By Kelly Wilson, Interior HealthQuality Consultant, Falls and Injury Prevention
Falls happen every day, across all age groups. For children and youth, it might be a fall off playground equipment or a bicycle. For adults, it might be a fall off a ladder or slipping on the floor at work. For older adults, most falls occur in the home.
Falls can have devastating effects:
Federal and provincial environment ministers and local First Nations chiefs announced last week that they will re-open talks to create a national park in the south Okanagan. This was the latest step in long process that began in 2002, when a delegation of local mayors, First Nations leaders, and other concerned citizens met with Prime Minister Jean Chretien to convince him that a national park was needed in this area.
Maybe this BC government decision will get the attention of drivers still balking the urge to put down the cell phone when driving.
Monday, the Government of B.C. took a major step by designating distracted driving as a high-risk driving behaviour under the ICBC Driver Risk Premium program.
CASTLEGAR – Celgar’s effort to make challenging rural roadways more safe for pedestrians and drivers has received an enthusiastic response from the Castlegar community.
The local industry leader launched the BE SEEN campaign in October and Selkirk College was quick to jump onboard with several other community groups and businesses. The campaign involves the distribution of 5,000 reusable, high-visibility and reflective armbands that have been handed out to all Castlegar schools and are available throughout the community.
To The Editor:
It’s all about balance.
Even with a vegetarian meal, there needs to be a balance of the essential nutrients. If we look at Proportional Representation (PR) in the same light, there is an opportunity for the electorate to choose the desired balance. If we think of the various political parties as one of the essential “food groups”, then we understand that we need some of each for a balanced political meal.
When looking at any menu, there will always be compromise.
The road to a private resort being constructed on Jumbo Glacier in the BC Interior just got a little smoother for Jumbo Glacier Resort after the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal by the Ktunaxa Nation Council in a ruling released Thursday.
The Supreme Court of Canada, in a landmark 7-2 decision, declined to grant special protection for religious freedom for aboriginal peoples.
To Time Change, or not to Time Change . . . that is the question.
The first Sunday of November has been designated as the end of Daylight Savings Time when most places fall back.
However, there appears to be more appetite to end the annual event in BC — but not for now says Premier John Horgan.
The southern interior is digging out after the first major snow storm of the season.
And Old Man Winter is expected to stick around for at least a few more days with Environment Canada forecasting a chance of snow flurries for the next few days.
Many of the mountain passes were hit hard by the storm, with 36 cm falling on the Okanagan Connector through the night.
Roads in and around the West Kootenay/Boundary were slick with numerous accidents and fenderbenders to start the winter driving season.
In the wake of the recent ammonia leak deaths of three workers in Fernie on October 17, Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski made a statement in the House of Commons Monday calling for changes to how public rinks do business across Canada.
Stetski took the opportunity to call on the government to coordinate an effort to replace ammonia refrigeration systems in public rinks with safer CO2 systems.
Nelson Police are warning the public and the business community to be aware of several recent high value frauds after a a male suspect made several purchases with stolen pre-paid credit cards at several locations last week.
Nelson Police said in a media release estimates exceed $10,000 in total value.