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by Bruce Fuhr on Monday, September 1, 2014 - 8:48pm

The nightmare that started in the spring continues for students, parents and teachers as the opening of the 2014-15 public school term has been pushed back after negotiations between the B.C....

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday, September 1, 2014 - 6:28pm

There was much to do this Kootenay Pride weekend as followers of the event flocked to the Heritage City for the many events planned for the Labour Day weekend.

Of course, for most...

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by Contributor on Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 9:29pm

Starting today, parents of public school students 12 years old and under can register at the government website address to receive $40 perstudent for each day school is not in session due to the ongoing labour disruption in B.C. public schools.

The Temporary Education Support for Parents (TESP) program is intended to...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 8:51pm

Bill Yearwood, with the Transport Safety Board’s Pacific region, told the Edmonton Journal the pilot involved Saturday's plane accident in Crawford Bay decided to execute a rejected landing and attempted to take off again.

“Something was not right on the landing and the pilot elected to abort the landing. During that takeoff from the aborted landing, the...

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by Bruce Fuhr on Thursday Aug 28 2014

Following an off-season of turmoil, new coach and GM Dave McLellan hopes to bring a sense of calm to the Good Ship Leaf as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club kicks off the 2014-15 campaign with training camp Friday at the NDCC Arena.

McLellan has been thrust into the leadership role with the Green and White after first choice to succeed Frank Maida decided to dump the...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Aug 28 2014

The Nelson Italian Society staged its annual Bocce Tournament at Rotary Lakeside Park courts during the summer.

The A-event winners were Hans Barth and Giuseppe Bertuzzi. But on this day everyone celebrated playing the sport they enjoy with friends.

Mallard's Source for sports would like to recognize all the players with Team of the Week honours.

The results from the...

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Get ready for BC SPCA Paws for a Cause Walk

Get ready for BC SPCA Paws for a Cause Walk

City of Nelson staff are gearing up for the BC SPCA Paws for a Cause Walk Sunday, September 7 at the Rotary Lakeside Park with a friendly challenge against workers at the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Sunday’s event, registration at 9:30 a.m. followed by walk at 11 a.m., is the only day of the year dogs are permitted to be right in the park.

Last year the RDCK raised more than the City staff, so the City of Nelson staff are trying hard to get the word out and hopefully come ahead this year. 

Household hazardous waste roundup coming soon

Household hazardous waste roundup coming soon

Time is getting close to get rid of hazardous waste in the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

The RDCK is hosting another opportunity for residents to dispose of toxic hazardous materials hiding in and around the basement.

This is a free disposal for residential household hazardous waste and is open to all residents of the RDCK and municipalities. Industrial and commercial wastes are not accepted at these locations.

The date for Nelson residents is Sunday, September 7 at the Nelson Leafs Bottle Depot near Nelson Ford from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Regional News

Fatal accident on Salmo/Creston Friday afternoon

Fatal accident on Salmo/Creston Friday afternoon
An Alberta man has died after a motorcycle accident this afternoon, according to RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services Sgt. John Ferguson.
 
"On Aug.

COMMENT: Conservation officers oblivious to cougar numbers

COMMENT: Conservation officers oblivious to cougar numbers

The buzz in the media is that because of a rapidly increasing cougar population 117 cougar were killed by the conservation service last year.

The reality is that the cougar population is not increasing, a fact every veteran cougar hunter will quickly validate. Cougar sightings and complaints have increased dramatically because the population of their primary prey species, the deer have declined significantly and what few deer are alive are close to human habitation.

Provincial & National

BCTF President calls upon Premier to meet and resolve dispute

BCTF president Jim Iker . . . call on Premier to get involved

BCTF President Jim Iker is calling upon Premier Christy Clark to meet with him to help reach a fair settlement to the current strike/lockout before September 2.

Over the weekend in talks with Vince Ready, the BCTF trimmed its package by $125 million. By contrast the BC Public School Employers’ Association did not bring one penny to the table.

Furthermore, the government is demanding a court case escape clause, that would in effect nullify two class size and composition wins in the BC Supreme Court and any future decision in teachers’ favour.

BCTF too far from affordability zone for mediation

Education Minister Peter Fassbender . . . disappointed

 Minister of Education Peter Fassbender issued the following
statement Saturday following the decision by mediator Vince Ready to leave talks:

"Today veteran labour mediator Vince Ready determined that the parties  are too far apart for mediation at this time.   

"I'm very disappointed for students, parents and teachers. What should be a time of excitement and anticipation will instead be marked by frustration and uncertainty.