Health

Fracking and all of us: recent news

gas flare

To further our understanding of what's accelerating climate change, here's a brand-new report from the David Suzuki Foundation about leaking of methane from fracking and other fossil fuel extraction being much greater than reported by industry and government, and how it has been measured, and why it's scary:

Methane emissions much higher than reported, threaten climate and GHG reduction targets

COLUMN: Spring Cleaning your Body

Dr_Brenda Gill_Doell

The weather has been certainly cooler and rainy this year, but, the bulbs are trying to make a start and the robins are starting to build their nests, so it is a great time to consider spring cleaning your body. Dedicate some time to internally focus and help the body clear built-up toxins, metabolites, hormones and breakdown products. It’s like clearing out the garage of garbage or the basement of things you are not using anymore. Since it’s heating up, the body can put some energy to a rejuvenating cleanse, instead of trying to keep itself warm.

Illicit drug death numbers continue to rise

Provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March. — Submitted photo

The number of illicit drug deaths in March remained high, with the third-highest number ever for a single month said the BC Coroners Service in a media release.

BC Coroners Service said provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March, an average of almost four deaths (3.9) per day for the month. In contrast, there were 79 illicit drug-related deaths in March 2016.

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

BC quietly grants Mount Polley permit to pipe mine waste directly into Quesnel Lake

This article is from DeSmog Canada, written by Carol Linnit.

The B.C. Ministry of Environment has quietly granted the Mount Polley Mining Corporation permission to drain mining waste directly into Quesnel Lake, B.C.’s deepest fjord lake and a source of drinking water for residents of Likely, B.C., as part of a “long-term water management plan.”

Daffodil Dash! April 30, At Gyro Park in Trail

The Daffodil Dash raises awareness and funds for research and support services.

Ian McAlpine should make a T-shirt that reads “Keep Strong and Carry On.”

That’s been the Montrose man’s slogan since he was diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer of 2013. Thanks to a clinical trial for a drug called Tagrisso his health has stabilized, and he’s getting back to having an active lifestyle.

How to Celebrate Earth Day in Rossland

Poster by Sarah Flood.  Apologies for the cropping; there's a "Compost Crawl" too!

Come celebrate Earth Day in Rossland! The public is invited to participate in free, family oriented activities organized by local community groups and co-ordinated by the Sustainability Commission. Earth Day Celebrations on Saturday, April 22nd will once again feature the annual Rossland Real Food Chicken and Compost Crawl, the first outdoor Rossland Mountain Market of the season, the SPCA bottle drive, and the RDKB’s Trash to Treasure Day.  

Interior Health announces some Kootenay Boundary radiology results under review

Interior Health announces some Kootenay Boundary radiology results under review

Interior Health issued a media release Tuesday that the authority is initiating a review of diagnostic imaging reports from a radiologist who worked as a locum in the Kootenay Boundary area.

The review is for diagnostic imaging reports during the time periods:

Private well users encouraged to protect drinking water

Better safe than sorry says Interior Health.

With the annual spring melt underway, Interior Health is advising all homeowners with private wells to take appropriate steps to safeguard their drinking water.
 
When spring runoff flows into a well and mixes with the source water, there is significant risk of bacterial contamination.
 
Homeowners should:

Five tips on coping with change from Canadian Mental Health Association

Five tips on coping with change from Canadian Mental Health Association

It seems there is a lot more uncertainty in the world today: government leaders around the globe divide opinions, concerns of terrorism are on the rise, and bigger policy changes are happening in many Western countries. It’s on the news, across social media platforms, in conversations with family, friends, and co-workers.

Local Hospice Society helping with those difficult questions

Local Hospice Society helping with those difficult questions

You don't have to be old to think about these things.  We never know what might happen;  one of us might live to be 104 with, as we say, all of our marbles intact; another might be involved in a traffic crash and suffer permanent brain damage at the age of -- well, at any age.  Many of us know someone who has suffered that sort of misfortune. What would you want your nearest and dearest to decide on your behalf if you were no longer able to express your wishes for yourself?

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