News Briefs: Helipad certification on hold

After inspecting the helipad at Invermere & District Hospital, Transport Canada has indicated that a hydro pole needs to be replaced.

After inspecting the helipad at Invermere & District Hospital on June 19, Transport Canada has indicated that a hydro pole needs to be replaced. Interior Health is working with Telus and BC Hydro to complete this work by mid-July, Interior Health Communications Officer Jennifer Inglis told The Valley Echo.

Time to shine: tourism awards

The Columbia Valley is a hub of tourism and hospitality, and possibly home to some potential stars who now have a shot at shining on the provincial stage.

The Host 2012 BC Tourism & Hospitality Awards (formerly known as The BC Tourism Industry Awards) are now open for nominations. The awards were established in 1999 by Tourism British Columbia and the Tourism Industry Association of BC and have grown into a prestigious recognition program for leaders within the industry.

So if a special person or company — whether it’s customer service representative, a favourite vendor or marketing guru — has made an outstanding achievement, the deadline to nominate them is August 27, 2012.

The award categories include: Tourism and Hospitality Media Award; Environmentally Responsible Business Award; Employees First Award; Innovation in Technology Award; Best Tourism and Hospitality Marketing Campaign Award; and WorldHost® Customer Service Award.

Winners will be announced in front of over 600 of B.C.’s top tourism and hospitality professionals at the awards gala on November 6, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. For more information on the awards please visit,

Farming feedback wanted

Yet another provincial agency is asking for the public’s feedback, and this time it’s to do with agricultural land and farming. The Provincial Agricultural  Land Commission (ALC) — an independent Crown agency with the mission of encouraging and enabling farm businesses throughout B.C., preserving farmland, training staff and transitioning farming into a more sustainable operating model — is inviting public comments by means of an online survey. Comments can be provided at: and will be accepted until July 8, when a summary of public comments will be posted on the website.