Wayne’s World January 2017

Wayne Stetski . . .  Kootenay Columbia MP

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Editorial: Abortion, Foreign Aid, and Health Care

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Following the Women's March on Washington and supporting marches in thousands of centres internationally, women's rights and their health and well-being globally have just taken a severe blow.

RDCK Director Tanya Wall earns Liberal nomination for Nelson-Creston

Tanya Wall . . . wants to be that MLA who will roll up their sleeves for Nelson-Creston. — Submitted photo

And then there were three.

Regional District of Central Kootenay Area B director Tanya Wall is tossing her hat into the ring as the Liberal nomination for Nelson-Creston in the upcoming BC Provincial Election.

Wall made the announcement through a press release sent out to media Tuesday afternoon.

“We need an MLA who will roll up their sleeves, advocate for local issues, and work hard for the communities they represent – and that’s exactly what I want to do,” said Wall, a 35-year resident of the Kootenays.

At least 120 feminists join the Women's March in Grand Forks

Kelly Davison shares what she is marching for.

Organizers of the Women's March in Grand Forks are thrilled at the turnout, which is estimated at around 120 participants. 

"We had no idea what to expect," said Kelly Davison, a co-organizer of the event along with Shara Cooper.

Marchers from across the region join Castlegar's Women's March on Washington

Marchers from across the region join Castlegar's Women's March on Washington

Marchers from Castlegar, Trail, Nelson, Rossland, Salmo and the Slocan Valley came together in Castlegar Saturday morning for the Women’s March on Washington, organized by Cara-Lee Malange, community education coordinator with the Mir Centre for Peace.

 Malange said she was delighted at the turn-out for the event.

Trail fitness centre to get $335,000 expansion

Trail fitness centre to get $335,000 expansion

 The Trail Aquatic and Leisure Center will be expanding its fitness center in 2017 - the final planning stages for a 933-sq.-ft. additional space are under way. Parks and Recreation director Trisha Davison says her vision for the project would be for building to begin by April 1 and wrap up with the annual shutdown in August. No contract has yet been awarded for the project.

COLUMN: A look at New Zealand's electoral system

Richard Cannings . . . talked to a lot of New Zealanders about local politics.

I spent the first weeks of 2017 in New Zealand, celebrating my son’s wedding to a Kiwi girl.  After the wedding, my wife and I drove around some of that beautiful country, enjoying the beaches, birds, wines and green grass of summer.  Fresh apricots in January were a real treat!

RDCK directors make Castlegar mayor’s day

Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff admitted to be a bit overwhelmed following the support received from fellow directors at Thursday's RDCK board meeting. — John Boivin, The Nelson Daily

The mayor of Castlegar got a big boost Thursday from directors of the Regional District of the Central Kootenay during the monthly board meeting, when he came looking for support for improvements to his West Kootenay Regional Airport.

The directors pledged $32,500 to help pay for the cost of the study into the reliability of the airport, and how new technology might expand its landing and take-off limits.

RDCK January Board Meeting Highlights

Stephanie Whitney of Winlaw Volunteer Fire Department is the first female chief in the RDCK.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay held its first director's meeting of 2017 at board room on Lakeside Drive in Nelson.

Here are a few of the highlights of the Thursday meeting:

First Female Fire Chief

The RDCK has appointed its first female fire chief. Stephanie Whitney will assume leadership at the Winlaw Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Whitney has been with the department for nearly a decade. Chief Whitney replaces Jon Wollenberg.
Watershed Woes

Business group lobbies for $40,000 feasibility study for bridge from college to downtown area

Conceptual rendering of proposed bridge across Columbia River.

A coalition of downtown business owners wants a $40,000 feasibility study for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge spanning the Columbia River between Selkirk College and Zuckerberg Island.

At its regular meeting Monday night, city council was asked to contribute $10,000 to the initiative. Presenter Jackie Letkeman told council that CBT has offered a verbal commitment to fund half the study, while Selkirk College would add a “modest  contribution”.

Also presenting on behalf of the group was Dr. Sandy Battista, owner of Head to Toe Holistic Health Clinic.

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