I don’t usually go into the “inside baseball” minutiae of backroom politics on Parliament Hill—the battles over make-up of committees, opposition motions with poison pills, and filibusters—because, frankly, most Canadians aren’t concerned about these details. They just want parliament to work for them, especially when so many individuals and businesses are struggling through an unprecedented health and economic crisis.
On a day the province registered a record-high 203 new COVID-19 cases, the province announced its first confirmed outbreak of the virus in the BC education system in a Kelowna School.
Interior Health and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed Wednesday, there has been an outbreak at the École de l’Anse-au-sable in Kelowna with three members of the school community confirmed positive for COVID-19.
The BC Coroners Service has published updated reports on illicit drug toxicity deaths to the end of September 2020.
The following are the key preliminary findings of these reports (data is subject to change):
The City of Trail is very pleased to announce it has received a generous donation of $23,500 USD from the Murphy Family Foundation towards the Gyro Park Playground Project. The project is currently under construction and includes new playground equipment offering a high level of inclusive play for all children. The equipment is intended to engage sensory systems while building motor, cognitive and social skills.
People across Interior Health will soon have access to new, easier ways to book an appointment for a COVID-19 test with the launch of online booking for all IH COVID-19 Community Collection Centres.
Testing is available for those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been sent for testing by their primary care provider or Public Health.
Even though they are under the voting age, tens of thousands of elementary and high school students from throughout British Columbia, including students in Kootenay Lake, Boundary and Kootenay-Columbia, will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the province and vote for the official candidates running in the general election.
Student Vote is an authentic learning experience that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom and empowers students to learn about government and the electoral process, and debate important issues facing the province.
In the daily COVID-19 media release Friday, Interior Health said the authority is investigating a cluster of cases of associated with the main Tim Hortons at 3340 River Ranch Road in Merritt.
Interior Health said as a result of the cluster, the owner has voluntarily closed the restaurant. Interior Health said it appreciates Tim Hortons efforts and co-operation in managing this situation.
Small and medium sized businesses in the Kootenays do not need to navigate the digital world alone, thanks to a new program that launched recently by KAST (Kootenay Association for Science and Technology).
RCMP said in a media release that man who allegedly hosted a party in Grand Forks during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend has been fined and mischief offences are being investigated.
RCMP said that after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday October 10, frontline officers from the Grand Forks RCMP were dispatched an on-going noise complaint at a residence in the 4900-block of Vernon Street.
RCMP said several callers reported hearing a live band that had reportedly been playing for several hours.
Elections BC said in a media release that advance voting for the 2020 Provincial General Election opened today (Thursday, October 15), running until Wednesday, October 21.
Elections BC said the advance voting period is seven days this election, up from six in the last provincial election in 2017.
“An extra day has been added to give voters more opportunities to vote, and to help reduce numbers in voting places as a pandemic response measure,” the Elections BC news release said.