September 2014

Ktunaxa Nation Proceeding With Appeal

Ktunaxa Nation Proceeding With Appeal

Today the Ktunaxa Nation announced that its lawyers have completed the next step in the process for appealing the BC Supreme Court’s decision regarding Qat’muk by filing the factum and accompanying appeal books at the British Columbia Court of Appeal Registry.

City pauses tree pruning because of public complaints

This photo, and those in the gallery below, were taken by The Nelson Daily on September 1 on Hoover and Ward Streets. The purpose of the pruning is to extend the distance between vegetation and power lines, according to Nelson Hydro.

City Council has asked Nelson Hydro to pause its pruning or “vegetation management” activities on city streets following some complaints from the public.

Canada Pension Plan costs triple as investment board spending skyrockets

Retirement? What's retirement?

The Fraser Institute

Coroners Service identifies man killed near Kootenay Pass summit

Coroners Service identifies man killed near Kootenay Pass summit

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a motor vehicle incident near Kootenay Pass summit east of Salmo (Friday) August 29 as William Richard Wells, aged 57, of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Wells was the operator of a westbound motorcycle which went out of control and entered a ditch on Highway 3 about four kilometres west of the top of the Salmo-Creston Pass during the afternoon.

Kimberley’s Diamond in the Rough

Kimberley’s Diamond in the Rough

Mining and the sun link the three cities with the same name — Kimberley — in British Columbia, Australia, and South Africa.

After 92 years of active mining, producing more than $20 billion worth of lead, zinc, and silver, Kimberley, B.C.’s Sullivan Mine closed in 2001.

The Kimberley region of Western Australia accounts for all of the area’s diamond production and produces 90 per cent of the world’s pink diamonds.

With lockout lifted, Minister asks BCTF to suspend strike

Education Minister Peter Fassbender . . . asks BCPSEA to drop lockout

Minister of Education Peter Fassbender has issued the following statement:

"On Aug. 27, 2014, I met with the lead negotiators for the BCTF and BCPSEA and asked them to suspend any strike and lockout activities if the parties entered mediation so students could start school and teachers could go to work.

"The BCTF refused to suspend their pickets and declined to even canvass their members on the proposal.

Council wants reconsideration of proposed increase to mayor’s salary

A proposed 25% increase in the mayor's salary, and a 13% increase for councillors, is in line with other BC communities of similar size, say city management staff. But some councillors say management staff has usurped the role of a volunteer committee that is supposed to make independent recommendations on council pay and benefits.

At its September 2 meeting, for the second time this summer, Nelson City Council rejected a proposal that would make changes to councillors’ and the mayor’s benefits and salaries, and sent it back to city staff to be re-worked.

Symphony of the Kootenays announces Chamber Music program

String lovers and students alike will have opportunities to play. — Submitted photo

Jeff Faragher, Conductor and Artistic Director for the Symphony of the Kootenays is excited to announce that his Nelson based Mountainside Chamber Music program has an exciting new program scheduled for 2014/15. 

Participating string lovers and students alike will have opportunities to play, learn and enjoy stimulating chamber and orchestral music together in an enriching environment.

Mountainside Chamber Music is also pleased to announce that its’ Nelson based programs are extending out to the Slocan Valley this year. 

Mallard's Team of the Week —Kootenay Glacier Kings

The team includes, Doug Thomson, Mike Grace, Terry Kirkham, David White, Eldon Wales, Dave Delong, Jim Bermel, Derek Spring, Ken Stroud and Pat Severyn. Front, Mike Ramsey, Norm Deverney, Martin Ross, Ron Cox, Rod Guimont and Ken Manson. Missing Frank Curiston. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Glacier Kings stepped outside the province to challenge the best in the country at the Canadian Senior Games held last month in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Nelson's Pat Severyn provided the heroics for the team, scoring the winning goal in overtime to power Team BC's Kootenay Glacier Kings to a 3-2 victory over defending champion Ontario in the Gold Medal Final of the Men's Ice Hockey event.

Kootenay Glacier Kings opened with wins over Northwest Territories 14-1 and Lethbridge 3-1 before outlasting Calgary Buffalos 6-4.

Kokanee Park hosts inter-regional SAR exercise

The Nelson Search and Rescue team includes, back row, L-R, Greg Burrell, Chris Armstrong, Sam Ellison, Callie Chatten, Steve Wood, Brian Cools, Cail Spencer, Eli Walsh, Gundula Brigl, Josh Henschell and Megan Webber. Front, Scott Spencer, Craig Gutwald, Leah Zoobkoff, Chandrima Lavoie, Chelsea Chirico and Brendan Parsons. — Photo courtesy Nelson Search and Rescue

Beginning Friday, Kokanee Park will be flooded by Search and Rescue Teams as the Heritage City organization hosts large inter-regional SAR exercise, beginning Friday and ending Sunday (September 5-7).

More than 100 SAR members from throughout the region will take part in take part in workshops and training.

Highlighting the weekend is the 442 squadron from Comox with a Cormorant and a Buffalo aircraft arriving for training — provided the crews are not called out on any emergency calls.