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Will BC Towns’ Bylaws Undermine Drug Decriminalization Pilot?

 

The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

B.C.’s three-year pilot drug decriminalization program is aimed at reducing the barriers and stigma that prevent people from accessing life-saving supports and services. 

But since the possession of  small amounts of drugs was decriminalized on Jan. 31, some  municipalities have looked at bans on public drug use that advocates  warn undermine the provincial effort.

In Campbell River, the city decided to  implement its own bylaws three days before decriminalization took  effect, banning and ticketing public use of controlled substances. 

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Did predatory bird lead to deaths of dozens of Bohemian waxwings in Kamloops?

Editor’s note: While the Bohemian waxwing is normally associated with colder climates, 8 were reported in Smelt Bay during Cortes Island’s ‘2021’ Christmas Bird count (possibly because of the severe weather.)

By Michael Potestio, Kamloops This Week, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A Kamloops man came across a strange sight on Tuesday (March 1), finding numerous dead birds downtown as he headed home from work.

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From ‘street kid’ to public rep for the Law Society of BC tribunal

By Kelsie Kilawna, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Jereme Brooks says he’s feeling fortunate to have a voice in the B.C. Law Society tribunal’s process as the first syilx person to serve as a public representative.

He was invited to accept the position in October, after being interviewed by a panel of jurors. He’ll be responsible for sitting alongside lawyers on a panel, hearing allegations against lawyers and helping to decide on appropriate disciplinary measures. 

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Kamloops Search and Rescue helped save a dozen people in flooded Merritt

By Michael Potestio, Kamloops This Week, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Kamloops Search and Rescue (KSAR) members helped save a dozen people from flood-stricken homes when waters rose in Merritt last week.

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Flooding of Merritt led to greatest number of evacuees ever processed in Kamloops

By Michael Potestio, Kamloops This Week, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Kamloops’ Emergency Support Services (ESS) is dealing with its highest number of evacuees ever after all 7,000 residents of the City of Merritt were ordered to evacuate on Nov. 15 due to flood waters compromising the town’s water and wastewater-treatment systems.

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