Health

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.

Leaders discuss rural health care at UBCM in Whistler

Leaders discuss rural health care at UBCM in Whistler

The following is a press release issued by the B.C. government:

Mayors from throughout B.C. discussed the future of rural health care yesterday in discussions with Health Minister Terry Lake and health authority representatives at the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Whistler.

"We know there are challenges that need to be addressed in rural communities and part of our current strategic direction makes it very clear that we need a broad strategy for rural care that meets the needs of all British Columbians," said Lake. "By consulting with mayors and health professionals, First Nations and other stakeholders, we will be able to develop a strategy that meets the long-term future needs of those outside of urban centres."

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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