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“This is not your typical oneperson show,” Myers told the Star. “The story is this kid has gone missing, and he’s been spotted near the campground. What comes out is that each of these characters has interacted with him, but they all have reasons that they don’t want to talk about it.” Fans can scroll through Case and Hodgkins’ posts for clues, and any comments or likes will show up in the live production when his character Detective Shelly begins investigating. Myers created the profiles earlier this year, posting in-character, and

will display them via projection during the show. “I’ve thrown in video of the missing kid from his phone, and we’ll be using projections for all the social media stuff. At one point there’s a talent show and they’re all posting about it.” So far the characters have racked up 100 friends apiece, and Myers’ said he’s thrilled by the innovative possibilities of this new form of storytelling. But while creating Campground — his first new full-length production in five years — he’s also returned to some familiar territory. “In doing this show I’ve realized that there are some archetypes Continued on page 13

BILL METCALFE Nelson Star Nelson city council is proposing a bylaw that would prohibit panhandling in any way that “causes an obstruction.” The definition of an obstruction is quite detailed and it includes: • sitting or lying on a street in an obstructive manner; • continuing to panhandle from someone after they have refused; • panhandling as a group; • panhandling on a street within ten meters of an entrance to a bank, an ATM, a bus stop or shelter, the entrance to any liquor store, the entrance to a movie theatre or sidewalk café, a pay telephone, an entrance to a covered pedestrian walkway, a public washroom, or an entrance to a church; • panhandling from an occupant of a vehicle; • panhandling from a person seated at a sidewalk café; • panhandling from a person entering or exiting a place of business; • panhandling on a private property without the property owner’s consent. Council passed first and second reading of the bylaw Monday night with the understanding its details would be tweaked to make it more specific to Nelson streets before

third reading in a month. A copy of the proposed bylaw is attached to the online version of this story at nelsonstar. com. A written report presented by city staff to council Monday night stated that the bylaw comes at the request of police and bylaw enforcement officers: “bylaw officers, when asking [panhandlers] to move along, believe 50 per cent of the panhandlers they interact with are great and easy but then there is the other 50 per cent who are confrontational, use extreme profanity, and seem to need the extra encouragement or incentive [police assistance] to comply.” The proposed penalty for obstruction as summarized above would be $25, and for obstructing a bylaw enforcement officer would be $500. Councillor Anna Purcell asked if a $500 fine is enforceable. “Can the panhandlers pay $500 fines for obstruction, or if they cannot, what does that set in motion for them? Would they end up going to jail?” City manager Kevin Cormack responded by saying that under a bylaw the city cannot put people in jail. “Only a court can do

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Will Johnson Nelson Star Following an emergency meeting Monday in which Nelson parents, teachers and students raised the alarm about scheduling “gridlock” at L.V. Rogers, superintendent Jeff Jones has deployed two full-time teachers’ worth of funding to the high school to help “alleviate the pressures on our students and our staff.” “This will give us space and time to get clarification and accurate data, to get our actual enrolment numbers figured out,” Jones told the Star. “There appears to be more pressure than normal this year and we thought we needed to attend to that for our students and our staff.” One teacher’s worth of funding remains unused from the original L.V. Rogers allocation, so the school administration now has the equivalent of three full-time teachers available to them. That will help them address the two main problems: Grade 9s and 10s with missing electives, and classes that are mandatory for graduation plagued with lengthy waitlists. The decision to send additional resources was made at the school board meeting in Kaslo on Tuesday evening, where it was decided Prince Charles Secondary School in Creston would receive two teachers’ worth of additional funding as well. “I brought forward the motion supporting senior admin in their decision to bring in these new resources, and that got passed,” trustee Curtis Bendig told the Star. “We’re hoping that alleviates the immediate pres-

L.V. Rogers will receive two full-time teachers’ worth of additional funding following an emergency meeting about scheduling ‘gridlock’ at the school Monday evening, seen here. The decision was reached at a board meeting in Kaslo on Tuesday. Will Johnson photo sure so we can drill down and work on longer-term solutions.” Jones said one of the primary causes of the gridlock was MyEdBC, a provincially mandated scheduling system he believes will ultimately be “an incredible tool” but which is currently experiencing malfunctions. “We signed on to be wave one of this transition, and this system was supposed to be implemented last year,” Jones explained. “With the [teachers’] strike I felt it was too much pressure to do that and return to work after such a long job action. We pulled out of wave one and were put in wave two, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why all these glitches weren’t fixed in wave one.” He’s been informed the system will be fixed, and as to whether the situation will be repeated next semester: “I desperately hope not.” L.V. Rogers principal Tim Huttemann told the Star the situation has improved slightly since the Monday meeting, and

