February 2016

R.C. Sherriff’s classic World War One drama Journey's End Friday in Nelson

Photo is of the cast of a recent production of Journey's End by the Swansea Theatre Company. — Submitted

TNT in Nelson presents an epic reading of R.C. Sherriff’s classic World War One dram, Journey's End, Friday at the former Nelson Daily News building on Baker Street.

Journey's End is performace by Quinn Baron, Eden Chisholm, Geoff Burns, Rob Andrew, Stephen Fowler, Don Thompson, Brian Deon, Cloud Edwards, Michael Calladine and Richard Rowberry.

Journey's End begins at 7:30 p.m. at 266 Baker Street in Nelson.

Admission is $12 at the door.

Syrian Refugee Family on the Way; Fundraising Concert

Tent shelters and snow: refugee camps in Ankara

The West Kootenay Friends of Refugees are getting ready to welcome a family of four Syrian refugees, parents and their two small children, to our area.  Thanks to the generosity of people in Rossland, Trail, Fruitvale and Castlegar, we have raised enough funds to begin the sponsorship of the Abdins, who are expected to arrive in a few weeks – and maybe even sooner.

Nelson's Dryden Hunt earns WHL Player-of-the-month honours

Dryden Hunt, who was interviewed on Sportsnet earlier this month following a WHL telecast, has been on fire of late with 24 points in the month of January.

During the summer, Nelson's Dryden Hunt wasn't really sure where he'd be playing hockey this season.

In September, the Moose Jaw Warriors decided to take a chance on the Nelson Minor Hockey grad.

The deal, Hunt to Moose Jaw in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2018 back to Medicine Hat Tigers, has paid off in spades for the Warriors.

Is BC starting to become overrun by lobbyists?

Dermod Travis said last year, there were 2,502 in-house and consultant lobbyists registered in the province, up from 1,451 four years ago.

Last month, lobbyists gathered in Vancouver for The Future of Lobbying, a one -day conference put on by B.C.'s Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists, Simon Fraser Institute's Governance Studies and Public Affairs Association of Canada (B.C. Chapter).

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there does seem to be a future for the industry. In fact, if we're not careful, B.C. could be overrun by lobbyists.
Last year, there were 2,502 in-house and consultant lobbyists registered in the province, up from 1,451 four years ago.

Queen's Bay earns National FireSmart recognition

FireSmart Canada reps will present the award to the community on (Wednesday) February 10 at noon at St.Francis in the Woods, 9230 Lauder Road, Queens Bay. — Submitted photo

Representatives from FireSmart Canada will be in Queen's Bay next week to present the community with national recognition for its 2015 efforts to be FireSmart the Regional District of Central Kootenay said in a media release Wednesday.

“This honour speaks to the incredible commitment and hard work of Queen’s Bay residents to keep their community safe,” said Nora Hannon, Local FireSmart Representative and Balfour Deputy Fire Chief in the release.

BC Coroners Service and Avalanche Canada stress need for safety

A sign showing an avalanche hazard warning of "considerable" is seen at a parking lot where snowmobilers embark from near Mount Renshaw outside of McBride. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

In the wake of the deaths of five persons in an avalanche near McBride on Jan. 29, 2016, the BC Coroners Service and Avalanche Canada are joining to stress the need for preparedness for those heading into the backcountry this winter.

Nelson's Garry Beaudry double qualifies for curling provincials

The Garry Beaudry rink that won the Masters 60-plus-zone title during the weekend in Creston includes, from lefr – skip Garry Beaudry, third Don Bedard, second Gerry Foster and lead Tom Bassett. — Submitted photo

Don’t blame Garry Beaudry for being a little greedy.

The Nelson curler likes the sport so much he’s decided to attend two provincial championships — Senior Men’s and Masters 60-plus — this season.

“It has been really satisfying to win both provincial berths this year,” Beaudry told The Nelson Daily.

“My father George Beaudry won both the Canadian Seniors (1974) and Canadian Masters (1987) Championships.  I know he'd be proud that I'm following in his footsteps.”

Lab to expand innovation in our region

At the MIDAS lab, engineering and business students from the University of British Columbia Okanagan learn and improve the art of crystal pulling with Don Freschi, Chief Executive Officer of Fenix Advanced Materials. Photo credit: Lawrence Wright.

Local entrepreneurs, students, academics and makers will be able to work with innovative materials, test out original products and get help bringing unique ideas and products to market at a new laboratory in Trail.

Nelson Cares hosts Second Annual Coldest Night of Year Winter Wander

The crowd of more than 300 lined a couple of blocks of Josephine for the first Coldest Night of Year walk. — Photo courtesy Eva Brownstein

On Saturday February 20th, Nelson CARES Society is looking forward to another successful event. We are eager to see hundreds of community members participate in our second annual Coldest Night of the Year, Winter Wander. 

A walk for the homeless, hungry, and hurting, Coldest Night is an opportunity for the community to come together to raise awareness around homelessness.

Be careful on the highways during Family Day Holiday Weekend

Highways in the Southern Interior can be unpredictable.

Road conditions can be unpredictable and vary widely across the province at this time of year. If you’ll be travelling over Family Day long weekend, snow, sleet, heavy rain, fog and ice are just some of the challenging winter conditions you could encounter when driving on B.C. roads.

On average, 24 people are killed and 5,700 are injured in 19,000 crashes every February in B.C. and seven people are killed and 690 are injured in 2,700 crashes every February in the Southern Interior.