June 2016

Free Rides, Free Museum Admission and Free Smiles for Everyone on Canada Day

Staff of the Nelson and District Credit Union and the Streetcar Crew set up plans for Free Rides on Streetcar #23 and Admission to the Trolley Barn Museum. — Submitted photo

In case you missed it, that was the month of June that just zipped past on the 2016 calendar.

Which means July 1, Canada Day Holiday celebration, is right around the corner — Friday to be exact.

A beloved tradition continues this Canada Day.

For five years the Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) have been making a donation to the Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS) for free rides on Streetcar #23 and admission to the Trolley Barn Museum.

Selkirk College Board of Governors Approves Balanced Budget

The Selkirk College Board of Governors recently approved a $45 million budget that sets a course for regional college in the coming year.

The Selkirk College Board of Governors has approved an annual budget that allows the institution to continue providing high quality, sought after programs and services to students and to grow in areas that address future needs.

At its monthly meeting in May, the board passed the proposed $45 million budget that sets a financial course for the regional college in the coming year.

Category 2 open fires to be prohibited in Southeast District

Category 2 open fires to be prohibited in Southeast District

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Monday, July 4, 2016, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This prohibition is in addition to the Category 3 open fire prohibition that came into effect in the Southeast Fire Centre on June 3, 2016. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online.

Province releases date that shows crash rates are down or unchanged in new speed zones

The Coquihalla from Hope to Kamloops, for example, where the speed limit was increased from 110 kilometres per hour to 120 km/h, continues to see the lowest crash rate in the last 10 years.

New data released today by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure shows that crash rates have dropped, or are unchanged, on 19 of 33 sections of highway where speed limits were increased in 2014, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone announced.

The Coquihalla from Hope to Kamloops, for example, where the speed limit was increased from 110 kilometres per hour to 120 km/h, continues to see the lowest crash rate in the last 10 years.

6,100 boats inspected as B.C. leads the fight against invasive mussels

The stations in the Columbia Basin are located near the communities of Golden, Radium, Sparwood, Castlegar and Valemount.

British Columbia remains free of invasive mussels, thanks to ongoing efforts that have seen more than 6,100 watercraft inspected so far this year – already surpassing the number of inspections in all of 2015.

Through the Invasive Mussel Defence Program, a crew of 32 trained mussel inspectors are working seven days a week, 10 hours a day, at eight permanent inspection stations along B.C. borders to prevent the spread of invasive mussels.

The stations in the Columbia Basin are located near the communities of Golden, Radium, Sparwood, Castlegar and Valemount.

Administration welcomes students for last day at Mount Sentinel

Mount Sentinel School will be open to students Wednesday.

Mount Sentinel administration posted a notice on its website Tuesday evening assuring parents its safe to send children to the high school for the final day of classes.

Mount Sentinel had an emergency evacuation at 2:45 p.m. Friday, facilitated after consulation with the RCMP, Nelson PD and provincial Violent Threat Risk Assessment experts.

The school was closed Monday and Tuesday.

Artwalk 2016 'truly Nelson family summer activity'

The 28th edition of Artwalk kicks off Friday on Baker Street in Nelson. — Photo courtesy David Gluns

It's back!

The Nelson and District Arts Council presents the 28th edition of the Annual ArtWalk event, with a kickoff ceremony Friday (July 1st) from 5-8 p.m. on Baker Street.

Sydney Black, Executive Director of the Nelson and District Arts Council said ArtWalk has drawn locals and visitors to Nelson to experience the wonderful work of our visual artists for 28 years,"

"This is a truly Nelson family summer activity."

Nelsonites help Canada celebrate 149th Birthday at Lakeside Rotary Park

The Fireworks will conclude Nelson Chamber of Commerce Canada Day Celebrations. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Don't miss Canada's 149th birthday in the Heritage City, when Nelson resonates with celebrations at the Lakeside Rotary Park — complete with Fireworks at dusk.

The Chamber has continually hosted this annual community celebration to allow Canadians in the Greater Nelson area the chance to wave the Red Maple Leaf in a community wide celebration.

One of the highlights (see schedule below) each year is the serving of our Canada Day birthday cake, followed with live music and all kinds of fun-filled activities for kids of all ages.

City looks to province to begin solving short-term rental snag in the city

One short-term rental operator described “Airbnb” — one of the major providers of the online short-term rental service — as “better quality renters, fewer headaches, better money (almost double money)."

Dissatisfaction with the province’s rules regarding rental accommodations may have moved landlords into the short-term realm, but the rental crunch it has created as a result in Nelson has moved city council into the legal realm.

The city has asked the province to allow all residential tenancy disputes to go the efficient Civil Resolution Tribunal, rather than face the onerous and ponderous Residential Tenancy Branch’s justice system, as rental rates in the city edge near zero per cent.

Mail disruptions loom as Canada Post rejects CUPW proposal

Canada Post Nelson location will be behind picket lines after the company rejected a proposal from CUPW to extend the July 2 deadline for a lockout by a period of two weeks. — The Nelson Daily

There appears to be no turning back on a potential disruption to mail delivery after Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra officially rejected a letter from postal workers asking him to extend the July 2 deadline for a lockout by a period of two weeks.

Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, says in a media release this could mean Canada Post is indeed preparing to lock out its workforce in the middle of a public postal review, spoiling the process.

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