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BILL METCALFE Nelson Star Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak says she’s surprised by how attached many people are to the Cottonwood Market buildings. Recent news of council’s plans to demolish the structures this fall has been met with intense reaction in the past two weeks on social and other media, and in letters to council. Also, two members of the public protested the plan at Monday’s council meeting. As a result, demolition of the market stalls is not exactly on hold, but Kozak says there will be more discussion between the city and West Kootenay EcoSociety in early October. The EcoSociety runs the market while the city owns the land and the shelters. “Of course we are going to consider what people have said,” Kozak said after the council meeting. “And of course we do not want to destroy the market, that is not the point of this at all. We want it to grow and thrive. But the structures will come down at some point because we will be planning for Railtown, and those structures have had their day.” She was referring to a plan for Railtown that the city intends to develop over the next year. The market’s future will depend on what that plan looks like. Kozak said the planning process will include opportunities for

Live music is an important part of the Cottonwood Market. The EcoSociety’s David Reid says he isn’t against taking down the current buildings as long as the alternative is not a “bland, generic, cookie-cutter market.” Jesse Woodward photo public input. She said the planned demolition was not solely a city decision. “There have been discussions between the city and the EcoSociety all along,” she says. EcoSociety executive director David Reid thinks it’s up to the city whether it wants to tear down the buildings. “If the City of Nelson believes the best thing is to tear down the buildings, we can work with that,” he wrote in a Sept. 12 letter to city council. “If the city wants to keep the marketplace, we can work with that too.” “If they are determined to tear them down, it is more important for me to focus on the future of the market than it is to stand in their way,” Reid told the Star. Reid said if the structures are torn down this fall, the EcoSociety will

plan for new shelters to be in place before the next market year. He said there is Columbia Basin Trust funding available for that, and the EcoSociety would seek other funding as well. “The reality of the current structures is that the roof needs to be replaced, more covered area is needed, and security is a concern for market assets,” Reid wrote in his letter to council. “The walls and foundations seem sound. If the structures are going to be torn down in the next 10 years to facilitate Railtown development, it doesn’t make sense to invest $50,000 to $100,000 in repairing them. “Instead, it would make sense to install some sort of mediumterm shelter that could meet the needs of the market and then could be moved to another

public space, and work on planning and fundraising for a marketplace that truly meets the needs of the community, including the needs for public safety.” Reid said concerns recently expressed by the public indicate a strong conviction that demolishing the buildings “would have a gentrifying effect on the market and on Nelson. “It is an important cultural meeting point for alternative and mainstream, young and old,” he said. “They all intersect, and there are not many places like that in Nelson. The EcoSociety will continue to fight to make sure that happens, regardless of the buildings that are there. Nelson is not a bland, generic, cookie-cutter kind of place and we don’t want a bland, generic, cookiecutter market.”

‘It’s about creating an atmosphere of safety’ Continued from page 1 that. We have the right ultimately to take people to court. Realistically though, if they have little economic means, a judge might not enforce it. Hopefully it is a deterrent. Hopefully you know the bylaw is there and there is a fine and you would think twice about [panhandling].” Councillor Valerie Warmington said the variety of prohibited places could mean no panhandling on Baker St. at all. Cormack disagreed, saying most of Baker is retail, and that as for banks and bank machines, there is already provincial law in place (the Safe Streets Act) prohibiting panhandling there. Warmington said ten metres away from a movie theatre entrance or liquor store is excessive and those should come off the list or the distance should be reduced to five metres.

“Our business community is generous,” said Mayor Deb Kozak, “and by no means did they want us to say ‘no panhandling’ but I have received concerns from some businesses that people are intimidated to come into their store, and they have noticed an increase in panhandling. “They just want some common sense around how and where. [I was told of] a couple of senior women going into the bank and they feel nervous and uncomfortable. It is about creating an atmosphere of safety plus tolerance and civility.” Councillor Michael Dailly said some other cities’ bylaws prohibit panhandling in a single spot for more than a certain length of time such as two hours, and he wondered if that should be included. He also said other cities prohibit

panhandlers from using offensive signs. Purcell disagreed with Dailly’s suggestion of a time limit, saying, “I think the streets belong to everybody. I have not experienced aggressive panhandling, but I have seen people being very rude to panhandlers.” Dailly also suggested prohibited distances could be limited to five meters rather than ten, as in the provincial Safe Streets Act. Warmington said there is other wording in that act that could be adopted. The passing of first and second readings, with the understanding the version for third reading in a month will have some of council’s suggested changes incorporated into it for further discussion, was unanimously approved by council with councillors Bob Adams and Janice Morrison absent.

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Greene Raine spoke out in favour of Wilks’ election bid, telling those gathered that having a representative in government is crucial to getting federal funding dollars. Wilks echoed the sentiment. “We were able to get seven projects approved for this riding, which was immense … I went to the minister responsible not only for Build Canada but also for the Canada 150, I contacted them both and said ‘as you’re aware with the boundary redistribution this riding will now bring in Nelson, Kaslo and the majority of the Regional District of Central Kootenay.’ I said ‘I want to make a statement to the mayors of chairs of the riding.” He said he’s pleased with the outcome.

“I said to them ‘I want announcements for the Build Canada fund and the Canada 150 for the Nelson, Kaslo trench and that’s exactly what happened.” He believes that point has now been made. “That’s what happens when you have a member of parliament in power.” Although Wilks was in town for the brunch, due to a scheduling conflict he was the lone candidate missing from a forum that evening at Nelson United Church. The Star will carry a full account of that forum next week. Greene Raine called Wilks a “wonderful man.” “He’s got a lot of experience in his life, he’s solid as a rock, he’s kind-hearted and a hard worker … I know he’ll have an open door.”

Survey sheds light on home-based businesses

Bill METCAlFE Nelson Star There are at least 268 homebased businesses in the Nelson area. Almost a third of them are in Uphill. About 17 per cent of them are artists and craftspeople and another 14 per cent are in the media (writers, graphic designers, film-makers, etc.) Sixty per cent of them make less than $50,000 per year. What they want most from the city is broadband Internet. Those are some of the results of a survey that Nelson city councillor Anna Purcell conducted on social media over the summer. She got 268 responses. “I has hoping for good response and I am delighted,” she said. “I am really grateful to people for answering as many questions as they did. Most people actually answered the income question, so they were really trusting, even though the survey was anonymous.” Purcell’s full report on the results of the survey is attached to the online version of this story at She says home-based busi-

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(which she says is “not scientific”) on Survey Monkey, a popular survey construction site, and then publicized it on Facebook. She took advantage of Facebook’s post-boosting feature to get it out to more people. Asked why politicians don’t use social media more often to find out what their constituents think, she said, “Maybe it is comfort with the medium. I love Facebook. For people who are not so familiar with it, there are questions about what is private and what is public.” Purcell said the purpose of social media is not to simply dispense information. “People need to get something out of what you are putting out there. You should not just badger people. I am still figuring it out, figuring out what to do on my public page, trying to find the balance.” She says the real usefulness of social media for a politician — to create conversations and find out what people think — is right up her alley. “I love hearing from people and knowing what they think.”

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As thrilling as that experience was, Greene Raine said the birth of her twins trumps it. Speaking to the crowd of approximately 40, including such prominent faces as former mayor John Dooley and pastor Jim Reimer, she described her career working in resort development and praised Nelson’s unique mountain culture. “You should be proud of what you have here.” She also encouraged those present to vote Conservative. “Work hard to make sure we get as many Conservativethinking voters out as possible. I feel proud of our record, and I really appreciate and respect our Prime Minister Stephen Harper.” She praised the Kootenay Refugee Coalition and the work they’re doing, stressing that small communities like Nelson need to be at the forefront of the growing crisis in Syria. “I know there are lots of Canadians willing to do that work, and it’s so rewarding … what’s happening in Syria is terrible. That’s an evil that has to be stopped. We can’t walk away.” She said bringing refugees to small towns is better than introducing them to cities. “They wouldn’t appreciate Canadian values as well as they would if they’d learned them in small communities.”

