March 2017

Letter: FortisBC works with customers experiencing high winter bills

Letter: FortisBC works with customers experiencing high winter bills

To The Editor:

As our customers know, the winter season brings higher electricity bills given the home heating energy requirements compared to the rest of the year.

During the mid-December to mid-February billing period, many parts of our electricity service territory experienced much colder than usual winter temperatures. With colder than usual weather, energy use has been higher than typical, which is now being reflected on customer bills.

Hard works pays off as Nelson's Reece Hunt lands hockey scholarship to Bemidji State University

Reece Hunt has had a great season playing for the Kootenay Wild, scoring 16 goals and 15 assists in 29 games. — Submitted photo

The future looks so bright for Nelson’s Reece Hunt that this elite female hockey player had better zip down to the nearest sunglass outlet to pick up a nice pair of shades.

Hunt, who has been burning up the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League with the Kootenay Wild this season, recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in Minnesota beginning in 2019-20.

“Bemidji is a great school so I was really excited,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily recently.

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

This, from Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner, in response to recent complaints:

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud, losing millions of dollars. Most don't think it could happen to them, but fraudsters use sophisticated ways to target people of all ages. The impact of fraud on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating. Retirement savings, homes, businesses and, in some cases, lives have all been lost.

Bad Service, No Tip — Insights West Survey

One third of British Columbians (32%) consider it acceptable to not leave a tip at a sit-down restaurant if the service was below average. — Insights West graphic

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company said a recent survey revealed a third of British Columbians refuse to tip at restaurants where they perceive to have received bad service.

However, the survey went on to say most are happy to reward food servers with a higher gratuity if they believe their performance was exceptional.

Cash crunch created by city’s new cannabis regulations puts second dispensary in jeopardy

Nelson Cannabis Compassion Club’s (NCCC) manager Phillip McMillan said these bylaws restrict so much of what we can do in this city. — Creative Commons photo

A second medical cannabis dispensary is reeling from the city’s recent decision to set the business licence fees and regulations high in order to recover its costs.

The Nelson Cannabis Compassion Club’s (NCCC) manager Phillip McMillan has taken to Facebook to alert people to the fact the long-serving business needs to raise $5,750 by the end of the month in order to stay open.

City will look to increase property taxes on top of BC Assessment increased assessment

Review and analysis of the 2017 completed assessment roll indicates that the assessed value of residential properties in Grand Forks has increased an average of 4.08 per cent due to market changes.

Grand Forks taxpayers are getting hit with a double whammy this year.

City council is considering a 3.5 per cent increase for property taxes — to be voted on in earnest March 27 — in addition to a 4.8 per cent increase in property values from B.C. Assessment.

Council voted on an increase of 3.5 per cent — $125,062 — on top of the previously proposed $3,573,211, for total property tax revenues of $3,698,273. But it did not come without much debate, and the motion was not unanimous.

Give your driver a hug on International Driver Appreciation Day

Rick Belfry is one of the many Nelson Transit dedicated professionals keeping passengers safe on the highways and streets in and around the Heritage City.

It's not imperative riders hug their transit drivers, but a simple thank you would be sufficient as Saturday (March 18) marks International Transit Driver Appreciation Day (#TDAD).

A day when riders can salute the dedicated professionals that keep our passengers moving safely throughout the province.

In Nelson and area, drivers put safety, courtesy and customer service first to deliver high quality transit services that connect people and communities across British Columbia.

B.C. Liberals' electoral finance reform package doesn't amount to much

MLA Vicki Huntington likes to call the Premier Christy Clark the "Diva of Deflection".

Last week Premier Christy Clark heard the four letters that every politician dreads, particularly when it's hitting close to home: RCMP.

Only five days after announcing its investigation into the Globe and Mail's report that some lobbyists may have had their personal donations to the B.C. Liberal party and NDP reimbursed by unknown third-parties, Elections B.C. called on the RCMP to take over.

Nelson Hydro power outage Monday for parts of Carbonate, Stanley, Mill and Silca Streets

The latest power outage by Nelson Hydro is Monday in the lower Uphill area. — Nelson Hydro Graphic

Nelson Hydro is advising customers in the in lower Uphill of a planned power outage for Monday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The outage is for system maintenance.

The streets affected include 300 Block of Carbonate Street, the west side of the 700-800 Block of Stanley Street and parts of 300 Blocks of Mill and Silca Streets in Nelson.

Nelson Hydro regrets any inconvenience this outage may cause to customers.

For more information customers can contact 1-877-324-9376.

Red and Black Jack excelled at Slopes For Hope fundraising

Photo by Lawrence Wright

The Rossland version of the Mount Everest challenge, hosted at Red Mountain Ski Resort and Black Jack Ski Club Feb. 19, exceeded its $25,000 goal with a whopping $36,500 contributed to the total -- over $100,000 -- raised for the Canadian Cancer Society by the six participating locations across the province.

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