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EDITORIAL: My insidious wardrobe

synthetic fleece, and nore fleece -- fleece is everywhere, even in the fish we eat

What next?  It seems that everything we do is an environmental problem.  Triclosan in "anti-bacterial" soaps and toothpastes and so on just contributed to developing antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and was bad for people who used the products, too.  Microbeads in toothpaste and various cosmetics built up astonishing levels of micro-bead plastic pollution in waterways, oceans and marine life, including our food.  Fossil fuels that get us and our products around so effortlessly are disrupting our climate, apparently uncontrollably.  Other oil industry products such as plastic nets, bags and other trash, and fertilizers used to excess, are building up in the oceans and fresh-water sources with deadly results.  NOW what?

Museum looks to add major collection in 2017

Grand Forks Volunteer Fire Department attended to discuss the possibility of displaying their five restored antique fire trucks and other apparatus at the museum. — Screen Shot photo

One of the region’s most prized historical collections could find its way into the halls of the Boundary Museum and Interpretive Centre soon.

At the November Boundary Museum Society board meeting two members of the Grand Forks Volunteer Fire Department attended to discuss the possibility of displaying their five restored antique fire trucks and other apparatus at the museum.

Request that will increase revenue for GFI approved by city council

Grand Forks International baseball tournament is set for June 26-July 3.

A request for extra camping space next to one of the city’s biggest summer events was given approval recently.

The city will be allowing the Grand Forks International baseball tournament organizers to provide recreational vehicle parking at nearby Dick Bartlett Park during the 2017 event (June 26-July 3), with the permission to charge the campers a fee.

Legislation strengthens animal welfare protection

Proposed amendments to B.C.’s Prevention to Cruelty of Animals Act would enable the B.C. government to regulate commercial breeders through either a registration or licensing system.

The British Columbia government’s latest action to target irresponsible dog and cat breeders in British Columbia is legislation introduced by Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick that will, if passed, provide a framework for the licensing and/or registration of commercial breeders of cats and dogs.

Nelson SAR kept busy with three callouts in as many days

Nelson SAR used a helicopter to assist in the rescue of some missing outdoor enthusiasts during the past few days. — Photo courtesy Nelson SAR

Nelson Search and Rescue members were kept busy the past few days with three calls since Sunday.

The influx started Sunday (February 26) morning at 1:20 a.m. when NSAR were paged to assist South Columbia colleagues after two snowmobilers were reported overdue following a trip into the backcountry in the Bombi Summit south of Castlegar Saturday.

Make Valuable Connections at Selkirk College Career & Education Fair

Selkirk College hosts its annual Career & Education Fair at the Castlegar Campus on March 7 from 11 to 4 p.m. Come learn about jobs available now in our region and find out more about programs and services available at Selkirk College.

Rewarding education and employment are just around the corner. The Selkirk College Career & Education Fair brings students and community members together with employers and post-secondary programs that will help them along the pathway to success.

The annual event takes place Tuesday, March 7 on the Castlegar Campus and features more than 60 exhibitors. All the resources needed to plan for a future career will be in one space with face-to-face networking a key component.

Nelson's Coldest Night of the Year Walk fundraiser tops $47,000

More than 350 walkers braved very cool temperatures to participate in the 2017 Coldest Night of the Year Walk. — Bruce Fuhr photos, The Nelson Daily

Hundreds of Nelsonites joined Canadians in more than 100 communities across the country to raise money for the hungry, homeless and hurting citizens during 2017 Coldest Night of the Year Walk.

The super-fun, family-friendly event is held across Canada on the last Saturday of February, this year February 25.

Outside the former Central School in Nelson, opening ceremony speakers Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski and Jenny Robinson of Nelson Cares saluted the more than 350 walkers who braved sub-zero temperatures to raise money for affordable housing in Nelson.

More potentially deadly chemicals being found in street-level drugs in BC

More potentially deadly chemicals being found in street-level drugs in BC

BC RCMP wishes to advise that recent Health Canada tests have confirmed the presence of the compound W-18 and a fentanyl analog recently in two communities, and that drug users should be aware these chemicals may be present anywhere.

In mid-December, 2016, Surrey RCMP seized pebble heroin, among other drugs, in relation to a dial-a-dope drug investigation. Health Canada has just confirmed the presence of W-18 within the heroin sample.

Selkirk College Connects Employers to Students Eager to Achieve Through Work

Co-op Education & Employment Services Assistant Olga Sherstobitoff and Manager Brenda Smith (front l-r) met with (back l-r) Selkirk College alumnus and wildlife biologist Aaron Reid and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations employers Rob Martin from in 100 Mile House and Steve Jablanczy from Cranbrook.

Partnering with Co-op Education & Employment Services to hire a co-op student from Selkirk College brings countless paybacks to employers throughout the province.

Employers benefit from a connection to highly motivated and capable students in a variety of disciplines that are flexible and productive workers. Students can economically fill short-term staffing needs to cover for vacation or special projects while being tested out for hire as a future employee bringing recruitment and training costs down.

Perley comes out as top elementary school in Boundary

Dr. D. A. Perley rises in rankings.

The top elementary school in the Boundary is Dr. D. A. Perley Elementary School according to the Fraser Institute, which released its annual report, Feb.14.

Perley ranked 388 out of 956 schools with a score of 6.3 out of 10. This is up from the previous year when Perley scored 555. 

Also in Grand Forks, John A. Hutton ranked 874 out of 956, a decrease from last year's 405 with a score of 3.7 out of 10. 

Over in Rock Creek, the West Boundary Elementary School rated 755 for a score of 4.6 out of 10. The previous years were not listed on the site.

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