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Fracking and all of us: recent news

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To further our understanding of what's accelerating climate change, here's a brand-new report from the David Suzuki Foundation about leaking of methane from fracking and other fossil fuel extraction being much greater than reported by industry and government, and how it has been measured, and why it's scary:

Methane emissions much higher than reported, threaten climate and GHG reduction targets

Illicit drug death numbers continue to rise

Provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March. — Submitted photo

The number of illicit drug deaths in March remained high, with the third-highest number ever for a single month said the BC Coroners Service in a media release.

BC Coroners Service said provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March, an average of almost four deaths (3.9) per day for the month. In contrast, there were 79 illicit drug-related deaths in March 2016.

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

This article is from DeSmog Canada, written by Carol Linnit.

The B.C. Ministry of Environment has quietly granted the Mount Polley Mining Corporation permission to drain mining waste directly into Quesnel Lake, B.C.’s deepest fjord lake and a source of drinking water for residents of Likely, B.C., as part of a “long-term water management plan.”

Interior Health announces some Kootenay Boundary radiology results under review

Interior Health announces some Kootenay Boundary radiology results under review

Interior Health issued a media release Tuesday that the authority is initiating a review of diagnostic imaging reports from a radiologist who worked as a locum in the Kootenay Boundary area.

The review is for diagnostic imaging reports during the time periods:

Private well users encouraged to protect drinking water

Better safe than sorry says Interior Health.

With the annual spring melt underway, Interior Health is advising all homeowners with private wells to take appropriate steps to safeguard their drinking water.
 
When spring runoff flows into a well and mixes with the source water, there is significant risk of bacterial contamination.
 
Homeowners should:

Five tips on coping with change from Canadian Mental Health Association

Five tips on coping with change from Canadian Mental Health Association

It seems there is a lot more uncertainty in the world today: government leaders around the globe divide opinions, concerns of terrorism are on the rise, and bigger policy changes are happening in many Western countries. It’s on the news, across social media platforms, in conversations with family, friends, and co-workers.

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital benefits from funding announcement

Health Minister Terry Lake and Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson were in Trail last week to announce a new emergency department that will enhance patient care at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. — Submitted photo

Some of the money the sitting Liberal government has been handing out around the province prior to the upcoming election fell into the Kootenay West riding last week as Health Minister Terry Lake announced a new emergency department that will enhance patient care at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.

This new project follows recently concluded improvements worth $1.77 million to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).

Interior Health — Time to talk ticks

More time in the outdoors leads to the chance of more ticks and bites.

As the temperature begins to rise, so will the number of tick bites said Interior Health in a media release Friday.

The increase in bites generally comes as people begin spending more time outdoors in tall grass or wooded areas.

Health taxation flatlines in the West Kootenay-Boundary

WKBRHD board confirmed there will not be an increased burden to the region's taxpayers with the new fiscal document. — The Nelson Daily photo

A little bit of good news may be no news at all: one tax won't be increasing this year for West Kootenay-Boundary residents.

The amount charged to regional residents for the coming tax year won't be rising — compared to 2016 — but there will still be an almost $1 million contribution to the reserve fund.

The West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District (WKBRHD) board recently passed its 2017 budget — set at $7,876,454 — and confirmed there will not be an increased burden to the region's taxpayers with the new fiscal document.

CFIA expands Robin Hood Flour E. coli recall warning

The recalled product's UPC is 0 59000 01652 8.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded its original recall of Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original from western Canada to include the entire country.

The food recall warning originally issued on March 28, 2017 was updated Tuesday (April 4, 2-17) to include additional distribution information.

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