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don’t know about you, but when that smoke cleared and left us with chilly weather it felt as though summer was a mean lover who’d snuck out in the middle of the night without leaving a note. A bit of warmth has returned (I knew you’d come crawling back, summer) but the season has definitely shifted: school’s back in session, tourists are winding their way homewards, and the city is springing back to life after a brief siesta in August when many organizations forego their monthly meetings in favour of camping and water-melon eating. My initial dismay this season notwithstanding, I love fall. The cooler weather energizes me, wakes my mind up, and gets me going. The markets tumbling with the last ripe tomatoes, plump pumpkins and pears, the gardens gangly and outrageous, the golden slanted light, everything is a basket of gems. It’s the year’s last hurrah, agricultural mardi gras, all stops are pulled. Fall also means bears. When we lived on the North Shore I woke up one morning to find the bums bitten off every pear on the tree; only the surprised little tops were left clinging to the branches. This year is terrible for huckleberries. The extreme heat ripened them too early and bears can eat up to 20,000 calories a day in September to fatten up for hibernation. They’re coming to town in search of food, so let’s keep our personal orchards well picked and tidy. We don’t want any more of those beauties destroyed if we can avoid it. Pick your fruit, neighbours! Let’s manage our garbage and compost properly, and keep our barbecues spick and span! This fall also means water shortages, believe it or not. You’ll have heard by now that



Council Comment we’ve moved from Level 3 to Level 4 water restrictions, despite the recent rain we’ve had — see the city website,, for details. (Look under “What’s New.”) Our creeks are typically low in autumn, but this year they’re Really Low, and it will take months of wetter weather and a good snow pack before we’re really in the clear. Aside from the official restrictions, there are many things we can do as individuals to painlessly reduce our water consumption. Ever thought of getting a low-flow shower head, or faucet aerator? Now would be a perfect time. Fall is when activity in the community, and city hall kick back into high gear. I attended the Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership steering committee meeting last week and heard from several business owners that the number of visitors to Nelson was up this summer, partly due to the low Canadian dollar keeping Canadians home, and drawing Americans up. I completed my home business and self-employment survey: 272 people participated, which is fantastic (thank you!). Those who

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requested a summary will be receiving it shortly. Important council events on the horizon include the meeting of the Union of BC Municipalities in Vancouver later this month, where we meet with provincial ministers around concerns important to Nelson residents, and soak up informative workshops. Another important upcoming event for all of us is the federal election. The City of Nelson has a friendly competition going with its neighbours to see who can get the most votes out, so grab an ambivalent friend in each hand on Oct. 19 and head down to the voting station — don’t let Fernie beat us! Other fruit ripe for the picking around town include the current exhibits at Touchstones — one an interesting glimpse into the history of fruit farming and processing in our area and the other a series of paintings collaboratively completed by two friends over a decade, exploring Mexican culture and their experience of it. The paintings are colourful, creepy, skillfully executed and quite beautiful. A final plum: if you’ve been paying attention to the growing refugee situation and would like to contribute, the Kootenay Refugee Coalition is holding a benefit concert, Cello and Song, on Sept. 25 at St. Saviour’s Church. Donations can also be made at Mana’eesh Middle Eastern on Baker St., or at the United Church office. Our local orchard of culture and industry continues to flourish, with many opportunities for harvest and cultivation. Let’s continue to be good gardeners. Nelson city councillor Anna Purcell shares this space with her council colleagues each week.

Helpfulness impresses visitor My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Nelson last weekend, entering our bus in the Road Kings car show. Unfortunately, upon our arrival Friday afternoon we tore the engine oil pan which left the bus unable to run. As fire chief in Salmon Arm and knowing retired Nelson chief Simon Grypma for many years, I called him for advice. In a very short period of time we had Simon, Jack Chambers and other car club members, firefighters and chief Len MacCharles all on hand to assist us. A call was made to Ray at Kootenay Motors who dropped everything to assist us. Within a couple hours, Western Auto Wreckers had towed the bus to Kootenay Motors who removed and welded the pan. The next morning on their day off, Ray and mechanics reinstalled the oil pan and we were operational once again. We can’t thank everyone who assisted us enough. What a great community Nelson is. On another note, ironically Kootenay Motors is the location of the original Greyhound station and our bus was back where it was decades earlier. Brad and Jane Shirley Salmon Arm See then-and-now photos of the Shirleys’ bus on page 26.

Humanitarian solution needed to end refugee crisis The image of Aylan Kurdi, the three-yearold Syrian boy on a beach in Turkey, is heart wrenching. Aylan’s five-year-old brother along with their mother died in the attempt to seek a safe haven. This tragedy and the pain of the father at the burial site, has touched hearts deeply, permeating the consciousness of the world. People globally are demanding immediate action to increase access and aid across borders and help refugees from Syria. This year alone, some 2,500 children and adults from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Palestine, as well as from several African countries, have died making perilous journeys in overcrowded boats, cramped, unventilated trucks, or by foot on dangerous routes, seeking safer lands. Equally as shocking as the image of the lifeless body of little Aylan is hearing Prime Minister Stephen Harper not only defending the government’s shackling refugee policy, but also insisting that the solution to preventing these tragedies is more bombing and killing. The real, humanitarian solution is peace and an end to not only this war but all armed conflicts. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Ma-

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guire’s account of her visit to Syria, heeds this very call — stop the bombing and take immediate steps for peace and reconciliation. Syrian women’s networks have been actively advocating for an inclusive, non-violent negotiated settlement. It is time Canada’s government stopped the inflammatory statements about “bogus claimants” and political fear mongering, and begin actively dismantling the fortress-style policies of a two-tiered system with its obstructive restrictions. It is time for our leaders to embrace the UN peace process strategy. The UN High Commission for Refugees found that between 2010 and 2014, Canada dropped from fifth to 15th in the list of industrialized refugeereceiving countries. The number of refugee claims decreased by 50 per cent and the number of accepted refugees dropped by 30 per cent between 2006 and 2012. Harper’s projected figures of 10,000 over the next four years amounts to a paltry 1,200 government sponsored refugees per year. Shameful! It is equally as shameful for the Minister of Citizen and Immigration, Chris Alexander, to defend the government’s decision in reducing the level of health care and other critical services for refugee claimants. Knowing the sheer desperation of people fleeing war, persecution, poverty, occupation, one would expect a glimmer of compassion. Let us in the same way as the Kootenay Refugee Coalition continue to envision a humanity where there is real justice and all can enjoy a meaningful and peaceful life. Let us embrace diversity and continue to welcome refugees to our communities. Hannah Hadikin Nelson

Minimum wage increase still leaves many in poverty

The minimum wage in BC has risen by 20 cents per hour. For those working a 40 hour week, and five days a week, this amounts to an increase of $8 per week, or $1.60 per day. The minimum wage of $10.45 means a single person will earn $19,019 before taxes. This is below the poverty line in BC. An economic study shows that a living wage in Vancouver would be over $21.50 and in Cranbrook, it would be $14.60. Another economic study has shown that in the past 10 years in BC, the number of people relying on food banks has increased from 75,000 to over 95,000. A study has shown that one in 10 BC families are living below the poverty line and BC has the highest rate of children living in poverty than any other Canadian province. That’s the situation of having a Liberal provincial government with a premier who said that she “puts families first.” Bob Abrahams Nelson

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If you build it, they will come Unlike the movie, we have attracted transients, not a baseball game. Nelson would have an excellent support system for people who genuinely need temporary help, but it has been overwhelmed by an ever-increasing number of transients. Compared to other small cities, Nelson is definitely a good place to live, especially if you don’t want to work, do not qualify for government

assistance and are not ashamed to take advantage of our generosity. We have free camping, free meals, and free accommodation — plus panhandling is legal and profitable. The solution is not to spend more on social services because the supply of transients is almost limitless. The best and most realistic way to solve our problem is to give priority to Nelson residents who need help. Transients should only be given short-term, emergency assistance with the goal of encouraging them

SLUGS: To companies causing visual pollution between Kaslo and New Denver. Advertise on your own property. HUGS: To the family with the communal pear tree. I picked one up on the way to work yesterday morning and it made my day. HUGS: To the employee who was so helpful, professional, and friendly at the Paws for a Cause event at Lakeside Park on Sunday. SLUGS: Thank you to the wonderful people who cleaned out the storage room for losing all the items from my grandmother, including all of the homemade knitted sweaters. May karma come back to you. HUGS: Big hugs to all the wonderful staff who have worked so hard to try to get each student into the classes they needed even with all the difficulties due

to budget cuts. – Thankful students HUGS: To the two grocery store managers who helped me dig through the store trash can to find the two $100 bills I had accidentally thrown out with receipts that morning! Very appreciated! – Crazy frantic customer SLUGS: To the drivers who see the new paving on Government Rd. as a reason to speed in excess! This is a residential and industrial area. Please slow down! Local police should look into this as well. – Sick of speeders HUGS: The biggest hug ever to the honest lady who discovered our money in an ATM late August and returned it to the bank hoping the owner would enquire – which I did! It was a substantial amount for our family so our gratitude is abundant! Thank you.

