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By Province of British Columbia on Tuesday Feb 02 2021

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.”

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Feb 01 2021

BC Provincial health said Monday the province registered 21 COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, with nearly one-third happening in Interior Health.

The news came during the weekend COVID-19 update provided by Interior Health — now totalling 75 in the region.

“I’m sad to report that Interior Health lost another six people to COVID-19 over the weekend,” said Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health.

“While some of these individuals were living in long-term care homes, others were members of our community who passed in hospital.”

By Local Journalism Initiative on Monday Feb 01 2021

By Dale Boyd, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Current MP for the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding, Richard Cannings, is going to once again put his hat in the ring in the next federal election.

Members of the NDP’s Electoral District Association in the riding of South Okanagan–West Kootenay have again selected MP Richard Cannings to represent the party in the next federal election.

By DriveSmartBC on Sunday Jan 31 2021

One of the more frequent vehicle equipment complaints that I receive is about headlight glare. I am told that they are horrendous to an oncoming driver and it is hazardous to be driving because they are blinding. Drivers want to take their eyes off the road or look to the side to avoid them. Are they legal?

The situation may be from one of three causes: poor design, a standard high intensity discharge (HID) headlamp or an improper retrofit.

By Contributor on Saturday Jan 30 2021

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s (KIJHL) Revelstoke Grizzlies have ceased operations for the remainder of the 2020/21 season after members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, January 26th, the Grizzlies became aware of a potential COVID-19 contact that occurred through a team player’s place of employment. In accordance with KIJHL Return-to-Play protocols, the club immediately consulted with Interior Health and instituted a mandatory self-isolation for athletes and staff.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jan 28 2021

Environment Canada issued a Winter Storm Warning Thursday for the Boundary, West Kootenay and Kootenay Lake, including Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass, due to a frontal system moving into southern interior B.C.

Environment Canada said significant amounts of snow are expected.

“ Ten to fifteen cm of snow has already fallen across the region,” Environment said on its website Thursday.

“Further snowfall accumulation of 10 to 15 cm is expected before the snow tapers off late this evening.”

By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Jan 27 2021

Interior Health has identified an additional ten cases of COVID-19 linked to a community cluster in the Fernie area since the cluster was declared on Jan. 27.

Since Jan. 1, 2021, a total of 91 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in this region and 60 cases are currently active.

Most of the transmission occurred at recent social events and gatherings.

Everyone is reminded that socialization must be limited to immediate household bubbles. Please do not invite friends or extended family to your residence for a visit or gathering.

By Province of British Columbia on Wednesday Jan 27 2021

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are reporting 485 new cases, for a total of 65,719 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 4,299 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 303 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

By Contributor on Friday Jan 22 2021

Effective January 22, 2021, Nelson native Lynda Cavanaugh will assume the role of BCLC’s Interim President & CEO while Jim Lightbody continues his medical leave to undergo cancer treatment and recovery a BC Lottery Corporation media release said Wednesday. 

In November 2020, Greg Moore, serving Interim President and CEO, provided notice of resignation to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Thursday Jan 21 2021

The northern part of Interior Health is turning into a hotspot after a COVID-19 community cluster was declared Wednesday in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region.

The Cariboo/Chilcotin, along with Revelstoke and 100 Mile House, are three regions in Interior Health to record — 16, 24, and 140 total cases, respectively — in the most recent COVID-19 infection data released by BC Centre of Disease Control.

Released Thursday, the latest data from the BCDCD shows infections reported during the week of January 10-16 in each of the province’s local health areas.

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