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by Boundary Sentinel on Sunday Jan 14 2018

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has ended the Air Quality Advisory issued on January 13 for Grand Forks due to the high concentrations of fine particulates.

Changing weather conditions are expected to further improve air quality over the next few days.

More information on current air quality can be...

by Contributor on Thursday Jan 11 2018

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. announced today that while awareness about dementia has increased, stigma and negative attitudes about it continue to persist. The Society is releasing findings of a new survey to coincide with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in January and to kick off its new social awareness campaign – I live with dementia. Let me help you understand – to spark...

by Contributor on Thursday Jan 11 2018

Avalanche Canada and Parks Canada are issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users, in effect immediately until the end of day Monday, January 15.

The warning applies to the following forecast regions: Lizard Range & Flathead, South Rockies, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, South & North Columbia, Glacier National Park and the...

by Interior Health Authority on Sunday Dec 24 2017

The festive season is a time of celebrating with loved ones. Unfortunately, holiday mingling brings together people AND germs.

At this time of year it is not unusual for health facilities to experience outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness (GI) and respiratory infections. Both are highly contagious and common in the community during the winter months.

Gastrointestinal illness is...

by Sara Golling on Tuesday Dec 19 2017

We have more fatal crashes than any other region.

Are more drivers in the Southern Interior region of BC notably more stupid than drivers elsewhere in BC? Do so many of us here just not have a clue about winter driving? Or are we so much unhealthier that we have that many more medical crises causing car crashes?...

by Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Dec 14 2017

Thursday, Interior Health announced they are offering immunization clinics throughout the Okanagan for individuals in grades 9-12 and persons aged 15-19 years old who do not attend school. 

During the past six months, Interior Health has seen an increasing number of cases of meningococcal disease in this age group, and as a result is declaring an outbreak. In 2017, Interior Health has...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Dec 14 2017

Interior Health said in a media release Thursday that a comprehensive review of a privacy breach involving the personal information of about 500 current and former employees found no evidence of further breaches.

News of the initial breach resulted from RCMP investigations and arrests in the Lower Mainland in June and September of this year.

As reported in the...

by The Fraser Institute on Thursday Dec 07 2017

Wait times for medically necessary treatment hit a new record in 2017 and eclipsed 20 weeks for a second year in a row, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, reports a median wait time in 2017 of 21.2 weeks—the longest ever recorded. By...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Dec 06 2017

A plea for civility in the law, politics and our everyday lives

Mid-winter is approaching, with our various seasonal celebrations:  Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and maybe even Festivus? We celebrate our religious and / or ethnic affiliations; we celebrate the return of the sun for longer periods...

by Contributor on Tuesday Dec 05 2017

British Columbians have spoken.

After considering input from 48,951 British Columbians, and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and a range of other interested stakeholders, the Province has announced a number of key decisions related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.

“Looking at the responses received, it’s clear that British...

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