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However, the ceiling tiles came down due to faulty t-bar supports which still pose a danger. “There is a risk for the ceiling to continue to fail,� he said. “Our initial information is that the t-bar ceiling will have to be removed and this could take some time so our pool staff and clients will definitely be affected.� Further complicating the issue were concerns of asbestos in the tiles that date back to the 1970s. Yesterday morning, tests confirmed no hazardous materials were found. This brings repair costs down from the $100,000 mark. “This is positive news in a week that hasn’t been very positive for anyone at the NDCC,� said Chirico. “We still have a lot of work to do.� Once the ceiling is down, rebuilding will begin. Considerations include how to replace the drop ceiling used to increase light on the pool area as well as to reduce noise at the local facility. Chirico knows the facility will be missed by those using it for rehabilitation, training and to remain physically fit. Story continues to ‘RDCK’ on Page 14


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An L.V. Rogers Grade 11 student came back from Victoria energized and ready for a future in politics. Participating in British Columbia Youth Parliament, Taavi Wideman met with close to 100 students at the legislature. With roots nearing a century old, the organization aims to educate youth about parliamentary procedures while giving them a taste of what being in politics is like. “It was an amazing experience,” he said. “I met likeminded youth and discussed issues that face British Columbians, youth in particular.” Along with a student from Trail and one from Silverton, Wideman spent part of his Christmas break in the throes of debate with other 16 to 21-year-olds. They also charted the course on service projects intended to be run throughout the year in their own communities — all part of learning about governance. “Because we spent a week in the legislative assembly we got very familiar with parliamentary structure, parliamentary debate and the formalities — all those issues that face parliamentarians each and every day,” he said. British Columbia Youth Parliament is one of the few charities run by youth in

Taavi Wideman was inspired by his trip to Victoria in December and it has further sparked his interest in Bob Hall photo making politics his career goal.

BC, said Wideman, proof that young people can make a difference. The young man wants to see change and believes the best way is to get personally involved. “I see too few youth involved in politics — that’s something I would like to change,” he said. “Youth can support their communities and help build a future.” The youth parliament motto is “youth serving youth,” said Wideman. “We aspire to enhance the mental, physical, social and spiritual well being of youth in BC,” he said. With the British Columbia Youth Parliament, a person can return up to five times

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Through the annual event, young people gain skills in leadership, public speaking and debate, something Wideman has great interest in as part of a large debate program offered at L.V. Rogers. After graduation, Wideman plans on continuing his studies in political science, economics and psychology. Then, he wants to run for public office — joining parliament as an MP. “I prefer federal politics to provincial politics. There’s more foreign policy involved, more involved in trade — their jurisdictions are more what I am interested in,” he said.

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Two killed in Slocan bluffs crash Nelson Star Staff

Two people are dead following a fiery single-vehicle crash on Highway 6 north of Slocan City on Tuesday evening around the Cape Horn bluffs. West Kootenay Traffic Services says it happened at about 7:30 p.m. A pick-up truck with two people in it missed a curve and went into a pull out and then about 100 meters down an embankment. The vehicle was engulfed in flames. Two bodies were recovered from the wreckage. RCMP Cpl. John Fergu-

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RCMP are trying to identify the victims of a single-car crash on the Slocan bluffs Tuesday evening but say it may take a while.

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may take some time before their names can be released.

“We have to ascertain whose vehicle it is, where were they coming from, was it them, and then find next of kin,” he said, adding DNA testing may be required to establish a positive identification. The road was covered with snow and it was snowing heavily at the time, Ferguson said. There were no witnesses to the crash, but passing motorists spotted the flames. The highway wasn’t closed, but emergency crews were on the scene for several hours. RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are continuing to investigate.

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Nelson’s controversial dog bylaw will come back to the council table Monday. Councillor Deb Kozak says she’ll introduce a notice of a motion to have the bylaw that bans dogs in the downtown lifted for a trial period from May 1 to October 31. She says the front page article on the bylaw in last Friday’s National Post, and the local discussion it spurred, showed there is tremendous public interest in having the issue settled. The Nelson Business Association asked council to review the dog bylaw last spring. The business group had conducted surveys and held a forum on the issue and found that the majority of downtown business owners believed Serving Nelson and Area Since 1986

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moving on the motion they requested last year. “We’ll blow the dust off that report you brought us last year and see if we can get somewhere with it this time,” she told the association. Kozak also plans to recommend strict enforcement and new fines for bylaw officers to dole out to dog owners caught walking their pet off leash or not picking up after it downtown. She said city staff won’t be going around clearing doggie doo off the sidewalk — that responsibility will fall to the pet owners and business owners who are responsible for the sidewalks in front of the business. The business association is recommending bag dispensers be installed throughout the core.



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Nelson city council will consider requesting it be exempt from international trade agreement that could give European companies the ability to bid on Nelson’s high-value service and construction contracts that go out for public tender. The Canadian-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations started in 2009 and are expected to wrap up soon. Council fears it may be running out of time to join the list of 80 other municipalities in Canada that have asked to opt out of the agreement. Councillor Candace Batycki, at the request of interested residents, brought a notice of motion regarding the CETA exception to council’s committee of the whole meeting last week, to give council a chance to discuss and gather information on the motion before the next council meeting when it will be formally voted on. Batycki asked Sandra Nelken and Pegasis McGauley of the Nelson Chapter of the Council of Canadians to explain their concern with the trade agreement. They pointed to leaked documents obtained by Quebec media last November that suggest the agreement would make it illegal to give local companies preference on municipal contracts and open the door for international

corporations to launch lawsuits against municipalities if anything was done to limit their access to the contract. They also suggested Nelson should be calling on the federal government to be more transparent in the negotiations and engage in consultation with municipalities. Nelson City Manager Kevin Cormack suggested that there are already organizations working on these issues on the behalf of municipalities. “We’d usually rely on the UBCM [Union of British Columbia Municipalities] and FCM [Federation of Canadian Municipalties] — larger bodies with more resources to do research — to represent us on something like this,” Cormack said. The Union of BC Municipalities passed two resolutions related to CETA at its 2012 convention — one directed at the BC government asking the province to exempt BC municipalities from the agreement, and the second directed at the federal government to preserve the right of local governments to use public contracts to create jobs in their local communities. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities also developed a list of principals for the federal government to apply to CETA and other trade deals, which includes consultation and communication during the negotiations. Cormack had doubts about what more a local resolution would add. He said if the UB-

CM’s request for exemptions isn’t being honoured, one coming from Nelson alone would likely be ignored too. Furthermore, he didn’t think European companies would even be interested in bidding on contracts in a small place like Nelson.

“Maybe if we were Toronto or Burnaby, we might be putting up contracts that would interest overseas bidders. When we’re talking about an $8 million building, I don’t think a company in France is going to be interested in it.” “Maybe if we were Toronto or Burnaby, we might be putting up contracts that would interest overseas bidders,” Cormack said. “When we’re talking about the contract for an $8 million building in Nelson, I don’t think a company based in France is going to be interested in it.” Cormack explained that all contracts of a certain value are posted on the BC Bids website, which Alberta companies could bid on — but they never do. He couldn’t recall any local contracts being awarded to out of province companies. “When the economy’s good and things are booming, we actually struggle to get anyone to bid on our projects,”

Cormack said. Still, councillors wanted to go forward with development of a motion. “I feel it’s better to opt out of it and cover our bases,” Councillor Robin Cherbo said. Councillor Donna Macdonald agreed, comparing this motion to one she introduced last year asking council to support the decriminalizing marijuana and the Stop the Violence campaign. “It was important for council to support that motion even after it had been adopted by the UBCM,” she said. Another federal issue that council took a stand on last year was the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project. Council supported a motion to formally oppose the building of the pipeline. That motion was brought forward by Batycki at the request the group Kootenays for a Pipeline-Free BC. Batycki said it’s council’s job to take on issues of concern to local residents. Councillor Paula Kiss agreed. “I’m concerned about this not just as a councillor, but as a Canadian,” Kiss said. Many councillors mentioned that the secrecy surrounding the negotiations was concerning them, and asked staff to include for wording in the motion to ask for more transparency. The council unanimously supported bringing the motion to a council meeting to be voted on.

Police and Courts

Sentencing date set in grow-op case Nelson Star Staff

A Nelson man convicted in a jury trial of growing pot will be sentenced February 22. A jury found Eduardo Andreas Novella de Cubas guilty of production and possession of marijuana after one day of deliberation last October. His stepson, who faced the same charges, was acquitted. The three-day trial heard 154 plants

were seized after a search warrant was executed on a Latimer Street home on March 4, 2010. Novella de Cubas testified in his own defence and claimed the basement grow-op actually belonged to an extended family member.

MARIJUANA SEIZED IN SALMO RCMP say they seized 85 pot plants and 26 lbs. of fresh marijuana laid out for drying from a home in Salmo last Tuesday.

The drugs were found as officers from the Trail and Salmo detachments executed a search warrant. One man was arrested leaving the home and will appear in court in Nelson on charges of production and possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. “Given the quantity of the seizure it is reasonable to suspect that this marijuana in part was destined for sale in Trail,” Cpl. Darryl Orr said in a news release.

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Tony Shaw was a test pilot after World War II. Here he is in the cockpit of a Sea Vixen in 1958.

who sheltered the three men until the American army arrived. For his escapes and assisting with the German soldiers’ surrender, he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire. Months later, he received a letter from the pair, now prisoners of war at an Arizona farm. He never revealed their identities.



nthony Ian Rawlinson Shaw was born September 5, 1923 at Balfour, where his father recuperated at the sanitarium for returned soldiers — formerly the CPR’s elegant Kootenay Lake hotel. Capt. George Shaw had been seriously wounded at Ypres in 1915. In his memoir, The Upside of Trouble, Tony said Balfour was the perfect place to begin life. In 1927, his sister Ann was born aboard the SS Kuskanook while en route to hospital in Kaslo. “The Captain expressed

the perhaps forlorn hope that she would be named after the vessel,” Shaw wrote. (Decades later, Ann donated photos of the Prince of Wales’ 1919 visit to Balfour to the Nelson museum.) The family, including elder brother Barry, moved to Riondel the following year, where Shaw’s father was accountant and personnel manager at the Bluebell Mine. According to Ted Swenson in Bluebell Memories, as a piano player and old music hall man, George “was the mainstay in all our entertainment. Fullback on our soccer team, he also organized sports events, tennis tournaments, etc. Due to his efforts the seven-day work week was not quite so hard to take as there always seemed to be something to practice for or attend.” Tony had many fond memories of Riondel, including his favourite beach and picnic spot: “Called North Bay, it was accessible on foot; but this meant walking through a field in

which the local farmer, Mr. McGarvey, kept several large and fierce-looking bulls. I do not know that anyone was actually attacked, but the possibility of such an encounter was reason enough for us to make the journey to the beach by boat.” At the Depression’s onset in 1930, the Bluebell Mine closed and the Shaw family moved to England. At 18, Tony joined the navy as an airman. He qualified in deck landings at sea and first flew a Spitfire, which gave him “an indescribable feeling of elation.” With 879 Squadron, he also flew in support of Allied landings at Sicily and Salerno and saw action over the Malay Peninsula before VJ Day. After the war, Shaw became a test pilot and flew 65 different aircraft totalling more than 4,500 hours. His last navy appointment was as defence advisor in Sierra Leone. Shaw, who settled in Fife, Scotland in 1989, died November 21. He’s survived by his second wife and two sons.

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Is Rosemont the answer?


elson city council will once again face an important decision about the long overdue outdoor skatepark. With the wheels barreling towards the new Rosemont location, it’s going to take courage to choose a course. As has been the case for more than a decade with this much-needed facility for youth, it’s not going to be an easy call. At last week’s open house, skateboard enthusiasts, neighbourhood residents and interested locals had a chance to take a look at the latest plan. There was an opportunity to comment, make suggestions and voice concerns. If a perfect plan and perfect location were out there, kids would have been perfecting tricks and bloodying elbows long ago. Like all those that have come before, this plan has flaws. It’s in a corner of the community that’s difficult to access for its young target participants. It’s tucked away beside a forest and not easily accessible by police. It’s a (lengthy) stone’s throw away from where many people live. These are important and legitimate concerns. All three require more discussion. Like every decision there will be a balance sheet for politicians to weigh before making a call. On the other side of the ledger there’s plenty to balance it out. The designers of the park will have much more space to work with and the park they will be able to produce will be far better than anything that has come before it. With the bike park already there, this corner of the community is quickly becoming a recreation destination which brings new life to a beautiful spot. Tradionally, the more affordable Rosemont neighbourhood is where many young families (and potential users of the park) live. There’s much to consider, but we think the balance sheet tips towards making the Rosemont plan a reality. Let’s hope council feels the same. EMAIL LETTERS TO: 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. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the BC Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent within 45 days to the BC Press Council, 201 Selby Street, Nanaimo, V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

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Nelson invaded by a virus

hen I saw the front page of last Friday’s National Post it gave me flashbacks. It was late 2002 and Nelson was a different place politically. Mayor Dave Elliott was fresh off his defeat of Gary Exner in what was a bitter battle for the city’s top elected position. Blair Suffredine was settling into his post as our Nelson-Creston MLA representing the recently elected Liberals after downing the legendary Corky Evans. Michelle Mungall was a fresh faced 24-year-old rookie city councillor. I was a couple years into my move from reporter to editor of the Nelson Daily News. In November, a Page 3 column on Nelson was featured in the Saturday Calgary Herald. This is how it opened: “This place [Nelson] is more than a town, it’s a disease. No, that’s not quite right either. It’s diseased. It has been invaded by a virus.” Ouch. That makes the negative press we received last week look vanilla. Ric Dolphin followed his opening words with 1,300 more that lambasted our community for everything from its pot smoking hippies to its pro-union slant to its “governmentsubsized artisans.” Not surprisingly Dolphin started a wave of heated discussion, followup stories and letters to the editor. Many wanted blood, others were in total agreement. “Obviously that’s over the top. Yeah, I’m pushing buttons to a certain extent,” Dolphin told Daily

News reporter Darren Davidson. “I thought it’d be water off a duck’s back. The mayor hasn’t declared a posse or anything has he?” Even ten years ago Nelson was no stranger to glowing and, at times, unkind outside media attention. Since the Dolphin rant, we’ve certainly received plenty more of both. When outdoor lovers tragically die skiing in the mountains around our area, the big city media deliver the news to readers across the country that paints our region as a dangerous place to play. When a proposal was put forward to erect a statue celebrating American draft dodgers in our town, right-wing media fuelled hatred and boycotts of our community. Positive travel features in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times boost our self-esteem and reaffirm why we love the place we’ve chosen to live. The negative get our guard up. After I saw last week’s story in the National Post, one of the first things I did was email the freelance reporter who wrote it. I certainly wasn’t upset. I was more curious about how she went about researching her 1,000-plus word piece. One thing I asked Vancouver-based Elizabeth Hames is what she thought about Nelson after her four days in our community. “Although my story did focus on a contentious issue, I was left with a very positive impression of Nelson overall,” she wrote. “Everyone I spoke

with was welcoming and friendly, and the scenery is unbeatable even on a foggy day. However, because I spent a lot of time on Baker Street, I found it difficult to ignore one of the city’s most pressing problems: homelessness. I’m surprised I haven’t seen this mentioned in one of the many glowing reviews of Nelson I read during my research.”

