December 2016

Final funding approved for South Slocan Greenway Project

Slocan Valley Rail Trail, from South Slocan to Crescent Valley, is being paved. — The Nelson Daily file photo

At the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) monthly meeting in November, $115,000 in funding was approved from the Community Works fund to help with the completion of the South Slocan Greenway Project.

The Greenway Project will see four kilometers of the Slocan Valley Rail Trail (SVRT) from South Slocan to Crescent Valley being paved, a new south end terminus of the Rail Trail being constructed, a pedestrian underpass being constructed under Highway 6 and signage and bike racks being put in place so the Greenway connects with the new Crescent Valley Beach Park.

UPDATED: City CFO responds to CUPE 339 strike vote

CUPE 339, which includes Public Works department and newly organized Nelson Youth Centre members, voted 95 percent in favour of job action during a meeting Monday.

A handful of newly unionized employees at the Nelson Youth Centre continue to be the major stumbling block to formulate an agreement between the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 339 and City of Nelson.

Colin McClure, Chief Financial Officer for the City of Nelson said in a media release Thursday the main holdup is the rights the youth centre employees will have as a group of employees.  

SUMMER JOBS FOR STUDENTS

Member of Parliament Richard Cannings

NOW OPEN – EMPLOYER 2017 CANADA SUMMER JOBS APPLICATIONS

Ottawa, ON – Richard Cannings, MP – South Okanagan-West Kootenay - is pleased to announce that it is time for all not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with up to 50 employees to apply for funding from the Government of Canada.  The application period for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program begins on December 7, 2016 to January 20, 2017.

City nails down legislation for short-term rental market

The city has officially passed legislation to deal with the short-term rental market in the city. Photo: Kevin Krejci. Used under Creative Commons license.

Although legislation has finally been passed in Nelson to manage the previously unregulated short-term rental market, it remains to be seen how many of the supposed 140 such accommodation providers will now comply with the bylaw without specific enforcement.

On Monday night the city passed final reading and adoption of the bylaws to regulate and administer to an industry that has been operating under municipal radar for a number of years without business licences.

Nelson Brewing releasing coffee stout to celebrate Christmas

For Christmas we thought, we should do something special, and Oso was the obvious one we wanted to bring for Christmas — NBC Marketing and Sales Manager Al McLeod. — John Boivin photo, The Nelson Daily

There’s a special batch of Christmas cheer fermenting at the Nelson Brewing Company this month.

Next week Nelson’s oldest craft brewery will release “Oso Negro Prince of Darkness Organic Coffee Stout”, a coffee-infused concoction to celebrate the season, and the company’s 25th anniversary of creating unique beers in the Kootenays.

“For Christmas we thought, we should do something special, and Oso was the obvious one we wanted to bring for Christmas,” says NBC Marketing and Sales Manager Al McLeod.

Kim Charlesworth appointed Agriculture and Food Systems Spokesperson

Nelson-Creston candidate Kim Charlesworth has been appointed by leader Andrew Weaver as Green Party spokesperson for Agriculture and Food Systems.

B.C. Green Party Nelson-Creston candidate Kim Charlesworth has been appointed by leader Andrew Weaver as the party’s Spokesperson for Agriculture and Food Systems.

As Board Chair of the Kootenay and Boundary Food Producer’s Co-op, Charlesworth has worked on the ground with farmers on issues that directly affect their ability to make a living, such as changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve, meat inspection regulations, and rebuilding storage and distribution infrastructure.

Interior Health year in review: Message from Board Chair Erwin Malzer

Board Chair Erwin Malzer

This is a busy time of year, but I find it’s also a time of reflection, particularly as January marks the end of my two-year term as Chair and my 10 years serving on the Board of Interior Health.
 
In an effort to decrease demand on hospital and residential services, we continue to shift our focus to integrated primary and community care. We are developing new approaches and solutions that will benefit patients while making our health care system more sustainable.
 
There were several other important announcements this year.

Whitewater Ski Resort — now is officially open for season

It seems production in Nelson was down somewhat Friday as ski buffs took to Whitewater Ski Resort of opening day. — Brendan Quinn photo

It seemed as if half the Nelson decided to book sick on call Friday, as the lift lines at Whitewater Ski Resort were packed and the stoke was high for the first day of operations for the 2016-17 season on snow.

"It was a great opening,” said Kirk Jensen, General Manager at Whitewater.

“We had good crowds for a Friday; it was a weekend type crowd on a Friday so that’s good. I’m guessing there was a lot of people not at work this morning.”

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