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By Interior Health Authority on Thursday Jul 21 2022

Interior Health’s Digital Health Support Desk enables patients, caregivers and their families to have a better health-care experience when accessing IH virtual and digital tools.

On Friday, July 15, that experience was enhanced with the addition of public technical support for online lab appointment bookings to the toll-free telephone service.

“More people are using technology and so we’ve launched Digital Health Support as a one-stop shop to help navigate our various digital services,” said Mal Griffin, Interior Health vice president of digital health.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Jul 21 2022

A recent approval by the BCUC of a cost of service analysis filed almost two years ago identified that rural residential customers were underpaying for the services they received from Nelson Hydro.

Nelson Mayor John Dooley commented that the B.C. Utilities Commission approval this week of the City of Nelson-owned utility’s cost of service analysis (COSA) means the commission recognized “rural rates must stand on their own” and the city retained full authority to set urban rates.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Jul 21 2022

Approximately 4.5 kilometres of natural shoreline has been lost around Kootenay Lake in the last nine years, prompting a regional district review of the development activities on shoreline properties.

Last year Living Lakes Canada conducted a foreshore integrated management planning (FIMP) project for Kootenay Lake in order to record any shifts in the ecology since 2012, discovering the loss of natural shoreline — with 91 per cent occurring on residential property.

By Interior Health Authority on Wednesday Jul 20 2022

Interior Health said in an emailed statement released an advisory as below for the region.

Interior Health said an advisory is intended to make our partners aware of a new or novel findings for the area and when present risk is unknown. 

Interior Heath Harm Reduction Team would like to make our community partners aware of recent reports of Xylazine found in samples tested by the UBCO HaRT team in Kelowna on July 4 and confirmatory results from two samples sent from Cranbrook July 12 .

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Jul 20 2022

Defining and refining the Kootenay’s brand of cannabis could be the ticket for growing and fostering the cannabis industry and tourism in the region, according to a new report.

Called Exploring Opportunities for Cannabis Tourism in the Kootenay Rockies — authored by Alicia Rattu, Tracey Harvey and Sarah-Patricia Breen — the report, recently released by Selkirk Innovates (Selkirk College) and Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association, sought to establish a connection between the cannabis products successfully grown in the region for years, and attracting tourists.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Jul 15 2022

Politicians, community partners and the public joined hands Friday afternoon across the street from the site of the new Nelson Health Campus to officially announced the construction of 75 new publicly funded long-term care beds.

The new facility will be built at the same location of the recently demolished Mount St. Francis Hospital at 903 Eleventh Street in Fairview.

The announcement concludes almost two years of meetings between the Ministry of Health, Interior Health, Columbia Basin Trust, Golden Life Management and the City of Nelson.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Jul 15 2022

Despite the pervasive economic repercussions of the pandemic the city has managed to pull through and establish a sizeable surplus and rich reserves, according to the city’s annual report.

The 2021 City of Nelson Annual Report detailed several aspects of the last year in review as it pertained to city operations, including a sizeable sum for the surplus.

The total accumulated surplus for the city increased by $9 million in 2021, jumping from $204 million to $213 million in 2021.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Jul 13 2022

Just like it is the silence that makes the music, it is the blank wall that makes the mural.

A policy to return some walls to a blank state — after being used by the Nelson International Mural Festival — is being considered by city council.

Third reading has been given to an amendment of the Murals Development Permit Guidelines — at the recommendation of the Cultural Development Commission — to address the decommissioning of murals.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Jul 12 2022

An internal request for an investigation of eight present and former Nelson police officers is underway, the provincial Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner has confirmed.

When contacted by The Nelson Daily, OPCC deputy police complaint commissioner Andrea Spindler said in an email response that she couldn’t comment or confirm many of the details of the investigation currently underway.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Jul 11 2022

Self-identity has become an important part of agriculture in the Central Kootenay.

In its fifth annual Farm and Food Directory — a joint publication of the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council and Pennywise — a tool was added to enable indigenous, black, other people of colour, youth and LGBTQ2S+ individuals to self-identity in the directory.