Alcohol suspensions up 100%…more Kootenay Boundary roadway stats

2015 Kootenays and Boundary region roadway review and what to expect in 2016

RCMP concerned with increase in drinking and driving related charges as well as drug seizures and excessive speed
RCMP concerned with increase in drinking and driving related charges as well as drug seizures and excessive speed

TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson BC Canada –  (RCMP) Another year has gone and a new year has arrived bringing snow and slippery roads.

The Nelson IRSU and WKTS who’s patrol area covers a vast roadway of the Kootenays and Boundary region, worked hard all year to make the roads safe for everyone. We lost four people on fatal collisions this year, a decrease of 60 % since 2014, however, four is still too many. Our condolences go to the families and friends.

In 2015 we saw a change in our motoring public which is a concern to us. Our impaired driving charges increased by 35 % and our 1, 3 and 7 day alcohol suspensions increased by 100 per cent. Our drug impaired increased by 10 per cent. This is an alarming increase. We cannot stress enough the devastation an impaired charge or a Immediate Roadside Prohibition can have on the driver, family or victims of a crash.

7 day alcohol suspensions increased by 100 per cent
7 day alcohol suspensions increased by 100 per cent

Our members will be increasing our enforcement in hopes of getting the message across. Do not drink alcohol or use illicit drugs and drive your car.

We saw a 25 % increase in Drug seizures and a 100 per cent increase in drug trafficking charges, all related to people traveling our roads with illegal drugs. Seatbelt and cell phone decreased. We know cell phone usage or distracted driving is still one of our main causes of crashes and be aware increased enforcement in 2016 will continue.

Our excessive speeds, 40 km over the posted speed limit increased dramatically by 50 %. We cannot stress enough to slow down and drive to the road conditions, not the posted speed limit.

Our patrols mandate is to make the Kootenay Boundary roads the safest in BC and we will continue to strive to do this through enforcement and education - RCMP
Our patrols mandate is to make the Kootenay Boundary roads the safest in BC and we will continue to strive to do this through enforcement and education – RCMP

We need the public as well to understand that their adverse actions on the roads can and will affect themselves and others.

We wish everyone a great 2016 and please stay safe, say RCMP.

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Looking for a career change? Choose a trades career

$18.9-million trades training facilities at the Selkirk College Silver King campus in Nelson, which is expected to break ground in 2016

TMTVNEWS.COM, (BCGOV) – Looking for a career change? British Columbia is working to make a career in a skilled trade an easy choice in 2016.

The skilled trades provide good careers that are rewarding and pay well. Former apprenticeship students from public training institutions in B.C. earned a median hourly wage of $28 in 2014 compared to the provincial median wage of $22.

A wide range of trades training programs from aircraft maintenance to metal fabrication to heavy-duty equipment mechanics are available in B.C. and, as the 2024 Labour Market Outlook shows, many trades are among the top 100 occupations projected to be in high demand over the next decade.

Government is investing in trades training as part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, which is aligning investments in education and training with high-demand occupations, including the trades.

Investments include:

  • The $30-million Centre for Trades Education and Innovation at Camosun College in Victoria, opening in early 2016.
  • The $33-million Okanagan College Trades Renewal Project in Kelowna, with completion expected in 2016.
  • The $18.9-million trades training facilities at the Selkirk College Silver King campus in Nelson, which is expected to break ground in 2016.
  • The $1.8-million Nicola Valley Institute of Technology trades training facility in Merritt, opened by Premier Christy Clark in October 2015.

Students in B.C. expect the latest technology and best equipment when they are learning a trade. That is why government has provided $17 million over the last two years to 14 public institutions toward purchasing new trades training equipment.

B.C.’s Blueprint has also targeted $13 million over the last two years to reduce wait lists in high-demand trades critical to a diverse, strong and growing provincial economy by creating 2,917 additional trades seats.

And, in fall 2015, government added 50 new open textbooks focused on skills training and technical areas, including trades, which students can access at no charge. More than 120 textbooks are available through the provincial Open Textbook Project.

The B.C. Access Grant for Labour Market Priorities allows students to fund their trades training, and includes a component for students wishing to relocate to attend an eligible public institution. Students may receive up to $16,400 in non-repayable funding to study in-demand foundation trades programs. Since announcing the grant in September 2014, approximately $5.3 million has been distributed to more than 1,200 students.

Students also have access to an online trades training seat finder that instantly allows them to see where trades training spaces are available: https://www.tradestrainingbc.ca/

B.C. students are ready to benefit from the opportunities the trades can provide. For example:

Why It Matters:

  • There will be almost one million job openings in British Columbia over the next decade, and most of these openings will require post-secondary training.
  • Approximately 42% of job openings will require college education or apprenticeship training.
  • 36% will require university and/or significant work experience.
  • 18% will require high school and/or occupation-specific training.

