Regional news recap

A look at the top news stories this week in Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie and Kimberley.

Cranbrook Candidates face off in election debate

Cranbrook candidates faced off in an election debate last week at the candidates forum, with ten candidates up for election. Topics ranged from housing and attracting light industry to rainbow crosswalks, roads and infrastructure.

Cranbrook Council tweaks proposed cannabis bylaw

Cranbrook City Council has taken another crack at drilling down specific bylaw procedures for the upcoming federal legalization of cannabis, discussing capping the number of stores to ten or less, and amending other related bylaws.

Clean farms set up event to collect unwanted agricultural pesticides & livestock medications in Creston

Creston Valley Farmers will be able to dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and outdated livestock medications that have accumulated at their farms at a special collection event hosted by Cleanfarms. The collection is scheduled for Oct. 31, 2018 at Grower’s Supply from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

CBT grant will help east cost of Creston Education Centre purchase

A Columbia Basin Trust grant of $200,000 will help to ease the cost of purchasing the Creston Education Centre. The purchase was made after a years-long scramble to keep Homelinks and early childhood and family programs under one roof when School District No. 8 announced it was closing the facility and selling the property.

RDEK freezes West Fernie septic rates

Thanks to a recently adopted motion, West Fernie residents will have two years to adjust higher septic costs which come as a result of being inducted into the City of Fernie.

Elk Valley water treatment plant restarts

Teck Coal has announced the restart and recommissioning of the West Line Creek Active Water Treatment Facility, which will treat up to 7.5 million litres of water per day once it reaches full capacity later this year.

City of Kimberley gives go ahead to two cannabis dispensaries

Two Kimberley cannabis dispensaries that have been serving the community for nearly three years have gotten the go ahead from Kimberley City Council to apply for licensing to become Cannabis Retail stores through the Provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.

Kimberley International School update

Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick and President of Purcell International Education, Duncan MacLeod, are back from China after pitching a proposed full-time international education school to investors and government officials.

PIE is working on the next steps including procuring funding and finding a location for the campus.

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Committee to oversee expansion of Teck coal mine in Sparwood

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Accused in Fernie stabbing case remanded in custody

Livan Chris Barnett is scheduled to appear in Cranbrook Law Courts via video on December 17

Hosmer woman victim of a broken health system

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

Law professor owes career to Legion scholarship

Forty years after receiving an invaluable scholarship, Nancy Banks has paid it forward

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

B.C. fire chief pleads with Ottawa for traumatic stress support

Campbell River fire chief Thomas Doherty presented concerns to federal government

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

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