Illicit drug toxicity death rate rises in city, across the province

The illicit drug toxicity death rate in Nelson continues to rise, jumping from a high of 11 in 2022 to 16 last year, according to figures recently released by the B.C. Coroner Service. That translates into a data rate per 100,000 person-years in Nelson from 40 in 2022 to a 57 in 2023 — 19th […]

City population surges back up after downward dip

A downward trend in population growth has been reversed for the Heritage city as Nelson recorded its first increase in two years. For 2023, Statistics Canada reported in February 2024 that Nelson saw a 1.3 per cent increase in population — from 11,562 to 11,716 — after reporting a decrease in residents from 2021-2022 (0.8 […]

Column: Thoughts on science and spirituality

“There are two paths that you can go by, but in the long run – There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”  – Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” — Albert Einstein Paths to knowledge Until the seventeenth century in Europe, our human species […]

Second arrest made in connection with motel explosion in Trail

Beginning on Feb. 10, 2024, Trail and Greater District RCMP began a search for 33-year-old Ryan Harp of Grand Forks, BC, in an alleged connection to an explosion on  Feb. 10, 2024, at a motel in Trail. Trail RCMP received assistance from the Southeast District Emergency Response Team and Southeast District General Investigation Section to […]

By the numbers: RDCK to host public budget information sessions, in-person and online

For those looking to get a little more bang for their buck, the regional district is offering public budget meetings until the end of March. Continuing through to March 21, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will be hosting public budget information sessions for all its municipalities and electoral areas, including March 12 (6 […]

WKBRHD approves letter of support for Nelson-based renal hemodialysis

The region’s health district board of directors has approved a letter of support for a renal hemodialysis unit in Nelson. Slated for upper levels of government — including Interior Health Authority (IHA), B.C. Premier David Eby and the Health Minister Adrian Dix — the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Health District (WKBRHD) board passed two motions […]

Weekly newsletter from MLA/Minister Conroy

This week, I returned to the legislature for a new session of presenting, debating, and passing legislation alongside my colleagues. In our first week, we presented our Throne Speech and 2024 Budget, sharing some of the priorities of our government for the year ahead. We know that people are facing challenges, like global inflation and high interest rates. […]

Selkirk College nursing program in Guatemala

  Great value. Dinner, an interesting presentation, and a silent auction, all in a good cause — so much for so little!

Rossland Museum March Events

Royal BC Community Conversation: Rossland Location: Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre Date: Wednesday, March 6 Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m. Price: FREE The Royal BC Museum and the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre officially invite the community to join us for a Community Conversation on Wednesday, March 6th at 5:30 pm up at the Museum. Community conversations […]

Going public: recording of RDCK meetings set to come online in March

The regional district board is looking to go where no board has gone before. The board of directors of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has directed its staff to record the regular open board meetings — beginning in March 2024 — using the WebEx tool “until such time as other technology can be […]

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