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Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 21, 2021. (Submitted)

Chilliwack MLA Kelli Paddon reads powerful words from bullied 11-year-old in BC Legislature

“They said because I am black, I should go kill myself,” Eevah Macdonald wrote

Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 21, 2021. (Submitted)
Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)

Greater Victoria MLA Adam Olsen reveals past drug use in an attempt to end stigma

MLA for Saanich North and the Islands talks about cocaine, other substance use in his 20s

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)
Pictured is an example of the text message that will be sent to your phone when you sign up for curb-side garbage and recycling pickup reminders. You can sign up by downloading the City of Cranbrook 311 app on your phone. (Cranbrook Townsman file)

City of Cranbrook reminds residents of proper curb-side recycling procedures

Recycling carts need to be placed curb-side properly, not over-filled, City says

Pictured is an example of the text message that will be sent to your phone when you sign up for curb-side garbage and recycling pickup reminders. You can sign up by downloading the City of Cranbrook 311 app on your phone. (Cranbrook Townsman file)
From left to right: Officials Cathy Finley (Fields Forward Director), Danny Turner (Fields Forward Board Chair), Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, and Elizabeth Quinn (Fields Forward Executive Director) cut the ribbon to the Kootenay Farms Regional Food Hub and Innovation Centre on Oct. 15. (Submitted)

Regional food hub officially opens in Creston

Farmers and producers across the Columbia Basin will start using the facility this week

From left to right: Officials Cathy Finley (Fields Forward Director), Danny Turner (Fields Forward Board Chair), Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, and Elizabeth Quinn (Fields Forward Executive Director) cut the ribbon to the Kootenay Farms Regional Food Hub and Innovation Centre on Oct. 15. (Submitted)
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between The ʔaq̓am Community and Purcell Colegiate Incorporated. (Front row (L-R) Joe Pierre, ʔaq’am Community Chief; Duncan MacLeod, Purcell Collegiate Incorporated CEO/Head of School. (Back row (L-R) Arthur Luk, Purcell Collegiate Incorporated Corporate Director; Jaret Thompson, Purcell Collegiate Incorporated Corporate Board Chair; Julie Birdstone, ʔaq’am Community Councillor; Jason Andrew, ʔaq’am Community Councillor).

ʔaq̓am Community and Purcell Colegiate Incorporated sign Memorandum of Understanding

Document articulates partnership between two parties in development of International School

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between The ʔaq̓am Community and Purcell Colegiate Incorporated. (Front row (L-R) Joe Pierre, ʔaq’am Community Chief; Duncan MacLeod, Purcell Collegiate Incorporated CEO/Head of School. (Back row (L-R) Arthur Luk, Purcell Collegiate Incorporated Corporate Director; Jaret Thompson, Purcell Collegiate Incorporated Corporate Board Chair; Julie Birdstone, ʔaq’am Community Councillor; Jason Andrew, ʔaq’am Community Councillor).
The Pétain Falls in the Pétain Basin. Photo courtesy BC Parks

Changing the name of a B.C. mountain follows a robust process

Mt. Pétain on B.C.-Alberta border named after French war hero who later led the government of Vichy France

The Pétain Falls in the Pétain Basin. Photo courtesy BC Parks
Timothy Durkin is pictured in a photograph filed in Federal Court. The B.C. Securities Commission claims the Sooke man defrauded an investor out of $1 million. (Federal Court)

B.C. man accused of selling fake ownership in world-renowned Sooke Harbour House

Timothy Durkin faces B.C. Securities Commission in November

Timothy Durkin is pictured in a photograph filed in Federal Court. The B.C. Securities Commission claims the Sooke man defrauded an investor out of $1 million. (Federal Court)
The Cranbrook RCMP Detachment is launching a “9PM routine” for residents in Cranbrook. The new initiative is designed to act as a reminder for you to remove valuables from your vehicles, lock your vehicle doors, lock the doors to your homes, garages, and sheds, turn on exterior lights and activate all alarms and security systems.

‘9 p.m. routine’ will help prevent thefts, Cranbrook RCMP say

Cranbrook RCMP Detachment is launching new initiative for residents in Cranbrook

The Cranbrook RCMP Detachment is launching a “9PM routine” for residents in Cranbrook. The new initiative is designed to act as a reminder for you to remove valuables from your vehicles, lock your vehicle doors, lock the doors to your homes, garages, and sheds, turn on exterior lights and activate all alarms and security systems.
The beaver dam at Idlewild Park in Cranbrook. Barry Coulter photo

Idlewild beaver relocation postponed until spring

City of Cranbrook announced , that the live-trapping and relocation of the beavers from is on pause until the spring of 2022.

The beaver dam at Idlewild Park in Cranbrook. Barry Coulter photo
COVID-19 exposure identified in Fort St. James. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID-19 outbreak at Joseph Creek Village is over: Interior Health

A COVID-19 outbreak at Joseph Creek Village in Cranbrook has been declared…

COVID-19 exposure identified in Fort St. James. (Image courtesy CDC)
The Pétain Falls in the Pétain Basin. Photo courtesy BC Parks

Mount Pétain in the Rockies to have name rescinded

Mountain, glacier and creek named after French general are facing a name-change, more than 100 years after their naming

The Pétain Falls in the Pétain Basin. Photo courtesy BC Parks
To celebrate finishing his first round of chemotherapy, Addison Johnston (left) and his younger brother Ryland were taken to a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver by parents Kristin and Shane Johnston. But lots of treatment remains for the teenager, and his family has learned some hard lessons about the healthcare system. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack parents discover gaps in health care as teenage son battles leukemia

Though he’s 17-years-old, Addison Johnston couldn’t access treatment at B.C. Children’s Hospital

To celebrate finishing his first round of chemotherapy, Addison Johnston (left) and his younger brother Ryland were taken to a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver by parents Kristin and Shane Johnston. But lots of treatment remains for the teenager, and his family has learned some hard lessons about the healthcare system. (submitted photo)
Applications are now open for City of Cranbrook committees. (File Photo)

Applications open for City of Cranbrook committees

There are four committees looking to recruit volunteers

  • Oct 15, 2021
Applications are now open for City of Cranbrook committees. (File Photo)
Seven Save-On-Foods locations in the Kootenays raised $21,279 for Angel Flight East Kootenay, a volunteer medical transport service that takes regional patients to Kelowna. Pictured, left to right: Brent Bidston, Ted Murrell, Todd Weselake, Jon Stammers, Peter Burke and Dr. Shayne Soetaert.

Kootenay Save-On-Foods stores raise $21,279 for Angel Flight East Kootenay

Volunteer medical transport service flies patients from Kootenays to Kelowna for medical appointments

Seven Save-On-Foods locations in the Kootenays raised $21,279 for Angel Flight East Kootenay, a volunteer medical transport service that takes regional patients to Kelowna. Pictured, left to right: Brent Bidston, Ted Murrell, Todd Weselake, Jon Stammers, Peter Burke and Dr. Shayne Soetaert.
BC CDC LHA data for Oct. 3-9. Photo courtesy BC CDC.

COVID-19 cases drop slightly, remain high in Cranbrook

COVID-19 cases remain high in Cranbrook, falling slightly down to 77 in…

BC CDC LHA data for Oct. 3-9. Photo courtesy BC CDC.
(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)

COS asking those responsible to come forward after grizzly bear, 5 point elk illegally shot and left

A sow grizzly and two five point elk were recently killed and left in the bush near Elkford

(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)
Slash  pile burning. Photo courtesy Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services.

Wildfire Risk Reduction project set for Oct. 15 south of Cranbrook

A wildfire risk reduction project (WRR) is set to begin just south…

Slash  pile burning. Photo courtesy Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services.
The City of Cranbrook is reminding residents of their responsibility to clear sidewalks outside of their properties within 24 hours of a snow event. The Snow Angels program is available for anyone who needs help with snow clearing. (Photo: Amy Reid)

City of Cranbrook reminds residents to clear sidewalks within 24hrs of snow

Snow Angels program is available for those who cannot clear sidewalks on their own

The City of Cranbrook is reminding residents of their responsibility to clear sidewalks outside of their properties within 24 hours of a snow event. The Snow Angels program is available for anyone who needs help with snow clearing. (Photo: Amy Reid)
A region-wide Limited Entry Hunt for the Kootenay Boundary Region option was determined to be most likely to meet the harvest management objectives specified in the province’s regional management plan. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Wild Sheep Society of BC asks Kootenay residents to weigh in on proposed bighorn sheep draw

The province has proposed a Limited Entry Hunt bighorn sheep season in the Kootenay Boundary Region

A region-wide Limited Entry Hunt for the Kootenay Boundary Region option was determined to be most likely to meet the harvest management objectives specified in the province’s regional management plan. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
A house is displayed for sale on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Kootenay real estate market emerging from grip of pandemic, says KAR president

Out of region interest still strong; prices continue to rise

A house is displayed for sale on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick