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Opinion: Questioning 'Progress' in the form of LNG Development

Opinion:  Questioning 'Progress' in the form of LNG Development

BC Premier Christy Clark famously denounced environmental activists as "the forces of NO," and proudly aligned herself with "the forces of YES" for industrial development, and in particular, the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) industry and the LNG projects her government is pushing -- along with the Site C dam to provide power for it. 

Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers Co-op Launch First Full Year

Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers Co-op Launch First Full Year

The Kootenay & Boundary Food Producers Co-op (KBFPC) is steadily working towards its goal of creating a sustainable local food economy where local food is always available in the grocery store where you shop and the restaurants where you eat, all while the farmers and businesses who produce it are making a living wage. Nicholas Albright, the KBFPC’s Coordinator, says “the first step is always the hardest.

FLUSH AND FORGET? OR, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

FLUSH AND FORGET?  OR, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

HAVE YOUR SAY ON SEWAGE:   Regional District Seeks Input on Future of Sewage Treatment in Greater Trail system

Overdose response measures roll out in emergency departments

The first sites, including Castlegar, Kaslo, Nakusp and New Denver, will provide both the enhanced overdose surveillance and the Take Home Naloxone program.

Interior Health has begun implementing measures in emergency departments to improve overdose surveillance and arm those at risk with naloxone, a life-saving drug that can reduce the risk of brain damage or death, from future opioid overdoses.  
 

Legislation comes into force to regulate e-cigarettes

The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act was introduced as an amendment in spring 2015 to help stop the growing use of e-cigarettes by young people in British Columbia.

New laws around the sale, promotion and use of e-cigarettes will come into effect on Sept. 1, 2016.

The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act is designed to protect youth from the unknown effects of e-cigarette vapour and from becoming addicted to nicotine, which is why it will treat e-cigarette use exactly the same as tobacco, with the same bans and restrictions.

There are no restrictions on adults buying e-cigarettes.

Ministerial statement on medical assistance in dying

BC Health Minister Terry Lake

Health Minister Terry Lake and Attorney General Suzanne Anton released the following statement yesterday on medical assistance in dying:

Sunlight and Sunglasses -- Be Cool AND Smart

Sunlight and Sunglasses -- Be Cool AND Smart

Summer weather is early this year, so, here is a reminder about sun exposure and what we really need to be careful about. In the past, sun was used in European clinics, using controlled amounts to cure diseases such as tuberculosis and heal wounds. Since the 60’s, we have been warned about sunbathing causing skin cancer, and wearing sunglasses to prevent sun damage. However, done properly during certain parts of the day and for a limited time, there are positive effects that may just outweigh the potential hazards.

TIME CHANGE NEGOTIATIONS BEGINNING

Time for a change -- to no time changes!

Tired of afternoons as dark as night in the fall, after the onset of Standard Time?  Weary of having to force your body to adjust to a new time regime twice a year?  There's hope on the horizon: the BC Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution at its AGM on May 31 to ask the BC government to work with other provincial and state governments in the Pacific Northwest Economic Region and the Pacific Coast Collaborative to all adopt Daylight Saving Time as the Pacific "standard"  time -- to stay on daylight saving time all year. 

High School Students Can Win Cash to Attend Selkirk College in Exam Competition

High School Students Can Win Cash to Attend Selkirk College in Exam Competition

Exam Competition Could Mean Cash Toward Selkirk College Education

 It’s not every day that a student can make money taking a test. But later this month, high school students from around the region have a chance to earn funds to help them attend Selkirk College, in an annual competition.

The Selkirk College Scholarship High School Exam Competition has been recognizing regional excellence for nearly 20 years with between 40 and 60 students participating annually.

Patient voice at heart of website changes

Interior Health Regional Clinical Nurse Specialist for Palliative Care Elisabeth Antifeau says information is very important at a sensitive time in people’s lives, when they are experiencing a lot of emotional stress.

Interior Health is looking for ways to make the final days in people's lives as calm as can be possible.

During Tuesday Interior Health Board meeting in Kelowna, a presenation highlighted improvements to help people find resources when they need them most. The changes include revamped web pages and a new resource guide for patients and loved ones.

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