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The Year-End Blues

The Year-End Blues

“What rough beast … slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?” -- W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming

“Americans still heralded the Enlightenment’s entry into history precisely because they’d all been uprooted from their several soils and ancestries and plunged together into one vortex, whirling irresistible in a space otherwise quite empty. To be an American is of itself almost a moral condition, an education and a career….” G. Santayana

Ecosociety wins gold in Nelson’s first annual Sustainability Awards

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The West Kootenay Ecosociety won first place in the city’s first annual Sustainability Awards presented on December 8 at the Prestige Inn.

Former city councillor Candace Batycki presented the gold, silver, and bronze awards for the event which she played a major part in creating.

Broadband to 'light up' downtown Trail in time for the holidays

Broadband to 'light up' downtown Trail in time for the holidays

Business-grade fibre broadband is ready to be lit-up in downtown Trail just in time for Christmas. Columbia Networks will be the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) to provide services on the new open access network. Initial business offerings include connectivity up to 100Mbps (upload and download), email, offsite data storage and Microsoft Partner software licensing.  

Nelson's Ross Steed turns to fundraising to help in his fight against chronic Lyme disease

Nelson native Ross Steed needs help in his battle against chronic Lyme disease, a disease not recognized by the Canadian medical system. — Submitted photo

The family of a 55-year-old Nelson man has taken to a fundraising website to raise money to help in the fight against chronic Lyme disease.

For the past five years, Ross Steed has endured a level of pain and discomfort on a day-to-day basis that is beyond what most people could ever imagine.

However, chronic Lyme disease is not recognized by the Canadian medical system, so there is no financial support for Steed in his quest to treat and recover from this debilitating illness. 

Local food banks seek community support during the holiday season

Bernie Brown rings the bells outside the CIBC on Baker Street as a volunteer for the Salvation Army kettle drive . — The Nelson Daily photo

‘Tis the season for giving, and Nelson’s local food banks are hoping area residents will continue their tradition this year of donating to the organizations that help feed those in our community most in need.

The Salvation Army’s kettles are Christmas institutions on the streets of Nelson, and the Salvation Army food bank provides food for 1,100 to 1,200 people per month – or about 10 percent of the city’s population through its breakfast program and food hamper programs.

Kimberley Mountie releases elk; no charges pending

Kimberley Mountie releases elk; no charges pending

On Dec. 10, a Kimberley RCMP officer assisted an elk after she became entwined in a wire fence. Police were alerted to an elk in distress off Highway 95A east of Kimberley around 11:00 am. Sgt Darrell Robinson immediately attended and found a cow elk laying on her back with two legs caught in the wire. He was able to approach the animal and free one leg, using wire cutters he was able to free the second leg. Shortly after the elk stood up and walked away, with no apparent injuries.

CITY PUBLIC NOTICE V – RE CUPE STRIKE

CITY PUBLIC NOTICE V – RE CUPE STRIKE

The City wishes to advise Castlegar residents that City facilities remain open and City non-union staff will endeavor to provide prompt service to residents, businesses and visitors during the current labour strike. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.

What’s Going On?

RELEASE: City workers target mayor and council for inaction on talks

RELEASE: City workers target mayor and council for inaction on talks

City workers, members of CUPE Local 2262, are holding a noon hour rally today outside city hall.  The event is a show of support from other unions and the community for the workers who have been on the picket line for more than a month.

CUPE Local 2262 president Leford Lafayette says it’s difficult to convey what the support of fellow unions like the Steelworkers and community members means to those 34 civic workers on strike.

How to stop making your English "ugly and inaccurate"--in case you were wondering!

How to stop making your English "ugly and inaccurate"--in case you were wondering!

“A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible.”

Bessie Wapp is Nelson’s Cultural Ambassador for 2015

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Singer, actor, and director Bessie Wapp was named as Nelson’s official Cultural Ambassador for 2015 on Monday night.

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