After more than five years, jury selection is finally slated for Sept. 8 in Nelson for a Castlegar RCMP officer charged with manslaughter.
Castlegar RCMP Const. Jason Tait has elected for trial by jury to face charges stemming from the Jan. 29, 2015 shooting death of Waylon Jesse Edey of Yahk, B.C. during an attempted traffic stop on Kinnaird Bridge (Hwy 3) heading toward Columbia Avenue.
ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society) in Nelson issued a New Drug Alert Tuesday after samples sold were found to contain a toxic combination of benzodiazepines and fentanyl.
In a media release Tuesday, ANKORS spokesperson said there have been recent reports of overdose associated with the use of this substance as described in the Nelson area.
“Benzodiazepines are depressants and increase the likelihood of overdose when mixed with toxic fentanyl or fentanyl equivalents,” the ANKORS release said.
It started with an instructor’s challenge to look at climate change on a personal level and ended with a creative outburst by students that breaks down walls to better understanding the future of the forest industry.
In November, Forest Technology Program instructor Jesper Nielsen spurred his second-year students with a contest focused on thinking about their future in the industry. “It Starts With Me” set very few parameters on the final product other than wanting learners to think about the marketplace differently than how it is generally perceived.
On May 22, the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed a search warrant on a residence situated in the 600-block of 11th Avenue of Castlegar B.C. The search warrant was authorized as part of an active police investigation into suspected drug trafficking in the Castlegar area.
Two men were taken into police custody during the execution of the warrant.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) continues to monitor the flood situation in Johnson Flats near Grand Forks, and has made the decision residents can return to their homes.
In a media release Friday, the RDKB EOC said residents will remain on evacuation alert and must be ready to leave again at any time if the river rises through Sunday causing more flooding in the area.
COVID-19 has obviously changed our lives in the short term, and now there is a growing consensus that the pandemic will also bring more long-lasting changes to our society—how we value workers, how we treat our seniors, how we house the homeless, how we protect the environment, and more.
One topic that is surfacing more and more often is the idea of a basic income. One of the first things we learned when the pandemic began was that Employment Insurance was completely inadequate to protect workers from lost income. Sixty percent of workers do not even qualify for EI.
BC Parks should be a lot easier to book this summer for locals after the BC government announced the closing of campsites to out of province residents.
The decision by BC Parks was made as public health officials adjust rules to deal with ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Non-residents of BC, who have made reservations, must call before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund.
Reservations made by non-residents after Monday, May 25, will be subject to immediate cancellation without refund.
In an emailed release, Interior Heath has issued an overdose alert for Nelson due to recent reports of people passing out for an extended period of time after using a yellow granular substance contaminated with a toxic combination of benzodiazepine and fentanyl.
Substance tested at ANKORS drug checking service.
"There have been recent reports of people passing out for an extended period of time after using a yellow granular substance contaminated with a toxic combination of benzodiazepine and fentanyl," the release said. "Substance tested at ANKORS"
Environment Canada said a weather system over southern BC will bring showers to the region Friday with snow levels lowered to 1200 to 1400 metres during the morning. Those snow levels are forecasted to rise to near 1700 metres Friday afternoon.
"Snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 cm are expected this morning over highway 3 - Paulson summit to Kootenay Pass and over the Okanagan Connector. Lesser amounts of 2 to 4 cm are possible over Allison Pass and Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt," Environment Canada said.