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43 injured in Coquihalla accident

43 injured in Coquihalla accident

Interior Health BC initiated a “Code Orange” response to a touring bus accident on the Coquihalla Highway, Thursday afternoon. The code is reserved for disasters or incidents with mass casualties.

The touring bus flipped on the highway about 30 km south of Merritt after hitting a median. Forty-three people were sent to the hospital. According to an Interior Health press release, five are in critical condition, ten are in serious condition and 28 have non-life threatening injuries.

New board director for Interior Health

Pat Dooley . . . appointment to IH board

Interior Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia (Pat) Dooley to its Board of Directors effective Aug. 31, 2014.

“We are very fortunate to be joined by a Director with the heart, drive and focus of Pat Dooley,” said Board Chair Norman Embree.  “She is incredibly dedicated to her community and passionate about health care.”

Latest Mount Polley water-quality results

The tailings pond at Mt. Polley Mine.

Water samples taken from Quesnel Lake on Aug. 13 by Ministry of Environment staff have been tested and continue to meet provincial and federal drinking water guidelines at shallower depths where drinking water is typically sourced from.

The latest samples were taken at the following locations and depths:

BC Government announces Independent inquiry into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach

Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett (center) announces the independent engineering investigation and inquiry into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach Monday. — Photo courtesy BC Government

The Government of British Columbia, with the support of the Soda Creek Indian Band (Xats’ull First Nation) and Williams Lake Indian Band, has ordered an independent engineering investigation and inquiry into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach, and independent third-party reviews of all 2014 Dam Safety Inspections for every tailings pond at a permitted mine in the province.  

Play Clean Go

Play Clean Go

Close your eyes and picture this; it’s the first hot day of the year, the sun is shining, birds are chirping, and everything around is lush, green, and pristine. The lakes and rivers seem to sparkle and dance under the sun’s warm rays. You’re heading out to spend this Kootenay summer day with friends kayaking and mountain biking, taking advantage of all this incredible region has to offer.

Mt. Polley tailings pond update

The provincial government continues to monitor water near the Mt Polley tailings pond disaster.

Government and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) officials continue to work together to address and investigate the breach at the Mount Polley tailings pond, to continue testing local water samples, to help ensure the safety and well-being of local residents, and to assist with recovery efforts in the region.

Please note, this will be the last regular factsheet update. Investigations and regular water sampling and testing will continue, and any new and important information will still be communicated to the public as needed via news releases or other methods. 

Putting the Carbon Tax to Better Use

Putting the Carbon Tax to Better Use

“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” – John F. Kennedy

A vast majority of you love the carbon tax; your federal and provincial governments don’t.  And ideas abound about its use and abuse.

Mount Polley mine disaster update

The damage to Vancouver-based Imperial Metals, Mount Polley mine tailings pond dam is massive. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

Government and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) officials continue to work together to address the breach at the Mount Polley tailings pond, to test the local drinking water to determine if it is safe for locals to drink or bathe in, and to help ensure the safety and well-being of local residents.

This factsheet will be updated daily with the latest information available.

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Smoky sky advisory issued for region as fires blaze on

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Forest fire smoke in the area has caused the Ministry of Environment to issue a smoky skies advisory for Thompson, Shuswap, Okanagan, Similkameen, Nicola, Boundary and Fraser Canyon regions.

According to the Ministry, smoke concentrations can vary depending on the winds, fire behaviour and temperature fluctuations.

They recommend avoiding strenuous outdoor activities and that vulnerable people like infants, the elderly and those with medical conditions stay inside.

Staff shortage means truncated hours for Castlegar health centre lab

Staff shortage means truncated hours for Castlegar health centre lab

The following is a press release issued by Interior Health:

Due to temporary limited staffing availability, the Castlegar and District Health Centre lab will close an hour early next week.

Out-patient (drop-in) lab services will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Aug. 11 to 14.

Alternate out-patient laboratory services are available in Nelson and Trail at the following locations:

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