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Grow-op discovered after Taghum house fire See Page 3 Rick Hansen Medal Relay Rolls Through Nelson

Caught up in Motion

Application by MLA Michelle Mungall denied after lengthy court battle GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter

While branding Donovan Carter’s behavior “perhaps untimely, ill-advised, and inappropriate,” a judge has rejected a peace bond application to keep the former Nelson man away from MLA Michelle Mungall. Judge Ron Webb said in his view there is nothing to “give rise to a reasonablybased fear” that Carter poses a threat to Mungall. “All the matters that occurred perhaps ought not to have,” he said in his brief ruling following Carter’s testimony. “[But] I accept Mr. Carter’s evidence that he has no intent to cause any harm to Ms. Mungall

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The Rick Hansen 25th anniversary tour of his Man in Motion quest came to the Nelson area on Thursday and stayed the weekend. The Many in Motion cross-Canada relay arrived on Thursday afternoon and then hit the road west on Sunday morning. In between many locals were touched by the legacy of the Canadian hero. For stories and more photos from the event see pages 15-18.

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News Taghum House Fire

Blaze uncovers grow-op Nelson Star Staff

Police say a house that burned Saturday morning in Taghum had a grow-op in the basement. Blewett and Beasley fire crews responded to the call at about 7:40 a.m. in the 5900 block of Smith Road. Upon arrival, they found the house totally engulfed in flames. “The lone resident had been awoken by his screaming cat,” Sgt. Darryl Little said in a news release. “The homeowner managed to escape through the rear door. The cat, however, failed to make it out.” The 64-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering Firefighters mop up a Smith Road home that went up in flames Saturday morning. RCMP say a marijuana from smoke inhalation and grow-op was discovered in the basement. More photos at Samuel Dobrin photos was released later that morning. The house was severely damaged by the fire, which doesn’t appear suspicious. However, police and the fire departments found what they believed to be a marijuana grow-op in the basement. “The fire investigators and insurance company will be examining the scene in greater depth to determine if faulty wiring may have been the cause of the fire,” Little says. A second grow-op was found in an outbuilding on the property. RCMP are recommending charges of drug production against the homeowner.

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A creepy situation for a group of young girls at Lakeside Rotary Park on Sunday afternoon landed a 49-year-old man in jail. Just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the Nelson Police Department received a complaint about an intoxicated man approaching young girls. Police say the man is well known to them and officers found the man in an “advance state of intoxication.” The man was also known to be on conditions to abstain from drinking alcohol. The man was lodged in police cells overnight and was expected to appear

in court Monday morning. He currently has several outstanding criminal charges and now faces new charges including failing to comply with his release conditions. z It’s a case of brotherly love gone bad and now a pair of Rosemont men will find themselves in court. On Wednesday night Nelson Police Department officers were called to the 500 block of West Richards Street after receiving several calls of two men fighting in the street. Both men had also been the subject of disturbance calls in the past 24 hours in the same area. When officers arrived, they found

26-year-old and 24-year-old brothers who refused to allow their dispute to simmer. Both men were arrested and later released on a promise to appear in court on June 20. The brothers were also given the conditions to keep them away from the area. The next day police were again called to the 500 block of West Richards regarding a landlord/tenant dispute. When officers arrived they found the same brothers in breach of their conditions of release. Both men were arrested for breaching their conditions from the previous day and were held in custody until their expected court appearance on Monday.

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News L.V. Rogers Takes on Pilot Project in Effort to Better Student Life

Bringing health care to students SAMUEL DOBRIN Nelson Star Reporter

Ever since a new pilot project began at L.V. Rogers high school a few weeks ago, more students have been visiting the doctor. The project came from a meeting between mental health and addictions practitioners where it was identified that teenagers weren’t getting access to the care they needed. “We often think of the homeless and elderly as being underserviced, but it’s under recognized that youth are not accessing medical services,” said Dr. Joel Kailia, the Nelson medical doctor involved in the project. Every Thursday since the project began, Kailia has been setting up a satellite medical clinic at LVR where students can have their physical, emotional and mental issues looked after. “We’ve had two clinics so far and they’ve been full,” said Kailia, adding that it’s been a mixed bag of issues that the teens are approaching him about. Karl Machado, counselor at LVR, said that this project is helping students get the care they need, but otherwise wouldn’t. “They may know they need to go see a doctor, but it’s really hard to get up and

go there,” said Machado. “As adults we have a reluctance to doing that and kids do as well… It’s easier for them to step out of class and go see him, it decreases the fear and it decreases the logistics of going to see a medical doctor.” Kailia said kids can sometimes be reluctant to go to their family doctors because they might have the incorrect perception that their family doctor is going to tell their parents why they’re there. As a program that is completely separate from the school, all the information shared at the clinic is completely confidential. “There may be different health situations that are private, they may not want to necessarily talk to their parents about it, but they might need to get counsel on it. It’s about getting professional counsel on health related matters and it’s not just physical matters, these are emotional matters and mental disorders as well that may be coming to fruition,” said Machado. Kailia said through this program he believes that they’ll be able to identify mental health and addictions issues that may otherwise be flying under the radar. “It’s estimated that 7.6 per cent of teens between 15 and 18 have major depression and we feel that these are not being picked up through the

normal channels,” he said, adding that somewhere between three and seven per cent of kids have ADHD and it’s been affecting their school grades.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on in a youth’s life in addition to school, it’s a really tough time and they often need someone to talk to and they need access to medical care.” Dr. Joel Kailia Nelson Doctor

The pilot project is currently one of two in the province, which is funded by the BC government through the Practice Support Program, which will last until the end of the month. Kailia said despite taking time away from his medical office, he feels this is a valuable project to be a part of. “Youth mental health and addictions is one of my interest and I have some preliminary training in it… it just seemed like an exciting opportunity to meet with a

segment of Nelson’s population that is underserviced,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff going on in a youth’s life in addition to school, it’s a really tough time and they often need someone to talk to and they need access to medical care.” Kailia said that because of this, himself and the current counseling staff at LVR work well together to provide the support that students need. While it may be too early in the program to measure the impact, Machado said he feels it’s going to make a big improvement. “I think students are going to be better at school because one of the things that happens is that when we have kids in class were trying to teach they’re sometimes not even there because they’ve got this constant worry and anxiety about something that’s going on… by decreasing that anxiety they’re going to be more present in class and then they can move forward,” said Machado. “Our biggest issue is just getting kids to be present in class… because they’re coming to school with medical and emotional baggage that needs to be somehow addressed and processed and once it is, there’s a contentment and their mind is somewhat free to engage in the class.”

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A former New Denver Mountie accused of killing his common-law wife in 2011 will have his upcoming trial in Kelowna instead of Penticton. Supreme Court Justice Alison Beames granted a change of venue application filed on behalf of Keith Wiens Wednesday, finding that pretrial publicity in Penticton may have tainted the limited jury pool, making it difficult for the defendant to get a fair shake in court. Wiens allegedly shot and killed his common-law spouse Lynn Kalmring, 55, in their Penticton home

August 16, 2011. Both were longtime residents of the South Okanagan with deep roots in the community, and Kalmring’s death prompted a significant outpouring. Wiens served in the New Denver and Summerland RCMP detachments in the 1990s. “There was clearly less publicity (in Kelowna),” Beames said, referencing a stack of Penticton-based blog posts, internet-forum musings and newspaper articles that had been printed off by Wiens’ lawyer Neil Skogstad to illustrate cause for the application. “And the pool of jurors is three times as large.” Another troublesome de-

tail factored into Beames’s decision was the physical restraints of Penticton’s courthouse.

“There is clearly less publicity (in Kelowna)...”

Current facilities couldn’t accommodate the potentially large pool of prospective jurors if a challenge for cause was used, said Beames, suggesting they may have to be housed in a nearby hotel and individually escorted to the court for their interviews. Although the Kelowna courthouse may be more

accommodating in terms of size, Beames’s decision to grant relocation may create a secondary strain on the system. Wiens was scheduled for trial June 11, but it’s unclear as of yet whether the local courthouse can accommodate a trial at that time. Lawyers will meet April 20 to establish the potentially new timeline for the trial, which will either follow the previously established timeline, be shuffled to late summer or early fall. Wiens, who was in court last Wednesday wearing prison-orange, had his bail revoked in January after allegedly violating his bail conditions.

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With 250 jobs cuts expected within the Canadian Border Services Agency over the next three years the axe likely won’t fall on the region’s US ports of entry, an official with the national agency said earlier this month. Nelway, Waneta, and Paterson border crossings are to be spared from a bloodbath involving more than 1,000 people, despite an ominous tone emanating from the Canadian Border Services Agency head office heralding job cuts. In order to reduce their budget by $143.4 million by 2015, the nation’s border agency issued “affected” letters to approximately 1,150 employees. Affected does not necessarily mean layoff, said senior media spokeswoman Esme Bailey. And “these are not people staffing the ports of entry,” Bailey said. Most of the surplus positions identified will be found through streamlining internal services in national headquarters.


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But BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko was not convinced. He felt the federal government was planning a cut back of border officers, regardless of the message conveyed. “We should be increasing staff at border crossings instead of slashing jobs,” he said. “I’m hoping that none of [the cuts] are touching the border crossings in our neighbourhood.” Atamanenko criticized the border officer cuts at a time when Canada is introducing

comprehensive changes on “perimeter security,” with the United States. Bailey said the health and safety of Canadians would not be compromised through the implementation of any of the budget reduction initiatives. “There will be little to no impact on frontline services for travelers and traders who are crossing our borders,” he said. Bailey went on to say Border Services would also be required to issue additional

letters as the workforce adjustment processes continue, hinting at further cuts to the workforce. The notion irked Atamanenko. “To be faced with a reduction of personnel at our border crossings is ludicrous. It seems a contradiction to the government’s so-called tough-on-crime focus,” he said. “Let’s also not forget that border service officers and their families help contribute to the local economies of our rural communities.”

Crown argues constituent made it too personal Continued from Page 1 and never has.” Carter left a series of voicemails at Mungall’s constituency office and held up a sign in front of her at a forum in February 2011 that read: “Michelle, less boob tube, more Crown land.” After Mungall complained to police, Carter was arrested and released on conditions to stay away from her, pending the peace bond application. Court heard he complied with his conditions and has since moved to Vancouver Island. In his testimony, Carter agreed he could be characterized as a “political nuisance,” but denied he posed a physical threat. “If I was any threat at all, I was a political threat,” he said. “I can see how some people would feel I was a nuisance. I’ll accept that.” He told the court he was annoyed with the MLA’s response to the idea of freeing up Crown land for social housing, accusing her of “sidestepping” the issue.

The voicemails he left, described by constituency assistants as loud and angry, expressed “a little sarcasm and contempt,” he said, while the sign at the meeting was an attempt at “innocuous humour.” In one message played in court, he accused her of “flaunting your perky cleavage.” Carter said it was in reference to a campaign video Mungall appeared in, wearing what he called “tight-fitting, low-cut clothing” that made her a “poor role model for women in politics.” He testified he was trying to put pressure on her and “expose her political opportunism” but did not expect she would be afraid of him. Carter said he left voice messages rather than confront people directly was because “if they don’t like the message, they can hit delete.” “I never meant any harm. I don’t believe I committed any harm,” he added.

Carter told the judge while he may return to Nelson in a year or two, he doesn’t intend to leave any more messages for Mungall.

“If I was any threat at all, I was a political threat. I can see how some people would feel I was a nuisance. I’ll accept that.” Donovan Carter

Under cross-examination, Carter was asked to explain other statements in the voicemails, such as “You don’t negotiate with narcissistic politicians, you can only bloody them,” which he insisted was a reference to politics as bloodsport. In closing submissions, Crown prosecutor Sunday Patola said the court could be satisfied Mungall had a legitimate fear of Carter, borne

out by other witnesses. “Mr. Carter has had a lot of issues with Ms. Mungall, but took it to a personal level rather than a professional and political level,” she said. “He seems well able to eloquently put points across in support of his views, yet instead of doing that in the voicemails or by letter, he left these disturbing, sexually oriented, angry messages.” Patola she said the sign incident was the tipping point at which Mungall became concerned for her safety. But defence lawyer Blair Suffredine — the former Nelson-Creston Liberal MLA — called Mungall a “drama queen” who went to police without first discussing the matter with Carter. The judge, while finding Carter may have been guilty of “poor humor, poor choices, and stupid behavior,” concluded it did not warrant “quasi-criminal” sanctions. The case first reached court last summer, and has been adjourned several times.


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Editorial The Society of Want


ife never seems to get any easier for the average Jack and Jane. Everywhere we turn, government has their eye on our own personal bottom line. Friday’s front page headline in the Star was yet another example: “Nelson taxes going up 3 per cent.” Compounding the negative number crunching is an era where few are seeing their personal wealth increase. Zero per cent increases for public servants, shrinking balance sheets for the small business owner, holding the line on wages for those who work for bigger corporations… in the end it just doesn’t add up for the average. So what is government to do? The most daunting problem for those we elect to guide us through these rocky times is that we are the Society of Want. We want a better house, a better car, a better television, a better smart phone, a better quality steak and better vacations. When it comes to government services we want better education, better health care, better care for seniors, better parks, better roads, better police services and better foreign policy. The wants are endless. The money isn’t. On the flipside of our wants, we make the puzzle for politicians more difficult by adding a twist. We don’t want pipelines, we don’t want ski resorts, we don’t want imposed contracts, we don’t want tax breaks for corporations and we don’t want any more degradation of our natural environment. We want it all, but we are not willing to sacrifice what we already have. We want all the perks of a healthy and vibrant society, but don’t want to pay for it. No political party or city council has ever been able to solve the great mystery of perfect leadership. No premier or mayor has ever been able to keep everybody happy. It simply doesn’t happen. No matter how many open house budget meetings or elections we hold, it will always come down to service versus taxation. If we want more, we have to pay for it. If we want less, we have to sacrifice. While politicians have their hands in our pockets, we are pulling them in dozens of different directions with wants. The bottom line is what we the people make it. If we want it any other way, a long look at what we need is the most daunting step of all. The Nelson Star is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent within 45 days to the B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby Street, Nanaimo, V9R 2R2.

