March 2017

New province-wide campaign reveals dangerous side of nursing

According to WorkSafeBC’s 2015 annual report, the overall injury rate due to workplace violence has increased over 50 percent since 2006.

Virna Bation, a nurse who’s worked in elder care for 17 years, never expected that her attempt to help a patient would turn violent. A 75-year-old resident suddenly became agitated while Bation was providing care and bit Bation’s thumb so badly that it sent her to the emergency department and kept her off work for three months.

“The pain was excruciating,” she says. “Emotionally and physically, I was really distraught. When I remember what happened, I feel shaky.”

Film Screening in Rossland: A New Economy

From the documentary film "A New Economy"

 A recent documentary film, " A New Economy," explores what might happen if working together for the common good were to become the most common business model.

Can the world be saved?  Can co-operation save us? Or can global capitalism, with its dependence on the infinite exponential economic growth demanded by return on investment, continue unabated without exhausting the resources that support our economy and ending our civilization? The answer to the latter question is arguably "no."  The answer to the first question -- can co-operation save us -- may well be yes, if we can achieve a paradigm shift in values, this film suggests.

Avalanche Canada issues 'High' risk in backcountry

Avalanche Canada is asking the public to be extremely careful.

Avalanche Canada is asking the public to be extremely careful when venturing into the backcountry over the next few days as recent high elevation rain has created very dangerous avalanche conditions.

"Very large natural avalanches are expected on Wednesday," said the Avalanche Canada website warning.

"Now is an appropriate time to avoid all avalanche terrain including the run out zones of large avalanches paths."

Saints 'Drive for Five' comes to sudden end

The Selkirk College Saints season came to an end on the weekend after the Trinity Western University Spartans won the semi-final series 2-0. Ryan Edwards (seen here) and the Saints were gunning for a fifth straight BCIHL championship. (photo courtesy Scott Stewart/Trinity Western University). — Selkirk College photo

The Trinity Western University Spartans snapped a historic British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) streak on Friday night, scoring a 6-1 victory over the Selkirk College Saints to secure the semi-final series sweep.

The Saints entered the BCIHL post-season with four straight championship titles and looking to complete a fifth.

The Spartans put a kink in the plan Thursday night when they opened the series with a 4-1 win at Langley’s George Preston Recreation Centre and followed it up with the series clincher the next night.

Agreement expires on Esso and Tim Hortons development

Despite significant work by both parties, the next step in the agreement was not met before the renewal limit of the PSA was reached in  Esso, Tim Hortons development.

The purchase and sale agreement on the land that was to have been an Esso and Tim Hortons on Highway 3 has fallen through.

The City of Grand Forks noted on Tuesday that, after two extensions, the purchase and sale agreement (PSA) on the parcel of land expected to be an Esso and Tim Hortons has expired.

“Despite significant work by both parties, the next step in the agreement was not met before the renewal limit of the PSA was reached,” said City of Grand Forks communications officer Cavan Gates in a press release.

COLUMN: Shine Your Light

COLUMN:  Shine Your Light

Scissors and Paste

The academic supervisor for my post-grad thesis in history would not have approved of what I do in this edition of the Arc. He dismissed the method (with a curl of his lip) thus: “writing with scissors and paste, Charles.”

I have looked over several pieces of writing recently, some of it my own, and I am making a scrapbook of topics that hang together. The theme emerges from the topics.

Letter: About Access Gas

Letter:  About Access Gas

To the Editor:

I was recently visited by a representative of Access Gas offering me participation in the Customer Choice Program which guarantees you stable pricing for the gas you receive via Fortis for the next five years.  The program is well presented and documented and is perfectly legitimate.

Castlegar Students Step Out Into The Wonder Of Winter

Students at Robson Community learn about animal tracks.

This winter, over 3,000 elementary students throughout the Columbia Basin stepped out of their classrooms and into the magical world of Winter Wonder.

In the Castlegar area, Winter Wonder educators Alyssa Belanger, Genna Lazier and Mary Searchfield took twenty Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes from Kinnaird Elementary, Fruitvale Elementary, Robson Community and Castlegar Primary on half-day field studies to discover the awe of winter and why it is so important for our local ecosystems. Judging by the rosy-cheeked smiles on everybody’s faces, amazing days out were had by all.

Teck Trail Operations Completes Construction of Groundwater Treatment Plant

Teck Trail Operations Completes Construction of Groundwater Treatment Plant

Teck Trail Operations has completed construction of the Groundwater Treatment Plant, a $46-million investment to address groundwater affected by the site’s historical activities. Commissioning of the plant is currently under way, and the plant is expected to be fully operational by summer 2017.

“The Groundwater Treatment Plant demonstrates our commitment to addressing effects of our historical operations and aligns with our ongoing focus to ensure the environment is protected,” said Thompson Hickey, General Manager, Teck Trail Operations.

Castlegar, Slocan and Nelson awarded multi-million-dollar grants for infrastructure projects

The stretch of Columbia earmarked for revitalization, as shown by Google Maps.

Castlegar’s Columbia Avenue Complete Streets program got a major boost over the weekend, when two higher levels of government announced more than $3 million in grant funding toward the project.

The federal and provincial governments have committed $1, 607,421 each to the project, with the City of Castlegar paying the remaining $1,607,422.

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