October 2015

OP/ED: BC Government patronage appointments mean little or no push back

The appointment by Brad Bennett as Chairman of the BC Hydro board is the latest patronage appointment made by BC Premier Christy Clark.

New York Senator William L. Marcy could have just as easily been referring to B.C. in 2015 – and not the 1828 victory of the Jackson Democrats – when he boasted "to the victor belong the spoils."

Even he would have marvelled at the spoils available in B.C.

Other provinces have their Crown corps and spots on various boards to reward the party faithful, but the B.C. government has taken it to a whole new level.

The Nelson Daily Question of the Week — Marijuana

The Nelson Daily Question of the Week — Marijuana

Candidates from the four major parties in the newly-revamped Kootenay-Columbia riding have entered the home stretch as they try to sway voters in Canada's 42nd General Election on Monday, October 19th.

The three candidates — Bill Green of the Green Party, Liberal candidate Don Johnston and Wayne Stetski of the NDP — have been busy circling the riding in an attempt to gain support to try to unseat incumbent David Wilks of the ruling Conservative Party.

Will strategic voting come into play in Kootenay-Columbia?

Strategic or sophisticated voting occurs with more than two candidates, when a voter supports a candidate other than his or her sincere preference in order to prevent an undesirable outcome.

Conservative support in Kootenay-Columbia riding is dropping, while recent polls show that both the Green and Liberal parties are gaining traction.

For voters on the progressive side of the political fence, the idea that they should follow the idea of “strategic voting” in order to oust the Conservatives has been a huge talking point in the Kootenay-Columbia riding.

Cedar Street is Back with Eric Wilsonʼs Canadian Mystery Classic

Murder on the Canadian is slated for the Capitol Theatre October 22-24.

Lisel and Jeffrey Forstʼs theatre company Cedar Street presents the worldwide premiere of Murder on the Canadian by Eric Wilson, based on his novel, at the Capitol Theatre from October 22-24.

Murder on the Canadian is a comedic thriller for all-ages that follows young detective Tom Austen as he travels cross-Canada via rail attempting to solve a crime on the way.

According to the Times Literary Supplement, “The action moves as fast as the train.” 

Eric Wilson Mysteries have sold millions of copies worldwide in over ten languages.

Ministry confirms Kokanee spawning numbers down; Kootenay Lake fishery faces huge challenges ahead

The lack, and size of fish is hitting local businesses that depend on angling hard. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Fishing Charters

The number of Kokanee salmon spawners in Kootenay Lake is drastically lower than prior years.

As to the reason why, there are several theories.

Normally at this time of year, the number of fish spawning in the channel is around 670,000.

Leafs back home for three-game stand; $5 admission Saturday to fans wearing pink

Leafs are back for a three-game homestand beginning Friday against Golden.

Sometimes a hockey team needs a bit of a gift to right the ship.

The Nelson Leafs get an easy game on paper as the Green and White begin a three-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League home stand Friday against the winless Golden Rockets at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.

Golden is winless in eight starts and sits last in the Eddie Mountain Division.

The Rockets have allowed a league high 47 goals while scoring a league low 12 times.

The latter should be good news for a Leaf offence that has struggled most of the season to find its scoring touch.

Letter: We don't understand the fine print

Letter: We don't understand the fine print

To The Editor:

Well before the Industrial Revolution, renewable energy was the norm, including woodlot management and millpond development. 

When fossil fuels and nuclear power hit the scene, cost was the controlling factor in driving those non-renewable energy sources forward.

We now understand that our global concept of cost was ill informed. Since the Industrial Revolution we have been invoiced for the real cost of non-renewable fossil-based energy. 

Fruitvale man in custody after area crime spree, car chase, bike chase and foot chase

Fruitvale man in custody after area crime spree, car chase, bike chase and foot chase

Police have arrested a man in connection with a crime spree lasting almost 24 hours, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

"Brody Aaron McKellar, 21 years old, of Fruitvale, went on a crime spree around the Fruitvale area lasting almost 24 hours," Oelke said. "By the en,d he had stolen two trucks, broke into a residence, broke into an RV, stolen numerous items and caused a pursuit with the police."

LETTERS: Have Canadian voters learned nothing?

LETTERS: Have Canadian voters learned nothing?

Dear Editor,

Canadians can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel in this extended election period but, incredibly, the polls show that there is a slight chance  
the most brazenly corrupt government in Canadian history could be returned to power instead of obliterated off the political map. A government that attacked the fundamental principles of democracy could be rewarded instead of rejected? I am confused by the polls but apparently the strategy of a doubly long election period might work. Get all the scandals out in the open and the pent up anger and frustration loose in the first four weeks so we all feel better and then hope we forgive and forget. Play us for fools and slip back into office. The temporary foreign worker from Australia they hired to boost their flagging campaign must laughing to the bank.

Pass Creek Fall Fair 2015 a screaming success (with photo gallery)

Photo by Christyl Heppner.

The Pass Creek Fall Fair enjoyed a record-breaking two days last weekend, with as many as 4,000 people passing through the gates, including volunteers, vendors and horse-show participants, etc.

As many as 150 volunteers pitched in to make this year, the event’s 20th anniversary, the best one yet, said exhibition society director Rick Smith.

“Our previous record for a Saturday was around 1,200 – 1,300 people paying for entrance,” Smith said. “This Saturday was more like 2,000.