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By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Feb 10 2010

Photo by Kyra Hoggan: The traffic coming towards the camera will, in seconds, be hidden from view by the sign in the foreground. This photo was taken from the approximate spot a driver would stop before turning left onto Highway 22 from Minto Road.

A new twist has arisen in the controversy regarding Castlegar's 'Million-dollar alley', as residents come forward with safety concerns beyond merely the issue of speed limits.

By Rob Leggett on Wednesday Jan 27 2010

If Haiti wasn’t an unsuccessful nation before the earthquake, it most certainly is one now, prior to the terrible event of Jan. 12 that left Haiti in a pile of rubble, the tiny country was not much better off.


Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, boasts of only having 52 per cent of its population that can read, more than two-thirds of whom do not have a formal job and 80 per cent of whom live below the poverty line.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Jan 21 2010

A legal precedent decided in Ontario yesterday, Jan. 20, sets the stage for battle in B.C. between the health authorities and raw milk advocates. In Ontario, Michael Schmidt of Glencolton Farms, was acquitted of 19 charges of distributing unpasteurized milk. Meanwhile, in B.C., an illness reported in early January to the Fraser Health Authority has brought a cow-share, Home on the Range, in the Fraser Valley under scrutiny. They are now facing an injunction against them for distributing raw milk.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jan 20 2010

The limelight at city council's first meeting of 2010 was focussed, not on city issues, but on the School District 20 (SD 20) instead.


The SD 20 board has been seeking public input on its plans to cope with an anticipated $4-million budget shortfall, due to declining enrolment, in its document Planning for the Future.


City council members came under fire during Question Period at their regular meeting Monday night, as residents expressed disappointment in the city's response to SD 20 plans.

By Contributor on Sunday Jan 17 2010

Several areas within the Interior are experiencing higher than normal temperatures and heavy rainfall, which could lead to local flooding. Flooding may result in several health related concerns, like the contamination of surface and shallow groundwater sources. Interior Health would like to advise everyone, especially those getting their water from a private well, to be aware.

If you are experiencing flooding, here are some guidelines to follow:

By Alex Atamanenko on Thursday Jan 14 2010

When the government has completed the legislative agenda they have put forward in the session following a Budget speech it is usual and perfectly fine to prorogue the House.  In fact Parliament can be prorogued on one day and a new budget speech introduced the following day if the government chooses. 

 

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jan 13 2010

I bet the School District 20 board of education is, right now, wishing it had Stephen Harper's discretionary power and could just prorogue the whole district until this budgetary mess goes away ...or at least until the public forgets about it.


Of course, they can't ... no more than I can “prorogue” this issue of the paper because I've been feeling kind of lazy this week.


My son, just the other day, asked if he could take a day off school ... a mental health day, he said, because he just didn't want to cope with anything that day.

By Contributor on Saturday Jan 09 2010

The Kootenay Boundary Credit Clinic is launching its first ever consumer credit and debt survey. The credit clinic is a new initiative of Castlegar & District Community Services Society aimed at providing education about debt, credit and financial management. The project includes free workshops throughout the region and an information and referral line.

By Mona Mattei on Saturday Jan 09 2010

Following on the heels of a successful fundraising concert by Harry Manx on the Sunshine Coast last month, long time Grand Forks resident Gary Gilbert and his partner Tani Schwartz are reaching out to their friends in Grand Forks for help. Help to fund another medical trip required for Tani’s daughter, Rose, who grew up in Grand Forks, in her continuing struggle with a little known condition called gastroparesis.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jan 06 2010

Last night's public meeting in Castlegar discussing options for School District 20 (SD 20) as it tries to cope with declining enrollment and funding cuts was, for me, an education.


First, I was both surprised and pleased to see such a huge turn out – more than 300 people attended, despite the Canada/USA hockey game airing at the time (Oh dear, I really have become a hockey mom, haven't I?).

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