RDCK Director Column — Ramona Faust (Area E)

Coming up with a plan


elcome to Area E’s first column in the Nelson Star. I’d like to thank the Nelson Star for including a regional focus in the paper. The new term for Regional District of Central Kootenay directors has been busy. After the municipal elections, we proceeded into preparing the budget. It was a highly consultative process with three opportunities for the public to take part and ask questions. Directors embarked on a process of give and take and I think the end result served the taxpayer well. Area E has led the electoral area pack in assessment values since 2007, contributing the third highest dollar value in taxes into the RDCK. What many residents in Area E are unaware of is because of the high value of their homes, despite the taxation they pay, they have far fewer tax supported services than other electoral areas. Other areas have tax supported museums, libraries, ski hills, bridges, community halls and the list goes on. In Area E many of these amenities are owned by societies and managed by volunteers and we owe them a debt of gratitude for the work they do. While still in the budget process we turned our mind to Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives. Area E uses a community committee to preview applications and a public vote to determine funding levels for applicants. Some of the smaller projects received almost all

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their funding while larger projects received a portion of their request. Of course there were triple the value in applications as there were funds and therefore some very worthwhile projects that could not be funded by the CBT Community Initiatives will receive partial or complete funding from Area E’s portion of the RDCK Community Development Fund subject to board approval. All applicants will receive formal notice of funding in June. Current activities in Area E have also been taking my attention. This week, the Advisory Planning Commission for Area E, RDCK staff and I will begin hosting community open houses to receive input on a Draft Official Community Plan for Area E. Area E is the only electoral area in the RDCK where there is no community plan for at least part of the area. The process began in 2009 with a series of public meetings, newsletters and a community survey sent out in 2010. The survey had a 40 per cent response return rate and indicated that the majority Bob Hall Editor

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of Area E residents (81 per cent) thought that growth and development should be managed in Area E. A large number of people felt ready to support a community plan (43 per cent) while others felt they needed more information (37 per cent) while 19 per cent said no to planning. Considering the overall perspective of Area E residents, a draft Official Community Plan and maps were prepared and are now ready for input, correction and review by the community. Map data is taken from BC Assessment Authority and provincial government information and may not completely reflect the current land use, so it’s important the community come out and comment. As with any new project, community planning is not without controversy. The rumour mill makes accusations — such as planning will increase taxes or control what a person can do on their property. An official community plan does the opposite. An official community plan states to the outside world: “this is our community

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now, this is what we value and this is how we want it to grow in the future.” It’s has no tax implications. A community plan is not zoning which is a separate process, more prescriptive in identifying permitted land use and development characteristics. Currently when residents call the RDCK office to complain about local or provincial land use issues such as placement of the RDCK Transfer Station in Area E, they are shocked that all we can tell them is that there is no community plan for Area E and therefore there is nothing to indicate the values and character of the community. For more information and meeting schedule go to: development/planning/ projects/area_e_land_use_ planning.html. Or call 250-352-6665 planning department. Stay tuned for recreation survey meetings to be scheduled for late May and new bus shelters on the North Shore. Ramona Faust is the RDCK director for Area E

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Letters to the Editor

An agenda bent on doom An open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper: I am writing as a citizen, parent, medical professional and published author on among other things, the medical consequences of ozone depletion. I am part of the boomer demographic and well off. I do not have any radical agenda nor do I represent a self-interested group lobbying for some personal advantage. You may be surprised to know that people like myself exist. I believe that the free market point of view can become the equivalent of a fundamentalist religion. I would like to submit to you that anything that has evolved has intrinsic wisdom and aspects to why it has been successful that are complex, multi-faceted and impossible to know completely. We need to be very respectful of what has evolved and that the more we know, the more we know we don’t know. Please have more respect for the wisdom of our pre-existing laws. Those that protect the environment as much as those that balance the rights of the accused and the limits to what can be accomplished with punishment. Most people in jail are the downtrodden. Many have had head injuries which are very common in abused and neglected childhoods (see: published research by Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis). Most are already self-destructive so that the prospect of harsher punishments have little de-

terrence as they are impulsive and out of control. Most have been told they are “bad” much of their lives. Admittedly perhaps this is not so with respect to white collar criminals, but this is not who you appear to be targeting. A quick fix making the next quarter look good on a bal-

“The point of leadership is to not be driven by the short term or the emotion of the mob.” ance sheet or punishing the criminal may appeal to voters who simplistically believe that some people are good and others bad and that you can just get what you want today and tomorrow will take care of itself. The point of leadership is to not be driven by the short term or the emotion of the mob. Being in a rush to give away our precious fossil fuel to foreign interests, rather than developing our own mid-and downstream capacity to supply Eastern Canada, destroying our ecosystems by gutting our environmental laws (Enbridge, fish habitat protection etc.), civil service (which professionalism and culture cannot be rebuilt as quickly as a new organizational chart) and even the validity of our information gathering about the state of the nation i.e. randomized data from the long form census rather than data coming

from a voluntary long form… skewed by likely including mostly the leisure class with time to spare or those with an axe to grind rather than the average family struggling to get by. I appreciate your undoubted good intentions in smoothing out bothersome and laborious processes that slow down your agenda, however I absolutely disagree with your lack of respect for how Canada has evolved. Its culture, its laws, its civil service: the middle road being the result of respect and compromise. Please also consider being informed about the views expressed in the book The Collapse of Complex Societies by Tainter which describes very well the failings of the late stages in the application of a paradigm (in this case that of a management and economics approach representing the industrial age). Other views that may be helpful would be those in A Short History of Progress (Ronald Wright) or Unconscious Civilization (Ralston Saul), although I agree that Ayn Rand has a piece of the truth about enlightened selfinterest needing to be part of how things are structured. We are at the beginning of a global food crisis and tipping points of no return in the “externality” of climate. No amount of enlightened selfinterest will reverse this if not applied before it is too late. Andre Piver Nelson

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For parents, teachers, coaches, community groups and organizations, service clubs, health care, law enforcement Dr. Jackson Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education in schools, the sports culture and the military, as well as for his pioneering work in critical media literacy. An educator, author, filmmaker, and social theorist, Katz is co-founder of the multiracial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. Today, MVP is the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention program in college and professional athletics. It has been implemented by a quarter of the teams in the NFL, a number of Major League Baseball clubs, NASCAR, and many other sports organizations. The Side by Side Project is organized by the Nelson Community Services Centre. It is an initiative of the NCSC partnership with Community and Police based Specialized Victim Services and the Grant is funded by the Ministry of Justice of British Columbia.

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Vehicles should not be made to travel 300 km/h Recently we saw a motorcycle running on BC highway systems at nearly 300 km/h. When will we smarten up and demand with our safety officials and motor vehicle safety enforcement that vehicle builders do not send vehicles into our provinces that will operate at nearly three times the legal speed limit? We can send men to the moon and back, but we

cannot get vehicles built in a manner that will limit the maximum speed that the vehicle will travel. Most of the highway systems have maximums up to 110 km/h. So the question is why allow vehicles that can be driven at an unsafe speed to be sold and be available for drivers who could care less about the maximum speed that they subject themselves

and other unsuspecting road users to on the road system? It seems a race to see who can build the fastest vehicles strictly as a sales pitch with total disregard for safety. Even the ads that run on TV expound the ability of the vehicle to operate like the vehicle used by the Dukes of Hazzard. Robert Johnson Nelson

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Slocan Lake RCMP arrested an Appledale man last week who they call a “key player” in a local drug trafficking operation. Police say last Sunday, an officer stopped a vehicle for a driving infraction in Winlaw, and suspected drugs were in the car. The driver was arrested and a search uncovered several packets of cocaine that had been prepared for street-level distribution. Subsequent investigation led the officer to obtain a warrant to search a home on Kanigan Road in Appledale. Early Monday, police found over three ounces of suspected cocaine, and about two ounces of several other substances, including what they believed was ecstasy and ketamine. Two counts of cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking are being recommended against the man, who was released on a promise to appear in Nakusp court on May 31. Further charges are expected. “Based on the evidence in this investigation, we believe we they have been successful in disrupting the local market for illicit drugs by apprehending a key player who is part of a larger Kootenay area drug trafficking operation,” said Const. Shaun Foley.

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A Nelson man pleaded guilty this month to punching and kicking a man who tried to help a clerk in a Calgary fast food out let who was being harrassed, the Calgary Herald reports. The newspaper says Mark John Jacobson, 28, admitted to aggravated assault, which caused severe injuries to Phillippe Christopher (Philly) Roch, 38. The incident happened in a downtown Calgary restaurant on March 20, 2009. Prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence of 3 1/2 to five years. Court heard the incident began when Jacobson and another man asked for free extra cheese, and argued with the clerk when they were refused. Roch was in line behind them, and tried to step in. According to an agreed statement of facts, Morgan told them not to be rude, but after some arguing, Jacobson punched Roch, causing him to fall, and then while he was down, continued punching him in the face and body. The co-accused, Steven Gunville, then also punched and kicked Roch repeatedly. Roch suffered facial fractures and underwent two surgeries. Jacobson has a previous conviction for assault with a weapon in Nelson in 2004. Jacobson remains on bail pending sentencing. Sentencing arguments will be heard June 15. The defence has not indicated what sentence it will seek.

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall is supporting calls for an independent review of BC Hydro’s smart meter program. Mungall spoke in the legislature last week to back an NDP motion condemning the decision to remove the program from BC Utilities Commission oversight. “What this motion does is ensure that oversight, that independent body that works in the public interest, is going to protect the public interest,” Mungall said in a news release. “Residents at the north end of Kootenay Lake are concerned and they want to see a fair process that upholds the public’s interest.” Legislation to introduce the controversial meters will bypass the utilities commission review process, which Mungall says opens the floodgates to “massive spending without public accountability.” She adds that some residents report their smart meters have caused their bills to jump 300 per cent, while 1,000 meters have been uninstalled because of such problems. “Lardeau Valley residents want to see some due diligence,” said Mungall. “They want to see this government take their concerns seriously, and they want to see that the BC Utilities Commission is able to do its job.”

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terface fuel treatments, and has stretched our budgets and staff resources,” they told Thomson in a letter. “Without necessary restructuring, this important program will lose political support, and as a result, we believe Kootenay communities will be placed at risk.” The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has pulled out, while RDCK chair Kettle and Arrow Lakes director Paul Peterson put projects in their areas in “abeyance.” East Shore director Garry Jackman and rural Nelson director Ramona Faust did the same this week. Jackman called it a “strategic position.” “We’d be foolish to undertake this without the money in hand,” he said. Rural Castlegar director Andy Davidoff said it didn’t take long after his election to realize wildfire risk is a “huge” issue. “It’s a travesty for our government to offer a program and place such limitations on it that we can’t protect our citizens,” he said. Administrator Jim Gustafson

agreed protecting citizens is “the most important thing a government can do,” but added the projects have hidden costs, including administration and hiring consultants and contractors. Regional districts are expected to absorb those costs, he said, and there is no contingency if the projects go over budget. Kettle is optimistic the forests ministry will come back with changes to make the program more acceptable to regional districts, and believes their message came across loud and clear. “That’s a heavyweight deal when you bring in three regional districts at once and we all agree,” he says. “I think we got their attention. [Thomson] was concerned something they felt was really good is not being implemented the way they thought.” The RDCK also brought a motion before the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments last weekend asking the province to pick up the full tab for fuel management projects.

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RCMP are seeking the public’s help following a break-in and vandalism at the idle Springer Creek Forest Products mill in Slocan. Police say it occurred sometime between April 9 and 12. “It appeared the perpetrators entered the building at several access doors and, in doing

so, damaged the doors and doorjambs,” says Slocan Lake Const. Shaun Foley. The suspects spray painted graffiti on several walls, doors, and tables, as well as exterior walls. Several fire extinguishers were taken from inside and discharged throughout the site. Foley says while it’s difficult to determine the extent of the damage, it’s estimated to be more than $1,000. The mill has been idle for close to a year.

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Four prescription burns in the Regional District of Central Kootenay are on hold while local politicians haggle with the province over funding. The provincial government has already approved its share of the projects near Boswell, Edgewood, Harrop/Procter, and Arrow Creek, intended to reduce the risk of wildfire spreading from forests to communities. But the regional district balked this week at picking up $110,000 of the $459,000 price tag, following a rule change last year that puts local government on the hook for 10 per cent of projects under $100,000 and 25 per cent above it. Previously, the province paid the whole shot. Another 20 burns in high priority areas are expected to cost $2 million to $3 million. Regional district chair John Kettle says they can’t easily come up with their portion. “We don’t have money we can grab out of thin air to help these prescriptions,” he says. “Are they sorely needed? You bet. All our water systems and watersheds are at risk.” Kettle says a dedicated tax service to fund their share does not exist, although it might be accomplished through an existing service. Last month the chairs of the three Kootenay regional districts — who call their areas “among the highest risk for wildfire in the province” — met with Forests Minister Steve Thomson to seek solutions. “The current funding formula has greatly limited our ability to actively engage in in-

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Seniors have the right to live in dignity, free from abuse, neglect or exploitation. If you have questions or concerns for yourself or an other senior please contact us at the Nelson and Area Elder Abuse Prevention Resource Centre. Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m. at 719 Vernon Street or phone 250-352-6000 or read more about us and email us via Nelson Fresh Tracks Toastmasters in Nelson is a great place to: learn, develop and practice your public speaking skills in a fun, safe, encouraging environment. Visit our club to learn why so many people join Toastmasters clubs to improve their public speaking skills. Guests are always welcome. Join us at Selkirk College (Rosemont Campus) Silver King Road, Nelson, Room 118 on Thursday, April 26. Meetings every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Visit for more information. The Nelson Waldorf School is holding a Kindergarten information session Thursday, April 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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The Nelson District Credit Union and Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy are proud to present: The Teenage Magical Brain. Gary Anaka, brain based learning facilitator, workshop on the Teenage Magical Brain will help you understand the teenage brain and how to support your teenage to do well in school and succeed in life. Thursday April 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the LVR High School Gym (1004 Cottonwood Street). Cost: free, no registration required. For more information: NDYC: 250-352-5656. Check out more about Gary visit Opening social at the Taghum Hall, Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. bring an instrument and partake in fireside story telling accompanied by warm bannock and borscht. Saturday and Sunday enjoy morning and afternoon workshops at LVR covering topics on global warming, energy systems, solar panels, and go carts. Then on Saturday night at 7 p.m., April 28, the Legion will be hosting environmental

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documentaries made by YOU! Create a three minute video telling us what you LOVE about the Kootenays and win $100! For more information and registration details contact Shannon Lanaway at or call 250-354-1743. Friends of the Library will hold their spring book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 28 at the basement of the library. Book extravaganza, where you can pick up a bag of books for only $3, between 2 and 3 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there. All seniors welcome to the monthly meeting of the Senior Citizens’ Association Branch No. 51, located at 717 Vernon Street. Meeting commences at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2. Tea and goodies will be served after the meeting. Some of the activities enjoyed at the centre include bridge, crib, whist, dominos, chess and snooker. For further information, call 250-352-7078 weekday afternoons. The Nelson Branch of the BC SPCA invites you to an animal-themed day of fun on Saturday, May 5. The event, presented by Hill’s Science Diet, takes place from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Nelson SPCA, 520-C Falls Street. In addition to featuring pets looking for loving homes, activities at the Nelson SPCA Open House will include a barbecue, refreshments, and much more. The Garden Inspirations home and garden show opening reception will be held Friday, May 11 at Gallery 378 (Craft Connection, 378 Baker Street). Door open at 6:00 p.m.. Delicacies and refreshments will be served. WORKSHOPS

The Cascadia Green Building Council – Kootenay/Rockies branch presents a wood-chip clay wall systems and natural plaster seminar on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. Learn about these inexpensive and beautiful insulative wall systems and finishing techniques that use local waste materials. The seminar will be held at the Seed Studio above Reo’s. Admission is $5, free for members. To register or for information please contact kr@ or 250-354-3116. Save the date for our upcoming semi-

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Are you looking for a fun sport this summer? Join the Nelson Tennis Club. All levels welcome. Registration will be held at the Chahko Mika Mall on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information please visit or call 250-352-9341 Looking for a fun way to run around indoors? Join Nelson’s Indoor Ultimate Frisbee League on Monday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. Drop-in spots available. Contact nelsonultimatefrisbee@ for more information. Enjoy some Scottish country dancing every Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Central School gym. Beginners welcome. For more information contact Kathy at 250-359-7545, June at 250-352-1836, or Beverly at 250352-7850. Chen tai chi, chi gong and broad sword classes. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Central School gym. For more information call Chris Gibson 250-505-4562. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Call for photos. Wanted: Old, candid pictures of the Balfour ferry landing and Kootenay Lake for a commemorative poster series, a keepsake that shows the ferry landing legacy. Black and white or colour OK. Winning pictures will receive Dock ‘n’ Duck gift certificates, will be named on the posters, and will receive a free copy of the commemorative poster. Proceeds from poster sales go to the Anscomb Wheelhouse project. Cut off for photo entries is April 30. For more information call Robin at 250-2294244. If you have an event or announcement you’d like to put in the Star, email with a short write-up in sentence form including date, time, location and contact information if needed. Listings may be edited for space and style. Events can also be submitted and posted on our new online calendar on

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The Capitol Season 20112012 ends with a stand up performance by twice nominated Best Female Stand-Up in Canada” Erica Sigurdson. Based in Vancouver BC, Erica Sigurdson is a strong dominating force in the Canadian Comedy scene as well as an award-winning writer. Sigurdson will take the stage on Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. Her comedy festival credits include Montreal Just For Laughs, Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton, P.E.I., Sudbury and Vancouver comedy festivals. Tickets are $20 adult and $16 full time student and are available Charge by phone 250.352.6363 at the theatre box office or online capitoltheatre. Sigurdson will also be at the Langham Theatre in Kaslo on Friday, April 27. Kaslo’s Randy and Janet take the stage at the Langham Theatre on Friday, May 4 for Life! 9 Lessons, 2 Points of View. It will be an evening of laughter and insight. Tickets are $10 and are available at Sunnyside Naturals and Willow Home Gallery.

