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Proof of Vaccination deadline paused for SD8 staff, contractors

SD8 Board of Education said Superintendent Trish Smillie has been directed to pause the Proof of Vaccination Regarding COVID-19 Administrative Procedure pending further changes to public health orders and further information from BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA).

Kootenay Lake School Board of Education has decided to pause its Proof of Vaccination mandate for staff and contractors.

In a media release Tuesday, the SD8 Board of Education said Superintendent Trish Smillie has been directed to pause the Proof of Vaccination Regarding COVID-19 Administrative Procedure pending further changes to public health orders and further information from BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA).

The decision was made during Monday’s board meeting.

Wildlife and bear conflicts with humans in Nelson on the rise coming out of 2021: WildSafeBC

The number of reported bear and wildlife conflicts with humans has risen in the last year, pointing to a disconnect with new residents on where they are living, said WildSafeBC coordinator Rosie Wijenberg — WildSafeBC

Last year was a very active year for wildlife and human conflict in Nelson, with bear activity the highest it has been in six years, the WildSafeBC coordinator for the Heritage city says.

Rosie Wijenberg said the elements and human habituation drove the increase in Nelson.

“Which we think it was due to the kind of summer we had: there were floods; there was fire; there was also drought; and this led to bear activity to kind of spike locally,” she said in making her annual report to city council on March 22.

Pow nets winner to power Leafs past Grizzlies in Teck Cup Championship

Bryden Pow scored the winning goal for the Nelson Leafs in a 2-1 final against the Revelstoke Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Teck Cup Championship. — Photo courtesy Stephen Piccolo

The Nelson Leafs climbed back into the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Teck Cup Championship with a 2-1 victory over the Revelstoke Grizzlies Monday at the NDCC Arena.

Revelstoke leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game four Tuesday in Nelson.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Bryden Pow scored the winner Monday for the Leafs, snapping a 1-1 tie with a power play goal late in the second period.

Bennett Anklewich gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead 3:14 into the second period when he banged home a rebound with Marko Pavlovic and Pow collecting assists.

Local environmental groups stage climate strike rally in Nelson

Protesters slowed traffic during a march along Baker Street in Nelson Friday, to raise awareness around climate issues. — Submitted photos

Two local environmental activist groups tied up traffic in downtown Nelson last Friday to raise awareness around climate issues and demand immediate action from our provincial and federal governments.

On Friday, March 25th, Fridays For Future and Last Stand West Kootenay participated in an international climate strike, joining tens of thousands of people across the world for a global climate event demanding leaders take action to curb environmental abuses that are driving climate change.

Kootenay Freedom delivers message and ask of council during public meeting

Council chambers in City Hall were filled to capacity on March 22 for the committee-of-the-whole meeting, with several people — including Robin Flynn (pictured) — in attendance vying for the chance to speak to council during the public participation section of the meeting. — Council meeting screenshot

The flag of Kootenay Freedom flew in city council chambers during its latest meeting as people stepped up and petitioned the city to speak for the people on the fringe.

Council chambers in City Hall were filled to capacity on March 22 for the committee-of-the-whole meeting, with several people in attendance vying for the chance to speak to council during the public participation section of the meeting.

Revelstoke takes 2-0 lead in Teck Cup against Leafs, Game three Monday in Nelson

Revelstoke scored a pair of home-ice wins Friday — 4-3 — and Saturday — 2-1 — to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series against Nelson Leafs. — Photo courtesy KIJHL

Cole Berg and Brandon Kasdorf each scored singles to spark the Revelstoke Grizzlies in a 2-1 win over the Nelson Leafs in Game two of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Teck Cup Championship Saturday night at the Forum.

The win, coming after Revelstoke opened the series with a 4-3 victory Friday, gives the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Games three and four go Monday and Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.

COVID-19 effects prompt increase to regional district taxation

Total taxation across the regional district will rise to $35.1 million, up from $32.9 million, as the board of directors crafted and drafted its financial plan on March 17 in face of a 21 per cent average increase in property value assessments across the regional district — Creative Commons

There will be a significant increase to regional district taxation ask this year with a nearly seven per cent increase expected, according to the recent budget.

Total taxation across the regional district will rise to $35.1 million, up from $32.9 million, as the board of directors crafted and drafted its financial plan on March 17 in face of a 21 per cent average increase in property value assessments across the regional district.

Treaty talks for assured flood control have impacts in Nelson and area: province

Sixty years of Assured Flood Control is set to expire in 2024 but the two countries have been in talks to modernize the historical transboundary agreement since May 2018, covering a range of topics over the course of 10 rounds of meetings.

Time may be expiring on the Columbia River Treaty but a stream of issues to continue workability between Canada and the U.S. won’t be water under the bridge just yet.

Sixty years of Assured Flood Control is set to expire in 2024 but the two countries have been in talks to modernize the historical transboundary agreement since May 2018, covering a range of topics over the course of 10 rounds of meetings.

A BC AMBER Alert has Been Activated in the Search for Dawn Bellamy and her two children

Liam and Myra
On March 26, 2022, Fort St. John RCMP has grounds to believe that Jason DALRYMPLE has taken Dawn BELLAMY and her two children against their will from their residence in Fort St John and that they are in danger while in his presence. The mother and her children were last seen at approximately 11:00am on March 24. The suspect is believed to be headed east, possibly to Ontario.

Suspect

Jason DALRYMPLE

1986-02-24

5’11”

Approximately 200 lbs

Often wears Hats/toques as he is bald on the top of his head

Selkirk College Connects Salmo Secondary Students to Exploration in Trades

Salmo Secondary School Grade 11 students are currently taking part in the Youth Explore Trades Sampler Program at the Selkirk College Silver King Campus in Nelson. — Submitted photo

Creating a pathway that provides high school students the opportunity to grow into post-secondary trades training prior to Grade 12 graduation is the focus of a partnership between Selkirk College and School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake).

The Youth Explore Trades Sampler (YETS) Program is currently underway at Nelson’s Silver King Campus where 15 students from Salmo Secondary School are immersed in activity at the trades-based Selkirk College facility. The students started their hands-on sampling of the trades in February and will wrap up with 12 high school credits by June. 

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