March 2017

EDITORIAL: My insidious wardrobe

synthetic fleece, and nore fleece -- fleece is everywhere, even in the fish we eat

What next?  It seems that everything we do is an environmental problem.  Triclosan in "anti-bacterial" soaps and toothpastes and so on just contributed to developing antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and was bad for people who used the products, too.  Microbeads in toothpaste and various cosmetics built up astonishing levels of micro-bead plastic pollution in waterways, oceans and marine life, including our food.  Fossil fuels that get us and our products around so effortlessly are disrupting our climate, apparently uncontrollably.  Other oil industry products such as plastic nets, bags and other trash, and fertilizers used to excess, are building up in the oceans and fresh-water sources with deadly results.  NOW what?

Carfentanil on Nelson’s streets, cops warn

Carfentanil, one of the deadliest synthetic opioids and fentanyl analogs, has been found on the streets of Nelson.

One of the most dangerous illegal drugs in the world has been found on the streets of Nelson, police say.

Carfentanil, a synthetic drug suspected in the deaths of hundreds of people worldwide, was found in suspected counterfeit oxycodone tablets seized from a subject during a recent arrest.

“The Nelson Police Department received the notification of the presence of Carfentanil from Health Canada, a federal agency which analyses drugs seized by police for criminal prosecution,” said Detective Constable David Laing in a news release issued Wednesday.

MLA Mungall still working to reduce poverty in BC

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall continues to fight for the less fortunate.

Michelle Mungall continues to fight for the less fortunate residents of the province after the Nelson-Creston MLA helped the NDP introduce a poverty reduction act in the Legislature for the sixth time Wednesday in Victoria.
 
“We have some of Canada’s highest poverty levels and yet we are the only province without a plan to reduce poverty,” said Mungall, who had to miss Saturday's Coldest Night of the Year Walk to work on the the act in Victoria.

B.C. streamlines online hunting forms, wildfire investigations

The changes showcase the government's commitment to improve service and offer more convenience.

Legislative amendments introduced Tuesday will make it easier for hunters to complete licensing, permitting and reporting activities online, and also will give wildfire investigators more time to complete their work and streamline the cost-recovery process associated with human-caused wildfires.

With the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act, 2017 (Bill 5), the B.C. government is acting on previous commitments to streamline processes and move more services online.

Vast majority of government infrastructure spending unlikely to grow economy

Most of the new spending is instead going to so-called “green” and “social” infrastructure including pet projects such as new parks, community centres and hockey arenas.

Only 11 cents of every dollar in new federal government infrastructure spending will be spent on highways, bridges, railways and ports—projects that can actually help improve Canada’s economy, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

This finding corroborates a Senate committee report from earlier this week that encouraged Ottawa to make transportation and trade infrastructure a priority.

From Nelson Leafs to opening for American Rocker

The Croome family with Jon Bon Jovi (center). — Photo courtesy Twitter

It wasn’t that long ago that Patrick Croome was knocking opposing players off their rocker in front of the Nelson Leaf nets during his two years of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Junior B time as a defenceman in the Green and White.

With a 6-foot something frame, Croome made it look easy as his physical style of play kept opposing forwards looking for the Leaf defenceman anytime they entered the offensive zone.

Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship established

Neith Muth by the Columbia River in 2016.

The family of Neil Muth and Columbia Basin Trust are pleased to announce a new scholarship for people who have triumphed over adversity and want to pursue post-secondary education.

The Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship honours Neil Muth, the Trust’s president and chief executive officer from 2005 through 2016, who passed away last November. Neil valued and supported perseverance and continuous learning. He encouraged his children, staff and others to be curious, to seek their own path, and to never give up.

Carfentanil presence confirmed in Interior Health

Carfentanil presence confirmed in Interior Health

On the heels of information released by Nelson Police Department Wednesday, Interior Health officials are confirming the deadly drug carfentanil is now present in the region.

IH made the announcement Thursday following a positive carfentanil drug test in the Kootenay region reported by Health Canada and a positive carfentanil urine test in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region reported by LifeLabs.

Former garbage collector trashes council’s recent waste bylaw amendments

Former City employee Wayne Perry urged council to speak to the in-house staff currently performing garbage duties.

A former garbage collector took city council to task over the recent changes it made to its waste management bylaw in January, calling for the city to instead consult its “in-house” expertise to right the wrong.

Leafs continue to shine in overtime

Logan Wullum staked the Leafs to a 3-2 series lead with the overtime winner Thursday.

It's obvious, the Nelson Leafs don't mind putting in a little overtime to get the job done.

Logan Wullum scored with 2:34 remaining in the first overtime period sparking the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Castlegar Rebels Thursday night in the Sunflower City.

The win gives the Leafs a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final with Game six Friday at the NDCC Arena.

All three of Nelson's wins have come in extra time.

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