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COLUMN: Standing up for science in government decision-making

COLUMN: Standing up for science in government decision-making

Science isn’t everything. But it is crucial to governing, decision-making, protecting human health and the environment and resolving questions and challenges around our existence.

Those determined to advance industrial interests over all else often attack science. We’ve seen it in Canada, with a decade of cuts to research funding and scientific programs, muzzling of government scientists and rejection of evidence regarding issues such as climate change.

Selkirk College Saints Keeping It in the Family

Brandon Sookro grew up playing minor hockey in Nelson and after two seasons playing Junior A in Saskatchewan, will return to the West Kootenay for the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season with the Selkirk College Saints.  — Photo courtesy Notre Dame Hounds)

The Selkirk College Saints have started the post-graduation rebuilding project and hockey fans will be familiar with the names on the back of the jerseys of two of the newest recruits.

Following in the strides of their older brothers, Brandon Sookro and Logan Kerner will pull on a Saints jersey for the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

UPDATED: Evacuation Order reduced at Kaslo landslide

A mudslide observed above Zwicky Road was estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 cubic metres, 100m long and 75m wide. — Photo courtesy RDCK

Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre said in a media release late Tuesday, the evacuation order area for the Kaslo landslide has been reduced after a site inspection and consultation with geotechnical experts.

The RDCK EOC said that residents that have been removed from the evacuation order area should remain on evacuation alert and be vigilant and prepared to evacuate if necessary.

The properties that remain under evacuation order are:

The hunt is on for 2017 in the West Kootenay-Boundary

Hunters must carry photo ID and their species licence at all times while hunting.

Kootenay-Boundary hunters now have the ability to buy their hunting licences online.

Licences will still be available at Service BC locations, and participating sporting goods stores, but hunters can purchase their licences at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting

As of May 15 hunting licences will also be available at FrontCounter BC locations. Paper versions of resident hunting licences and other non-species licences (youth, initiation and special area licences) will be eliminated.

Young Dancers Head for the Provincials

 Ava Jinjoe on the left, Ali Ferguson on the right.

The Kootenay Festival of the Arts ran its dance portion at the Charles Bailey Theatre from April 5th to April 8th this year.  The photo above shows two young dancers, Ali Ferguson and Ava Jinjoe, who earned spots at the Provincial dance event in May.  Other provincial nominees include Sophie Hargreaves, Isabella Mitchell, and Anna Cooper. 

The music and voice portions of the Festival will take place this week starting on April 18-22 with the Highlights Concert on April 22 at the First Presbyterian Church in Trail.

Nitehawks suffer heartbreaking OT loss to Wainwright Bisons in Keystone Cup Final

The Nitehawks, hoisting the Cyclone Taylor Cup, completed the season with an impressive 59-9-2-0-3 record.

Beaver Valley’s run at the Western Canada Junior B Hockey Chamiponship came to a heartbreaking end Sunday in Arborg, Manitoba.

Bryce Woodward scored at 3:05 of overtime to lift the Wainwright Bisons to a 4-3 victory over the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion Nitehawks in the final of the Keystone Cup.

Trailing 3-1 after two periods, the Hawks tied the game with two goals in a span of 29 seconds by Sam Swanson and Dylan Heppler.

RDCK plans more runs, one zone for bus fares

Route 10, North Shore, is getting another run during morning peak hours every weekday. — The Nelson Daily photo

Transit users in the West Kootenay will soon be able to travel from one end of the region to the other for the price of a single bus ticket.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has approved changes to simply the transit system’s structure, bringing in a single-zone system. While the price of a single ticket is going up slightly, it makes figuring the cost of getting from one point to another a lot simpler.

UPDATED: Highway 3 east of Greenwood now open

UPDATED: Highway 3 east of Greenwood now open

The DriveBC website said Highway 3 east of Greenwood is now open to alternating single-lane traffic.

The Highway was closed early Friday morning due to a mudslide.

Mudslide closes Highway 3

The highway between Grand Forks and Greenwood is closed thanks to a mudslide that washed across Hwy. 3, early Friday morning. 

The mudslide, located 5 km east of Greenwood, was published on DriveBC at 7 a.m. It is in the process of being evaluated. 

RED's Simon Hillis -- North American Freeride Champ for his age

Left to Right: Gabe Gaudet (Coach), Calix Webber, Simon Hillis, Pete Then (Coach), Natalie Cooper & Liam Gaudet at Kirkwood Mountain, California

Four young Rosslanders qualified for the 2017 North American (NORAM) Junior Freeride Championships. Simon Hillis, Liam Gaudet, Calix Webber and Natalie Cooper recently competed at Kirkwood Mountain in California, April 5th to 8th.

 “The NORAM Freeride Championships welcomes the most talented young freeriders in North America. Any support we can provide for the future of freeriding, especially with our own RED Mountain Juniors, is something that fits nicely with RED’s culture of youth and big mountain skiing,” says Don Thompson, RED’s General Manager.

RCMP Sgt. Backus calling on gov't to 'Back Us'; many local cops getting on board

RCMP Sgt. Backus calling on gov't to 'Back Us'; many local cops getting on board

A former West Kootenay police officer has started a movement which has spread throughout the country in protest of working conditions within the RCMP.

Former Kaslo top cop Sgt. Chris Backus (now with the Sunshine Coast detachment), risked censure or even dismissal by approaching the media with a ‘yellow stripe campaign’ to send a message to the government – and it’s a message being heard loud and clear here in Castlegar and Trail.

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