Parliament has returned after an unnecessary prorogation with a Throne Speech that has been described as one of the worst ever and sounded more like electioneering than a parliamentary blue-print. It contained mostly old initiatives and a few consumer friendly ideas that New Democrats have been telling the government about for years.
The peer mentors of the Baby's Best Chance program were busy in October. You may have noticed beautiful pictures of babies and breastfeeding mothers during World Breastfeeding Week of Oct. 1 to 7th. On Saturday, October 5th at 11:00 a.m. in Gyro Park, 14 women and 15 infants participated in the 11th Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge for Boundary moms.
Boundary Community Food Bank (BCFB) numbers have increased in the last few months and if this trend continues it could mean more need for community support with just seven weeks until Christmas.
October’s numbers reached 288 this year, compared to 189 in 2012 – a rise of almost 100 new clients. This number is closer to the 300 clients the food bank had in November of 2012.
President of BCFB, Larry Dickerson is aware of the trend in numbers increasing just before Christmas, but is alerted to the rise arriving a month early.
Christina Lake’s Margaret Maximenko is putting her name forward as a New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate to replace Alex Atamanenko in the next federal election.
Atamanenko announced last week that after three terms he will no longer be running for Member of Parliament (MP) in the next election, which is expected to be in October 2015.
Maximenko will represent the new riding called the South Okanagan West Kootenay riding, which will replace the BC Southern Interior riding.
School District 51 is getting three new buses to serve the Boundary next year. The provincial government has set aside $416,974 to fund the three news buses, which will seat at least 80 people.
The buses will replace three older models. Two have been in use for 15 years and the other one is 12-years-old. The government has a criteria of either more than 400,000 km or older than 15 years when replacing old buses. Okanagan Similkameen will also be getting a new bus.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213 members have voted down a tentative agreement reached in the four-month old Fortis BC lockout, leaving the 200-plus members behind lockout lines.
The vote was 59 percent against accepting a tentative five-year deal.
“We’re very close . . . we’re so close,” Kerry Hiebert of the IBEW Local 213 bargaining committee told The Nelson Daily Thursday.
“And (Fortis BC) would be crazy not to pursue this further.”
After 3 terms in office, NDP MP Alex Atamanenko has announced that he will not be running in the next election.
“I’ve been proud to serve the people of BC Southern Interior,” said Atamanenko. “As I look ahead to retirement in two years, I’d like to thank my constituents for electing me to represent their interests in Ottawa. “
Atamanenko has served the people of BC Southern Interior since his election in 2006. In that time, he has held several critic portfolios, including food security, rural affairs and agriculture.
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Landing on dirt and grass is no longer necessary for helicopters when they land at the Grand Forks hospital.
The Boundary Hospital officially opened it’s Heliport on Monday, to a small crowd of local stakeholders and onlookers.
“Paramedics are already happy they don’t have to push through the dirt,” said Ingrid Hampf, Acute Area Director for Interior Health Kootenay-Boundary.
Hampf emceed the ceremony and had plenty of praise for the Clifton family who donated $200,000 for the heliport.
“This is a tremendous asset to the hospital,” she said.
Here is a recap of Greenwood news for the past week.
GW to start heritage project
At their Oct. 28 meeting, Greenwood city councillors approved a joint project with the Greenwood Board of Trade and the Greenwood Heritage Society to place signs on heritage buildings in the downtown area for tourists. The signs will provide information to tourists and give them opportunities to take photos.
Economic development project in the works