Quotes:

Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education – 

“Our government is investing in trades training so that students can continue to receive the best instruction, equipment and facilities. We invest in skilled-trades training to ensure that students graduate with the job-ready skills they need for a well-paying career.”

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour –

“We launched B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to re-engineer our education and training systems so British Columbians have the skills and training they need to take advantage of the job openings in our province’s diverse, strong and growing economy. B.C.’s post-secondary system has been instrumental in helping us achieving our Blueprint goals.”

Learn More:

Provincewide highlights of the 2014 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey can be viewed in the “BC Student Outcomes: The 2014 Highlights” reportt:http://outcomes.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/Publications/AboutPublications.aspx?WT.cg_n=HootSuite

2024 Labour Market Outlook:https://www.workbc.ca/WorkBC/media/WorkBC/Documents/Docs/BC-LM-Outlook-2014-2024_C.pdf

To find out more about B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: https://www.workbc.ca/Job-Seekers/Skills-and-Training/B-C-%E2%80%99s-Skills-for-Jobs-Blueprint.aspx?WT.cg_n=HootSuite

B.C. Access Grant for Labour Market Priorities: https://studentaidbc.ca/explore/grants-scholarships/bc-access-grant-labour-market-priorities?WT.cg_n=HootSuite

Open Textbook Project: http://bccampus.ca/open-textbook-project/?WT.cg_n=HootSuite

Trades Discovery: https://www.tradestrainingbc.ca/Trades/Trades-Exploration/Trades-Discovery?WT.cg_n=HootSuite

For trades and apprenticeship resources, including the Apprentice Job Match, success stories and other links for job seekers, students, apprentices and employers, visit:https://www.workbc.ca/Job-Seekers/Trades-and-Apprenticeship.aspx

For information about apprenticeship programs in B.C., visit the Industry Training Authority website: http://www.itabc.ca/

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Community arts festival funding available

TMTVNEWS.COM, (BC GOV) – Community-based arts and cultural organizations in British Columbia can apply now for project assistance funding from the BC Arts Council to help produce local arts festivals.

Awards under this program are intended to assist with the fees paid to professional artists and technicians engaged for the event. Eligible projects may include presentation of original work, existing repertoire or exhibitions, or exploration of diverse work. Festivals may feature a combination of local and touring artists. Awards will provide up to a maximum of $7,500. Priority will be given to festivals that engage B.C. and Canadian artists.

Application deadline is Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (As Jan. 30, 2016, falls on a weekend, applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.)

For more information and eligibility criteria, visit: www.bcartscouncil.ca

The BC Arts Council is the Government of British Columbia’s lead agency for arts funding and development. All BC Arts Council grants are awarded through a peer assessment process that relies on the knowledge and expertise of the province’s talented arts and culture community.

In 2015-16, the Province is investing about $60 million in British Columbia’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions. This includes $24 million to the BC Arts Council — the highest level of funding in the council’s history.

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Home owner grant threshold increases in 2016

TMTVNEWS.COM, (BC GOV) British Columbians who own homes valued up to $1.2 million may be eligible to receive a full home owner grant this year, while a partial grant may be available if the home is valued above this threshold.

The home owner grant provides modest property tax relief to those who need it most. Last year, this program returned nearly $800 million to B.C. residents. For 2016, more than 91% of homes are below the threshold.

BC Assessment estimates the values of all homes based on their market value on July 1 each year. For homes valued below the threshold, the basic grant can reduce residential property taxes on an owner’s principal residence by up to $570.

An additional grant up to $275 is available for homeowners who are aged 65 or over, who qualify under the persons with disabilities category, or who are eligible to receive certain war-veteran allowances. The northern and rural home owner benefit provides an additional $200 in property tax relief to households outside the Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Capital Regional Districts.

Low-income homeowners who would have received the additional home owner grant except for the high value of their home can apply for a low-income grant supplement.

Homeowners who face difficulty keeping up with rising property assessments in B.C. may also be eligible to defer all or a portion of their property taxes. The property tax deferment program provides low-interest loans that allow eligible homeowners to defer payment of annual property taxes until their home is sold or becomes part of an estate. This program is available to owners who are 55 or older, surviving spouses of any age, and persons with disabilities. Families who are financially supporting children may also qualify.

Quick Facts:

  • For 2016, the threshold increases to $1.2 million, up 9.1% from $1.1 million in 2015.
  • Homes valued above the threshold may still be eligible for a partial grant. For properties assessed above the threshold, the grant is reduced by $5 for every $1,000 of assessed value in excess of the threshold.
  • The grant is not provided automatically. Homeowners must apply every year. Applications are included with annual property tax notices.
  • The grant is available to Canadian citizens and to landed immigrants who normally reside in B.C.
  • The Province reimburses municipalities for the full cost of the home owner grant to ensure municipal revenues are not affected.
  • The home owner grant program began in 1957.

