January 2017

BC Coroners Service Releases 2017 Illicit Drug Death Numbers

The December deaths bring the provisional numbers for the full year of 2016 to a total of 914.

The number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. continues to increase each month with December numbers the highest ever recorded in a single month in the province, according to the latest statistics from the BC Coroners Service.

Provisional data show that a total of 142 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of December, an average of nine every two days.

The December deaths bring the provisional numbers for the full year of 2016 to a total of 914, an increase of almost 80% over the number of deaths in the previous year.

Get Ready for Rossland's Winter Carnival!

Photo by Larry Doell

There will be non-stop fun at the Rossland Winter Carnival -- the longest-running such event in Canada, it's been happening every year since 1898. With so much going on, people will wish they could defy the laws of physics by  being in more than one place at a time.  Here's a smattering of the events.

Boundary MLA leads provincial study of rural education; open house planned

This review will explore rural school funding and educational practices, as well as the role educational programs and schools play in rural communities across the province.

The future of rural education is being investigated online with the Boundary’s MLA at the helm as the province tries to develop a new education strategy for areas outside its major urban areas.

Led by Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson — Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education — an online discussion about the meaning and the future of rural education is now winding down, but an open house will be staged in Trail on Feb. 24 (6-8 p.m., site yet to be determined) to gather more feedback.

Bernie Sanders' style grassroots fundraising it's not

In a statement, the Liberal party reported that individual donors had outnumbered its corporate donors by a four-to-one margin in 2016.

Mere hours before the New York Times went to press with its look at the B.C. Liberal party's ethical scorecard, the party chose to get its 2016 fundraising results out ahead of the storm.

One last chance at political counter-spin and what a marvel of spin it was. U.S. Republican party strategist Karl Rove would have been proud.

In a statement released on Friday, the Liberal party reported that individual donors had outnumbered its corporate donors by a four-to-one margin in 2016, with 9,324 individuals and 1,876 corporations making donations.

RCMP report trio rescued after becoming lost in back country

RCMP report trio rescued after becoming lost in back country

Three men are safe after being rescued from the back country by Search and Rescue RCMP Sergeant Monty Taylor of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment said in a media release Thursday.

Taylor said RCMP became involved in the search after the Salmo detachment received a call Wednesday (January 18) from a Nelson resident saying her boyfriend had activated an emergency distress signal on his SPOT GPS.

Taylor said the trio, in their mid-20's, had been on a back country ski excursion for the past few days after being dropped off at the Bombi Summit between Salmo and Castlegar.

KI holds special meeting to discuss league expansion Sunday in Castlegar

Reps from Quesnel and Williams Lake met with the KI brass earlier this month to express interest in joining the 20-team league.

If you build it, they will come.

It appears the movie Field of Dreams, substituting Kootenay International Junior Hockey League President Bill Ohlhausen for actor Kevin Costner, will make a special showing during a meeting of the Board of Governors Sunday in Castlegar.

The KIJHL has been building since the league started in 1966. And now the Junior B league is considering more expansion after interest was expressed by a group of hockey people in both Quesnel and Williams Lake to join.

Grand Forks to join thousands in Women's March against discrimination

Saturday, Grand Forks residents will join other Women's March on Washington rallies.

This Saturday, Grand Forks residents will rally in support of the Women's March on Washington. The march will begin at 10 a.m. in Gyro Park, next to the Grand Forks and District Public Library. Hot beverages will be available while participants listen to a few speakers before they start the march around the downtown core. 

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