Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has released the following statement in response to calls for British Columbia’s Police Act reform:
“Everyone deserves to be treated fairly by the police, and our government acknowledges that for many Black, Indigenous and other people of colour, that hasn’t always been the case. Ensuring the police are held accountable to the highest standards for fair and unbiased conduct is crucial to maintaining public trust.
A man has died after a shooting in Oliver, according to a press release issued Sunday.
To ensure the health and safety of student-athletes, the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season will not begin its regular season any sooner than January 2021.
At last week’s annual general meeting, the Selkirk College Saints and other member teams decided that safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic require an approach that protects players and team personnel.
Residents can expect to see a rise in river levels with rain forecast across the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary this weekend, with flows are expected to remain between a one- to five-year return, or a just above a normal freshet flow. Environment Canada has forecasted scattered showers this weekend with variable rainfall amounts ranging from ten to 40 millimetres across the Boundary.
The BC River Forecast Centre issued a High Streamflow Advisory for Friday, which means river levels will rise or are expected to rise rapidly.
Nelson Fire Rescue Services continued to deal with a very busy week deluged with calls, including another structure fire Thursday (June 11) in a building at 602 Josephine Street filled with local businesses.
The Josephine Street call came at 5:21 p.m. of a fire report in the ceiling area of a bathroom located in one of the businesses in the building, which housed a tattoo parlour, restaurant, dry cleaner and pottery shop.
The BC Intercollegiate Hockey League announced Thursday that the 2020-21 regular season won't start any sooner than January 15, 2021 due to safety concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We are working closely with BC Hockey, our member institutions, our home arenas and our travel partners to ensure we return to action safely when the current restrictions are lifted," said BCIHL President Chris Munshaw.
"We now know that these restrictions will prevent us from starting on time for the fall semester."
Environment Canada issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning for Boundary, West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake and Okanagan Valley Thursday.
Environment Canada said conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and torrential rain.
“Severe thunderstorms may develop south of the international border this afternoon and could move northward across the border late this afternoon or early this evening,” Environment Canada said.
British Columbians will be able to get back to playing sports sooner with the Province’s action to protect amateur sport organizations from COVID-19 liabilities, provided they are complying with public health orders and provincial sport guidelines.
Government has created a ministerial order that protects amateur sport organizations, their employees and volunteers from liability.
“We want to make sure children and their families can get the benefits of physical activity and get back to playing the sports they love,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
Fires, a water rescue, an elderly female dealing with a cardiac arrest along with a traffic accident kept first responders busy over the past few days Nelson Fire Rescue said in a media release Wednesday.
“We have seen some very serious incidents take place over the past day or so,” said Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles.
“Along with a number of medical first responder incidents and motor vehicle collisions, we have had two serious fires and a water rescue take place in 24 hours,” MacCharles added.
The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the Province's COVID-19 pandemic response.