May 2015

Peter Bevan-Baker makes election history in PEI

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, and PEI's newest Green Party rep Peter Bevan-Baker were all smiles now that there's another Green in provincial government. — Photo courtesy Green Party Canada

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP (Saanich – Gulf Islands) was quick to congratulate Peter Bevan-Baker on winning the Green Party's first seat in the P.E.I. legislature following Monday's provincial election.

“Congratulations to Peter Bevan-Baker and the whole Green Party of PEI field of exceptional candidates," May said in a Green Party media release.

Development permit application triggers debate at Nelson City Council

Development permit application triggers debate at Nelson City Council

Nelson City Council’s first meeting of May started out with a surprising bang, as council debated a seemingly minor development permit application for a complicated residential project planned for 113 High Street.

Nelson woman launches fundraising campaign to awaken the electorate

Laura Sacks (left) and Barbara Bergen hold a copy of Tom Rand's book. — Michael Jessen photo

Following a hectic 27-year career in the world of TV commercial production, Barbara Bergen chose the relative calm of designing and manufacturing cremation urns.

She left behind 14-hour days and a constantly ringing cell phone in the big city of Calgary for the small city seclusion of Nelson.

But her placid life was shattered one night in April after listening to a talk by climate change expert Tom Rand.

RDCK takes new approach to completing NDCC Aquatic Centre reno project

RDCK takes new approach to completing NDCC Aquatic Centre reno project

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is going into the contracting business.

Well, sort of.

After failing for land a single tender for the proposed $4.92 million Nelson and District Aquatic Centre pool renovations, Joe Chirico said the Nelson and District Recreation Commission plan on proposing to the RDCK board the hiring of a construction manager to oversee multiple contracts to complete renovation.

Nelson Eagles finish fourth at Kamloops Spring Basketball Tournment

The Eagles (white) played well throughout the tournament in Kamloops. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Eagles finished with a 2-2 record at a Spring League Basketball Tournament this past weekend in Kamloops.

The tournament attracted eight teams from Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Prince George and Prince Rupert.

The Eagles opened with wins over Kelowna (58-50)and Valleyview of Kamloops (50-44) before dropping games to Kamloops Phantom (48-38) and South Kamloops (48-34).

"We started the tourney with a great win over a KMBA team — a team that beat us during the season as the KSS Owls 'B' team," said Nelson coach Jeremy Phelan.

Made For Trades Presents Pathways for High School Students

Grade 11 Lucerne Secondary School student Logan Mengler was one of 200 high school students who took part in the Selkirk College Made For Trades day that took place on the Silver King Campus in Nelson on Friday. The event allowed students to get an up close look at trades pathways and opportunities. —Photo courtesy Selkirk College, Bob Hall

More than 200 junior high and high school students descended on the Selkirk College Silver King Campus in Nelson on Friday to get a closer look at gateways into trades training.

The annual Made For Trades event brought students from around the West Kootenay-Boundary region to the campus to introduce the youth to the advantages of post-secondary as a springboard into trades careers. Students from Grade 8 to Grade 12 had an opportunity to tour the Silver King Campus, ask questions of the instructors, interact with current students and take part in hands-on workshops.

Stores to Shores Revitalization Project Update

Pipe from the old water main near IODE Park was removed by Maglio Installation crews last week. — Photo courtesy City of Nelson, Darren Davidson

Work on the Stores to Shores Revitalization Project in downtown Nelson.

City of Nelson media consultant Darren Davidson said a guard fence has been erected around the 300, 400 and 500 blocks — but the sidewalks remains open to pedestrians.

Davidson said there’ll be terrific new directional signage promoting businesses in the construction zone going up in the next few days.

Heritage City plays host to District 5080 Rotarian Conference

District Governor Norm McCarvell of Nelson welcomes Rotarians to the 2015 Conference beginning Friday in Nelson. — Submitted photo

The Heritage City will be filled with Rotarians from District 5080 at the District Conference this weekend in Mary Hall of the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.

District Governor Norm McCarvell of Nelson hosts the event, billed as a “weekend of inspiration and fellowship”.

District 5080 extends from Orofino, Idaho, to Richland, WA in the United States and Grand Forks north to Nakusp and Golden north of the 49th parallel.

Steelworker Adam Connell tour raises awareness for public inquiry into sawmill explosions

Adam Connell holds up the Steelworkers petition while Ray Keen signs during a recent swing through Nelson. — Submitted photo

The United Steelworkers recently launched a petition demanding Premier Christy Clark call a public inquiry into the explosions of the Babine and Lakeland sawmills.

Adam Connell of the United Steelworkers, touring the region, was in Nelson this week to raise awareness and give locals a chance to sign the petition.

“I believe this is very important to every B.C. resident regardless of if you work in a saw mill or not (to sign the petition),” Connell told The Nelson Daily.

PharmaCare gets tough on problem pharmacies

PharmaCare gets tough on problem pharmacies

PharmaCare has informed a number of Lower Mainland pharmacies that it no longer intends to do business with them, as the result of a new regulation that allows the Ministry of Health to better enforce the rules around billing PharmaCare.

The Ministry of Health intends to refuse re-enrolment as providers to PharmaCare to about 46 pharmacies in the Lower Mainland, as of June 1, 2015. The rest of the more than 1280 pharmacies in B.C. will be re-enrolled as providers to the public drug plan in good standing on the same day.