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As the five-year anniversary of the province’s illicit drug toxicity public health emergency approaches, the BC Coroners Service reports 2020 was B.C.’s worst year yet in terms of number of lives lost due to the effects of toxic illicit drugs.
There were 1,716 deaths due to illicit drugs in 2020 in B.C., representing a 74% increase over the number of deaths recorded in 2019 (984). The number of illicit drug toxicity deaths in 2020 equates to about 4.7 deaths per day, which is two deaths per day higher than in 2019 (2.7).
Interior Health said Tuesday that COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in a Kamloops group home known as Highridge Home and Singh House, respectively.
Interior Health said six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Public Health contact tracing has contacted anyone potentially exposed to COVID-19 and they are now self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms.
"Highridge Home and Singh House are privately operated by Prima Enterprises for people who require 24-hour support," the IH media release said.
Nelson Police have charged a Winlaw woman with being in contravention of the COVID-19 Measures Act following a rally Saturday afternoon in Nelson.
Three fishermen were rescued Sunday by Search and Rescue after being stranded overnight on Kootenay Lake.
South Columbia Search and Rescue said the three men in their late 40s were not injured and were located Sunday morning.
“South Columbia's Jet boat located the three overdue fisherman late this morning all in good health and escorted them back to the boat launch with their watercraft for safety,” the South Columbia Search and Rescue Facebook page said.
“It was a cold breezy night and morning but they made it through,” the Facebook posted added.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Friday that health officials have once again extended the province-wide ban on social gatherings and events, citing concerns around the growing number of COVID-19 variant cases.
Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a media briefing Friday morning that the tough restrictions first imposed back in November will need to be continued indefinitely.
Salmo resident Jonna Madsen had one of those surprises she thought was too good to be true.
Madsen, playing a Scratch & Win ticket, was convinced her win was too good to be true after scratching her Chinese Checkers ticket before realizing she scored the game’s top prize of $50,000.
“It doesn’t seem real,” a beaming Madsen told the B.C. Loteries Corporation. “I’m waiting for someone to tell me it’s a big mistake.”
Bringing to light climate change issues and priorities in rural British Columbia is the focus of an upcoming conference that aims to build the skills and knowledge necessary to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to an uncertain future.
Registration is now open for Bridging Silos: Advancing Climate Adaptation and Low Carbon Resilience in Small Communities and Rural Regions. The free online event will take place on March 4 and 5, and is hosted by the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute at Selkirk College (RDI).
“We're blind to our blindness. We have very little idea of how little we know. We're not designed to know how little we know.” – Daniel Kahneman
All of us, and especially experts, are prone to an exaggerated sense of how well we understand the world.
Most of our judgments and actions are appropriate most of the time. (Note that the word most is repeated twice here.)
But even with adequate information, some people often jump to a wrong conclusion. Unfortunately, many of those jumping to such conclusions about climate change are Canadian men.
ICBC customers will receive one-time rebates averaging $190 this spring – their part of $600 million that was saved due to a major decrease in crashes and costs as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.
“Our work to make life more affordable for British Columbians includes fulfilling our commitment to take earnings at ICBC that are related to the pandemic and give that money back to people,” said Premier John Horgan. “Those cheques will be in the mail soon.”