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Interior Health review of Lemon Creek spill reveals gaps in response, recommendations for improvement

On a Friday afternoon, in July of 2013, a driver delivering jet fuel for helicopters fighting a forest fire on Perry Ridge made a wrong turn. Interior Health has made recommendations to improve.

Interior Health (IH) has sifted through the details of its response to the 2013 Lemon Creek fuel spill in the Slocan Valley, and determined that responses to future incidents like this need to be faster and better coordinated.

The spill happened on July 26, 2013 when a truck delivering jet fuel for helicopters fighting a forest fire on Perry Ridge made a wrong turn and tipped over – spilling fuel into Lemon Creek and the Slocan River.

Nelson's Ross Steed turns to fundraising to help in his fight against chronic Lyme disease

Nelson native Ross Steed needs help in his battle against chronic Lyme disease, a disease not recognized by the Canadian medical system. — Submitted photo

The family of a 55-year-old Nelson man has taken to a fundraising website to raise money to help in the fight against chronic Lyme disease.

For the past five years, Ross Steed has endured a level of pain and discomfort on a day-to-day basis that is beyond what most people could ever imagine.

However, chronic Lyme disease is not recognized by the Canadian medical system, so there is no financial support for Steed in his quest to treat and recover from this debilitating illness. 

Interior Health launches new campaign to promote HIV testing

Interior Health launches new campaign to promote HIV testing

Interior Health launched a new campaign Monday to encourage all adults in the region to get tested for HIV.

The “My Health Is Sexy” campaign uses intimate images to convey the message that knowing your HIV status is an important part of a healthy sex life and a good relationship.

Relay for Life Boundary knocks it out of the park!

Relay for Life Boundary knocks it out of the park!

Each year, Relay For Life participants from across Canada come together to celebrate the lives of those who have overcome cancer, remember loved ones lost and empower individuals and communities to fight back against the disease. The 2014 Boundary Relay For Life committee, participants, sponsors, survivors and volunteers knocked it out of the park!

BC Coroners Service highlights pedestrian safety

BC Coroners Service highlights pedestrian safety

Anew review from the BC Coroners Service shows risks to pedestrians and other vulnerable road users remain high on B.C.'s roads even as risks to occupants of motor vehicles continue to decline.

The BC Coroners' data shows that between 2008 and 2012, the number of vehicle drivers and passengers who died in motor vehicle incidents dropped by more than one third.

But the number of pedestrians killed remained constant over that five- year period at about 55 each year.

Bullying Awareness Week

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Parliamentary Secretary for Student Support and Parent Engagement Jane Thornthwaite released the following statement at the start of Bullying Awareness Week — November 16-22 — beginning Sunday.

Interior Health considers contracting out dirty laundry; 16 FTE's could be lost at KLH

IH has contacted Hospital Employees' Union regarding the future of laundry services, including Kootenay Lake Hospital site. — Photo courtesy Interior Health

Interior Health announced Wednesday a decision to explore options in regards to the future services in the 11 laundry sites — including Kootenay Lake Hospital — due to higher costs and aging infrastructure.

No decisions have been made at this time, but IH said they have started the process that included informing Hospital Employees' Union regarding the future of laundry services.

“We have started the 90-day period with the union,” said Lori Holloway, Regional Director and Facilities Manager.

New wood stove exchange program benefits communities

The province is hopeful up to 630 stoves can be exchanged  this coming year. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Province is providing $190,000 to communities throughout British Columbia to encourage residents to replace their old wood stoves with cleaner burning models.

Together thirteen communities/regional districts are receiving funding from the Ministry of Environment through the Wood Stove Exchange Program.

The goal is to have close to 630 stoves exchanged across the province this coming year.

"Many families throughout B.C. heat their homes with a wood stove or fireplace," said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment.

Know the signs: help prevent violence against B.C. women

Know the signs: help prevent violence against B.C. women

Nearly seven in 10 Canadians have known a woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse.

As part of Crime Prevention Week (November 1-7), the BC Government wants to help ensure British Columbians know the signs of violence against women and how they can help.

Violence against women happens in all cultures, religions, and ethnic communities, at every age, and in every income group. Violence against women can include:

Health Minister updates BC's readiness for Ebola

Health Minister updates BC's readiness for Ebola

Health Minister Terry Lake has issued the following update on the health-care system's preparation for the low likelihood of a case of Ebola in B.C.:

"Our Ebola Preparedness task force has been meeting regularly, and has been reviewing B.C.'s protocols to respond to the unlikely occurrence of a case of Ebola arriving in the province. 

"The task force, in consultation with the health authorities, have designated the following sites as regional centres to assess those under investigation for Ebola and to treat confirmed Ebola cases:

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