish/Canadian film “Maudie”, based on the life of Nova Scotian folk artist and Canadian art...

by Timothy Schafer on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 7:47pm

The details and emotion of the proceedings of Grand Forks city council in-camera meetings will continue to remain largely behind closed doors, despite an attempt to get the meetings electronically...

Recent News

Grand Forks piranhas snap into new season

Grand Forks Piranhas Swim Club dressed as Ewoks for the BC Summer Swimming Association's "May the 4th be with you" (Star Wars Day) photo challenge. -- submitted photo

Almost 50 swimmers dove into a new swim season with the Grand Forks Piranhas Swim Club on May 2. Registrations are little higher than last year with almost 50 participants aged four to adult. 

One of the biggest changes is the increase in young swimmers. The novice division has 11 children registered, compared to the less than five last year. Swim club president Laura Lewis, says it is exciting to see young children interested because it builds a strong base from the club and the club’s future. 

Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides Sunday in Grand Forks

This year’s Walk will be held in more than 240 communities across Canada.

This spring, Canadians and their four-legged “best friends” are preparing to walk together for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, May 28th in Grand Forks.

This year’s Walk will be held in more than 240 communities across Canada. The largest fundraising endeavor of its kind, the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides helps to raise, train and place service dogs with Canadians who have a medical or physical disability. All dogs are welcome to participate, but you do not need a dog to join us.

Regional News

Plea for bees in the city hopes to overcome legislation and raise awareness for the plight of bees

A Slocan Valley-based non-profit society is requesting a change to the city's bylaws concerning the keeping of honeybee hives within the city limits. — Screen Shot Photo

The scholastic spelling bee notwithstanding, the keeping of domestic bees in the city has been forbidden for many years.

However, a plea for the keeping of bees is now being made for Nelson schools, launched by a Slocan Valley-based non-profit society that is requesting a change to the city's bylaws concerning the keeping of honeybee hives within the city limits.

Fire considered 'lucky' given potential damage

Fire considered 'lucky' given potential damage

A structure fire in Rossland yesterday is being hailed as “extremely lucky” despite having caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Captain Glen Gallamore.

The call came in at 4:30 p.m. and crews arrived on scene at 4:35 p.m. at 2049 Happy Valley Road in Rossland. Thirteen Rossland firefighters and five Trail firefighters responded.

Provincial & National

Final Count — Liberals 43, NDP 41, Green Party 3

When the legislature is back, BC will have its first minority government more than 60 years.

BC’s three political parties were all jockeying for position after Elections BC released the final numbers Wednesday following the May 9 Provincial vote.

After the final riding was tabulated, giving the NDP Courtenay-Comox by 189 votes, the count leaves the B.C. Liberals with 43 seats — one short of a majority — the NDP at 41 and the Green Party at 3. 

Hunter-Funded Wildlife Agency Quietly Announced Before BC Election

Steve Thomson, Former Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announcing the new wildlife agency proposal on March 22, 2017.

By Judith Lavoie.  This article is from DeSmog Canada.

A plan to form a new, independent wildlife management agency in B.C., which would relieve the provincial government from managing contentious wildlife issues such as grizzly, wolf and caribou populations, is generating anxiety among some conservation groups who fear the structure of the new program could prioritize the interests of hunters over wildlife.

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