March 2017

RCMP target drivers in Distracted Driving, Occupant Restraint Campaign

Current stats for 2017 show a whopping 98 cell phone tickets have been handed out by police. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Almost 100 drivers in the West Kootenay still are not getting the message that cellphone distraction has a similar effect on driving as alcohol.

Sergeant Chad Badry of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services said in a media release Monday that during March West Kootenay Traffic and West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit have been working with Traffic Services across the province to conduct a month long campaign combating distracted driving and ensuring occupant restraint compliance.

Column: Time to change tune of that song

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings

Last week I decided to write this column about income tax.  Not only is it tax time for all of us, but the KPMG tax scam story was in the news, and the Liberals had just voted with the NDP on our opposition day motion to rid Canada of tax measures that benefit only the very wealthy.

Greater Vancouver ousts Kootenay Wild from playoffs

Greater Vancouver now meets Northern Capitals in the league final.

Despite finishing more than 20 points behind in regular season standings, the Kootenay Wild gave Greater Vancouver Comets everything they could handle before losing two straight in semi final action of the BC Hockey Female AAA League Playoffs.

The Comets squeaked out a pair of one-goal victories to sweep the Wild 2-0 in the best-of-three playoff this past weekend in Coquitlam.

The Coments opened with a 2-1 victory Friday as Jenn Gardiner scored the winner less than a minute into the third period.

Want actual facts about climate change? They're available.

Want actual facts about climate change? They're available.

We recently highlighted the faulty logic of a pseudoscientific argument against addressing climate change: the proposition that because CO2 is necessary for plants, increasing emissions is good for the planet and the life it supports. Those who read, write or talk regularly about climate change and ecology are familiar with other anti-environmental arguments not coated with a scientific sheen.

Hawks one win from KIJHL Final after edging Nitros 4-1

Hawks one win from KIJHL Final after edging Nitros 4-1

Beaver Valley bounced back from its first loss of the playoffs to score an important 4-1 road victory over host Dynamiters Tuesday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Conference playoff action in Kimberley.

The win gives the Nitehawks a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five Kootenay Conference Final.

Game four is Wednesday in Kimberley.

If necessary, the series will play the deciding Game five Friday in Fruitvale.

Tied 1-1, Beaver Valley took over the game with a pair of second period goals by Tyler Hartman and team captain Sam Swanson.

New campsites, park rangers expected for Kootenay-Boundary region this year

The construction of new sites includes any associated infrastructure, such as roads, water/sewer expansion, electrical upgrades, shower/toilet buildings and outhouse facilities.

The province will be increasing the number of rangers in the field and campsites in the parks of the Kootenay-Boundary region this year, says an Environment department spokesperson.

David Karn said employing more ranger staff will not only improve the ecological integrity and safety in the region’s parks, it will create employment and skills training opportunities in the Kootenay-Boundary.

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Senator Lynn Beyak's complaint that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) "didn't focus on the good" done by Canada's residential schools has provoked calls for her resignation, and some people wonder how she is qualified to sit on the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples Committee.

B.C.’s tourism sector off to great start in 2017

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada from January 2017 indicate a 9.2% increase over the same month in 2016.

In the first month of 2017, international visitor arrival numbers continue to show positive signs of growth for the booming tourism sector in British Columbia.

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada from January 2017 indicate a 9.2% increase over the same month in 2016, resulting in 23,427 more visitors arriving in B.C. 

Other notable increases for January (over January 2016) include:

Province to re-invest licence revenue back into wildlife management activities

The agency subsequently would be supported by hunting licence revenues of $9 million to $10 million each year.

As part of the Province’s long-standing commitment to healthy wildlife populations, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced Wednesday that all hunting licence revenue will be re-invested to enhance wildlife management activities.

Based on input from stakeholders over the last few years, the government will form a new agency in fall 2017 with startup funds of $5 million. The agency subsequently would be supported by hunting licence revenues of $9 million to $10 million each year.

Nelson joins region in cutting red tape by creating mobile business licences

The idea allows small businesses in Nelson to operate in multiple jurisdictions with a single business licence.

The West Kootenay region is on the same page when it comes to small business and reducing red tape.

Several West Kootenay communities — including Nelson — have agreed to participate in the mobile business licence program to streamline and simplify the business licensing process.

The mobile business licence program is part of an effort to promote the success of the small business sector and to reduce barriers to doing business in the province.

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