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COMMENT: B.C.’s shameful backcountry 'wreckreation'

COMMENT: B.C.’s shameful backcountry 'wreckreation'

As the Olympic spotlight begins to shine on British Columbia, citizens need to learn more about the shameful exponential increase of habitat destruction caused by off-road vehicle ‘wreckreation.’ Not only is the backcountry environment getting trashed, but non-motorized trails are being over-run by irresponsible ATV and motorbike riders, in some cases making these trails unusable for cycling and hiking.

An aging city and shortage of seniors housing: Working towards a solution

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Golden City Manor

Faced with a population that is aging a whole lot faster than the rest of B.C., Rossland and the surrounding area now needs to grapple with how and where to house its seniors. With the first of the Baby Boomers now turning 65, the need to find a solution to seniors' housing is now upon us. Kootenay municipalities will need to move fairly quickly over the next few years to satisfy the coming demand.

Body of missing Grand Forks man found near Paulson bridge

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Paulson Bridge

The missing person’s case involving 81 year old Mr. Knee of Grand Forks was solved this afternoon when he was found deceased over the bank of the Paulson Pass highway just north of the Paulson Bridge. Mr Knee vanished from the Boundary residential care facility in Grand Forks Wednesday afternoon.

A representative from the West Kootenay Highway Service described the incident

Provincial Health Services Authority open board meeting in Rossland tomorrow

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The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is holding an open board meeting in Rossland on Thursday, October 22. Media and the public are invited to attend and observe the board meeting. Prior to conducting the business of the meeting, the board and executive will respond to written questions from the public.

The PHSA is unique in Canada as the only health authority responsible for specialized services province-wide. PHSA operates specialized agencies such as the BC Cancer Agency, the BC Transplant and BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children that serve patients from across the province.

Recycling isn’t radical; it’s just what we do here in the Kootenay Boundary

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Recycling isn’t radical; it’s just what we do here in the Kootenay Boundary

October 19 - 25 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada but really, here in the Kootenay Boundary we don’t need a special week to celebrate what we are already doing. In fact, the many different things we could do to divert garbage from our landfills are just regular routine around here.

We all know the Three R’s of waste reduction: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Many of us already engage in this sort of activity every day.

Your local P-A-C is M-A-D about funding cuts

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Your local P-A-C is M-A-D about funding cuts

Despite what BC Minister of Housing and Social Development Rich Coleman might think, Rossland Parent Advisory Committee member Diana Wilkes and her colleagues are angry. Wilkes notes that Coleman is on the record as saying that local PACs aren’t complaining to him about cuts in gaming grants to PACs of 50%. That, Wilkes says, is because PACs are only now reconvening after the summer. And she intends to make certain that the government hears about how people feel.

Commentary: The Internet and Its Challenge to Capitalism

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Commentary: The Internet and Its Challenge to Capitalism

As a society, we have been living under a false paradigm for at least the last 250 years.  That is, that people are largely motivated by self-interest.  It's an utter absurdity, but one that has been reinforced by various types of clinical prejudice, beginning with Freud, but also, most importantly, Adam Smith.

An Ounce: Pink Ribbon Barbie Sends Wrong Message

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Given her age – she is 50 this year – it shouldn’t surprise us that Barbie, Mattel’s iconic doll, has breast cancer. One in eight Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, most between the ages of 50 and 69.  

Teck May Pay Big for Lead Spill, Ordered to Pay Native Band's Legal Costs

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Teck may be on the hook for millions of dollars for the large spill of lead and hydrofluoric acid from its Trail plant into the Columbia River in the spring of 2008. The spill, which occurred at approximately 5:30 PM on May 28th, 2008, was attributed to a heat exchanger in the lead refinery which failed, allowing electrolyte (a solution of hydrofluoric acid and lead) to spill into a storm water drainage and then into the Columbia River over a five hour period. During that time some 900 kilograms of lead and 360 litres of acid leaked into the Columbia.
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