April 2017

Balfour residents turn back on nearly $3 million in funds

Besides metering, citizens said they thought other parts of the project were non-essential, like upgrading power systems - and that’s why they voted against it.

Balfour residents worried about smart water meters in their homes might end up costing local taxpayers a lot of money.

A handful of residents voted against a proposal for the Regional District of Central Kootenay to borrow nearly $600,000 to upgrade the area’s creaking water system.

By rejecting the proposal, they’ve turned their back on nearly $3 million in matching federal and provincial funds to pay for the project.

CFIA expands Robin Hood Flour E. coli recall warning

The recalled product's UPC is 0 59000 01652 8.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded its original recall of Robin Hood brand All Purpose Flour, Original from western Canada to include the entire country.

The food recall warning originally issued on March 28, 2017 was updated Tuesday (April 4, 2-17) to include additional distribution information.

City seeks public input on draft 2017 budget

City seeks public input on draft 2017 budget

City council is set to unveil its 2017 draft budget at a public open house on April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Forum. The budget is only ‘proposed’ at this point, thus the purpose of the meeting is to garner public input and feedback before finalizing the document

COLUMN: Oceans and Life

Photo by Tavish Campbell

The federal government recently created two marine protected areas in the Pacific region and has committed to increase ocean protection from one per cent to 10 by 2020. But will this be enough?

Canada has the longest coastline of any nation, but our country doesn’t end at its ocean shores. With a 200-nautical-mile economic zone and international obligations, Canada is responsible for almost three million square kilometres of ocean, an area roughly the size of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba combined.

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students sues Selkirk College students

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students sues Selkirk College students

Students at Selkirk College have become embroiled in a legal battle for the right to vote about their membership in a national student group, according to Selkirk College Students’ Union Director at-Large Santanna Hernandez.

“Students submitted a valid petition for a referendum on membership in the Canadian Federation of Students, but instead of holding a vote this semester, the Federation sued us to stop the process,” she said.

Commercial vehicle damages Shell gas station canopy

Nelson Fire Rescue members tape off the area around the gas pumps after a Ryder rental truck became lodged under the canopy at the Shell Station on Nelson Avenue Wednesday. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Rescue

The overhead canopy at the Shell gas station across from Hume School in Fairview was damaged Wednesday when a commercial vehicle became lodged under the structure said Nelson Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Michael Daloise in a media release.

Daloise said Nelson Fire Rescue was dispatched at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday to attend the scene of the accident at the corner of Anderson Street and Nelson Avenue.

Daloise said both on-duty members responded, immediately assessing the situation after arriving.

Canada’s personal income tax turns 100

What’s more, when compared to U.S. states, Canadian provinces have seven of the eight highest top combined rates, with Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Manitoba all over 50 per cent. — Fraser Institute image

After 100 years of taxing Canadians, the personal income tax, which began as a small wartime revenue generator, has morphed into a costly, complex behemoth that’s difficult to administer and makes Canada very uncompetitive, finds a new collection of essays by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Nelson Minor Hockey caps off amazing season with Awards Banquet

Nelson Minor Hockey saluted its major award winners during the annual year-end banquet Wednesday at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Hats off to the Nelson Leafs for winning the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Atom B Championship.

However, this night was for all of the players as Nelson Minor Hockey culminated another successful campaign on the ice with its annual awards banquet Wednesday at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.

Once again the evening was led by former NHLer and Nelson Minor Hockey Association grad Mike Laughton.

The Nelson native saluted the award winners along with giving the banquet goers a history lesson on the greats from Nelson Minor Hockey past.

Pair charged with trafficking cocaine, MDMA

Nelson Police charged man from Nelson and woman from New Denver with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Two West Kootenay residents are facing charges for trafficking after Nelson Police found drugs in a vehicle during the execution of a traffic stop in the downtown core Tuesday (March 28) Sergeant Dino Falcone said in a media release Thursday.

Falcone said the arrest began when police officers pulled over a vehicle at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday with a male driver and female passenger.

"The 25 year-old male from Nelson was charged with three (3) counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking with what police believe is cocaine and MDMA," Falcone said.

Health taxation flatlines in the West Kootenay-Boundary

WKBRHD board confirmed there will not be an increased burden to the region's taxpayers with the new fiscal document. — The Nelson Daily photo

A little bit of good news may be no news at all: one tax won't be increasing this year for West Kootenay-Boundary residents.

The amount charged to regional residents for the coming tax year won't be rising — compared to 2016 — but there will still be an almost $1 million contribution to the reserve fund.

The West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District (WKBRHD) board recently passed its 2017 budget — set at $7,876,454 — and confirmed there will not be an increased burden to the region's taxpayers with the new fiscal document.

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