Tan-free in B.C.

British Columbia youth are no longer able to tan in booths as of Monday, Oct. 15.

British Columbia residents under the age of 18 are officially prohibited from entering a tanning booth in the province as of Monday.

The Canadian Cancer Society is applauding the B.C. government’s move, which imposes a $345 fine on any businesses that do not comply with the regulations.

“This announcement is a huge step forward in the fight against cancer,” said Patti Moore, team leader of health promotion for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cranbrook office.

The Cranbrook office has worked with Mount Baker Secondary School graduates in recent years on a Tan-Free Grad initiative. Moore said it’s exciting to see the regulations passed at a provincial level after so much hard work here in Cranbrook.

But the most exciting thing about the new law is that fewer young people will be at risk of melanoma. Moore said tanning before the age of 35 has been found to increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer by 87 per cent.

“This regulation coming into effect today is going to save lives,” she said.

The work will continue to educate the public about the risks of tanning, because of that startling statistic. Melanoma is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in youth between the ages of 15 and 29. The Mount Baker students encouraged their peers to own their skin tone and not tan artificially in a booth or through sun exposure.

Just Posted

Wildsight joins provincial coalition to fix B.C. mining laws

Submitted More than 30 organizations from across the province joined together in… Continue reading

Kimberley RCMP replace Mrs. Watson’s stolen flower basket

She had received the basket as a Mother’s Day gift before it was stolen.

Sullivan Mine and Railway Historical Society accepts BC Heritage Award

The society won the award for Outstanding Distinguished Service.

Stetski presents petition to save Air Canada flights from Cranbrook to Calgary

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski presented a petition in the House of Commons… Continue reading

City of Kimberley, Fire Department to practice large-scale emergency exercise

The simulated emergency will take close Jim Ogilvie Way for much of the day on Thursday, May 23.

Kelowna RCMP interrogation video brings home reality in ‘visceral way’: former TRC chairman

Video of Mountie interrogating young Indigenous woman disclosing sexual abuse under fire

Canadian killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

Most Read