Indigenous people in British Columbia are exposed to widespread racism that often results in negative experiences at the point of care, inequitable medical treatment, physical harm and even death, the independent review into Indigenous-specific discrimination in the province's health-care system has found.
As ICBC (Insurance Corporation of BC) and police begin the Christmas Holiday CounterAttack campaign, again urging drivers to plan ahead and make smart decisions to get home safely, Alexa’s Team paid tribute to the dedicated RCMP and Municipal police officers with annual awards.
Alexa’s Team is a program that recognizes police officers in BC for their outstanding efforts in reducing the number of drivers affected by alcohol or drugs on British Columbia’s roads and highways.
The journey through pandemic-riddled times requires strength of will, commitment to diligence and creative problem-solving at a level few have experienced.
At Selkirk College, the frontline workers in the Facilities Department have led the charge with tireless work that ensures an adapted and safe campus environment.
In a media release Thursday, FortisBC said the company has received interim approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for its interim 2021 electricity rates.
The interim approval will result in a 4.36 per cent general rate increase for its customers, effective January 1, 2021.
FortisBC said a residential customer with average use of approximately 12,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year of electricity would see their monthly bills increase by about $7.30 per month.
It’s been said that even bad press is better than no press at all.
However, Nelson would like to be known as the picturesque city nestled in the Selkirk Mountains on the edge of beautiful Kootenay Lake tourists love to visit instead of a place where patrons spit at staff at hotel coffee shops for not wanting to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last Friday, media reports said an irate customer at Empire Coffee Shop in the Adventure Hotel on Vernon Street spat at staff after refusing to wear a mask.
The BC Coroners Service has published updated reports on illicit drug toxicity deaths and fentanyl-detected drug deaths to Oct. 31, 2020, with 162 illicit drug toxicity deaths reported in October.
The latest data equate to five people per day losing their lives to illicit drug overdoses.
“This is the fifth month this year with more than 160 suspected illicit drug deaths reported to the BC Coroners Service and more than double the number of people who died as a result of a toxic drug supply in October 2019,” said Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner.
Katrine Conroy was sworn into the Legislature virtually Monday as the newly re-elected BC New Democrat MLA for Kootenay West following an historic election.
On Nov. 19, additional charges were sworn in relation to a 2019 fatal crash that took place on March 17, 2019, near the Waneta Dam, according to West Kootenay Traffic Services Sgt. Chad Badry.
Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning Tuesday for Highway 3 Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.
Environment Canada said total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.
“A frontal system moving through southeastern British Columbia will bring snow to parts of the region today,” Environment Canada said.
“Snow will become at times heavy on Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass tonight before tapering off early tomorrow morning as the system exits the region.”