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Poverty groups continues to pressure government over BC Bus Pass changes

I feel that, given a choice between using the increase to buy food or a bus pass, most of us are going to do without a bus pass says Bernie Brown of Balfour. — Brendan Quinn photo, The Nelson Daily

The Nelson Committee on Homelessness (NCOH), along with over 150 organizations from around the province have signed on an open letter released by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition calling for changes to the Provincial bus pass rates and transportation program for people living in poverty.

The Province plans on increasing the disability benefits by $77 a month, but Ann Harvey of the NCOH said that for a person on a disability benefit needing bus transportation, the actual rate increase is only $11 or $25 a month.

'V-Formation' -- A New Sculpture Graces Rossland

V-FormationSculpture

On Friday morning, Nelson artist Nathan Smith's interactive sculpture, "V-Formation" came to Rossland and settled into the courtyard beside Mountain Nugget.  The artist accompanied the  flock on its journey. 

The interactive aspect of this sculpture becomes evident when a person turns the bicycle pedal at the front of the installation and the wings of the geese move gracefully up and down; the creaking of the mechanism is reminiscent of the conversation of flying geese.

Late-night mill fire prompts impressive regional effort from three fire departments

Volunteers with the Tarrys Fire Department, circa 2015.

A late-night fire at Kalesnikoff Lumber Thursday served to underline the importance of mutual-aid agreements between fire departments in our region, according to Tarrys Fire Chief Greg Patterson.

Patterson said they got a call at 11 p.m. from Trail fire dispatch reporting a structure fire at Kalesnikoff Lumber (just off Highway 3A between Castlegar and Nelson).

Developers look for financial and non-financial support from the city for affordable housing project

The working committee for the Kootenay Christian Fellowship Share Housing Initiative appeared before city council Monday night during its committee of the whole meeting asking for two levels of support for its proposed 42-unit affordable housing development on Falls Street. — Photo courtesy City of Nelson

An affordable housing project that is “very close to shovel ready” is asking the city to overlook other projects that are preparing to solicit grant money in favour of its proposal, as well as around $700,000 in financial support.

The working committee for the Kootenay Christian Fellowship Share Housing Initiative appeared before city council Monday night during its committee of the whole meeting asking for two levels of support for its proposed 42-unit affordable housing development on Falls Street.

Mental health system could do more to ensure people can access specialized services

Auditor General Carol Bellringer

Auditor General of British Columbia Carol Bellringer issued her latest audit May 17: Access to Adult Tertiary Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

Bellringer's team looked at how B.C.'s health system manages access to the highest level of mental health and substance use services. They found pockets of good practice, but more is needed to ensure that highly vulnerable patients - for example, someone suffering from an acute mental illness with a long history of hospitalization and substance use issues - can access the services they need.

Cougar sightings in Castlegar, Trail, Montrose, Blueberry

Cougar sightings in Castlegar, Trail, Montrose, Blueberry

Multiple cougar sightings in several communities: three in Castlegar this month, at least one in Trail, and more in Montrose and Blueberry – have Conservation reminding residents that this is the season for it, and to secure any and all attractants that might lure a cougar to your home.

SD 20 approves fees for riding school bus

SD 20 approves fees for riding school bus

Not even SD 20 trustees were happy about voting in favour of user-fees for school busing, according to Trail trustee Toni Driutti, after the board approved the fees at their regular meeting Monday evening.

Driutti pointed to decreasing ministry funding and wage increases the ministry negotiated but isn't funding, as the reason for the controversial move.

DeGroot shooting now oldest open IIO investigation

Peter DeGroot was shot and killed by police on Oct. 13, 2014, in the Slocan Valley.

An officer-involved fatal shooting dating back to Oct. 13, 2014, has now become the oldest open investigation being handled by the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO).

(For coverage of the shooting, click here).

Chief addresses fire preparedness in Castlegar and area

Chief addresses fire preparedness in Castlegar and area

After last year's frightening fire season and the massive fire in Fort McMurray this season, residents are understandably wanting to know what the Castlegar Fire Department (CFD) is doing to protect our community from interface fires.

RDCK residents can now get emergency alerts via text message or landline

RDCK residents can now get emergency alerts via text message or landline

Emergency communications in the RDCK are getting a big boost from a new system that will notify residents and visitors about emergency events throughout the region.

The Emergency Alert notification system is a free and easy program that enables users to receive free text messages and landline calls notifying them of emergencies occurring in the area for which they have selected alerts for. The system will also link to pertinent information the public needs to deal in an emergency event—evacuation alerts and notices, maps, emergency centre locations, etc.

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