Category: Media Release

  • BC Chiefs of Police

    Victoria, BC – April 26, 2024 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    B.C. Associa�on of Chiefs of Police Responds to Provincial Announcement on Decriminaliza�on
    In Bri�sh Columbia, we know all too well the severity of the toxic drug crisis. On April 14, 2016, it was
    deemed a public health emergency in Bri�sh Columbia. Since this �me, tragically, more than 14,000
    Bri�sh Columbians have died from accidental overdose: 7 people a day.
    In recogni�on of the magnitude of this crisis, police leaders in Bri�sh Columbia supported
    decriminaliza�on, taking a medically led approach to substance use. At the heart of it, police agreed that
    people should not be criminalized as a result of their personal drug use. We are also acutely aware of the
    adverse impacts of illicit drugs in our rural and Indigenous communi�es.
    However, as police leaders, we were unequivocal about the need to prevent unintended impacts on
    community safety and well-being, especially youth. The Bri�sh Columbia Associa�on of Chiefs of Police
    (BCACP) clearly iden�fied some of those poten�al consequences prior to the submission of the exemp�on
    request, both orally and in wri�ng. These serious concerns included, but were not limited to, the maters
    of public consump�on, consump�on in licensed establishments and other semi-public spaces, and
    driving-related concerns. Nevertheless, the implementa�on of decriminaliza�on occurred before more
    fulsome restric�ons on public consump�on and problema�c substance use could be adopted.
    Today, the BCACP welcomes the announcement by the Province to address public drug consump�on in
    Bri�sh Columbia. As advocates for community safety and well-being, the BCACP has long emphasized the
    need for legisla�on to address public drug use without criminalizing individuals solely by virtue of their
    personal drug use.
    Deputy Chief Fiona Wilson, President of the B.C. Associa�on of Chiefs of Police (BCACP), emphasized, “Our
    goal has always been to foster safe and welcoming communi�es across Bri�sh Columbia. We firmly
    believe that individuals struggling with addic�on should receive support and resources rather than
    puni�ve measures. Today’s announcement is a step in the right direc�on to ensure our communi�es
    remain safe and inclusive.”
    The BCACP has been a vocal proponent for policies that balance harm reduc�on with community safety.
    Recognizing the concerns voiced by communi�es, business leaders, and individuals regarding public drug
    consump�on, the BCACP has ac�vely engaged in advoca�ng for measures to address these issues
    “We have heard loud and clear from various stakeholders about the challenges posed by public drug
    consump�on, especially in areas frequented by children, youth, and families,” Deputy Chief Wilson stated.
    “The BCACP welcomes restric�ons on the use of illicit drugs in public spaces. This aligns with our
    commitment to safeguarding the well-being of all community members as it provides our membership
    with the tools to effec�vely do their job. However, we want to be clear that police in Bri�sh Columbia do
    not wish to criminalize individuals who use drugs.”
    The BCACP remains commited to collabora�ng with government agencies, community organiza�ons, and
    stakeholders to implement comprehensive strategies that address substance use issues while priori�zing
    public safety and harm reduc�on.
    Senior police leaders recognize and support the need to balance the rights, needs, and well-being of all
    persons. Decriminaliza�on, by its very nature, is grounded in a respect for the rights of people who use
    drugs and in a genuine concern for the acute risk that arises due to the toxicity of the illicit drug supply.
    We look forward to iden�fying next steps in addressing these cri�cal public safety issues.
    Deputy Chief Fiona Wilson
    President, BC Associa�on of Chiefs of Police

    For media inquiries, please contact:
    Tiffany Parton
    Execu�ve Director
    BC Associa�on of Chiefs of Police
    About the BC Associa�on of Chiefs of Police (BCACP)
    The B.C. Associa�on of Chiefs of Police (BCACP) is a non-profit organiza�on dedicated to promo�ng
    effec�ve law enforcement and public safety in Bri�sh Columbia. The BCACP represents police chiefs and
    senior law enforcement officials from municipal, provincial, and federal agencies across the province. The
    associa�on strives to enhance collabora�on, knowledge sharing, and professional development among its
    members to address the evolving challenges in policing and ensure the safety and well-being of the
    communi�es they serve.

