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'Consent Not Coercion' rally protests vaccine mandates

More than 150 people lined the street outside the Provincial Courthouse Sunday afternoon to peacefully protest the B.C. government’s recent vaccine mandates. — The Nelson Daily photos

More than 150 people in Nelson lined both sides of the street in front of the Provincial Courthouse Sunday to peacefully protest the B.C. government’s recent vaccine mandates.

The rally, dubbed “Consent Not Coercion”, was part of other scheduled events in the province as some members of the public continue to make their voices heard that they are not happy with the BC Government’s vaccine mandate that affects workers in the province.

Changes to temporary use permits considered in RDCK areas

Amendments to the land use bylaws in several Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) electoral areas could legitimize the practice of building or setting up an accessory building before constructing a primary residence — file photo.

More options could open up for building in the regional district.

Amendments to the land use bylaws in several Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) electoral areas could legitimize the practice of building or setting up an accessory building before constructing a primary residence.

SAR teams continue to search for missing Nelson woman

SAR teams set up a base camp Saturday near Marsden Road and Grohman Creek Forest Service Road, a few 100 meters from where Highway 3A crosses the Kootenay River. — The Nelson Daily photo

Search and Rescue teams from the region continue to search for a missing Nelson woman.

SAR teams from Nelson, Castlegar, Kaslo, Rossland and South Columbia are narrowed the search west of Nelson, near the Taghum bridge and Highway 3A where 56-year-old Ms. Rain Shields (aka Bella Black), was last seen.

In a media release Thursday, Nelson Police said that Ms. Shields, a Nelson resident, has not been heard from since the morning of October 31,2021 (Sunday).

Remember to fall back Sunday as Daylight Saving Time ends

Most BC residents will set their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 7, 2021.

The Daylight Savings Time fall dance is happening again, despite promise by the BC Government to end switch from daylight saving time to a "pacific standard time," with the western states of Washington State, Oregon and California.

In 2019, 93 percent of respondents to an online survey about scrapping the season time changes agreed to halt the twice annual changing of the clocks in the March and November.

However, despite talk of the aligning with the western states, most BC residents will set their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 7, 2021.

Strength in numbers: municipalities set to lobby upper levels of government over plight of fish stocks

West Kootenay municipal bodies are requesting an update with regard to the “state of fish stocks in Kootenay Lake and other surrounding water bodies, specifically the Columbia” River — TND photo.

With recent government programs failing to help prop up fish stocks in Kootenay Lake and regional bodies of water, several regional district municipalities are banding together to demand an update on what will be done.

Current of restoration flows through council over Cottonwood Creek

Cottonwood Creek, as it winds its way through the lower portion of the city’s Railtown district, has again captured the attention of some on council and the push for returning the creek to its natural state has re-surfaced — TND file photo.

The call continues to put the restoration of one of the city’s most treasured, and beleaguered, waterways back on the front burner.

Cottonwood Creek, as it winds its way through the lower portion of the city’s Railtown district, has again captured the attention of some on council and the push for returning the creek to its natural state has re-surfaced.

Coun Keith Page brought up the discussion of the natural asset of the creek while city council was briefed by city staff on the potential for developments in the Cottonwood Park and Railtown areas.

Province reports 430 new cases of COVID-19, 88 in Interior Health

Wednesday’s release by the BCCDC of the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence shows the southern interior, including the Kootenay/Boundary region, seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases between the period of October 24-30, 2021. — BCCDC image

In the most recent release of COVID-19 date by the Ministry of Health shows as of Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, 90.1% (4,174,139) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 85.5% (3,963,038) received their second dose.

In addition, 90.5% (3,913,478) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 86.1% (3,723,644) received their second dose.

B.C. is reporting 430 new cases of COVID-19, including two epi-linked cases, for a total of 207,120 cases in the province.

Proposed bus exchange still grapples with parking problem

Although the business case for the 300 block of Victoria Street as the new location for the exchange is beginning to materialize — with the site location solidified — the details and design of the plan are not — City of Nelson screenshot.

Parking and the loss thereof continues to be a hot button topic for the re-location of the proposed downtown bus exchange.

Although the business case for the 300 block of Victoria Street as the new location for the exchange is beginning to materialize — with the site location solidified — the details and design of the plan are not.

Police busy during weekend conducting several impaired driving investigations

Grand Forks RCMP Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler said it is disconcerting the amount of people that still feel they can drink alcohol and still get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

In a media release Monday, the Grand Forks RCMP said that in less than 24 hours, between 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 31, Grand Forks officers conducted three impaired driving investigations.

RCMP said the first investigation started Saturday at 8:30 p.m. when Mounties were advised of a possible impaired driver.

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