September 2014

Man arrested in Surrey after 9-year-old sexually assaulted

Man arrested in Surrey after 9-year-old sexually assaulted

Surrey RCMP has arrested a 23-year-old Surrey man following the sexual assault of a nine year old girl on Aug. 27 (see original release).

Suspicious fire causes roughly $10,000 damage

Suspicious fire causes roughly $10,000 damage

Police are investigating a suspicious fire found in the Toyota parking lot Friday evening.

Deputy fire chief Sam Lattanzio, who was first on scene, said the call came in at about 10:12 p.m., advising authorities there was what appeared to be a brush or dumpster fire.

"There was a brush fire in the northwest corner of the lot, near a truck, a plough and a canopy," he said, adding crews extinguished the fire in a matter of minutes.

The fire did, though, cause about $10,000 damage, and Lattanzio said it's being treated as suspicious.

City and CUPE 2262 reach accord, but no contract yet

City and CUPE 2262 reach accord, but no contract yet

The City of Castlegar and its union workers from CUPE Local 2262 have not yet hammered out a contract, but have arrived at a mutual accord in terms of proceeding.

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff says the two parties have agreed on a publication ban, meaning neither side will speak to the press until a settlement has been arranged.

He said the union brought the idea forward and the city readily accepted the notion.

This, after several exchanges between the two sides played out in local media, arguably making successful negotiations more difficult.

Councillor opposes arbitrary process in policing equipment

Councillor opposes arbitrary process in policing equipment

A city councillor is speaking out against a process that sees the city making massive expenditures without having any say in the decision-making behind those expenditures.

Councillor Kevin Chernoff said he has no problem with getting closed circuit TV surveillance for the local RCMP detachment – but he’s not okay with the city having to foot the bill without any say or input.

Kimberley’s Diamond in the Rough

Kimberley’s Diamond in the Rough

Mining and the sun link the three cities with the same name — Kimberley — in British Columbia, Australia, and South Africa.

After 92 years of active mining, producing more than $20 billion worth of lead, zinc, and silver, Kimberley, B.C.’s Sullivan Mine closed in 2001.

The Kimberley region of Western Australia accounts for all of the area’s diamond production and produces 90 per cent of the world’s pink diamonds.

With lockout lifted, Minister asks BCTF to suspend strike

Education Minister Peter Fassbender . . . asks BCPSEA to drop lockout

Minister of Education Peter Fassbender has issued the following statement:

"On Aug. 27, 2014, I met with the lead negotiators for the BCTF and BCPSEA and asked them to suspend any strike and lockout activities if the parties entered mediation so students could start school and teachers could go to work.

"The BCTF refused to suspend their pickets and declined to even canvass their members on the proposal.

Heck of a bathtub to clean — Kootenay Canal gets 'dewatered'

Kootenay Canal, west of Nelson, will be drained starting in September.

It’s a heck of a bathtub to clean.

BC Hydro will be draining the Kootenay Canal, west of Nelson, from early September to the end of October to upgrade the canal’s lining.

It’s a  $10 million project that will utilize 70 workers — including engineers, safety experts, construction workers and environment workers — to complete, with at least 35 workers on site daily.

Kootenay Lake residents have already noticed the lake has dropped about a foot in the last two weeks.

UPDATED: SAR members, with help from 442 squadron Cormorant helicopter, continue search for missing Surrey man

UPDATED: SAR members, with help from 442 squadron Cormorant helicopter, continue search for missing Surrey man
Search and Rescue teams, with help from the 442 squadron Cormorant helicopter, scanned the shoreline of Kootenay Lake from Nine Mile, north of Nelson, on to the Corra Linn Dam near Bonnington Sunday with no luck locating the missing Surrey man.
 
It was the third day SAR members searched for the 56-year-old Surrey resident Paul Tayes, who went missing from Kokanee Provincial Campground after staff noticed his vehicle and trailer were still in the same location Thursday.
 
RCMP received the call from Campground staff

LETTER: Trail pedestrian bridge has million dollar implications for Rossland

LETTER: Trail pedestrian bridge has million dollar implications for Rossland

It appears that in the recent referendum about 27% of Trail’s eligible voters voted in favour of a combined pedestrian / pipe-bridge. It also appears that 64% didn’t bother to vote at all, maybe because they had been told by their Council that it would not cost them anything in additional taxes… so why bother.

COMMENT: As municipal elections approach, what's the cause of voter apathy?

COMMENT: As municipal elections approach, what's the cause of voter apathy?

Taken aback by complete strangers walking up to you this summer to shake hands? Well, that's because they're back. Candidates on the hustings for a city hall near you.

And despite their enthusiasm, it's not a passion shared by most voters if past elections are any indication.

Even though local governments in B.C. oversee more than $7 billion in annual spending, some communities may only see one in five voters go out and cast a ballot this November.