Although business licence fees proposed for a medical cannabis operation in the city are still considered to be “too high” according to public feedback, the city is sticking to its financial guns as it prepares for an early March public meeting showdown on the draft bylaw.
City council agreed to keep the cost of a medical cannabis business licence at $5,000, a sum which 16 of the 38 respondents to a city public feedback opportunity said was too high — the most frequently expressed comment.
Forty-nine projects were approved for funding in 2016 with a combined total of $1.07 million from Columbia Basin Trust's Environment Grants program. The projects address one or more of the program’s four goals: Ecosystems, Climate, Water and Environmental Education.
“We know residents value a healthy environment,” said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin Trust Manager, Water and Environment. "We are pleased to support so many worthwhile projects that will contribute to environmental well-being.”
Projects in the Castlegar region are:
Organizers of the Women's March in Grand Forks are thrilled at the turnout, which is estimated at around 120 participants.
"We had no idea what to expect," said Kelly Davison, a co-organizer of the event along with Shara Cooper.
Being on the board of the Regional District of the Central Kootenays is just about a full-time job and should be paid accordingly, an area director said Thursday.
Area B Director Tanya Wall moved that staff look into the financial implications of increasing director’s salaries by 20 per cent.
“We are working hard, and it is a time commitment, and it’s worth being paid for,” Wall told her fellow board members at the January monthly meeting.
This Saturday, Grand Forks residents will rally in support of the Women's March on Washington. The march will begin at 10 a.m. in Gyro Park, next to the Grand Forks and District Public Library. Hot beverages will be available while participants listen to a few speakers before they start the march around the downtown core.
The victim was airlifted to a Vancouver-area hospital and his condition is unknown.
The Castlegar Fire Department has released its 2016 statistics showing the second-busiest year on record with 903 calls for service, according to deputy fire chief Sam Lattanzio.
“If you look at our call volume over the years, it’s been steadily increasing,” Lattanzio said, adding the busiest year, 2015, saw an anomalous spike of 933 calls for a couple of reasons. “There was the wind storm on June 29 – it was a significant event that resulted in 40 to 45 calls for service in a single day, with downed trees and powerlines.”
The New Year is fast approaching, and the Alzheimer Society of BC wants Kootenay/Boundary residents to be aware of services that will be available in 2017.
“We will be offering several workshops for families living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia in the New Year,” said local support and education coordinator Julie Leffelaar.
Highlights of programming include:
Understanding Dementia - Grand Forks:
Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m. - noon, Boundary District Hospital, 7649 22nd St., Grand Forks
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The Castlegar Rebels top trio of Ed Lindsey, John Moeller, and Logan Styler put nine points on the board as the Rebels defeated the Nelson Leafs 6-3 and extended their winning streak to eight games.