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Atamanenko faces off against Biotech lobby over seed bill

The massive Biotech lobby has spent nine months and hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting against New Democrat Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko’s seed bill.  

“The amount of muscle flexing by big biotech against my simple bill has just been over the top,” said Atamanenko. “I am amazed that over 40 industry lobbyists – hired by multiple biotech organizations and companies – have been knocking on Conservative and Liberal MPs doors trying to get my bill killed.” 

SD8 sees lower than Provincial average of completion rates amongst secondary students

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Kootenay Lake School District has a lower secondary school completion rate than the provincial average, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ministry of Education.

School District No. 8 had a secondary school completion rate amongst boys, girls, aboriginal and English as a second language (ESL) students of 74 per cent, 5.7 per cent less than the provincial average of 79.7 per cent.

Cheryl Hodge nominated for 2010 HMMA Awards

Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology Instructor Cheryl Hodgehas been nominated for the 2010 Hollywood Music and Media Awards (HMMA) for Best Jazz Song-Indigo.

She will be heading to Hollywood, California, to participate in the Awards that takes place on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the world famous Kodak Theater Complex.

This is Hodge’s first major award nomination. “I’m very excited!” says Hodge. “Up until now, this has only been a dream! I can’t believe it is actually coming true!”

Where the sole meets the road: Ryan Oakley takes his love for home one step further (click picture for video)

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Everyone builds affinity for the place they live in.

Some take it one step further than calling themselves “from” a place, however.

That step is the basis of newly minted Nelsonite Ryan Oakley’s Nelson Walking Audio Tour, a vocally-guided jaunt through the place the engineer-by-day and entrepreneur-by-night now calls home.

ATAMANENKO: The “Periwinkle Curse”: How the Lack of a National Childcare Policy Is Failing Our Children

The pretty village of Kaslo on Kootenay Lake has a population of less than 2,000 and one licensed daycare, the Periwinkle Children’s Centre. The centre has a long history in the community and also a long history of the same problems repeating themselves.  Sarah Lawless, chair of the board of directors for the non-profit centre, calls this situation “the Periwinkle Curse.”