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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Mar 10 2022

The city is stepping up to pledge its support for Ukraine and those organizations working to help the people caught in the country after Russia invaded two weeks ago.

In one of the biggest assaults by one European country against another since the Second World War, Russia brought the eight-year-old Russo-Ukrainian War to centre stage on Feb. 24 when it launched a full-scale invasion of the Ukrainian mainland — and the attack has resonated across the globe.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Mar 10 2022

The frightening threat of wildfire evacuation of over 10,000 people through one road at the Shambhala Music Festival in 2017 has brought focus and legislation six years later to the regional district.

The regional district board of directors has finally passed and enacted a special permit bylaw, giving the Regional District of Central Kootenay an additional tool to minimize disruption to local residents when large events are held nearby.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Mar 09 2022

Area H and F are in.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board has approved the creation of a funding stream to the Local Conservation Fund service for electoral areas H and F — to be given final approval through a referendum that will run simultaneously with the local government elections occurring in October.

By Contributor on Wednesday Mar 09 2022

In support of the RCMP Name the Puppy contest, the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) is inviting the media to a photo opportunity at BC RCMP headquarters at 10 a.m. on March 10, 2021. Several puppy recruits in training will be in attendance along with Police Service Dog Kanto and his handler Constable Ross Findlay.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Mar 09 2022

It’s all uphill from here for real estate development in the city.

The city is putting in place legislation and regulations to deal with development on land that is greater than a 20 per cent slope, with much of the city’s infill housing lots being already developed.

Currently, there are no hillside development standards in the city within the Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw, with the road rights-of-way and widths assuming more gentle terrain.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Mar 08 2022

The regional district has adopted “progressive” greenhouse gas emission targets that expect to hit 100 per cent carbon neutral by 2050.

The “progressive science-based carbon pollution” reduction targets are expected to be 50 per cent below 2018 levels by 2030, hitting the century mark by 2050, and with a forthcoming four-year climate action plan as pathway to that lofty target.

By Sarah Lord on Monday Mar 07 2022

Olga Hallborg was happy with the turnout at the rally, held at Castlegar’s City Hall on Sunday, February 27 and again in Nelson Saturday.

Hallborg, who lives in Castlegar and works in Infection Prevention and Control at Trail Hospital said she was pleasantly surprised that there were 50 people given our small community and the short notice.

“It was unbelievable, actually,” says Hallborg.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Mar 07 2022

A local group supporting the people of Ukraine staged a Peace rally outside Nelson City Hall Saturday to raise awareness regarding Russia’s attacks on the European country.

Organizer Olga Hallborg, who lives in Castlegar, said “we need to actively help Ukraine” and begs for the Canadian government to push for a “no-fly” zone over the country to stop Vladimir Putin’s army from bombing and killing innocent people.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Mar 04 2022

During the March 3 board meeting, Kootenay Lake School Board of Education directed Superintendent Trish Smillie to extend the implementation date of the district’s Proof of Vaccination Regarding COVID-19 Administrative Procedure from March 11 to April 11, 2022.

The announcement in a Friday media release said this one-month extension will allow the Board time to consider evolving COVID-19 data and changes to public health directives.

By Interior Health Authority on Friday Mar 04 2022

As COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to increase, Interior Health (IH) plans to streamline its immunization campaign with new clinic locations.

Over the coming weeks, the COVID-19 vaccine appointments will move from mass immunization clinics to pharmacies and IH health centres.

“Together with our community partners, we continue to achieve excellent COVID-19 vaccine deployment across the Interior region,” said Susan Brown, Interior Health president and CEO.