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Nelson about to celebrate Kootenay Pride

Nelson about to celebrate Kootenay Pride

The event that started as a parade has ballooned into a full blown celebration of Kootenay Pride.

“Pride has become more mainstream all over the world, thanks in part to more progressive media and people being exposed to all kinds of lifestyles,” said Dan Ellis of the Kootenay Pride 2014 weekend that runs from Friday to Monday (August 29 to September 1).

“Marriage equality has probably brought more of an audience to Pride, but really it's just about people becoming more enlightened.”

Stopping Conflict in South Sudan Though Nonviolence

Selkirk College Instructor Randy Janzen was part of a team that included these three unarmed civilian peacekeepers working in an isolated Dinka community, where ethnic Nuer have recently arrived to escape the armed conflict in their region. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

When Selkirk College Instructor Randy Janzen traveled to South Sudan in June, it wasn’t to report on the looming humanitarian crisis caused by famine and civil war in that country.

On the contrary, the Peace Studies Program instructor wanted to learn more about an exciting project where local and international professionals are organizing together to systematically seek ways to reduce violence in this war-torn country on the brink of famine.

Minister of Education's responds to meeting between BCTF and BCPSEA

Education Minister Peter Fassbender . . . three specific steps to reach a settlement

Education Minister Peter Fassbender issued the following statement (Wednesday):

"I invited the lead negotiators, Mr. Iker and Mr. Cameron, to meet with  me today because we all want to resolve this strike. We want to see  students in school next Tuesday.

"To make that happen, both sides need to focus on the issues that can be mediated and settled immediately and set aside some matters that will be dealt with by the courts.

Police lock down Nanaimo hospital

Police lock down Nanaimo hospital

A lockdown at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital today ended without incident, according to RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong.

Nelson Fire crews respond call at Leafs Recycling Depot

Nelson Fire Department released a picture of the damage caused by bag of lithium watch style batteries.

The Nelson Leafs Recycling Depot was the scene of a vehicle fire caused by exploding batteries Wednesday morning.

Nelson Fire Chief Simon Grypma and two menbers of the on-duty staff responded to the call at 10:46 a.m. near the local recycling facility at 120 Silica Street.

"The fire appears to have originated in a bag of lithium watch style batteries that were being transported to be recycled at a different facility," Grypma said in a media release Wednesday afternoon.

Potential detente between city and union

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff

We’re seeing forward motion in negotiations between the City of Castlegar and its CUPE workers, after a stalemate last month led to limited strike action on the union’s part Aug. 15, with city staff refusing all over time work.

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff says city staff continue to assess a settlement offer sent by the union at the end of last week, and are waiting to hear back from the mediator as his availability to resume talks.

“We will definitely have a written response for the union, hopefully as early as today,” Chernoff said.

Redfish Festival welcomes 1,500 fish in the channel

Bubbles and fish were the drawing cards for Sunday's Redfish Festival at Kokanee Park. — Photo by Suzy Hamilton

Mother Nature handed the 2014 Redfish Festival at Kokanee Park a gift and stopped raining in time for a great celebration at the park on Sunday.

More than 2,500 campers and area residents came to learn more about the Kokanee salmon that arrived last week.

Council candidate Charles Jeanes thinks Nelson should put a stop to growth

Charles Jeanes thinks council should oppose growth, enhance food security, and stop repairing the roads. Plus: the growing number of people in Nelson who pretend they are not rich, why apathy about municipal government is not council’s fault but the public’s, and why he won’t be actively campaigning.

This is the second in a series of Q&A sessions with people running for city council in the November elections. The first was with council candidate Michael Dailly, here.

SD board of trustees issues letter to parents re: teachers strike

Lorraine Manning, vice-chair, board of trustees, SD 20

Dear parents and guardians:

As you are likely aware, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) have not been able to make significant progress over the summer months and so the possibility of schools opening as usual following Labour Day is uncertain. The Board hopes that the recent appointment of an external mediator provides an opportunity for the parties at the table to adjust their positions and reach a negotiated settlement in time for schools to open as scheduled on September 2nd.

BC welcomes more firefighters to province

Firefighters from across Canada and Australia have helped BC deal with its wildfire problem in 2014. — Photo courtesy BC Government Fire Information

With 162 wildfires still burning throughout the province and many fire crews needing to take mandatory days off, the Wildfire Management Branch will welcome 90 more out-of-province fire personnel to B.C. over the weekend.

Sixty sustained-action firefighters and about 30 additional firefighters from Ontario and Alberta will arrive in Prince George, where they will be briefed and then dispatched to where they’re needed throughout the province. B.C. firefighters have been working extremely hard and bringing in crews from other jurisdictions will give them a much-needed break.

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