The positive travel features boost our self-esteem and reaffirm why we love the place we’ve chosen to live. The negative get our guard up. This surprised me. Though we have some issues with homelessness, I think this community’s agencies and leadership is doing a very good job of dealing with those who fall through the cracks. But this was her impression and my guess is she’s not the only one. When Dolphin was interviewed ten years ago about his over-the-top column, the veteran Herald journalist said impressions don’t lie. “I’m not saying everybody’s like that, but on a whirlwind visit, which is what I do, you kind of focus on what sticks out,” said Dophin. Nelson does have plenty of scars, quirks and imperfections. We all know that, but sometimes during daily living we forget we’re not perfect. Though it must have

been a pretty slow news day around the National Post to put a story about a dog bylaw on its Friday front page, not once did Hames story make me concerned about the negative impact it would have on our community. In fact the opposite was true. I was looking forward to the debate, discussion and even possible change the story might bring about over the next few weeks. And as they say: don’t read your press, weigh it. During Dolphin-Gate, former city councillor Dave Cherry was a Daily News columnist. A notorious button-pusher himself, Cherry too wrote a piece in the paper about the state of our town that erupted into more passionate letters. In response to readers who wondered why newspapers publish such strong opinions, Davidson wrote a column of his own. “While you might not agree with their particular points of view, both men are right in speaking their minds on the pages of the papers that pay them to do so. They’d be right even if they weren’t being paid. And readers offended by what Dolphin, Cherry or any other contributors have to say, are equally right in attacking said points of view.” It’s days like these that journalists love their jobs because the voices of discussion are the voices of change. Bob Hall is the editor at the Nelson Star. He can be reached at bob@nelsonstar. com. Follow him on Twitter @BobbyHall10

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National Post story no surprise

Re: “Nelson dished negative ink,” January 30 Shouldn’t we see the National Post’s so-called reporting on Nelson as pretty predictable? This is a paper, after all, that almost always has an axe to grind. And a somewhat free-spirited, slightly bohemian city such as Nelson, which is a stronghold of the NDP, is certainly not to

be in the Post’s good books. One of the Post’s missions is to expose what it sees as the hypocrisy and muddled thinking of people claiming to be “progressive” or, worse, left-wingers. “Fairness” was in no way the purpose of the Post’s story on dogs in Nelson. Though, to be fair to the Post, it did point out that one police officer on the beat

had never issued a fine to any errant dog walker — suggesting that the whole matter hardly warranted front page coverage. Nelson, we all know, has its problems. It’s unlikely, though, that any scrutiny from the National Post will help us sort things out. Robert Malcolmson Nelson

Slocan survey Happy hockey is back I DO love Canada’s national game. I DO appreciate the level of skill and comonly cost $34,000 mitment it takes to be great at it.

Re: “Majority of Slocan Lake residents prefer peace and quiet,” January 25 On behalf of the Slocan Lake Stewardship Society, we wish to thank you for the article last week regarding the presentation of the Imagine! Slocan Lake project, a survey of community values, to the RDCK. We wish to correct one misperception, however. The article gives the impression that the community values survey was worth $250,000 in grant funding and volunteer hours. The community values survey is one of a large number of initiatives, including studies of water quality, habitat, shoreline characteristics, GIS mapping, creel survey, community educational events, and so on which the SLSS has conducted during the past five years. It is this collective work, of which the values survey is only a part, which was accomplished with volunteer labor and grant funding approximating $250,000. The actual survey cost about $34,000, plus many hours of volunteer labor. We thank you in advance for clarifying this distinction in the coming edition. Therese DesCamp President Slocan Lake Stewardship Society

HUGS. To all those people who work hard at keeping their sidewalks clear of snow and ice. HUGS. To Berg & Naqvi for years of spectacular garden displays at their old location on Vernon Street. It was the only green space that kept up. HUGS. I just wanted to send a big virtual hug to the YRB grader operator who made the effort to clear our driveway in Balfour the other day. I realize that it’s impractical to expect you folks to do that every time you pass by, but it’s sure appreciated when you do! From a Meadow Street resident who doesn’t have a sore back! SLUGS. To the bitter people who hold grudges and feel the world is out to get them. Lighten up, lose the 7

I DO love to sit with my family and friends to hear the howls, cursing and yelling just like when I was a kid in my own house (back when hockey was truly amazing). I DON’T like that it has become all about the cash. I DON’T like being held hostage for what those that have lots find important enough to take so much away from the rest of us. I WON’T stop remembering when hockey was about teamwork, skill, respect, dignity, fights (back when it wasn’t a bad thing), and just the darn love of the game. I will be watching hockey this year, but not because you went on strike for the cash on either side, but because... I AM CANADIAN! Bring it on! Dawne Garnett Nelson

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Has this transfer station land, plus maybe some donated CPR land, ever been thought of being put to use as a golf course? In Nelson there is a saying “why is the golf course built on a mountain side and the dump on a lakeside.” Vic Hodgins Nelson

edge and enjoy life. Even though you think you are winning the battle, your negativity will ensure you always lose. HUGS. Huge hugs to Alyson from Hipperson’s who took the extra time and made an awesome effort to find me an off-season item. Thanks to you I was able to finish the project I was working on in a super timely manner! – All Lit Up HUGS. Big huge hugs to the adorable little girl with the curly hair that came into our office on Monday out of the blue and handed out candies to everybody. It was a stressful day for myself and my co-workers and that gesture just put smiles on our faces and brought tears to our eyes. The world would be a better place if there were more people like her.

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Post story lights up Facebook Since the National Post story on Nelson appeared last week, has lit up with discussion in our online Facebook options. Because we know not everybody is plugged into the Internet, we have decided to bring Facebook to our print edition. Below are some of the best posts from the last week. If you want to get involved in the discussion on this story or any others head to I thought the National Post article was a good one. Honestly this city has been ignoring important issues for a while now that has resulted in this situation. For such a small town Nelson gets a fair amount of positive press and it is only fair that there are articles discussing negatives about town as well. –Dan Unrau Nelson’s issues stem from years ago... we just have a city council that is stuck in the past and it has hurt the town, as many people will never come back because of this stupid by–law and the treatment they got. – Jerry Sussenguth I was in Nelson last week and was surprised by all the dog pooh on the streets... WTF people, everyone should have to pick up, not just a few. Nelson is stunning to look at, but nobody gets to see it because you have to always be watching where you step... so sad! And I have to agree with Jerry, city

council is stuck in the past. – Cheryl Mcghie “First world” problem people. If dogs aren’t allowed on a stretch of 5 city blocks, then it’s not the end of humanity. – James Cowan Now we sure need a bylaw for cat owners they run free on Baker Street, in neighbourhoods, do there disrespt all over, wreck gardens and children’s toys! Never seen anyone pick up after cats or pay up for damages! They run free all over! People have more than one! – Esther Lorusso-Campese As a responsible dog owner, I too am frustrated by the inability to take my dog on leash downtown to run errands. Living in Vancouver, my dog is welcome anywhere, however, I am expected to be responsible and I take that responsibility seriously. It’s clear we have a problem. Let’s get together and solve it as a community and lay this issue to rest once and for all. – Jennifer Cowan If you go to towns like Fernie for example, there is doggy doo everywhere! For years Nelson tried it. People were asked nicely, bags were provided, and the problem persisted (just go down to the airport where bags are provided and signs posted and see how well it works). That’s how we wound up getting the bylaw in the first place. I appreciate that some people want to work something out, but the cold

hard facts is: human beings cannot be trusted to take proper care of their k–nines, nor of their k–nine’s poo. Until you can somehow get humans to actually do as they say, any change in the law will only result in what we had before, which was doggy doo on the sidewalks and the occasional snarly scrap on the street. –Will Webster Speaking from a tourism perspective, improving our area as a destination is the important action to come from this negative article. There is more than one place, Baker Street, to walk our dogs. More from me on the Nelson Kootenay Lake blog: nelsonkootenaylake. com/blog. – Diana Ducs “The dog ban was part of a sweeping series of bylaws targeting the young nomads,” Hames writes. What a load of crud. The doggy bylaw keeps just as many Yuppies out of downtown as it does “young nomads.” The problem is irresponsible dog owners. As for me, I want the bylaw to stay in place because next time I decide to blow a phatty then play my drum outside the bank, I don’t want to wind up having to scrape doggy doo off my sandals! –Will Webster No dead bodies and yet a town of 10,000 makes it to the front page of the National Post. How much better does it get? – Sjeng Derkx

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Food trucks don’t get a free ride Re: “The cart before the council,” January 25 Wanting to open our own business where we could be creative and still make time for our family was a dream for my husband. After looking at many different communities and the available store frontage within our price range it became very clear to us that our dreams were bigger than our budget. Creating the food truck was the only affordable way for us to make that dream a reality. Respecting the challenges that brick-and-mortar restaurants face, the food truck industry is not without its own challenges. This industry runs on a limited timeframe, unless weather permits longer seasons and contrary to the idea we can just “pop up” where ever we feel is not at all the case. There are bylaws created, and respectfully so to keep this from happening. There are other fees that the general public does not relate to operating food trucks if they are not familiar with this type of operation: insurance on the vehicle, rental space for food storage, lot rental fees, etc. The one thing that makes this type of business, and any brick-and-mortar establishment successful, is the quality of your product and the love and care you put into that product for your guests. We truly believe that the success of any free enterprise is your product. If there is one or 100 food trucks, the measurement of its success is how good is your grub? We firmly believe there is a place in every community for vendors of all types, all creations. We truly hope to see more food trucks from Food Cart USA pop up in the area. They are a great company and this is a great industry to be a part of. It’s a fantastic culture for this day and age. We would love to see food cart festivals and events. Keep this area colourful and creative! Blair and Jennifer Peel Owners of Confusion Taco Salmo

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS West Kootenay Francophone Association fifth annual winter carnival Friday, February 1 at Trafalgar middle school from 7 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the season with broomball, dancing, crafts, winter games and music. Come to a public meeting about Smart Meters on Sunday, February 3, 2 p.m. at Slocan Park Hall (next to the Co-op store in Slocan Park). Hear the unvarnished truth about Smart Meters from guest speaker Jerry Flynn, a retired Canadian Armed Forces officer from Kelowna who specialized in electronic warfare. Admission by donation ($5 suggested). Nelson United Church, Taize’ Service, Sunday February 3 at 7 p.m. in the church hall. A service of prayer, song, candlelight and quiet meditation. Join Walk in Peace, a silent ‘circle walk’ beginning at Lakeside Park gates on Monday, February 4 and Thursday, February 7 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. both days. Walk at your pace, alone or together. Come and go as you wish. Explore the steps you take in your life and world. A Peace By Piece initiative. The Centre for Inquiry will be hosting a discussion salon at the Nelson Senior’s Centre (719 Vernon Street) on science denialism on Tuesday, February 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. We will be watching two TED talk videos on the science of vaccines and GMO’s and will then have a respectful discussion of the ideas presented. Everyone is welcome. Nelson Library presents Wild and Wacky Wednesday for teens. Do you love manga? Come, draw and share your favourite manga and watch a short DVD. Wednesday, February 6, 3:30 to 5 p.m. For ages 12 and up, snacks and prizes. For info contact Joanne: 250-505-5683. 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, February 6. Tea and goodies will be served after the meeting. For information, call 250-352-7078 weekday afternoons. Play table tennis Wednesdays (school holidays/events excluded) at the Blewett elementary school from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There is a $2 drop-in fee. For information phone Karl Rosenberg: 250352-5739. Al-anon meetings are held Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Cellar, 717 Vernon Street, and on Fridays from 8 to 9 p.m. at 601 Front Street in the basement. For more information about the Cellar meetings contact Norma at 250-352-3747 and for the Front Street meetings contact Sharon at 250-352-7333. The Nelson Technology Club hosts a Hackerspace Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., at their new location in the annex building at Selkirk College Tenth Street campus. Hackerspace is a place to talk about technology with people who understand what you are talking about. Free networking event on on Thursday, February 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. for anyone interested in becoming involved in international development and international humanitarian work. The event will be held at the Nelson Legion (402 Victoria Street) and included free dinner. Please register by February 2 to ensure your seat, by emailing isabelleh@ or call 250-3526678 ext. 226. Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary bake sale is Friday, February 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of Kootenay Lake Hospital. There will be delicious homemade baking, bread, cookies, cakes, etc. A good time to stock up on your baking or buy a special treat for your Valentine.

