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by Timothy Schafer on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 8:05am

Nelson taxpayers will be pouring more into water and sewer utilities this year, but not as much as what was once predicted.

City council has a two per cent increase in water rates...

by Timothy Schafer on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 7:09am

The city will be writing a letter to the provincial minister of Finance formally requesting that a sales tax exemption and refund regulation be rescinded for short-term rental accommodation...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday, January 16, 2017 - 5:03pm

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the West Kootenay beginning Tuesday night with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected.

Environment Canada said on its website...

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by Contributor on Monday, January 16, 2017 - 1:24pm

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski will be joining the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development as it begins a 12-day diplomatic mission to four countries – Ukraine, Latvia and Poland in Eastern Europe, and Kazakhstan in Central Asia, today.

The purpose of the Committee’s travel is to learn about key political, security and other...

by Michael Jessen on Monday, January 16, 2017 - 1:03pm

The lighter’s flame touches the end of your cigarette; you take a deep drag and the warm smoke enters your lungs.

If it’s your first cigarette, you might instantly find it harder to breathe. The smoke tastes heavy and robust, not entirely unpleasant and reminiscent of drinking coffee for the first time.

Then comes the nicotine hit and you feel suddenly energized,...

Sports Headlines

by Nelson Daily Sports on Tuesday Jan 17 2017

 The idea, believe it or not, to celebrate Minor Hockey with a weeklong string of events got its start in Trail during the late 1950s.

Trail Director Charlie Maclean organized Canada's first Minor Hockey Week at Cominco Arena in Trail, promoting it with the slogan: "Don't SEND your boy to play hockey - TAKE him!"

In 1958, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Tuesday Jan 17 2017

The Nelson Atom Leafs took their game on the road this past weekend, scoring a silver medal at a minor hockey tournament in Kimberley.

The Atom Leafs dropped a 5-1 decision to Claresholm, Alta, in the final of the weekend event in the Bavarian City.

Nelson cruised through the round robin scoring wins over Lethbridge Cougars 11-1, Cranbrook Crush 12-1 and Kimberley Nitros 8-1....

Community News

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Oxygen founders speak of journey to open Nelson's only artist-run centre

Oxygen founders speak of journey to open Nelson's only artist-run centre

A handful West Kootenay artists who went on to start the city’s only artist-run centre, will be the subject of discussion at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 at the Oxygen Art Centre.

The founders’ talk is part of Oxygen’s exhibit and other happenings celebrating a decade and half of programming.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The Oxygen Art Centre is located at 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance).

Speakers include West Kootenay artists Natasha Smith and Boukje Elzinga and writers Verna Relkoff and Tom Wayman.

It's back — EcoSociety Winter Markets return

It's back — EcoSociety Winter Markets return

The West Kootenay EcoSociety is bringing back its series of Winter Markets to Nelson.

These markets will take place on January 28, February 25 and March 25 at Hart Hall (501 Carbonate St.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All of the products that will be on offer are hand-made locally so you know you are supporting the local economy when you shop at these markets

Regional News

Business group lobbies for $40,000 feasibility study for bridge from college to downtown area

Conceptual rendering of proposed bridge across Columbia River.

A coalition of downtown business owners wants a $40,000 feasibility study for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge spanning the Columbia River between Selkirk College and Zuckerberg Island.

At its regular meeting Monday night, city council was asked to contribute $10,000 to the initiative. Presenter Jackie Letkeman told council that CBT has offered a verbal commitment to fund half the study, while Selkirk College would add a “modest  contribution”.

Also presenting on behalf of the group was Dr. Sandy Battista, owner of Head to Toe Holistic Health Clinic.

Celgar donates ambulance to Ootischenia Fire Department

In the photo attached taken at Celgar today, left to right are:  Mark Goebel: Celgar Health & Safety Manager, George Hamm: Celgar employee and Ootischenia fire chief, Kevin Anderson: Celgar Managing Director, Len Coates Celgar employee and Ootischenia fire deputy fire chief, George Seigler Regional Deputy fire chief.

Last year Celgar’s Health and Safety department, headed by Safety Manager Mark Goebel, made the decision to upgrade Celgar’s onsite Emergency Transport Vehicle.  Although not used frequently, the 1991 ambulance has served Celgar well for approximately 20 years to transport patients to medical aid when required. 

Provincial & National

Money makes the world go around

It appears for politicians, time is money.

After 15 months on the job, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embarking on a cross-Canada tour, ostensibly to reconnect with Canadians or at least those that can't afford $1,525 to bend his ear in private.

It seems Trudeau – and other federal cabinet ministers – have a fondness for political fundraising events held behind closed doors, far away from prying eyes.

In political slang better known as cash-for-access, not to be confused with its kissing cousin pay-to-play.

Government workers in B.C. paid 7.4 per cent higher wages than comparable private-sector workers

The study finds that government employees in B.C.—including federal, provincial and municipal workers—received 7.4 per cent higher wages, on average.

Government workers in B.C. receive 7.4 per cent higher wages on average than comparable workers in the private sector, and enjoy much more generous non-wage benefits, too, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

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