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Province responds to allegations of diminished H1N1 vaccine supply

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Province responds to allegations of diminished H1N1 vaccine supply

Ed Note: the following is a press release from the B.C. provincial government, issued Oct. 30:

Despite unexpected delays in the manufacture of pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine in Canada, all British Columbians who need or want the vaccine will be able to receive it before the end of the year as has been said previously, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport Ida Chong and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall reiterated today.

Rossland's Ghosts 2: cold sweat, hair on end, in need of a drink

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Rossland's Ghosts 2: cold sweat, hair on end, in need of a drink

I’ve decided that someone should rehash Stephen King’s The Shining and film the updated version, or sequel if you will, here in R-Town. We can track down the kid that originally played Danny Torrance, son of aspiring writer and troubled Overlook Hotel caretaker Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson in the original Stanley Kubrick directed film). You remember the kid- “Red rum… Red rum…”

CBT wants your vote on photo contest

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CBT wants your vote on photo contest

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Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) wants you to vote for your favourite photo!

The Show Us Your Basin photo contest, which closed earlier this month, received nearly 1,000 images from residents across the Basin. These images have been narrowed down by a selection committee and now CBT wants residents to choose the winning photo.

“CBT sincerely thanks all residents who showed us the many great angles, views and stunning locations of our region,” said Neil Muth, CBT president and CEO.

SPCA launches new campaign

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SPCA launches new campaign

The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has launched a provincewide education campaign to raise awareness about the plight of chained, backyard dogs.


“Every year SPCA animal protection officers respond to hundreds of calls about dogs who are chained or tethered in backyards,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA.

“It’s devastating for these animals because they are social, pack animals and they suffer a wide range of maladaptive behaviours when they are isolated from humans and other animals.”

Author to present at Castlegar Library

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Author to present at Castlegar Library

Author Chris Czakowski presents a a slideshow and lecture and will sign copies of her new book A Mountain Year at the Castlegar & District Public Library on Nov. 14 at 3 p.m.


Czajkowski was born and raised in the north of England. She lived and worked in Uganda, New Zealand, the South Pacific and South America.

Then, in 1988,Czajkowski walked into B.C.'s Central Coast Mountains to build a homestead, a business, and a life.

Castlegar chosen for regional climate change initiative

Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT) leading-edge initiative, Communities Adapting to Climate Change, is wrapping up Phase 1 with two communities in the Columbia Basin now equipped with action plans on how to adapt to impacts of climate change at a local level...and three more ready to get started on new work, including Castlegar.

International credit union day

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 This Thursday, October 15th, the world celebrates the Credit Union movement. Doug Stoddart, CEO of the Nelson & District Credit Union explains: “credit unions have served Canadians well for over 100 years and are trusted by millions across the country. There are many benefits that credit unions offer, supporting the communities in which they operate."

Selkirk’s Mir Centre for Peace Hosts Author Lawney Reyes

Selkirk College’s next Mir Centre for Peace Lecture will feature one of the descendents of the last First Nations to live at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers—Lawney Reyes.

Reyes is the grandson of Alex Christian, otherwise known as "White Grizzly" among the Sinixt First Nations of the Kootenays. He is the author of a trilogy on First Nations history; the moving ”White

Lots of us are happy to vote ... for no election

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Lots of us  are happy to vote ... for no election

Since Michael Ignatieff and the Liberals have promised to bring down the government at the first opportunity available, it is possible that we will be seeing an election as early as this Friday, but if you’re like me, then you are probably tormented from election exhaustion and would rather they figured out a way to work together and let us get on with our lives.

SD20 Takes $1-mill hit

SD20 Takes $1-mill hit

Photo: School district trustee and board vice-chair Bev Maloff

A much-vaulted province-wide injection of $84 million for education won't be the windfall for which School District #20 (SD20) might have hoped, as the district now has to struggle with a $1million cut.


Bev Maloff, trustee and vice-chair of the SD20 board, said the axing of the annual facilities grant is that unhappy combination of too little, and too late.

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