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St. Joseph’s School presents “A Love of Music” on Friday, February 8. An evening of wine and cheese featuring well-known local cellist Jeff Farragher as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $10. The event is a fundraiser for the school’s music program. The Children’s Festival craft and tea party, hosted by Nelson Grans to Grans, is a fun and educational event on Saturday, February 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nelson United Church. There will be craft stations, face painting, puppets, story telling, and the ever so very popular cake walk. Tea, coffee, juice, and snacks will be served. Children ages two to 12, and their parents, are welcome to attend. Cost is by donation with proceeds going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. West Kootenay Family Historians Society will be honouring BC’s first Family Day by hosting a genealogy educational event with exhibits on Monday, February 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Castlegar Community Forum next to City Hall (101–445 13th Avenue, Castlegar). Discover how to start your family tree. Volunteer literacy tutor training is available on February 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Learning Place. Tutors work with adults and youth on reading, writing or language. A little bit of your time can change someone’s life. For more information about the tutoring program or volunteer training call Melissa at 250-825-4119 or Joan at 250352-3218 or email at jexley@ WORKSHOPS Every Saturday at 10 a.m., Ellison’s Market offers free workshops. On Saturday, February 2, Foodtree Permaculture will be at the store offering a community permaculture workshop. Every Friday, Community Threads meets at Nelson and District Women’s Centre from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come learn

to knit, crochet, spin, embroider and make rag rugs. On Wednesdays, Community Threads offers quilting lessons from 9 a.m. to noon at the same location. Women of all ages welcome. Call 250-551-4951 for info. One Billion Rising is an empowering dance workshop/fundraiser to bring awareness to violence against women. Workshops on Saturday, February 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Self Design High. Includes women’s self defence, belly dance, folk fusion, hip hop and capoeira. Everyone is welcome and classes are open to all levels. The cost is sliding scale: $5 to $15 per class or $30 for the full day. All proceeds will go to the Nelson Women’s Centre. The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute offers a loss and grief group called “Creative Self Reflections” beginning on Tuesday, February 12 and continue to March 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. As well as a group for people living with a life threatening illness called “Creative Self Exploration” beginning on Wednesday, February 13 and continue to March 27, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. No art making experience is required to benefit from art therapy. The cost is by donation (minimum $10 per session to expenses for art materials). Registration is required. Call Jacqueline at 250-352-2264. “Art Means Business” is a twoday instructional workshop for West Kootenay visual artists and craftspeople wishing to focus on the business side of running their practice. It will be held in Slocan City on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24 with an optional personal consultation with the instructors by appointment on Friday, February 22 in Appledale to discuss your practice and specific goals. The course will be taught by Lou Lynn and Helen Sebelius, local experts in the field. Register at or by calling Jo Brown at 250-226-7792. FUNDRAISERS L.V. Rogers secondary school

2013 graduating class is holding a bottle drive on Saturday, February 9 beginning at 10 a.m. If you have bottles to donate, call 250-551-1777. ANNOUNCEMENT Nelson Knights of Columbus are accepting nominations for Nelson’s 2012 Citizen of the Year. Nomination papers are available at City Hall, Sonja’s China Cabinet and Chamber of Commerce. Deadline for nominations is February 28 at 4 p.m. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges. For information contact Bob Tremblay 250-825-9204. Actor casting call for Nelson Youth Theatre production of Alice in Wonderland. Youth actors will rehearse one or two afternoons a week from February to April. Beginners are welcome to join Nelson Youth Theatre’s keen, fun group of returning cast members. For more info contact Nelson and District Seniors Co-ordinating Society offers assistance with tasks including, housecleaning, laundry, meal preparation, information, transportation, shopping, filling out government forms and more. For details, call the office at 250-3526008 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Touchstones Nelson is accepting submissions for its inaugural Members’ Show and Sale. This juried exhibition is aimed at supporting and celebrating artwork by museum members. All mediums are encouraged. For detailed submission guidelines, visit Submissions must be received by Tuesday, February 5, at 5 p.m. Email exhibitions@ or call Rod Taylor or Jessica Demers at 250352-9813. To include your event in the online calendar visit nelsonstar. com. Or email to add your event to the community calendar.


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The first attempt to lift the partially-submerged model pirate ship out of Kootenay Lake was unsuccessful Tuesday afternoon. The 22-foot vessel sustained some damage Saturday night and began taking on water and leaning to one side. Owner Gary Ramsbottom had hoped, with the help of local boaters, he’d be able to pivot the ship upright and pump enough wa-

ter out to float it to the nearby marina by the Nelson Prestige Lakeside Resort. But there was more water than expected in the ship’s hull. “We couldn’t get it high enough [out of the water] to pump it out,” Ramsbottom explained. “We’re moving on to Plan B.” His next attempt, planned for later this week, will be to fasten airbags to the ship for buoyancy and, again, try to pump it out. He says he won’t give up un-

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The issue of falling tiles was considered serious enough for the RDCK to call a rare press conference. Those providing local media with answers were (L-R) rec commission member from the City of Nelson Deb Kozak, RDCK CEO Brian Carruthers, rec commission chair Ramona Faust and general manager of community services at the NDCC Joe Chirco. Kirsten Hildebrand photo

Continued from Page 1 “We know that the aquatic centre is a very well used facility. It services people of all ages and it’s an important part of keeping this community healthy,” he said. “Nelson is one of the healthiest communities in the area and this is an important piece of that.” The RDCK is developing a plan to address current pass holders by February 7. With the facility closure also come layoffs impacting at least 10 staff. The incident comes as the entire building’s structural soundness is being assessed. The recreation commission has asked for an update on the state of the facility, a timeline on repairs, and a retrofit design with an option to build a new aquatic centre.

Removal of the false ceiling was included, but not because of any immediate safety concerns, said Chirico. “We do safety checks around the building,” he said. “The suspended ceiling, because of where it is, is difficult to check. We had not had any failure of that system before. We’ve replaced damaged tiles on it before. So, it’s not something that we were expecting to be an issue.” The ceiling had been looked at about one month ago, said Chirico. Recreation commission chair Ramona Faust said considering the entire facility is aging, finding the money for this fix is difficult. “At this point we’re looking into all options as to how funding will take place. This was supposed to be a plan-


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ning year for us so we could look at the facility as a whole. So, at this point we have to bring the process forward, obviously, and decide what the scope of the repairs are,” she said. “It’s premature to say where the money will come from, but it’s safe to say that if it goes beyond the order of magnitude that Joe speaks of, we don’t have that in reserve.” RDCK CEO Brian Carruthers said the local government is currently in budget discussions, so any repair cost estimates could be incorporated in the board’s decision making. Ultimately, getting the facility up and running again as soon as possible is the goal. “There’s going to have to be a fair bit of work in front of that to make sure that

what ever we do currently to fix the situation is going to be cost effective and considers any future development that might happen at the pool. We don’t want to spend a whole lot of money on something that’s going to be changed in another year. So, there’s going to have to be some strategic thinking,” he said, “There’s a big unknown right now.” The tiles came down during an aqua fit class. It’s not lost on anyone involved how lucky it was that nobody was hurt, considering how close swimmers were to the falling tiles. “What’s important to us is that no one was seriously injured by the portion of the ceiling that came down, and that our staff and public are safe,” Chirico said.

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Former MP Gouk says advantage could swing to Conservatives Cont. from Page 1 states. “However, such a combination would have resulted in an electoral district with numbers well above the electoral quota.” Nelson mayor John Dooley hoped the commission would have taken into account the economic and social connections already existing in the West Kootenay.

“It’s the longest skinniest riding probably in Canada. It’s absolutely absurd — terrible. We’re two parts at the hind end of different ridings and that’s the bottom line.” Jim Gouk

Former MP

“It’s change, right? Would it have been better to be connected regionally a little better, in my opinion it probably would have. But having said that, I recognize the challenge the commission was facing,” he says. Some regional connections have been maintained. The commission report goes on to state they were encouraged to keep Nakusp and area, New Denver and the Slocan Valley in the same riding as well. This has occurred. Kaslo will also remain in the same riding as Nelson. Original proposals had the community lumped in with South Okanagan-West Kootenay essentially cutting off the community at the north end of Kootenay Lake. RDCK Area D director Andy Shadrack is pleased his submissions to the commission requesting Kaslo remain in the same riding as Nelson were considered.

“It made no sense whatsoever, in fact it did nothing but create confusion, so they listened on that point,” he says. Shadrack is used to inconvenient electoral boundaries. For the past two federal elections, Area D was split in two. Now, the area is one “They’ve resolved that,” he says, but adds, “it’s still not what I would want.” Historically, Area D has links to Nakusp and the Slocan Valley. Now, these areas are in the South OkanaganWest Kootenay, a western alignment while Shadrack’s community is connected east. The director also has concerns about the rural voice in Parliament. “The question must be asked, how big do these rural ridings have to get,” he says. “I feel concerned that the western seat is now going to be dominated by Penticton where before it was a rural seat.” Looking on the positive side, Dooley says six new MPs going to Ottawa is a good thing – more representation for BC. And if the commission’s suggestions are accepted, Dooley would like to see the local representative set up an office in Nelson. “If the boundaries stay as currently proposed, it would be my hope that the least that would happen is that, considering the size of the riding, there would be a constituency office in Nelson as well as the East Kootenay,” he says. “That would give people on this side of the lake an opportunity to have somewhere to go to bring questions and issues they had.” The changes could have political implications in the BC Interior. It chops the NDP-dominated riding of West Kootenay in two and attaches its remnants to two Conservative-held ridings.

The changes add almost 20,000 people from heavily-NDP areas to Kootenay-Columbia, which could have a huge impact on future elections in a riding that the Conservative Party (and the Reform Party before it) has dominated for 20 years. Jim Gouk served as MP in the Southern Interior for 11

years until NDP Alex Atamanenko won the seat in May 2006. The former Reform/Alliance/Conservative representative sees a political advantage to the changes. “From my political perspective, that’s the only upside,” he says. “That’s going to strengthen them as Conservative ridings. It’s taken the NDP

stronghold and split them in two.” Partisanship aside, the retired MP says commonalities between West Kootenay communities should link them in federal politics and he describes the new South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding as a “string.” “It’s the longest, skinniest riding prob-

ably in Canada,” he says. “It’s absolutely absurd — terrible,” he says. “We’re two parts at the hind end of different ridings and that’s the bottom line.” The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission reviews the boundaries of the federal ridings every 10 years making adjustments based on

changes in population size and distribution. BC gained six new ridings this time — one on Vancouver Island and five in the Lower Mainland. Federal MPs can now submit their comments to the commission, who will table a final report in June. — With files from Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Times Review


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BC Major Midget League


Game ending brawl ‘upsetting’ BOB HALL

Neil Murdoch Division TEAM GP W L T OTL P Nelson 46 32 11 2 1 67 Castlegar 45 29 9 6 1 65 Beaver Valley 46 29 13 3 1 62 Spokane 45 13 26 3 3 32 Grand Forks 45 7 35 0 3 17

Nelson Star Editor

The BC Major Midget League is sorting out suspensions after a brawl broke out at the end of Saturday afternoon’s Kootenay Ice-Cariboo Cougars game at the Nelson and District Community Complex. The buzzer had sounded on an 8-2 Cariboo decision and when teams flooded onto the ice to recognize their goaltenders, the league’s penalty minute leader Tre Potskin crosschecked an unsuspecting Ice player. Kootenay captain Justin Post stepped in and with all the players on the surface at one time, at least seven spirited fights broke out and almost all the players engaged in some way in the melee. “The game had ended… it caught both coaches by surprise,” said Ice head coach Mario DiBella. “We were doing our best from the bench to get our players off of the ice. Notwithstanding jumping onto the ice and becoming part of the fracas, I don’t know what more we could have done.” DiBella is disappointed by the fact the considerably older and bigger Cariboo team was the clear instigator in the brawl. The end of the game was captured on video and is currently posted on YouTube. “It’s upsetting to me,” said DiBella. “Particularly when I see 15-year-old players on our team getting pounded on by 17-year-old players from Prince George that were the aggressors in the altercation.” DiBella said the players on the Prince George-based team were the pursuers in the brawl and three of his players

League Standings

Eddie Mountain Division TEAM GP W L T OTL P Fernie 44 28 12 1 3 60 Golden 44 26 12 1 5 58 Kimberley 47 24 22 0 1 49 Creston Valley 45 16 23 0 6 38 Columbia Val. 44 16 23 0 5 37 Okanagan Division TEAM GP Kelowna 44 Princeton 44 Osoyoos 45 Summerland 45 Penticton 44

