Minister urges public to prepare for drought conditions again this year

Nathan Cullen, Minister of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship, has released the following statement in response to the April 2024 snowpack bulletin: “The latest snow survey and water supply bulletin from the River Forecast Centre indicates we may be facing drought conditions in B.C. once again this year. “The April survey shows that the overall […]

Time to be Bear Smart

The early spring has Kootenay bears waking up. They are hungry after their long winter nap and looking for any available food source, including human garbage and food waste. Every year, hundreds of bears are destroyed as a result of conflicts between people and bears. Conflicts can occasionally lead to scary close encounters, and on […]

RDCK Local Conservation Fund helping support local water, wildlife and habitat

Submitted by Kootenay Conservation Program Eight important conservation projects were approved last month by Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Directors to receive funding from the RDCK Local Conservation Fund (RDCK LCF) in 2024. A local government service, the Local Conservation Fund provides dedicated funding to valuable conservation projects in Electoral Areas A, D, E, […]

Selkirk College Students Tops in Business Simulation Competition

In an important test of what’s to come after graduation, four students in Selkirk College’s School of Business triumphed in a simulation competition that matched their talents against top-notch post-secondary peers. Held at New Westminster’s Douglas College in early-March, the annual Western Canadian Business Competition (WCBC) brought together schools from across British Columbia and Alberta […]

Selkirk College kicks open doors to accessible housing at Silver King Campus

Meeting the needs of students and the community, Selkirk College has added a housing option on Nelson’s Silver King Campus that will elevate opportunities for future learners. With the new-home smell still fresh, students started moving into the 36-bed housing facility in mid-March. An exciting addition to the 60-year-old campus, the housing option includes fully […]

DRUG ALERT for the Grand Forks region

In a media release Tuesday, Interior Heath issued a DRUG ALERT for the Grand Forks region after several samples of Cocaine were found to contain fentanyl. Interior Health urges users to now test cocaine before using adding that a fentanyl testing strip can determine if there is fentanyl in drugs. “Please ensure your clients are […]

Two harm reduction programs not effectively implemented, audits find

B.C.’s auditor general has found that two provincial harm reduction programs that work to reduce toxic drug-related deaths and injuries weren’t effectively implemented by the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and the Ministry of Health. The two ministries lead B.C.’s response to the toxic drug emergency, focusing on prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery. […]

Province takes early action to prepare for wildfire, drought season

The Province is taking several early steps to prepare for the wildfire and drought season, including working proactively with local governments and First Nations to help keep people and communities safe and informed. “We’re taking action earlier than ever and preparations for this year’s wildfire season are already well underway,” said Bowinn Ma, Minister of […]

Some of the best passwords are ugly ones

Is your password difficult to crack? March 15 is the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Password Day, and BBB is encouraging the public to protect themselves from fraud by changing their passwords to be more ugly, thereby making it harder for hackers to solve. According to a 2023 Statista survey, 25% of Canadians changed their passwords less often than once […]

Commercial truck drivers to face higher penalties for hitting overpasses

Drivers of commercial trucks involved in infrastructure crashes will face higher penalties, with the government taking stronger action to make highway travel safer for everyone. The proposed changes to the Commercial Transport Act (CTA) will enable the courts to impose fines for as much as $100,000, as well as imprisonment up to 18 months upon […]