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by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday May 10 2011

A 2007 wildfire in a portion of the Pend D'Oreille Valley was good news for a family of Lewis' woodpeckers, a species which prefers dead or well-decayed trees for nesting. 

But while the fire created valuable breeding habitat for the woodpeckers, the high risk of trees falling was a serious threat to transmission lines. 

The solution: an...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday May 09 2011

Nicotine replacement therapies will be available to all British Columbian smokers at no cost and smoking cessation prescription drugs will be covered under PharmaCare.

Starting Sept. 30, British Columbians will have the choice of either nicotine gum or patches to help quit tobacco with a free supply for up to 12 weeks, or obtaining coverage of prescribed smoking...

by Nelson Daily Editor on Monday May 09 2011

After a government-appointed panel released a report on the impacts of the HST, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall is disturbed at the discrepancies between the results and the promises made by BC Liberals.

Although the BC Liberals assured that the harmonized sales tax would create over 100,000 jobs and economic growth in the province, the data clearly shows...

by Laila Yuile on Saturday May 07 2011

“Democracy has become a government of bullies, tempered by editors” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A strong statement and I think most would agree, an exact one. Particularly at this point in Canadian history.

Here we are, a couple of days after yet another federal election, and there are many who still are jubilant in victory, many who are angry in defeat, and even more who are...

by Damien Gillis on Saturday May 07 2011

An alliance of 23 animal rights and environmental groups in BC and across Canada is furious at the BC Liberal government's decision not to consult them regarding a new "wolf management plan" it is developing.

According to a press release from the Canadian Wolf Coalition, speaking on behalf of the alliance, "The groups are greatly concerned a new wolf management plan will only legitimize...

by Contributor on Friday May 06 2011

B.C.’s $7-billion mining industry is reason to celebrate Mining Week, May 8-14, with employment, revenue, exports, production and prices all up over the previous year and on the rise.

The province has eight metal mines and 10 coal mines in operation, as well as more than 30 industrial minerals mines and over 650 aggregate pits and quarries.


by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday May 05 2011

A new amendment to the Clean Energy Act could allow families to finance energy efficiency improvements to their homes through a utility company loan.

Bill No.7, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2011 was introduced in the legislature Thursday by Attorney General Barry Penner.

If passed it will...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday May 05 2011

After losing their battle in B.C. Supreme Court two weeks ago the B.C. government announced it will work with the B.C. Teachers' Federation rather than continue a battle over control of class size and special needs support in public schools.

The Province has appointed Paul Straszak, president and CEO, Public Sector Employers' Council, to lead the initial phase of...

by Timothy Schafer on Wednesday May 04 2011

Small amounts of cash and property associated with “unlawful activity” could be quickly seized by the provincial government if an amendment to the Civil Forfeiture Act passes.

If passed, Bill 6 - The Civil Forfeiture Amendment Act would make BC the first province to establish “administrative forfeiture.”

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday May 03 2011

Premier Christy Clark has fulfilled one of the campaign promises made during her race for the B.C. Liberal leadership, announcing Tuesday that parking is now free in all BC provincial parks.

The parking meters are coming out and parking will be free, effective immediately, so that British Columbia’s parks are even more welcoming for families, said Premier Clark....


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