MUSIC Starbelly Jam Music Festival precents Rick Scott (of Pied Pumkin / Pied Pear) who is travelling through the Kootenays this month and Starbelly Jam has talked him into stopping in Nelson at the Nelson United Church for an evening

of music and family hilarity. Tickets are available for purchase online at starbellyjam. org/special-events/ for $12 adults, $5 children, $25 family of three or $30 family of four. There will also be a limited quantity of tickets available at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. On Thursday, April 26 at The Royal Freak Motif and Fluxo take the stage. Tickets are $10 and are available at Urban Legends and Doors open at 9 p.m. The Royal presents two backto-back shows on Friday, April 27 of Blackie and The Rodeo Kings. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day of show and are available at The Royal, Ur-

Doors open 7:30 p.m., dancing starts at 8 p.m. Then you don’t get to stop dancing until at least midnight. Admission is $12. This is a fundraiser for the Rural Alternatives Research and Training Society, parent organization of the Vallican Whole (and so much more!) Check out for more info. The Jezebels take the stage at The Royal on Saturday, April 28 with Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 day of show available at The Royal, Urban Legends, The Music Store and Doors open at 8:30 p.m. The Fort Knox Five is a leading force in the international

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ban Legends, The Music Store and Doors for the early show open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. For the late show, doors open at 9:30 p.m. with the show starting at 10:30 p.m. The Kootenays’ best roots and blues group is about to hit the Kootenays’ best, iconic dance hall. Bessie and the Back Eddies will be at the Vallican Whole Community Centre on Saturday, April 28. Most of the members of the band have a personal connection to the Whole, so this will be a very special evening indeed.

funk and breaks scene and will be playing Spiritbar on Saturday, April 28. Having released an arsenal of floor rocking singles and remixes, the Fort Knox Five has the midas touch for producing heavy hitting records. Doors open at 10 p.m. Ticket information is available at the Hume Hotel.

LITERATURE The Nelson Public Library invites young writers to raid their imaginations and find the buried treasure in a special six-week series for kids who love to write stories with pirateinstructor Eileen Holland. The

Grant Lawrence

series beganApril 24. Sessions are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. in the program room for the duration of the series. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. A fee of $15 is requested to help offset costs. What not to wear at a nude potluck? CBC host and awardwinning author Grant Lawrence knows. The Nelson Library hosts a reading and slide show featuring Lawrence’s bestselling book Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Grant Lawrence is a well-known voice across Canada for his CBC Radio 3 Podcast and his appearances on CBC Radio One programs. In 2011 Adventures in Solitude—Lawrence’s first book—took home a BC Book Prize. Although Lawrence’s career has taken him far afield, his book describes a life shaped by the quirky place he calls home, where a gun-toting cougar lady, left-over hippies, outlaw bikers and an assortment of other characters share the land. The Nelson Public Library invites everyone to come out for a truly memorable evening.

VISUAL ARTS L.V. Rogers art is on display this spring at the Nelson Public Library. Come see some great teen art on display in our TeenScene. Students have

created very colourful pictures of famous people, by drawing fruits and vegetables. Touchstones Nelson has two new exhibits opening. In Gallery A will feature the work of well known local artist, teacher and curator Deborah Thompson. In Tales From the Underworld she continues to explore the human psyche through her intuitive and gestural paintings, as well as through a number of sculptural pieces. In Gallery B, see the annual Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College graduation exhibition. Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History is located at 502 Vernon Street. For information call 352.9813. A Gift of the Moon an art exhibit by Diana Robles will be opening Sunday, May 6,from 6 to 8 p.m., at the White House Backpacker Lodge at 816 Vernon Street. Internationally recognized Kootenay artist Diana Robles’ paintings will be on display and available for purchase throughout the spring and summer. If you have an arts and culture event you’d like to see in the Nelson Star or in {vurb} email entertainment editor Megan Cole at Also add your events to our online community calendar which can be found at


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Public Notice WATER MAIN FLUSHING PROGRAM The City of Nelson Utilities Department will start the Water Main Flushing Program. The Àushing will be done Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, commencing on Tuesday, May 1st until (approximately) Monday, June 11th. Flushing water mains is carried out as part of an annual scheduled preventative maintenance program to remove sediment that gradually deposits in the pipes and to help maintain water quality in the water distribution system. The bene¿ts include maintaining and potentially improving the water quality level in the mains. This method will also reduce bacteriological growth, restore disinfection residuals, improve colour, control corrosion and can help restore Àow and pressures in the distribution system. As your area is Àushed, your plumbing may experience a temporary reduction in water pressure and/or discoloration of the water. These conditions are normal during Àushing activities and are only temporary. Please run your drinking, cooking and laundry water before using. To clear your water lines, turn on your cold water tap or outside hose bib and let it run until the water is clear for approximately 15 minutes. Residents on a dialysis machine should call us at the number listed below and the crews will work to accommodate the resident. Some larger facilities will be contacted prior to work being done in their area of town.

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Galen Boulanger (left) and Iain Corrie (right) with their teacher Mathilde Klassen. BOB HALL



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A pair of Nelson vocal students will be receiving provincial medals for achieving the highest marks in British Columbia on their Royal Conservatory of Music Exams. Galen Boulanger and Iain Corrie both came out tops in the province after the exams were scored across the province for tests taken last spring. They will receive their gold medals next month. “I am bursting with pride,” said Mathilde Klassen, the local vocal and speech arts teacher who both boys have been working with. “I have had lots of students get medals and each one is a very meaningful.” Boulanger earned his gold medal in the Grade 5 vocal exam. He works with Klassen twice a week. “I was actually very surprised,” the 14-year-old said. “I did well, but I didn’t think it would result in this.” Boulanger played the lead role of Charlie Brown in last summer’s Capitol Theatre youth theatre production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. He also plays rep soccer, downhill skis, Nordic skis, and plays a variety of instruments (trumpet, piano, guitar and ukulele). The conservatory exams con-

sist of performance and music theory. Boulanger worked with Donna Goodwin-Wilson on the theory part of the test where he scored 99 per cent. “It’s amazing how much it helps your overall music background,” said Boulanger, who is in Grade 9 at L.V. Rogers.

“I like it because there is always something to work on, you can’t get it absolutely perfect.” Iain Corrie Speech Arts Student

“I think I will always be singing and doing music for sure,” said Boulanger, who just finished competing in the Kootenay Festival of the Arts where he earned a trip to the Performing Arts of BC provincial finals in Nanaimo at the end of May. “Whether I want to be a professional singer when I am older, I am not sure of that. But what I am doing now will definitely play a big part in my life for sure.” Corrie is a Grade 6 student who now goes to school in Kelowna. He has worked with Klassen for three years. Corrie earned his provincial gold medal for Grade 3 speech arts.

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“It takes a lot of work with Mrs. Klassen and at home,” said Corrie. “I like it because there is always something to work on, you can’t get it absolutely perfect. There is always a challenge which I like.” When he is not working on his vocal performances, Corrie plays soccer, tennis, downhill skis and is in a choir in Kelowna. Speech arts and vocal require students to perform solo in front of audiences and judges. Corrie said it’s not easy, but he enjoys the challenge. “Everybody gets nervous, but it’s kind of a like an adrenalin rush,” said the 11-year-old. Boulanger agrees that working with Klassen helps him acquire skills to perform in front of an audience. “Speech arts helps you get up in front of a crowd and it’s a huge skill to have,” Boulanger said of his summer theatre experience. “I didn’t realize that until I went more into theatre and saw other kids having challenges with that.” Klassen, who has been preparing music students for provincial exams for 45 years, said both Boulanger and Corrie earned their accolades. “They worked hard,” she said. “It takes a lot of work and talent.”

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Kootenay literary magazine launches Friday SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

The Elephant Mountain Review is a new Kootenay literary magazine. Many of the 27 contributors have also read their work live at two monthly readings which adorn our vibrant literary scene. The Booksmyth readings happen on the final Friday of each month and the Nelson poetry slam transpires on the second Sunday of each month. The magazine is a product of the Horsefly Literary Society, which previously published Horsefly magazine and we gratefully acknowledge funding support provided by the Columbia Basin Trust and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. The poems and


stories in this issue cover a wide gamut of human experience, starting with poems by Elena Banfield and Arthur Joyce, in tribute to friends who have recently died, with reflections that sharpen the savour of life’s fleeting feast. Helen Blum remembers a father of who lost a leg in World War II but never stopped fighting for a better world. Jordan Mounteer gives us word windows into the experience of canoeing in the northern reaches of the BC coast. Caroline Woodward lets us into her life as a lighthouse keeper near Tofino. Denis Foley recounts in epic tones his youthful experience as a merchant mariner in the Indian Ocean and describes a desperate journey to rescue a woman from war-

Open Thank You to Nelson

he Nelson District Rod & Gun Club recently hosted a Gun & Antique Show at the Nelson Club House, with the kind permission of Nelson City. The Club would like to express our thanks to the people of Nelson and surrounding District for supporting our two-day show. The show was a success, with over 700 people attending Nelson and the Show over the two days, with many vendors staying overnight. The high-proÄle presence of Nelson Police and Nelson Police Reserves was again, a welcome feature at the show. A Federal information booth for Firearms Safety and Security was present to provide information and some free trigger locks to any who purchased Ärearms. Other highlights were locally made custom glass mugs and glasses made by etching and organic glue chipping. Home-made knitted wool socks were available (Antique style?) Actually, some were knitted right at the show. As well, a demonstration and display of bullet casting and cast-bullet accuracy was provided. Fishing gear was available too for the upcoming season. The funds raised by the show will go to supporting club events and environmental projects such as enhancing Cottonwood Creek and the feeding of Bighorn Sheep in our area. We hope to see more of the same in the future. Thank you all, Richard Green, President Bob Vliet, Vice President

torn Afghanistan. Paula Hudson-Lunn describes the hilarious ritual of solidarity she used to share with women friends of a certain age. Volker M addresses a poem of blessing and counsel to his young daughter. Kathryn Hartley

shows us a woman reflecting on the beauties of rural childhood that can’t be shared with her child in their citybound life. Mark Mealing stones a beetle, compares the oracles of weather with those of the I Ching and remem-

bers sailing under the northern lights up Fitzhugh Sound. Linda Crosfield describes the way old lovers dance together to the very end. Joel Guay remembers what he loved about his dad and shows how much we have to learn from children.

And that’s only the first half of the excellent writers assembled in this auspicious debut issue. There will be breaks for homemade snacks and tea or coffee with live music by Solona Armstrong and Cedar. Admission is

free and the magazine will be offered for sale. The launch of The Elephant Mountain Review will take place on Friday April 27. It will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at SelfDesign High (upstairs in the Legion Hall) at 402 Victoria Street.


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Mon chat Ebi Par Matthew Holitzki - élève en immersion française Mon chat Ebi – elle est très féroce. Elle a une souris, elle s’appelle « Joe le Cyclope » Parce qu’elle a mangé un œil! Elle a chassé les chiens gras. Elle a gagné un combat avec un raton-laveur.

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Mon chat Ebi – Elle est très paresseuse. Elle aime dormir sur mon lit. Elle aime dormir sous les plantes vertes et rouges. Elle aime dormir sur sa couverture verte.

Une célèbration de la cabane à sucre

Bien avant l’arrivée des Européens en Amérique du Nord, les Amérindiens savaient déjà comment recueillir la sève des érables et la transformer en sirop. Il existe plusieurs légendes de l’origine de cette découverte – autant de tribus autant de légendes. Les Amérindiens, on nous raconte, entaillaient les érables en faisant une ouverture avec un tomahawk et recueillaient de la sève dans des boîtes en écorce de La tire sur la neige à la cabane à sucre, le 15 avril dernier à Salmo. bouleau et la faisaient bouilles citadins se rendaient pour manger la lir dans un coin la forêt où fameuse tire et se sucrer le bec. Vers les anils revenaient chaque printemps. Nos ancêtres ont imité les Amérindiens, nées 1960, apparut la cabane à sucre comcar ils ne connaissaient pas l’érable à sucre merciale, beaucoup plus grande, élaborée, avant de venir au Canada. Eux aussi ont fait confortable, conçue pour recevoir des visibouillir la sève dans des casseaux d’écorce, teurs et ouverte à l’année Dans l’Ouest canadien, une cabane à dans la forêt, sans abri. Après quelque temps, ils fabriquèrent à la main des seaux sucre est une fête traditionnelle pour comde bois pour remplacer les casseaux et dès mémorer les rassemblements de gens à le dix-neuvième siècle, ils utilisèrent une l’érablière familiale ou une visite à la cabane mèche rustique pour creuser un trou dans à sucre commerciale avec dégustation de l’érable, mais jusqu’à environ 1850, ils fai- mets traditionnels : crêpes, jambon, fèves, saient bouillir la sève dans un chaudron œufs, grand-pères, soupe aux pois, pouding de fer suspendu à une branche à des troncs chômeur, tartes au sirop, le tout arrosé de d’arbre. Cette installation rustique, qu’ils sirop chaud, sans oublier la tire sur neige au appelaient la potence, fut bientôt rempla- grand plaisir des petits et des grands. Tous les printemps, l’Association des francée par une cabane dans laquelle ils construisaient un foyer de vielles briques ou de cophones des Kootenays Ouest (AFKO) ofpierres pour supporter un grand récipient fre à ses membres, et à tous ceux qui veulent participer, une Cabane à sucre avec repas dans lequel ils cuisaient le sirop. Ces bâtisses primitives construites avec traditionnel, tire sur neige, chansons et muquelques planches et un toit de fortune, sique folkloriques. Le 15 avril dernier, plus de 150 francofurent vraiment les premières cabanes à sucre. Avec le temps, les bâtiments furent phones et francophiles se sont réunis au améliorés et, au début des années 1900, Centre de ski de Salmo pour célébrer la l’invention de l’évaporateur nécessita une cabane à sucre organisée par l’AFKO et ses cabane plus grande et des changements im- nombreux et généreux bénévoles. Vous pouvez vous procurer du sirop et portants. La cabane à sucre de la première du beurre d’érable, provenant d’une petite partie du vingtième siècle était surtout une petite entreprise familiale où tous les print- érablière familiale du Québec, à l’AFKO. emps, la famille, la parenté, les villageois et (723 rue Ward à Nelson – 250-352-3516) pains quotidiens · pains aux fruits pains fourrés · pains epautres baguettes · biscuits · fromages  mardi - samedi 9:00 am to 6:00/7:00 pm 250-352-2030

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Embracing the Moment Area residents had an opportunity to be part of Canadian history when the Rick Hansen Many in Motion relay came through the Nelson area last week. Each person who carried the specially designed 25th anniversary medal to mark the original Man in Motion world tour shared a deeply personal moment along the relay route that — like 25 years ago — will never be forgotten

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Dine Out Nelson A city-wide celebration of dining out.

May 7, 8 & 9 Dine out Nelson is a restaurant festival highlighting our amazing restaurants. Food lovers can enjoy fabulous Prix Fixe menu items at any of the participating restaurants for these three nights only and 10% of Dine Out Nelson sales will go to Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy! Prix fixe (fixed price) menus are priced at $15, 25, 35 or $45 (wine or beer pairing may also be available). Check the VURB Facebook page for menus and booking details.

