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by Contributor on Thursday Sep 07 2017

Fentanyl has been detected in more than four of every five illicit-drug overdose deaths in British Columbia through the first seven months of 2017, according to the latest statistics from the BC Coroners Service.

From January through July 2017, 706 of the 876 suspected illicit drug deaths had fentanyl detected, representing an increase of 143% over the same period in 2016. In most cases...

by Jennifer Whiteside on Wednesday Aug 30 2017

For the first time in 16 years, B.C. workers have much to celebrate on Labour Day.

Both the B.C. NDP and the B.C. Green Party campaigned for a government that would make life more affordable, fix the services people count on,...

by Contributor on Monday Aug 28 2017

By James Wilt.  This article originally appeared on Desmog Canada.

For years environmental organizations have called on the federal government to do something about the leakage of  billions of litres of toxic chemicals from Alberta’s oilsands tailings ponds into the Athabasca River every year.

And for years they’ve been ignored —...

by Sara Golling on Wednesday Aug 23 2017

The opioid crisis is deeply troubling, for many reasons.  One reason is the tragic deaths of so many, so unnecessarily; another reason is the likelihood that those deaths were precipitated by pain, either physical or psychological, that caused a search for relief in the illicit drugs that were fatally used. Another reason is the threat felt by many parents of young people who, they fear, may...

by Dr. Brenda Gill on Tuesday Aug 22 2017

           September and October is usually a time when everyone gets back into their routines, whether work, school or home. This is a great time to see if you have established a good foundation for the winter months ahead. 

          Let’s start at the basis of health ― sleep. It’s extremely important that everyone has at least 7 or8 hours per night of uninterrupted sleep. This is the...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 16 2017

Wildfires are sweeping B.C. Close to 900 have burned through 600,000 hectares so far this year, blanketing western North America with smoke. Fighting them has cost more than $230 million — and the season is far from over.

It’s not just B.C. Thousands of people from B.C. to California have fled homes as fires rage. Greenland is experiencing the largest blaze ever recorded, one that Prof...

by Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Aug 09 2017

How much alcohol should a person be allowed to have in her bloodstream while being in control of a  motor vehicle?  Is there a "safe" limit below which someone is not really impaired, or  not too impaired? Canada's Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, is considering lowering  the blood-alcohol content limit that constitutes a criminal offense from anything over .08 percent to anything over...

by Dr. Brenda Gill on Tuesday Aug 08 2017

It’s been a challenge for most of us to handle the abnormally high temperatures and constant sunshine over the last two months, so drink and eat to be cool!

1.         Drink cooling herbal teas. Many herbs are cooling to the body, so, blend a tea with peppermint or spearmint, put it in the fridge and drink during the day for your fluids. Chrysanthemum tea is also cooling.

2...

by Contributor on Monday Aug 07 2017

For anyone noticing more bats around the house or property, you are not alone.

Mid-summer is the time when landowners typically notice more bat activity, may have bats flying into their house, and occasionally find a bat on the ground or roosting in unusual locations.

These surprise visitors are usually the young pups.

“In July and August, pups are learning to fly,...

by Contributor on Thursday Aug 03 2017

Agricultural producers in the region now have access to a new service offering technical support and expertise to help them succeed.

Kootenay and Boundary Farm Advisors is a free service that is launching this summer.
 
The regional districts of Central Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary and East Kootenay have partnered with Columbia Basin Trust to provide the service. The new...

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