Certain holiday lights ‘pose serious safety risk’: Health Canada

Health Canada said all seasonal lights manufactured by Taizhou Hongpeng Colour Lanterns “may pose a serious safety risk.”

Lights were sold at many BC stores list available by clicking here

The agency said the indoor and outdoor lights have been widely distributed across Canada in a number of stores under a wide variety of brand names. The affected products include Halloween and Christmas lights.

Health Canada started testing the lights after receiving a number of incident reports. Its testing uncovered hazards in several products, including overheating, as well as the risk of fire and electric shock.

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Variable speed signs coming to some B.C. highways

Eighteen speed signs will be installed along Highway 1 from Perry River to Revelstoke

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TMTVNEWS.COM, VANCOUVER – B.C. drivers oblivious to bad weather conditions will soon have a high-tech reminder to slow down.

The Transportation Ministry is installing variable speed signs along sections of the Coquihalla, Trans-Canada and Sea-to-Sky highways in an effort to cut down on weather-related crashes.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone says 47 digital signs will be installed along routes where the weather can change quickly and catch drivers off guard.

The $12.5-million project will take continuously updated data from traffic, pavement and visibility sensors and feed the information to each of the signs, which will adjust the speed limit to reflect conditions.

Testing will be conducted over the next two or three months to ensure the signs are reliable and appropriately calibrated to detect conditions such as drizzle changing to freezing rain.

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Creston to have tribute to local sports figures and builders

TMTVNEWS.COM, Creston BC Canada – Creston will soon have a tribute to local sports figures and builders.
The Creston Valley Sports Wall of Fame will be located at the Community Complex.
Covering the area from Yahk to Riondel.
The CV Services Committee ( part of the RDCK) is paying the $5,000 associated with launching the project.
Co-founder Signe Miller says an online/interactive set-up was the best option.
Miller says those eligible to be added to the wall of fame need to have lived in Creston at the time of their achievements.
The Creston Museum has jumped on board with their library of photos.

Anyone with pictures and stories we are  looking for more info or with team names, awards, trophies and certificates.

Please give a call to Signe Miller at  250-428-9584.

Look forward to seeing all contributions.

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New video illustrates how giving to the community gives back

TMTVNEWS.COM VANCOUVER BC, – Research shows that healthy starts in the early years lead to bright futures. This is something that credit unions in BC recognize and actively support.

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Every year BC credit unions contribute 25 cents per member to the Success By 6 initiative, a unique partnership between United Ways of BC, Credit Unions of BC and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. This early childhood initiative is dedicated to providing all children in BC with a good start in life. In our region 56,353 Credit Union members have contributed $98,300 to date to the Success By 6 initiative.

To thank and recognize credit unions for their support, a video has been created. This informative and creative video will be officially launched on December 1, Canada’s Giving Tuesday.

The video provides an overview of the unique Success By 6 Provincial Partnership in British Columbia, highlights the co-operative work being accomplished in communities across the province, and recognizes credit unions and their members for their continued support of the initiative over the past 12 years.
Highlights from the video include:
 Research shows that healthy starts in the early years lead to bright futures
 Success By 6 supports families and young children by:
o Providing support and resources
o Strengthening the connection between children and their caregivers
o Building supportive communities
o Emphasizing the importance of individual culture and heritage in a child’s life
 Each year Success By 6 funds over 350 programs and services impacting close to 30,000 children across BC
 Every year BC credit unions contribute 25 cents per member, totaling $450,000 annually (which combines with funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development and from local United Ways across the province)
 BC credit unions have contributed more than $3 million to Success By 6 so far. Credit unions also give time, resources and business expertise by supporting local community Early Years planning
“Credit unions across BC are happy to support this important initiative every year as one of the many ways they help their communities become strong and healthy,” said Kam Raman, Vice President, Member Relations and Trade Services, Central 1 Credit Union. “There are more than 1.9 million BC residents – one in three – who support this program as credit union members and help young children thrive.”

Success By 6 BC
Success By 6 in BC is a unique, joint initiative of United Ways, Credit Unions of BC, the BC Government through the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), and Aboriginal and community leaders. The initiative is dedicated to ensuring that children ages 0 to 6 have access to resources and programs that support their healthy growth and development.

Success By 6 builds child- and family-friendly communities through engaging citizens and funding programs that focus on literacy, nutrition, children’s play, parenting, family skills development and more.

