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Nature Conservancy of Canada encourages the public to forget about those dreaded leaves

The not-for-profit land conservation organization says leaving fallen leaves like these in Lakeside Park in Nelson is a small act of nature conservation that can support backyard biodiversity in many ways. — The Nelson Daily photo

The changing colour of leaves is one of the most beautiful aspects of the fall season, but it comes with an onerous task: raking them up once they’ve fallen.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), however, has some green advice for people wishing to avoid back-breaking yard work: leave the rake in the shed and the leaves on the ground. And if someone accuses you of being lazy, you can say you are helping the environment and being a conservationist.

‘Extinct’ Sinixt Hunter heads to Supreme Court of Canada

Rick Desautel, in Ottawa, has been quarantining in British Columbia since mid-September to allow for travel to be present for this historic moment. — Submitted photo

The latest chapter in the sn̓ʕaýckstx (Arrow Lakes/Sinixt) people to reclaim status in Canada will play out beginning Thursday (October 8, 2020) at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa.

The nine justices of the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the landmark appeal case of R v. Desautel beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST.

McCuaig family cat Dottie survives cougar encounter in Uphill

The McCuaig family cat, Dottie, rests comfortably on the couch following a scary encounter Sunday night with a cougar in Nelson. — Submitted

According to the common myth a cat is able to endure, continue, or survive despite a near encounter with death or disaster because cats have Nine lives.

The McCuaig family cat Dottie, definitely has a few more left after a Sunday evening encounter with a cougar in Nelson.

The incident unfolded at approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday (October 5, 2020) when John McCuaig said he heard a big crash at the front door of his residence on Mill Street in Uphill.

“I ran to the door to see a cougar with my cat in its mouth,” McCuaig explained.

Power of Collaboration Brings Small Business Gift Certificate Program to West Kootenay

Nelson and District Credit Union is joined by Columbia Valley, East Kootenay Community, Grand Forks, Heritage and Kootenay Savings to bring Support Local BC to the Kootenays.

The Nelson and District Credit Union is joining with Columbia Valley, East Kootenay Community, Grand Forks, Heritage and Kootenay Savings Unions to fund an exciting online gift certificate marketplace designed to support our local small business community.

The “Support Local BC” program was originally launched as a response to the changing business environment of COVID-19 and allows participating businesses to sell gift certificates online, at no cost to the business.

Interior Health announces COVID-19 outbreak at Calvary Chapel Kelowna

IH said anyone who attended a morning church service on Sunday, September 13 may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A day after the Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's provincial health officer province announced 98 new COVID-19 cases in the province, and two more bringing the total in the Interior region to 522, Interior Health sent out a media release declaring an outbreak of COVID-19 at Calvary Chapel Kelowna.

Interior Health said anyone who attended a morning church service on Sunday, September 13 may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Category 2 open burn prohibitions rescinded in Southeast Fire Centre

The BC Wildfire Service said Category 2 open burning prohibitions will be rescinded throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction (which includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District), due to decreased wildfire risk.

The BC Wildfire Service said in a media release Thursday, that effective at noon Pacific Time on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, Category 2 open burning prohibitions will be rescinded throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction (which includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District), due to decreased wildfire risk.

The BC Wildfire Service said following activities will once again be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centre:

Newly Arrived Selkirk College International Students Get Helping Hands from Korean Moms

The We Care K-Moms have been working to ensure incoming international students have a soft landing in their new learning environment. The volunteer group of Selkirk College students includes: (L-R) Yeonmi Lee, Yujin Choi, Eunyoung Ha, Hyejin Lee, Soyun Lee, Seonah Jung, Hyeouju Yang, Mira Jeon, Jeonghee Lee and Wanhee Choi.

They know the feeling of being a long way from home, that’s why a group of South Korean moms who attend Selkirk College are reaching out with kindness to the latest cohort of international students arriving to the West Kootenay.

BC Premier John Horgan announces fall election for October 24th

Premier John Horgan made the snap-election announcement Monday after meeting with Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janet Austin.

BC voters are going to the polls on October 24th.

Premier John Horgan made the snap-election announcement Monday following a meeting with B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janet Austin.

“I have just met with the Lieutenant Governor and she has agreed with my request to hold an election on October 24,” Premier Horgan said in a media release.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything — the people of British Columbia deserve a say in the direction of our recovery and the future of our province.”

Acclaimed Canadian Craft Historian Leaves Legacy at Selkirk College

Dr. Sandra Alfoldy was an award-winning educator and pioneer in the field of Canadian craft history. Her legacy will continue through a memorial scholarship offered to students in Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts programs. — Submitted photo

The legacy of a trailblazing craft historian who helped shape the field in Canada will live on through the Dr. Sandra Alfoldy Memorial Scholarship that aims to assist Selkirk College students studying in Kootenay Studio Arts programs.

Raised in Creston, Alfoldy was the first person to earn a PhD in Craft History from a Canadian university and co-founded the prestigious Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) Craft Institute, now called the Dr. Sandra Alfoldy Institute of Craft. She lost her battle with cancer in February 2019 at age 49.

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