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Elections Canada office 'open for business'

August
12
,
2015
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Vote now for the Oct. 19 election if you must. Furniture was still rolling in and computers have yet to be hooked up, but the Elections Canada office in Kamloops is open and ready to process voting. “We’re open for business by...

Biosolids: Waste Not, Want Not

August
12
,
2015
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Back in the 1990s, ’"Biosolids" won out over Humanure and Nutricake in a naming contest, yet public awareness of the industry lags behind its growth. A Kamloops firm, on the other hand, stands proudly behind its biosolids operation. ...

Event server training mandatory

August
10
,
2015
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Anyone who serves alcohol in B.C. is required to take one of two designated training programs as of Sept. 15. In keeping with its liquor policy review changes, the provincial government is launching a new training program to supplement the...

Tory, NDP candidates clash over pipeline

August
10
,
2015
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Pipeline politics have spilled over into the federal election campaign in Kamloops. The fundamental question of how to reconcile increased oilsands exports — including those planned through expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline system...

Shuswap Lake drowning victim identified

August
6
,
2015
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A 24-year-old man who died in a swimming accident on Shuswap Lake Tuesday has been identified as Scott Kevin Hardy Glen of Saskatoon. Glen was staying with friends on a rental houseboat moored at a marina near Sicamous. In the early morning hours...

N. Thompson may face water shortage

August
6
,
2015
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With weather conditions expected to remain warm and dry, water users in the North Thompson region are being urged to reduce water consumption, and a Level 3 drought rating has been announced for the area. Level 3 drought conditions call for...

'More fulsome' second liquor review looks at 'unintended consequences,' MLA Yap says

August
6
,
2015
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When the provincial government began reforming B.C. liquor regulations, it wasn’t expecting to open a Pandora’s Box of concerns, complaints and confusion. By spring, though, it was obvious that many in the business of retailing liquor...

Forests minister calls for more vigilance to curb human-caused wildfires across the province

August
5
,
2015
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KAMLOOPS — A spike in human-caused wildfires across British Columbia has the forests minister calling for more vigilance from the public. Steve Thomson said only 18 of the 31 flare-ups over the long weekend were caused by lightning while...

Where have all the bears gone?

August
5
,
2015
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Reports of bear-human interactions are down markedly this season with fewer than half the reports logged by this time last year. Ordinarily by this time a trickle of bear reports increases to a steady flow. In 2014, there were about 300 reports...

Lab analysis of biosolids finds contaminants

August
5
,
2015
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Levels of toxins found in biosolid samples from the Nicola Valley exceed acceptable levels set by B.C.’s contaminated site regulations, says the Suzuki Foundation. The sampling was done in July by John Werring, a senior science adviser with...