Sunday’s major midget game at the NDCC was a physical contest, but the main shenanigans took place Bob Hall photo the day before when a brawl broke out at the end of the game.

had their helmets ripped off by their more experienced opponents. Brawl catalyst Potskin currently has 148 penalty minutes on the season, 14 more than Valley West Hawk defenceman Royce Rossignol who has 134 minutes in the box. Dane Elphicke is the Ice leader in penalty minutes with 70. The league is currently working on suspensions from the incident. The Cougars sit second in the 11-team league, while the Ice are last. On Sunday morning, the teams locked horns again. Though the game did not include any shenanigans, the Ice were again on the wrong end of an 8-3 score. “They are a very good team, they move the puck really well,” DiBella said of the Cougars. “They are a big, physical team and they are a challenge. At times we played with them and at other times

we capitulated and allowed them to take the puck to our net and that obviously ended with lopsided scores.” Despite only having three wins in 30 games, DiBella said his team has made big improvements over the course of the season. “We take pride in our team’s work ethic,” said the veteran Nelson-based coach. “Many of these players come from small associations where they were the big fish in the small pond. Now they are seeing what it’s like to play against the best of the best in their age category throughout the province.” The league consists of players aged 15 to 17. Each year, the league moves many players onto junior hockey. Two recognizable young Nelson players — Isaac MacLeod (Boston College) and Dryden Hunt (Regina Pats) — played for the Ice as 15-year-olds. “They have to internalize and understand that this is

about their development. They have an opportunity to learn and keep positive,” DiBella said of the fact the Ice are often put at a disadvantage due to having to draw from a smaller population base. “It’s a tremendous league that provides unequalled opportunity for players that would otherwise not aspire, having the chance to move onto junior or major junior roles.” The Ice travel to Victoria this coming weekend for a two-game set with the South Island Royals. The Ice return to the Kootenays February 9 and 10 for a set with the Vancouver NE Chiefs. The Chiefs lineup features league leading scorer Matthew Barzal, the 15-year-old phenom who has created a lot buzz in the hockey world. To see the video on YouTube type in key words “kootenay ice midget fight.”

vs. Beaver Valley Nitehawks

HOME SAT. FEB. 2nd 7:00 PM vs. Beaver Valley Nitehawks

L 13 15 14 24 29

T 1 0 0 1 1

OTL P 1 60 2 56 6 56 2 39 4 25

Doug Birks Division TEAM GP W L T OTL P N. Okanagan 45 31 11 1 2 65 Sicamous 43 25 12 2 4 56 Revelstoke 43 22 17 3 1 48 Kamloops 46 16 24 2 4 38 Chase 44 9 30 3 2 23


FRIDAY, February 1 Nelson at Beaver Valley Fernie at Creston Valley Castlegar at Columbia Valley Spokane at Golden Grand Forks at Revelstoke Kamloops at Kelowna Penticton at Princeton Sicamous at Summerland Chase at North Okanagan SATURDAY, February 2 Beaver Valley at Nelson, 7 p.m. NDCC Kimberley at Fernie Castlegar at Golden Spokane at Columbia Valley Revelstoke at Chase Princeton at Kamloops Grand Forks at Sicamous Kelowna at Summerland North Okanagan at Osoyoos SUNDAY, February 3 Revelstoke at Sicamous

Nelson Leafs Leaders

PLAYER Position Colton Schell Forward Linden Horswill Forward Connor Gross Forward Carson Willans Forward Seth Schmidt Defence Aaron Dunlap Forward Bryce Nielsen Forward James Sorrey Forward JJ Beitel Defence


AWAY FRI. FEB. 1st 7:30 PM

W 29 27 25 18 10

AWAY FRI. FEB. 8th 7:00 PM vs. Sicamous Eagles

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GP 46 44 40 45 44 43 37 39 42

G 22 12 20 13 11 15 14 11 4

A 40 30 21 28 22 13 11 14 19

P 62 42 41 41 33 28 25 25 23 17


The Battle for First Place with Beaver Valley

Leafs in for huge weekend BOB HALL Nelson Star Editor

The Nelson Junior Leafs hold their destiny in the palm of their own stinky, sweat coated hockey gloves. It’s a luxury that brings with it a tonne of pressure as they head into their most important weekend of the season with a home-and-home against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

“I think all the guys will come to the games way more focussed than we do normally.” Colton Schell

Nelson Leafs Captain

“There’s lots of pressure going into the games. We know that we have to basically win all the games from here on in,” Leafs captain Colton Schell told the Star. “We want first place and home ice advantage for the entire playoffs.” Heading into this weekend, the Leafs sit in first place in the Neil Murdoch Division, five points up on the Nitehawks. If Nelson can win both games, Beaver Valley will have no chance of winning the regular season division title with only four games left. “The Beaver Valley weekend is the most important weekend we

have had all year,” said Schell. “I think all the guys will come to the games way more focused than we do normally.” The Leafs travel to Fruitvale tonight and then return to the Nelson and District Community Complex on Saturday night. The teams have played each other six times this season with the Leafs holding the 4-2 advantage. Back in late-October/early-November the Leafs crushed the Nitehawks by scores of 10-3 and 12-0. The last time the two teams met — on New Year’s Eve — Beaver Valley scored a come-from-behind 7-5 victory. Since that loss the Nitehawks have added scoring machine Ryan Edwards who quit the Trail Smoke Eaters earlier this season. In only 12 games in Junior B, Edwards has amassed 31 points. “We can’t worry about their lineup. We just have to worry about how we play,” said Leafs forward Bryce Nielsen when asked about the Nitehawks bolstered attack. The Leafs remain the top team in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League with 67 points. The Castlegar Rebels currently sit in second, two points behind with a game in hand. The Rebels travel to the East Kootenay this weekend. The biggest reward for finishing first may be the first round playoff opponent. The Spokane Braves currently hold a 13-26-3-3 record. Saturday’s game starts at 7 p.m.

Leafs support MS Society SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

During Saturday’s home game, the Leafs will be showing their community spirit and support for the MS Society by hosting the West Kootenay chapter. There will be a ceremonial puck drop with Dan Carlson representing the local chapter, and once the game gets underway there’ll be a silent auction, a kids’ craft table and a raffle. Be sure to check out the prizes, especially if you’re a Justin Bieber fan as they’re raffling off a life-size cut-out of Justin and a “Girlfriend” perfume gift pack. And be sure to keep your head up if you’re in the stands as there’ll be some free stuff flying

into the crowd. If you are looking for tickets for the game and would like a portion of the proceeds to go to the MS Society you can get them at Stuart’s News in the mall or in the flooring department at Maglio Building Centre. Ticket prices are $9/adults, $8/students & seniors, and $6/child to 12 years (5 & under are free). The local MS Society chapter provides services to people living with multiple sclerosis throughout the West Kootenay and Boundary regions and supports research into finding the cause, new treatments, and a cure for this lifelong disease. For more information about the game contact leona.dimock@

Hired Equipment Registration West Kootenay District

The West Kootenay District of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is now completing Hired Equipment lists for the upcoming fiscal year.

All individuals or companies who are currently registered through the ministry’s offices in Nelson or Grand Forks will be mailed invitations by the end of January to re-register their equipment for the coming fiscal year.

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Individuals or companies who were not registered in 2012, but who wish to have their equipment listed, are invited to visit the Nelson or Grand Forks office to obtain the appropriate registration forms. You will be required to have Commercial (Comprehensive) General Liability Insurance with minimum $2 million third party liability and a WorkSafe BC clearance letter prior to starting work on any ministry projects. Dump trucks must provide a current weigh slip, front tire size, and manufacturer’s front axle rating. Equipment can only be registered in one area in any given year and must be owned or leased-to-own in order to be eligible for registration. Seniority is not transferable from area to area.

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The deadline for new registrations for the 2013/2014 fiscal year is March 20, 2013. Late registrations will be accepted, but may appear at the bottom of the open list. Note that there is no charge for registering new equipment or for changing or deleting equipment information already listed.

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Register by March 20, 2013 at one of these offices:

Nelson Office: 310 Ward Street, 4th Floor Telephone: 250 354-6400


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Grand Forks Office: 7290 2nd Street Telephone: 250 442-4384

Kootenay Lake Levels January 31, 2013

For the benefit of Kootenay Lake area residents, the following lake levels are provided by FortisBC as a public service. Queen’s Bay:

Present level: 1743.76 ft. 7 day forecast: Down 7 to 9 inches. 2012 peak:1753.78 ft. 2011 peak:1751.71 ft.


Present level: 1743.46 ft. 7 day forecast: Down 7 to 9 inches.

Levels can change unexpectedly due to weather or other conditions. For more information or to sign-up for unusual lake levels notifications by phone or email, visit or call 1-866-436-7847.


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Coming Events

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Research Participants Needed! PATIENTS OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS Do you receive, or have you received, health care from a BC Nurse Practitioner? Researchers from UVic’s School of Nursing want to learn how you feel about care provided by nurse practitioners. Participation in this study means completing a short survey either by mail or telephone. To learn more and sign-up for the study, please contact Joanne Thompson Research Assistant at or 250-721-7964 University of Victoria School of Nursing

Urantia Book Study Group? The UB is a major epochal revelation. Free Ebook. Interested? Call Jen @ 354-3428

21 WEEK HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM Prepare for a Career in Heavy Equipment Operation. Introducing our new Apprenticeship Program which includes: • • •

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Haircare Professionals FULL or part-time chair rental available for a positive, experienced stylist at Front Street Hair Studio in Nelson. Contact Svetlana at 250-354-1202 or 250-551-7555. Nelson Hair Stylist Wanted Are you experienced with a cliental base but Need a Change? Be your own BOSS in a tranquil, drama Free salon. Bonus first month chair Rental Free! ph: 551-4217

Help Wanted



Help Wanted


Journeyman HD mechanic required for oilfield construction company. Duties will include servicing, maintenance and overhaul of our equipment. The job will be predominately shop work , but with a portion of your time spent in the field. A mechanics truck will be supplied for you. The job is based in Edson, Alberta. Call Lloyd at 780-723-5051.

Registered Nurses & Licensed Practical Nurses Bayshore Home Health

Make a difference in the lives of seniors. Come and work for AdvoCare Health Services, we take “Pride in Caring�

Now recruiting casual, potentially permanent positions at Mountain Lake Seniors Community in Nelson • Registered Care Aides • Recreation / Rehabilitation Aides For more information and to apply please see our website or email resume to Janice.VanCaeseele@ or fax 250-352-0056


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Apprentices considered training available Contact Nick or Kevin Trowelex, Castlegar 250-365-3315 or email

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

IN MEMORIAM In loving memory of

Peter K. Verigin

who passed away Feb 2, 2003

The heart remembers little things that find no words and yet they’re those warm “forever� memories far too precious to forget Lovingly remembered by Lucille, Paul, Patsy and families

Born: January 31, 1916 Passed: January 30, 2013

Mom succumbed to heart failure at her home in Kelowna, BC on January 30th, one day before her 97th birthday. Mom was surrounded by the music that she loved and in the arms of her daughter, Sharie. Mom was born in Hillcrest, Alberta, January 31, 1916 to John and Catherine Norton. Mom was a long time resident of Nelson, BC before retiring in Kelowna to be closer to her family. Mom was predeceased by her daughter Patsy DuBois (1937-1941), her son Dean Martell (1945-2003) and long time dear friend and companion Bob Carlson (1998). Mom is survived by daughter Sharie (Ron) Steel as well as six wonderful grandchildren and their spouses as well as ten much loved greatgrandchildren. No service by request. Special thanks to Dr. Canning for your care of Mom through these many years. Till we meet again Mom. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and searching her name under stories. Arrangements in care of First Memorial Funeral Services, (250) 762-2299.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

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Required for an established, medium size logging and construction equipment dealership located in South Eastern B.C. Qualified applicants should have “hands-on� experience in the general repairs and maintenance of utility, construction and logging equipment. Applicants can work full-time or part-time (as their schedule permits). Most work will be inside shop diagnosing and repairing components... - Engines - Transmissions - Planetary Final Drives - Hydraulic Pumps & Valves - Winches, etc. Wages to be based on experience and product knowledge. For more information - Call us TOLL FREE: 1-800-562-5303



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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.


CASUAL RELIEF POOL LABOURERS Castlegar, BC We are currently accepting applications to join our casual Relief Pool. Successful applicants will be trained in a variety of entry level positions across our operation, and then called in to cover vacancies as they occur. If you are looking to align with a progressive organization that respects the potential & ideas of people, let’s review our mutual expectations:

What We Expect ✓ Prior related work experience highly desirable ✓ Self-directed, finds work to be done ✓ Demonstrated examples of initiatives; gets things done ✓ Team focused approach to problem & tasks ✓ Generates ideas & suggestions ✓ At least 1 year of relevant postsecondary education

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Merchandise for Sale


Trades, Technical

Misc. for Sale

Want to Rent

SHORE MECHANIC – F/T Heavy Duty Mechanic Certificate or equivalent w/5 yrs exp. www.westcoast

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

34 yr old male w/trained huskey-malamut dog looking for affordable accom in Nelson area. Must be within $600/m range. Will share w/right person. Respectful, considerate & honest, leave message Jake @ 352-9876


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NOVICE floutist seeks Flute Instructor for weekly lessons. Nelson, BC. (250) 551-5506

Financial Services

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.

