Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
“Today, we are announcing eight new COVID-19 confirmed positive cases, for a total of 2,783 cases in British Columbia.
“There are 190 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,425 people who tested positive have recovered.
Ed. Note: This mistake was mine and mine alone - I misunderstood and said the first 9-1-1 call was sent immediately to the correct dispatch centre. This was incorrect - the first two calls were automatically routed to Kelowna. The third call was correctly dispatched. The third call came in with 40 seconds of the first call. I apologize for my error. ~ Kyra Hoggan
Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall said a step-by-step online guide that helps simplify and streamline the licensing process will benefit small scaled producers in the area, and throughout the province.
A BC Government media release said the Cannabis Production Regulatory Navigator has been created to help prospective cannabis cultivators and processors work their way through the steps required to get their regulated and approved products to market.
Finally, some good news for a graduating student in Kootenay Lake School District during the final high school term interrupted by the — COVID-19 — pandemic.
Mount Sentinel Grad Freya Emery was recently selected to receive a 2020 Beedie Luminaries Scholarship.
The Beedie Luminaries Scholarship Program is aimed at giving promising BC students the opportunity to advance their education, achieve their dreams and inspire others.
Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has released the following statement in response to calls for British Columbia’s Police Act reform:
“Everyone deserves to be treated fairly by the police, and our government acknowledges that for many Black, Indigenous and other people of colour, that hasn’t always been the case. Ensuring the police are held accountable to the highest standards for fair and unbiased conduct is crucial to maintaining public trust.
A man has died after a shooting in Oliver, according to a press release issued Sunday.
To ensure the health and safety of student-athletes, the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season will not begin its regular season any sooner than January 2021.
At last week’s annual general meeting, the Selkirk College Saints and other member teams decided that safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic require an approach that protects players and team personnel.
Residents can expect to see a rise in river levels with rain forecast across the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary this weekend, with flows are expected to remain between a one- to five-year return, or a just above a normal freshet flow. Environment Canada has forecasted scattered showers this weekend with variable rainfall amounts ranging from ten to 40 millimetres across the Boundary.
The BC River Forecast Centre issued a High Streamflow Advisory for Friday, which means river levels will rise or are expected to rise rapidly.
Nelson Fire Rescue Services continued to deal with a very busy week deluged with calls, including another structure fire Thursday (June 11) in a building at 602 Josephine Street filled with local businesses.
The Josephine Street call came at 5:21 p.m. of a fire report in the ceiling area of a bathroom located in one of the businesses in the building, which housed a tattoo parlour, restaurant, dry cleaner and pottery shop.
Nelson Fire Rescue continues to battle a structure fire in the 600 Block of Josephine Street.
Flames from the fire, starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., have now blown through the roof of the building the houses Divine Alchemy Tattoos, Busaba Thai Cafe and Aldo's Cleaners and Laundry Service.
More coverage as soon as it becomes available.
Nelson Fire Rescue on scene of blaze at 600 Josephine Street