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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:

New website helps navigate the child and youth mental health care landscape in Kootenay-Boundary

New website helps navigate the child and youth mental health care landscape in Kootenay-Boundary

The new KB Searchlight website  for the Kootenay Boundary (KB) region is the first local web resource to link all child and youth mental health care services in one place. Opening with a welcoming illustrated map of the region, site visitors can click to find the most appropriate local services,
resources and apps for a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harming, substance use and more.

IH says there's an outbreak of whooping cough in Nelson area

IH says there's an outbreak of whooping cough in Nelson area

Interior Health is reporting that there's an outbreak of whooping cough in Nelson, with approximately 40 people diagnosed in the past four months.

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a bacterial lung infection that poses a serious risk to babies. 

Adults can show much milder symptoms, which can help the spread.

Nature in Flux: Biodiversity and Invasive Species-Juried Art Exhibition

Nature in Flux: Biodiversity and Invasive Species-Juried Art Exhibition

The Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee is hosting a Juried Art exhibition, with the theme of invasive species and biodiversity. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 10th to November 8th 2014 at the Kootenay Gallery of Art, in Castlegar. This exhibition is intended to raise the profile and public discussion around invasive species and biodiversity within the Central Kootenay region.

This exhibition is intended to: 

Malzer named as new board chair for Interior Health

Erwin Malzer . . . selected as the next head of the IH board

Erwin Malzer of West Kelowna has been named to head the board of Interior Health Authority as current Chairperson Norman Embree tenures his resignation at the end of this year.

Slocan Valley resident lays private charges over jet fuel spill

The sign at Shoreacres beach during the jet fuel spill into Lemon Creek in July of 2013 says it all as beaches up and down the Slocan River sat vacant during the cleanup. — The Nelson Daily file photo

A Slocan Valley woman has laid private information against Executive Flight Centre and the provincial government over the jet fuel spill into Lemon Creek in July of 2013.

Longtime environmental activist Marilyn Burgoon says if the provincial government won’t prosecute the Alberta transportation company for dumping 33,000 gallons of jet fuel into Lemon Creek, she will.

Employing a little used legal avenue, Burgoon filed a three count  private information at the Nelson provincial court registry.

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