Boundary/Kootenay drivers urged to be on alert to prevent wildlife collisions

As BC enters a peak period for wildlife activity, Road Safety at Work urges drivers in the Southern Interior to be on alert for animals on highways. Every year in B.C. some 9,900 vehicle collisions with wildlife are reported, according to ICBC. The actual numbers may be much higher due to under-reporting. Collisions with deer often […]

Canada's population surpasses 41 million

Canada’s population surpassed 41 million people in the first quarter of 2024, to reach 41,012,563 on April 1, 2024 according to Statistics Canada. This milestone was reached less than one year after Statistics Canada announced that the population hit the 40 million mark, on June 16, 2023. The population grew by 242,673 people during the first quarter of 2024, which corresponds to a […]

New rules will protect vulnerable road users

Cyclists and other vulnerable road users will have added protection under the law with new safe passing distance rules for drivers. The new law, which came into effect on June 3, 2024, is among several updates to the Motor Vehicle Act coming into effect to enhance safety and promote cleaner and active transportation. The amendments […]

BC SPCA puts the 'fun' in fundraiser with Lock-In for Love

The BC SPCA’s Lock-in for Love puts the “fun” in fundraiser and it all starts right from your phone or keyboard. This one-of-a-kind event runs from June 5 through 22. Caring participants not only raise funds that will help change the lives of animals in local communities across B.C., but they also get the opportunity […]

Grey Cup Festival Tour kicks off in West Kootenay/Boundary

The buildup to the 2024 Grey Cup in Vancouver kicked off Friday in the Heritage City. The Grey Cup Festival Tour began its 50 city stop in the Heritage City at the Hall Street Plaza before making stops in the Sunflower City as part of Sunfest,  Christina Lake and Grand Forks. The festival will be […]

Wildsight welcomes government old growth protection commitments, but more promises are poor substitute for action

Wildsight welcomes the release of the B.C. government’s old growth action plan today, but says that while the document contains promising commitments, more urgent action to protect old growth on the ground is needed. From Review to Action outlines how the B.C. government will implement all 14 recommendations that came out of 2020’s landmark independent […]

Op/Ed: B.C. bargaining away public access to backcountry

Secret negotiations curtail outdoor recreation Province ignores its own wildlife data Government ignored 98.9 per cent opposition Hunters are being used as bargaining chips Public consultation and management reviews were promised, but never came Every new iteration of the Hunting and Trapping Regulations erodes public access to outdoor recreation, while the government hides its true […]

Tips, tricks on avoiding ticks and safe removal — Interior Health

Spring is here and the warmer weather means more people will be out hiking in tall grass or wooded areas. This can also mean an increased chance of getting tick bites. Ticks are small bugs that bite and feed on the blood of humans and animals and can sometimes transmit disease. Fortunately, there are precautions […]

Selkirk College Valedictorians Epitomize Spirit of Accomplishment

Carrying forward the power of community nurtured at Selkirk College into the broader world is the ambition of the Class of 2024 co-valedictorians. Convocation 2024 takes place at the Castlegar Campus on May 30 with two different ceremonies that celebrate the graduating class. Contemporary Music & Technology Program graduate Jay Porteous and Recreation, Fish & […]

Southeast Fire Centre issues Category 3 fire prohibitions

The BC Wildfire Service is getting the jump on any potential dangers as the region prepares for the upcoming fire season. In a media release, the BC Wildfire Service said that effective at 12:00 (noon) PDT on Friday, May 17, 2024, Category 3 open burning will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, which includes […]