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For the love of water at the eighth annual Winlaw Water Festival

Winlaw WaterHeart watercolour by Peter Vogelaar.

By Phil Larstone

Water, water everywhere and plenty of drops to drink.

It’s a mantra well known in the West Kootenays, but it isn’t one that is shared throughout the rest of the world.

But if you enjoy the pure, refreshing water that happily flows from mountain to ocean, throughout our lives and into our very cells, there may be a festival waiting for you.

Hill explains "disrespectful" comments; no-show in Grand Forks all-candidates forum

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The political future of BC Southern Interior Conservative candidate Stephen Hill is uncertain after he was a no show in an all-candidates forum in Grand Forks Monday night, one day after apologizing for "disrespectful" comments he made in a public forum in Nelson earlier this year.

New arrangement to benefit writing, publishing students at Selkirk College

A memorandum of understanding has been reached between Okanagan College, College of the Rockies, and Selkirk College that allows students to transfer directly into second year of the Writing and Publishing diploma program at Okanagan College.

The initiative is part of the Southern Interior Writers’ Project — a joint undertaking which creates new and improved services for learners through the smooth transferability of writing courses between post-secondary institutions.

Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series presents: Sharon McIvor

Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series invites you to come down “The Long Hard Road” with guest speaker, indigenous activist and academic, Sharon McIvor.

A member of the Lower Niclola Indian Band located outside of Merritt, B.C., Sharon McIvor will talk about her decades-long struggle to correct a century of discrimination against aboriginal women; her recent Supreme Court victory; and her continued battle to reconcile remaining issues to bring full equal rights to Canadian aboriginal women.

Fuel mitigation gets underway near Mount Saint Francis

Spring cleaning has begun on the fringes of Nelson as the fire department continues to conduct their wildfire fuel mitigation program.

Using the talents of Debri Resources Ltd. — on property bordering the city near Svoboda Road, Mary Hall and Mountain Lakes Seniors’ facility — workers will be making the perimeter area of the city largely free and clear of woodland material that would be the most combustible in the advent of a forest fire infringing on the city’s borders.

Castlegar car bomb raises explosive issues

A car bomb that exploded in Ootischenia this morning has brought up a number of issues, not the least of which (of course) is “whodunit”.
Police say they don’t yet have any suspects in the bombing, which occurred in the 1300 block of Columbia Road at about 1 a.m.
“Castlegar RCMP officers responded, and located a 1992 car that was parked on the property,” said Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

The Royal throws wrench into council on outdoor cafés

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The possibility of permanent, year-round outdoor cafés in Nelson will be investigated as The Royal has pushed the City to come to some sort of consensus and develop policy — even though two such cafés already exist.

The night club on Baker Street has asked to operate a sidewalk café on the city’s main street, in exchange for scaling back the design of its seasonal patio and removing the boardwalk.

Canada needs an oil change

By Michael Jessen

It is made from the million year old remains of plants and animals and is a crucial resource to modern civilization.

It is used in products such as adhesives, cosmetics, detergents, fertilizers, medicines, paints, plastics, rubber, and synthetic fibres.

It is oil and goes by the euphemism of black gold, not just because it is indispensable to the current world economy but also for its ability to generate profits.