Personal Care

WEST KOOTENAY MOBILE FOOT CARE: Nursing foot care by experienced Registered Nurse. $40/session. Comprehensive health assessment with treatment. James Cooke, RN (250)5515506

Handypersons For all your Handyman needs call Gare’s Home Maintenance & Contracting Dealer for turn your exciting bathtub into a shower Call 250-359-2983 or Cell 250-304-5298

Pets & Livestock


BEAUTIFUL Blue and Red Nose Pitt bull puppies Ready to go. Asking price is best offer or trade. Looking for gentle kind loving homes. Call 250-520-0297 Or email:

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 1BR F/S W/D, N/S N/P great view Clean $725 + Util. Avail March 1 st. 250-352-6784 Newly reno’d 3 + bdrm lower Fairview, lower duplex N/S avail Feb 1st $1200/m 250 825-4043

Quiet responsible Mom & studious teen requires a 1-2 brdm home in Nelson, for $600-$700/m. Teen attending LVR & in Air Cadets. No alcohol, drugs, smoking or pets. Dana @352-9876.


Auto Financing

Apartment Furnished

Mobile Home, 2 bdrm, F/S W/D, Deck, Addition, in Thrums, No dogs over 15 # 250-359-7178, 250-304-9273

DreamTeam Auto Financing “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals



Notice is Hereby Given that all persons having claims against the Estate of Nick Kurbatoff, Deceased, formerly of the Village of Kaslo, Province of British Columbia, who died on the 21st day of January, 2012, are hereby required to send the particularts thereof to the undersigned Mike Sookochoff, Executor, on or before March 15, 2013, after which date the Estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. Mike Sookochoff, Executor c/o LEWIS J. BRIDGEMAN McEWAN & CO. LAW CORPORATON 1432 Bay Avenue Trail, B.C. V1R 4B1

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Cars - Sports & Imports

2 bdrm suite , newly reno’d $950/m includes util avail immediately 354-1944

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Cleaning Services

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Merchandise for Sale

Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53 in stock. SPECIAL 44’ x 40’ Container Shop w/steel trusses $13,800! Sets up in one day! Also Damaged 40’ $1950 Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph. 1-866-528-7108 Free Delivery BC and AB

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The Nelson Star is running new crossword puzzles! The answer for Wednesday’s paper will be printed in Friday’s paper while the Friday answers will be published in Wednesday’s paper.

VERY nice 2008 Honda Civic LX Coupe with 1.8L, 5 speed 103,000 kl. Sharp brownish gray exterior. Winters. EXCELLENT condition. Remaining 6 yrs or 120,0000 warranty. Price $10,500 (firm). 250-304-9419

Suites, Lower

Please take note that on February 12, 2013 and thereafter, the contents of the following storage lockers at 12 Mile Storage, 250-825-9666 will be sold at auction or otherwise disposed of to cover outstanding costs of storage and all fees. Locker #A9 in the name of MICHAEL MIRON & CONSTANCE DUNHAM Whitehorse, YT Locker #D160 in the name of DERRICK DAVID LAWRENCE Nelson, BC


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Homes for Rent

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SIX MILE- Fully equipped 1 bdrm kitchenette, $750/mo. DD$250. Utils, cable & wi-fi incld, onsite laundry. Available Now. 250-777-1146.

2 bdrm cabin $685/m + 2 bdrm cabin $585/m on large acreage, very private, 1km south of Slocan City. Wood/ elect heat, creek water, Utilities xtra. Pets ok, room for garden. Lease required. 250-359-2259

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MOUNT MILLIGAN THOMPSON CREEK METALS COMPANY Located 150km northwest of Prince George BC, Mount Milligan will be British Columbia’s first major metal mine of this century. Construction began in mid-2010 with commercial production projected for the latter part of 2013. Mount Milligan is owned by Thompson Creek Metals and is currently recruiting for the following positions: t Chief Mine Engineer & Mine Engineer t Senior Surveyor t Chief Geologist t Construction Superintendent t Civil Supervisor t HD Mechanics t Health & Safety Advisor t Electricians & E&I Mechanics t Mine Maintenance Superintendent t Flotation & Control Room Operators / Supervisors t Millwrights t Many, many more. For complete job descriptions please visit: Apply by email to: Or by Fax: 888-881-3527

ACROSS 1 Exemplar of cruelty 7 Approach furtively, with “to” 14 Split and united? 15 2001 Disney film subtitled “The Lost Empire” 17 Pioneer transports 18 Animal’s paw warmer? 19 Boston-toProvidence dir. 20 Strauss’s “__ Rosenkavalier” 21 Neighbor of Ger. 22 Subject of a China/India/Pakis tan territorial dispute 26 Tokyo airport 29 Animal’s hiking gear? 30 Animal’s laundry? 31 Put in a zoo, say 32 Tippy transport 33 Suffix like “like” 34 Sets the pace 36 Marcel Marceau character 39 Indian spice 41 Assistant professor’s goal 44 Animal’s golf club? 47 Animal’s undergarment? 48 Like some bagels 49 Undoes, as laws 50 Heart lines: Abbr. 51 Brief life story? 52 HEW successor 54 Animal’s apartment? 58 Melodic 61 Wet ink concern 62 Night noises 63 One on the lam 64 Hot spots DOWN 1 Stitches 2 The Palins, e.g. 3 Animal’s timepiece? 4 Wall St. debut 5 Obama, before he was pres. 6 NFL stats


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40 Coffee holder 42 Ram’s mate 43 Ultra-secretive org. 44 Burns bread and butter? 45 Tips may be part of it 46 Lively Baroque dances 47 Corp. head honcho


49 Fingerprint feature 51 Ruination 53 Cong. meeting 55 Anatomical bag 56 Victorian, for one 57 Die dot 58 Donkey 59 Biological messenger 60 Debtor’s marker

Churchs of Nelson


Nelson Christian Science Society A Branch of the Mother Church in Boston MA

Sunday Service in Balfour

9:30 am at the Anglican Church on Busk Rd. For information 250-229-5237

Rev. Scott Simpson - First Baptist Church

“A good traveler has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving” Lao Tzu

Riding a motorbike has taught me how to live. I tend to pray more. I pay more attention to my surroundings. I focus on the road ahead. And I plan trips based on the road and not the destination.

I have this book that lists the top 180 motorcycle roads in BC. The roads are ranked according to their twistiness, engineering, pavement quality, remoteness and various other features. Whenever we have the opportunity to take off on a bike, we first consult this book. And then we plan our journey around the roads we want to take. Destinations are almost secondary simply rest stops on the journey.

Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 am


Wednesday Bible study, ‘God’s word in you’ 6:45 pm

623 Gordon Rd. Nelson BC V1L 5X6 Phone 250-352-9322 • Pastor Rev. Ken H. Keber Refreshments are served after the service (Affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada)

Anglican Church of Canada St. Saviour's ProCathedral Evangelical

Covenant Church

Loving Jesus, Loving People, Transforming Lives


St. Matthew's

Village Road, South Slocan Sunday 9:30 am (No service third Sunday)

St. Michael & All Angels

702 Stanley St. • 352.9613 Sundays at 10:00 am Pastor Arden Gustafson Pastor Chris Wiens


7741 Upper Balfour Rd. • 229.2301 Sundays at 9:30 am Pastor Jason Ashley

Playmor Junction 2840 Eden Rd. • 359.5065 Sundays at 10:00 am Pastor Jesse Lerch

The Salvation Army Nelson Community Church

Sunday Worship Service at 11:00 am Everyone is Welcome Your Pastors:

Majors Robin and Yvonne Borrows 250 551 4986

Ward & Silica, Nelson Family Service & Eucharist Sunday 10:30 am

601 Vernon Street (Middle Level)


CATHEDRAL OF MARY IMMACULATE 813 Ward Street 352-7131 Sunday Mass Times: • Saturday 7:00pm • Sunday 8:30 am and 10:30 am Parish office open Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am - noon •

Office: 8 am - 12 pm Tue - Fri


On one trip, during breakfast in Aschroft, we discovered an alternate route to Kamloops that would take us off the beaten path. We changed our course entirely and spent several hours on one of BC’s best roads and only saw about three other vehicles! Detours are part of the journey. As someone brilliant once said, “The journey is the thing.”

Sometimes in the church we act like the ALL ARE WELCOME! only important thing is our final destination – where will we go when we die? It’s certainly important and worth pondering, but it is starts at 11am not the only question. Ray Plummer will speak on the topic Jesus seemed to have a “Zarthusta Legend” strong focus on living life well. He said that Any questions? Contact 250-354-5394 he came so that we 905 Gordon Rd might have life, and (IHA Bldg., back door) have it to the full. A preoccupation with our final destination could actually hinder our ability to live fully to God and to one Sunday @ 10:30AM another in the present. Central School Gym In a world that Corner of Ward and Mill, Nelson sometimes pressures • Developing Relationships us to have a five year • Music that will move you • Helping people - Help people plan for everything, Jim Reimer 1 -888-7 6 1 -3301 it’s nice to get on a bike and plan for the journey and not the destination. It’s also good to remember that Sunday Worship Gathering 10:00 am Nelson we live the journey of Carol Prochaska Presiding United Church faith one moment at a Service of Holy Communion time.

Busk Road Balfour Sunday service 11 AM


International Development Week

The Journey

A Friendly Bible Centre Church

Friday, February 1, 2013 Nelson Star

Make a difference SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

International Development Week is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world. For 23 years, the week has taken place during the first full week of February and you are invited to be part of the celebration. This year, IDW takes place from February 3 to 9. In celebration of International Development week the newly formed regional BCCIC (British Columbia Council for International Cooperation) network in Nelson will host a networking event on February 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is for anyone involved in or anyone who is potentially interested to become involved in International Development and International Humanitarian work. There will be opportunity to learn more about what the network does and for participants to join this free network; current members will also be in attendance. Information will also be shared about “What in the World is Nelson Doing?” a public engagement event that BCCIC will be hosting later in February. This networking evening comes with a great free dinner. RVSP Isabelle Herzig by February 2 to ensure your seat: isabelleh@kootenaykids. ca or 250-352-6678 (ext 226). The event will take place at 402 Victoria Street in Nelson.

Unity Centre of the Kootenays

Nelson United Church 7:00 pm Taize´Service in the Sanctuary

Sunday School (Ages 4 and up) 602 Silica Street, Nelson BC V1L 4N1 Ph: 250.352.2822 •

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Jesus

HICKMAN, Norman Bruce

Born: June 20, 1924 Passed: January 26, 2013

A SMALL TOWN HERO On Saturday the 26 of January 2013 we all lost the most humble man, Norman Bruce Hickman. Norm died peacefully in Nelson surrounded by family. Norm was born in Winnipeg on June 20 1924. He was the youngest of 11 children and one of 3 sets of twins born to Jesse and Sarah Hickman. Norm started playing his beloved game of hockey as soon as he could stand on his “hand me down” white figure skates from his sister. When Norm was 11 his father inherited a substantial sum from family in England that Jesse and Sarah used to re-locate and purchase a home in Victoria. There was also enough money to buy new bicycles for the younger kids. Norm delivered telegrams on his bicycle and walked horses for work as a young man. When he was 18 he joined the Canadian Navy and arrived in Halifax for Christmas 1942. Norman served on the HMCS Dundas and LaMalbie working as convoy protection from New York to South Hampton. After the war Norman was invited to come to Trail to play hockey and work by his childhood friend Headley Marshal. He worked at Cominco for a short time then took an electrical apprenticeship at Bennett electric in Nelson. He met his future wife Claire Grace Forsythe at a house party in Nelson. Norman and Claire had two kids Jim and Donna Jean. Norm retired from School District #7 in Nelson after 38 years of service to the community he loved so much. Norm continued to play Sunday morning hockey for 62 years earning the nickname “Hacker” Hickman. Norman touched so many people with his humility, his smile and a ready joke. We all looked forward to seeing him again and again. Norman’s surviving relatives are his son Jim, daughter Donna Jean & Larry Mydansky, Grand children Jessica, Amanda, Cody and Hayen. Not to forget the loves of his life Great grand daughter Alivia and Alora. He was also survived by his twin brother Jim and many loving nieces and nephews. There will be a celebration of life in the late spring that will be announced at a later date. Norm, we all feel our loss deeply and crave to be touched by your spirit just one more time. We now look to our memories and our dreams to see you again. God bless you and rest in peace sweet man.

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Community One Billion Rising

Check This Out - Anne DeGrace

On the Road with info Join the movement


Figuring out your personal agenda with travel databases

here’s a trend this time of year that makes me want to head to my closest watering hole and order something colourful to drink, preferably with a paper umbrella. I’ll find a corner by the heater, take off three or four layers, close my eyes and pretend it’s really, really hot. What’s the trend that sends me into wistful dreamland? It’s the sudden proliferation of library patrons turning up at the circulation desk either suspiciously tanned, or with a stack of books and a request for an extension on their loan “until we get back.” Usually, it’s from someplace involving heat and colourful drinks. From the window above my desk I can see cold-looking bundled people hurrying by. Sometimes, a dog is tied up outside my window and we look at each other. He’d rather be in here, but I’d rather be in Mexico. Warm is relative, I guess. I won’t get to Mexico or anywhere else warm this year, but I did manage a short trip to a balmy (by my standards) San Francisco recently. I’d never been, but I’ve always wanted to visit the hangout of the beat poets — and where Jack Kerouac’s On the Road begins. While I knew that our

man Jack would never have hoisted a colourful umbrella drink, I wanted to have what he was having, wherever he had had it at the time. It would be good enough for a cold Canadian in January.

