April 2015

Crowd Gathers to Protest Federal Cuts to Healthcare and Save Kootenay Jobs

 The regional VP of the Hospital Employees Union joined local healthcare workers at a rally Tuesday in front of the Nelson Courthouse. — Eva Brownstein photo

A small crowd of Healthcare supporters gathered Tuesday outside the Nelson Courthouse to protest the one-year anniversary of federal Conservative cuts to healthcare.

On March 31st, 2014, the federal Conservatives announced a $36 Billion cut to healthcare over the next ten years.

The decision means $5 Billion in cuts to British Columbia's health services. To put the number in perspective, $5 Billion in cuts over ten years is like losing 2,000 full time family doctors per year, or 1,223 hospital beds annually.

Executive Flight Centre makes first appearance in provincial court

 Executive Flight Centre lawyers made a brief first appearance in Nelson Provincial Court Tuesday following the 2013 jet fuel spill that contaminated Lemon Creek and the Slocan River.

Executive Flight Centre lawyers made a brief first appearance in Nelson Provincial Court Tuesday (March 31) after a provincial court judge ruled in December that there was enough evidence to prosecute them for their part in the 2013 jet fuel spill that contaminated Lemon Creek and the Slocan River.

However, it is not clear if the federal crown will be taking on the prosecution of the fuel service company or the province for dumping 32,000 litres of jet fuel into Lemon Creek.

Reducing fuels in the forest helps protect RDCK communities

Debri Resources of Nelson has completed 10 of 22 hectares of the project near Edgewood. — Photo courtesy RDCK

The Regional District of Central Kootenay, through funding provided through Strategic Wildfire Initiative Program administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, is doing its best to protect communities from wildfires in the district.

After setting max temperature records, March goes out like a lion

Renan Gallagher of Nelson captured the storm passing over the Heritage City on the last day of March 2015. — Photo courtesy Renan Gallagher

Weather lore says March usually comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.

However, this was not true in 2015 as the opposite occurred on the calendar for the third month of the year according to Ron Lakemen of the Southeast Fire Centre.

“Last month an upper ridge of high pressure (generally centred over the coast) dominated for dry, fairly clear, sunny and unseasonably mild conditions during the initial 13 days of March,” Lakeman said in his monthly media release.

Leafs defenceman Darnel St. Pierre commits to SFU

Leaf grad Darnel St. Pierre (27) has committed to SFU of the BCIHL starting in September. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The defence of the Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team just got a whole lot tougher after the Clan announced that former Nelson Leaf defenceman Darnel St. Pierre has committed for the 2015-16 BC Intercollegiate Hockey League season.

“Darnel is a much needed addition to the back end of our hockey team," said SFU Men’s Hockey Head Coach Mark Coletta after the Clan finished second to three-time BCIHL winner Selkirk Saints.

Nelson's Sawyer Hunt basking in the glory of Nitros' KIJHL title run

Sawyer Hunt of Nelson (second from left holding trophy) found a home on Kimberley's KIJHL champions. — Submitted photo

Sawyer Hunt could have been playing for the Nelson Leafs this past season.

The Nelson Minor Hockey product had been a mainstay in the system representing the Heritage City association on rep teams throughout his career  — his final season in the Heritage City playing in the BC Hockey Major Midget for a Kootenay Ice squad based out of the NDCC Arena.

But the 5’10” 165-pound forward lived part of his life in Kimberley.

So when the Dynamiters called Hunt didn’t think twice before suiting up for the Bavarian City franchise.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Nelson Minor Hockey Award Winners

The major award winners include, back row, L-R, Lisa Upper, Dean Centrone, Andrew Osika, Marco Falcone, Spencer Szabo, Reece Tambellini, Jackson Herridge, Brodie Herridge and Jared Martin. Middle, Mike Zarikoff, Bryce Sookro, Seamus Boyd, Brady Stocks, Devon Hawkes and Callum Cutler. Front, Bryce Trible, Tyler Lakeman, Jesssica Harris, Nicholas Haydu and Rhett Hamilton. Missing, Allissa Marchand and Emily Tebulte. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Nelson Minor Hockey Association handed out awards for the past season during the annual banquet Wednesday at the Tenth Street Campus.

Individual awards were handed out to teams before master of ceremonies Mike Laughton saluted the major award winners.

Mallard's Source for sports, a major support of hockey and all sports in the Heritage City, wanted to honour the winners with Team of the Week accolades.

Be careful travelling this Easter Weekend

Be careful travelling this Easter Weekend

Every Easter long weekend, an average of three people are killed and 670 injured in 2,300 crashes in B.C. — of that stat 66 people are injured in 300 crashes every year in the Southern Interior.

People planning a road trip with family or friends this weekend, should do their part to keep our roads safe by making smart choices behind the wheel.

Long arm of the NPD law corral two men on outstanding warrants

Long arm of the NPD law corral two men on outstanding warrants

Nelson Police was kept busy during the past few days rounding up two men wanted on outstanding warrants from Quebec and Alberta.

Friday (April 3) officers, while investigating an unrelated call, found a residence with an unsecured door.

Following numerous calls to have the resident respond to police to ensure there was no crime or medical concerns at the residence, a male arrived and verbally provided identification to police.

However, short after officers realized the man had given police false identification.

UPDATED: Teck officials confirm three injured in explosion at Greenhills Mine near Elkford

UPDATED: Teck officials confirm three injured in explosion at Greenhills Mine near Elkford

Teck Resources Limited reported that there has been an explosion at the Greenhills Coal Mine outside Elkford, sending three people to hospital.

In a media release the mining company said that "a flash fire occurred in the dryer complex at Teck’s Greenhills Operation near Elkford British Columbia today at approximately 11: a.m. Mountain Time."

Teck confirmed original reports that three injured workers were not in the room at the time of the explosion.