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Letter: RE: Vote subsidy hypocrisy (September 13, 2011)

To the Editor,

It is our Government’s long-standing position that political parties should rely on their supporters for financing, supporters who choose to fund the activities of political parties.

The “per-vote subsidy” to fund political parties is, in fact, a tax-on-voting. Canadians should have choice over whether or not they want to fund political activities. A vote at the ballot-box shouldn’t mean a donation to a political party.

Corridor created for rare and endangered species in East Kootenay

Creative Commons, public domain

A precious chunk of mixed forest and grassland in the Columbia Valley has been preserved.

Around 204 hectares of land between the towns of Fairmont Hot Springs and Canal Flats in the East Kootenay was secured, in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program.

Known as the Marion Creek Benchlands, the land contains ecologically-sensitive native grasslands and wetlands. It provides habitat for several rare and endangered species, including the badger and white-scaled sedge.

The weekend that was: A trip through the Hills Garlic Festival in pictures

Della Schafer photo.

With the theme Homemade - Homegrown - Organic this year's event featured 160 vendors selling everything from organic garlic (go figure) to local crafts of art and jewelry to pottery, textiles, lotions and herbal remedies.

And The Nelson Daily photographer Della Schafer nearly captured them all, as well as some of the 6,000 or so people that attended the event last weekend in New Denver.

Former Nelsonite Jennifer Cusworth's cold case murder trial begins in Kelowna court

The man accused of Jennifer Cusworth's death, Neil Snelson (left), and Jennifer Cusworth.

A 20-year-old cold case of the murder of a former Nelson resident is now seeing the light of day in a Kelowna courtroom, the CBC reported Friday.

On Thursday the trial began as footage was shown in a Kelowna courtroom of investigators lifting former LV Rogers graduate Jennifer Cusworth’s body from a ditch on Swamp Road, on the outskirts of Kelowna, in October, 1993.

Forty-three year-old father of four, Neil George Snelson, is now facing trial on a charge of first-degree murder in relation to the death of Cusworth.

Bukowski earns nod as designer of Baker Bridge railing

Brent Bukowski
Kaslo area artist Brent Bukowski has been chosen to create the legacy which is the railing for the Railtown Bridge at the end of Baker Street in Nelson.

Chosen by an independent jury from the City’s Cultural Development Commission, Bukowski’s design was chosen out of a score of submitted designs from regional artists.

The design is an array of cogs and wheels of that which has crossed Cottonwood Creek, including wagon wheels, skateboards and everything in between, said Bukowski about his design idea.

Local accommodators lobby against zoning bylaw that would have increased accommodation diversity…and competition

Last Tuesday, in the final committee-of-the-whole meeting devoted to deliberating the draft zoning bylaw before official readings next week, council recommended against including a provision that would have allowed businesses in the "C-1" downtown core to offer short-term accommodation to vacationers.

Nearby accommodators had lobbied against the proposal that would have offered visitors more diverse choices, but also threatened to ratchet up competition.

UPDATE: Hopley appears in court to stand on charges

It was the first day in court Wednesday for Randall Hopley, the man accused of abducting three-year-old Kienan Hebert from his home in Sparwood, the Vancouver Province reports.


Hopley, 46, was ordered in Cranbrook Court to undergo a medical assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial, as he faces charges of abduction of a child, break and enter and breach of probation.

Hopley’s lawyer asked for a psychiatric assessment on him. Hopley will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Nov. 9.

Picture-perfect day draws sellout crowd to 2011 West Kootenay Toy Run

Santa made his way to lead the rest of the pack at the 2011 West Kootenay Toy Run. — Bruce Fuhr photos

It was a motor-powered weekend as, following a successful Road Kings’ Queen City Cruise in Nelson, motorcycle riders came out of the woodwork on a picture-perfect day to raise funds at the 24th annual West Kootenay Toy Run.

The annual ride for kids raises $25,000 annually to buy toys for children at Christmas time as around riders rode around the West Kootenay Sunday.

As well, the money is used to support local food banks, women’s shelters and other social services.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities tour Brilliant Dam expansion

Columbia Power Corporation (Columbia Power) welcomed members of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today at the Brilliant Dam and Expansion.

The representatives traveled from Nelson to view the many hydro facility developments along the Kootenay River and learn what’s ‘brilliant’ about Columbia Power’s facilities. 

This week, over 100 municipal leaders met at the Columbia Power sponsored FCM meeting in Nelson.