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GOLF TOURNAMENT Sunday, May 6th 2012 Granite Pointe Golf Course in Nelson Registration 10:00 am Shot gun Start 12 noon Dinner to follow with prizes Fee $100.00 for golf & dinner For further information contact Ron World Phone 250-352-7617 • email:

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News Big Honour for Ed Natyshak

‘It takes hard work’ SAMUEL DOBRIN Nelson Star Reporter

“This little moment is ours and it’s positive and results will come from this,” said Ed Natyshak Thursday with dozens of people surrounding him at the Nelson and District Community Complex. It was a spectacle to watch the Rick Hansen Many in Motion tour make its way though Nelson last week. Once on Baker Street, the brightly dressed medal bearers were accompanied with an entourage of children, tour participants and even a band, which made the arrival of the relay known to any bystanders on the street and in nearby shops. Beginning at the north end of the orange bridge, the medal bearers carried the silver medal for the relay, which began in St. John’s, Newfoundland, 250 metres before passing it on to the next bearer on the route through Nelson. Each handoff commenced with a special dance by the medal bearers whose excitement was evident from the wide smiles on their faces. Upon arriving at the NDCC, a crowd that had gathered with honourable medal bearer Ed Natyshak erupted into cheers. He pushed his way up to the stage with the entire crowd behind him vocalizing their support and excitement. “I just want to give back,” said Natyshak once he reached the stage. “This support feels fantastic, it feels good to give back to you guys and to be able to say thank you,” said the Nelson local, who saw the community reach out to help him through his recovery after he suffered a spinal injury mountain biking at Mountain Station. “Spinal cord injury is a new world,” he continued. “It’s something that you could never prepare yourself for. “One of the things you do find out right away is that you’re going to need help, you’re going to need people together doing what it takes to get your life back on track.”

“When we take on things that are impossible and we make them possible, that affects the whole world,” said Ed Natyshak during his speech on Thursday at the NDCC. Samuel Dobrin photo

“I think that’s something Rick Hansen personifies, that it’s not about one person, it’s about all of us doing it and making it happen. It’s something that feels as impossible to deal with as a spinal cord injury, but a guy like that shows you that anything is possible.” During his presentation to the audience Natyshak recalled when Hansen visited him in the hospital at G.F. Strong after his injury. “The first thing I thought was ‘how am I going to be as cool as that guy?’ I only saw him for five minutes but he set the wheels in motion for me so that I knew I was going to overcome boundaries, I was going to jump over barriers, I wasn’t going to stop. He set the bar high,” said Natyshak, who had the audience gripped with his speech. “It doesn’t take miracles, it doesn’t take heroes and it doesn’t take hope. What it takes is hard work. When we get together as a society, as a community, as a country, as free people who understand that together we can do just about anything, when we take on things that are impossible and we make them possible, that affects the whole world. And it always will.”

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With other Slocan Valley participants and supporters trailing behind, 97-year-old Carl Catton makes his way down Highway 6 and towards the Crescent Valley Hall on Sunday morning. Bob Hall photos BOB HALL Nelson Star Editor

As the Rick Hansen Many in Motion tour made its way through the West Kootenay, the oldest member of the cross-Canada medal bearer fraternity had a chance to take part in Crescent Valley. Carl Catton turns 98 in June. On Sunday morning, the spry senior rolled down Highway 6 in his scooter with the specially designed Canadian Mint medal around

his neck. “It was nice… what else can I say?” he told the Star after his short journey ended at the Crescent Valley Hall. When the Many in Motion tour touched down in the Slocan Valley, it was the 243rd day of the tour that started in Newfoundland in August. By the time it reaches Vancouver a month from now, it will have passed through 600 communities, travelled 12,000 km and been passed between almost 7,000 Canadians.

Catton is the oldest person to participate in the relay to this point. “I saw [Hansen] when he was in Vancouver,” he said. “He did a good job then. I’m happy to be part of it.” With family and friends surrounding him and cheering him on, Catton’s enthusiasm had everybody smiling brightly on a gorgeous spring morning. “Ninety-eight… with all my kids here,” he said. “What a great day.”

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Community Daffodil Month Proclaimed

City joins the fight SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

The City of Nelson has joined the Canadian Cancer Society national daffodil campaign by proclaiming April as Daffodil Month and April 27 as Daffodil Day. “We’ve all been touched by cancer,” says Deb Burnett, local Canadian Cancer Society volunteer. “In fact, two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and one in four will die. That’s why we’re asking British Columbians to join the fight and wear the daffodil pin this April.” “The city is proud to proclaim April 27 as Daffodil Day,” says Mayor John Dooley. “We encourage all citizens in the city to show their support for those affected by cancer and to remember those lost by wearing a daffodil pin. What better way to declare our part in this fight than to wear it on our lapels.” This April, the society is asking all Canadians to join the fight and wear the daffodil pin, a bright and hopeful symbol of support for those affected by cancer and a remembrance of those lost to the disease. On Daffodil Day, April 27, the society is encouraging people to mark the day by doing something special for someone living with cancer or to contribute in some way to fight against the disease. Daffodil Day events will be happening throughout British

Canadian Cancer Society volunteer Deb Burnett (left) and Mayor John Dooley sign the proclamation for Daffodil Day on April 27.

Columbia. To find out what’s happening in your area visit “We want people who have been affected by cancer to know that they are not alone,” says Burnett. “We want them to know that they are supported and that there are support services to help along the way.” Donations for every pin go toward support services including programs for individuals seeking cancer information, emotional support and camps for youth and families. The society also provides transportation services and lodge accommodations along with limited, shortterm financial assistance for

treatment-related transportation and accommodation. Volunteers and staff deliver cancer support programs, cancer prevention information, advocate for healthier communities and fundraise for cancer research. The Canadian Cancer Society fights cancer by doing everything we can to prevent cancer, save lives and support people living with cancer. Join the fight! Go to to find out how you can help. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at or call our toll-free bilingual cancer information Service at 1-888-939-3333.

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Want to take mom out for a bike ride along a beautiful river, visit a crystal blue lake and somehow end up with a royal flush? That’s right, the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society and Slocan Valley Recreation are hosting their annual Poker Pedal and this year it’s on Mother’s Day – Sunday May 13 with registration beginning at 11 a.m. So make sure the bike is ready to go and come out for a leisurely ride on the Slocan Valley Rail Trail with family

part of this refreshingly healthy pasttime? For those who may think the route is a little long, you are welcome to turn around when you feel most comfortable. The event organizers will make sure you still get to play a hand. Make sure to dress for the weather and the ride officially ends at 1:30 p.m. so participants are responsible for returning before then. You can find the start location just off Highway 6 aprox 8 km north of Winlaw. For more information call 1-888-683-SVRT, visit their website slocanvalleyrailtrail. ca.


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and friends and play a rolling game of cards. This year everyone will be cycling from Perrys Siding to Slocan Lake and back, stopping at five locations where they pluck a card from the deck. At the end of the ride there’ll be refreshments and snacks waiting. Admission is free and thanks to the support of the BCRPA Move for Health program there’ll be draw prizes waiting that all riders get a chance to ride off into the sunset with. Of course, the best poker hand get’s a special gift as well. So why not come and be a




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High School Baseball

Golf in the Kootenay

Future is now for Bombers

Junior circuit kicks off in Balfour

BOB HALL Nelson Star Editor

If it wasn’t for the reorganization of the local school system, the L.V. Rogers baseball team might not even be a team at all this season. Three years ago when the local high school welcomed Grade 9 for the first time, it was a major shift in the system. Trafalgar added Grade 6 and LVR became a fourgrade school. This season the success of the Bombers baseball squad is reaping the rewards of that shift. “We’re real young,” says Bombers’ coach Kyle Mace. “We don’t have any Grade 12s, so the future looks really good.” Though there is a good core of veteran high school players on the Bombers, this year’s line-up is littered with promising Grade 9s. The future — and the present — was on display on Friday night at Queen Elizabeth Park. The Bombers hosted their annual tournament and invited Kimberley, Trail and Grand Forks to take part. On Friday night it was a match-up against Trail. “The Grade 9s and 10s really stepped up in that game,” Mace says of his team’s win. The Bombers threw a pair of Grade 9s on the mound on Friday. Lefty Austin Tambellini recorded the win and fellow lefty Braeden Zarikioff came in for the save. Though the Bombers were impressive in the weekend opener, Mace says the same could not be said for Saturday where they lost to both Kimberley and Grand Forks. “Overall the weekend

BOB HALL Nelson Star Editor

Bombers pitcher Cole Laughton delivers during Saturday night’s game against Grand Forks. The local high schoolers went 1-2 in their home tournament at Queen E Park. Samuel Dobrin photo

went well,” says Mace. “It was frustrating to see the Saturday games because there were two different LVR teams. Had we played the way we played on Friday, we would have won both. But we didn’t show up on Saturday.” This year’s Bombers look a little different in the dugout too. Local baseball pillar Ron Mace is currently in Australia on a teacher exchange. While the senior Mace is downunder, he has left his two sons — Kyle and Josh — to care for his high school program. Both Mace brothers helped their dad coach the Bombers last year. Both are also accomplished players having each spent four years on college diamonds in the

United States. “It’s great to coach the kids and give back,” says Kyle. “Somebody had to do it for me and this is a good way to contribute the community.” Still Kyle, 29, and Josh, 27, are looking forward to their father’s return next season. “It’s a lot of work and I want him back,” Mace says with a laugh. Though the Bombers’ record to date shows more losses than wins, the team is enjoying a season that indicates the sport is on an upswing in Nelson. With a healthy roster of 18 players, the numbers are growing every year. “The interest in baseball at the high school level has actually picked up,” says Kyle.

“We have a lot of kids who have never played before and they are doing really well.” He credits his father’s hard work and solid grooming through the younger levels in Nelson District Baseball for the increase. “Some kids might think it’s boring, but once they do play then they see the excitement,” Kyle says of high school baseball. The Bombers next action is a trip to Grand Forks on May 1. After a couple of road tournaments, the team returns to Nelson on May 15 for its last action of the season when they take on Grand Forks in a double header at Queen E. Game time for those games is 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.


The winter may have hung on a little long for many, but young golfers looking for a challenge will be able to warm up on the links starting this Saturday. The West Kootenay Junior Golf Circuit kicks off its season at Balfour with the first tournment of the 2012 season. “The goal of the circut is to get as many kids as possible playing junior golf,” says Rob McKay, co-ordinator of the circuit. “It’s a great deal for kids, $15 for each event and they get to meet kids from all over the area. “In the end we hope that some of the kids develop a real passion for the game and advance to the next level. We have had numerous kids graduate from the program to college programs and some have gone on to become professionals in the golf industry.” Golf can be intimidating for those just picking up the clubs, but McKay says the emphasis is on friendly competition and improving abilities. The skill levels vary a great deal,” he says. “There is no real score that is required [to be able to enter an event]. Some kids cannot break 120 for 18 holes, but it is a requirement that the kids can keep up to the pace of play. We like to see all events played in a reasonable allotment of time for 18 holes.” The golf circuit includes players from all around the region that stretches from Grand Forks to Nakusp to Creston. “The last couple of years has seen the numbers remain fairly steady,” McKay says. “We would really like to see more younger kids joining, 12 and under, but we also encourage kids older than this to play as well.” Some of the Granite Pointe young players who are looking to make an impact this season include Nolan Taylor, Carsen Arcuri and Nolan Renwick. The junior circuit runs until early June. Granite Pointe will host a stop on May 5. The BC Junior qualifer goes in mid-May. For more information contact McKay at

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Great results for dojo in Kelowna Nelson Star Staff

This past weekend the Nelson Kyokushin Karate Dojo travelled to Oliver for a regional karate tournament. The team’s instructor’s Keith Klughart and Thomas Stewart have been training hard with the students for this knockdown event and they

made our city proud. In the end Noah Ens won gold medal in the 10 & under (61-70 lbs.) category. Jordan McLeod won gold medal in the 12-year-old (70-80 lbs.) division. Masa Suzuki brought home a silver medal the men’s lightweight open division. Steve Kirby captured gold seniors men’s open weight division.

WƵďůŝĐŶŽƟĐĞ͗ƌŝƟƐŚŽůƵŵďŝĂhƟůŝƟĞƐŽŵŵŝƐƐŝŽŶ FORTISBC ENERGY UTILITIES INTEND TO AMALGAMATE NATURAL GAS SERVICE IN B.C. AND IMPLEMENT COMMON RATES On April 11, 2012, the FortisBC Energy Utilities applied to the British Columbia Utilities Commission to amalgamate their natural gas utilities across the province and to implement common rates and services across their service areas starting January 1, 2014. Currently, FortisBC Energy Utilities is made up of three separate natural gas companies, operating in six service areas. The companies have their own services, service agreements (tariffs) and rates. If approved, the application would combine the three companies into one, under a single tariff, with common rates for the various regions. This Application has different implications for customers in each service area. If approved, customers in the Vancouver Island and Whistler service areas will see rate decreases, while customers in the Lower Mainland, Columbia, Inland, and Fort Nelson service areas will see an overall rate increase. PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS The Commission is initiating a review of FortisBC Energy Utilities’ Application. To view the timetable for this hearing and the Application go to select “Current Applications” under “Quick Links” and scroll to “FEU Common Rates, Amalgamation and Rate Design.” HOW TO GET INVOLVED If you wish to participate actively in the review process, you may register as an Intervener or an Interested Party with the Commission Secretary in writing, using the contact information at the end of this notice. All submissions and/or correspondence received from active participants or the general public relating to the Application will be placed on the public record and posted to the Commission’s website. If you wish to attend the Public Workshop or the Procedural Conference please register with the Commission Secretary using the contact information at the end of this Notice. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER For more information please contact Ms. Alanna Gillis, Acting Commission Secretary at or using the Commission contact information.

WORKSHOP FortisBC Energy will explain the Application and answer questions. Date



Monday, April 30, 2012

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PROCEDURAL CONFERENCE The Commission will consider the regulatory process to review the Application. Date



Friday, June 15, 2012

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VIEW THE APPLICATION The Application and all supporting documentation are available on the Commission’s website on the Current Applications page ( and on the FortisBC website ( If you would like to review the material in hard copy, it is available at the locations below: FortisBC Energy Utilities Inc. Head Office 16705 Fraser Highway Surrey, BC V4N 0E8

FortisBC Energy Utilities Inc. Kelowna Office 1975 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC V1Y 7V7

FortisBC Energy Utilities Inc. Victoria Office 320 Garbally Road Victoria, BC V8T 2K1

FortisBC Energy Utilities Inc. Fort Nelson Office 3901 Nahanni Drive Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0

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Sports Dance Umbrella 15th Annual Spring Showcase

The Fishing Report - Kerry Reed

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Once things start to warm up even more, so will the fishing. Our latest Dolly Derby was held over the Easter weekend and saw some nice dollies being caught. Again, not red hot fishing, but the fish that were being caught were quality fish. The top three dollies from the weekend were: 15 1/2 lbs., 13 lbs., and 12 1/2 lbs. Very nice fish. Our boat did alright on the weekend also. Landing a few dollies up to 12 lbs. and a beautiful rainbow that has a story to go with it.

ell it looks like spring is here. Or is it? The weather seems to change by the hour. And that means the fish are confused. Some days they are feeding heavily and other days they don’t want to move. March saw some good fishing days, with five to 10 fish coming in to our boat. But is also saw some days with only one or two fish biting the hook. All par for the course as our water temperature is still hanging around the 40 degree mark. The fish are still a bit lazy.

