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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.

Candidates Answer Four Questions (or not): Part I

NDP Candidate Katrine Conroy. Other candidates' pictures will appear in the next two parts.

Last week, I posted an editorial criticizing negative campaigning, and posed questions for our local candidates to answer -- without mentioning other candidates or other parties. Here are two of our local candidates' answers to the first set of four questions; the third candidate, Liberal Jim Postnikoff, was unfortunately unable to respond in time. Where possible, I have looked through the Liberal platform and attempted to find the Liberal approach on the topics of the questions, and inserted what I could find.

UPDATED: Geotechnical report keeps six homes under Evacuation Order

The updated evacuation order map includes house points still under the evacuation order.

After receiving a report from geotechnical engineers the Regional District of Central Kootenay has decided to keep six homes below the slide under evacuation order.

The RDCK made the announcement in a media release Thursday.

"The Regional District of Central Kootenay has received a report from geotechnical engineers regarding the Zwicky Road, Kaslo Landslide," the release said.

The Reluctant Dragon -- ancient story with a modern twist

Our handsome and heroic St. George (in an early rehearsal)

Early in this play, several gripping questions arise:

·        will St. George defeat the dragon?

·        will the wicked stepmother succeed in her homicidal plans?

·        will the venal Assistant Mayor ever become the mayor?

·         will the dragon breathe flames?

·        should dragons be "extinctified"?

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: HAIL TO THE CHIEF

The Chief in one of his many, many roles (in this case, cadet commander, he's second from the right). He's also served as Aboriginal Elder, Saint John Ambulance Brigade Superintentendent, Rotary member ... the list goes on.

A good reporter doesn't become emotionally involved in a story – but this one hurts my heart. How to say good-bye to my favourite colleague ever?!?!

It took me six months living and reporting in Castlegar to say, definitively, that there were two people in this community whom you couldn't attack without me responding as if you'd attacked me personally: Kevin Chernoff and Gerry Rempel.

UPDATED: Leaking piece of machinery blamed for oil spill near Balfour Ferry Terminal

Two barrels or just over 416 litres of emulsified oil and water solution were recovered from the leaking piece of machinery on the Balfour Ferry.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay said clean-up is almost complete after a gear oil spill at the Balfour Ferry Terminal Saturday (April 15th).

The RDCK said in media release Wednesday that the piece of machinery that caused the oil spill into the west arm of Kootenay Lake has been removed from the Kootenay Lake Balfour Ferry operated by Western Pacific Marine.

The Balfour Ferry was reported to be leaking gear oil on Saturday, April 15 while stationed near the Balfour Ferry Terminal, located approximately 33 kilometers north of Nelson on Highway 3A.

Daffodil Dash, April 30 in Trail, raises funds and awareness for cancer support services, research

Pow Cancer Team at the 2016 event.

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.

Tips for Earth Day April 22

 Insulating, especially in basement crawlspaces, remains one of the best ways to reduce heat loss.

Climate action can start at home

Earth Day is on April 22 and for savvy do-it-yourselfers, it’s a good reminder to plan, hammer and drill away at some energy savings to lessen the impact your home has on the environment. You may also save some money along the way.

COLUMN: Fair Shares -- the moral way to distribute social wealth: PART II

COLUMN: Fair Shares -- the moral way to distribute social wealth: PART II

This continues a discussion begun in Part I, last week.

Bad Capitalism: exploitation

If there is one single thing that separates me from most Lennonesque liberals and progressives who want One World, it is not my affection for defined and qualified Canadian nationalism. It is that I am anti-capitalist, whereas the majority of global neo-liberal progressives feel that capitalism is operating just fine. They say that because, in their social class, capitalism has enriched them and provided them with privileged, entitled lives that money can buy.

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.

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