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Council should consider another side of vaccine debate: Logtenberg

The community and council need to see all sides of the debate when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations and restrictive measures — council screenshot.

The community and council need to see all sides of the debate when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations and restrictive measures, says one city councillor, and to not do so would be at our own ‘peril.’

Rik Logtenberg spoke at the end of the April 19 council meeting about his time attending a few meetings with people from anti-vaccine mandate community in Nelson.

He wanted to get an updated read on how that community was doing, and also to get a better sense of what they wanted from their council.

Daily Dose — Kootenay Lake Innovation Centre Undergoing Transformation

Kaslo’s Kemball building, a hub for rural innovation, has received nearly a million dollars for significant upgrades during the next year. — Submitted photos

Correction: May 11, 2022. The Nelson Daily recently received new information regarding this story and apologizes for the inconsistencies in the original piece — published May 5, 2022. The Nelson Daily has corrected and updated the organization behind the funding, how the funding will be deployed, and the space devoted.

Jean-Marc La Flamme, a person instrumental in starting Kootenay Lake Innovation Centre (KLIC), a tenant at Kaslo’s Kemball building, is happy about the infrastructure improvements.

April sets new record for coolest mean monthly temperature

April saw two daily low temperature records were also set on April 13th and 14th.

The Southeast Fire Centre said in its monthly weather synopsis that a cool northwesterly flow that is typical of a La Nina pattern helped sets new record for the coolest mean monthly temperature in April.

(The Southeast Fire Centre said mean monthly temperature is the average of all the daily maximum and minimum values.)

“Two daily low temperature records were also set (April 13th and 14th), but the record monthly minimum temperature of minus 7.5 degrees Celsius from 1979 still stands,” the Southeast Fire Centre said in the monthly weather synopsis.

Resistance to creation of another climate action plan blocked at the board level

Over half (11) of the 20-person board of directors for the RDCK felt enough planning had been done on climate change action and that the development of another — the 2023-26 Climate Action Plan — was too much.

The planning cup runneth over when it comes to climate change action in the regional district, at least according to some of its directors.

Over half (11) of the 20-person board of directors for the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) felt enough planning had been done on climate change action and that the development of another — the 2023-26 Climate Action Plan — was too much.

Suzy Hamilton Legacy Fund now taking nominations for 2022 award

Suzy Hamilton was a writer and change-maker with an impressive record of successful environmental and social activism in the Nelson area. — Submitted photo

As the earth makes another rotation around the sun and humanity faces more environmental and humanitarian crises than ever before, so increases the need for the impassioned work of activists around the globe. Humanity faces many global challenges, such as climate change, war, famine, plastic pollution in our oceans and more.

Still, many of our problems are being confronted on the local level by courageous, altruistic individuals, like Suzy Hamilton, who led many campaigns in her lifetime in service of the planet and people.

Outdoor element-infused facility wins out in poll to set future for Campbell Field

Over half of the people (57 per cent) who responded to an online poll indicated that a multi-activity development that makes use of outdoor amenities — with some respite from the weather — was a better fit for the community than one with an indoor focus — Creative Commons

The outdoor elements have won in the poll to see what people prefer for the re-imagination of Campbell Field in the regional district at South Slocan.

Over half of the people (57 per cent) who responded to an online poll indicated that a multi-activity development that makes use of outdoor amenities — with some respite from the weather — was a better fit for the community than one with an indoor focus.

Giving Day provides hope, motivation for Selkirk College Learners

Selkirk College alumnus Darren Paterson (left) at the Bursary Tea in 2016 where he received financial support from community donors. Now a PhD student at York University, Paterson has started a bursary of his own to support future Selkirk College learners. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Only a few years since he walked the hallways of the Castlegar Campus and still on an educational journey towards his ultimate goal, Selkirk College alumnus Darren Paterson is giving back to the community that holds a special place in his heart.

Nelson Women call for Guaranteed Livable Income

Sunday morning in front of the Courthouse, from left, Zabree MacInnis, Terri-Lynn Wilkinson, Donna Macdonald and Nora Janssen from the Nelson & District Women’s Centre joined women from all over B.C. on May 1 to call for a guaranteed livable income. — Submitted photo

Sunday morning, women from the Nelson & District Women’s Centre gathered to display a banner in front of the Provincial Courthouse calling for a guaranteed livable income (GLI).

“Poverty remains a significant issue for women,” said Terri-Lynn Wilkinson, Executive Director of the Women’s Centre in a media release.

“Every day at the Centre, we see women in greater need because of the pandemic and other global events. GLI is the solution for women, and for men.”

The banner dropping in Nelson was part of a province-wide action led by the BC Women’s Alliance.

CBAL’s got access to technology covered

For 20 years, CBAL has been helping people across the region boost their literacy abilities, from reading and math to digital skills. — Submitted photo

These days, so many aspects of life rely on technology: a senior sends a message to her grandchild, a man checks in with his doctor online, an unemployed worker prints off a form to apply for Employment Insurance.

With a wide-reaching project, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is making tech more readily available to people in the region, along with the know-how to use it.

“Digital literacy has grown over the years as a piece that people need in order to be able to live in a modern world and fully participate,” says Desneiges Profili, Executive Director, CBAL.

City sits tight (for now) on banning of single-use plastics

Nelson is waiting for the federal government to pass Canada-wide legislation that would ban single-use plastic later this year — Creative Commons photo.

The city won’t be jumping on board the banning of single-use plastics train any time soon, despite communities across the province already banning them ahead of provincial and federal government legislation.

A city official confirmed that Nelson is waiting for the federal government to pass Canada-wide legislation that would ban single-use plastic later this year.

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