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Final Count — Liberals 43, NDP 41, Green Party 3

When the legislature is back, BC will have its first minority government more than 60 years.

BC’s three political parties were all jockeying for position after Elections BC released the final numbers Wednesday following the May 9 Provincial vote.

After the final riding was tabulated, giving the NDP Courtenay-Comox by 189 votes, the count leaves the B.C. Liberals with 43 seats — one short of a majority — the NDP at 41 and the Green Party at 3. 

Hunter-Funded Wildlife Agency Quietly Announced Before BC Election

Steve Thomson, Former Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announcing the new wildlife agency proposal on March 22, 2017.

By Judith Lavoie.  This article is from DeSmog Canada.

A plan to form a new, independent wildlife management agency in B.C., which would relieve the provincial government from managing contentious wildlife issues such as grizzly, wolf and caribou populations, is generating anxiety among some conservation groups who fear the structure of the new program could prioritize the interests of hunters over wildlife.

COLUMN: Can We Put it to Better Use?

plastic-choked beach

People who deny that humans are wreaking havoc on the planet’s life-support systems astound me. When confronted with the obvious damage we’re doing to the biosphere — from climate change to water and air pollution to swirling plastic patches in the oceans — some dismiss the reality or employ logical fallacies to discredit the messengers.

Trail city council responds to sale of Waneta Dam

Trail city council responds to sale of Waneta Dam

In a Closed Meeting held on May 23, Trail City Council discussed the legal implications associated with the recently announced sale of the Waneta Dam by Teck Resources Limited to Fortis Inc.  Council also took the opportunity to review the City’s involvement when Teck sold one-third of its interest in the Dam to BC Hydro in 2009/10 and if the same issues are relevant today.

Small fire downtown gets startling response from fire dept

Small fire downtown gets startling response from fire dept

A shed fire downtown drew a massive response from the Castlegar Fire Department Tuesday night, as it was reported during department training exercises.

“The call came in at 8:50 p.m. to respond to a structure fire in the 700 Block of 10 Avenue,” said Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio. “Because we were training, we had trucks out and about already, so we were there in right away.”

Engine One, Engine Two, Command One and Ladder One responded, bringing 15 firefighters as well as the fire chief and both deputy chiefs.

UPDATED: Weather Statement ends for Kootenay Lake, Highway 3

The calm before the storm on the Kootenay Pass. — DriveBC photo

The West Kootenay Boundary regions dodged the rath of Mother Nature as Environment Canada cancelled the Special weather statements for the area Wednesday afternoon.

Updated: Weather Statement ends for Kootenay Lake, continues for Highway 3

The Special weather statement for Kootenay Lake has been cancelled by Environment Canada.

However, the weather statement remains for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said freezing levels over the BC interior have dropped significantly in the wake of a cold front.

Recording in-camera meetings voted down; Coun. Butler won't stand for 'personal attacks'

There was plenty of emotional discussion on the topic of electronically recording in-camera meetings.

The details and emotion of the proceedings of Grand Forks city council in-camera meetings will continue to remain largely behind closed doors, despite an attempt to get the meetings electronically recorded.

Affordable housing retrofit program providing $2M for energy conservation upgrades

Upgrading roof insulation is a good example of an energy retrofit that will help save money on heating costs and improve the comfort level of a home.

The first intake of Columbia Basin Trust’s new Energy Retrofit Program is now open. The Trust announced the new program in March with a $2-million commitment to help provide energy conservation upgrades for affordable housing in the Basin.

Nelson could see flooding if Kootenay Lake reaches 1754 feet

In 2012, the rise in Kootenay Lake near Nelson flooded the sports fields near the Streetcar Barn. — The Nelson Daily file photo

FortisBC is advising City of Nelson residents that Kootenay Lake levels are expected to reach 1752 feet by the end of May and that depending on weather conditions, levels could reach a height of 1754 feet.

The information, coming after BC Hydro officials said last week they’re not forecasting flooding along the Columbia River system in the Kootenays as they try to manage “unprecedented” runoff, released by Nelson Fire Rescue Monday.

“The City wants to advise residents that if lake levels were to rise to 1754 feet Nelson would experience flooding that would meet or exceed that of 2012,” Nelson Fire Rescue said in a media release.

UPDATED: Coquihalla opens following dangerous goods spill

Smoke could be seen from the Ministry truck following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

DriveBC is the Coquihalla Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt has opened in both directions Tuesday morning following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

A hazmat team spent most of the night cleaning the spill.

MOTI reports Coquihalla near Merritt closed in both directions

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure issued a traffic advisory Monday saying the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt is closed following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

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