March 2017

Federal RCMP shut down sophisticated drug lab

Police said the sophisticated lab near Rock Creek had the potential to produce significant amount of methamphetamine.

A suspected methamphetamine lab operating near Rock Creek (34 kilometres east of Osoyoos) has been shut down and dismantled following a RCMP investigation.

On (Wednesday) March 1, members of the RCMP Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team (CLEAR) with the support of other RCMP Federal and Serious Organized Crime teams and regional detachments executed a search warrant on the rural property, seizing a significant quantity of illicit drugs, numerous weapons and arresting two men.  

City looks to abolish daylight savings time and unregulated micro transmitters

The changing to Pacific Daylight Savings Time each spring has a negative impact on people’s health and cognitive awareness. — Screen shot photo

Daylight Savings Time and micro cell phone towers drew the attention and ire of city council as it considered resolutions to bring to the provincial table for approval.

Each year the Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) allows its member municipalities the opportunity to put forward resolutions that address issues of a broader spectrum for the Kootenay-Boundary region for the membership’s consideration.

It pays to be a government employee in Alberta

 The study finds that government employees in Alberta — including federal, provincial and municipal workers — received 7.9 per cent higher wages. — Fraser Institute graphic

With the Alberta government set to unveil another large budget deficit next week, a new study by the Fraser Institute finds that all public-sector workers in the province — including federal, provincial and municipal employees — receive higher pay, on average, than comparable workers in the private sector and enjoy more generous non-wage benefits, too.

Snowmaggedon baby recovering in hospital

Baby Elizabeth is pictured doing just fine with mom Ashley, dad  Matt, brother Finn, and sister Emma. — Submitted photo

A Nelson family is praising the staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital and Interior Health for saving the life of their premature baby, who had to be medevaced to Kelowna in the middle of February’s biggest snowstorm.

Officials with Interior Health say it was one of the most complicated medical transfers they’ve ever had to do- one that involved doctors and nurses from Nelson, Trail, Grand Forks and Kelowna, the provincial ambulance service, and even snowplough operators along Highway 3.

BCTF vote results on implementation of restored language

There were 21,156 BCTF members participating for a 98.4% vote in favour of ratification.

BC Teachers' Federation members voted overwhelming to ratify the agreement to implement their restored collective agreement language a BCTF media release said on its website Friday.

The BCTF said the agreement will see all the substantive working conditions that were unconstitutionally stripped from teachers' collective agreements restored.

“With this vote, BC schools are finally on the verge of having better working and learning conditions back in place,” said BCTF President Glen Hansman.

COLUMN: Donations shenanigans

COLUMN: Donations shenanigans

This past weekend the Globe and Mail reported that lobbyists in the province have been making political donations on behalf of their clients, effectively camouflaging the identity of the real donors and breaking B.C.'s Elections Act in the process.

On Sunday, Elections B.C. announced it was conducting an investigation into the Globe's findings. Five days later, the entire matter was referred to the RCMP.

The Winter Campout in Harry LeFevre Square and 'Getting to Home'

Members of Rossland Youth Service Group present a cheque to Sheila Adcock and Gail Pighin of "Getting to Home."

When the weather here was very cold -- remember that, back in February? -- a group of Rossland's young people decided to have a little taste of how homeless people live.  They camped out overnight at Harry LeFevre Square -- to raise awareness of homelessness in local communities, and to raise funds for a project called "Getting to Home."

Recovery of our most endangered plants and animals is possible

Dan Kraus is Weston Conservation Scientist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

I lost my Cracker Jack wildlife cards sometime in the 1980s, but the images printed on the cards are still vivid in my mind. The small cards came wrapped in clear plastic and featured a holographic image of a wildlife species in danger.

I can still see the pencil marks in the top drawer of my old desk where I marked lines to keep them organized. There was a special area in my drawer reserved for the handful of species that lived in my country, and were at risk of extinction.

Letter: The tale of two political leaders

Letter: The tale of two political leaders

To The Editor:

Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau, democratically-elected leaders, have a similar problem with social licence.

Trudeau admits he needs it for his fossil-fuel development policies such as new pipelines. Trump does not admit -- it but he too needs social licence for many of his policies, as Nixon needed social licence in 1971 for his aggressive war-waging policy in Viet Nam (bombing the North, Laos and Cambodia with more tonnage than was dropped in WWII).

Fraudsters attempt to cheat public with CRA scam

RCMP warn of the public not to answer any of those emails that mimics the actual CRA.

As RCMP recognizes March as Fraud awareness month, and the fact that Canadians are locked into preparing their taxes, police would like to remind the public of the always problematic Canada Revenue Agency Scam.

RCMP said this scam involves an individual calling a person at home impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), claiming a recent audit has identified discrepancies from past filed taxes.

"The caller states that repayment is required immediately," the media release said.

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