Photo by Kyra Hoggan: BC minister of Forests and Range Pat Bell, along with mayor Lawrence Chernoff and other industry stakeholders, pose in front of Castlegar trees while promoting new forestry initiatives.
In a public announcement made at the Castlegar Forum last Thursday, provincial forestry minister Pat Bell said he thinks innovative technologies like bio-energy just may be the silver bullet for the region's beseiged forestry sector.
Grand Forks Mayor Brian Taylor is going to an alcohol and drug rehabilitation clinic, no, not in Vancouver or Victoria, in Cuba. Taylor leaves for Cuba on Feb. 28 for a ten-day tour of their world-renowned rehabilitation clinics in Holguin, 470 miles east of Havana. The clinic’s international reputation gave Taylor the idea that perhaps this service could be an opportunity for economic diversification in Grand Forks.
Photo: Interfor vice president and chief forester Ric Slaco
Persistent rumours that Interfor's Castlegar mill is slated for re-opening have once again been denied by Interfor executives.
Interfor vice president and chief forester Ric Slaco told The Source today that, while the company very much wants to see the Castlegar mill up and running, market conditions are not yet to a point that would make re-opening an option.
To the Editor:
Regarding: Whooping Cough Outbreak and Pertussis Vaccine for Children
As a public health specialist physician who is the Medical Health Officer for the Kootenay-Boundary area (including Castlegar), it is my responsibility to ensure all residents of the region get the best health information possible on which to base their decisions for themselves and their families, and do everything possible to improve the overall health of the population I serve.
A legal precedent decided in Ontario yesterday, Jan. 20, sets the stage for battle in B.C. between the health authorities and raw milk advocates. In Ontario, Michael Schmidt of Glencolton Farms, was acquitted of 19 charges of distributing unpasteurized milk. Meanwhile, in B.C., an illness reported in early January to the Fraser Health Authority has brought a cow-share, Home on the Range, in the Fraser Valley under scrutiny. They are now facing an injunction against them for distributing raw milk.
The limelight at city council's first meeting of 2010 was focussed, not on city issues, but on the School District 20 (SD 20) instead.
The SD 20 board has been seeking public input on its plans to cope with an anticipated $4-million budget shortfall, due to declining enrolment, in its document Planning for the Future.
City council members came under fire during Question Period at their regular meeting Monday night, as residents expressed disappointment in the city's response to SD 20 plans.
Several areas within the Interior are experiencing higher than normal temperatures and heavy rainfall, which could lead to local flooding. Flooding may result in several health related concerns, like the contamination of surface and shallow groundwater sources. Interior Health would like to advise everyone, especially those getting their water from a private well, to be aware.
If you are experiencing flooding, here are some guidelines to follow:
The Kootenay Boundary Credit Clinic is launching its first ever consumer credit and debt survey. The credit clinic is a new initiative of Castlegar & District Community Services Society aimed at providing education about debt, credit and financial management. The project includes free workshops throughout the region and an information and referral line.
Following on the heels of a successful fundraising concert by Harry Manx on the Sunshine Coast last month, long time Grand Forks resident Gary Gilbert and his partner Tani Schwartz are reaching out to their friends in Grand Forks for help. Help to fund another medical trip required for Tani’s daughter, Rose, who grew up in Grand Forks, in her continuing struggle with a little known condition called gastroparesis.
It’s that time of year again, when people contemplate the previous year, and here at The Source, we’re doing the same. When I reflect on the past year, the first thing that enters my mind is how lucky I am to have my beautiful wife Nichole and the seven years we have shared together; and my four children who, despite trying my patience at times, I have always considered to be my blessings.
For me, I personally get to experience that love and support every week while my wonderful wife encourages me as I write this column.