November 2015

Reform of public land management needed in Alberta to address competing demands and reduce politicization

Reform of public land management needed in Alberta to address competing demands and reduce politicization

Land management in Alberta and much of Western Canada can be enhanced if policies ensure that property rights are well-defined and transferable, finds a new book released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Letter: Do the Math

Letter: Do the Math

To the Editor:

Dear Ms Stead:

The Globe and Mail has just written off the Green Party of Canada as irrelevant as a result of the election numbers they have found. I suggest they do their sums again.

In the three provinces where the Green Party have an elected MP and/or an elected MLA the results were as follows:

Province accused of working with forest industry on mountain caribou recovery plan

Many B.C. environmental groups and nearly 160,000 people from around the world who signed a petition to stop the cull last year, say the wolf cull is just a scapegoat to cover up the real causes of caribou decline. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

As the province’s wolf cull gets set to enter its second season, environmentalists are accusing the provincial government of letting logging companies affect mountain caribou management policies.

The province launched into the wolf cull last winter, claiming it was necessary to protect the dwindling South Selkirk and South Peace caribou herds.

Locally, the South Selkirk herd was down to just 18 members at the time – from 47 in 2009. The herd now sits at just 14 members.

Cougars manhandle Kootenay Ice during weekend BCMMHL set

Kootenay Ice Shawn Campbell scored on of the goals this weekend for the home side against Cariboo Cougars. — The Nelson Daily photo

League-leading Cariboo Cougars dominated a weekend BC Major Midget Hockey League series during the weekend against the Kootenay Ice in Nelson.

The Cougars out scored the Ice 14-3 in two games to run their record to 8-4-2 and remain tied for top spot in the standings with Vancouver Northwest Giants.

Cariboo opened the weekend by stopping the Ice 6-2.

The game was close through the opening frame with Cariboo building a 2-1 lead.

However, the Cougars out scored the Ice 4-1 in the final 40 minutes to skate away with the win.

RANT: If you can't stand by it two weeks from now, shut up

RANT: If you can't stand by it two weeks from now, shut up

When the city passed a new bylaw that said a motion without a seconder would not be reported, I was prepared to write in opposition to same.

If it happened, record it. Period.


My problem with it was this: you may have a voice of dissent on council. That may not be comfortable for you, but your comfort level is not my problem, nor that of any resident. That dissenting voice was duly elected, and you have no right to silence them, it’s anti-democratic. I don’t have to like or dislike them – but I surely DO want to hear from them, as is right and proper in a democratic system.

Decision set to be made on police budget request with arrival of police audit

What’s in the audit? Inquiring minds want to know as the pressure mounts in the battle over funds between City Council and the Nelson Police Department. — The Nelson Daily file photo

An unelected official is expected to make a decision by the end of November that could cost Nelson taxpayers over $300,000, a four per cent rise in property taxes.

In four weeks the director of Police Services from the provincial Ministry of Justice will hand down his declaration on the minimal staffing required in Nelson under the BC Police Act.

Expanded stroke service in Nelson means faster response for patients

Lori Seeley, IH regional stroke lead, plays the role of a stroke patient during a recent mock stroke case for Kootenay Lake Hospital medical staff and BCEHS paramedics prior to implementation of the new thrombolytic stroke treatment at the hospital.  — Photo courtesy Interior Health

When a patient is facing a stroke, every minute counts.

Twenty-four/seven CT coverage and the combined efforts of Kootenay Lake Hospital physicians, staff and Interior Health now mean thrombolytic (clot buster) stroke care is available locally for Nelson and area patients.
“Strokes can have devastating impacts on patients and families but timely access to treatment can make a big difference in patient outcomes,” said Health Minister Terry Lake in a IH media release.

City water not the culprit in cluster of illnesses after Thanksgiving

City water not the culprit in cluster of illnesses after Thanksgiving

A cluster of gastroenterological (GI) illness reported at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital on Oct. 13 and 14 were not caused by contaminated water in Castlegar, despite rumours to the contrary.

Medical Health Officer Dr. Sue Pollock said IHA received a report from the hospital about a small cluster of patients suffering from GI symptoms, and vigorously investigated the possible cause.

Recreation talks between Trail/Rossland break down

Recreation talks between Trail/Rossland break down

Ed. Note: The following is a press release issued by the City of Trail:

Trail City Council reports that, following weeks of negotiations with the City of Rossland to reach a Parks and Recreation Funding Agreement, unfortunately discussions have discontinued at this time. 

Kootenay Gallery seeking funds to relocate

Kootenay Gallery seeking funds to relocate

The Kootenay Gallery of Art is moving forward with relocation plans and has asked the City of Castlegar to kick in $8,000 to that purpose.

At its regular meeting Monday night, council heard from a gallery delegation, including board chair Audrey Maxwell Polovnikoff.