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First responders learn about Castlegar emergency ward closure on Facebook

Photo by Mike O'Connor

Tonight’s city council meeting will almost certainly see disgruntled residents and representatives, after Castlegar’s emergency ward was closed without notice Saturday.

People - even first responders - seeking medical care were met, at the hospital doors, with a sign that read, “Emerg dept closed for today (Sat Feb 4) Please head to Trail or Nelson Emerg Dept” (sic).

Castlegar fire chief Gerry Rempel, whose firefighters serve also as medical first responders in the community, said he was not notified of the closure.

"I found out about it on Facebook," he said.

Arts, culture and heritage grant writing workshops applications now being accepted

To assist those interested in applying for Arts, Culture and Heritage Program grants from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), Krista Patterson and Natasha Smith of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) will present workshops on how to apply and what to expect from the application process.

CBT’s Arts, Culture and Heritage grants are managed and administered by CKCA.

Individuals of all artistic disciplines as well as arts, culture and heritage organizations residing in the Columbia Basin are invited to attend the workshops.

Nelson Novelist Cyndi Sand-Eveland Launches The Tinfoil Sky (Video)

"At the heart The Tinfoil Sky is 12-year-old Mel, for whom home is a constantly shifting concept as she and her mother cope with past and present demons. When custody is awarded to Mel’s bitter, angry grandmother, Mel hopes for sanctuary, but instead is left to find it herself. A growing friendship with a boy she meets in the library, and stories shared by a kindly shopkeeper offer Mel a glimmer of hope as she tries to understand her past and create the possibility of a future."-- Anne Degrace

Police investigation reveals male suffered an overdose of ecstasy outside Nelson club

The deadly drug ecstasy (MDMA) has been blamed to have caused the overdose of a 21-year-old male at midnight Friday outside the Hume Hotel’s Spirit Bar in Nelson.

Nelson Police received a call regarding a medical issue at midnight on January 27th at the Spirit Bar.

When police arrived the male was found unconscious directly outside the bar being tended to by friends.

B.C Ambulance was called and the male was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital.

Elite pros and freeriders descend on Balface for Red Bull Supernatural

By Bruce Fuhr
The Nelson Daily

When Mayor John Dooley takes flight on another one of those promotional missions to points unknown he can dip into bag most other cities in Canada can only dream of having at their disposal.

There’s CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada.

The event may be a little old, but still is great fodder for promoting the city.

Add in the FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) convention last year. This was another event that showcased Nelson to politicians from across the country.

Our Prime Minister’s 'new Canadian patriotism'

Editor, The Nelson Daily

Do we accept Stephen Harper’s “new Canadian patriotism”?

We in the Kootenays, with pacificist traditions from Quakers, Doukhobors, and Viet Nam war resisters, surely must be alerted by a Prime Minister with a vision of Canada standing tall with military muscle beside imperial nations like America and Britain.

Occupiers . . . another movement toward necessary change

To the Editor, The Nelson Daily

I write this from a big city, Victoria, during the holiday.

The new year has begun today, and I am moved to reflect on what Nelson might expect from the downstream effects of the Occupation events in 2011. From an urban landscape, which is the habitat of most planetary residents, I can see more clearly.
Does Nelson have any persons who are in the so-called “rich 1%” ?

Nelson Police to conduct independent investigation into arrest made by Penticton RCMP

The Nelson Police Department has been called into investigate an arrest of a man by RCMP on New Year's Eve in the South Okanagan City of Penticton.

On Saturday, December 31, about 11:30 pm a man allegedly stumbled onto the street in front of a RCMP vehicle.

The police officer stopped to talk to the man, who appeared to be intoxicated. A struggle with police ensued and the man suffered an injury to his leg. He was taken to hospital where it was determined that his leg was broken.

Come one, come all to the 2012 KLHF Polar Bear Dip

There were even a few costumes during the 2011 Polar Bear Dip. — Bruce Fuhr file photo

Now that Santa has come and gone, it’s time for Nelsonites to focus on the next big event — and no, it’s not New Year’s Eve.

Push ahead one more day to New Year’s Day and the annual Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation Polar Bear Dip into Kootenay Lake.

The Foundation welcomes all of Nelson’s swimmers and floaters, young and not so young, to take the plunge for health, personal pride, and appropriately, to raise money to support surgical services at our local hospital with the purchase of an Insufflator, camera system and three high definition monitors.