The Goals of Success By 6 in British Columbia are to:
 Build community capacity that will support an accessible, comprehensive range of Early Childhood Development (ECD) services for children (0-6 years) and their families.
 Mobilize and leverage resources towards an accessible, comprehensive range of ECD services for children (0-6 years) and their families.
 Raise awareness of the importance of the early years and increase public support for ECD as a community priority.

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Winter counterattack road checks begin across B.C.

Drunk drivers beware.

Counter Attack road checks began today, and will continue throughout the holiday season.

Despite the yearly warnings and the tough laws on the books in B.C., drunk drivers still kill more than 80 people every year.

A quarter of all car crash fatalities are directly related to impaired drivers. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says the road checks first launched in 1977 have been effective reducing those numbers, but the they are still too high.

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Scottish climber recovering after grizzly bear attack in Rocky Mountains

GLOBAL BC, TORONTO — A Scottish man says he’s recovering after being attacked by a grizzly bear while climbing in the Rocky Mountains.

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On his Facebook page, Greg Boswell says he’s “OK, just a little shook up and sore.”

Boswell, 24, says that after the attack, which left him with gashes in his lower leg, there was a three-hour descent from their camp, followed by a two-hour drive to hospital.

Boswell posted after being treated in hospital that he’s “all stitched up now and on the mend” following Monday night’s encounter with the bear.

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Special education enrolment penalty cuts $229K from Kootenay school district budget

CBC.CA – A B.C. school district is calling the provincial government’s rule on funding for special education enrolment too strict and harmful for students who need the extra support.

In the spring of 2015, the B.C. government slapped a $229,000 penalty on the Kootenay-Columbia school district after an external audit found the district enrolled children in special education classes who did not qualify.

This penalty is contributing to the $1.3 million the Kootenay-Columbia school district has had to cut from its $42 million budget. But the school district says the rules on who qualifies for special education are too “strict” and effectively freeze out children who need the extra support.

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Over 900 people in Nelson, Castlegar and Rossland gathered for climate action

TMTVNEWS.COM, NELSON, BC CANADA –  On Sunday over 900 Rossland, Castlegar and Nelson citizens stood up for climate action through marches, rallies and vigils. These community events were organized in solidarity with the global climate marches taking place across the world before the start of the Paris UN climate summit, which hope to negotiate a global deal to tackle global warming.

Rossland held a candlelight climate vigil attended by 200 people complete with speakers, music and a petition to leaders to address climate change and transition to renewable energy.

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Castlegar citizens marched from city hall to Millennium Park for a rally where there were speakers of all ages and a diversity of backgrounds, musicians, and two choirs. Over 200 people were in attendance and the energy of the crowd kept the community warm in the cool afternoon.

In Nelson, 500 community members gathered to walk along Baker St. accompanied by music from a samba band. Many children and high school students had painted signs and banners to say even they wanted our leaders to take real climate action to protect their futures.

The high school students from Mount Sentinel, in the Valley, spoke about the readiness to take the critical action to bring about climate action.

Over the weekend, 600,000 people in more than 2300 events across 175 marched together to call for climate justice and an end to carbon pollution.

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Welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Nelson on Dec 5th

TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson BC Canada — Happy Holidays Nelson! The Nelson Business Association would like to invite everyone to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Nelson on Dec 5th. Santa and Mrs. Clause will be riding tandem in a fire truck heralded by pipers to light up the big trees on Baker Street, meet the children of Nelson, and officially launch our Christmas season.

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The big event will start on Saturday December 5th at 5 pm with Santa’s arrival at 6pm. In the Nelson Trading Company expect cider and popcorn while waiting to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. On the Santa Street stage in front of the Royal Bank enjoy music and entertainment during the countdown. On the street there’s food, entertainment, activities for families and a traditional Carnival Bonhomme. Sponsored by the Nelson Business Association for a couple of decades, Nelson merchants, societies and media have given back to the community in this event; the proceeds from our onsite donation boxes benefit Nelson’s poverty reduction initiative, Nelson at its Best. The 400 block of Baker street will be blocked off at 4pm to get ready for Santa and Mrs. Clause arrival!!. Hope to see you there!

Contact Marg Stacey rgstacey@telus.net or John McCuaig mccuaigontheroad@hotmail.com

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