May 2016


Richard Cannings

Spring has sprung across Canada, and with the return of the warmer weather we have other annual traditions that come with this time of the year-- hockey play-offs, getting together with family at Easter and getting the garden ready for summer. Another spring activity is one that we don’t tend to look forward to but still needs to be done: filing of our income taxes.

2016 census forms now in the mail to Canadians

Under Section 31 of the Statistics Act, the consequence for failing to provide information to a mandatory census or falsely answering is liable to a summary conviction carrying a fine of up to $500, imprisonment of up to three months, or both.

Starting Monday, Statistics Canada began sending out census letters and packages to all Canadian households.

Residents in cities like Nelson will receive a letter with a secure 16-digit access code to complete their form online or they can request a paper form. 

May 10 is Census Day, however, the government is urging Canadians to complete the form upon receipt.


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Three high school boys from Vancouver are making a movie.  Correction:  three young men who have graduated.  They've been allowed to graduate early to work on this project, and they're busy raising funds for the work.  The introduction video (above) tells a bit about why they're doing it.  It's an ambitious and exciting idea;  I'm looking forward to seeing the 90-minute finished product.

ICBC speakers reaching out to youth to prevent crashes this grad season

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High School graduation is always a concerning time for parents of grads.

With the graduation and prom party season in full swing, ICBC's road safety speakers are touring B.C. high schools — including L.V. Rogers High School in Nelson on Thursday, May 5 — to share their personal, heart-wrenching stories with students and remind them of the tragic and life-changing consequences of taking risks while driving.

Council swayed by evidence of merit for establishment of ‘Panhandling Bylaw’ and passes third reading

Is a Safe Streets Act or a Nelson-specific bylaw best way to deal with panhandling problem.

Strong evidence from police and city staff convinced the majority of council to move ahead with third reading of a proposed Panhandling Bylaw for Nelson.

With a city staff report already in hand, city council quizzed Nelson Police Department chief constable Paul Burkart Monday night in its regular council meeting on the merit of advancing a Nelson specific piece of municipal legislation, versus the existing Safe Streets Act, which applies to all communities in the province (including Nelson) and is enforced by police.

Solid weekend for Glacier Club at Zone Gymnastics & Trampoline Championships

Smiles, and more smiles was the norm during the

There was action, and more action during the 2016 Kootenay Zone Gymnastics & Trampoline Championships this past weekend at the Glacier Gym Club.

Two hundred and seventy gymnasts from Nelson, Trail, Castlegar, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Penticton and Golden competed for all around and event titles in the Girls Competitive Gymnastics Junior Olympic and Zone Levels, Trampoline Levels 1 & 2, Performance Plus Gymnastics and the High School Girls category.

Castlegar business burns to the ground

Castlegar business burns to the ground

A local business has been completely destroyed after a fire this morning.

Fire Chief Gerry Rempel said they got the 9-1-1 call just before 5 a.m. Wednesday, for a structure fire at Crossroads Printing on Second Street downtown.

“I was here in about four minutes, and the building was already pretty much fully involved,” he said in an interview at the scene. “It was knocked down within about an hour.”

Alcohol a factor in early morning car crash

Alcohol a factor in early morning car crash

Robson fire crews responded to a single vehicle roll-over early this morning, according to Robson fire chief Jeff Grant.

Grant said a six-man crew responded to a call early Wednesday morning of a single vehicle MVI in the 2700 block of Broadwater Road.

The single occupant, a female driver, had crossed the centre line, lost control and rolled her vehicle, but no extrication was required, and she was transported to hospital without serious injuries.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson said alcohol was a factor in the incident.

City apologizes for pesticide use at Kinsmen Park

City apologizes for pesticide use at Kinsmen Park

City director of Transportation and Civic Works Chris Barlow is falling on his sword this morning, accepting full responsibility for a mistake that saw herbicide sprayed in Castlegar's Kinsmen Park this week.

“Our contractor goes around and checks all the fields, identifying the ones that have bad weeds, then comes back with a list of ones that need spraying,” Barlow said. “I missed that (Kinsmen Park) was not supposed to be on the list. It was my mistake.”

Vehicle smashes front of Chevron in apparent attempted robbery

Clean-up continues in the wake of what appears to have been an attempted robbery at Chevron this morning. Photo by Devon Hoggan.

In what appears to have been an attempted smash-and-grab gone wrong at the Castlegar Chevron this morning, there was more 'smash' and less 'grab' than perhaps was intended.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson said the business had an alarm, and the call came in at roughly 5 a.m.

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