Unlike hard copy travel guides, this database is always up to date. I started with our database A to Z World Travel, where I learned about San Francisco and more importantly, about Vesuvio — a favourite hangout of Jack Kerouac and his cohort. According to the database it’s right across from City Lights Bookstore — a spot on the bucket list of any bibliophile. Be still, my beating heart. Besides letting me in on the nightlife spots, A to Z told me everything I need to know about Fog City. Unlike hard copy travel guides, this database is always up to date, right down to news feeds on everything San Fran. It doesn’t get more current than that. Next, I searched Global Road Warrior, which is a travel database best suited to understanding what makes

a country tick — although a search in “United States” for “San Francisco” did turn up some useful information. A tour through available topics — food, festivals, and more — tells me that Global Road Warrior will be my first stop when I decide to find sun in, say, Mauritius. There, people order their drinks in a number of languages including Hindi, Arabic, Mandarin, and Urdu. For that trip, I’ll also need to spend some time with our Rocket Languages database. When I got to San Francisco — armed with knowledge, if not flowers in my hair — I found Vesuvio right where it was supposed to be. So I browsed the books at City Lights and then moseyed on over to the bar — essentially unchanged since those heady beat days — and ordered a Jack Kerouac. One hundred per cent umbrella-free, the drink is made with rum, tequila, orange cranberry juice, and lime. Hard to imagine drinking this and getting back On the Road at all. I didn’t come back with a tan, but I did come back with memories to keep me warm until my next travel itch sends me back to peruse our databases, maybe learn a language or two, and dream.

? WHO WILL BE NELSON’S 2012 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR? The Nelson Knights of Columbus are seeking nominations to recognize an individual who has made the greatest contribution through volunteerism. Nomination forms and cover letter are available at Nelson City Hall, Chamber of Commerce and Sonja’s China Cabinet. Nominations close at 4:00 p.m. February 28, 2013


Special to the Nelson Star

Join the One Billion Rising global movement around the world and rise together in response to the terrifying statistic that one in three women will experience violence in her lifetime. Locally there are two events to include all members of the community (men welcome) and to celebrate the Nelson and District Women Centre’s 40th anniversary — the longest running rural Women’s Centre in all of Canada. One Billion Rising will move the earth, activating women and men to dance across every country. Organizers want the world to see collective strength, numbers and solidarity across borders. “When we started V-Day 14 years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Eve Ensler, the woman responsible for starting the movement. “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. “When we come together on February 14 to demand an end to violence against women and girls, it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.” In Nelson the first local One Billion Rising event will take place on February 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Self Design High (Legion building).

It’s a family friendly, inspired series of dance workshops led by talented local dance teachers. Workshops offered include a women’s self defense class, belly dance with Shauna Robertson, bhangra/afro house folkfusion cardio/warm up with Slava Doval, hip hop with Julie Turgeon and capoeira with Amber Santos. Everyone is welcome and classes are open to all levels. Sliding scale, $5-$15/per class or $30/day. Tickets available at the door. On February 14 there will be a One Billion Rising V-day Dancing Revolution at The Royal from 5 to 8 p.m. The night will include uplifting, empowering music by DJ Laurie Langille of Meox Mix, inspiring speakers, short videos, spoken word, and most importantly, lots of dancing. Women are encouraged to come rise and connect with women around the globe. Men are called on to join to stand up for their sisters, mothers, grandmothers, and daughters. There will be live-streaming this event on the women’s centre website: Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door. Tickets go on sale today and will be available at The Royal, Urban Legends, The Music Store,, and the Nelson Women’s Centre. To learn more visit their Facebook page at, email or call the Nelson Women’s Centre at 250-352-9916.




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Knights of Columbus

813 Ward Street • 250.825.9204




Friday, February 1, 2013 Nelson Star

Kissing in the Kootenays Valentine’s Day Photo Contest Enter to win a great prize! Grab your sweetheart, pet, child or friend and a digital camera. Pick your favourite Nelson landmark and snap a photo! It’s easy! Just take photo of you and your valentine, with enough background so we know that you are in front of a Nelson landmark (could be the Bridge, Baker Street, a chairlift at Whitewater, Pulpit Rock) and upload the photo to the Nelson Star Facebook page at to. Don’t forget to tag yourself! Then start spreading the word to get your friends to ‘Like” your photo. The photo with the most likes by noon on Valentine’s Day will win a $100 gift certificate to the All Season’s Cafe and flowers from Bella Flora.

Walking for George Grypma

Bob Hall photo

The annual Investor’s Group Walk For Memories took place this past Sunday at the Nelson and District Community Complex. The walk raises funds for the Alzheimer Society of BC. As is the tradition, the walk is dedicated to a local member of the community who met with the disease. Sunday’s walk was dedicated to George Grypma (1926-2012). “He demonstrated the virtue of hope every day of his life to the very end of his days,” said son Simon Grypma (seen above right giving a speech on Sunday with his family to the left). “Dad’s hope was the dreams he shared with our mother. The hope and belief of a family with faith, the hope and dreams of a life for his children. Dad believed in hope to the extent that he showed his hope for an everlasting life during the final days of his life on earth. Dad’s belief in hope gave him the courage to stay the course during the darkest days of his life. He never gave up.” Almost 100 people showed up for the walk and organizers are still totalling the amount of money raised during the morning event.

Buy our decadent 1/4 slab Original Cakery Cake between February 10-14 and be entered to win a beautifully, hand-crafted locally made $1,000 chocolate coloured diamond ring with a 18k gold band made by Chris Kolmel @ Kolmel Jewelers. The winner will also receive a 1 night stay at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, a $100 gift certificate to Ric’s Grill for a romantic night and a dozen roses when they pick up their ring! 1200 Lakeside Dr. Nelson, BC V1L 5Z3 (250) 352-7617

The Bridge will be on location for their evening show and Dustin Stashko will draw the winner at 4:05 pm.

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Newspaper Launches Exciting New Contest

Get creative with your Nelson Star How can you make your old Nelson Star art? Here is one idea from the West Island Gazette. We know there are more and our new contest is asking locals to show their talents by creating something spectacular. More ideas can be found online by going to Google and typing in “recycled newspaper art.” Good luck and have fun!


Wait! Done reading the latest edition of the Nelson Star? Don’t toss it in your blue box or crumple it for the wood stove. The Star is hosting an online contest (with a print component) asking readers to get creative with their newspaper. Young and old, use that paper to create a piece of artwork, take a photo and upload it to our Nelson Star contest page at

“We thought this would be a great, fun project to get everyone’s creative energy going and use recycled materials.”

Have a

: Adopt a Rescue Pet!

This year KAAP plans to help more cats and dogs than ever, but we can’t do it alone! Please support your rescue organization by ADOPTING, DONATING and FOSTERING. Here are a few excellent pets needing forever homes. More are listed on our website at, or call Daryl at 250-551-1053 for info.


Publisher Karen Bennett There are some fantastically creative people in this community and inspirational ideas online should you Google “recycled newspaper art” — did you know you can make yarn from newspapers?! The sky’s the limit — or should we say the recycling bin’s the limit. “We thought this would be a great, fun project to get everyone’s creative energy going and use recycled materials,” says Star publisher Karen Bennett. “We are hoping to get the schools involved for the kid’s category. And we can’t wait to see some of the ideas that come forward. Nelson is such an artistic community.” The contest will run from February 1 to March 27 for submissions and then the public will vote. A winner will be selected in both adult and children’s categories. Winners will be announced in VURB on April 12 and will have their photo on the front page with their creation. An artistic hub, 4Cats Art Studio is on board as a major sponsor with prizes provided for both adult and children’s categories.

250.352.7861 2124 Ymir Road


Wayne Germaine 250.354.2814


The best and last lot available in a 4-lot development at the South Slocan Junction in an incredible recreational area with easy access to walking/biking trails and water sports. Spectacular view of Kootenay River and Gold Island from this private .42-acre treed property. The foundation, community septic and power are in. A well will be needed. Close to schools and stores, a great opportunity to build a stylish new home on a gorgeous lot.

9 month old brother and sister, both are a little shy at first but warm up with attention and affection.They would love to find a home together, and will make great companions. Call 250-551-1053 to meet them in Nelson.


She’s a 4 year old Retriever cross, spayed and shots up-to-date. Kuma is a family dog, she loves kids, cats, other dogs. She is mellow and loving, but slightly overweight, therefore needing a home where she will be exercised regularly. 250-551-1053

Call Wayne 602 JOSEPHINE

Robert Goertz 250.354.8500

$624,900 Norm Zaytsoff 250.354.8584

Lev Zaytsoff 250.354.8443

Well maintained multi-tenanted commercial building located in the downtown core of Nelson, BC. Zoned C-1 and sitting on a 42 x 120 foot corner lot, this building offers over 5,000 square feet of retail space on 2 levels.


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Located in sunny Krestova, this property has more than meets the eye. The main house is a well maintained, 2 bed 2 bath with a newly renovated kitchen. The second home offers 2 bed 1 bath and would make the perfect studio space or rental. The 1.24 acres are fenced and back onto a creek and crown land. Private yet community oriented. Call Lev


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Custom designed home on just over an acre is sure to turn a few heads. Kindly looked after and meticulously maintained this 4 bedroom home offers wood detailing throughout, generous room sizes and a warm feeling throughout. The park like yard is as impressive as the house surrounded by mature forest. Exceptional quality, exceptional value, do not let this one slip away.


Kristina Little 250-509-2550

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3700 sq ft 2-storey home on .6 beautifully landscaped acres with premium quality finishing: Brazilian cherry floors, maple cabinets, 2 fireplaces and generous windows. Open plan main floor with dream kitchen, master suite with 5-piece ensuite and his/hers closets. 2 bedrooms, full bath, family room with wet bar and library nook in the daylight basement plus oversized double garage.

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Semi-detached, solidly-built, 3 bdrm. home, with natural millwork, cork flooring, custom kitchen w/ granite counters, SS appliances & heated tile floor, plus a double garage. Super Energy Efficient! BC $10,000 New Home Bonus may be available w/qual. MLS# K214259

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Many recent improvements: new kitchen cabinets and countertops, 2 bathrooms totally redone, 2 bedrooms added in the basement. All new carpet and tile floors. Recently painted. 0.58 acres, Lush Lawn & 75 FEET of Sandy Beach w/ boat dock. MLS# K217293

Stunning custom built home, south facing overlooking Kootenay Lake offering a .51 acre lot that is beautifully landscaped, insulated 2 car garage, an in-law suite, bright, open main floor with 2 sun decks, and large kitchen with SS appliances. A bonus feature, waterfront access. MLS# K216624

Call Alan $625,000

Call Brady @ The Property Lab Team $515,000





Exquisite 1 bdrm + den & 2 bath Silver Bay Condo offering a bright & spacious open floor design, hardwood flooring , Upscale Gourmet kitchen w/ granite countertops & Stainless steel appliances. Private large sunny sun deck with stunning views of Kootenay Lake & Mountains. Close to all amenities located in Fair view. MLS# K217747

Spacious 3 bedroom 4 bath home on Kootenay Lake’s East Shore boasts an open plan that takes full advantage of the view of the lake. Wood floors, family & rec room, 2 fireplaces, double garage, huge waterfront deck and much more. MLS K 216564



Call Lisa $339,000

Call Dave $849,000







Enjoy easy walking to Lakeside Park and all amenities from this 3 bedroom 2 bath home in lower Fairview. A good investment in your future. MLS# K217357 Call Tad @ The Property Lab Team $315,000

Ground level 2 bedroom apartment with a natural gas fireplace and covered parking in Lower Fairview, 1 block from Safeway, Lakeside Park and the bus route. Easy turnkey property for traveling and maintaining an independent lifestyle. MLS# K213674

3 bedroom 2 bath hobby farm property just 15 minutes from Nelson on a quiet 1.97 acre parcel. Fenced & cross-fenced, comfortable home with outbuildings, including a 24 x 32 shop/barn. MLS# K217816

This fabulous 4 bed, 3 bath family home has a fenced yard, beautiful Brazilian wood floors, great kitchen with granite counters and high end stainless appliances, perfect for entertaining guests. The double garage has plenty of space for the toys and storage. MLS# K217352

Call Lorne $386,000

Call Christine $585,000

Upper Fairview, spectacular views, wood burning fireplace, built in eating nook, main floor laundry, & newer furnace. Private backyard with sundeck overlooking Anderson Creek. Breathtaking must see it to believe it! MLS# K216359








Call Christine $215,000




Call Laura $288,800






Very sweet 3 bdrm rancher style home with breathtaking lake & city views located along much desired Johnston Rd. This charming home has had many new upgrades including a new roof and is placed on a perfectly landscaped .34 acre property. Double carport with extra storage and still very close to town. MLS# K216705

Lovely 3 bedroom 3 bath family home on a level landscaped lot. Paved driveway & double attached garage. Central to Nelson and Castlegar. New kitchen stone effect counter tops. Newer roof and a new 14x14 deck. The dormered roof line adds character to this excellent value home. MLS# K216880

Call Lisa $319,000

Call Alan $324,900




Ideally suited for the professional: three levels; built in 2005 with high-end finishings and energy efficiencies in mind, including radiant in-floor heat, master bedroom suite upstairs, beautiful kitchen, open living area & suite potential in finished bsmt. MLS# K217928

Call Glen $418,000

Delightful 2 bedroom 1 bath compact home on a 75X120 view lot located in Rosemont. Carport. Quick possession available. Very quiet area. MLS# K217429

Call Lorne $329,900




Here is a rare opportunity at this two bedroom condo just steps from the downtown core in the highly sought after High St. Place. MLS# K217834 Call Brady @ The Property Lab Team $297,000

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Just 8 minutes from Nelson and you get to enjoy a panoramic view of the Kootenay River. A 5 bedroom, 3 bath, custom built home offers 2 bedroom in-law suite, sundeck, in-floor heat and too much to list. MLS# K217071

Beautifully built, 1 level, 2041 sq ft home with 3 bedrooms & 3 baths, w/ double garage on just over 5 scenic Pass Creek acres. Outside you’ll find an insulated 60’X35’ shop with in-floor heat & 3 pce bath. Wow! MLS# K217530

Immaculate contemporary 3 bedroom 2 bath Fairview home with a 1 bedroom In-law Suite in the basement. A bright open floor plan and a lake view. A must see. MLS# K217348


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In today’s real estate market nothing brings a wider smile than the sign that says “SOLD”.

