Wilderness preparedness and safety tips

Anyone who makes the decision to go into the backcountry must be able to take care of themselves and their companions.

British Columbia is full of opportunities and unforgettable recreational experiences. But to safely enjoy this province, everyone venturing out into the wilderness has the responsibility of adequately preparing for the trip.

As the number of people in the wilderness has increased in recent years, so have the number of search and rescue operations undertaken by volunteers. Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is encouraging all outdoor enthusiasts to make good decisions in order to stay safe.

Not everyone jumping on first-time homebuyers program

Christy Clark announced the new first-time homebuyers program Friday.

Not everyone is jumping on the Christy Clark Liberal government B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership rolled out Friday the the sitting BC government.

NDP housing spokesperson David Eby said instead of taking real action to bring down the cost of homes for young families struggling with record debt levels, the Christy Clark government is encouraging people to take second mortgages for down payments.

"People can't afford housing because Christy Clark sat on her hands for two years while prices spiraled out of control," said Eby.

B.C.'s propaganda department cranks up production

Dawson Creek Secondary School – in Minister Mike Bernier's riding – is getting new floors.

It's official.

After hitting send to more than 2,680 news releases this year, the B.C. government's Communications and Public Engagement Office is now scraping the bottom of the barrel for an excuse – any excuse – to trumpet the government's prowess.

If you're not on the distribution list, you may not appreciate the leave no stone unturned – Todd or otherwise – gusto they bring to the job.

Charitable giving in Canada hits 10-year low

The study finds that 21.3 per cent of Canadian tax filers claimed charitable donations in 2014, the last year of available data, down from 25.1 per cent in 2004.

The percentage of Canadians claiming charitable donations on their taxes—and the amount they’re giving as a percentage of their income—is the lowest it’s been in a decade, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Handful of West Kootenay communities receive grants-in-lieu of property taxes

The City of Nelson received $176,528 as part of the grants-in-lieu of property taxes distributed by the BC government.

A handful of communities in the West Kootenay were recipients of the nearly $16 million in compensation for municipal property taxes distributed by the B.C. government.

Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar and Nakusp received grants-in-lieu of property taxes that are distributed every November and reimburse municipalities for services that benefited government properties, such as municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection.

BC statement regarding new Canadian drugs and substances strategy

Officials are seeing illegally produced fentanyl and its analogues imported in varying amounts and mixed with other drugs.

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris and Minister of Health Terry Lake, along with the co-chairs of the Joint Task Force on Overdose Response, Dr. Perry Kendall and Clayton Pecknold, issued the following joint statement today in response to the federal announcement regarding a new Canadian drugs and substances strategy:

Keep the season merry – plan ahead before you drive

Local police will be on patrol during the holiday season, setting up a few road blocks looking for impaired drivers.

Christmas is a festive time of the year.

However, as Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General says, it's not an excuse to drive while affected by alcohol or drugs.

Which is why motorists have seen increased of police on the highways throughout the province.

“Having fun and being festive is encouraged but risking lives doing it won’t be tolerated,” said Morris in a media release.

Kim Charlesworth appointed Agriculture and Food Systems Spokesperson

Nelson-Creston candidate Kim Charlesworth has been appointed by leader Andrew Weaver as Green Party spokesperson for Agriculture and Food Systems.

B.C. Green Party Nelson-Creston candidate Kim Charlesworth has been appointed by leader Andrew Weaver as the party’s Spokesperson for Agriculture and Food Systems.

As Board Chair of the Kootenay and Boundary Food Producer’s Co-op, Charlesworth has worked on the ground with farmers on issues that directly affect their ability to make a living, such as changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve, meat inspection regulations, and rebuilding storage and distribution infrastructure.

B.C. offers increased protection for those at risk of family violence

This model strengthens the ability of police to enforce protection orders and of Crown counsel to prosecute breach charges.

Government is acting to ensure greater safety and protection of those experiencing or are at risk of family violence, by using professional process servers for delivery of protection orders at no cost to applicants, in all regions of the province.

This change means more than 1,000 applicants will no longer need to arrange for a friend or family member to serve a protection order or hire a professional process server when a respondent is not present in court to receive the order.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair issues statement following U.S. Army Corps decision

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair issues statement following U.S. Army Corps decision

Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe.

The four-state, $3.8 billion project is largely complete except for the now-blocked segment underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir. Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a news release that her decision was based on the need to "explore alternate routes'' for the pipeline's crossing.

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