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Technology Industry fuels Nelson economy

BC Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, Michelle Mungall, recently toured the tech industry in Nelson. Top left, clockwise, Mungall with Brad Pommen of SMRT1 Techologies; Will Buchanan, Leanna Andrews, Asif Delhi and Chris Shinnimin at Traction on Demand; Derek Sandquist, Jim Mclachlan and Lyndon Lieport at Valid Manufacturing Ltd.; and Rob Stacey, principle architect viewing the computers with Rose Hoher and Michelle Mungall. — The Nelson Daily photos

In 2019, when Pacific Insight closed operations at the facility west of Nelson, many thought that decision would put a serious dent in tech-based companies in the area.

However, nestled in buildings, shared-space cubicles and homes is a tech community that is thriving and keeping Nelsonites employed in a clean-based industry.

Selkirk College Mir Lecture Series Takes On Hate and Violent Extremism

Christian Picciolini is a former leader in the white power movement where he was a violent extremist. Now an award-winning television producer, public speaker, author and peace advocate, Picciolini is the featured speaker in the Mir Lecture Series event that takes place at Castlegar’s Brilliant Cultural Centre on March 6, 2020. (Dennis Sevilla photo)

The story of Christian Picciolini’s redemption provides hope, but is also difficult to fully fathom. His transition from leader in the hate movement to an award-winning television producer, author and peace advocate provides chilling lessons and powerful insight into the world of extremism.

Cannabis micro-processing now allowed in new zoning bylaw for city’s west end

The city has approved a zoning amendment bylaw to allow cannabis micro processing in both the mixed-use commercial and residential zone (MU3) and the waterfront mixed-use commercial and industrial zone (MU4) in the city’s west end.

Cannabis culture can now be officially included in the Railtown culture.

The city has approved a zoning amendment bylaw to allow cannabis micro processing in both the mixed-use commercial and residential zone (MU3) and the waterfront mixed-use commercial and industrial zone (MU4) in the city’s west end.

The community response with regard to the added cannabis processing use has been supportive, said city deputy corporate officer Gabriel Bouvet-Boisclair.

An open house was held on the proposed changes, noted a staff report on the matter.

'Land and indigenous rights defenders' continue occupation of BMO in Nelson

A crowd of supporters outside the Bank of Montreal in Nelson swelled Thursday in support of the people occupying the branch inside. — The Nelson Daily photo

A small group of people supporting the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs push to stop a natural gas pipeline from crossing their territory in northern BC continued to occupy the Bank of Montreal branch in Nelson for the second consecutive night Thursday.

The occupation came after a rally march through downtown Nelson Wednesday morning, which ended outside the bank at 298 Baker Street and closed down the intersection at Baker and Kootenay Streets to traffic through the noon-hour.

Wet'suwet'en protest comes to Nelson

Protesters marched along Baker Street before stopping outside the Bank of Montreal. — The Nelson Daily photos

Wednesday, Nelson joined many other locations across Canada in protesting arrests of people participating in a blockade of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia by members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.

More than 100 protesters gathered at the office of Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, marched through the downtown core, before concluding outside the Bank of Montreal on Baker Street.

Protesters tied up the intersection of Kootenay and Baker Street outside the bank during the noon hour.

Slocan Park man hits Scratch & Win Jackpot

Michael Kooznetsoff of Slocan Park won $100,000 Luxury Crossword XIII Scratch & Win. — BC Lottery photo

A Slocan Park man received the thrill of a lifetime when he went to cash in his Luxury Crossword XIII Scratch & Win ticket recently at the Slocan Valley Co-op.

Michael Kooznetsoff said machine wasn’t the only thing that froze.

“I couldn’t believe it – I started shaking and almost dropped to my knees,” Kooznetsoff said in a BC Lottery media release.

The excitement continued when Kooznetsoff got home after realizing he’d won $100,000 — his wife had an equally euphoric reaction.

Snowfall Alert for Highway 3, Paulson Summit, Kootenay Pass

The DriveBC highway cam for the Paulson Summit shows compact snow conditions. — DriveBC

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Alert for Highway 3, including Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass with snowfall amounts expected between of 20 to 25 cm.

Environment Canada said expects snow to begin over the Coquihalla Summit near midday and then spread to Kootenay Pass Friday afternoon.

“The snow is forecast to intensify tonight as the low nears,” the Environment Canada said. “Total snowfall accumulations of up to 25 cm can be expected before the snow tapers off to a few flurries early Saturday morning.”

RCMP arrest six people at LNG site on Wet'suwet'en territory

The office of Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall has been a focal point of local protests in the past supporting Wet’suwet’en. — File photo

Thursday, in the northcentral BC, RCMP arrested six people for obstruction as police enforced a court-ordered injunction at the controversial LNG pipeline through the Wet’suwet’en territory.

"On February 6, 2020, the RCMP access control checkpoint at the 27 km mark of the Morice West Forest Service Road became the start-point for an RCMP exclusion zone to conduct enforcement action of the BC Supreme Court injunction," the RCMP media release said.

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