  • Masterclass with Michael:

    Understanding the Age of Aquarius

    Astrology Readings ~ Coaching ~ Mentoring



    In my upcoming Masterclass on Saturday, February 17: Understanding the Age of Aquarius, I will host a fascinating journey to explore a deeper understanding of the principles of Astrological Ages. I hope you can join me!

    This rich visual presentation via Zoom will take you through history to reveal many key synchronistic events to help you understand when the actual sunrise moment of the Age of Aquarius will occur, and what that understanding can mean for you.

    Perhaps the most practical take-away will be key knowledge that will help you to better understand your nature and destiny as revealed in your astrological Birth Chart.

    Here is a summary of some of what you will learn about:

    1. The science behind the Precession of the Equinoxes and other large cycles.

    2. Why the Age of Aquarius officially began much earlier than most people realize.

    3. Insight about previous ages began and ended with historical synchronistic events.

    4. The implications of the Fixed Age that Aquarius is from the perspective of the Whole Chart.

    5. The timeline for the Age and where we are now.

    6. The seasons, months and days of the Age and their actual time frames and core themes.

    7. When the Age of Capricorn will begin.

    8. Key astrological interpretation techniques.

    9. The spiritual, social, political, and economic implications of the Age of Aquarius.

    10. All the above and more… will be supported by images in a visual presentation and narrated by Michael, followed by Q & A.

    Registration is open for the first in the 2024 Masterclass series on Saturday, February 17:

    Understanding the Age of Aquarius

    Click Here to Learn More and Register!


    You can put 30 minutes of time that you have already purchased toward my Masterclasses.

    With the Package 360, the bonuses that are included will more than cover the cost!

    Sincerely, Michael

    Questions or comments? Don’t hesitate to reach out.

  • Regional District of Central Kootenay

    This Saturday, December 2, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, is General Voting Day for three fire service loan authorization referendums in three separate fire protection service areas. The referendums will determine if electors are in favour of borrowing up to $750,000 for the replacement of a frontline fire engine for the North Shore Fire Department, Winlaw Fire Department, and Tarrys Fire Department.

    Electors within the boundary of the service area are the only persons entitled to participate in this assent vote. To determine if you are eligible to vote, click below on the fire protection service link in your area.

    Voting locations

    Electoral Area F

    North Shore Fire Protection Service

    North Shore Fire Hall (2703 Greenwood Road) North Shore Fire Dept

    For more information:

    Village of Slocan and defined portions of Electoral Area H and I

    Slocan Valley Fire Protection Service

    Crescent Valley Fire Hall (1365 Highway 6) Crescent Valley Fire Department

    Winlaw Volunteer Fire Hall (5741 Highway 6) Winlaw Volunteer Fire Department

    Village of Slocan Fire Hall (8877 Slocan South Road S Trail) Village of Slocan

    For more information:

    Electoral Area I

    Tarrys & Pass Creek Fire Protection Service

    Tarrys Fire Hall (2103 Highway 3A) Tarrys Fire Department

    For more information:

  • Nelson Italian-Canadian Society

    We’re fundraising again!

    Mark your calendar – the sale runs from Nov 20 to Dec 1, 2023.

    Once again, we’re making AND baking to raise funds for local charities.

    We’re making a batch of traditional and vegetarian spaghetti sauce.

    And baking a limited quantity of traditional Italian holiday cookies – anise seed and chocolate pizzelle.

    We’re putting in lots of love and careful attention into producing these homemade items.

    We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy bringing them to you.

    Again – the sale runs from Nov 20 to Dec 1, 2023.

    Buon appetito!

  • Nelson Italian-Canadian Society

    Good Food for Good Causes

    Please find a press release from the Nelson Italian-Canadian Society regarding their upcoming fundraisers: Pizzelle Cookies and Italian Spaghetti Sauce

    See the attached release in PDF and .doc format. Also attached photo.


