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by Bruce Fuhr on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 6:57pm

It wasn’t that long ago the naysayers were lining up on soapboxes telling all who would listen the $26 Million Nelson Commons project would never happen.

Well, those naysayers are now...

by Colin Payne on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 8:52am

A coalition of 60 environmental groups from across the province including the local Valhalla Wilderness Watch has sent the provincial government an open letter signed by 173,000 people from around...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 7:11pm

Students from Rosemont Elementary School took to the streets of Nelson to shine some light on Pink Shirt — Anti Bullying —Day.

Pink Shirt Day started in 2007, when two Nova...

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 7:31pm

Students at Selkirk College in Castlegar are frustrated following misleading comments by Minister of Advance Education Andrew Wilkinson recently about the levels of debt among students and graduates.

“Politicians in Victoria are putting sound bites before citizens when it comes to the student debt crisis in BC,” said Matthew Jameson, Chairperson of Selkirk College Students...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:49pm

Before the case was even heard by a judge, the West Kootenay EcoSociety sought, and was granted, an adjournment after receiving an amended response and new evidence from lawyers for the municipality at the eleventh hour. 

The adjournment, according to WKES lawyer Judah Harrison, gives EcoSociety an opportunity to respond to the latest filings. 

“On the same day...

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by Nelson Daily Sports on Friday Feb 27 2015

Spencer McLean scored his second goal of the game in overtime to spark the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a wild 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Thursday night in Fruitvale.

The win advances the Hawks to the Murdoch Division Final against the winner of the Spokane Braves/Castlegar Rebels series.

Beaver Valley won the best-of-seven...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Feb 26 2015

The Nelson Bantam Leafs capped off an incredible season by capturing the West Kootenay Bantam House Title Sunday in Nelson.

The Bantam Leafs edged Trail 4-3 in a championship thriller.

Mallard's Source for sports would like to congradulate the Bantam House Leafs with Team of the Week honours.

The team includes, Jim O'Meara, Asst. Coach, Cody St. Thomas B, Aiden...

Community News

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2015 Paddling Season for Kootenay Rhythm Dragons Beginning

2015 Paddling Season for Kootenay Rhythm Dragons Beginning

Paddling season is almost here and there are many dragons preparing to get on the waters of Kootenay Lake.  The paddling season stretches from April to September, with three teams. 

There are two competitive teams which practice at 5:30 to 7 p.m. – one team practices Mon and Wed, the other team Tues. and Thurs.  These teams attend two festivals a year in BC and Alberta.

Nelson fundraising dinner and film to support Unist’ot’en camp blockade of pipelines

Nelson fundraising dinner and film to support Unist’ot’en camp blockade of pipelines

Local volunteers are putting on an event to show support and raise awareness for the Unist’ot’en pipeline blockade of the Enbridge bitumen and natural gas pipelines near Smithers, BC.

“Over several years, the Unist’ot’en camp has become a key point of resistance to pipelines crossing First Nations’ territory,” says Margaret-Anne Murphy, an event volunteer.

Regional News

City to increase enforcement of animal bylaws in city parks

City to increase enforcement of animal bylaws in city parks

The city intends to increase its efforts to minimize dog conflicts in all city Parks. Dogs are currently required to be leashed and the city will increase its bylaw enforcement of these regulations and, in certain cases, the city will be levying fines to enforce compliance for the safety of all park users.
The city’s Animal Control and Licensing Bylaw 572 prohibits dogs from being at large in public spaces.

“At large" means:

Luterbach says only cafe to close, alternative education program to continue

Luterbach says only cafe to close, alternative education program to continue

Letter re: closure of Old School Cafe:

In 2010, the school district was looking for a space in Castlegar which would allow us to open an alternate learning opportunity for students not currently attending school due to anxiety challenges. An aspect of the program we wanted to provide was an opportunity for students to interact with the community on an ongoing basis. After looking at a number of locations, we leased a former restaurant space in downtown Castlegar. When we originally envisioned the educational program, it was not our intent to run a restaurant but, once that space was found, we attempted to put a number of components together and try something innovative.

Provincial & National

PharmaCare deal for seven drugs saves millions, ensures supply

Some drugs just got cheaper for BC residents.

B.C. residents will be getting the best possible price for seven important prescription medications while ensuring drug supply, out of PharmaCare’s open and fair price submission competition process.

Health Minister Terry Lake announced today that B.C.’s PharmaCare program, through its annual price submission process, has confirmed Accel Pharma, Ranbaxy Canada and Septa Pharmaceuticals will be sole suppliers to PharmaCare for seven generic drugs beginning April 1, 2015.

This sole supply arrangement will save PharmaCare more than $2 million a year.

Comment: Vancouver's campaign spending contagion spreading fast

Votes have been cast and now the spending totals have been tabulated. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The returns are in and some of the 2014 local election campaign spending isn't pretty.

But first a quick peek at some of the spending by the 'distant cousins' that seems to have been lost in the feeding frenzy over those candidate returns.
More than 100 organizations registered with Elections B.C. as third-party sponsors. There were the customary civic-minded groups and others with a bit of self-interest at stake. A few dropped some serious coin.