January 2017

NDCU recognizes Osprey Community Foundation Directors

Pictured from left, former Osprey Community Foundation executive director, Vivien Bowers, new executive director Tina Choi, NDCU employees Meghan Mulvihill and Heather Gingras and Osprey past-chair, Tom Murray. — Submitted photo

Nelson & District Credit Union members, employees Meghan Mulvihill and Heather Gingras (holding Osprey sign) were happy to recognize the dedication and achievements of outgoing Osprey Community Foundation executive director, Vivien Bowers (far left), and outgoing director and past-chair, Tom Murray (far right), for their contributions to the community and strengthening the Foundation.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Great Start to 2017

Holiday fun was spent on the lake says Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. — Submitted photo

New Year. New Fishing Report from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing.

Kerry says he spent most of the the holidays on the water with lots of friends in town looking to get out and do something different.  And the fish co-operated as well with some great days for fishing.

Here's what's on tap for January.

Selkirk College Saints Kick Off 2017 with Vital Weekend Test

The Selkirk College Saints and the Simon Fraser University Clan will tangle in a key two-game series this weekend at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. In the drive towards a fifth straight championship, Ashton McLeod (#11) and his Saints teammates can start 2017 on the right foot with a pair of wins against the first place Clan. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

If the Selkirk College Saints are to claim British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) supremacy in 2017, this weekend’s two-game series against the Simon Fraser University Clan will go a long way in setting the tone.

The four-time defending league champion Saints launch the second half of the season Friday at 7 pm. in the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex.

Heading into the weekend series with their Lower Mainland rivals, the Saints sit four points behind first place SFU who put together an impressive first half.

Transformative Change in 2017 Starts With Community

Transformative Change in 2017 Starts With Community
   

As has been pointed out by too many people, 2016 was a devastating year for progressives (a homely term for all those who are want equality, democracy and ecological sanity). There is no need to repeat the list of atrocities, failures and disappointments, as we all have them indelibly marked on our psyches.

Government lends helping hand to families with property taxes by increasing home owner grant

The Province is projected to spend $821 million on home owner grants in 2017-18, compared to an estimated $809 million in 2016-17.

The Province is increasing the home owner grant threshold to $1.6 million, helping keep property taxes affordable for families and ensuring most home owners will continue to receive the full grant this year, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced Monday.

“This is a 33% increase over last year,” said de Jong.

City plugs into rate increase for municipal electrical service for 2017

It will cost taxpayers more for Nelson Hydro to provide power from its Bonnington Falls generating plant. — The Nelson Daily photo

A three-pronged inflationary rate effect is powering a nearly five per cent increase in municipal electrical utility rates for the new year.

The city announced Monday night it would be hiking the amount Nelson Hydro customers pay for power for all electrical rate classes by 4.28 per cent in April, with final adoption of the move still to come.

Regional airport analysis supported

Council agreed to contribute $10,000 from the airport reserve fund to the City of Castlegar towards Jeppesen Aviation’s Registered Navigation Procedure Analysis for the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

During Monday's Nelson City Council meeting, it was discussed that the city will be helping to propel a feasibility report on the region’s main airport with a financial contribution for its analysis.

Council agreed to contribute $10,000 from the airport reserve fund to the City of Castlegar towards Jeppesen Aviation’s Registered Navigation Procedure Analysis for the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

Gitxsan chiefs add fourth lawsuit opposing Pacific Northwest LNG

Juvenile salmon at Flora Bank, by Lelu Island.  Photo by Tavish Campbell.

Inland B.C. hereditary First Nations chiefs joined coastal ones in announcing a fourth federal lawsuit against Ottawa’s approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project, at a press conference in Vancouver.  They claim that the gas export terminal is an infringement of their Aboriginal fishing rights.

Two Gitxsan Nation hereditary chiefs—Charlie Wright with the Luutkudziiwus house group, and Yvonne Lattie with the Gwininitxw house group —filed the judicial review on Tuesday morning. 

Snowshoe by Moonlight at Red for a Good Cause

Snowshoe by Moonlight at Red for a Good Cause

What better way to enjoy our beautiful Kootenay winter than an evening of guided snowshoeing in bright moonlight with friends and family? The West Kootenay Take a Hike Program invites your participation in our  first annual moonlight snowshoe event featuring excellent food, live music, a silent auction and prizes - all in support of a great cause!

BC takes significant step forward in preventing cancer with HPV announcement

Canadian Cancer Society calls the recent BC Government announcement to provide the HPV vaccine to all genders — significant.

In a media release, the Canadian Cancer Society calls the recent BC Government announcement to provide the HPV vaccine to all genders through schools a significant move forward in public health policy.

The Society believes this change, which will take place in September 2017, will have an enormous impact in reducing children’s future risk of  HPV related cancers.

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