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Pension income splitting could mean tax savings

Pension income splitting could mean tax savings

 There’s a federal tax provision that seniors should know about because it could mean tax savings. 

If you are eligible, you can ‘split’ up to 50% of eligible pension income with a spouse or common-law partner for tax purposes in order to create overall tax savings for you and your partner.  
 
It’s called pension income splitting and here’s an example of how it works:

Chief Economist for Central Credit Union, Helmut Pastrick, discusses Kootenay economy Friday at Selkirk College

Chief Economist for Central Credit Union, Helmut Pastrick, discusses Kootenay economy Friday at Selkirk College

The man who knows a lot about the economy in BC is coming to Selkirk College Friday (March 27).

Helmut Pastrick, Chief Economist for Central Credit Union 1, the
central financial facility and trade association for the BC and Ontario credit union systems is speaking at the college thanks to Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute at Selkirk College.

Pastrick is editor of the Economic Analysis of British Columbia and Economic
Analysis of Ontario publications.

Casey Zeeman grand prize winner in Nelson Professional Firefighters Charity Raffle

Casey Zeeman grand prize winner in Nelson Professional Firefighters Charity Raffle

Photo Caption: Acting Captain Bob Patton watches Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak pulls the winning ticket in the Nelson Professional Firefighters Charity Raffle Saturday at the Nelson Fire Hall. — Submitted photo

Casey Zeeman of Balfour came away as the big winner in the Nelson Professional Firefighters Charity Raffle.

Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak pulled Zeeman's ticket during the draw Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Fire Hall. Zeeman won the grand prize of a 2015 Polaris 400cc Sportsman ETX ATV ($6699 value) from Main Jet Motor Sports in Nelson.

Kivi’s first book launched in April at Oxygen Art Centre

Kivi’s first book launched in April at Oxygen Art Centre

Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to present the launch of K.L. Kivi’s first book of poetry on April 10th at 7 p.m. during poetry month. 

Unknown Hum is Kivi’s first collection of poetry but the themes of her poems will resonate with those familiar with her work.  Unknown Hum explores the terrain of living a mindful life passionately engaged with the natural world and activist politics. 

Young Musicians Support Affordable Housing

Young Musicians Support Affordable Housing

Twenty-three young musicians gathered recently at Nelson United Church to showcase their talents in support of affordable housing in Nelson. Over $5,700 was raised for Nelson CARES’ Room to Live campaign.

“The students wanted to give something specific and tangible, so all the proceeds will be used to provide apartment sized refrigerators for 28 of the units in Ward Street Place," said Anne Macdonald, president of the Nelson branch of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association.

West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium goes this weekend

West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium goes this weekend

The annual West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium is only days away.

The 16th annual event is set for Saturday and Sunday (March 21-22) at the Castlegar Rec Complex.

The event is free to the public and includes a variety of activities for young and old including casting demos, kids’ fly tying, a speaker series and displays.

Columbia Power is a sponsor of the event and Columbia Power’s Information Technology Manager, John Jenner, and his kids (fishing enthusiasts) met up with event organizer, Rod Zavaduk, to hear more about the symposium.

Rielle Oswald art show at the Nelson Library: simple pleasures, striking multimedia works

Rielle Oswald art show at the Nelson Library: simple pleasures, striking multimedia works

The new exhibition at the Nelson Public Library nearly jumps off the wall with beautiful, punchy abstract paintings by Kaslo artist Rielle Oswald.

Oswald describes her artistic process as “para-conscious flow of found materials in random moments of free time.”

Her large, abstract works could also be described as simultaneously complex and simple, multi-layered, and striking.

The freedom inherent in these works may stem from other aspects of Oswald’s life.

What’s New For Your Tax Return?

What’s New For Your Tax Return?

Tax time is getting closer than we think (2015 deadline to file is April 30) and The Nelson Daily, with help from H&R Block, is providing tips to the public leading up to the final day of filing to Revenue Canada.

Today we focus on what's new for the 2015 Tax Return.

New Credits Should Mean Bigger Refunds For Families

The Fish Between the Falls shows Thursday at Senior's Centre

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To help celebrate World Water Week the West Kootenay EcoSociety is joining with Friends of Kootenay Lake to showcase the film, The Fish Between the Falls.

The movie, set for Thursday (March 19) is being shown at the Nelson Senior's Branch #51 at 717 Vernon Street in Nelson (next to the Civic Theatre).

One of the biggest river restoration projects ever attempted is happening right in our own backyard.

The Fish Between The Falls is telling its story to the world. 

Selkirk College Music Students Set to Showcase Talents

Selkirk College Music Students Set to Showcase Talents

Music fans have the opportunity to experience seven nights of diverse genres and budding talent at the annual Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program showcase concerts.

Second year students have been working hard at putting together their final showcases that play an important role in educational journey at Selkirk College. Thorough preparation has been put into the showcases that begin March 17 at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus.