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By Contributor on Monday Jul 19 2010

To date the Southeast Fire Centre has had 44 fires, which have burned 75 hectares. Of these 44 fires, 31 were person caused and the rest were caused by lightning. A few fires of note this season include: the 39 hectare fire that occurred on April 26 in the Lake Enid area (west of Wilmer), the 13.5 hectare fire in Wardner on April 3 and a fire at Greenhills Mine, that ignited June 26 (NW of Elkford). Most recent, a 0.5 hectare fire ignited 1.5 km up the Kokanee Creek FSR yesterday, July 15 at 3p.m.

By Nik Green on Sunday Jul 18 2010

Perhaps I'm just following it out of pure jealousy and morbid curiosity, but I have been all too amused and interested in the historic falls that two of the worlds' more well-off stars took these past two weeks.

By Contributor on Friday Jul 16 2010

BC must stop exporting fossil fuels if the province is serious about dramatically cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to a new Climate Justice Project brief from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

By Contributor on Thursday Jul 15 2010

Betty Lyons, 80, was reported missing to the Grand Forks RCMP after she failed to return to her home in Calgary.  She left Grand Forks on Monday, July 12 at approximately 10 a.m.  Grand Forks RCMP conducted the investigation but LYONS was not located.

By Mona Mattei on Wednesday Jul 14 2010
So here we go. In the midst of a trial about the murder of a young boy by a person with a mental illness, the local media is writing up articles about the illness and its impact on a person’s life. An example of too much, too late perhaps?
As a community we need to support the people we come into contact with who are different. They may have a mental illness or a disability of some sort. But we don’t.
By Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Jul 14 2010

 Is the world, including Canada, headed for the third great depression, as New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argues? Watching the results of the G8/G20 meetings was like hearing news that a giant comet is heading for earth and we are just waiting for impact. Those meetings of the world's largest and/or growing economies committed governments to massive deficit reduction in spite of the real concern that we are facing a the possibility of a so-called "double-dip" recession.

By Contributor on Wednesday Jul 14 2010

Effective at noon July 5, 2010 all medium and large-sized open fires are prohibited within the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Specifically this prohibits:

By Contributor on Wednesday Jul 14 2010

The 2009/10 Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) Annual Report and audited financial statements are now available to the public. The Annual Report reflects CBT's performance for the 2009/10 year ending March 31, and details the financial investments, spending and Delivery of Benefits activities. 

By Harvey Oberfeld on Monday Jul 12 2010

 It was bound to happen.  And it has.

Serious questions have arisen about whether B.C. ambulance service cuts contributed to the death of a bull rider at a rodeo Friday.  And they must be answered.

Makwala Derickson-Hall was severely injured when he was bucked and then trampled by a rodeo bull  at the Valemount Rodeo. He was able to almost stand up and lunge his way towards the coral fence before collapsing on the ground.

He made it to hospital but then succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.

By Contributor on Monday Jul 12 2010


Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior, has voiced his support for a parliamentary committee to look into allegations of police use of force and human rights abuses during the G-20 summit in Toronto in June.

Vancouver–Kingsway New Democrat MP Don Davies has collected signatures from Liberal and Bloc Québécois MPs to force the recall of the House of Commons public safety committee for a debate and vote on a motion to hold formal hearings into the police actions.