A quiet Procter setting is the location of this 2 bedroom, 2 bath home. Great for year round living or a cabin use, it also includes a guest cabin or rental. The .75 acre property has more than 84 feet of sandy beach to enjoy. MLS K217926

Call Dave $520,000

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Tonnes of room for gardening, horse stables or anything you can imagine. Bright, open concept 2 can easily be 3 bedrooms 2 bath with heated floors, hardwood, wood burning stove, Heat Pump, A/C, central vac and the list goes on. Don’t miss out this property is a rare gem. MLS K215347

Call Laura $403,777

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Craftsman built, 2,700+ sqft, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home on 7.1 flat, treed acres steps from the Little Slocan River; endless hiking, biking, & recreational opportunities; walking distance from Vallican Whole. MLS# K217530

Call Paul @ The Property Lab Team $419,000

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he final night of the Nelson's Best Singer contest is this Thursday at the Capitol.

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Sixteen singers who advanced through the qualifying round of competition at LV Rogers secondary school before Christmas will now hope to sing their way through two more rounds of judging, both happening the same night, for a chance at the title and opportunity to advance to the Kootenay finals. The way the night will go is all 16 singers will be scored on their performance of one song. The five best will sing again, then winners will be announced. The top two singers go to Kootenay finals. Organizer Vern Gorham said he was blown away by the talent on display in the qualifying round. "This is a fantastically talented community. I could hardly believe the voice on some of those young singers," Gorham said.

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Vern Gorham Three quarters of the Nelson qualifiers are in their teens and many are current or past members of Corazón youth choir. Gorham also noted the wide range of musical styles. "There's everything from classic rock and pop songs to Broadway tunes," he said. "For the audience who comes out to watch this competition, I would say there will definitely be something that appeals to

Feb 9th - Electro Swing Club Burlesque Show

Moira Smiley & VOCO will perform at Shambhala Music & Performance Hall in early February. A visionary blend of voices — redefining harmony singing with the power and physicality of folksong, the avant-garde fearlessness of Béla Bartók and delicious, vaudevillian accompaniment of cello, banjo, ukulele, accordion and body percussion. Moira Smiley's award-winning original music and spell-binding American and East European folksong light up the stage with rompin’ stompin' body percussion and warm wit. Named No. 1 a cappella group in the US in 2007, Moira Smiley & VOCO is the energy of street singing and the elegance of a string quartet. Expect magnificent, hair-raising performances — music that mourns and dances at the same time. Moira Smiley & VOCO will perform at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall, Tenth Street Campus, Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 regular and $5 for students, and are only available at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information call 250-505-1358.

Feb 15th - Humans w/Shyness of Strangers, DJ Lucie Tic Feb 16th - Parker Feb 19th - Vinnie Paz & Ill Bill as Heavy Metal Kings Feb 21st - The Boom Booms Feb 22nd - The Librarian Bass Music with Soul Feb 23rd - Nick Thayer with Soup March 2nd - Funkanomics






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everyone." This is Gorham's second time organizing the event in Nelson. Last year the title of best singer went to Tessa Van der Holt, who went on to tie for fifth place in the Kootenay finals. He said the judging is always a difficult thing in singing competitions because musical tastes are so subjective. However, there is a criteria the singers are judged on: their score out of 10 is weighted with eight

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Feb 14th - Garden of Love Valentine’s


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points singing quality, one point for stage presence, and one point for audience response. "One point can make a big difference," he said. "Last year in Nelson there was a one-tenth of one-point difference between the second and third place singer — which is the difference between going to the Kootenay Finals or not." For that reason, he encourages singers to bring their supporters to help them earn the crowd points. The judges will be people from out of town, to avoid any perception of bias. Gorham will host the show and says he's glad he has nothing to do with the judging. "I don't envy their position," he said. "It's hard to pick between so many talented singers." Nelson's Best Singer is Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance through the Capitol Theatre Box Office. Senior, children and student tickets are $8, when purchased in advance.

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Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia!, the highest grossing musical film of all time, is coming to Nelson’s Capitol Theatre on Saturday, February 16 at 7 p.m. and it’s not going to be just a showing, it’s going to be a happening! With Valentine’s in the air, in the midst of a Kootenay winter, it’s the perfect time to be transported to a Greek island paradise where you won’t just watch famous actors sing, dance and fall in love — you can join them. The Capitol Theatre has secured the rights to show Mamma Mia! for one night only, lyrics included. Those lucky enough to have attended the Capitol’s similar showings of The Sound of Music or Grease will know it’s going to be a lot of fun. Of course, the story unfolds on the magical and fictitious Greek island of Kalokairi where inn owner and mother Donna (Meryl Streep) is preparing for her daughter Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) wedding, unaware that Sophie is using the occasion to uncover the great mystery of her life…which of three men (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth or Stellan Skarsgaard) is her real father. Reviewers have called it ‘a celebration of mothers, daughters, old friends and new family found.’ It isn’t the

highest grossing musical film of all time for no reason. And then there’s the music; what could be more appropriate to the setting and the story than the timeless songs of ABBA: Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Take a Chance on Me, Chiquitita and many more? The lyrics will be on the screen and the audience will be joining in. For those who have seen the movie and heard Pierce struggle through When all is Said and Done, you will know there are times when audience help is needed. Masters of Ceremony for the evening will be local actors Jeff and Lisel Forst who will be dressed like anyone attending a wedding on a Greek island would dress. The audience is also invited to dress for the occasion. In fact, prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Tickets for this “winter beater” happening are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, $45 for a family of four and can be purchased at the theatre box office. So Honey, Honey, this is an SOS; Mamma Mia! is coming to town. Voulez-vous chanter avec nous se soir?

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From bees to canvas


Krista words and picture by

Robin Kristopher


rista is looking so cute with her vintage 80’s sweater found locally at Sweet Repeats consignment shop. Her beret, leopard skinny jeans and killer vegan motorcycle boots make Krista the bee’s knees. Very well put together. Fashion tip: Don’t be afraid to mix styles and patterns embrace your style wear what makes you feel good. Stay Tuned for more style snaps. Nelson I am coming for YOU!!

Robin Kristopher is a vintage stylist and owner of Vadim Kristopher Hair Salon. She blogs at misskittenvintage.tumblr. com. Watch for her on the streets of Nelson looking for fashionable folk to feature in this ongoing column.

Amid all the controversy surrounding keeping bees in Nelson, local artist Erica Konrad is dependent on bees, not for honey, but for beeswax for artwork. Encaustic, coming from the Greek word encaustikos meaning “to burn in,” is an ancient method dating back to fouth century B.C. The procedure of applying molten wax to various surfaces is perhaps best known from the Fayum funeral portraits painted in the first and second centuries A.D. which can still be seen today in London and Cairo. The longevity speaks to the incredible durability of this art medium, mainly the beeswax being impervious to moisture resulting in a long life span. Encaustic is now increasingly popular as a medium.

It is a mixture of beeswax and damar resin (sap from a tree) which is mixed together to make medium, then colour is added to make encaustic paint. This is used in a molten state (heated), and then fused with a heat gun or torch into a continuous layer and fixed to a rigid absorbent support, usually wood. Konrad uses encaustic as a medium in her artwork and will be sharing that knowledge, through a free workshop, with students from SelfDesign High, on February 8. Konrad has been working on a body of work titled “The Waggle Dance,” related to the dance bees do to communicate vital information — the metaphor representing our maintenance of community through the action

Erica Konrad (flow and preservation) of this symbolically rich material. She will teach the SelfDesign students the process of encaustic and then encourage their expression of community through the use of wax medium. The artwork will be mounted on panels and displayed at SelfDesign High.

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Everyone has great memories of their first car. In a way, you come of age when you buy your first car. There’s a kinship you have with it and even if it’s unreliable and beat up, you still hold it in great esteem. Eventually, just like with any tumultuous relationship, you move on. I’m finally parting ways with my ‘93 Sunbird convertible. I drove this car to its last legs. After owning it for nearly two years, it gave me 20,000 km. Keep in mind, it was already sitting at 220,000 km when I purchased it. It shook like hell on the I90 on the way to Seattle; it braved the drastic weather shifts on the Kootenay Pass countless times; it climbed the hills of Nelson and Rosemont — or what I like to call nature’s elliptical and I like to think it was one of those familiar cars people would see through town. This car was literally held together by duct tape. The back window would rip apart from the vinyl every time I’d put the top down, so I’d need to reapply the tape afterwards. If you ever passed me on the highway, you probably noticed a rolls’ worth of duct tape fl apping violently in the wind. It was a sexy car with a lot of special memories. Most of those memories have music attached to ‘em, so I give you the songs that sum up my ‘93 Sunbird convertible, otherwise known as “Madonna.” Madonna –“Hung Up” I always told myself when I bought a car, I’d name it after the first artist I heard on the radio when I turned the key. Of course it wasn’t a reputable band/song. It was this one. So from that point on, I called her “Madge.” Arcade Fire –“Sprawl 2 (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” When I was driving to Nelson from Edmonton to start a new chapter in my life, I had a very serendipitous moment when driving through the mountains. Can I just say, I feel like people use the word “serendipitous” way more since the movie Serendipity starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale came out in 2001. This tune came on and it made me look around my car, at all my belongs and realize that everything in this car is my life. I thought “this is crazy.” It was a Jerry Maguire singing Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ moment. Plus the mountains beyond mountains part I really took literally. Fat Joe ft. Ashanti –“What’s Luv” I would constantly embarrass my old roommate when I’d drive down Baker Street with the top down with this grammatically incorrect song blasting, garnering odd looks from pedestrians. He’d be riding shotgun and after a while of cringing in his seat, he embraced it – they always do. The Rivieras –“Warm California Sun” The joys of having a convertible is that when the top’s down, the whole world can hear what you’re listening to. This comes with a lot of responsibility, so I’d always try to play music that people would sing along to when they passed me on the street. This one always got people humming or at the very least, a knowing nod. Superchunk –“Crossed Wires” This was one of those songs that went on a CD that hardly left my CD player in my car.

Madonna Oh, I didn’t mention my ’93 Sunbird convertible had a CD player? The power of that song always made me put my foot down on the pedal a little more. Weezer –“Jamie” There’s something awesome about playing your favourite band in your own car. It’s even more awesome knowing that the song came out the same year that your car was born. The Doobie Brothers –“Long Train Runnin’” Another CD that didn’t leave my car for ages was The Doobie Brothers Greatest Hits. This is a great open road song. Cloud Nothings –“Stay Useless” As shy as I may seem, I try to be bold as much as I can. One day, I drove to a girl’s house that I knew wasn’t going to end up dating me, but I needed to do a last ditch effort to make sure I did everything possible to make it work. I told her I needed to drop by and give her something on my way to visit the city. So I walked through her door, threw my coat on the fl oor, grabbed her and said: “just roll with this,” and I kissed her hard. For a few brief moments, we were locked in this fi t of passion and we kissed each other like our lives depended on it. I picked up my coat, walked out her door, and said goodbye, leaving her bewildered. While I was speeding away, I cranked this rocker of a song, and started punching the top of my car in excitement, not believing what I just did. I felt unstoppable! - To this day, this jam is the one that sums up the car for me. She didn’t date me. A car may just mean getting you from point A to point B, but I like to think your first car is all about the cool little memories its given you; even if you can’t ever look at a roll of duct tape the same way ever again.

Highlights From The Open Stage

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Some brand new things happened at the Royal last Wednesday, and Thursday, the Dam Inn got rocking with a couple of bands who then followed us to the Balfour Beach Inn on Friday. There was definitely no shortage of music to enjoy. Brad Fenton from the Rippin’ Rattlers treated us to an acoustic version of “Who Do You Love” at the Royal. Lindsay Britton who hosts the karaoke show at the Grand sang and played several songs. I was struck by her clear melodic voice and her set was a nice folk presentation. An ensemble of Selkirk students fronted by James toast did an amazing set of Frank Zappa tunes. They definitely got the crowd going with their antics. I spent the next couple of days fine tuning a sound board recording I got of their set. XLR8R got the place rocking early in the eve-

ning at the Dam Inn. Soon after Nik Faraguna blazed on his electric guitar with his father Boris backing him on rhythm guitar with James Picard and Dennis Mcleod holding down the rhythm section. Mike Hepnar did the closing set performing a mix of covers and originals including a cover of Elvis called “Love Me Tender” and his own popular Michellitta tune. As mentioned earlier Nik and XLR8R also played the Balfour Beach Inn this week keeping the Rock and Roll vibration going. Chris Bodie was also there to play his soulful rhythmic tunes. Daryl Doyle sat in on the keyboard on several sets with Rick Klassen switching from mandolin to guitar depending on the tunes being played. All in all it was a week full of music, smiles and cheers. Open Stage usually happens weekly at the venues mentioned above, any changes will be posted at


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Winter Family Fair! Sunday, February 10, Noon to 4pm

Bring your loved ones to Touchstones Nelson to celebrate Valentines Day and BC’s new holiday, Family Day! There will be music by James Lamb, story telling by Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, art activities for all ages and treats! Bring a photo of your Valentine to incorporate into your Valentine’s Day card. Check out the Permanent Museum Exhibit where our docents will be happy to answer your questions about the history of Nelson. View our current art gallery exhibits: Aliens Among Us: BC’s Recent Plant and Animal Arrivals

Gallery’s members who make art. Much of the work will also be for sale, offering a great opportunity for current or aspiring art collectors.

