Betsy Kline

FILE — Paramedics Suzie Cameron and Kathy Crandlemire are currently training to deliver BC Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) new community paramedicine program in Sicamous. (Black Press)

Exploring the path to healing rural health care in B.C.

BCEHS is looking at several ways to improve service including its Action Plan.

FILE — Paramedics Suzie Cameron and Kathy Crandlemire are currently training to deliver BC Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) new community paramedicine program in Sicamous. (Black Press)
Better pre-hospital care in rural B.C. could save lives AND money

Better pre-hospital care in rural B.C. could save lives AND money

The yearly cost of injury exceeds $2.8 billion according to Provincial Health Services Authority.

Better pre-hospital care in rural B.C. could save lives AND money
Screen grabs from the advertising campaign by APBC.

Policy prevents advanced paramedic care in rural areas

Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) in rural communities are not allowed to practice at that level.

Screen grabs from the advertising campaign by APBC.
Paramedic union president Bronwyn Barter, Health Minister Terry Lake and Emergency Health Services vice-president Linda Lupini were on hand as Tofino paramedic Rhiannon Davis addresses a press conference. (Government of B.C.)

Health Minister says coming changes will make difference in rural communities.

“As a government, Premier Horgan is committed to improving the ambulance service.”

Paramedic union president Bronwyn Barter, Health Minister Terry Lake and Emergency Health Services vice-president Linda Lupini were on hand as Tofino paramedic Rhiannon Davis addresses a press conference. (Government of B.C.)
FILE — An air ambulance helicopter lifts off with a patient following a multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 1 near Shuswap Lake Estates on Thursday, July 20. (Lachlan Labere/Black Press)

Critical Condition: Reports support claims of sub-par care in B.C.

The Auditor General of BC is working on the second audit of BCEHS.

FILE — An air ambulance helicopter lifts off with a patient following a multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 1 near Shuswap Lake Estates on Thursday, July 20. (Lachlan Labere/Black Press)
BCEHS operates 183 ambulance stations and 519 ambulances. (File)

Critical Condition: ‘People are dying from treatable medical conditions’

Problems with ambulance service policies are systemic and province-wide, advocacy group leader says.

BCEHS operates 183 ambulance stations and 519 ambulances. (File)
Dr. Nic Sparrow volunteers his time assisting emergency services at some of the most serious 911 calls in the West Kootenay. (Submitted photo)

West Kootenay doctor brings innovative approach to emergency response

He remains on call and leaves the comforts of his home for some of the harshest realities of life.

Dr. Nic Sparrow volunteers his time assisting emergency services at some of the most serious 911 calls in the West Kootenay. (Submitted photo)
The body found in the 1999 Honda Civic found burning on the side of Hwy 22 on Jan 14 has been identified. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Castlegar homicide victim identified

The victim was 38-year-old Jordan Workman of Castlegar, B.C.

The body found in the 1999 Honda Civic found burning on the side of Hwy 22 on Jan 14 has been identified. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Dianna Agron, who stars in Hollow in the Land, appears in the trailer for the movie.

Movie filmed in Castlegar B.C. opens Friday

Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Agron will be playing in select cinemas.

Dianna Agron, who stars in Hollow in the Land, appears in the trailer for the movie.
FILE — Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield presented the history of Canada for his Canada 150 tour at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre in May. (Carli Berry/Black Press)

Astronaut Chris Hadfield reflects on technology, privilege and responsibility

Canadian is in the Kootenays to speak at the Columbia Basin Symposium

FILE — Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield presented the history of Canada for his Canada 150 tour at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre in May. (Carli Berry/Black Press)
Police forensic officers outside Borough Market, London, Sunday June 4, 2017, near the scene of Saturday night’s terrorist incident. Several people were killed in the incident and emergency officials said dozens were treated at London hospitals and a number of others suffered less serious injuries. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Castlegar B.C. woman killed in London attacks

Christine Archibald named among London terror attack dead

Police forensic officers outside Borough Market, London, Sunday June 4, 2017, near the scene of Saturday night’s terrorist incident. Several people were killed in the incident and emergency officials said dozens were treated at London hospitals and a number of others suffered less serious injuries. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
The Amazing Race Canada hits Castlegar

The Amazing Race Canada hits Castlegar

Contestants and crew for The Amazing Race Canada could be seen all over Castlegar on Sunday.

The Amazing Race Canada hits Castlegar