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Petition asks for the recall and amendment of ‘punitive’ Medical Cannabis Business License Bylaw

Jim Leslie of the Kootenay’s Medicine Tree said his business is facing financial hardship in the face of new cannabis business licence regulations recently adopted by the city.

Nelson’s “restrictive and punitive” cannabis business bylaw could force one of the leading cannabis health clinics in the city to close if changes aren’t made to the new legislation, says the Kootenay’s Medicine Tree executive director.

Jim Leslie said the Kootenay’s Medicine Tree (KMT) is facing financial hardship in the face of new cannabis business licence regulations the city has just adopted (Monday night), and it has mounted an online petition in response.

Snowmaggedon baby recovering in hospital

Baby Elizabeth is pictured doing just fine with mom Ashley, dad  Matt, brother Finn, and sister Emma. — Submitted photo

A Nelson family is praising the staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital and Interior Health for saving the life of their premature baby, who had to be medevaced to Kelowna in the middle of February’s biggest snowstorm.

Officials with Interior Health say it was one of the most complicated medical transfers they’ve ever had to do- one that involved doctors and nurses from Nelson, Trail, Grand Forks and Kelowna, the provincial ambulance service, and even snowplough operators along Highway 3.

City looks to abolish daylight savings time and unregulated micro transmitters

The changing to Pacific Daylight Savings Time each spring has a negative impact on people’s health and cognitive awareness. — Screen shot photo

Daylight Savings Time and micro cell phone towers drew the attention and ire of city council as it considered resolutions to bring to the provincial table for approval.

Each year the Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) allows its member municipalities the opportunity to put forward resolutions that address issues of a broader spectrum for the Kootenay-Boundary region for the membership’s consideration.

Expedia.ca rates Nelson one of nine Charming Historic Towns in Canada

The photo collage of Nelson is featured on the company website story by author Jennifer Cuellar. — Submitted photo

Nelson has once again caught the eye as a major destination in Canada — this time from travel website Expedia.

Nelson made the top nine on the list of Charming Historical Towns in Canada.

"With the country’s 150th anniversary on the horizon, we at Expedia.ca wanted to highlight some of the most delightful historic towns in the provinces," said Jessica Estrada, Communication Specialist with Expedia.

"Some of these were chosen based on the city’s legacy or unique origins stories, while others include historic sites."

Man of a million laughs Ron James comes to the Kootenays

Gut-bustingly, knee slappingly funny, funniest man in Canada Ron James performs in Nelson and Trail in June. — Submitted photo

The show doesn't happen until June, but fans of Ron James will no doubt want to line up for tickets for the award-winning comedian.

The show is Nelson is scheduled for June 15 at the Capitol Theatre and in Trail June 16 at the Charles Bailey Theatre.

Marshaling a comedian’s eye for satire and a writer’s ear for language, James takes his audience on a breath-taking, non-stop roller coaster ride, cutting a wide swath through contemporary culture with his razor-sharp ribald wit, uncompromising standards and unique, poetically honed delivery.

Be well rested for Daylight Savings Time

Be aware of how your body adapts to the time change.

ICBC is calling on drivers to get some extra rest this weekend to prepare for the shift to Daylight Saving Time, which kicks in Sunday (March 12) at 2 a.m.

Losing an hour of sleep may have an impact on your alertness and reaction time when driving. That's why ICBC is reminding drivers to be make an extra effort to adapt to the spring time change.

COLUMN: Faulty logic fuels fossil fools

Emissions chart for US and China, 1990 to 2014

Apparently, fossil fuel companies protect watersheds and rivers by removing oil. That’s according to comments on the David Suzuki Foundation Facebook page and elsewhere, including this: “The amount of contamination occuring [sic] from extraction is far less than if we just left the oil there to continue polluting the waterways.”

Editorial: Governments serving whom?

No charges have been laid in the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster.

In my few years of reporting on Rossland City Council, I have observed different styles of interaction between Council members, and between Council and the public; I have observed different concerns and priorities.  But always, our City Councils seem to have been concerned to do the best thing for Rossland and its people -- according to the values of our Council members of the time.  Yes, priorities have differed, and some errors have happened.  We all know that.  Errors and misjudgments will probably always happen; we just hope the effects are relatively insignificant.

Happy skiers equal happy businesses in snowy February

Whitewater Ski Resort staff estimates visits are up 14 per cent from last year. — Submitted photo

Bill Stewart says when he and his wife, Rosemary Plaskett, arrived in Nelson in early February, they thought they had “died and gone to ski heaven”.

“We had heard the legend of the snow you get in the valley, and that’s what drew us here in the first place,” said Stewart, who’s visiting from the Yukon. “Then the snow started falling and it didn’t quit. Now we’re hip-deep in powder.”

B.C. Green Party announces platform to end unethical fundraising

Andrew Weaver of the B.C. Green Party is incredibly disturbed over the allegations published in the Globe and Mail.

The B.C. Green Party is making life as difficult as it can for the to mainstream parties after party leader Andrew Weaver announced Tuesday a number of measures to deal with ethics in the upcoming provincial election.

Weaver, the member for Oak Bay-Gordon Head in Victoria, said during a press conference the B.C Green Party would commit to a number of measures to address ethics, transparency and accountability in its platform for the upcoming election on May 9.

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