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Fentanyl, heroin should be in ‘safer supply program,’ say government’s health experts

BC’s health experts say the best response to the ongoing toxic drug crisis is to expand the drugs included in the safer supply. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry released a report today reviewing BC’s prescribed safe supply program. Henry says the program saves lives, adding that recovery doesn’t necessarily mean...

BC Government allocates $10 million for reconciliation with Sons of Freedom

"It was important to be there with them," said BC Attorney General Nikki Sharma. The BC Government has formally issued its apology and compensation for the historic wrongs committed against the children of the Sons of Freedom Doukhobours, who were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in residential schools...

B.C.’s first cases of chronic wasting disease found near Cranbrook

The provincial government is responding to the first cases of chronic wasting disease in B.C., both found in deer samples in the Kootenays. Provincial officials said chronic wasting disease is an infectious and fatal illness affecting the cervid family, such as deer, elk, moose and caribou. The province asks you to...

Canada’s rental housing demand continues to outpace supply

Demand for rental accommodation has continued to outpace supply for the second year in a row, according to data from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). According to the CMHC, this resulted in fewer available purpose-built rental apartments and lower affordability in the country's primary rental market. "As a result,...

KIJHL brings on concussion consultant

Kootenay International Hockey League (KIJHL) officials say they've brought on Dr. Michael Czarnota, the official neuropsychology consultant of the Canadian Hockey League, to help the KIJHL ensure its concussion policies are in line with other major sporting organizations. A media release from the KIJHL announced its partnership with Dr. Michael...

Provincial secondary suite program expands to the Kootenays

A B.C. government program aimed at adding more affordable rental housing options will expand to regional districts in the Kootenays. The Regional Districts of East and Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary will be eligible for the province's Secondary Suites Incentive Program (SSIP). "We're expanding the secondary suite program as part of...
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