Photo by Kyra Hoggan: Former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm discusses the HST with residents at the Castlegar Public Library Monday.
Roughly 50 people showed up at the Castlegar Public Library Monday morning to hear former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm slam the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) due to take effect on June 1 of this year.
People across the Interior Health region have been able to get outdoors earlier than usual this year to enjoy the warm weather, and this means an increased chance of getting tick bites when hiking or biking in tall grass or wooded areas. Ticks are small bugs that bite and feed on the blood of humans and animals and these bites can sometimes transmit disease.
The Kettle River and a remote northern area widely known as the “sacred headwaters” have tied for top spot on British Columbia’s most endangered rivers list for 2010. The Kettle River, which runs through B.C.’s southern interior Boundary region and through the towns of Midway, Rock Creek and Grand Forks, was upgraded this week from it's number two spot in 2009 in a report by the Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C.
A new project focused on food security for seniors starts this season - the Senior Boundary Growers is a way for the elders of the Boundary communities to help preserve valuable agricultural heritage. With funding from New Horizons for Seniors program under the federal government; the Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agricultural Society is partnering with local groups to encourage seniors to share their knowledge and abilities within their communities.
The Nursing program at Selkirk College has partnered with Interior Health to promote wellness in the workplace. Over the last few months, first and third year Nursing students and the Interior Health’s Chronic Disease Management Department have collaborated their efforts to empower employees of organizations to get healthy by holding on-site “Hearts at Work” fairs.
This year, Kootenay Permaculture, in cooperation with Selkirk College, is offering a 72 hour Permaculture Design Course in a six weekend (12 day) format. The course will start on April 3 and run for three weekends in April and three weekends in May. It will be offered at the Silver King Campus in Nelson.
The goal of the course is to help initiate more permaculture projects in Nelson and the region. During the six weekend course the participants will work on a permaculture design for a property in Nelson. Some other hands-on activities are also planned during the course.
Warm and dry winter months of January and February are causing environmental watchdogs concern over potential water supply problems for watersheds in the Kettle basin and the West Kootenays. Although this means there won’t be any flooding, drought problems which may be even worse than the 2009 conditions that resulted in very low river levels, reduced lake, reservoir, and groundwater storage, are expected and that has the water stewards of the area concerned for fish habitat and water quality.
In a sensitive case that has discrimination based on sexual orientation up against the right to religious freedom; the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal rejected Grand Forks respondents Les and Susan Molnar’s request for dismissal last week. According to the complainants, Shaun Eadie and Brian Thomas, the Molnars refused them a room at their bed and breakfast home in June, 2009. On Mar. 3, the Tribunal heard Molnars’ application for dismissal of the complaint.
The Canadian Avalanche Centre is issuing a special avalanche warning for the southern Selkirk and Monashee Mountains, the Kootenay-Boundary area, and the Southern Chilcotin Mountains. This warning is in effect for this coming weekend, Saturday March 13 and Sunday March 14. For a map of the affected areas, please go to: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletin/region-map/spaw-map.
Think about it. If you could walk away with more than $32 million and only have to spend 36 months of your life in a federal prison (maybe even minimum security farm), would you do it? That’s almost a take of a million dollars a month … former investment adviser and convicted multiple fraudster Ian Thow has been alleged to have done pretty close to that
Thow pleaded guilty Monday to 20 counts of fraud, involving $8 Million bilked from trusting clients. But news reports have alleged he owed about $32 million to clients when he fled to the U.S. in 2005. He was captured in 2009.