October 2016

Leafs hold off Rebels to edge Sunflower City squad 4-3

Leafs hold off Rebels to edge Sunflower City squad 4-3

The Nelson Leafs continue to struggle to put together 60 minutes of hockey.

The Green and White held off a late charge to edge the Castlegar Rebels 4-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

Dale Howell scored twice while Jack Karran and David Lenzin added singles as the Leafs built a 4-0 lead after two periods.

However, the roof, almost, fell in on the Leafs as Castlegar struck for three goals in six minutes of play to erase the four-goal margin.

Casting a vote that counts - the people speak on electoral reform

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski addresses the crowd at Empire Coffee in Nelson during the summer swing through to discuss electoral reform. — Submitted photo

First past the post may become a thing of history on the political landscape as a move to gather public input on electoral reform nears the deadline.

The federal government has established a special committee on electoral reform, tasked with a mandate to identify and study viable alternatives to the current federal electoral system.

The committee will look at preferential ballots and proportional representation, as well as mandatory and online voting.

Nelson Fire Rescue stresses importance of knowing smoke alarm expiry date

Marc Thibault of Nelson Fire Resue is helped by Junior Firefighters Alicia, Olivia, and Lexy to get the message out to the public regarding smoke alarms. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Rescue

Does your home have a smoke alarm?

According to the non-profit group National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are?

If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure.

A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

Reminder its Fire Prevention Week

Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto — smoke alarms save lives.

Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto has issued the following statement to the people of British Columbia on Fire Prevention Week:

“It’s Fire Prevention Week and our government is encouraging all British Columbians to replace smoke alarms every 10 years. We are sharing this message – “Don’t Wait, Check the Date” – during the October 9-15 Fire Prevention Week to help keep British Columbians safe this Thanksgiving long weekend and beyond.

Selkirk College and FortisBC Help Build Rural Economy

The FortisBC office in Trail employs more than 70 Selkirk College graduates who use their education and training to ensure the energy needs of the region are met. Some of those employees gathered for a group shot outside the Trail office earlier this month. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Selkirk College’s rural advantage helps learners garner the education required to grow the economy in the region and FortisBC is one of the recipients of decades of alumni who have made a difference.

One of British Columbia’s vital utility companies, FortisBC employs more than 70 Selkirk College graduates at its Trail operation. Working in a variety of departments, these alumni are key to ensuring the proper supply of electricity and natural gas.

Letter: This is hardly surprising to that small percent of hunters

Letter: This is hardly surprising to that small percent of hunters

To The Editor:

The Vancouver Sun article: “Scarce Moose” is hardly surprising to that small percent of hunters, outfitters and concerned citizens who are fully aware of the sorry state of wildlife management in BC.

Weak wildlife management started to go downhill in 1996 when Premier Glen Clark facing a sea of red ink demanded more money from all of our natural resources. Punch in Jim Walker, Director of Wildlife on your electronic device and you will find a letter written by the director that makes that point.

Charlesworth edges out Faust to claim Green Party nomination for Nelson/Creston

Kim Charlesworth . . . the only way we can change the path we are on is to do it together. — Photo courtesy Twitter

Former Nelson City Councilor Kim Charlesworth edged out Regional District of Central Kootenay Director Ramona Faust to claim the Nelson/Creston nonmination for the B.C. Green Party in the upcoming Provincial Election.

The announcement was made the the BC Green Party in a media release Tuesday.

The next general election in British Columbia will take place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

There's snow in them hills

A few centimetres of snow greeted drives on Highway 3 Tuesday. — Photo courtesy Drive BC

Hold on now, because winter is coming.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Ideas for Improvement

COLUMN:  From the Hill -- Ideas for Improvement

Last week I was the NDP representative at the House of Commons Finance Committee’s pre-budget consultation hearings in British Columbia and Alberta.  We heard from about a dozen witnesses each day, all with good ideas on how the federal government could help Canadians, their businesses and their communities through the 2017 budget.  I’d like to highlight a few of these issues and ideas.

Lemon Creek fuel spill trial delayed

In 2013 a tanker truck accident spilled 33,000 litres of jet fuel spilled into the Lemon Creek.  The public needs to wait a little longer before the trial continues. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The trial on charges stemming from an aviation fuel spill in the Slocan Valley in 2013 is promising to be a long and complicated one.

The trial resumed in Nelson on Tuesday- only to be put off for at least two more months.

Crown counsel John Cliffe told Judge Phillip Seagram the Crown intends to call about 65 witnesses to establish their case.

It’s going to take time to get the material associated with all those witnesses out to defence attorneys.

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