COLUMN: Feeding Humanity in a Warming World

COLUMN: Feeding Humanity in a Warming World

Calculating farming’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is difficult, but experts agree that feeding the world’s people has tremendous climate and environmental impacts. Estimates of global emissions from farms range widely. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency puts them at 24 per cent, including deforestation, making agriculture the second-largest emitter after heat and electricity.

Mental health system could do more to ensure people can access specialized services

Auditor General Carol Bellringer

Auditor General of British Columbia Carol Bellringer issued her latest audit May 17: Access to Adult Tertiary Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

Bellringer's team looked at how B.C.'s health system manages access to the highest level of mental health and substance use services. They found pockets of good practice, but more is needed to ensure that highly vulnerable patients - for example, someone suffering from an acute mental illness with a long history of hospitalization and substance use issues - can access the services they need.

Campaign reminds boaters that alcohol and boating don’t mix

The goal of the campaign is to shift public attitudes toward drinking and boating.

As the first long weekend of the summer season arrives, BC Liquor Stores and The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable) are joining forces to remind British Columbians about how dangerous prevailing attitudes around mixing alcohol with boating can be.

BC Coroner releases fatal drug overdose statistics

Fentanyl powder seized by a Lake County Deputy Sheriff in Painesville, Ohio, where a male subject had been discovered unresponsive and struggling to breathe. Source: Wikipedia

The BC Coroners Service has posted the most recent statistics on illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. to its website.

The total number of illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. to April 30, 2016, is 256. This represents an increase of 88.2 per cent from the 136 deaths that occurred in the same period last year.

Nurses and health employers ratify agreement

It turned out to be a great week for nurses as nurses, and health employers, voted in favour of a new five-year agreement. — The Nelson Daily photo

British Columbia’s nurses and health employers have voted in favour of a new five-year agreement that aims to improve health care for patients and families.

“The ratification of this agreement is a great example of what can be achieved when we work cooperatively with our health care partners,” Health Minister Terry Lake said.

“We look forward to moving ahead in a spirit of collaboration with B.C.’s nurses as we continue to transform and improve the delivery of health services – for the benefit of patients and staff.”

Council to contemplate ban on smoking in city parks

Council to contemplate ban on smoking in city parks

A Castlegar city councillor is contending that changing social mores and attitudes around smoking are helping to pave the way for a potential new bylaw banning smoking in all city parks.

Councillor Florio Vassilakakis said he thinks there is an appetite for this kind of bylaw.

“If you had asked me 20 or 25 years ago, I would have said people have no appetite for this,” Vassilakakis said. “It's become the norm now. Eighty-five per cent of British Columbians don't smoke – and when you look at it, many smokers support this kind of healthy communities initiative.”

Water Quality Advisory for City of Nelson rescinded

Nelson residents can go back to drinking city water after the advisory was rescinded. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The City of Nelson, in consultation with the Interior Health Authority, has rescinded the Water Quality Advisory issued to residents Friday (April 22), effective immediately.

In a media release Wednesday afternoon, City of Nelson Public Works staff said recent testing shows that current water qualities are good.

"We thank residents for their cooperation and patience throughout the Water Quality Advisory," the release said.

New Therapy Centre Opens in Trail

Hippotherapy utilizes horseback riding to reach therapeutic goals

Movin’ Mountains Therapy Centre is up and running on Laburnum Drive in Trail,  with a focus on innovative, therapeutic programming for children and youth of all abilities.  Born from a recognition that families in the Kootenays require more Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy  services, Movin’ Mountains is set on the premise that children are not just small adults.  Children and youth require a unique approach that is fun and motivating while allowing them to develop their skills and reach their goals.  

Government takes next step in commitment to protect cats and dogs

B.C.’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has the toughest provincial penalties in Canada.

The B.C. government has followed through on its commitment to enhance the protection of cats and dogs in British Columbia by passing an Order-in-Council (OIC), Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick announced Sunday at the BC SPCA Victoria Community Animal Centre.

The regulation announced today is the latest action in government’s commitment to improve the quality of care, management and the humane treatment of cats and dogs in commercial breeding establishments.

Whooping Cough Still a Threat: IHA says 'Don't Wait -- Vaccinate'

Whooping Cough Still a Threat:  IHA says 'Don't Wait -- Vaccinate'

Interior Health is reminding parents and caregivers to make sure their children’s immunizations are up to date. This timely reminder comes as pertussis cases continue to occur in several Interior Health communities.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a serious infection of the lungs and throat. Pertussis can affect individuals of any age; however, its effects are most severe among infants who are too young to be fully immunized.

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