March 2015

IIO speaks to investigations in de Groot/Edey officer-involved shootings in West Kootenay

IIO speaks to investigations in de Groot/Edey officer-involved shootings in West Kootenay

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is responding to many questions and allegations from local residents as to the amount of time the IIO is taking to investigate the officer-involved shooting deaths of Slocan resident Peter De Groot on Oct. 13, 2014 in the Slocan Valley and Yahk resident Waylon Edey on Jan. 28, 2015 in Castlegar.

Kellie Kilpatrick, IIO executive director, public accountability, started by answering these specific questions posed by The Castlegar Source (CS):

LETTER: What is the delay in investigation of officer-involved shooting of Waylon Edey

LETTER: What is the delay in investigation of officer-involved shooting of Waylon Edey

Ed. Note: To read the answers offered by the Independent Investigations Office regarding many of the questions posed below, click here).

On the evening of Jan. 30, 2015, Waylon Jesse Edey, of Yahk, B.C. was shot dead by an RCMP Officer, during an “attempted traffic stop”, which took place on the Kinnaird Bridge, near Castlegar, B.C. From what I have heard, there were witnesses to the event. But the only official information relating to the shooting of Mr. Edey, some 33 days ago, is contained in the above introductory sentence. What is the delay all about?

GV Giants end season for Kootenay Ice with pair of shutout wins

The Kootenay Ice concluded the BC Major Midget season with a 5-29-6 record. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Greater Vancouver Giants tuned up for the BC Hockey Major Midget League playoffs by posting a couple of lopsided wins over the Kootenay Ice this past weekend at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.

The Giants, second in league standings with a 26-10-4 record, bounced the Ice 6-0 Saturday and 2-0 Sunday to conclude the regular season for both clubs.

The Giants now meet the South Island Royals in a best-of-three playoff series beginning Friday in Burnaby.

Saturday, Greater Van scored four times in the second period to break open a close game.

RCMP WARN OF INCOME TAX SCAMS

RCMP WARN OF INCOME TAX SCAMS

It's income tax time!    The  Trail & Greater District RCMP Crime Prevention Office is advising people to be on the watch for tax-related Phishing Scams.

Watch out for identity theft:

Education, History and Culture: Who Benefits? Who Leads?

Education, History and Culture:  Who Benefits?  Who Leads?

“Education should form the Character.”      -- John Dewey

“When The People are taught what is best, then they can rule themselves.”

Section 43 of the Criminal Code and our Children; a Complex Issue

spanking!

Contemplating two forms of violence:  physical and emotional

Have you ever spanked or swatted your child (or been tempted to)?  Were you ever spanked (or worse) as a child?  In Canada, S. 43 of the Criminal Code protects the right of a parent or teacher to use "force by way of correction".   That section is commonly known as "the spanking law" (though it encompasses much more than spanking -- such as forcible restraint of a child who is hurting another, as one example) and this is what it says:

Saints add firepower to future with commitment by Dallas Calvin

Former Nitehawk star Dallas Calvin (22) is off to Selkirk to play for the Saints next season. — The Nelson Daily file photo

On the eve of the first round of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) playoffs, the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program announced great news as former KIJHL and BCHL star Dallas Calvin has inked a playing commitment of to attend the Castlegar-based school in and compete 2015-2016.

The six-foot-4, 220-pound Calvin recently completed his final junior hockey season with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Government introduces legislation to enhance regulations for e-cigarettes

Governments look to control latest crave of some people, e-cigarettes.

British Columbia has introduced amendments to the Tobacco Control Act to regulate e-cigarettes, legislation that will help stop the growing use of e-cigarettes by young people in B.C.

“More and more young people are using e-cigarettes,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

“This legislation will limit the exposure to children of the possible dangers of e-cigarette vapour and the potential that e-cigarettes have to normalize smoking behaviour."

Top Better Business Bureau scams for 2015

Top Better Business Bureau scams for 2015

The recent scam affecting the West Kootenay brought to the public's attention by Nelson Police Department comes at number six on the top-ten Better Business Bureau scams for 2015.

Every year for the last 22 years BBB B.C. has put together a list of the top scams affecting British Columbians.

The BBB work alongside our community partners to develop a list identifying which scams are actively phishing for your identity and money.

LETTER: School superintendent speaks to carving almost $.6 mill from budget

LETTER: School superintendent speaks to carving almost $.6 mill from budget

Trustees and district staff have been working on the 2015/16 school year budget since January.  On Feb.