April 2014

You rock, Steve! Just don't take us into battle

You rock, Steve! Just don't take us into battle

Editor, The Nelson Daily

I just watched P. M. Harper do his cold warrior toughest-man-on-the-block pose for the world's media. Here is a quote, more or less:

"We know from History, that those who make it their historical mission to turn back the clock, as Mr. Putin has done, will ultimately fail."

He added three fine adjectives to describe Putin:" aggressive, militaristic, imperialistic." He mentioned "our NATO allies" and the need to uphold them in Europe.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

Nelson Resident, Simon De la Salle holds up his trophy Bull Trout caught in March. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures

By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Charters

March is done and April is in full stride. So there's plenty of time this year to hook a big one on Kootenay Lake.

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.

Why council re-zoned Choquette Avenue for condos, and why neighbours opposed it

An rendering of the future development on Choquette Avenue near the golf course (West Creek Developments via Nelson City Council)

On April 7, Nelson City Council voted to rezone the property at 2000 Choquette Avenue near the golf course to allow West Creek Developments to build a multi-unit residential development of up to 30 units.

The zoning will change from P1: Park, Open and Recreational Space to R2, Medium Density Residential.

At a public hearing before the meeting, about 40 Rosemont residents attended and about a dozen spoke, all in opposition to the rezoning. Their objections can be summarized as follows:

Ontario the blame for hurting rest of Canada

Ontario the blame for hurting rest of Canada

A study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank, says Ontario’s poor economic performance is dragging down Canada’s economy.

Rainbow Pride Is Coming To Cranbrook

Rainbow Pride Is Coming To Cranbrook

Cranbrook Pride is planning to celebrate the diversity of the rainbow community in Cranbrook on Victoria Day long weekend.

In anticipation, organizers and volunteers have begun putting together a weekend of fun activities and entertainment for the Saturday, May 17 event.

BC SPCA suggests to public chocolate bunnies the best kind of Easter gifts

Rabbits are not appropriate pets for small children. — Photo courtesy BC SPCA

The BC SPCA is urging the public not to not buy bunnies as Easter gifts this year.

Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA, says in a statement that rabbits and children are not a great match.

"Rabbits are great companions for adults, but are not appropriate pets for small children despite the pervasive media images of children with rabbits," Chortyk said.

Government calls for Coroners inquest Lakeland Mills explosion

The explosion at Lakeland Mills in Prince George killed two workers.

The  BC Government has ordered the BC Coroners Office to conduct an inquest into the deaths of workers following an explosion at Lakeland Mills in Prince George.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General Suzanne Anton made the announcement Monday.

Bombers rock East Kootenay team en route to Wild title

The Bombers are on fire to start the High School soccer season. — Photo courtesy LVR High School

The L.V. Rogers Bombers proved they are no match for Kootenay competition, outscoring the opposition 14-1 at the Mount Baker Wild High School Girl's Soccer Tournament this past weekend in the East Kootenay City.

The only blemish for the Bombers came during a 2-1 win over Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.

In all other games against Prince Charles Comets of Creston, host Wild and Sparwood, LVR rode the stellar goalkeeping of Emma Gregorich  to post shutouts.

UPDATED: BC Gov backtracks on environmental assessment exemption decision

With no public consultation or even discussion in the legislature the government changed the Reviewable Project Regulation.

The on-again announcement regarding the environmental assessment exemption for prospective sweet natural gas processing plants and all-season ski resorts, is, off again.

Environment Minister Mary Polak has rescinded the environmental assessment exemption Wednesday, one day after it was announced.

In a written statement, Polak said the government did not consult with First Nations about the proposed change prior to her Tuesday announcement.

Locals selected to elite Female U18 BC Cup

From left, Stephanie McAuley (Trail 1997), Kimberley Huisman (Fernie 1997) and Merissa Dawson (Nelson 1998) have been selected to the Female U18 BC Cup. Missing, Emma Hare, Nelson. — Submitted photo

A handful of local female hockey players have been invited to the 2014 Female U18 BC Cup in Salmon Arm from April 23 – 27.

Nelson's Merissa Dawson along with Stephanie McAuley of Trail and Kimberley Huisman of Fernie were invited to the jamboree format event, featuring four teams.

Dawson, McAuley and Huisman are part of the Kootenay Wildcats Female Hockey team.

A former Nelsonite, Emma Hare, who now lives in Winfield and played last season with Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, was also selected to the U18 BC Cup.