June 2015

Defensora — A true “David and Goliath” story

Defensora, the film: Guatemalan Mayan people show incredible courage and resistance to Canadian Mining Giant. — Submitted photo

A true “David and Goliath” story depicted in Defensora, a beautiful, award-winning film that will be shown at the Shambhala Performance Theatre at Selkirk College, Tenth Street Campus, Nelson on Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

The film shows the plight of Angelica Choc, a Mayan woman from Guatemala who confronted shareholders of Canadian Mining Giant, Hudbay Minerals Inc. at their annual general meeting held in Toronto.

Paige Purcell knows already at a young age the importance of giving

Paige Purcell (standing, second from right) sits with a group of friends while Global TV News Hour Final Anchor Anne Drewa addresses the audience during the 28th annual Miracle Weekend Telethon in Vancouver. — Submitted photo

Despite her age, Paige Purcell continues to be one of Nelson’s largest fundraisers for the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

The five-year-old Nelsonite was diagnosed with a brain tumour a few years ago.

It was at BC Children’s Hospital that Purcell had the life-saving operation.

And since Purcell experienced the life-changing moment, she wanted to give back to the BCCH.

This past weekend Purcell had the opportunity to do just that during the 28th annual Miracle Weekend in Vancouver.

Nelson Food Cupboard garden will provide fresh produce to those who need it

Garden coordinator Kim Charlesworth and her husband Greg at work in the garden at the former Grizelle greenhouse site. — Photo courtesy Suzy Hamilton

In the Nelson area, if you want it and it doesn’t already exist, you get together with other community members and make it happen.

In the true spirit of the community, the Nelson Food Cupboard (NFC) has gone and done just that by establishing its own garden to grow vegetables for the many locals who use its services every month.

Nelson salutes 2015 LVR Graduating Class

The always popular  Cavalcade begins from the NDCC parking lot at 4 p.m. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Playing golf at the Balfour Golf Course has its Advantages

Picturesque is hole nine at the Balfour Golf Course. — Bruce Fuhr photos

Membership has its privileges with the BGC Advantage Program at the Balfour Golf Club.

And those privileges are more than just playing on one of the most picturesque Les Furber designed courses in the province packed with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains or Kootenay Lake.

“The BGC Advantage Program is a brand new concept to Balfour this year.  It is our amped up version of a loyalty program and thus far is being received very well” said Balfour’s Head Professional Craig Wilkinson.

Nelson/Creston MLA launches petition to end maternity leave clawback

Nelson /Creston MLA Michelle Mungall encouraging citizens to write the Premier.

MLA Michelle Mungall is turning up the heat on the Liberal Government to end another of their poverty creating policies.

The Nelson/Creston MLA is encouraging citizens locally and across BC to sign a petition and write Christy Clark to end the maternity leave clawback.
Mungall said after 14 years the Liberal Government has been creating undue hardship for expecting and new parents by clawing back Maternity and Parental Leave benefits from families receiving disability and income assistance.

Mallard's Team of the Week — LVR Bombers Baseball Team

 The Bombers squad includes, back row, L-R, Derek Green, Brendan Makay, Austin Tambellini, Reese Tambellini, Justin Daloise and Eric Hurley. Front, Chase May, Casey Harrison, Ross St. Jean, Finn McIntosh, Braeden Zarikoff and Colton Miracle. Missing from photo, Nathan Soukeroff, Hano Southam, Bradley Ross, coach Ron Mace and Sawyer Hunt. — Photo courtesy Christine Boyd of LVR

The L.V. Rogers Bombers baseball team recently completed a very successful campaign on the diamond.

LVR compiled an impressive 21-5 record against American and Canadian opposition that included a victory in the Bombers home tournament.

The Bombers seven trips south of the boarder and played a combination of Varsity teams and JV. Teams.

The highlight for this year for the seniors was LVR posting a win over Mead high school from Spokane — the first win over the American squad in school history.

Keremeos RCMP on the lookout for unknown man who exposes self to young girl

Keremeos RCMP on the lookout for unknown man who exposes self to young girl

Keremeos RCMP are asking for public assistance in locating an unknown male who exposed himself to an adolescent female on April 16, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. 

RCMP describe the man as being:

RCMP warn of high-pressure Revenue Canada phone scam

RCMP warn of high-pressure Revenue Canada phone scam
The Nakusp RCMP are warning of a phone and email scam where a fraudster states they are a Canada Revenue Agency representative and pressures the potential victim into paying a non-existent debt.
RCMP have received a number of complaints.  People are being called by someone claiming to be from the tax agency who uses threatening and coercive language.  The person is also stating there is a warrant out for them and that if they don't pay the money the police will be attending their homes.
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River Talks — Some call them Salmon, I call them Persistence

River Talks — Some call them  Salmon, I call them Persistence

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, is forthcoming in 2016.  Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.