I decided to take a day off from the big boat and we loaded our 12 foot aluminum boat into the water at the north end of the lake. Since we were planning on fishing for smaller trout and maybe the odd dolly, I only brought my 6 foot spinning rods with me. But, I did bring a few of my big fish lures just to experiment with. So, we headed out for a couple hours of fishing. We let out one spinning rod with a crocodile spoon for the small trout and the other spinning rod had a

Bill Norman on it in hopes of hooking into a dolly. Only about a half hour went by and my spinning rod started to bend. Slowly at first, then starting to pull line. I handed the rod over to 13 year old Nicole to fight the fish. We thought it might be a bigger dolly at first. But after about 15 minutes of fighting this fish, we finally got a glimpse of it. With a big hooked jaw and a bright red stripe, we now knew this was a big rainbow. Column continues to Page 23


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Continued from Page 22 The cold water seems to take a bit of the fight out of the fish. But once this fish saw the boat, off it goes screaming a couple hundred feet of line. Wow, I hope the rod can handle it. Good thing for brand new line, even if it was only 8 lb. test. Nicole fights the fish for another 10 minutes. Bringing it close to the boat and then watching it scream line again. Finally I think it’s beginning to tire out, so I tell her to try to bring it in. But, there is one more dilemma. No net! Since we were only planning on fishing for small trout and in my haste of loading the boat and gear, I didn’t bring a net. Oh well, we have to try to land it some how. I told Nicole to try and turn the fish sideways near the boat. The fish didn’t like that and out it goes again. One more try I said. We only have one Column continues on Page 24

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Continued form Page 23 good chance at this. She reeled it closer again and got it along side the boat. I kneeled down on the floor and reached into the water. With one hand around its tail and one hand under the belly, I managed to pick the fish up and lay it on her lap. Talk about lucky. A giant rainbow in its spawning colours. This was a beauty. We quickly got a few photos and measurements and placed it back into the water to revive. After a few minutes of reviving, this fish was ready to go. Off it went. What a sight to see. We should see this fish in the next few weeks up at the spawning grounds. Congratulations to Nicole for landing this baby and even more grateful to see you let it go. That goes to show you why I love fishing on Kootenay Lake. And also it’s never a bad time to go fishing. Any day can produce a fish of a lifetime. The next few weeks should hopefully see the water temperature rise. And that in turn should see the fish to begin to get more active. Our best fishing is coming up. Let’s get out there.


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What are they biting on? The fish are harder to find right now. So, you need to mix it up. We are fishing both on the surface and down deeper. Bucktail flies on the surface in the usual colours are working. Black/white, gey/white, purple/white are working. My favorites have been: # 228, 215, and lately the 210. Some common names are: grey ghost and bleeding gill. Also catching fish on Bill Norman lures and Lyman plugs on the surface. Favourite colours have been: rainbow, purple/silver, blue/silver, green/silver billies. And an assortment of Lymans: purple/white, green/orange, black/ silver. Also we’ve been using the downriggers for both rainbows and dolly varden (bull trout). Some of our best depths have been 80’, 120’ and even below 150’ lately. We’ve been using our favorite flasher and hoochie combo, or my favorite Lyman plugs are working well. Plug numbers’s 16, 32, 55, and 160 have producing some good fish for me as well. The water temperature is still hanging around 40 degrees, but I did notice slight increases on some days. So, fishing should get better and better as we get into real spring.Tight lines... Kerry Reed runs Reel Adventures Fishing Charters in Nelson. His column is featured in the Star once a month.

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Community Annual Event in Slocan Valley Goes May 5

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Saturday, May 5 marks the ninth annual Water Day celebration taking place in beautiful downtown Winlaw. Started by the Winlaw Watershed Committee, this highly colourful event is a celebration of all things water, and the importance of

water and all its sources in the Slocan Valley. It takes place at and around the Cedar Creek Cafe. Running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. the day features a diverse blend of area musicians, children’s crafts, a variety of community information booths, interactive aquatics displays, the popular silent auction, and of course, the

Water Day Parade which begins at 2 p.m. Lead by the Samba Band, those in the parade will walk, sing and dance their way down to the Slocan River for more celebrations. As this is a well-attended event it is asked that those attending be respectful of the community when parking. Everyone is asked to use

caution whether attending or passing through the area. If attending please be prepared for any type of weather. To stay in touch about Water Day, them on Facebook at Winlaw Water Day- 9thAnnual. Winlaw is located approximately 30 kilometres. north of the Highway 3A junction on Highway 6.

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The Nelson Branch of the BC SPCA invites you to an animal-themed day of fun on May 5. The event, presented by Hill’s Science Diet, takes place from 12 to 3 p.m. at the SPCA, (520-C Falls Street). In addition to featuring pets looking for loving homes, activities at the Nelson SPCA open house will include a barbecue, refreshments, and much more. Hill’s Science Diet is partnering with BC SPCA branches across the province to promote adoption of homeless animals during May. “The open house series is an opportunity for people to meet the animals available for adoption and to have fun learning more about how to help animals in the community,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “We are extremely grateful to Hill’s for sponsoring this series to showcase the wonderful animals we have for adoption.” Hill’s Canada donates free food for all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in BC SPCA branches across the province to ensure that the animals receive a high quality and consistent pet food. The program promotes the health of shelter animals, making them more adoptable and enables animals to be transferred between shelters without suffering any ill effects from changing pet food. Hill’s also gives a free bag of Science Diet to new pet guardians with every BC SPCA cat or dog adoption along with The Guide for Lifelong Health. “We are excited to partner with the BC SPCA for the Annual Open House series,” says Brian Howard, general manager for Hill’s Canada. “Hill’s shelter nutrition partnership with the BC SPCA is a natural extension of our mission: To help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets.” The BC SPCA adopts more than 18,000 animals each year through its 36 branches. All animals adopted from the BC SPCA are vetchecked, vaccinated and altered (spayed or neutered), and assessed for temperament. For more information about the open house series, visit

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Gough, Ruth Anne Peacefully and with much love among friends at Kootenay Lake Hospital, Nelson BC on April 10th 2012 in her 71st year. Ruth was born in Strathroy ON December 4th 1941. For many years a resident of Vancouver; since 1998 in Riondel BC, where the whole community became her family of friends, and knew her as Fiona McLaren. Predeceased by her father, Dr. Harold Gough (1978), her mother, Doris Ruth Gough nee Feasey (2010). Survived by her sister Mary Beth Davies (Peter), and brothers Ted (Jiggs), Bernard (Lynne), John (Enid); Nieces: Michele McKinnie (Lee Christie), Randah McKinnie (Ian Justin), Amy Gough Farnworth (Mike Farnworth), Dalia Gough Anderson (Jamie Anderson); Nephews: Michael Gough and Mark Gough; Great nieces: Lia Stewart (Randah), Wren Christie (Michele), Emily Anderson (Dalia); Great nephews: Liam Farnworth (Amy), Owen Anderson (Dalia), William Justin (Ian). Ruthie will be missed by her family and friends.

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Passing of the Plaque The Knights of Columbus held its annual Citizen of the Year banquet on Saturday night. Last year’s recipient Bill McDonnell (left) presented the award to this year’s choice Bruce Halstead (right).

Jackson Katz Coming to Nelson for Two Events

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Last week marked Prevention of Violence Against Women Week across BC. The week gave communities across the province the opportunity to join together and collectively focus attention on the issue of violence against women and children. Education and raising awareness of the issue are steps that can be taken to prevent the violence that thousands of women and children in BC experience in their lives. The facts about violence against women are staggering. 51 per cent of women in Canada will experience some form of abuse from a partner after the age of 16. Perhaps even more shocking is the fact that one in five women was pregnant when the violence occurred. Every year up to 360,000 children are exposed to domestic violence. Nelson Community Services Centre Advocacy Centre (Nelson

Cares) and police based victim services have partnered to bring Jackson Katz to the community for two events May 9 and 10. Katz is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention and education. Sixty-one per cent of adults in Canada say they personally know at least one woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse. There are services available for those who need them. Nelson Community Services Centre offers counseling for both women and children, and in addition, has a women’s outreach worker who offers practical support, accompaniment and resources to women within Nelson and the outlying area. Aimee Beaulieu Transition House, another program of NCSC, offers safe shelter and support services for women and children 24/7. For more information on the Katz event call project coordinator Bill Reid at 250-352-3756 (office) or 250-509-1164 (cell).

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Special thanks to Dr. M. MacIntyre, the nurses and other caring staff members in Kootenay Lake Hospital who kept Ruth comfortable for her Ànal weeks. Special thanks also to the Riondel community of friends who have been so kind to Fiona and her family members, with music concerts, readings and their caring presence. A memorial service will be held in BC at Riondel Community Church on April 21st at 2 pm. Also, a memorial service will be held at Cook’s Church, 7899 Parkhouse Dr., Mt. Brydges ON on Saturday May 12th at 1:30 PM. Rev. Don Keenliside ofÀciating. In lieu of Áowers, donations to Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Margaret Rose Palesch passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 8th, 2012 in Castlegar, with close family by her side, at the age of 77. Margaret was born in Nelson, BC on June 27th, 1934. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Joseph Anthony Palesch in July 2009. Margaret loved to knit, making beautiful baby sweaters for her many grandchildren, and often enjoyed golÄng with her husband Joseph. Margaret began her career at CPR in Nelson, followed by some time at RHC prior to her retirement in early 2000. We will miss her dearly, as our special mother and grandmother. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, April 30th, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the cemetery, followed by an informal reception at her home in Nelson. Please make any donations to the cancer foundation in lieu of Åowers. ernice Lucille Wesley was born September 4, 1928. She passed away peacefully on April 17, 2012 at Mountain Lake Seniors Community in Nelson. Born in LeRoy, Saskatchewan to Louis and Lorina Bonderud. In 1946, she met the love of her life: Norman Wesley. They lived in Nelson for many years. They had three children. She enjoyed doing ceramics, camping, fishing and spending time with friends and family. She was a mom, grandma, sister, auntie and friend to many. Her kind and gentle nature will be missed by many. She was predeceased by her husband Norman and son Michael. She was survived by daughter Patricia, son Norman, daughter in law Linda, brothers William and Richard, sister Gladys, grandchildren Sandi, Dan ( Jade) and Karen (Rob), great grand daughter Anna and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Walker for her care. We would also like to thank Dr. Janz, Dr. McKechnie and the caring staff at Mountain Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations to Mountain Lake Seniors Community would be appreciated. A graveside service was held at Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 1:00pm with Rev. Marcella Mugford presiding. Online condolences may be expressed at Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.


Ruth Geraldine MacCallum of Fruitvale, B.C. passed away at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, Trail, B.C., surrounded by loving friends. Ruth was the youngest of two children of Gerald (deceased) and hena MacCallum, nee Jacobsen. She is survived by her Mother, hena; her brother, Lawrence (Margaret) and their two children, Deborah (Douglas) and Darcy (Victoria) and their families. As a career military family the MacCallums were posted throughout Europe and Canada. Although Ruth’s formative years were spent living among old world cultures she found her heart had its niche in the rugged landscape and people of the Yukon. These memories were special to her. Ruth earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and her Registered Nursing CertiÀcate in 1968. She went on to further her education with a Master of Science Degree from Arizona State University in 1976. She belonged to the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors and numerous other associations and afÀliations connected to her employment. Ruth was employed in the Àeld of Mental Health practising in Maple Ridge, Nelson, Trail and Castlegar, B.C. She had just recently retired from the Castlegar OfÀce. She brieÁy maintained a small business, Best Options, dealing with Employee Assistance. As a child Ruth was imbued with the cultures of Europe which came together to form a woman of understated reÀnement, grace, class and dignity seldom seen in someone so young. This was evident to the end. We would like to thank Drs. T. Toews, M. Smith and L. Scotland and their team/staff for their excellent care; the nurses and staff of Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital for allowing her dignity; Home Nursing Services; Red Cross Loan Cupboard; and, her extended circle of friends and family. h ere are no words to express the gratitude to her special group of friends who folded her into their arms and Àlled these last months with love, caring, warmth, friendship and quality of life. Thank you. We will all miss that smile as there was no truer friend. Ruth will rest next to her Father in the Garden of Gethsemani, Surrey, B.C. Inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of Áowers please make donations to TB Vets, 1410 Kootenay Street, Vancouver, B.C., V5K 4R1 or the charity of your choice. There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11:00 am at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 1374 Pine Avenue, Trail, B.C. with Canon Neil Elliot, Celebrant. Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the online register at


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May 10th • 7pm May 11th • 7 pm May 12th • 2 & 7 pm Tickets $11 BC ARTS and Culture Week is on until the 28th! Find out what’s going on in your community and schools at

Lost & Found Found Cell Phone @ Kokanee Park ph to ID 250 825-4112 Found Red Kids Bike in Uphill to identify phone 352-9730 REWARD $2000.0 Lost engagement ring, 11 diamonds. Was my mothers ring 250227-9679


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$294+ DAILY Mailing Postcards! Easy! Guaranteed Legit Work! www.ThePostcard $20-$60/hr Using Your Computer! Overnight Cash To Your Doorstep! www.Cash More Amazing Opportunities Visit: AIRLINES ARE Hiring- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783. FISHERIES TECHNICIAN AMEC NELSON, BC Certifications: Fish & Wildlife Technician diploma (or equivalent); Backpack Electrofishing; Swiftwater Rescue Level 1; First Aid Qualifications:i) Proficiency with computers and data entry (Excel and Access); ii) Minimum of 1 year experience in fisheries/aquatics (local experience preferred); iii) Experience with jet boat operation; iv) Willing to work in remote locations; v) Willing to work some nights/weekends. Send an email with your resume outlining the above experience to: HOME BASED Business. We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training.

Education/Trade Schools APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship For Women to attend Journalism certificate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Deadline May 30, 2012. More information:


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THE ONE and only Harley Davidson Technician Training Program in Canada. GPRC Fairview Campus. 15 week program. Current H-D motorcycle training aids. Affordable residences. 1-888-999-7882; TRAIN TO be an Apartment/Condominium Manager at home! We have jobs across Canada. Thousands of graduates working. 31 years of success! Government certified. or 1-800-6658339, 604-681-5456.

Help Wanted Apprentice or Journeymen carpenters wanted please call Ryan @ 250 558-9668 FULL TIME Executive Assistant to the Pastor Needed Kootenay Christian Fellowship, a community minded church with an active ministry with the poor, is looking for an Executive Assistant to the Pastor. Must be proficient in MS Office, Office Administration diploma would be helpful, highly organized, understand basic bookkeeping and be a team player. This is a ministry position, therefore the successful applicant will be expected to attend and support the vision and mission of KCF. Comprehensive wage package according to experience. Email resume to or mail 812 Stanley St, Nelson, BC V1L 1N7 Kootenay Kids Society is seeking Early Childhood Educator to be responsible for implementing a comprehensive, age appropriate program for children age 0-6 years. For detailed job posting please go to Posting closes Apr 27th. Kootenay Society for Community Living is looking for a Community Support Worker to support individuals with developmental disabilities in the community and at day program. Experience and/or Education as well as use of a vehicle essential. Please fax your resume by Apr 26, 2012 to 250 352-0866 or email

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Care Aides & Cooks Career Opportunities at Mountain Lake Seniors Community in Nelson, BC “Pride in Caring” is AdvoCare’s philosophy and we welcome you to become a part of our team! We are currently recruiting casual positions with the potential to be permanent positions; Care Aides The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ exp. as a Care Aide, must be registered with the BC CARE AIDE REGISTRY and have a registration # to be considered. Cooks Must have certification from an approved training program, Food Safe, and a minimum of 2 years cook experience (preferably in a resident care facility enviro). For both positions you must be able to work variable shifts, including weekends, have WHMIS, TB Test and provide a Physician’s Clearance note. Successful candidates will undergo a Criminal Record Clearance. To apply, please go to our website or fax resume to (1)250-352-0056 EXPERIENCED SERVICE Provider for Chrysler dealership in Salmon Arm. Strong customer satisfaction skills. Able to work in a fast paced environment. Excellent wage/ benefit package. Fax resume 1-250-832-4545. E-mail: Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd Has vacancies in the following job: 1)Heavy Duty Mechanic. Details can be seen at Fax resume to 250-287-9259



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Financial Services

LEGAL ASSISTANT REQUIRED for solicitors’ practice. Preference will be given to those with real estate conveyancing and development experience. Deliver resume to the attention of Kenneth R. Watson, Spilker Watson & Company, #2 609 Baker Street Nelson, BC V1L 4J3 fax 250-352-6581 or via email

CONCRETE FINISHERS and Form Setters. Edmonton based company seeks experienced concrete finishers and form setters for work in Edmonton and northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided for out of town work; Cell 780-660-8130. Fax 780-444-7103,



T-MAR INDUSTRIES located in Campbell River is hiring for the position of a qualified Machinist. Position comes with a competitive benefit package and applicant must possess a valid driver’s license. Contact Tyson Lambert. Mail: 5791 Duncan Bay Road, Campbell River BC V9H 1N6 Fax: 250286-9502. WANTED: Servers, bartenders, barrista’s & cooks @ Telegraph Cove Resorts Ltd. Send resume to Box 1, Telegraph Cove, BC V0N 3J0. Fax: 250-928-3105 or email: Attn: Taso.


