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Slocan Community Health Centre emergency department resuming 24-hour service

Interior Health announced in January 2022 the temporarily adjustment of emergency department hours at Slocan Community Health Centre in New Denver.

Interior Health said in a media release Monday advising residents in the New Denver area that the emergency department at the Slocan Community Health Centre will be resuming 24-hour service.

“I would like to thank the community for its support while we managed Omicron-driven staffing challenges earlier this year and reduced emergency services to maintain safe patient care,” said Interior Health president and CEO, Susan Brown in the media release.

More inclusivity at Wednesday Market could create larger event

The city’s downtown market will have a new look this year.

For the first time the brick-and-mortar businesses surrounding the Wednesday Market will be allowed to participate in the event, without any cost.

The downtown core businesses can set up small displays — tables, booths or racks — outside of their businesses during the Wednesday Market at no cost in order to capitalize on the increased traffic on market days by showcasing their wares. The displays would be limited in size to the linear frontage of the business.

Students looking for adventure can Go Wild this summer

The Go Wild program is led by ACMG Hiking Guide and Professional Skier Leah Evans, and ACMG Hiking Guide and wildlife biologist Dave Quinn.

This summer brings back an engaging educational experience for teens that’s been sidelined since COVID-19 hit.

Go Wild! is a six-day Kootenay-based adventure and outdoor leadership program for youth. With loaded backpacks and two experienced, certified wilderness guides, 14 teens will have the opportunity this July to experience the great outdoors as they may never have before.

Go Wild! isn’t just a backpacking trip: it’s an education in backcountry camping and hiking that will open the door to a lifetime of adventure.

Door not closed on sports council for commission No. 5 seat, but some work still needed: chair

Keith Page said someone from the NRSC must attend a few public commission meetings before a seat is considered, but an NRSC representative has yet to attend a commission meeting over the last few years — file photo.

Groundwork is still needed for the Nelson Regional Sports Council before it can gain a seat and a say on the Nelson and District Recreation Commission No. 5, says the commission’s chair.

Keith Page said Thursday in a letter to the council that someone from the NRSC must attend a few public commission meetings before a seat is considered — but an NRSC representative has yet to attend a commission meeting over the last few years, nor provide public comment on the business before the commission.

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.

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