Northern Health, Ministry of Environment issue dust advisory for Peace Region

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Northern Health, along with the Ministry of Environment, has issued a dust advisory for Fort St. John because of high concentrations of dust and coarse particulate matter, which refers to airborne solid or liquid droplets that are between 2.5 and 10 micrometres in diametre.A press release states that these concentrations are expected to carry on until there is precipitation, or the streets are cleared of traction material.The warning also extends to the South Peace River region, and air quality advisories pertaining to dust have also been announced for Burns Lake, Smithers, Vernon and Golden.- Advertisement -Levels tend to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations. This advisory is in effect until further notice, and people with chronic underlying medical conditions are urged to postpone strenuous exercise near busy streets until the advisory is lifted.People are also encouraged to reduce personal health risk who the advisory is in effect by avoiding roads with heavy traffic, avoiding doing excessive outdoor physical activity, and taking shelter in air-conditioned buildings with large indoor volumes so there is limited entry for outdoor air.The Ministry of Environment says exposure to dust is particularly concerning for infants, the elderly, and those who have diabetes, lung disease or heart disease.Advertisement More updates and real-time air quality observations can be found online.last_img read more


first_imgA man who bit a Garda in his groin during a row has been fined €1,000.Lee McDermott, pictured, admitted assaulting Garda Keating during a disturbance at the Euro Spar car-park in Buncrana, Co Donegal on May 13th last year.A previous court hearing how Garda Keating was forced to undergo hospital treatment after the savage attack. The court was told that McDermott had issues with alcohol and there was a modest risk of him reoffending.McDermott, 19, of Meenagorey, Buncrana gathered the €1,000 in compensation from family and friends.The money was offered to Garda Keating but he said he did not want compensation and just wanted the case dealt with.Solicitor for McDermott, Ciaran McLaughlin, said the money could be donated to a heart charity at the request of his client.However Judge Paul Kelly said he would like the cash to go to the Whiteoaks Treatment Centre in light of the defendant’s history with alcohol.MAN WHO BIT GARDA IN GROIN ORDERED TO PAY €1,000 TO CHARITY was last modified: July 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Buncrana District CourtgroinLee McDermottlast_img read more