Medical/Dental Registered Nurses & Licensed Practical Nurses Bayshore Home Health Bayshore Home Health is currently seeking Registered Nurses & Licensed Practical Nurses for night shifts in the Castlegar/ Nelson area to work with children with complex care needs. If you are an RN or LPN and love working with children and their families , we would appreciate hearing from you. Pediatric experience is an asset and we do offer client specific training.

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Help Wanted

Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Services Central Kootenay Transit System

Transit Operators Needed Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Services is looking for Casual Custom Transit Operators for the Nelson area. • Clean driving record with Class 2 licence preferred • Minimum Class 4 required. • Wages and benefits as per collective agreement. If interested please email resume and current driver’s abstract to: For more information call: 250-352-0621.

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1. Only residential Nelson Hydro Customers who reside within the City of Nelson can apply for on-bill ¿nancing as part of the EcoSave Energy Retro¿ts Program. This ¿nancing is not a mandatory requirement of the program. 2. Successful on-bill ¿nancing applicants repay their loan to the City of Nelson through their Nelson Hydro Utility bill. 3. Based on program eligibility criteria, a homeowner may ¿nance up to $10,000 for eligible energy ef¿ciency retro¿ts. 4. Five and ten year amortization terms will be available.


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Business Opportunities

EXCLUSIVE “THINKBIG” Mechanic Training. GPRC Fairview Campus. $1000. entrance scholarship. Paid practicum with Finning. High school diploma and mechanical aptitude. Write apprenticeship exams. 1-888-999-7882;

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Please send your resume and cover letter to: pedsvancouver@ or fax to 1-866-686-7435

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Nelson intends to establish an EcoSave Energy Retro¿ts Program. This program is designed to reduce building energy consumption and lower GHG emissions.


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Dated at Nelson, B. C. this 16th day of April, 2012 Manager of Legislative and Administrative Services

Relief Route Sales Representative If you’re looking for a challenging position with one of the world’s leading snack food companies, here’s your chance to join the largest sales team in Canada as a Relief Route Sales Representative in Nelson, BC and surrounding areas. As a Relief Route Sales Representative you’ll be responsible for managing your route inventory and guaranteeing that the customers’ shelves are fully stocked with fresh Frito Lay products. You’ll also be involved with a number of hands-on activities, including loading and unloading products from the Route Sales truck, handling carton returns for recycling, and assuring that your customers are fully satisfied. Ultimately, your objective will be to develop and maintain your customer base through regular contact, drive sales by merchandising our worldleading snacks, build promotional displays, and make presentations to your customers. If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply online at or fax your resume to:

(780) 577-2174 ATTN: Human Resources

Nelson Star Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate


Financial Services

Garage Sales

For Sale By Owner

Duplex / 4 Plex

PRIVATE FINANCING based on security not credit. 1st,2nd,3rd Mortgages, Equity Loans, Consolidation Loans, Construction Financing, Farm, Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Equipment, Creative Financing Call 1-855-4903535 or email

Mega Garage Sale Apr 27th, 28th & 29th across bridge 604 Johnstone Rd. 8am-4pm

Unfinished cabin on 2.8 acres on Riondel Rd near the Ashram. Will be appraised in May. Making a list of interested individuals. Price likely well under $200,000. Terms Negotiable. Excellent for handy person or couple 780-566-0707

Uphill Nelson duplex suitable for family 4 bdrm, 2 bath sundeck N/S N/P references & DD required $1500/m + utilities avai May 1st messages 505-5188

Legal Services

CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991. DIY STEEL Building deals! Many sizes and models. Make an offer on clearance buildings today and save thousands of dollars. Free brochure - 1-800668-5111 ext. 170. For Sale: Blackberry Pearl 8130 smartphone, gently used. Works with Telus cellular plans only. $40. Call/text 551-7268 SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

Houses For Sale

Nelson Boat House (Not House Boat) secure storage & power avail May 1st N/S $1600/yr 604 989-0258

CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

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Merchandise for Sale

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Misc. Wanted

Garage Sales Basement Sale: Ascension Lutheran Church 1805 Silver King Road Apr 27th & 28th 8am-1pm Coffee & Muffins Lots of good stuff

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent Nelson: 2 bdrm apartment avail. Immediately. NS/NP $825/mo incl. power 365-7335

Apartment Furnished SWEET furnished basement 2 rooms + kitchen + bathroom. Rosemont, garden space. N/S, pet ok. Child friendly. Suitable for 2 students to share. Honest, respectful tenant who enjoys gardening. $850 incl. utilities, negotiable for yard maintenance. 250-505-5787

Real Estate For Sale By Owner MERRITT SxS Duplex. DOWNTOWN. 1 Side newly decorated and vacant. Other side rented. Each side has 4 bdrms, 3- 4 pce baths, garden area & storage shed. $337,900. (604)534-2748.

Homes for Rent 2 bdrm bungalow 6010 Harrop Procter Road close to Harrop ferry avai June 1st $1000/mo + utilities 229-4374 Lrg 3 bdrm home lake front access 20 min East of Nelson N/S N/P $1300/m + utilities Avail June 1 250 352-0009 Nelson: Small House 1 bdrm, kitchen living room combined N/S N/P call 352-5498 or 352-7884 Nelson: Well maintained 4bdrm, 2 bath family home. F/S, D/W, W/D, NS/NP $1200/mo + utilities avail May 1st Attn Larry 250-352-3581 (Rosling Real Estate)

Nelson: 1800 sq ft street level in commercial building with excellent exposure. Natural light and recent renovations parking avail 352-2629 or 354-8403

Duplex / 4 Plex

Suites, Lower

NELSON: Uphill Sunny 2 bdrm wood floors, gas f/p, yard. NS/NP $1000/mo + Util Avail. June 1st 250-505-2103

Bright & Spacious 3bdrm suite 7 miles west of Nelson in an exquisite nature setting. W/D NS/ND $965/mo 359-6669

Commercial/ Industrial

Suites, Lower

Auto Financing


Motorcycles Motorcycles: V Star Silverado 1100 Special Edition #268 only 500. Excellent touring bike, silver/white, 22480 km, very clean, she’s a beauty! $6,488. Call today 250 357-2267.

Like New Uphill walkout studio, partially furnished, suitable to a single person, preference to mature, long term tenant N/S N/P avail May 1st $650/m includes utilities References required 352-1951

Want to Rent Nelson: Long-time West Kootenay resident requires affordable housing in Nelson, or area. Over 50, quiet & responsible solid tenant. Up to $550./m all included. call Marty @ 352-9876


Community Newspapers

1999 Palomino 21’ tent trailer, sleeps 8, new king & queen foamies, 3 way fridge, propane stove, $5000, 250-368-7286

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Rooms for Rent 2 rooms furnished NS/NP, W/D, & wifi. Avail now $400 or $475/mo all incl. 354-3922 Blewett Room for Rent 10 mins from Nelson, house next to Eagle Creek, garden space W/D N/S N/P (cat is temporary) 2 baths, big windows, lots of morning sun, 2 decks, mature indv experienced in shared living & healthy lifestyle $575/m + utilit avail May 1st 352-0886

Local Coin Collector buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic, Gold & Silver Coins. Call Chad 250-499-0251

Farm Equipment Ford 8N Tractor $1800.00 Are you interested in Share Cropping? About 20 level acres in Crawford Bay 505-5200

Almost waterfront 3475 Fisherman Rd 10 mins from Nelson private 6 acres 3 brd 3 bath 2400 sf newly renovated $579,900. 354-7383

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Sentinel Boarding Kennels snowbirds are back, business as usual book a summer vacation for your pets 250 359-7433

NELSON: April 28th 8am-1pm 420 Third St. Collectables, books, skis, inflatable bed, golf clubs, BBQ, Air Hockey

Rentals Beautiful 1 bdrm suite located in Upper Fairview. Brand new ground level suite is sunny & private, convenient, bordering Davis St park and the trail. In-floor heating, W/D, private entrance & patio. avail May 1 st $1000/m + utilities 352-5544


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DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

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Cars - Domestic 2006 Toyota Corolla one owner, low km (74,000) well maintained, very clean, standard, moon roof, sports rack, hidden hitch, cruise control, 2 sets of tires on rims $11,000 352-1951

BIG FOOT Sightings! New 2012 Big Foot Campers have arrived only at Mike Rosman RV! 1-800-667-0024

Scrap Car Removal Scrap Batteries Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

Boats 2008 Seadoo GTI130 1 owner, 3 person water craft. only 50 hours on this unit. Dealer maintained & serviced. Cover, bumpers, trailer incl. Pkg new was $12,083 + tax, first $6,450 takes!! 250-551-3336/250-352-3942


Dine Out Nelson A city-wide celebration of dining out.

May 7, 8 & 9 Dine out Nelson is a restaurant festival highlighting our amazing restaurants. Food lovers can enjoy fabulous Prix Fixe menu items at any of the participating restaurants for these three nights only and 10% of Dine Out Nelson sales will go to Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy! Prix fixe (fixed price) menus are priced at $15, 25, 35 or $45 (wine or beer pairing may also be available). Check the VURB Facebook page for menus and booking details.

Make your reservations today and don’t miss out on this amazing restaurant festival! Participating restaurants include:



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On Sunday a search and rescue training mission involving federal search and rescue crew from Comox and Civil Air Search and Rescue Association team members took place in a field in the Proctor area where a mock plane crash site was set up. A Cormorant helicopter and Buffalo fixed-wing search plane was involved and were clearly visible flying up and down the west arm Sunday morning. Three SAR members were also seen parachuting down to the mock crash site where they continued their training mission with tending to the two mock victims’ injuries. Don Mackinnon, CASARA Zone Commander, said that the training weekend was part of ongoing training done in areas all over the province to test the SAR techs for locating targets.













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Small Business

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Small Business



2811 Popoff Road South Slocan, BC V0G 2G0



wners Mark and Lori Loran, who previously had nine years experience in the production of the much acclaimed Rainforest Sprinklers, have decided to use their expertise to offer a completely new concept in gardening and gift ideas - all attractivly displayed in a convenient location adjacent to main Highway 3A just 20 minutes out of Nelson/Castlegar. There’s plenty of parking and helpful, knowledgeable staff who can give plenty of advice on all aspects of gardening. A tremendous selection of quality shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals, herbs, veggie starts, Cinnabar soils, and fertilizers and includes a wind range of organic and pesticide free garden solutions. Many of the gift ideas are unique to Dig and include items such as Laura Ashley. Says Mark: “It has been a dream for quite some time to open my own garden centre which would combine the best in all aspects of gardening and gifts. We have only been open for a month but the reaction from customers has been excellent.”

Come visit us for our Grand Opening on April 28th!

What is WHARFHOUSE? Where did the name come from? Everybody asks this. The previous owner had a restaurant on West Coast under name Wharfhouse, when she moved to Nelson, she started a bookkeeping business, and kept the same name. When I purchased this business in 2006, I kept the name because I feel that it fits the Kootenays very well. Isn’t going GREEN a challenge for a bookkeeping office where everything depends on paper? You are right! This is a big transition for us. Going green and using new technology saves time and money, not only for us, but for every client that participates. We used to make 2 photocopies of each and every receipt that every client brought in – one for our files and another for the CRA. By going green, clients keep their receipts (should be kept for 6 years) and we just keep the essentials, such as authorization forms and initial interview documentation. This year we are also introducing direct deposit options for employers when they do payroll. We provide payroll service for many companies with anywhere from 1 to 30 employees. Direct deposit allows employers to be free from the worries of when and how to write paycheques. We process the payroll and activate the direct deposit. It also allows employees to see their paystubs on a secure website with their own password. Anna, you are NOT a Certified Accountant, what services do you provide to your clients? Our office has been in the Nelson Area for 20 years. It is primarily a bookkeeping office but we also

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provide a full spectrum of accounting services for small businesses: bookkeeping, payroll, HST & PST preparation, WCB, personal income taxes and corporate taxes.

What differentiates your company from any other bookkeeper? Great question! I believe that we have an experienced, established, and reliable office in a great Nelson location. During the week there is always somebody available to answer your questions, which gives us the advantage over the other bookkeepers. If a client is not required to provide reviewed or audited financial statements to third parties, we can prepare quality product without certification. This allows our clients to get their taxes filed and receive internal financial statements with minimal expenses. What do you enjoy most about your work? I like solving problems and meeting new families. I get great satisfaction when a family can take an extra vacation after I have saved them some money on taxes or taken over the burden of doing their bookkeeping. What do you like best about living in Nelson? The people! The most supportive and kind people I have ever met live in Nelson. I have the most loyal clients and the best office support who have been with me for the last 5 years. Kate knows my clients better than I do, and of course all of the Balfour and Nelson families that have supported me as a single mother. It is only with their help I can handle running a business and raising two wonderful children.

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4Cats Arts Studio Nelson 524 Victoria St. V1L 4K8 Owner: Melanie Ward Curators: Carrie Clark, Dawn Somers, Eli Geddis


our business......4Cats is a professional art studio for artists ages 2-15. Taking inspiration from the works of famous artists, 4Cats Kids create imaginative works using professional quality art materials. Highly trained 4cats curators are dedicated to cultivating the child’s natural ability to see and think like an artist. Curators tell captivating and inspiring stories in a fun and humorous manner about the life and work of the artist being introduced. 4cats encourages a love of learning, beauty and art. It was founded in 2005 when founder and CEO Joey Simon began offering 4Cats classes out of the basement of a beautiful old character home in Victoria on Vancouver Island BC, Canada. The 4Cats Story.......On September 18th, 1998, Jet Simon was born at only 26 weeks. Due to his prematurity, doctor’s explained the likelihood of Jet developing learning difficulties was high, Jet’s mom, Joey Simon decided to train in the principles of Montessori education to help and encourage Jet in his learning. As artists, Joey and Jet’s father, Darryl, shared their love of art with Jet. When Jet became a toddler, Joey and Jet went to the library, read art books and started painting. Jet was especially interested in the life stories of the artists. Four year old Jet’s paintings and art stories were impressive. Other parents asked Joey if she would consider offering art workshops for children. 4Cats was born! The name 4Cats is inspired by the 4Cats Cafe in Barcelona, Spain. The 4Cats Cafe (Els Quatre Gats) is the place where Picasso went with artist, poet and philosopher friends to discuss art and life and make and show great art! This is what we do, create masterpieces and talk about art! “4Cats Nelson has had an amazing response from the community! “ “We’ve had 14 birthday parties(clay, dragon and splatter). School District #8(French), St. Joseph, Trafalgar, Community Christian School and Project Adventure(a visually impaired group) all came for Field Trips and our Winter schedule was a huge success! We just started our spring session classes and they are filling up quickly!” “We have an exciting schedule coming up for summer too! Artist Camps(Robert Bateman, Abstract Expressionists), Underwater Theme Camps- paintings, puppets and sculpture, and lots more!!!!” “ I feel very fortunate to have been able to bring 4Cats Arts Studio to Nelson. The people behind the company are fantastic, supportive and genuinely care about children and families.” We can be reached at (250) 354-CATS (2287) or email Our webpage is

250. 551.4681

fter relocating from London, Enlgand in 2011, to be closer to family in Nelson, husband and wife duo, Roger and Wabie Quayle, started Starbird Bakehouse to share their love of crepes and cupcakes. You have likely experienced their crepe cart at the local Cottonwood and Downtown Nelson’s summer markets or in their permanent summer location parked on the 400 block of Baker Street on non-market days, serving up delicious sweet and savoury crepes. Starbird’s crepes present the perfect alternative to traditional catering by offering a unique opportunity to enjoy scrumptious crepes, prepared fresh for your guests, on any occasion, at any venue. Starbird’s very own cake artist can design custom-made cupcakes for your special occasion, handmade from scratch and delivered to your front door. Also specializing in decadent cakes, cake pops and stunning dessert tables, special events are Starbird’s forte!

