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Behind closed doors: CETA

Our federal government is negotiating a free trade agreement with the European Union (CETA).  This is an all encompassing agreement that covers labour standards, the environment and the ability of provincial and local governments to conduct business.

Unfortunately, the negotiations are taking place behind closed doors – so CETA is not on most people’s radar.

POLICE: Armed standoff in Midway ends without injury

A 61-year-old man wielding a shotgun surrendered to police after a four hour stand-off last night in Midway, B.C.

At about 7 p.m. police responded to a call that a man had loaded weapons and was threatening to harm himself in his home.

RCMP members of the Boundary Regional Detachment (Midway and Grand Forks) secured the area warning neighbours and putting paramedics on standby.

The area around the home was blocked off by the Midway Fire Department keeping traffic a safe distance from the situation.

Service gaps may have contributed to Owen Rooney's disappearance, says report

Missing Australian 26-year-old Owen Rooney’s family has mixed feelings over the results of an independent review of Interior Health Authority’s (IHA) procedures at the time of Owen’s disappearance in August 2010.
Owen Rooney went missing from outside the Boundary Hospital in mid-August after admitting himself. He had allegedly been in a fight at Christina Lake and sustained a head injury.

Powder University kicks off in the West Kootenay

Public domain photo by Tim Bottomley,

This season Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH Heli-Skiing) is expanding their Powder University curriculum to include five new trips under the all new Powder U.

Powder 101: The Intro – Girl’s School

Four-day program, March 8-12, 2012, CMH Revelstoke.

The group will have its own dedicated pair of guide/instructors to turn each run into an alpine classroom.

Uranium claims returned to Province

Boss Power Corp. surrendered its uranium exploration and mining rights to the Province of B.C. for $30 million this week.
The negotiated settlement comes after Boss Power launched a law suit in 2009 after the province announced a prohibition against uranium exploration and development in 2008. The agreement gives the Crown the mineral rights to the Blizzard uranium deposit located near Big White Ski Resort and Beaverdell, B.C.
The province will pay Boss Power Corp.

Update: Occupy Nelson Camp experiences first taste of violence, NPD arrest intoxicated man

Occupy Nelson protester Brett Rhyno helps keep the local camp outside Nelson City Hall clean Wednesday before an intoxicated male created a fuss. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Nelson Police Department was called to an altercation involving two males Wednesday evening at the Occupy Nelson camp in front of Nelson City Hall.

At 7:30 p.m., NPD attended the scene where two males were engaged in a verbal dispute and disturbance.

NPD members conducted an investigation into the incident and it was alleged that a 25-year-old Nelson man entered the protest grounds in an intoxicated state.

Occupy Grand Forks joins the movement

Grand Forks joined the global Occupy Together movement on Saturday with a protest, music, sharing experiencees and adding their voice to the cause.

Over the three hours suggested for the protest, people came and went enjoying sunshine, snacks and commaraderie as they gave of their time and enthusiasm. The gathering was not marred by violence or outbreaks, unlike some of the protests worldwide.

Nelsonites join forces with protestors around the world to send message to top one percent of income earners

The street outside City Hall was jammed with people holding signs Saturday during the Occupy Nelson protest. — Bruce Fuhr photo

A protest that started four weeks ago in New York's financial district found its way Saturday to the streets of Nelson.

CBT co-hosts information sessions on Columbia River Treaty in Trail and Castlegar

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is hosting information sessions about the Columbia River Treaty (CRT) in Trail and Castlegar. The sessions are hosted in partnership with local governments and the CRT Local Governments' Committee.

"The information sessions  will help people who live in the Canadian portion of the Columbia Basin better understand what the CRT is, how it works and what considerations exist for the future," said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO.

Wednesday, October 19
Castlegar and District Recreation Centre
2101 6th Avenue

Nelson-based Tarasoft sold to California company

The Nelson company that developed the popular Matrix multiple listing service platform used by 17 MLS service’s across North America has been sold.

One hundred per cent of Tarasoft Corp. was sold Sept. 15 to real estate information and analytics provider CoreLogic for an undisclosed price.

There was no mention made whether there would be job losses in Nelson as a result of the sale, but U.S.-based CoreLogic said in a press release it would incorporate Tarasoft into its MarketLinx division.