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Third enhanced BC Family Benefit arrives

According to a media release, the monthly benefit was temporarily increased for families in the province for the first time in three months of 2023. The benefit provided families with two children as much as an additional $350. Finance minister Katrine Conroy, says in the release everyone has been struggling...

The lifeguard shortage: Q&A with Joe Chirico

The Regional District of Central Kootenay noted last week that a shortage of lifeguards is having an impact on hours at local aquatic centres. We spoke with community services general manager Joe Chirico to find out more. What's going on with hours at local aquatic centres? Across the regional district and...

Creston Thunder Cats look to next season

That is a wrap on the season for the Creston Valley Thunder Cats. After a heartbreaking game seven loss in overtime against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, head coach Brad Tobin and his Creston Thunder Cats look to the future. "Both teams had their chances there in overtime," said Tobin. "It was definitely...

Over 90 Kootenay participants take part in B.C. Winter Games

The 2023 B.C. Winter Games will have a strong showing from the Kootenays, as 93 athletes, coaches and officials get ready to head to Vernon. The BC Games Society said participants from across the province will converge on Mar. 23 for the opening ceremony at Kal Tire Place. Over 1,300 people...

CBT and B.C. government funding local wildfire management projects

$2.5-million from the provincial government and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) will go to 20 communities and organizations to prepare for and reduce the risk of wildfires. CBT officials said the funding comes from the B.C. Government's Community Resiliency Investment Program. “Wildfire-resilient communities are built through partnerships and people working together to...

RDCK releases draft climate action plan

The RDCK is seeking community input after they released a draft climate plan to the public. According to a media release, the RDCK climate action strategy will outline a path to create a healthier, more resilient region while centering on the rural experience, integration of equity into climate action, and...
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