Local Journalism Initiative

NDP MLA Sheila Malcolmson says “we are transforming mental health and substance use care in B.C.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld file

Report ‘confirms’ mental health care is improving in B.C.

But observers skeptical of provincial review of its Pathway to Hope program

NDP MLA Sheila Malcolmson says “we are transforming mental health and substance use care in B.C.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld file
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Program bringing rural nurse training to B.C.’s rural north

University of Northern British Columbia launches first nursing degree program in Fort St. John

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Protesters hold a banner as they stand in front of stacks of lumber during a demonstration against old-growth logging, at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Teal-Jones holds licenses allowing it to log in the Fairy Creek Watershed on Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Old-growth activists want fewer police powers at Fairy Creek, RCMP asking for more

Teal Cedar Products asks B.C. court for one-year injunction extension at Fairy Creek

Protesters hold a banner as they stand in front of stacks of lumber during a demonstration against old-growth logging, at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Teal-Jones holds licenses allowing it to log in the Fairy Creek Watershed on Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Visitors have poured back on to the beaches of the Tofino area, but an inability to attract and keep staff is preventing local businesses from being able to take full advantage. (John McKinley file)

Staffing shortages have businesses in B.C. tourist mecca struggling to stay open

As visitors flood back into Tofino, business owners struggle to find people to serve them

Visitors have poured back on to the beaches of the Tofino area, but an inability to attract and keep staff is preventing local businesses from being able to take full advantage. (John McKinley file)
The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)

B.C. wildfires a `wake-up call’ to return to Indigenous-led fire management

The BCWS should be working with and learning from sqilxw Peoples

The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)
BC Transit says it will improve service in the West Kootenay. Photo: Mike Chouinard

With ridership bursting, BC Transit plans new West Kootenay services

Several upgrades are scheduled to be made in 2023

BC Transit says it will improve service in the West Kootenay. Photo: Mike Chouinard
Anne and Stu Heard are Kaslo’s Citizens of the Year. Mayor Suzan Hewat (Centre) presented them with their plaque on Aug. 13. Photo: John Boivin

Giving couple chosen as Kaslo Citizens of the Year

Anne and Stu Heard were chosen for the annual honour

Anne and Stu Heard are Kaslo’s Citizens of the Year. Mayor Suzan Hewat (Centre) presented them with their plaque on Aug. 13. Photo: John Boivin
The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a tripod in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)

RCMP watchdog gets more than 70 enforcement complaints from Fairy Creek blockades

Protesters’ lawyer says 17 complaints fall under the agency’s mandate and will be investigated

The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a tripod in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)
Demonstrators gathered outside Nelson’s RCMP detachment Aug. 23 to protest the treatment of people blocking roads at the Fairy Creek old growth forest. Photo: Tyler Harper

Parties pledge support for B.C.’s old-growth forests as RCMP crack down on activists

Candidates address battles over the harvesting of B.C. forests against climate change backdrop

Demonstrators gathered outside Nelson’s RCMP detachment Aug. 23 to protest the treatment of people blocking roads at the Fairy Creek old growth forest. Photo: Tyler Harper
Village of Kaslo were forced to apologize after raising the Canadian flag back to full mast. File photo

Kaslo Village staff apologize after flag raised to full mast

Flags are currently half-mast across Canada

Village of Kaslo were forced to apologize after raising the Canadian flag back to full mast. File photo
The Kootenays’ unemployment rate is below the provincial average. File photo

Unemployment rate drops for Kootenay region

The Kootenay unemployment rate is 5.8 per cent

The Kootenays’ unemployment rate is below the provincial average. File photo
Corky Evans was the MLA for Nelson-Creston from 1991 to 2001 and from 2005 to 2009. He’s thrilled by a provincial change to allow more secondary housing on agricultural land reserves. File photo

ALR housing rule changes delight landowners, confound administrators

Farmers can have both a principal residence and small secondary residence on property

Corky Evans was the MLA for Nelson-Creston from 1991 to 2001 and from 2005 to 2009. He’s thrilled by a provincial change to allow more secondary housing on agricultural land reserves. File photo
View of the Columbia River shoreline in Trail. Photo: Jessee Regnier

Canada given top marks for Columbia River Treaty public engagement

Eight American organizations are praising Canadian efforts

View of the Columbia River shoreline in Trail. Photo: Jessee Regnier
Abby and Steve Hardy are turning their Appledale-area property into a tiny-home community that offers a better work-life balance for modern-day knowledge workers. Photo: John Boivin

New Slocan Valley developments see future in tiny homes, communal living

A couple is building a 37-acre development between Winlaw and Slocan City

Abby and Steve Hardy are turning their Appledale-area property into a tiny-home community that offers a better work-life balance for modern-day knowledge workers. Photo: John Boivin
A fully loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo

Defendants appeal Lemon Creek fuel spill class action decision

The lawsuit stems from the July 2013 spill of 35,000 litres of jet fuel into Lemon Creek

A fully loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo
Crews with the $3.5-million provincially funded Marine Debris Removal Initiative remove discarded and lost gear from B.C.’s central coast in the summer of 2020. (Photo supplied by Simon Agar)

Coastal Cleanup stages sequel of bid to rid B.C. coast of garbage

West Coast cleanup nets over 200 tonnes of marine debris

Crews with the $3.5-million provincially funded Marine Debris Removal Initiative remove discarded and lost gear from B.C.’s central coast in the summer of 2020. (Photo supplied by Simon Agar)
Charlie Thompson speaks during a June 7 gathering at the former site of the Alberni Indian Residential School. Like many former students of the school, Thompson wants recognition of the children buried in the site, and answers as to why they never came home. (Eric Plummer/Ha-Shilth-Sa photo)

Work begins on researching unmarked burials at Alberni residential school site

Funding needed, but tips, ideas and a desire to do something strong

Charlie Thompson speaks during a June 7 gathering at the former site of the Alberni Indian Residential School. Like many former students of the school, Thompson wants recognition of the children buried in the site, and answers as to why they never came home. (Eric Plummer/Ha-Shilth-Sa photo)
Slocan River tubing. A resident wants to keep motorized boats off the river. Photo: Jennifer Small

Should motorboats be banned on the Slocan River? This woman says yes

Judy McMahon is concerned by rising tourism

Slocan River tubing. A resident wants to keep motorized boats off the river. Photo: Jennifer Small
The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)

Tk’emlups preparing for archaeological work at B.C. residential school site where remains found

The 215 graves are, to the band’s knowledge, undocumented deaths for which it is still collecting records

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)
Kootenay forests are unusually dry for this time of year. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

On summer’s cusp, Kootenay forests are at record dry levels

Southeast Fire Centre says 4 months of unusually dry weather have had effect on the region’s forests

Kootenay forests are unusually dry for this time of year. Photo: Bill Metcalfe