August 2016

Motorcycle accident in Elkford claims life of Castlegar man

Motorcycle accident in Elkford claims life of Castlegar man

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a motorcycle incident near Elkford on Aug. 3.

He was Sean Dale Buday, aged 47, of Castlegar.

Buday was the operator of a northbound motorcycle that went out of control and tumbled into the ditch on Highway 43 about 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 3. Buday was deceased at the scene.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate this death.

New, innovative avalanche technology on the way for Trans-Canada Highway

The new Remote Avalanche Control Systems (RACS) will be installed near Three Valley Gap outside of Revelstoke, allowing for avalanche control on a 24-hour basis throughout the winter.

Drivers will soon experience shorter delays on the Trans-Canada Highway near Revelstoke this winter with the procurement of new avalanche infrastructure technology.

“In June of last year I committed to improving the safety and mobility on the Trans-Canada Highway near Revelstoke as part of B.C. on the Move, our 10-year transportation plan,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.

The journey down the road to regulating short-term rentals in the city begins

For over two months the city has employed a researcher in development services for the sole purpose of examining the gap between city policies and the short-term rental (STR) market.

The city is on the short-term track to regulating the short-term rental market as it has begun to assemble a body of legislation to deal with, not ban, the new genre of accommodations.

Although some communities in the province are moving toward banning short-term rentals — not bed and breakfasts — in residential neighbourhoods, Nelson is instead looking to put in place a series of regulations to govern the industry, and legally level the playing field with other accommodation providers.

Easy to view Perseids’ spectacular outburst this week

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to put on a major display this week with more than 200 meteors flashing across the sky every minute on Thursday and Friday night.— Based on NASA illustration

Forget the Olympics or the US presidential election. The big show this week is right above your head.

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to put on a major display this week with more than 200 meteors flashing across the sky every hour on Thursday and Friday night.

But you may have to be a bit of a night owl to see them well.

“The best viewing will be from 1-3 a.m.,” says Wayne Holmes, a local astronomer.

“At that point the waxing gibbous moon will be setting, and our part of the planet will start turning into the stream.”

Mallard's Team of the Week — Nelson Neptunes Swim Club

The Neptunes squad includes, back row, L-R, Locke Finley, Jr. Assistant Coach Matthew Holitzki, Head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer, Madeline Holitzki, Laurel Nixon, Leah Eberle, Olivia Cowan, Joanna Blishen and Elissa Centrone. Front, Evan Chouinard, Kallie Badry, Keira Badry, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Lachlan Bibby-Fox, Imogen Cowan, Enna Cowan, Hannah Malenfant and Ella Chouinard. Sitting front, Jaylen Rushton. Missing from photo Chloe Malenfant. — Submitted photo

Good things do come in small packages.

The Nelson Neptunes did not let numbers get in their way as the Heritage City Swim Club came out on top and finished the Kootenay Summer Swim Association season in first place.

The overall team was calculated by taking overall points and dividing it by number of swimmers who attended the meet, and Neptunes edged out second-place Kimberley and third-place Castlegar.

Mallard's Source for sports would like to add to the celebration by selecting the Neptunes Team of the Week.

KIJHL opts to put 'development' back into league; Leafs open training camp Friday

Leafs Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Mario DiBella begins to put his mark on the Heritage City franchise this weekend with the opening of training camp. — The Nelson Daily photo

The calendar may have played a big part in the decision, but the brain trust of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League will want to take the credit for pushing for more “development” of hockey players after deciding to reduce the number of regular season and playoff games during June’s Annual General Meeting in Osoyoos.

Despite some opposition, owners overwhelmingly voted in favour — 18-2 — of reducing the number of regular games from 52 to 47.

Team effort clinches Kootenay Summer Swim Association Regional Title for Neptunes

Neptunes swimmers, from left, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Jaylen Rushton and  Chloe Malenfant own the podium after sweeping 50 meter butterfly event. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Neptunes continue to get better with age.

The Heritage City club stole the show at the Kootenay Summer Swim Association Regionals this past weekend in Colville, Wash., finishing ahead of the rest of the field to claim the overall title.

Neptunes coach Cynthia Pfeiffer said every single Neptune swimmer finished in the top three of their respective individual event, or top two in relay events.

This means the entire team qualified for the upcoming BC Summer Swim Association Championships, August 19-21 in Coquitlam.

Shambhala results in 84 new drug investigations, multiple impaired drivers

Drugs that are known so far before analysis include Cocaine, Psilocybin, MDMA/Ecstasy, Ketamine, Shatter, Lysergic Acid (LSD), GHB, Cannabis, Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and Hashish.

Kootenay RCMP Traffic Services have been extremely busy this week as more than 12,500 people leave Shambhala, according to Cpl. Chad Badry.

“Police have opened 84 illegal drug investigation files so far,” Badry said.

“The majority of the investigations involved multiple types of drugs. Drugs that are known so far before analysis include Cocaine, Psilocybin, MDMA/Ecstasy, Ketamine, Shatter, Lysergic Acid (LSD), GHB, Cannabis, Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and Hashish.

EDITORIAL RANT: Rape Culture Sums Up Human Society, So Far

EDITORIAL RANT: Rape Culture Sums Up Human Society, So Far

A reader recently commented privately about the recent "Rape and Consequences" article, and expressed dismay that Canada's "rape shield" legislation is not  more effective at curbing  defence attorneys' strategy of "whacking the victim" in court.  Her comment made me think:  our society's acceptance of "rape culture" is evidence of an ingrained sexism, but its origins go far beyond  sexism.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Site C and Treaty 8

COLUMN:  From the Hill -- Site C and Treaty 8

On February 18th of this year a group of First Nations activists came to Ottawa to speak to the government about the Site C dam project on the Peace River.  They met with myself and other MPs in the BC NDP caucus to discuss their attempts to delay construction of the dam until the concerns of their people were heard in federal court this fall.  The Liberal government refused to meet with them. 

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