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No referendum on Nelson Landing options: Macdonald

Nelson City councilor Donna Macdonald.

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Although the developer of Nelson Landing has given over choice on the most contentious aspect of an east end waterfront project to the people of Nelson, the people Nelson has voted for will be the ones picking one of the three proposals, says one City councilor.

Coun. Donna Macdonald said there will not be a public referendum on the three proposals laid in the lap of City council by Nelson Landing developer David Sorensen on Monday night in a special meeting.

Sinixt answer could come forth in February

Sinixt answer could come forth in February

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The ultimate question of whether the Sinixt Nation exists or not will be one of the main side issues answered in BC Supreme Court when their court case to prevent logging on Perry Ridge resumes in Vancouver next month.

Arguments are still in process but have been adjourned this week until Feb. 3 as the Sinixt contend the Crown failed to do its duty to consult them in the course of issuing Timber Sale Licence A80073 to Sunshine Logging, said their lawyer, David Aaron.

Sorensen reveals reasons for offering options on Nelson Landing

Proposal option B, the "do nothing" option.
By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

When Dave Sorensen walks down Baker Street he wants to feel at home.

He wants people to see him as a contributing member of the community, even though he doesn’t live there, because he brought a welcomed development to Nelson.

That’s why Sorensen — the principal of Sorensen Fine Homes and the developer of Nelson Landing on the city’s east end waterfront — has handed over decision for the most contentious aspect of his development to the people.

Cost of living in Nelson increases with three new rate rises

Cost of living in Nelson increases with three new rate rises

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Rates for water and sewer are going up this year, but the City needed to more to ease the weight of the increases, says one City councilor who voted against the rate hikes.

Coun. Kim Charlesworth expressed her displeasure on the seven per cent increase to sewer rates (around $25.20) and a nine per cent jump in water rates ($35.10) for a total increase for a single family dwelling of $60.30 ($810.90 overall for 2011).

VIC asks for help in reducing operating loss

Tom Thomson, Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce executive director.

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

With an operating loss of over $24,000 staring them in the face, the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce asked City council to at least restore their traditional funding allotment to help defray the cost of maintaining the Visitor Information Centre.

Chamber executive director Tom Thomson laid out the case for increasing the $76,000 per year the chamber now receives from council to operate the visitor information centre (VIC), back to the $88,000 they received from 2001 to 2006.

BC Hydro selects Corix, Capgemini for smart meters launch

BC Hydro selects Corix, Capgemini for smart meters launch

Two companies have been signed to launch the province’s Smart Metering Program across B.C. later this year — with a regional office announced for Cranbrook.

B.C.-based Corix Utilities will install the 1.8 million meters to homes and businesses across the province.

Gas prices inflate the rate of inflation: Statistics Canada

Gas prices inflate the rate of inflation: Statistics Canada

Pump prices played a big role in putting annual inflation at 2.4 per cent in December, Statistics Canada said Tuesday.

That’s higher than the two per cent rate recorded in the last two months.

Higher gasoline prices were cited as the main reason for the growth in inflation last month — they were up 13 per cent from December one year ago.

High mineral exploration marks industry's revival

High mineral exploration marks industry's revival

The revival of mining in British Columbia was underlined Monday with the release of exploration spending figures for 2010 that were more than double the amount for 2009.

Speaking at Mineral Roundup 2011, Minister of State for Mining Randy Hawes revealed $322-million was spent on mineral exploration last year. This represents the third-highest total in the province’s history and a 109 per cent increase on the $154-million spent in 2009.

By way of comparison, in 1999 mining exploration expenditures were only $25 million.

Outdated business model perpetuates reckless decisions

Outdated business model perpetuates reckless decisions

By Roscoe Triana

Canada Post announced a decision in the summer of 2010 that they would look into rerouting all Friday mail sent from the Kootenay area in British Columbia to Vancouver for sorting prior to being delivered to the final destination.

Status update on the working roundtable on forests

The Provincial government is reporting that over 100 actions have been completed or are underway in response to the March 2009 Working Roundtable on Forestry.

 

Examples of progress in response to roundtable recommendations include:

• Twenty-seven local governments have adopted Wood First resolutions, bylaws or policies requiring wood be considered as the primary building material in municipally funded buildings since the Wood First Act came into effect.

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