Be sure to check out their Facebook page to see their vast gallery of cake designs. Call Roger and Wabie anytime at 250.551.4681 to see how they can make your day a little sweeter!

Small Business Wednesday, April 25, 2012 B3

Reo’s Video 607 Front St. Nelson, BC 250-352-7422 Reo’s Video has been a colourful and important part of the community of Nelson since 1987. During the 25 years that Reo’s has been serving Nelson, they’ve seen the eras of vhs, beta, laser discs, dvd, blu-ray and more and, while the industry is ever changing, one thing that has been constant over the years is their dedication to excellent customer service. The friendly and enthusiastic staff are always helpful in finding the right movie to meet your individual taste and mood.

meet new people with similar tastes. “Reo’s prides itself on our breadth of film and we continue to enhance our library with classic, foreign, independent, documentary and underground titles… we cater to a very diverse audience that is representative of the Nelson community,” said Osak, adding that Reo’s has become a place where people go to look for escape. “People are looking for escapism and entertainment and we are exceptionally good at providing our customers with both.”

“Our commitment to a high level of customer service has been a trademark here,” said Paul Osak, owner of Reo’s.

A new service that Reo’s now offers the community is the use of its private media room.

“The individual attention we provide means that our customers keep returning, we get to know their tastes, and they get to know our staff.”

Created in the renovated second floor, the private screening room seats 12 with a high-definition projector, surround sound and kitchen. This is a great way to enjoy an evening with friends whether watching a movie, playing games or tuning into the latest televised sporting event.

While Reo’s is one of Nelson’s most unique businesses from the exterior, once inside it becomes a hub for community members to catch up with friends, discuss films or even

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Granite Pointe Golf Club 1133 Richards Street West Nelson, BC V1L 3K3 250-352-5913 Whether or not you’re a golfer, there’s reason to be excited about Granite Pointe’s season opening. More than just a golf club, Granite Pointe is home to the freshly re-disigned fairway restaurant, The Wedge, and one of Nelson’s few licensed patios. “You don’t have to be a member to dine here,” General Manager Robyn Mitz says. “It’s a great place for people in Rosemont to just come for a drink in the sun, without having to worry about driving home.” A former manager at Whitewater, Mitz has spent her first year at Granite Point looking for ways to infuse the community feeling she knew from the ski hill into the golf course.

“We have a lot of amazing longtime members who have supported us throughout the years,” Mitz says. “Attracting new members is one of the biggest challenges.” She hopes giving more people a reason to visit Granite Pointe also lead to more people deciding to dust off their old clubs of take up golf for the first time. This year, the club will be particularly focused on bringing in more youth golfers with a new juniors program. As well, it will be offering a ladies “Nine and Dine” night where women can enjoy a round of golf and dinner for $35. The cost of membership also came down a bit this year.

“The reality is fewer people are golfing, and if we want to make this club sustainable, we need some new ideas,” Mitz says.

“We want to give people lots of reasons to come here,” Mitz says. “If the community wants a golf course here, they need to use it.”

Granite Pointe is run by a non-profit society, which means every member gets to vote at an Annual General Meeting and is directly involved with shaping the future of the 18-hole course.

Granite Point opened its course, driving range and restaurant April 19, though carts won’t be available on the course until April 29. Book your tee time by calling 250-352-5913.



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402 Baker Street, Nelson

6376 Slocan River Road Winlaw, British Columbia


Annie’s Boutique opened in 2002 in beautiful

downtown Nelson, BC. At that time, Anne’s job Located in the Slocan Valley near the community of Winlaw, Against the Wind is a small “destination nursery” well worth the visit. We pride ourselves on a relaxed atmosphere, and a Àne selection of perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses. In addition to our available plant selction, we propagate and grow a new crop of out-of-theordinary perennials each year. As a destination nursery we not only serve our local community, but strive to attract people from further away, and to provide a unique and satisfying shopping experience with personalized service. Our nursery is surrounded by display gardens where you can Ànd more mature plant specimens, and planting combinations designed to accent form, colour and texture. Views from the deck of our retail shed extend beyond the display gardens to the farm gardens below where blueberries, garlic, lavender, fruit trees and our annual vegetable crops grow. We have designed our nursery to Àt seamlessly into our farm activities, and hope that our efforts are as inspiring to our customers and visitors as they are a place of continual enjoyment for us. Since 2008, we have been creating a place that we have always wanted to Ànd. Garden consultations, gift certiÀcates and free information sessions for gardeners are amongst our services. For more information, visit our website: and visit us on Facebook,

had moved to Alberta, and she and her family made the decision to stay in Nelson. With a background in business, and a desire to do something in the community, Anne decided to open a small retail operation that soon grew from a small maternity and baby store to a full boutique featuring fashions and swimwear for women, men, and children as well as fabulous bath and body products. You will Ànd popular brands such as Point Zero, Foxy, Spicy Sugar, Burnside, and more. “Our goal is to provide our customers with stylish clothing and accessories at a reasonable price. When we look at what to bring into the store, we keep a close eye on current trends and have our customers wants and needs in mind at all times. We almost always have a sale rack on the go for extra savings too”, says Anne. Anne has also been the driving force behind some familiar events in the community. In October, you can donate your hair in order for it to be made into wigs for cancer patients at “Take it Off Day”. In February, you may see a sea of pink for the annual “Pink T-Shirt Day” anti bullying campaign -- Annie’s Boutique donates hundreds of t-shirts to local schools with the help of sponsor donations and t-shirt sales through the store. Local, community minded, and they really are where fashion and affordability meet.

Celebrating Small ph: 250. 505. 6727 eah Brown started Footsteps Eco Adventures, a Slocan Valley based business, three years ago. Footsteps tours focus on wilderness adventures, hiking the beautiful backcountry of the Kootenay, biking downhill and cross country trails in the Slocan Valley, and paddling the serene Slocan and Kootenay lakes. Brown is the owner and operator of Footsteps and her vision is to create sustainable wilderness tours that network with local businesses and highlight the diverse flora and fauna of the area. Footsteps is equipped with a 15 passenger tour van that is perfect for groups and has a bike rack on the roof. This summer Brown will be running mountain bike shuttle days in the Slocan Valley. Footsteps will also be running a four day adventure camp for kids ages 9-13 in July. Check out her website for details at or email or call Leah at or 250-505-6727.

All Play Pet Care was established in 2002 by Sarah Kemp. In the beginning, All Play was a dog walking company with the dream of growing into a downtown doggy daycare. In 2005 Sarah was able to fulfill that dream and open her Herridge Lane location as a full service daycare centre. All Play’s daycare caters to all types and sizes of dogs. Whether it be dogs who need a supportive environment to become more socialized or puppies who need to burn off some excess energy, All Play can help. In July 2011, Sarah expanded All Play once again and opened up a full retail store inside of her daycare. The store now includes Nutrisource dog and cat food and a great selection of quality toys. There has been an impressive amount of positive feedback from her clients about the food. The next step in All Play’s vision is to offer quality dog care throughout BC and beyond.

The first franchise has been sold and opens in Castlegar May 1st.


Laura Wilby Photography



250.352.2021 Hours mon-fri 8am-5:30pm 250-354-9136


aura Wilby has been photographing the people of the Kootenays for 10 years, first in Grand Forks, and now in Nelson for the past 3 years. Laura’s portraiture is natural and relaxed often featuring the stunning scenery of the Kootenays. Her passion is making portraits that are flattering and show the client’s unique beauty. Laura wants everyone to have a photograph of themselves that they love! Laura specializes in weddings and portraits including business head shots and group portraits. Call by April 30th to schedule a business portrait and receive a $25 discount when you mention this ad.

Plan B Custom Catering & Curbside Eatery Box 886, Salmo, BC, V0G 1Z0

Plan B Custom Catering & Curbside Eatery is locally owned and operated by Blair & Jennifer Peel. Having a family, with two children, has driven Blair to create a company that is family orientated and allows him to cook food that not only he is proud to serve to his family but to the public as well. Plan B is based out of Salmo, but is completely mobile allowing us to serve at any location. It has been operating since September, 2011 mainly with Plan B Custom Catering. With the recent addition of the food truck “Confusion Taco” business has grown dramatically. Confusion Taco envelopes fresh tastes of fusion cuisine in an outdoor atmosphere. Plan B’s mission is not only have great tasting food, but to have efÀcient and friendly service. Plan B & Confusion Taco concentrates on customer satisfaction and quality food that is always fresh with bold Áavor, utilizing local ingredients as much as possible. With over 17 years experience in the industry coupled with extensive training cooking for celebrities and rock stars such as Metallica, Godsmack, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Springsteen, Angelina For Location Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton, Blair is & Hours visit a “red seal’ journeyman chef. The our web site wide range of exposure offered by his career will allow him to create or call 551-3533 a vast range of Áavors to please the clients’ palate!

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Opening May 1st Marisa Vachon is a resourceful Kootenay style entrepreneur with many skills and interests. Marisa started her company Wellness Qi as a response to the growing number of people who are making a proactive shift toward health maintenance and preventive care. Marisa offers personalized services, tailored to your specific needs. Qi Wellness is an umbrella for all these services designed to improve your wellbeing on all levels. Qi gong, yoga, dance, bodywork, cultured food and eco-friendly house keeping and gardening. Marisa passion for movement and dance led her to study around the world with pioneers of the art form, later working as a choreographer, facilitating dance, qi gong and yoga classes. She has classes beginning April 25: Synergy, a journey with dance improvisation and Sacred Treasures, The way of the Feminine. She studied several forms of body work, worked at Hollyhock as a therapist and has been offering her massage, thai massage and acupressure services to folks in the Kootenay area. Marisa also has created a full complement of delicious and nutritious cultured foods: Caspian sea yogurt, water kefir, kombu-

cha, rejuvelac and cultured vegetables. “I became interested in live cultured foods when I learned of their health benefits. All the cultured foods contain living probiotics and numerous healthy enzymes, vitamins and minerals and they are tasty.” Contact Marisa to enrol in a dance class, set up a bodywork session or ask about cultured foods, call 250.352.0886 Visit her website:

flowers • plants • gifts

Kyla Jakovickas & Charles Arnold Find us at:

621b Herridge Lane Across the Lane from All Seasons Cafe

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hether you want more privacy, sun control or heat insulation, there’s a window covering right for the job. The problem is finding it. That’s where Rebecca George, owner of Blind Faith Window Coverings, comes in. With 25 years experience in the home decorating industry, she’ll make sure you find exactly what you’re looking for. “I’m incredibly practical,” George says. “I always look for function first, then style and design.” In her brand new Nelson showroom, located at 214B Vernon St. inside Kitchen Connection, you can see samples of the many products she offers—from wooden shutters to roller shades and fabric blinds. “I offer a lot of unique styles that function differently from blinds you’d get at a hardware store,” George says. “The showroom gives me a place to meet clients and show them some options. They can actually see and touch a scale-model of the product.” Still, the showroom is no substitute to having George walk through your house. With complimentary in-home consultations, George brings everything to you. After seeing your windows and discussing your needs, George will narrow down the options and help you pick the best solution. “I’ve done everything from little cabins in the country to modern homes,” George says. “I have something for all styles and budgets.” Once you’ve decided on a product, George orders the window coverings and personally installs them, with the help of an assistant. She says, “I make sure the job is done right, from start to finish, and that you’re completely satisfied.”

To schedule a consultation or an appointment to see the showroom, call Rebecca George at 250-352-5204.



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Kootenay Sprinkler Owners: Robert John Installations Inc. Phillips & Maureen PO Box 42 Somerville Phillips Ymir, BC V0G 2K0

250-509-1070 250-354-8747 • rick@


ou may have seen their signs on Perrier Lane, 5th St, Fairway Dr or on the new Main Jet building across the bridge… Red Dog Carpentry is a licensed local builder with the Home Protection Office, building commercial properties, custom homes and also home renovations. Owner Rick Short comes from a long line of carpenters, starting part time with his father’s renovation company while still in public school. Rick moved to Nelson from Toronto in 1992 and has been working on construction sites for nearly 30 years. Rick believes that reputation is the key to success in a small town and to do this he regularly uses the same local sub contractors that he has worked with and trusts.

The greatest gift idea ever… a one-of-a-kind and hand-made Stand Up Paddle board. Steve Kerr started designing paddle boards after discovering a passion for the sport and Ànding that his tile and stone masonry skills translated well to the the Áuid lines and curves of his boards. Kerr uses locally grown and sustainably harvested cedar to produce his hollow wood Stand Up Paddle boards. “I’m an advocate for ecological sustainability and freshwater stewardship” says Kerr. The workshop is tidy, but littered with beautiful wood shavings from the most recent paddle board. For fun, Àtness and as an easy step into tranquility on the water.

Rick would like to thank all of his sub contractors and his hard working crew, Andrew, Brad, Dennis, Erik, Mark and Rob, for their efforts in making Red Dog Carpentry what it is today!

Robert John Phillips and wife Maureen relocated their business to Ymir in 1996. Kootenay Sprinklers is your fire suppression specialists in the Kootenays working in partnership with local fire departments. Full Service offering Annual Inspections, New Installations, Service and Repair.

Rick, his wife Alex and two daughters Skyla and Taya are active members in the community, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere but here.

Residential - Commercial - Industrial

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parx was started, is owned, and operated by Dan Johnson. Dan started working in the electrical trade in 1989. After working for the Ministry of Transportation he started Sparx Electrical in 2007. Dan learned the trade working alongside his father who was an electrical contractor in Nelson and area for over 40 years before retiring. Dan and his wife Sheryl raised their two sons in Nelson and when Nick chose to do his electrical apprenticeship, he came back to Nelson to join the family business.

work while maintaining ethical business practices and Sheryl assists with all the ofÀce administrative duties.

Dan likes the challenge of a difÀcult job, trouble shooting any problems and taking on any project.

They provide full capability electrical contracting for new construction, renovations, tenant improvements, service upgrades, exterior, interior and landscape lighting, retroÀts and service installations.

Sparx is proud of its dependability and ability to recognize that their customer’s time is valuable. Dan and Nick offer an efÀcient operation and superior quality

Dan also owns a Bobcat with backhoe and is an experienced operator. As a result, they can do the digging that needs to be done for any electrical job. S p a r x Electrical Ltd. is a full service electrical contracting company serving residential and commercial customers in Nelson and surrounding area.

