August 2015

BC's new LNG partner — a concern or a one-off

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak

What's being called the “Scandal that ate Malaysia” has been in the news in B.C. recently. In Malaysia, it's been in the news too, but for about a year now.

Broad strokes to the scandal: Malaysian investigators are looking into allegations that US$700 million was siphoned off from state-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and somehow ended up in the personal accounts of Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Interior Health confirms Broader Horizons to officially re-open operations September 1

Broader Horizons Adult Daycare program will be up and running in the Gordon Road Wellness Centre September 1. — The Nelson Daily photo

A concerned senior population in Nelson can breathe a sigh of relief after Interior Health officially announced that Broader Horizons Adult Daycare Centre will officially re-open operations (Tuesday) September 1.

IH Health Service Administrator for Community Services in Kootenay/Boundary Cheryl Whittleton made the announcement Monday.

“We're pleased to announce that we’ve hired permanent staff and we will be re-opening the programs (at Broader Horizons) September 1st,” Whittleton told The Nelson Daily.

GF councillor steps down; By-election called

GF councillor steps down; By-election called

Editor's Note: This news comes after charges were laid against Wirischagin for impaired driving. Wirischagin is scheduled to appear in Grand Forks court Aug. 18. 

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Coun. Michael Wirischagin, advised city staff over the weekend that he will be leaving his seat on city council effective immediately.

Wirischagin is eight months into his third term on council and has made a decision to focus on a career outside of local politics.

City gives letter of support to SHARE housing initiative

The drawing shows the new proposed affordable housing project perched adjacent Highway 3A on the west end of the downtown core.

A proposed affordable housing project perched on the edge of the city’s downtown has received city council support, at least in writing.

The SHARE Housing Initiative received a letter of support in principle for its project proposed for 520 Falls St. by city council Monday night during its regular meeting.

Kootenay Community Voter Challenge

Nelson City Council is doing its part to encourage voting in the upcoming Federal Election through the Kootenay Community Voters’ Challenge.

A federal election is approaching and the municipal government will be doing its part to make sure Nelson has a strong voter turnout.

City council voted in favour of participating in the Kootenay Community Voters’ Challenge in its regular council meeting Monday night, a move that will see mayor and councilors challenging other communities to raise voter participation at the polls.

Trio of MVAs keep Nelson Fire Department busy

Nelson Fire crews responded to an accident at Pango Pizza restaurant. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Department

Emergency crews were busy Monday evening with no less than three motor vehicle accidents throughout the city said Nelson Assistant Fire Chief Mike Daloise.

The first incident was called in at 9:02 p.m. in the 500 block of Baker Street.

Daloise said dispatch received a report of a two vehicle motor vehicle accident.

"The on duty officer responded in a fire engine to assess," Daloise explained.

"Upon arrival it was quickly determined that the incident was relatively minor and did not require additional resources."

Preney claims three medals to lead host club at Nelson Sprints

Dominique Preney and Kim Shea head out from the beach at Lakeside Rotary Park to compete in the mixed doubles at Saturday's Nelson Sprints. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Dominique Preney won three medals for the host club at the Nelson Sprints Rowing Regatta Saturday on Kootenay Lake.

Preney, a veteran of the water sport, won two gold and silver for the Nelson Rowing Club during the single-day event.

Preney started the day out winning gold in the men’s single.

He then teamed up with Kim Shea to capture the silver medal in the mixed doubles event before combining forces with Aaron Beck, Steve Knight and Jim Grant to win the gold in the men’s quad.

Grant and Sophie DePauw each won two medals.

Nelson's Don Kurylko dream sailboat begins maiden voyage

Don Kurylko — no he didn't smash this vintage bottle of champagne — poses by his sailboat prior to its voyage to the Pacific Ocean Saturday. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Don Kurylko’s sailboat, that took years to build inside a shed on his property, no longer rests at 1300 block of Stanley Street in Nelson.

The 34-foot hand-built sailboat is on its way to the Pacific Ocean, near Richmond.

A truck came to pick up the sailboat following a brief, but special, ceremony Saturday in Nelson near Gore and Stanley Streets.

Kurylko, along with a few friends drank champagne to celebrate the maiden voyage of his prize sailboat that took decades to build.

UPDATED: CRA scam now targeting Salmo residents

UPDATED: CRA scam now targeting Salmo residents

Cpl. Riordan Bellman of the Salmo RCMP is advising people that area residents have received phone calls, letters and emails from individuals stating they are from Canada Revenue asking for money that is owing.

Earlier this week Nelson Police Department put out the same warning to residents of the Heritage City.

"Never give out personal information to anybody as these are scams," Bellman said. 

Statement of the chief coroner concerning drug-overdose deaths

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe issued a public statement Tuesday.

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe Tuesday issued a public statement regarding recent drug-related deaths, reminding drug users of the risks associated with all illicit drug use.

“The recent publicity surrounding drug-overdose deaths in which fentanyl has been detected in post-mortem analyses gives the BC Coroners Service the opportunity to again remind users that it is not possible to be sure of the contents of any illicit drugs,” said Lapointe.

“It is essential that those who use these drugs take all possible steps to minimize their risk.”