October 2015

Council elects to cool debate on panhandling bylaw with public input

Changes to the panhandling bylaw has ignited some controversy on the city’s streets, so Nelson City Council has decided to take a step back before finalizing the new regulations. — The Nelson Daily file photo

City council is taking a time out as it prepares to draft legislation to deal with those looking for a hand out on Nelson streets.

A unanimous vote was carried by city council on Monday night during their regular meeting to defer the wording of the draft bylaw — currently in its second reading — back to city staff for clarification, and to solicit input from various city groups and the broader community on the content of the legislation.

General Mills announces cereal recall

The recall covers 1.8 Million boxes that may contain gluten.

The company that produces Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios had decided to recall some of its product due to an undeclared allergen – wheat – with potential adverse health effects.

General Mills said Monday (October 5) it is voluntarily recalling several days of production of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereal produced at its Lodi, California facility on certain dates in July of this year because an isolated incident resulted in wheat flour being inadvertently introduced into the gluten free oat flour system at its Lodi facility.

RDCK announces October 17 as Trash to Treasure day

One person's junk is another person's treasure.

Regional District of Central Kootenay residents want to mark Saturday, October 17th on the calendar as the day to find treasures in other people's trash.

The RDCK has annnounced Saturday, October 17th as the second celebration of waste reduction this year.

"This one-day event gives people a change to give away used items to those who may find value in them," said Nicole Ward, Environmental Services Coordinator for the RDCK said in a media release.

More students deciding independent schools better than public

Students are chosing private over public says a new Fraser Institute study.

Private school enrolment across Canada is up by almost 17 per cent while public school enrolment has decreased eight per cent, according to a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The study, Where Our Students are Educated: Measuring Student Enrolment in Canada, finds that enrolment increased for independent schools and decreased for public schools in almost every province across Canada between 2000/01 to 2012/13 (the most recent period for which comparable data were available).

Working Smoke Alarms a priority during Fire Prevention Week

Nelson's Tom Atkins and his son, showing perfect smoke-alarm-testing form. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Rescue

The stats don't lie.

The Fire Chiefs Association of BC says the chance of a fatality rises 74 percent when a working smoke alarm is not present.

Members of the Nelson Fire Department are doing their best to combat the loss of life during Fire Prevention Week.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said Fire Chief Len MacCharles.

Hume Innkeepers, Wild Cats, Club Inter Celebrate Soccer Championships

Luke Mori (center) stands with the Parenteau brothers, Chris (far left) and Mike, as the trio celebrate winning the Men's Open Soccer title Saturday at Lakeside Pitch. — Submitted photo

Mitch Melanson scored the only goal of the game sparking the Hume Innkeepers to a narrow 1-0 victory over Kootenay Co-op in the Men’s Open Final Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch.

The win allow the Innkeepers to repeat as Men’s Open Champs.

The marker came approximately 30 minutes into the contest.

Shortly after Co-op missed a chance on a penalty shot to score the opening goal, the Innkeepers came roaring back 10 minutes later.

Salmo RCMP on lookout for Curling Club culprits

Salmo RCMP on lookout for Curling Club culprits

Salmo RCMP is asking for public assistance in regards to a break and enter Sunday at the Salmo Curling Club.

RCMP Cpl. Riordan Bellman said in a media release the break in happened at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday.

"Organizers discovered that the rink had been broken into sometime between 2 a.m. nad 9:30 am.," Bellam said.

"Entry was gained through the front door by smashing the small window and reaching in and opening the door."

Interior Health Board announces Mazurkewich as new CEO

Board Chair Erwin Malzer (left) welcomes new CEO Chris Mazurkewich to Interior Health. — Submitted photo

Interior Health announced Tuesday that Chris Mazurkewich has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for Interior Health, effective October 26.

Fruitvale man in custody after area crime spree, car chase, bike chase and foot chase

Fruitvale man in custody after area crime spree, car chase, bike chase and foot chase

Police have arrested a man in connection with a crime spree lasting almost 24 hours, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

"Brody Aaron McKellar, 21 years old, of Fruitvale, went on a crime spree around the Fruitvale area lasting almost 24 hours," Oelke said. "By the en,d he had stolen two trucks, broke into a residence, broke into an RV, stolen numerous items and caused a pursuit with the police."

LETTERS: Have Canadian voters learned nothing?

LETTERS: Have Canadian voters learned nothing?

Dear Editor,

Canadians can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel in this extended election period but, incredibly, the polls show that there is a slight chance  
the most brazenly corrupt government in Canadian history could be returned to power instead of obliterated off the political map. A government that attacked the fundamental principles of democracy could be rewarded instead of rejected? I am confused by the polls but apparently the strategy of a doubly long election period might work. Get all the scandals out in the open and the pent up anger and frustration loose in the first four weeks so we all feel better and then hope we forgive and forget. Play us for fools and slip back into office. The temporary foreign worker from Australia they hired to boost their flagging campaign must laughing to the bank.