Business Country Inn B&B 8941 Highway 6 Silverton B.C. 250-358-7787 Mistaya Country Inn is a secluded B&B in the Slocan Valley, 10 km south of Silverton and approximately an hour and a quarter from Nelson and Castlegar. Mistaya’s 90 acres were homesteaded and farmed in the early 1900’s. The current owner, Sue Davies, opened a B&B in 1992 qnd is celebrating the 20th anniversary this spring. Any guests staying in May or June will receive a $10.00 discount on their room. The inn is an ideal location from which to explore the Selkirk Mountains by foot, bike, or car. This area provides a great deal of opportunity from bird watching, to mountain biking. Visitors enjoy cycling the rail bed, exploring ghost towns, swimming, Àshing, kayaking, golf, hiking, wildlife viewing, museums and cultural events which are all found within a short drive. Mistaya has 3 guest rooms, a large guest sitting room overlooking the Valhalla mountains, an outside BBQ and picnic area, Àre pits, and walking trails. Our web site is

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Dr. Daniels 511 Vernon Street Nelson BC V1L 4E9 250-352-7239 After 35 years as an optometrist in Nelson, Dr. Roland Daniels has toyed with the idea of retirement. A couple years back he found another doctor to share his downtown eye clinic and scaled back his hours to part time. But the easy life didn’t suit him, and this spring he decided to resume his fulltime hours.

high blood pressure and multiple sclerosis are only some of the diseases visible through an eye examination.

“I enjoy the work, it gives me an anchor and a reason to keep learning,” the 61-year-old says, noting that all optometrists have to take courses every year to keep their license.

Daniels first opened his clinic in an upstairs suite on Baker Street in 1976, with the help of just one staff person. Today the clinic has grown to a full service eye clinic, employing seven staff including his daughter Larissa Parry who has been manager since 2004.

Daniels also likes to keep up on latest eye care technology to ensure he’s using the best diagnostic tools available when scanning his patients’ eyes for early signs of disease. “Everyone up to the age of 65 should get eye exams every two years to check on their eye health, whether or not they need glasses,” Daniels says. “After age 65, annual eye check-ups are recommended.” The eye mirrors a persons general health as well as eye diseases. Diabetes,

“With the modern technology we have at the clinic, we make sure we don’t miss anything in our exams,” Daniels says. “We do our best to ensure peoples eyes are healthy by a thorough examination”

“I consider myself lucky to be able to work with my dad and live in Nelson,” Parry says. Both father and daughter agree that the best part of their job is helping people. “We’re here to give people the most complete and accurate eye exam possible,” Parry says. “When people leave here, we want them to feel we’ve 100 per cent taken care of their eye care needs.”

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Nelson Home Hardware Building Centre 101 McDonald Drive Nelson, BC V1L 2R5 250-352-1919 Not many home construction projects go on in Nelson without supplies from the Home Hardware Building Centre. With all the building materials, tools and hardware you’d need to build a home from the ground up, the locally-owned franchise is the go to spot for building contractors and do-ityourselfers. “The atmosphere and customer service is what sets us apart,” Owner Randy Horswill says. “We have an amazing staff making sure you find everything you need.” The Nelson Home Hardware franchise was started by Horswill’s great grandfather, who opened Hipperson’s on Baker Street in 1923. The business was passed down through the generations, with Horswill

taking the helm in 1997. “I started working there evenings and weekends as a teenager,” he says. “It’s like a second home for me.” In 2003, Horswill bought the building centre near Lakeside Drive for a second Home Hardware location, which has been so popular he’s expanded it twice in less than a decade. Now you can put up the walls of your home with supplies from the building centre, then fill it with housewares and home decor from Hipperson’s. “The two stores really compliment each other,” Horswill says. “We’ve brought an amazing line of products to Nelson, and because we’re part of the Home Hardware chain, we can keep our prices competitive.”


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Feelings with Flowers 513A Front St. Nelson, BC V1L 4B4


There’s nothing quite like a fresh bouquet of flowers to brighten someone’s day. Just ask Deb Pasacreta, owner of Feeling with Flowers. She’s been helping people pick out the perfect blooms for gifts and special occasions for the past five years. “Everyone is always happy to get flowers,” she says. “To celebrate a birth or anniversary or just show somebody you care, flowers are the perfect gift.” The only full-service florist in downtown Nelson, Feeling with Flowers offers everything from artificial flowers to potted plants and gifts. But most people come in for the professionally arranged bouquets, available for pickup or delivery. “We have fresh flowers delivered at least twice a week, so our bouquets our long lasting,” Deb says, noting that she prefers to buy from BC-based growers with a conscience, though some specialty items need to come from further afield. Attached to the flower shop, Deb also runs What’s Happening Party Rentals, which offers tents, tables, and everything else for an outdoor wedding or event—a natural companion to a flower business.

Born and raised in Nelson, Deb was a waitress at the Hume for 20 years before buying the flower business. Many of her regulars from the restaurant now come to her for flowers. “They know me and they know they’ll get good service here,” Deb says. “Some people come in knowing exactly what they want, but even if someone doesn’t know much about flowers, I’m here help them pick out something special.” With summer and wedding-season approaching, it’s soon to be the busiest time of year for florists. Deb is grateful for the help of her talented staff, including head floral designer Nadine Bakas, a fellow Nelsonite, born and raised, with 29 years experience in the floral industry. “Nadine has superior design skills with a strong creative flair,” Deb says. She’s also appreciates the help of Kelly Fry, the newest addition to the Feeling with Flowers staff, and her semi-retired parents, Viv and Mel. Deb says, “I have an amazing team to make sure every customer finds what they need.”

“We make it convenient for a bride to get everything in one spot,” Deb says.

Celebrating Small The Fairies Pyjamas 3558 Baker St. Nelson, B.C. 250-352-0781•


he Fairies Pyjamas owner Michelle Lynn Johnson can’t wait to get her 2012 clothing line on the racks. Johnson’s fairy designs have always been fair trade, but now she’s taking her ethical business model a step further by using organic materials in all her stretch lycra pieces. “This is another way for us to raise the bar for the quality of fabric and consistency of colour we work with,” Johnson says. “We already have high standards for ethical, sustainable business. This is just another step we can take.” The Fairies Pyjamas has grown to the point where it can purchase a large volume of organic material at a low enough cost to continue selling its clothing at the fair prices customers have come to expect. “We’re using our success to improve our products,” Johnson says. “With the economy the way it is, we still think people should be ale to afford good clothing and a creative style.” The Fairies Pyjamas has two stores, one downtown Nelson and the other in Toronto’s Kensington Market. These serve as western and eastern “Fairy Base Stations,” selling leftover products from the store’s popular displays at summer festivals. “You can buy festival clothing here year-round,” Johnson says, noting the store is having a massive sale right now to clear out old stock. “People are always surprised at our prices. Right now you can get two tops and two pairs of pants here for under $100.” In the summer Johnson, and other staff at The Fairies Pyjamas, hit the festival circuit across Canada. Some weekends they’ll have tables at different festivals. “That’s the best part,” Johnson says. “We get to see people wearing our clothes around, expressing themselves through fashion.”



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SkinBliss Laser & Body Clinic 210-601 Front Street Nelson BC V1L 4B6 250-352-7710 Rebecca Wilcox’s makeup is permanently perfect. Her skin, flawless. That’s one benefit of running a Medi-Spa: she has easy access to all the products and treatments. “I’m big on results,” SkinBliss owner Rebecca Wilcox says. “If I wouldn’t use it on myself, I wouldn’t offer it here.” Celebrating its two year anniversary in Nelson, SkinBliss is the place to go for solutions to many skin concerns, uniquely combining spa luxury with medical effectiveness. With a free consultation, Rebecca and her colleague Colleen O’Sullivan, are sure to surprise you with the range of treatments and technology they have on hand. We strive to bring cutting edge technology at affordable prices that are attainable to all. They offer treatments for acne, scar revision, vascular veins, unwanted hair growth and signs of aging, as well as long lasting eyelash extensions, skin peels and permanent make-up tattooing. Plus, they do all the standard Esthetic treatments offered at a spa, including massage, facials, organic makeup, manicures, waxing and much more. Rebecca says she likes the variety, “I never want to do the same thing everyday.” She is constantly researching new technology, attending professional development meetings

and seminars and bringing new products and treatments into the clinic. The SkinBliss website is constantly updated to highlight new offerings and monthly specials. SkinBliss believes in giving back to this community, which has been so supportive of us, we enjoy supporting local events in any way possible. “Every skin care product we carry is exclusively physician-developed, pharmaceutical grade, has research to back it, and prove it works,” Rebecca says. “We don’t carry anything tested on animals, and we feel strongly about carrying a variety of organic product lines, including organic skincare, make-up and nail polishes.” Rebecca worked in the Esthetics industry for over 20 years with the last 10 years in medical esthetics in Vancouver training under two of the top Dermatologists in BC. She recently returned to Nelson, where she was born and raised, to open SkinBliss and be close to family and offer a healthier lifestyle for herself and her daughter. “I wanted to offer all the medical skin treatments people could get in the big city, but right here in Nelson,” Rebecca says. “Having healthy beautiful skin at any age gives people more confidence. When people leave here smiling, and feeling more confident, that’s the most rewarding part of the job for us.”

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s the only full-service luxury accommodation in Kaslo and area, the Kaslo Hotel offers visitors an experience that is not soon to be forgotten. Newly renovated on the same site as the original Kaslo Hotel built in 1896, the hotel now features a thoroughly modern build, reconfigured guest rooms, pub and dining room. New patios and balconies offer what hotel manager Andy LeCouffe says is arguably the best lake and mountain view in the Kootenays. Those visiting the area will be pleased with the kind and helpful staff. “We’re used as the unofficial visitors’ centre,” said LeCouffe, adding that they offer information to visitors in the area regularly. However, one doesn’t need to be an overnight guest to enjoy an experience

at the Kaslo Hotel. With a fresh new spring menu, the hotel is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and offers a unique and delicious brunch menu every weekend. They also keep a great selection of regional beer on tap with plenty more international imports to choose from. “It’s just a really pleasant place to come enjoy a beverage and a meal,” said LeCouffe. Its presence on Front Street in Kaslo is hard to ignore and with plenty of shops and galleries just steps from the hotel, a visit to the Kaslo Hotel makes for a great scenic trip for the day or for an overnight get-away. Learn more about the Kaslo Hotel at


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12 MILE STORAGE Celebrating 20 years of Service

4691 Highway 3A Nelson 250.825.9666


Are you ready for Spring? Let 12 Mile Storage help. At 12 Mile they have lots of units of all sizes for your storage needs.

Building a new home or starting a renovation? Use their convenient, clean and secure storage facility to store your goods while you get your project done.

553b Baker Street Under

Are winter things getting in your way? Skis, snow tires, snowmobiles? Come in and see them for just a little space or a lot! They also offer a great selection of boxes, wardrobe containers, packing paper and other moving supplies to make your move easier.

Owner: Karen Schacher

Selling your home? De-clutter your home to optimize viewing for potential buyers by storing some of your belongings during the selling process.

Vibe is Nelson’s newest fashion store. After opening last August, owner Karen Schacher, is excited about her first spring season in the store.

“As the largest self storage facility in the Kootenays what sets us apart is we have a fully staffed office, open seven days a week with someone here to help you get the size of unit you need and any enquiries you may have. We have been helping people for over 20 years! Right now we have customers coming in to get their summer goods out and put the winter stuff away, ” says owner Joan Posivy.

Karen is not new to the fashion industry with years of experience in retail business. Opening the store has completely changed the life of Karen, a busy mother of four, but she stresses that it has been a very positive venture for the entire family. Her husband Greg, though not often seen in the store, has been a huge support and works behind the scenes. Her two daughters also work in the store after school and on weekends.

They have yard space or covered RV storage for boats as well as motor homes and trailers. With Kokanee Park right across the highway the boat launch is really convenient if you need to store your boat or trailer. Business customers turn to 12 Mile Storage for solutions with, excess inventory, supplies and essential document storage freeing up space in there own offices/stores and helping to manage seasonal inventories. Wouldn’t it be great to have a bit more room in your business? Give them a call to see if they can help or go online for a full list of sizes and prices. They have safe, easy, off highway access with lots of room for big trucks to manoeuvre any time of year.

“It was been a wonderful experience teaching my children responsibility at home and at work,” Karen says. “It’s fun and everyone has become involved with the store.” Family participation definitely runs in the genes, with Karen’s sister Deanna owning Shoes for the Soul upstairs and her parents being regular faces in the shoe store too. The focus of the store is also family,with the shop described by Karen as a “motherdaughter store” meaning there is something for everyone available. “People are always pleasantly surprised by our variety and styles and they keep coming back.” Styles range from denim to party dresses, and are often available in smaller sizes for younger teens. Some of the labels in the store include Silver Jeans, 69 Jeans, Pretty Woman (a new Canadian line), Three Stones, Orb, Bench and Schwing. There is definitely something for everyone at this new, vibrant, fun and friendly store.

“We have helped make storage arrangements for people from all over the world staying in or leaving the Kootenays, please let us help you with your storage needs.”

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Mountain Waters Spa and Wellness Centre 205 Victoria St. Nelson, BC V1L 4K2 250-352-3280 In the sunny front room of Mountain Waters Spa and Wellness Centre, what once was office space is now a yoga studio. Opened last October, the studio only has space for six or seven mats. But owner Marni Beninger sees that as a benefit. “A lot of people feel intimidated in big studios, especially if they’re new at yoga or have an injury and need modifications for the postures,” Beninger says. “Because of our small class sizes, everyone gets individual attention.” The only downside is it can be tough to get a spot in the class. Beninger says while drop-in spots are occasionally available, it’s best to register for a set of classes in advance. Each set runs once per week for seven weeks. “We run up to five classes each day and most of them fill up,” Beninger says, noting that lunch hour yoga and hot yoga classes are

especially popular. The studio also offers prenatal yoga, momand-baby yoga, and a variety of hatha and restorative yoga classes. Next month a new physiotherapy-style class to teach people to do their own myofascial release with foam rollers will also be added to the schedule. “The classes compliment the services we offer at the spa. Our guests can come relax in a yoga class, then really relax with a massage or acupuncture treatment,” Beninger says. “We have a very multi-talented team here,” Beninger says. “They’ve trained in different disciplines, and I wanted to have the studio here so they could use all their skills in one place.” To see a full list of classes at Mountain Waters’ yoga studio, as well as spa services available, visit



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1045 Playmor Road Crescent Valley, BC V0G 1H0



Don’t try to tell Jim Bradbury that winter’s over.

The snowmobile enthusiast and general manager of Playmor Power Products knows exactly where to find snow. “There’s still a good two months of riding left,” he says with a smile. But that hasn’t stopped the summer stock from coming in at Playmor Power Products. The showroom is full of 2012 ATVs, motor bikes and sea-doos. “It’s our busiest time of year. People want to get out and enjoy the warmer weather,” Bradbury says. With top brands like Can Am, Sea Doo, Ski Doo & Yamaha, Playmor has toys for the adventurous in any age bracket. “We have dirt bikes small enough to fit a five year old, and everything right up to cruisers an 80-year-old could ride,” Bradbury says. Playmor is more than just a retail store. It also offer service and repairs on all its products, with Bob Gretchen in charge of the mechanical side of the business. “With repairs, we pride ourselves on getting it right the first time,” Bradbury says. “We know people just want to get out and enjoy the products they buy from us. They don’t want to have to keep bringing them in.” Bradbury and Gretchen opened Playmor Power Products in 1992, along with three of their buddies who have since left the business. Over the years they’ve built a great reputation for themselves with many satisfied customers. This year, for the second time in six years, Bombardier Recreation Products (BRP) recognized Playmor as the Central and Western Canada’s ski-doo dealer of the year. Bradbury traces the store’s success back to its dedicated employees and their shared love of outdoor recreation.

“Twenty years ago me and a group of friends just through it would be cool to open our own shop,” Bradbury says. “Now here we are. The rest is history.”

Nelson Star, April 25, 2012  
Nelson Star, April 25, 2012  

April 25, 2012 edition of the Nelson Star