The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) is pleased to announce it has been selected as a winner of a 2020 Sustainable Communities Award for exceptional work in the Visionary Award category for Accelerate Kootenays.
The awards honour and celebrate the most innovative environmental initiatives in cities and communities across Canada.
The announcement was made earlier Monday by FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities).
“Every breath is a sacrament, an essential ritual.” – David Suzuki
Heard any good jokes about clean air lately?
How about clean air portrayed in novels, plays, movies, television, paintings, or songs?
Given how important breathing is to humans, isn’t it strange that clean air gets so little exposure in our popular culture?
An adult breathes an average of fourteen times a minute, exchanging about seven and a half litres of air in that time.
Environment Canada said Regions of BC highlighted on the map below, including the West Kootenay, Boundary, are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24 to 72 hours.
Environment Canada said smoke impacts will continue but improve across southern regions of the province today.
Environment Canada said by late Wednesday-early Thursday, smoke from the wildfires in the United States is expected to return to the southern third of the province.
Thick layers of smoke blanketing the region is hampering BC Wildfire crews fighting the Talbott Creek fire near Winlaw in the Slocan Valley.
BC Wildfire Service said Saturday afternoon (September 12), a thick layer of smoke started to blanket the fire area and as a result of poor visibility, aviation resources were unable to fly as late into the day as they have on previous days.
Nelson Police Department is asking the public for assistance in the search for Nelson resident Cory Westcott, who has not been heard from since the morning of September 1, 2020 (Tuesday).
In a media release Friday, Nelson Police said Westcott 5’10” and weighs approximately 200 pounds with shave brown hair and brown eyes. He also has numerous tattoos.
Nelson Police said Westcott was last seen driving a grey 2007 Toyota Tundra crew cab pickup truck with BC plate RB325G.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is stepping up its response to COVID-19 pandemic by requiring non-medical masks or face coverings when entering and moving through all common areas of indoor recreation facilities, except when exercising or performing physical activity.
The RDCK made the announcement Friday. The face mask requirement begins Monday, September 14, 2020.
“We are looking forward to inviting users back into our facilities to take part in more programming and arena sports,” Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services.
The Interior Health Authority is advising the public of another possible COVID-19 outbreak in Kelowna.
In a media release Friday, Interior Health said it is advising several individuals who attended a private party at Hotel Zed in the early hours of September 7 that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Interior Health said a number of people gathered in a common area and/or balcony of the hotel at 1627 Abbott St., Kelowna, and may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
“Today, we are announcing 139 new cases, for a total of 6,830 cases in British Columbia.
“There are 1,412 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 3,109 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and 5,190 people who tested positive have recovered.
Trail RCMP are now in a better position to respond effectively to some COVID-19 concerns, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich, describing a specific recent situation.
On Sept. 4, at 1:30 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP received a report about a suspicious occurrence where two males in their 20s driving an older white single cab truck offered a ride home to an 11-year-old girl on Cedar Avenue, in Fruitvale. The girl refused the offer and the males drove away without further incident. The girl informed her parents about the incident who reported it to the RCMP. RCMP conducted patrols but did not locate the males or truck.
The RCMP commended the girl for her actions in this situation.