    With the holiday season approaching, the Nelson Italian-Canadian Society is ready to help relieve some of the pressure of entertaining by delivering their traditional homemade spaghetti sauce for dinner and Pizzelle cookies for dessert.

    Please contact me if you have any questions.



    Paul Boscariol


    Società Italo-Canadese di Nelson

    Nelson Italian-Canadian Society


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  • Breast Cancer Canada
    Greetings! As we head into November, we would like to begin by extending our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your support and dedication to raising funds for breast cancer research through October.
    Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a very important time for us and our collective efforts bring us closer to ending breast cancer.
    Each day, our donors continue to improve and save lives through the discovery of better treatments and earlier detection of breast cancer.For those of you who are still rallying funds for research through the Raise More Challenge, we have an important reminder for you. The deadline for our contest is fast approaching.
    Your dedication to raising funds is making a profound impact – and your support is funding MORE progress in 2024. 
    The top individual fundraiser will receive an all-inclusive cruise for two to Alaska, Mexico, or the Caribbean courtesy of Expedia Cruises™.
    The top individual or team fundraiser will also have a generous donation made in their name to their local cancer centre:
    1st place: $5,0002nd place: $2,5003rd place: $1,000
    To be eligible for these incredible prizes, please ensure that all funds are received before the November 30, 2023, deadline. More information can be found in the Contest Rules &
    Your contributions, whether big or small, are driving us closer to better treatments, improved early detection methods, and ultimately, an end to breast cancer.  Thanks to donors like you, Breast Cancer Canada can launch research initiatives like PROgress Tracker – a groundbreaking national study gathering essential breast cancer patient experiences. This inclusive registry will capture patient voices based on type, stage, age and ethnicity, helping to address disparities and improve patient care.
    PROgress Tracker isn’t just collecting data. It’s a lifeline to better breast cancer management for all Canadians.Share Your Voice at Any Stage, Any Time.Get started at: PROgressTracker.caNow, let’s delve into some significant news that emerged recently. Ontario, Canada, has taken a vital step to improve the early detection and access to care for breast cancer. In a press release, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sylvia Jones announced that the eligibility age for routine breast cancer screening will be lowered in the province.
    Starting in the fall of 2024, individuals will be able to self-refer for publicly funded mammograms through the Ontario Breast Screening Program at the age of 40, down from the previous age of 50.
    Ontario’s move is in line with a recent recommendation from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which advised women to begin breast cancer screening at age 40, repeating it every two years. This recommendation is aimed at preventing more women from succumbing to breast cancer.
    To provide some context, we’ve also outlined the current standards for breast cancer screening in various Canadian provinces:
    Alberta: Routine screening starts at age 45.
    British Columbia: Women can access mammograms at age 40.
    Manitoba: Screening is encouraged for those aged 50-74.
    New Brunswick: Eligibility age will be lowered to 40 in early 2024.
    Newfoundland and Labrador: Screening is offered to women aged 50-74.
    Nova Scotia: Asymptomatic women aged 40-49 are advised to get an annual mammogram.
    Prince Edward Island: Women aged 40-74 can receive publicly funded mammograms.
    Quebec: Screening is recommended for women aged 50-69.
    Saskatchewan: Routine mammograms are available for residents aged 50-74.
    Northwest Territories: Screening is recommended for women aged 50-74.
    Nunavut: Mammograms are available starting at age 40.
    Yukon: Women can access routine screening every year between the ages of 40 and 49.
    You can Know More by cancer isn’t one disease, it’s over 50, each requiring specialized management. You can drive progress in 2024 — and beyond by making a holiday gift today! As the only national organization solely dedicated to funding breast cancer research, Breast Cancer Canada needs your support to continue this crucial work!Please give to support research that makes personalized breast cancer care connected with us on our social channels:
    We invite you to keep in touch with us. We look forward to sharing more stories, research and progress with you!        Progress through
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