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by Contributor on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The record-breaking heat expected in the coming days could cause an increase in energy use as cooling systems work harder to keep up with demand.  
 
FortisBC finds that demand on its system typically peaks between 5 and 7 p.m. on weekdays when people are returning home from activities.  
 
Which is why we’re encouraging customers to find fun ways to stay cool....

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

To protect the public and to aid in fire suppression, BC Wildfire Service has closed the Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road and the East Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road.

The closure was announced in a Southeast Fire Centre media release Wednesday.

The Harrop Creek wildfire once again increased in size Tuesday night, going from 655 hectares to an estimated size now of 1,000...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The muggle problem

Anyone familiar with the Harry Potter universe knows what a muggle is: a human being without magical ability. The word communicates a depth of low valuation, a dismissive judgement of people who cannot do what Harry and his ilk can do [though the better sort of magic-endowed feel responsible for protecting muggles from evil magicians].
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by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

Governments change — along with laws, regulations and priorities. It’s the nature of democracies. In Canada, we’ve seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being and life shouldn’t be subject to the shifting agendas of political parties. That’s why Canada should recognize the right to a...

by Contributor on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

In response to the extreme fire situation in British Columbia, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is suspending public recreational access to all its lands in the province. This is a precautionary measure in order to minimize the chance of human-caused wildfires in...

by Dick Cannings MP on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

For the past month, we have seen a series of wildfires race through the British Columbia interior, destroying homes, disrupting lives and damaging businesses.  The BC government has already spent over $150 million fighting the fires and has provided over $100 million in relief to those who have been forced from their homes.

Most of the fires started early on July 7th, when a...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

Despite continuing to grow — the Harrop Creek wildfire is now estimated by BC Wildfire Service at 650 hectares — the blaze remains approximately 16.5 kilometers from said Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles.

MacCharles, who took a fly-over the wildfire Tuesday morning, said the fire grew in size Monday evening which resulted in a significant smoke plume that was visible from many locations...

by Timothy Schafer on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

The form and character of a new women’s transition house was subject to city council scrutiny as it weighed in on the potential new development.

On Monday July 17 in council chambers the city approved the development permit for the Women’s Transition House to be located on 19th Street north of 68th Avenue.

The only need was to address its form and character, with the rest of the...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jul 31 2017

The Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Monday that current weather conditions in the region are having an impact on wildfires with wind activity causing the size of several fires to grow on Sunday, July 30, 2017.

Island Pond wildfire

  • The 150-hectare Island Pond fire that started on July 30 is about 17 kilometres southeast of Canal Flats....
by CBT on Thursday Jul 27 2017

Taking place August 12 & 13, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., the Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event.

Travel to studios and archives that aren't normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply...

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