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City’s airport faces numerous ‘challenges’ as report on the future of the facility released

The Nelson Airport Operations and Regulatory Review detailed key findings and recommendations for the safe, efficient and compliant operation of the airport, “and any areas of concern which required further study.” — Nelson Pilots Association Facebook photo

Nelson’s airport isn’t flying away anywhere, says the Heritage city’s mayor, despite the city receiving and reviewing a report on the state and future of the facility that detailed several ‘challenges’ it faced.

John Dooley said the Norman Stibbs Airport on the city’s waterfront was the subject of the Nelson Airport Operations and Regulatory Review, a report commissioned by the city through WSP Aviation that included a gap analysis of regulatory requirements specified in the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

BCGEU says Western Pacific Marine agree to return to bargaining table; no dates confirmed

People carried signs onto the ferry during Saturday’s Unity 2.0 rally to send a message this dispute needs to end, and soon. — Submitted photos

There may be some movement in the contract dispute between the two parties involved in the Kootenay Lake Ferry dispute after a representative from the BC Government and Service Employees Union said the employer, Western Pacific Marine has agreed to return to the bargaining table.

The union rep said, however, a date to return to bargaining hasn’t been confirmed yet.

This news comes after a tentative agreement was reached last week between the BCGEU and Waterbridge Ferries and Waterbridge Equipment, operators of Arrow Lake, Adams Lake and Francois Lake ferries.

Supreme Court of Canada to hear hunting rights case of Rick Desautel

Rick Desautel, in a photo taken outside Nelson Courthouse, will have his case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada in the spring. — Photo courtesy Tina Wynecoop

The Supreme Court of Canada said it will hear the case involving Sinixt First Nation, Rodney Cawston, the Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville, said in a media release Thursday.

Cawston said the court has granted leave to appeal in the Rick Desautel hunting case, in which three lower courts have held that Desautel, and by extension all sn̓ ʕay̓ckstx (Sinixt/Arrow Lakes) people, including sn̓ ʕay̓ckstx or Arrow Lakes members of the CCT, have the right to hunt in their traditional territory in Canada.

Kootenay Ferry users organize Unity Sailing 2.0

The peaceful rally has been organized to with the sole purpose of bringing all three parties to the table to facilitate a swift end to the labour dispute. — Screenshot photo

Kootenay Lake ferry users refuse to give up.

A group of calling themselves Our Ferry Matters is planning a second Unity Sailing rally Saturday starting at 1 p.m. from the Kootenay Bay terminal.

With both union and management sides dug in, and no end in sight of a new contract that would end weeks of ferry disruptions, the group hopes to keep the pressure on all parties involved in the dispute.

Snowy roads and speed -- recipe for a crash

Submitted photo courtesy of RCMP

On October 20, 2019, at 6:16 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle accident on Highway 3B, about halfway between Rossland and the Nancy Greene junction.  A 74-year-old male driver in his 2013 Dodge Ram pick-up truck attempted to pass another vehicle, and the driver lost control and rolled his truck over into the ditch off the side of the highway.   

Students elect Liberal minority government in national parallel election

The Liberal Party took 22.3% of the popular vote and won 110 seats, forming a minority government.

More than 1.1 million elementary and secondary school students participated in Student Vote Canada 2019, coinciding with the 2019 federal election the organization said Monday in a media release.

After learning about the electoral process, researching the parties and platforms, and debating Canada’s future, students cast their ballots for the official candidates running in their school’s riding.

As of 5 p.m. ET Monday, 1,181,053 votes were reported from 7,855 schools, with results from 338 federal ridings.

Liberals hang on for minority government while Bloc surge forward and NDP poised for partnership

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will lead a minority government following Monday's Federal Election. — Screenshot photo

The Liberal red tide that swept the nation four years ago slowed to a trickle on election day in 2019 but it was enough for the Grits to step back into the shoes of government, albeit in a minority role.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the Liberals to a repeat as the government of Canada with 156 seats, 14 seats short of a majority government (out of 338 seats overall).

This time around the Conservatives were close behind at 122 seats, with 60 seats divided up among the Bloc Quebecois (32), the New Democrats (24), the Green Party (three) and one independent candidate.

CBT helps create more and better childcare spaces in the Basin

The Salmo Children’s Centre will enhance the quality of its 48 spaces with support from a Child Care Capital Grant from Columbia Basin Trust.

Many families in the Columbia Basin rely upon child care. To help meet this need for quality spaces, 67 child care providers in 24 communities will be creating up to 198 new spaces and improving 1,256 spaces. These projects are being undertaken with nearly $1.4 million from Columbia Basin Trust’s Child Care Capital Grants.

Suspect in Argenta police shooting makes second court appearance

The 28-year-old suspect in the shooting of a RCMP officer was back in court Thursday in Castlegar.

The judge hearing the case of a man charged in the shooting of an RCMP officer last week near Argenta has decided not to place a publication ban on information surrounding the case.

Publication bans prohibit the publication or disclosure of certain information in otherwise open court proceedings.

Fight Night VII Saturday at Rod & Gun Club

Elias Martinez receives tips from coach Jesse Pineiro and Peter Bockner during Fight Night VI. — Photo courtesy Tom Weager Photography

Nelson Boxing Club is once again hosting a Boxing Card Saturday (October 19th) at the Rod and Gun Club.

Fight Night VII is a night of Olympic-style boxing featuring national-level athletes from Calgary, Spokane, Kelowna, Victoria, Cranbrook, Nanaimo and Nelson’s own Boxing Club.

Highlighting the 12-bout card is a fight between Nelson’s 2019 National Silver Medalist Leah Eberle and Calgary’s Ella Meredith, and BC Champion Ryan Lewis with Victoria’s Donny Cornelius.

Tickets are $20 in advance at the Nelson Boxing Club on Baker Street of $25 at the door.