A legal precedent decided in Ontario yesterday, Jan. 20, sets the stage for battle in B.C. between the health authorities and raw milk advocates. In Ontario, Michael Schmidt of Glencolton Farms, was acquitted of 19 charges of distributing unpasteurized milk. Meanwhile, in B.C., an illness reported in early January to the Fraser Health Authority has brought a cow-share, Home on the Range, in the Fraser Valley under scrutiny. They are now facing an injunction against them for distributing raw milk.
The limelight at city council's first meeting of 2010 was focussed, not on city issues, but on the School District 20 (SD 20) instead.
The SD 20 board has been seeking public input on its plans to cope with an anticipated $4-million budget shortfall, due to declining enrolment, in its document Planning for the Future.
City council members came under fire during Question Period at their regular meeting Monday night, as residents expressed disappointment in the city's response to SD 20 plans.
Several areas within the Interior are experiencing higher than normal temperatures and heavy rainfall, which could lead to local flooding. Flooding may result in several health related concerns, like the contamination of surface and shallow groundwater sources. Interior Health would like to advise everyone, especially those getting their water from a private well, to be aware.
If you are experiencing flooding, here are some guidelines to follow:
The Kootenay Boundary Credit Clinic is launching its first ever consumer credit and debt survey. The credit clinic is a new initiative of Castlegar & District Community Services Society aimed at providing education about debt, credit and financial management. The project includes free workshops throughout the region and an information and referral line.
Following on the heels of a successful fundraising concert by Harry Manx on the Sunshine Coast last month, long time Grand Forks resident Gary Gilbert and his partner Tani Schwartz are reaching out to their friends in Grand Forks for help. Help to fund another medical trip required for Tani’s daughter, Rose, who grew up in Grand Forks, in her continuing struggle with a little known condition called gastroparesis.
It’s that time of year again, when people contemplate the previous year, and here at The Source, we’re doing the same. When I reflect on the past year, the first thing that enters my mind is how lucky I am to have my beautiful wife Nichole and the seven years we have shared together; and my four children who, despite trying my patience at times, I have always considered to be my blessings.
For me, I personally get to experience that love and support every week while my wonderful wife encourages me as I write this column.
Grand Forks City Council is considering a bylaw that would ban the use of bow and arrows within city limits as a result of complaints received recently from community members. Currently, it is legal to bow hunt within the city limits. Bow hunting has mostly been used as a way to control the deer population and the nuisance they have become.
Celgar manager Al Hitzroth shared some of his company's perspectives today regarding a tax dispute between Celgar and the City of Castlegar, discussing a conflict that has been gaining widespread media attention since it began in July.
The issue had arisen months before that, in fact, when Celgar demanded a 50-per-cent tax cut in December 2008, but took centre stage when Celgar, in July 2009, declined to pay its $3.6-million municipal tax bill, filing suit against the city in B.C. Supreme court instead, citing “unreasonable tax rates”.
‘Tis the season for filling your home with the smells of home baked goodies, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and the Christmas turkey roasting in the oven. It’s also the season for making sure your turkey is cooked properly and is free from any illness-causing bacteria, such as Salmonella.
Angry parents from the Mt. Baldy area forced the school district to reconsider its decision to cancel a segment of a school bus run serving their children. The group of 10 parents traveled over 3 hours to attend the district’s Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 8 in Grand Forks to pressure the board to reverse its November decision to cancel the segment of the bus route from Highway #3 up to Alden Road – the road leading to Mt. Baldy from the Boundary region side.