(on loan from the Royal BC Museum), and Arin Fay: Beyond the Batholith, Writing Women of the Kootenay/Columbia Basin. Touchstones Nelson is hosting this event by donation. One half of all donations raised over the course of the day will be donated to the Eco Society’s programming at the Visitor’s Centre at Kokanee Park. The Winter Family Fair runs from 12pm to 4pm Sunday February 10th.

Member’s Show & Sale

Opening Feb.22, 7-9pm Exhibition runs Feb.23 – June 2. This salon-style exhibition will showcase the wide-ranging talent of the Gallery’s members. A juried exhibition, it is intended to be as inclusive as possible in order to encourage and support the

No hibernating at Oxygen!

Last chance to see Lylian Klimek’s mixed media exhibition, “Rescue - My landscape”, at Oxygen Art Centre. Gallery hours are Wed Sat from 1-5pm. We are located at 320 Vernon St (back alley entrance) in Nelson. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Registration is now open for the Winter/Spring semester of Arts Education at Oxygen. Courses are in writing, painting, collage, blues singing, spoken word and poetry for a range of skills levels and experience and ages. To register phone: 250 352 2821. Spring Break Art Camp 2013 announced! March 11-15 from 9am-noon is “Puppet-making” for ages 5-8, then 2-5pm is “Theatre and Mask-making” for ages 10-14 with Bessie Wapp and Fiona Brown. March 18-21 is “Stop Motion Animation Camp” with Suez Holland, 9am-noon for ages 9-11, and 2-5pm for ages 9-15. Register online www.

School Tours: Aliens Among Us: BC’s Recent Plant and Animal Arrivals Not just green monsters from outer space, aliens are plants and animals that are new to BC. American Bullfrogs, Scotch Broom and Smallmouth Bass are just a few of the species featured in this exhibition on BC’s newest and sometimes, most damaging inhabitants. On loan from the Royal BC Museum, this exhibition is a wonderful educational resource for our community. Our experienced docents will be offering engaging, interactive tours, which have been developed in coordination with the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee. Spaces are still available for Feburay 21st at 10:30am and 1pm! Friday bookings may also be available – call to inquire. The fee is $3 per student. Teachers can register my contacting Jessie Demers: or calling 352-9813 ext.275.

ArtWalk 2013 News

Although poor road conditions contributed to a small turn out for our first Planning Session – some big decisions were made. ArtWalk will run for 2 – one month sessions, July and August, with an opening party for each. Participating Artists will have a one month show. This fits in with those venues that have monthly Artists through the year. There was discussion about venue selection and the need for standards relating to display space. Also, a suggestion that a Professional Development session prior to ArtWalk could help to improve presentation. Youth/family centred activities were well received last year and will increase this year. HEY! This will be the 25th Anniversary, more planning is in the works. Stay tuned so that you too may have an opportunity to be involved in the activities of your Arts Council. Cheers from your NDAC Board

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Some of my favourite culinary discoveries have been times when I realize how easily I can make something myself that I’d previously been buying pre-prepared — and how often the homemade version tastes better and is less expensive than the store bought alternative. I’m already an avid canner of salsas, pickles and jams. I can turn cabbage into sauerkraut and milk into yogurt. So when Harbour Publishing mailed me a review copy of Carolyn Herriot’s The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of new ideas I found in its pages. I first heard Carolyn Herriot’s name when I was a young WWOOFer (willing worker on organic farms) in Victoria, just out of high school. She’s well known on the island, particularly in the organic farming community. When I started my own backyard garden, I relied on her first book A Year on the Garden Path: A 52-Week Organic Gardening Guide to know what I should be planting at various times of the year. She’s since written The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year Round


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Guide to Growing Organic Food, which is designed to be used as a companion to her cookbook. Herriot’s interest in cooking seems to come from a place of activism (to save the planet and not support the corporate giants who bottle your store-bought salad dressing), health concern and a pragmatic desire not to see her garden harvest go to waste. She spends the introductory pages of the book outlining her reasons for choosing an organic, vegetarian diet of food she mostly grows herself. Don’t let the the name of the book fool you; the ingredients aren’t strictly zero-mile. There’s pineapple in her carrot cake and


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olives in her greek salad. The idea is to build recipes around seasonal ingredients and let you know what you could have grown yourself. The recipes are grouped by season and all the products that could have come from your garden are in bold. But if you don’t have a grapevine to pick fresh leaves for your dolmades, she also mentions that you can find them preserved in brine at most grocery stores. There’s also informative sections on culinary herbs and — my personal favourite part of the book — food preservation methods, where I learned how to make sourdough starter and brew Kombucha tea and Keifir juice. There are also canning recipes and recommended dehydrating times for a range of fruits and vegetables, which I’m sure will come in handy when I’m making food for my backpacking trips next spring. Overall this book is packed with useful stuff. Want to learn how to make the dandelion espresso they serve at Oso Negro, there’s a recipe for it in this book. Also, mulled spice wine (winter) and fresh fruit liqueurs (summer). Whether you grow your own food or support our local farmers who bring their harvest to market, this book offers plenty of great seasonal cooking ideas.

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Sprout Salad This recipe comes from the spring section of Carolyn Herriot’s The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook, but I think it’s a good one for winter too. Homegrown sprouts are a great way to get your greens when your garden’s buried by snow. In the picture, I am growing green lentils, mung beans and and broccoli mix from Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds (available at Ellisons Market). To get your seeds to grow, soak them in water for a couple hours or overnight, put a screen over the mouth of the jar (I use cheesecloth; Herriot recommends a fine mesh from the hardware store) and invert the jar in a bowl at a 30 degree angle to allow excess water to run off. Twice per day, rinse the seeds until they’ve grown to the desired length (usually three to five days). Use them in sandwiches, wraps or salads like this one.

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Ingredients (asterisks indicate ingredients you could grow yourself) 1 lb homegrown sprouts* Dressing 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp sesame oil 1/2 lemon, juiced* 1 Tbsp tamari soy sauce 1 garlic clove, finely minced* 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped* 1 Tbsp chives, minced* 2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped*

Topping 2 Tbsp gomasio (toasted white sesame seeds mixed at about a 5-to-1 proportion with sea salt and ground to a consistency of salt) Directions Whisk together all the dressing ingredients, except gomasio, in a bowl. Serve the dressed sprouts with a sprinkle of gomasio to taste. Makes four servings.

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�rts and Entertainment Listings Nelson’s Best Singer semi-finals and finals will be held February 7 at the Capitol Theatre. Sixteen local singers ages 14 to 49 will compete for the local title and a chance to advance to the Kootenay championship. Tickets available through the Capitol Theatre box office. The third annual Mr. Nelson contest is Saturday, February 16 at Finley’s Irish Pub. Nine local men will compete for the title. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25, available at Finley’s and at 103.5 The Bridge (312 Hall Street). The LV Rogers Grad Class of 2013 bottle drive SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 starting at 10:00am. If you have bottles you would like to donate or for more information call (250) 551-1777


Amnesty International in Nelson is planning their annual film festival on February 1 and 2. On Friday at 7:30 p.m. there will be screening of Umoja followed by On The Line. On the Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. see Big Boys go Bananas and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. watch Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry followed by Grace. All films will be shown at the Shambhala Centre at Selkirk College. Tickets are available at Otter Books in Nelson at the price of $10 per showing or all three shows for $25. The Change Agents, a feature length motion picture produced by students at L.V. Rogers secondary school, will be screening at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, February 2 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets available through the Capitol Theatre box office. Friday and Saturday February 8 and 9 is Nelson’s 20th annual film festival, the Canadian FLiKS Festival. Friday screenings include, Becoming Redwood at 7 p.m. and Lunarcy! at 9 p.m. Saturday's screenings include The Fruit Hunters at 1 p.m., The World Before Her at 3 p.m., Occupy Love at 7 p.m., and The Stories We

Tell 9 p.m. All screening are at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $10.25 each or $35 for a festival pass, and will be sold in advance at Otter Books.

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Mamma Mia! sing-along, hosted by Lisel and Jeff Forst, at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, February 16 at 7 p.m. The words will be right there on the screen, and the whole audience will be singing. Costumes encouraged. Tickets $15 for adults or $10 for students and seniors. Nelson Civic Theatre Society hosts its first movie screening at the Civic Theatre. Skyfall, the most recent James Bond action thriller, will be shown on February 23. Times and ticket prices are to be determined. This is a fundraiser for the Civic Theatre renovation project.

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Storytellers: Word of Mouth returns to the Slocan Valley on Saturday, February 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Vallican Whole Community Centre. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets available at the Slocan Valley Recreation office or over the phone. For more information, call 250-226-0008 or email


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Seekers and Heartsong. Sweatshop Union will be at Spiritbar on Saturday, February 2. On tour to support their fourth album, Water Street, this Vancouver hip hop group is known for conscious lyrics, highly musical beats, and high-energy live shows. Tickets are $10. Doors at 10 p.m. Bob Marley birthday bash at Spiritbar on Wednesday, February 6 — the day Bob Marley would have turned 68-yearsold. Come and celebrate life and enjoy the reggae and dancehall music from various DJs. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover is $2 at the door.

You’re invited to a very special After Work Swing Party as Clinton Swanson and Friends celebrate their first anniversary of their Friday evening dance parties at the Royal on Friday, February 1. No cover. Doors at 6 p.m.

Electric Wednesdays with Estevan at The Royal on Wednesday, February 6. Take your turn in the spotlight, or enjoy the music of those who do, at one of the Kootenay’s best open stages. Starts 8:30 p.m.

Longwalkshortdock plays Spiritbar with Rim Visuals on Friday, February 1. Longwalkshortdock performs live PA with live vocals, synthesizers, drum machines, guitar, effects, toys, computers and even some of his own strobes and lighting. Doors at 10 p.m. Ticket information at the Hume Hotel.

Moira Smiley & VOCO will perform at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall, Tenth Street Campus, Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 regular and $5 for students, and are only available at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information call 250-5051358.

The Royal presents Bocephus King on Friday, February 1. The Cromoli Brothers (yes, the ones on the quest for Supreme Leadership) will open the show. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at Doors open 8:30 p.m.

After Work Swing Party with ET Atomic Swing Band at the Royal on Friday, February 8. No cover. Doors at 6 p.m.

Ellison’s Cafe Acoustic Unplugged Sessions presents three groups on Saturday, February 2 from noon to 3 p.m. starting with Never Enough, Meaning

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Bobby C Sound TV is at Spirtbar Friday, February 8 with an opening set by Breakfluid. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at the Hume Hotel lobby. Electro Swing Club Canada brings its feast of vintage retro vibes to Spiritbar on


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Saturday, February 9. ET Atomic Swing Band will be getting everyone nice and sweaty with real live grooves, while VJ Soph Aloof will bring some tasty original visuals to the table. Doors at 10 p.m. Ticket information at the Hume Hotel. One Billion Rising Valentine’s Day Dancing Revolution at The Royal from 5 to 8 p.m. on February 14. The night will include uplifting, empowering music by DJ Laurie Langille of Meow Mix, inspiring speakers, short videos, spoken word and, most importantly, lots of dancing. Tickets are $14 at the door or $10 in advance at The Royal, Urban Legends, The Music Store, liveattheroyal. com and the Nelson Women’s Centre. All proceeds go to support our Nelson and District Women’s Center. The Royal presents Shane Philip with special guests Ty West and Jesse Lee on Saturday, February 14. Tickets are $15, available at The Royal, Urban Legends, The Music Store and online at liveattheroyal. com. Doors open 8 p.m. The Garden of Love Valentine’s Day Burlesque Showcase is at Spiritbar on Thursday, February 14. Dancers include Scarlet Mary Rose and Heavy Petal Burlesque. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance at the Hume Hotel, or $25 at the door. Valentine’s Day Seedy Social is Thursday, February 14 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Anglican Hall. The night includes wine, dessert, live music, seed swap and sale, KidZone, mini-workshops and prizes. Doors by donation to the FOODTREE Permaculture’s event scholarship fund.

At the Pub

Apres Ski nights at Mike’s Place Pub on Sundays from 4 to 11 p.m. Featuring live music by Ukulele Bri, Human Juke Box, and guests. Rock ‘n’ Roll bingo at Mike's Pub on Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26. Bring your pals, your dabber and your good luck troll. Cards are $2 each or $5 for three. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 p.m. and balls will be called at 9 p.m. Join the Ymir Hotel’s country and bluegrass jam every Friday night from about 5 to 9 p.m.

Nelson Star, February 01, 2013  

February 01, 2013 edition of the Nelson Star

Nelson Star, February 01, 2013  

February 01, 2013 edition of the Nelson Star