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A Bad Week for the Environment

The Canadian Flag posted outside Nelson City Hall says it all about what's happening to the environment. — The Nelson Daily photo

“We prove what we want to prove, and the real difficulty is to know what we want to prove.”   - Emile Chartier

There is no doubt what Christy Clark and Stephen Harper were trying to prove with their announcements over the past 10 days.

The environment – and anyone who stands up for it – is not just taking a back seat to economic growth, but the environment and environmentalists are not even allowed in the car.

Selkirk students protest program cuts

As many as 100 people – staff, students and members of the community – showed up for a Selkirk College Board of Governors meeting Tuesday night to hear the proposed suspension in college programming that is the result of more than $1 million in funding cuts from the province.

Current Selkirk students Christina Livingston, Arielle Roberts and Henry Gerelle gave a presentation protesting the program cuts.

Roster for GFI sporting some big names

U.S. Military All-stars at Fenway Park; Photo, courtesy of the USMA website

“They wore spikes, not boots. They wore caps, not helmets. They carried bats and gloves, not rifles.” This is how one reporter described the U.S. Military All-Stars just before they were to play the Boston Red Sox.

Former Red Sox general manager, and previous director of player development for the U.S.  Military All-Stars, Dan Duquette, said, “They are the best of the best in the armed forces.”

Castlegar man sentenced to prison after Friday's armed robbery

A 22-year-old Castlegar man, David Halvorsen, pled guilty to several offences stemming from the robbery at Paragon on March 23, and was sentenced to two years in jail, according to Castlegar RCMp Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

"He was also given three years of probation following that sentence, and given a ten-year firearms prohibition," she added. "The convictions include: robbery, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and disguised with intent."

The following is The Source's original coverage of the crime:

Co-op membership overwhelmingly approves purchase of Extra Foods building

The wheels are now in motion for the Kootenay Co-op to purchase the Extra Foods building at 708 Vernon Street. — Submitted photo

The wheels are now in motion for the Kootenay Co-op to move to the other end of Baker Street in Nelson after a special resolution to purchase the Extra Foods building was overwhelmingly approved.

During a special general meeting Monday at the Best Western Baker Street Inn, that attracted more than 100 members, the resolution — that the Cooperative invest over 75% of its financial reserves for the sole purpose of acquiring and developing the property described as 708 Vernon Street, Nelson, British Columbia — was approved by 119 for to six against.

St. Paddy's weekend relatively light for NPD, someone shows disgust for PM

Despite St. Patrick Day falling on Saturday and Nelson’s downtown core being extremely busy, Nelson Police Department had a relatively light weekend responding to 51 calls between Friday and Monday.

Some incidents reported include NPD responding to a domestic dispute in progress in the 400 block of Baker Street Friday.

When police arrived they found an intoxicated male. He was arrested and faces several charges relating to a previous assault and his breaching of several court imposed conditions.

Selkirk College staff work hard to balance budget

No new provincial dollars has Selkirk College staff scrambling to find an expected million-dollar shortfall in the budget for the next academic year.

The recent provincial budget confirmed that the funding levels for college operations throughout B.C. for the coming year would remain unchanged.

However, those funds will then be reduced over the successive two years.

$2K community service awards available to grads from CBT

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is accepting applications for two of its community service award programs. Valued at $2,000 and based on volunteer service rather than academic standing, there are up to 66 awards to be given out.

College Community Service Awards (CCSA) are intended to benefit Basin college students who plan to further their education. Youth Community Service Awards (YCSA) are given to graduating high school students. Deadlines are March 15 and April 13. And more details can be found online at