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Idea of creating a virtual industry in the rural world launched by Traction on Demand

The seed of Traction on Demand’s Small Town Initiative has been sown in the Heritage city and looks further afield to germinate in areas that have historically been devoid of the technology sector, says Greg Malpass, CEO and founder of Traction on Demand — submitted photo.

The idea of building community through the tech world in a rural context is gaining traction in Nelson.

The seed of Traction on Demand’s Small Town Initiative has been sown in the Heritage city and looks further afield to germinate in areas that have historically been devoid of the technology sector.

The initiative addresses a need to establish tech employment opportunities where people want to live, Traction on Demand’s (ToD) chief executive officer and founder Greg Malpass said, not where tech companies are often located.

Nelson Police begin investigation after deceased man found at Lakeside Park

The boat launch parking lot at Lakeside Park was taped off and police were on the scene after a deceased man was found Thursday morning. — Submitted photo

Nelson Police have started an investigation after human remains were found near the boat launch at Lakeside Park early this morning.

Nelson Police said officers responded to a report of a man down at Lakeside Park early Thursday morning.

Nelson Police and BC Ambulance Services as well as the BC Coroner Services responded and confirmed the male was deceased upon arrival. 

The male has been identified as a local Nelson male in his 50’s. The family of the deceased has been notified. 

The file remains under investigation. 

Grant money props up ailing non-profits but surplus funds still pending

Nine Kootenay organizations have incurred operating losses of $196,613 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Operating losses due to COVID-19 have impacted several city non-profit organizations to the tune of nearly $190,000.

Nine Kootenay organizations have incurred operating losses of $196,613 since the beginning of the pandemic, including the Nelson Civic Theatre Society at $54,074, Glacier Gymnastics with $34,025 and Nelson Curling Club with $34,651.

But the province recently disbursed a Covid Recovery Grant Program — vetted through the city locally — helping to offset some of the debilitating impacts of restrictions imposed by management of the pandemic.

Heritage City sees sharp spike in COVID-19 cases

Some businesses were forced to close this past weekend in Nelson due to positive COVID-19 cases. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Heritage City saw a sharp spike in new COVID-19 cases during the last week of July the BC Center of Disease Control Graphic Distribution by Local Health Area of Case Residence map released Wednesday showed.

The graphic showed Nelson more than doubled its COVID-19 cases from 13 between July 18-24 to 38 from July 25-31.

The increase in cases forced a few businesses to close during last weekend as some staff members were forced into self-isolation due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Arrow Lake Wildfire Complex Update

All three fires are still designated 'out of control'.

Octopus Creek Wildfire

Size: 18,337 hectares

Status: Out of control

Cause: Lightning

57 firefighters , 19 pieces of heavy equipment

Michaud Creek Wildfire

Size: 8,847 hectares

Status: Out of control

Cause: Lightning

33 firefighters, 13 pieces of heavy equipment

Renata Creek Wildfire

Size: 2,801 hectares

Status: Out of control

Cause: Lightning

1 firefighter, 9 pieces of

heavy equipment

Facelift planned for first face of Nelson in new competition

A competition is being staged to re-design the welcome to Nelson signs at three ends of the city, after the beloved and “quirky” existing signs were deemed to be at the end of their lifespan — City of Nelson.

The first thing visitors to Nelson will see is about to change.

A competition is being staged to re-design the welcome to Nelson signs at three ends of the city, after the beloved and “quirky” existing signs were deemed to be at the end of their lifespan.

The signs are in poor condition, noted a city staff report to council, and, although fixing them is not impossible, matching existing materials was considered to be too difficult.

From The Hill — Past the engagement process on climate action

Retrofitting all buildings in Canada to new efficiency standards would create jobs in every community across the country and cut our emissions by 25 percent.

For too long, Canada has dragged its feet on the urgent need to battle climate change, a hesitancy largely caused by concerns over the economy and jobs.  It is now clear that we not only must take bold steps in this battle, but we can do this while creating good jobs and putting Canada at the forefront of the global clean tech economy.

B.C. COVID-19 pandemic update

There were 395 new cases in Interior Health for a total active case count of 847.

The BC Ministry of Health released the updated COVID-19 numbers following the BC Day Longweekend.

As of Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, 81.4% (3,773,442) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 67.3% (3,121,311) received their second dose.

In addition, 82.3% (3,560,982) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 69.7% (3,013,074) received their second dose.

Barricaded man arrested after police standoff in Grand Forks

RCMP said there was no danger to public safety as we were able to contain him and keep everyone safe.

Police will be consulting with Provincial Crown after officers were called to a residence in Grand Forks to deal with a man barricaded inside a residence following an attack on paramedics.

RCMP said on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 1 p.m. officers were called to a residence on the 100 block of 81st Ave in Grand Forks. 

Police were advised that a man had become violent towards two paramedics called to assist him. 

Grand Forks officers arrived to find that the man had barricaded himself inside. Officers contained the area and called in additional resources to assist. 

Nelson's SMRT1 Technologies inks five-year smart-vending contract with UpMeals

SMRT1 Technologies founder Brad Pommen and Drew Munro of UpMeals (left and right respectively) lean on the new machine that will offer safe access to fresh and healthy meals 24/7 with a reduced ecological footprint. — Submitted photo

SMRT1 Technologies, a Nelson-based supplier of smart vending solutions, has signed a five-year contract to provide smart vending solutions to Vancouver-based company, UpMeals.

UpMeals uses smart vending to offer safe access to fresh and healthy meals 24/7 with a reduced ecological footprint. For example, people who work in a large office building in a big city, can buy a fresh salad from a vending machine, any time of night or day.

"Imagine having fresh and healthy food options available 24/7 at work," says the UpMeals website.

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