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Nelson City councilor joins Green Party

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

She has made no attempt in the past to conceal her “green” values at the City council table, now Nelson Coun. Kim Charlesworth has made official her decision to support the Green Party in the next provincial election.

Coun. Charlesworth said Monday she made the decision to join the party membership after studying the Green Party’s policies.

“I realized the Green Party’s values were in tune with my values,” she said.

Water metering on the horizon for Nelson, initiative predicts

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

To water meter or not to water meter, that has been the question in Nelson for years.

But it appears the answer to that question will inevitably be metering, as a regional charter to encourage water conservation illustrated that instituting water meters is the single most effective practice a municipality can undertake — accounting for a 25 per cent reduction in water usage.

ATAMANENKO: Food banks

Food Banks Canada released its HungerCount 2010 survey in November. The report paints a grim picture of poverty in Canada and the continued growth in the need for services like food banks and other charitable food providers in our communities.  This snapshot from thousands of hungry Canadians and from hundreds of food banks across the country should be required reading for all levels of government.

Selkirk's new Aboriginal Gathering Place nears completion

Aboriginal students at Selkirk College and College of the Rockies will find support and a place to gather once construction is complete on the colleges’ newly announced Aboriginal Gathering Places. The two spaces, valued together at nearly $2.5 million, will be built thanks in part to a $400,000 contribution from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).


New community currency — what will it look like?

In what amounts to, literally, a license to print money, a group of local economy advocates are about to launch a regional currency that will be in circulation throughout the Columbia Basin early next year.

It’s true: as early as next February, Columbia Community Dollars will be tradable online and in circulation as paper money in an initial six communities: Kimberley, Fernie, Cranbrook, Rossland, Valemount and Nelson. Other communities in the Columbia Basin are most welcome to participate.

But what will this new money look like — and how will it work?

Open Mic for readers, writers and poets opens up

Open Miic for readers and writers at the Cup and Saucer Café in Silverton, every third Thursday of the month at 7 pm.

Even if you're not a writer, but simply love literature and poetry and want to share a favourite author with others, feel free to join us.

Ten minute time limit for each writer or reader. And not forgetting the Cup's Jam Night for musicians Thursday evenings, a popular event now past its 64th continuous week running.

Hosted by Art Joyce.

Tri-city mayors/Chambers of Commerce seek economic development synergy

Riding the high of a successful tri-city bid to host the 2011 B.C. Senior Olympic Games, the tri-city mayors and Chambers of Commerce met last week to discuss further economic development in the region.

Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, along with Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs and Nelson Mayor John Dooley, met with Chamber of Commerce representatives on Nov. 29. in Castlegar.

Selkirk College TRIUMFs in physics research

Selkirk College has joined forces with TRIUMF--a consortium of 15 universities in Canada whose purpose is to conduct world-class experimental research in subatomic physics and nuclear medicine and to commercialize its spin-off technologies.

Housed at University of British Columbia’s campus in Vancouver, TRIUMF is one of the world’s leading subatomic physics laboratories. It has partnerships and collaborations with researchers from across Canada and around the world.

Atamanenko faces off against Biotech lobby over seed bill

The massive Biotech lobby has spent nine months and hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting against New Democrat Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko’s seed bill.  

“The amount of muscle flexing by big biotech against my simple bill has just been over the top,” said Atamanenko. “I am amazed that over 40 industry lobbyists – hired by multiple biotech organizations and companies – have been knocking on Conservative and Liberal MPs doors trying to get my bill killed.”