The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) is pleased to announce it has been selected as a winner of a 2020 Sustainable Communities Award for exceptional work in the Visionary Award category for Accelerate Kootenays.
The awards honour and celebrate the most innovative environmental initiatives in cities and communities across Canada.
The announcement was made earlier Monday by FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities).
“Every breath is a sacrament, an essential ritual.” – David Suzuki
Heard any good jokes about clean air lately?
How about clean air portrayed in novels, plays, movies, television, paintings, or songs?
Given how important breathing is to humans, isn’t it strange that clean air gets so little exposure in our popular culture?
An adult breathes an average of fourteen times a minute, exchanging about seven and a half litres of air in that time.
Environment Canada said Regions of BC highlighted on the map below, including the West Kootenay, Boundary, are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24 to 72 hours.
Environment Canada said smoke impacts will continue but improve across southern regions of the province today.
Environment Canada said by late Wednesday-early Thursday, smoke from the wildfires in the United States is expected to return to the southern third of the province.
Nelson Police Department is asking the public for assistance in the search for Nelson resident Cory Westcott, who has not been heard from since the morning of September 1, 2020 (Tuesday).
In a media release Friday, Nelson Police said Westcott 5’10” and weighs approximately 200 pounds with shave brown hair and brown eyes. He also has numerous tattoos.
Nelson Police said Westcott was last seen driving a grey 2007 Toyota Tundra crew cab pickup truck with BC plate RB325G.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is stepping up its response to COVID-19 pandemic by requiring non-medical masks or face coverings when entering and moving through all common areas of indoor recreation facilities, except when exercising or performing physical activity.
The RDCK made the announcement Friday. The face mask requirement begins Monday, September 14, 2020.
“We are looking forward to inviting users back into our facilities to take part in more programming and arena sports,” Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services.
The Interior Health Authority is advising the public of another possible COVID-19 outbreak in Kelowna.
In a media release Friday, Interior Health said it is advising several individuals who attended a private party at Hotel Zed in the early hours of September 7 that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Interior Health said a number of people gathered in a common area and/or balcony of the hotel at 1627 Abbott St., Kelowna, and may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Smoke from local wildfire, combined with blazes south of the 49th parallel, will continue to impact air quality conditions in the West Kootenay, Boundary for the next 24 to 48 hours as Environment Canada continues its Smoky Skies Bulletin.
Environment Canada said the smoky skies advisory remains in place for southern BC.
“Wildfire smoke concentrations have continued to drop over the past 24 hours except for a few isolated areas,” Environment Canada said on its website.
The City of Grand Forks said on its Facebook page Tuesday that the second and last functioning public Electric Vehicle charger was vandalized and destroyed Monday night.
The result has forced city staff to remove the charger from the street Tuesday morning.
“Tourists and residents will no longer be able to charge at a public location,” the City Facebook post said.
“Vandalism also occurred to the public library’s outside electrical outlets.”
FortisBC crews have been working around the clock since Monday morning to remove trees on lines, repair damage and restore customers following the Monday, September 7, windstorm that approximately 6,000 customers in the Kootenays lost power due to trees damaging four transmission lines and many smaller lines that provide service to the area.
As of Wednesday afternoon, FortisBC said more than 5,000 customers have been restored.
With summer winding down, and the weatherman cooperating with some hot temperatures, FortisBC is asking British Columbians, specifically residents in the Kootenay region to be extremely cautious when in and around its hydroelectric dams.