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BC SPCA reminds public to travel safely with their pets this summer

The BC SPCA is reminding members of the public to make sure pets are safely secured in their vehicle when travelling this summer. “This time of year we start to see more people taking their pets, particularly dogs, with them on road trips or camping. We recommend that pets are kept inside the vehicle in a secured crate or...

BC youth encouraged to #CelebrateEverydayVictories.

The Canadian Mental Health Association(CMHA), BC Division kicks off its 68th annual Mental Health Week (May 6 -12) celebrations with a new campaign – CelebrateEverydayVictories -encouraging youth and young adults throughout British Columbia to pause and acknowledge their small daily wins and celebrate their journey towards ...

Harlequin Duck sightings in the Salmo River Watershed wanted

If you’re lucky enough to see Harlequin Ducks in the Salmo River Watershed then wildlife biologist, Marlene Machmer, wants to hear from you. With funding from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP), Pandion Ecological Research and the Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers are doing a Harlequin Duck pair and brood inventory...

DriveSmart BC: Distracted Driving Laws in B.C.

@KostelecPlan asked a couple of good questions on Twitter this week. He wanted to know what the distracted driving laws in BC are and would I share my thoughts on media outlets using video footage submitted by distracted drivers in their news stories. The video he shared with his questions showed the view out the drivers...

Smoke Eaters Land Commitment From University of North Dakota Committed Forward

The Trail Smoke Eaters Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce forward Braden Costello (’00) has committed to the team for the 2019/20 season.  Costello, 19, joins the Smoke Eaters after spending parts of the last three seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL) playing with the Des Moines Buccaneers and Green ...

DriveSmart BC: The Wisdom of Google

I just finished reading an article titled "Old People Should..." in the May 2019 edition of the Reader's Digest. It explained that we could find out what people ask Google most often by seeing how the search engine auto filled our queries. The top result for "old people should" was that they should not drive. I took the idea...

Castlegar family thanks community for help battling toddler's cancer

Imagine being three years old, and accidentally banging your tummy – then having your whole world turned upside down. Gabriel Negreiff did just that on April 3, 2018, according to his mom Brooke. “He was having a lot of discomfort,” she said. “It just got worse and worse, and he was vomiting throughout...

DriveSmart BC: Pedestrians & Drivers Turning Left

Alexander Zacher was walking to work early on the morning of Oct. 31, 2014 in Tsawwassen. He followed the walk signal on 12th Avenue at the intersection of 52nd Street using the marked crosswalk. When he was about two-thirds of the way across he was struck by a left turning vehicle driven by Glenn Prescesky and suffered serious...

Former Castlegar senior city staffer pens book promoting more positive civic values

Ed. Note: Diane Kalen-Sukra was a senior city staffer with the City of Castlegar, as well as the award-winning CAO of the Village of Salmo. Local author, speaker and veteran community builder Diane Kalen-Sukra’s new book Save Your City: How Toxic Culture Kills Community & What to Do About It is being hailed by national ...

DriveSmart BC: Please, Not So Close!

This must have been Following Too Closely Week in British Columbia. I received the story of an incident in Sooke, an analysis of a video from Richmond and was subjected to this dangerous behaviour myself. You might be able to get away with ignoring the Motor Vehicle Act, but the laws of physics will eventually prevail. The ...

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