July 2016

Sweet Music — Winlaw, Jewett Elementary schools saved from closure

The crowd listened carefully during the Kootenay Lake School District Special Open Meeting to discuss the School Closure Bylaw Tuesday at the L.V. Rogers High School Gymnasium. — Brendan Quinn, The Nelson Daily

It’s official: Winlaw and Jewett Elementary schools will continue to operate despite initial predictions of potential closure.

Thanks in part to a funding grant from the province, Winlaw Elementary, located in the Slocan Valley, will remain open for business; sweet music to the ears of concerned parents, students and teachers from the area.

MOTI listens to Queens Bay Residents, extends consultation period

To allow more time to submit comments, the ministry is extending the public consultation period to October 6th, 2016.

Queens Bay Residents have been given a bit of wiggle room in their quest to halt the moving of the Balfour Ferry Terminal to the Queens Bay North location.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure sent out a media release saying  the "ministry is extending the public consultation period to October 6th, 2016."

"Needless to say this is good news and a huge relief for Kootenay Lake, in particular Balfour and Queens Bay residents and businesses," said John Betts of the Queens Bay Residents Association.

Time to put the pedal to the metal for the 2016 West Kootenay Glacier Challenge

No time like the present to start training, and raising money, to participate in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge. — Submitted photo

It's back to the basics for West Kootenay Glacier Challenge organizers as annual ride to fight MS (Multiple sclerosis) is returning to its original route August 20-21.

After a shortened route in 2015 due to paving of Highway 6 in the Slocan Valley, organizers are pleased to once again offer the traditional route around Kokanee Glacier from New Denver to Nelson to Kaslo and back to New Denver.

Beasley Rescue Society cuts ribbon on new home for lifesaving equipment

 Beasley Fire Chief Al Craft, standing beside Wayne Lundberg of the Columbia Basin Trust and RDCK Area F Director Tom Newell, cuts the ribbon on the four-bay facility Tuesday in the Fire Hall. — RDCK photo

Thanks to funding from the Regional District of Central Kootenay and the Columbia Basin Trust, the Beasley Rescue Society has a new home for its lifesaving equipment.

At an event commemorating the completion of the building Tuesday, Beasley Fire Chief Al Craft said the project “is a strong symbol of the power of partnership.”

Selkirk College Welcomes Hospitality Industry Powerhouse to Faculty

Selkirk College will welcome David MacGillivray to the School of Hospitality & Tourism in the Fall Semester. The industry veteran will arrive to Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus after spending 35 years at some of Canada’s most well-known luxury hotels. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

After more than 35 years on the floor of one of the world’s most recognized hotel chains, David MacGillivray is bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to Selkirk College.

This autumn, Selkirk College welcomes MacGillivray to its faculty as a new full-time instructor for the Resort & Hotel Management (RHOT) and Post Graduate Hospitality Management programs.

“The timing was right for me to make the next step in my career. It seemed right on so many levels,” says MacGillivray.

Panhandling bylaw avoids adoption as status quo in city’s downtown set to continue

A concern about the intent of the proposed bylaw — and a call for more time to measure the effectiveness of a potential street outreach worker — was enough to have the passing of a proposed panhandling bylaw thwarted Monday night. — The Nelson Daily

A rare 11th hour decision by city council has derailed the controversial proposed panhandling bylaw from becoming legislation.

A concern about the intent of the proposed bylaw — and a call for more time to measure the effectiveness of a potential street outreach worker — was enough to have the passing of a proposed panhandling bylaw thwarted Monday night.

Nelson Business Association Rummage Sale raises money for SEEDS, Nelson Friends of Refugees

Teo Nicholas of the Nelson Business Association stands front and center to hand out cheques to, front row from left, Jeff Donnelly of St. Saviours Church and Judy O’Leary from Nelson Friends of Refugees and, far right, Jim Parr of SEEDS. Back row, Stephanie Myers (NBA), Jamie Frederick (Co-op), Marg Stacey (NBA), Val Semeniuk (NBA), Laura Burki (Co-op), Lynn Trinh (Co-op), Julia Cedar (Co-op) and Allan Broom (Co-op). — The Nelson Daily photo

Nelson SEEDS (Seniors Economic Environment Development Society) and Nelson Friends of Refugees were the big winners in the Nelson Business Association Second Annual Fundraiser Rummage Sale.

The Rummage Sale, which was held in June, raised $3200 for the two local groups.

Letter: Does the Health Ministry acknowledge the reports that we are paying for?

Letter: Does the Health Ministry acknowledge the reports that we are paying for?

To the Editor:

Will the Health Ministry implement any of the recommendations made by the Senior Advocate in regard to resident on resident aggression in senior facilities?

Let's take a look at the Ministries past record of acknowledging the problems within the Senior Health Care System.

Back in 2012 the tax payers paid for an investigation by the Ombudsman to determine what needed to be changed to improve the quality of care for our seniors in facilities.

Municipal land-use regulation negatively impacting housing affordability in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary

The study, the first of its kind in Canada, covers 68 municipalities — including 18 of Canada’s largest.

Onerous municipal regulations for residential development are reducing the supply of new homes (houses, condos, townhouses, etc.) in Canada’s biggest cities and contributing to rising home prices, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian policy think-tank.

UPDATED: Lockout deadline looms as two sides fail to agree on 30-day cooling off truce

NBrenda Muscoby-Yanke, seen here with National president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Mike Palecek during a rally last summer feels there are too many important issues on the table to accept binding arbitration. — The Nelson Daily photo

It's appears the country is headed for a disruption in the mail service.

Canada Post is set to lock out members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Monday at midnight after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on how to keep bargaining.

Earlier Friday, CUPW requested a 30-day cooking off period to allow the two sides to continue negotiation.

However, Canada Post would only agree to the union proposal if the union would agree to binding arbitration.

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