Learn More:

For more information about the home owner grant, visit:www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant

For more information about property tax deferment programs, visit:www.gov.bc.ca/propertytaxdeferment

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Man who died after falling through ice on Kettle River identified

TMTVNEWS.COM, GRAND FORKS — The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after falling through ice on the Kettle River on Dec. 30, 2015.

He was Thomas Charles Grubisic, aged 54, of Grand Forks.

Mr. Grubisic was seen in the river, holding onto the ice on the afternoon of Dec. 30. He disappeared before rescuers could reach him. Tracks in the snow indicated he was trying to walk across the ice covered river in an area just south of Highway 3 in Grand Forks BC.

The next day Search and Rescue personnel and the RCMP Dive Team located and recovered Mr. Grubisic, deceased, from the river.

The BC Coroners Service and Grand Forks RCMP continue to investigate this death.

PREVIOUS STORY – Body recovered from Kettle River

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Kicking Horse gondola evacuated after electrical failure

Some guests at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort got an unexpected ride on Sunday when an electrical failure shut down the Golden Eagle Express gondola.

Rescue crews evacuated the gondola, with some guests removed by helicopter due to the height of some sections of the lift.

An electrical transformer went down around 3 p.m., said Matt Mosteller, a spokesman for hill owner Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

“We went through all of the safety procedures and protocol on the lift, and because of the transformer, the way it blew, it also blew all of the restart safety mechanisms,” he said.

“So we then decided the best plan of action was to follow our emergency evacuation. So we started evacuation of the lift at 4 p.m.”

Approximately 75 people were taken to safety.

FULL STORY AND VIDEO FROM CBC

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YOUTH APPREHENDED IN THEFT FROM VEHICLES

TMTVNEWS.COM TRAIL BC CANADA – (RCMP) Trail RCMP apprehended a young offender in the early morning hours of January 4, 2015 who was going through unlocked vehicles. A variety of property was recovered by the police. If your vehicle was parked in East Trail and you are missing anything from your vehicle, please contact the Trail Detachment at 250-364-2566.

Police would like to remind everyone to remove items of value and lock their vehicles when unattended. This type of
crime is easily preventable.

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TRAVEL ALERT ENDED FOR Highway 3 & Highway 95A

Freezing Rain Warning ENDED Highway 3 & Highway 95A

Freezing Rain Highway 3 Both directions – Freezing Rain from Moyie to Wardner (66.8 km). Travel Advisory in effect. Please use extreme caution when travelling. Expect slippery sections. Sanding in progress. Updated Mon Jan 4 at 10:06 am PST. 

Photo: DriveBC.ca webcam
Photo: DriveBC.ca webcam

Freezing Rain Highway 95A Both directions – Freezing Rain from Kimberley and Cranbrook Intersection to Wasa Junction (55.2 km). Travel Advisory in effect. Please us extreme caution when travelling. Expect slippery sections. Sanding in progress. Updated Mon Jan 4 at 10:06 am PST.

UPDATED INFO: http://www.drivebc.ca

WEATHER & TRAVEL INFO FOR SOUTHEAST BC

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Injured Skier Rescued from 5 Mile basin area near Nelson

TMTVNEWS.COM, Nelson BC, Canada –  (Nelson Search & Rescue) Nelson SAR was called out in early afternoon for a medical evacuation from 5 mile basin located behind Wh2o Ski Hill.

The area was unsuitable for a landing so the team performed a hover entry of one subject and transported to BCEHS at the Nelson airport. Nelson Search and Rescue Photo.
The area was unsuitable for a landing so the team performed a hover entry of one subject and transported to BCEHS at the Nelson airport. Nelson Search and Rescue Photo.

A well-equipped ski group was enjoying the area and the good conditions when a member of the group suffered a fall resulting in a knee injury.

Due to the location and difficulty to get their injured member out of the valley before dark, Search and Rescue was called to assist.

NSAR accessed the area by helicopter to retrieve the subject. The area was unsuitable for a landing so the team performed a hover entry of one subject and transported to BCEHS at the Nelson airport.

This group was from out of country and they did try to evacuate the subject on their own fearing a rescue bill. Before things got out of hand they were assisted by a local who educated them that in Canada such rescues are “no charge”.

Nelson SAR and BC SAR Association would like the public to know that we do not charge for rescue in Canada.

This time of year darkness comes early and situations in the backcountry can compound quickly. If you are in need of help, make the call right away. Always error on the side of safety.

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Frosty Clear Morning on Kootenay Lake – weather report

Warmer weather on the way with snow in the forecast for the remainder of the week.

Webcam Photo Sunday 8:45 AM Jan 3: The Kuskanook Harbour Society

Weather Report Issued: 5:00 AM MST Sunday 3 January 2016 by Environment Canada

MORE WEATHER AND TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR SOUTHEAST BC

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