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B.C. health-care workers facing an epidemic of violence

2010-21: B.C. nurses reported nearly 4,500 violence-related injuries that caused them to miss work

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A dead chum salmon in the Delta River after it had returned more than 1,000 miles from the ocean to spawn. (Courtesy Photo / Ned Rozell)

Keepers of Cheewaht: Restoring a Vancouver Island ecosystem for generations to come

After years of neglect, salmon are returning to remote West Coast river system

A dead chum salmon in the Delta River after it had returned more than 1,000 miles from the ocean to spawn. (Courtesy Photo / Ned Rozell)
The Regional District of Central Kootenay board office in Nelson. File photo

RDCK board roundup: Busy inaugural meeting for new directors

All the news from the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Nov. 17 meeting

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board office in Nelson. File photo
Heritage Credit Union Interim CEO Doug Eveneshen presented the case for the institution’s merger with East Kootenay Community Credit Union to members in Slocan Park on Nov. 24. Photo: John Boivin

Slocan Valley residents express concerns over Heritage Credit Union merger plans

The credit union is considering a merger with East Kootenay Community Credit Union

Heritage Credit Union Interim CEO Doug Eveneshen presented the case for the institution’s merger with East Kootenay Community Credit Union to members in Slocan Park on Nov. 24. Photo: John Boivin
Whitewater Ski Resort is seen here Dec. 2 from its lodge’s webcam. The mountain has already received plenty of snow ahead of opening day.

West Kootenay ski hills anticipate early start to the season

Conditions are looking good at Whitewater, Red and Summit

Whitewater Ski Resort is seen here Dec. 2 from its lodge’s webcam. The mountain has already received plenty of snow ahead of opening day.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay board office in Nelson. File photo

Aimee Watson re-elected RDCK board chair, Leah Main continues on FCM board

Main will stay on despite no longer being a director

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board office in Nelson. File photo
Resources being diverted to emergency care is disrupting scheduled surgeries across B.C. (Pixabay photo)

B.C. boy needing heart surgery waits, and waits some more

Insufficient staffing, skyrocketing respiratory illness have caused mass B.C. surgery cancellations

Resources being diverted to emergency care is disrupting scheduled surgeries across B.C. (Pixabay photo)
Victoria Police Chief Del Manak snaps a selfie with three Victoria High students who were presented with a civic service award on Friday for their actions in helping someone who was overdosing in a school washroom. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Saving lives from B.C.’s overdose crisis, one bathroom at a time

Safer Bathroom Toolkit aims to help organizations make lifesaving changes to their washrooms

Victoria Police Chief Del Manak snaps a selfie with three Victoria High students who were presented with a civic service award on Friday for their actions in helping someone who was overdosing in a school washroom. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Aquatic science biologist Howie Manchester picks a salmon to collect samples from during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward

Writing on the wall for West Coast fish farms, conservationists say after closures

Washington joins ranks with Alaska, California and Oregon in not having industrial fish farms.

Aquatic science biologist Howie Manchester picks a salmon to collect samples from during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward
Living on B.C.’s below-poverty levels of disability assistance and already in debt means every treatment brings a Vancouver woman closer to running out of money and choosing the option to die. (Pixabay photo)

‘Jump or burn?’: B.C. woman is chronically ill, but dying of poverty

System will fund Medical Assistance in Dying but not treatments that help chronic fatigue syndrome

Living on B.C.’s below-poverty levels of disability assistance and already in debt means every treatment brings a Vancouver woman closer to running out of money and choosing the option to die. (Pixabay photo)
FILE -Dean Anderson holds up a sign before a march on the first National Day of Action to draw attention to the opioid overdose epidemic, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s overdose crisis: drugs, death and denial on the job

A recent survey of construction workers in B.C. found 1 in 3 self-reported problematic substance use

FILE -Dean Anderson holds up a sign before a march on the first National Day of Action to draw attention to the opioid overdose epidemic, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Nakusp and Area Community Forest is an example of a place benefitting from wildfire fuel mitigation. Photo: Nakusp and Area Community Forest

Wildfire mitigation in West Kootenay community forests having positive impact: report

The Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. cites work done in Kaslo and Nakusp

Nakusp and Area Community Forest is an example of a place benefitting from wildfire fuel mitigation. Photo: Nakusp and Area Community Forest
The Canadian Coast Guard ship John P. Tully has been used to bring scientists to explore a large seamount region off Vancouver Island. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

West Coast First Nations, feds reach tentative understanding on vast offshore region

Leadership mulls deal for proposed Marine Protected Area off Vancouver Island

The Canadian Coast Guard ship John P. Tully has been used to bring scientists to explore a large seamount region off Vancouver Island. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Biarki Weeks stands in front of the University of Victoria communication tower that will receive signals from ORCASat, due to be launched later this month. Photo: Submitted

West Kootenay-raised engineering student sets sights on the stars

Biarki Weeks is contributing to a satellite built by the University of Victoria

Biarki Weeks stands in front of the University of Victoria communication tower that will receive signals from ORCASat, due to be launched later this month. Photo: Submitted
The Marine Detective Jackie Hildering wades into the water next to the humpback. (Emily Cowie/MERS photo)

‘Absolutely gutting’: Mourning the death of Spike the humpback whale

Observers suspect whale may have died from blunt force trauma after being hit by a boat

The Marine Detective Jackie Hildering wades into the water next to the humpback. (Emily Cowie/MERS photo)
Kootenay Lake is seen here from Pilot Bay. Experts say the West Kootenay needs more climate change data. Photo: Kelsey Yates

Local experts call for more West Kootenay data to adapt to climate change

Two new web-based tools for water and climate data have been created

Kootenay Lake is seen here from Pilot Bay. Experts say the West Kootenay needs more climate change data. Photo: Kelsey Yates
An electric vehicle at a charging station. File photo

RDCK to launch active transportation study, buy EV for corporate fleet

The regional government’s goal is to cut its carbon pollution by half by 2030

An electric vehicle at a charging station. File photo
An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The executive director of British Columbia’s salmon farmers association says a formalized consultation process for the future of the industry is welcome after several years of “ad hoc” discussions stemming from the Liberal government’s pledge in 2019 to end open-net pen salmon aquaculture off B.C.’s coast.��THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver Island First Nations worry feds flip-flopping on B.C. fish farms transition

BC Salmon Farmers Association ‘heartened’ after its round of meetings with Fisheries minister

An Atlantic salmon is seen during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The executive director of British Columbia’s salmon farmers association says a formalized consultation process for the future of the industry is welcome after several years of “ad hoc” discussions stemming from the Liberal government’s pledge in 2019 to end open-net pen salmon aquaculture off B.C.’s coast.��THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward
A survey asking residents about possible wildfire mitigation building regulations received poor feedback. File photo

RDCK gets earful from a few on new wildfire development zone rules

Feedback was mostly negative on a survey about proposed building changes

A survey asking residents about possible wildfire mitigation building regulations received poor feedback. File photo
Kootenay heating mechanics say it’s nearly impossible to find someone in the area who can service aging oil furnaces, so good maintenance is essential for avoiding real problems this winter. Photo by John Boivin

Servicing ‘dinosaur’ oil furnaces a growing problem in West Kootenay

No one has the expertise, and oil is getting more expensive

Kootenay heating mechanics say it’s nearly impossible to find someone in the area who can service aging oil furnaces, so good maintenance is essential for avoiding real problems this winter. Photo by John Boivin