Health

Statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada on Measles

Additional cases of measles in the Vancouver region has prompted a statement from Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a statement following the confirmation of measles in the Vancouver area:

Castlegar's own Squires brothers set new bar for community giving, despite tender years

Saints hockey players recognize fellow saints-in-the-making Jaxon, 5 and Ryder, 2, by letting them drop the puck in a game against SFU.

When you think ‘hometown hero’, what comes to mind is rarely someone under the age of six.

But Jaxon Squires, at five, and his brother Ryder, almost three, are confounding expectations and living up to the designation, selling their own toys to raise funds for the new BC Children’s Hospital.

“They started in January – we launched the Facebook page and the link on the hospital site at the end of January,” said Mom Jesse Squires. “They had raised the (hoped-for) $1,000 in just over 24 hours.

Executive Flight Centre makes first appearance in provincial court

 Executive Flight Centre lawyers made a brief first appearance in Nelson Provincial Court Tuesday following the 2013 jet fuel spill that contaminated Lemon Creek and the Slocan River.

Executive Flight Centre lawyers made a brief first appearance in Nelson Provincial Court Tuesday (March 31) after a provincial court judge ruled in December that there was enough evidence to prosecute them for their part in the 2013 jet fuel spill that contaminated Lemon Creek and the Slocan River.

However, it is not clear if the federal crown will be taking on the prosecution of the fuel service company or the province for dumping 32,000 litres of jet fuel into Lemon Creek.

Crowd Gathers to Protest Federal Cuts to Healthcare and Save Kootenay Jobs

 The regional VP of the Hospital Employees Union joined local healthcare workers at a rally Tuesday in front of the Nelson Courthouse. — Eva Brownstein photo

A small crowd of Healthcare supporters gathered Tuesday outside the Nelson Courthouse to protest the one-year anniversary of federal Conservative cuts to healthcare.

On March 31st, 2014, the federal Conservatives announced a $36 Billion cut to healthcare over the next ten years.

The decision means $5 Billion in cuts to British Columbia's health services. To put the number in perspective, $5 Billion in cuts over ten years is like losing 2,000 full time family doctors per year, or 1,223 hospital beds annually.

A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death
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We all contemplate human mortality  sometimes.  That's natural and healthy, considering that we all die; it's just a matter of when and how.

B.C. leads the fight against invasive mussels

The government announced Tuesday in Kelowna to expand its fight against invasive mussels in BC. — Submitted photo

The Province is expanding its fight against invasive mussels with a $1.3-million boost toward early detection and rapid response. 

Although these invasive species have never been detected in British Columbia, this program expansion increases protection of B.C.’s lakes and rivers against the threat of quagga and zebra mussels.

“This is a major step in our ongoing efforts to keep the provinces’ ecosystems, hydro stations, drinking water facilities and salmon populations safe,” said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment.

Integrated Community Clerkship May Help Find Doctors for the Kootenays

 Lauren Galbraith is currently involved with the UBC’s Integrated Community Clerkship in Nelson and Trail. — Submitted photo

Despite the pristine lakes, somewhat snowy mountains and a vibrant cultural scene, the Kootenays, much like the rest of the Interior of the province, are short on doctors.

According to BC Medical Journal, Canada's medical schools graduate a little more than half of the number of physicians required. And believe it or not, these doctors are not settling in the mountainous paradise of the Kootenays.

The University of British Columbia's (UBC) Integrated Community Clerkship and upcoming Rural Residency Program seek to change this problem.

The "steaks" are high at this year's Food Farm Fork fest

Local farmers and food advocates are hosting an event and want your support. Photo by Steph Wetherel

Love to eat meat? Do you know where the meat you buy comes from and how it gets to you? Care about local food? If these questions piqued your interest, you might want to head out tomorrow to the annual Farm Food Fork event, where locals will be talking all things meat-related.

This year’s event, called Raising the Steaks, happens at the Hume Hotel all day and into the evening on Friday, March 27.

Help Robson firefighters put the boot to Muscular Dystrophy

Help Robson firefighters put the boot to Muscular Dystrophy

Join Robson Fire Fighters on March 28 as they hold out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Be sure to look out for Fire Fighters with boot in hand and stop by to contribute to the cause at Johnny’s Grocery and Gas on Broadwater Road Robson on March 28 from 7am to 7pm. 

Free pain management workshops in Castlegar and Trail

Free pain management workshops in Castlegar and Trail

Trail or Castlegar residents dealing with chronic pain or illness may find their lives eased, as Self-Management BC (a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the University of Victoria) is offering free workshops in both cities to help both pain sufferers and their friends/families/caregivers.

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