Health

Rural Family Practice Program aims to draw physicians

Two of Nelson’s longstanding family physicians, Dr. Jim Noiles and Dr. Trevor Janz hosted the new medical residents and students at their homes. Also present, was acting Major of Nelson, Janice Morrison. — Submitted photo

In an attempt to combat a projected doctor shortage local health authorities have banded together to create a new hands on program and it is ready to kick off.

Trail doctor, Cheryl Hume, is the director of the new Kootenay Boundary Rural Family Practice Residency Program that aims to engage future physicians in the lifestyle and practices presented by smaller towns such as Nelson.

Pornography 'Fuels Loneliness and Depression'

Pornography 'Fuels Loneliness and Depression'

If you Google "porn addiction" you'll be presented with a plethora of articles on the topic, and various suggestions for beating an addiction to pornography.

Smoking ban in public outdoor places for Castlegar?

Smoking ban in public outdoor places for Castlegar?

A presentation to city council from the Kootenay Tobacco Free Coalition has left at least one councillor undecided on the merit of the coalition’s proposed bylaw outlawing smoking in outdoor public places such as plazas, trails, beaches, parks, recreation facilities and patios at restaurants/bars.

Councillor Dan Rye said he doesn’t yet have an opinion on the issue, either way.

“I think there can be arguments made on both sides,” Rye said. “Smokers have rights, too.

NEW SPEED LIMITS COMING SOON TO A NEIGHBOURHOOD NEAR YOU!

Based on a staff recommendation at  Regular Meeting of Council on June 22, 2015, and in response to years of  safety concerns brought to Council by many residents,  Rossland City Council has recently reduced the city’s local road speed limit from 40 km/hr. to 30 km/hr. in order to increase street safety for all residents.  Crews will shortly be placing a “3” over the “4” on the existing signs to alert drivers to the new 30 km/hr.

14th Annual Permaculture Design Course in Winlaw this August

14th Annual Permaculture Design Course in Winlaw this August

The Kootenay Permaculture Institute in partnership with Selkirk College is offering the 14th annual Permaculture Design Course in Winlaw, August 16-29, 2015.

Permaculture is a holistic approach to land-use planning. The permaculture concept originated in Australia in the late 70s and now many people, organizations and companies around the world are using permaculture design principles to plan and create more ecological and resilient projects.

Community welcomes new medical trainees

Community welcomes new medical trainees

Members of the Health and Hospital Committee of the LCCDTS were just some of the community members on hand to welcome seven new medical trainees to the Lower Columbia recently. The medical students and residents are part of two growing programs that are expected to have a positive, long term impact on recruiting new doctors to the region.

New Guidebook for Managing Bats in Buildings

Local resident, Saxon Bowick, builds a bat-house for his property. — Photo courtesy of Erica Konrad

Summer is the season when property owners notice bats in their buildings. They may find guano on the deck, hear bats in the walls, or smell a build-up of guano.

The Kootenay Community Bat Project, funded by the Columbia Basin Trust, has received numerous calls with these issues. In many cases, landowners are happy to leave bats where they are.

However, for landowners who would like to have bats move out of their buildings, a new resource guide is available.

BE HEALTHY OUTDOORS -- Part 1

BE HEALTHY OUTDOORS -- Part 1

Now that it’s summer with such intense sunshine this year, many of us are taking advantage of the weather & are outside as much as possible.  Whether it’s walking in the woods, mountain biking, road riding, golfing, fishing, swimming or tennis, it’s better to prevent common problems and be ready for incidents as they occur.  Hopefully, this should give you some useful tips for staying healthy and comfortable.

Castlegar men gather to overcome trauma and barriers to employment

Castlegar men gather to overcome trauma and barriers to employment

The Transitions for Men program, first developed in Nelson in 2013, will be

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: So, so, so proud of Castlegar and Kate McEachern

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: So, so, so proud of Castlegar and Kate McEachern

They say to have compassion for someone, you must walk a mile in their shoes. Castlegar will go you one better. They’ll walk five kilometres in your boots, in 30+degree heat, and suffer right along beside you … and, I hope, still understand that their journey is shorter than yours, and the emotional/mental burden you’re offering to carry is too great to measure in pounds.

I have many times thought I couldn’t be prouder of our people – but this one just takes all the cakes, and eats them, too.

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