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By Harvey Oberfeld on Wednesday Mar 10 2010

Think about it.  If you could walk away with more than $32 million and only have to spend 36 months of your life in a federal prison (maybe even minimum security farm), would you do it? That’s almost a take of a million dollars a month … former investment adviser and convicted multiple fraudster Ian Thow has been alleged to have done pretty close to that

Thow pleaded guilty Monday to 20 counts of fraud, involving $8 Million bilked from trusting clients. But news reports have alleged he owed about $32 million to clients when he fled to the U.S. in 2005. He was captured in 2009.

By Contributor on Wednesday Mar 10 2010

“We have been overwhelmed with such great support,” says volunteer Kari Cobalchini.  “When this was first being brainstormed, it became something tangible that we all felt we could help with in a way to support the rebuilding efforts in Haiti after the horrible devastation caused by the earthquake. Trail and area coffee shops are hosting coffeehouse style evenings and other events to support fundraising efforts towards rebuilding Haiti from the ground up.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Mar 10 2010

A run-away semi-truck tire caused some chaos Monday afternoon when it smashed through the parking lot of Common Grounds coffee shop on Columbia Avenue.

Castlegar RCMP Staff Sgt. Laurel Mathew said coffee shop patrons probably got a bit of a suprise at around 1:45 p.m., when a massive tire rolled off the Kinnaird overpass offramp and hit three parked cars.

“The driver of the semi was east-bound on Highway 3 when a tire from his trailer burst off the rim and rolled down the offramp,” she says. “The tire struck three parked vehicles, causing some damage.

By Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Mar 09 2010

In the midst of the current economic recovery, families in BC have had to resort to exhausting their life savings and, in many cases, borrowing money from credit and financial institutions to make ends meet. For a large number of constituents who find themselves unemployed, under-employed or recently laid-off, this often means being forced to borrow against themselves in order to ensure that rent or mortgage payments are made on time, and that their families have enough food on the dinner table.

By Contributor on Monday Mar 08 2010

People with disabilities who are already struggling to manage on provincial disability benefits have been told by the Province it will no longer pay for some of the medically essential items and services they depend on.

Beginning April 1st, the Province will no longer fund a range of health items including pre-made foot orthotics, diabetic glucometers and a bottled water supplement of $20 a month for people with conditions such as HIV/AIDS.

By Contributor on Monday Mar 08 2010

Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace Winter Lecture Series is
excited to announce the upcoming lecture of Nobel Laureate and founder
of the Canadian chapter of Medicin Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without
Borders), Dr. James Orbinski.

Dr. Orbinski is a member of the Order of Ontario and an Officer of the
Order of Canada-designations that recognize his achievements and ongoing
commitment to excellence in humanitarianism and global health. He was
President of the International Council of Doctors Without Borders at the

By Contributor on Thursday Mar 04 2010


It started with three people who wanted to make a difference and it has turned into a collective fundraising effort focused on long-term rebuilding efforts in Haiti.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Mar 04 2010

The smallest city in B.C. took top honours for their water last week. Greenwood placed as the bronze winner in municipal water at the 20th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition. Another regional area, Beaver Falls, took home the silver, while the gold went to Hamilton, OH.

Held in the historic spa town in West Virginia, the Berkeley Springs International is the largest and longest running water tasting competition in the world. “We consider it the Olympics of Water,” says Jill Klein Rone, longtime producer of the event.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Mar 03 2010

Is radon gas putting you or your family at risk of lung cancer?

That's the question Dana Schmidt is trying to get all Castlegar residents to ask, as he continues to promote radon-gas testing in this, the second-worst radon hot-spot in the province.

By Contributor on Wednesday Mar 03 2010

The Health and Hospital Committee (HHC) of the Lower Columbia Community Development Team are planning a groundbreaking ceremony for the new heliport at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.

The project has been made possible by the generous donations of a number of different groups:


$100,000            Signature Sponsor Kootenay Savings Credit Union Foundation

$100,000            West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Board

$50,000               Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust.

$50,000               Private donation of required land