July 2014

BC Coroners Service identifies Riondel man killed in cliff-diving accident

BC Coroners Service identifies Riondel man killed in cliff-diving accident

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a cliff-diving incident on Kootenay Lake near Gray Creek on (Monday) June 30 as Wyatt Earl Davidson, aged 25, from Riondel.

Davidson and a friend were cliff-diving into Kootenay Lake from a cliff about 10 metres high during the afternoon of the accident.

After a dive, the friend observed Davidson to be in trouble in the water. He went to assist him but was unable to get Davidson to shore.  

Wildlife photography contest for a good cause

2013 winner for Backyard Habitats - Category Laurie Schretlen, Kelowna

Calling all shutterbugs! The BC SPCA’s sixth annual Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest is now open for entries. Whether you’re enjoying a staycation in your own backyard or planning outdoor adventures in B.C.’s vast wilderness, bring your camera and show off your best wildlife photos. All amateur photographers are invited to enter the sixth annual Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest, which runs from July 1 through September 30 by submitting their most impressive digital images.

UPDATED: Last chick rescued from the Osprey nest west of Nelson

People all over the world are pulling for the Nelson Osprey chicks.

Osprey watchers listening to the sounds from the Columbia Wireless webcam can only hear vehicles passing by after the Orphan Wildlife Rehabiliation Society decided to accepted the last chick from the Osprey nest west of Nelson.

The decision came after two of chicks in the next passed away after the father Osprey was killed striking a power line near the nest.

With no father to provide food, volunteers from Nelson Hydro began supplying fish to the mother, in hopes she would feed her last remaining chick.

Average Canadian family pays big bucks for healthcare says Fraser Institute study

Contrary to public belief, health care in Canada is not free.

The Fraser Institute

Unilever takes on Planet Bennu in fight for 'sicle' name

On planet Bennu there are no bullies.

On planet Bennu there are no bullies.

Unfortunately, here on Earth,  vernacular like Kleenex, scotch tape, popsicles, Xerox and Mickey Mouse are owned by corporations that have no problem  protecting the words they invented.

And that’s why Starcicles owners Rain Shields and Daniel Carlson are down to their last dime. They have already spent most of their profits preparing for a fight with the Unilever Corporation, both in the US and Canada, for the right to call their frozen juice on a stick Starcicles.

LETTER: Plea for help at local rescue society

LETTER: Plea for help at local rescue society

To the editor:

I arrived home from work this evening to find a tiny sparrow sitting in my driveway...he fell out of his nest (which we couldn't find).

We quickly picked him up and called "BEAKS" (Carol Pettigrew) in Blueberry, who agreed to care for the tiny bird. When we arrived at Carol's, we were shocked to see how many birds she was caring for. Just today, she was given four birds to nurse back to health and she had many others, including a baby osprey and a baby hummingbird.

Trail issues release saying boundary extension one step closer

Trail issues release saying boundary extension one step closer

The City of Trail is one step closer to extending its boundaries into Columbia Gardens (Electoral Area A). As of Wednesday, July 2, the city has officially received support from the property owners in the proposed extended region.  As directed by the province, a letter was sent to all residents who would be impacted by the extension. The city received only one response from a property owner indicating they preferred the status quo; therefore there would appear to be very strong support from the impacted property owners to proceed.   

Kootenay Rhythm Dragons Celebrate 10 Years of Paddling and Friendship

What started out as a small group, the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons has blossomed into a amazing club during the past 10 years. — Photo courtesy Tim Kendrick

What started out as a small group of local women gathering for recreation and support has turned into so much more for the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons, who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their rowing club this month.

Boating Councils remind anglers wearing lifejackets can save lives

There are ways to park the boat and then there are ways not to park the boat.

This week (July 4-13) marks National Fishing Week in Canada.

The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and the B.C. Wildlife Federation want to remind anglers that wearing your lifejacket is even more important than wearing your ‘lucky fishing hat’. But they do share one trait.

They both have to be worn to be effective!
According to the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society, 80 percent of recreational boaters who drown each and every year in Canada were not wearing a lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD).

Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Canada has an aging population and, as a result, will face many challenges. While we have been engaged with some of the items affected at the federal level, there is a vacuum for government initiatives related to end of life care, which is known as palliative care.

To be clear, a person doesn’t have to be elderly to benefit from palliative care since many terminal illnesses are not limited to any one age group, however, palliative care is predominantly aimed at older populations.