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NDP pressures Trudeau government to decriminalize marijuana — now

Until the Trudeau government passes legislation to legalize marijuana it remains illegal for recreational use, which could lead to charges says Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski.

The federal New Democrats used its opposition time Monday in the House of Parliament to petition the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before it is legalized.

Kootenay/Columbia MP Wayne Stetski said the Liberals have flip-flopped on the issue since winning the election last year and now is the time to make move forward to protect young people ending up with criminal records while the government continues to study the issue.

Letter: Open letter to Minister of Education Hon. Mike Bernier

To The Editor:

Open letter to Minister of Education Mike Bernier
Dear Minister Bernier,

We are writing to bring your attention to the financial struggle rural school districts face in this province.  In our constituencies of Nelson-Creston and Kootenay West, rural schools are facing closure and districts are charging parents for basic services such as busing.

Forum This Fall to Explore New Approaches to Freshwater Decision-Making in BC

A group of tours the Upper Columbia watershed.

With yet another season of drought facing many B.C. residents, the need to manage our water wisely is greater than ever.

Fortunately, the evolving freshwater movement in British Columbia is primed for a breakthrough on protecting this most precious resource, which could serve as a model for the rest of the country.

Across B.C., dozens of water stewardship groups, Indigenous-led initiatives, local and regional governments, and watershed boards are taking action to protect our fresh water.

River Talks — Stirring the waters of the Columbia River Treaty

Sinxt tribal member Nancy Michel stands beside the canoe that will take paddlers on the first trans-boundary trip by water from the Arrow Lakes to Kettle Falls, Washington in over a century. — Submitted photo

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, is expected to be released in a few months.  Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

B.C. Mine Rescue Teams Battle for Top Spot in Kimberley

More than 60 teams were in Kimberley to compete in the Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition.

Mine rescue teams from across British Columbia gathered last weekend to compete in the 61st annual Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition, becoming part of the rich history of B.C. mine rescue competitions that date back to 1915.

More than 100 years after the first mine rescue competition took place in B.C., mine safety has not only flourished, it has become an art form—one that is perfected and assessed each year at the Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition.

Public outcry wins reprieve for threatened toads near Summit Lake

Locals who protested logging above Summit Lake Provincial Park in favour of protecting blue-listed toads won a reprieve until the winter. — Photo courtesy Wayne McCrory

Concerns by the local residents, environmental groups and the Okanagan First Nation that proposed logging above Summit Lake Provincial Park could crush hundreds of blue-listed toads while destroying their habitat has resulted in logging being stopped until winter said Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) in a media release Wednesday.

The VWS said the decision was apparently made by the logging company — the Nakusp and Area Community Forest (NACFOR) — but was released to the local environmental society by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO).

LVR Bombers need shootout to capture BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championship

Smiling from ear to ear with the Provincial High School banner, the LVR Bombers pose for the team picture following a victory in the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Final. — Photo courtesy Abby Bouchier-Willans

Maya Ida scored the winning goal in shootout to spark the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 2-1 victory over St. Thomas Moore of Vancouver in the final of the 2016 BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Friday in Campbell River.

Ida was the seventh shooter in the thrilling tie-breaker that decided the AA Girl’s Soccer title, the first for LVR since the 1997 and 1998 when the Bombers won back to back provincial titles under the guidance of coach Dave Simpson.

Prescribed burn to occur near Crawford Bay

Smoke maybe visible from the communities of Queens Bay, Balfour, Crawford Bay and from the Kootenay Lake ferry during Monday's burn.

BC Timber Sales personnel in conjunction with the BC Wildfire Service will be conducting a prescribed burn Monday (June 6) weather permitting.

Smoke from this prescribed burn will be visible from the communities of Queens Bay, Balfour, Crawford Bay and from the Kootenay Lake ferry. Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will carefully monitor the fires at all times.

Crawford Creek burn, 11 kilometres northeast of Crawford Bay:

Crawford Bay Community Park reaches finals in first-ever BCAA play space revitalization award

The new Design Concept for the playground, created by a Crawford Bay parent, features a landmark climbing structure, pathways, outdoor musical instruments, hill slides, tunnels and log scrambles.

BCAA announced that Crawford Bay Community Park has been named one of five BCAA Play Here finalists.

Chosen from over 400 entries province-wide, Crawford Bay Community Park, located on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake 35 kilometers north of Nelson, is now in the running for a play space revitalization worth up to $100,000 from BCAA.

"If we win the BCAA contest, and eventually, even if we don't - this is our dream for the space," said Ellie Reynolds of the Crawford Bay committee.

Simply is not enough says Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall

The announcement by the provincial government Tuesday to redirect $25 million in administrative savings from school districts back into frontline services for students was merely a “smoke and mirrors” tactic said NDP MLA Michelle Mungall. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Provincial government announced on Wednesday that it will be redirecting $25 Million in administrative savings from school districts back into frontline services for students.