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You & The Law

CAN YOU UNDO A CHILD ABDUCTION BY YOUR SPOUSE? Few things are more heart-wrenching for a parent than to have their child wrongfully taken by their spouse – sometimes even moved to a different country. There’s almost always a nasty fight afterwards. Can you get your child returned? Take heart. There’s help. A recent case decided by B.C.’s appeal court shows that the abduction can be undone and your child can be returned to his or her country of residence. That country’s courts can then deal with custody and access issues – like which parent your child is better off living with. Here, Carla (all names changed), a Canadian, married Pete, an American, in Alberta in 2010. The next year they had a child, Josh, in Alaska, then moved to live in Washington where Pete found work. In 2013, the family moved to Billings, Montana, when Pete was transferred there by his employer. They intended to make Billings their permanent residence. But the house they planned to move into wasn’t fit to live in. So after a few days’ stay, Carla told Pete she wanted to take little Josh and live at her parents’ place in Elko, B.C., while Pete got the house fixed. Pete was ok with that. Carla only took along a few clothes and toys for Josh, consistent with a short stay away. But a few months later, things changed. The marriage broke down. Carla, who now had a job as a heavy duty mechanic, didn’t want to return to Montana, and decided she’d stay in B.C. with Josh. Once Pete found this out, he went to court to get Josh returned to Montana. After many legal twists and turns, the case reached our B.C. appeal court. Carla argued that Josh would be at serious risk of harm if returned to Montana. Pete disputed this. Carla also argued that a few days’ stay in Billings wasn’t enough to justify having to take her 3-year old son back to Montana. Ultimately, our appeal court said Carla had to return Josh to Montana within two weeks – a court there would sort out the custody and access issues afterwards. The law dealing with these situations is a treaty (international agreement) on international child abductions, called the Hague Convention. It’s signed by many countries, including Canada and the United States. One overriding objective of this treaty in child abduction cases is to help promptly return a wrongfully abducted child detained in another country. What mattered more here than Carla’s (and Josh’s) very short stay in Montana was that both Pete and Carla had intended for Billings to become their permanent residence when the family moved there – Josh of course was too young to decide this for himself. Legally, Josh’s habitual place of residence was the United States, not Canada. So, in line with the treaty’s objectives, Josh needed to be returned to Montana for a court there to deal with the domestic issues. Your family lawyer can help if your child is wrongfully abducted to another province or country.

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Letters Don’t remove market stalls without replacement plan

Registration problem not about ‘boutique schedules’

I am writing in regards to the tearing down of the old wooden structures at Cottonwood Falls where the Saturday market has been held for many years and attended by tourists from all over the world as well as locals who seek out fresh organic produce and other locally made crafts and goods. I have been a vendor now for 11 years and this is my livelihood! Every year I have repeat customers from all over Canada and other countries who seek me out for my product which they have purchased in past visits to Nelson. I am all for positive change but when I heard of the impending tear down of the existing market stalls with absolutely no funding in place for replacing the current structures, I was appalled, dismayed and alarmed. My livelihood is now threatened. We need those structures to protect us from the high winds, the rains, the snow and other elements that destroy expensive labels on products and get things wet and make us feel miserable. I come from St. Catharines, Ont. and the local market there is amazing: a glass-topped and glass-sided large structure which holds a market three days a week, all year round, and is well attended. It is one of the city’s renowned highlights. Nelson is known as a haven for creative persons, artists, authors and crafters. Many tourists come to Nelson to experience this. Until there is funding available for immediate replacement of the old buildings in place I feel it is a poor decision to remove the only shelters available for this market. To lose the market would be detrimental to tourism in our area. I have heard many customers say things recently such as “It breaks my heart to hear of the destruction of the old buildings here. They have such sentimental value to we who have attended markets for so long.” They are not, as one man said, an eyesore. Folks love the look of the wood and the character of it and the feeling of the market which makes folks happy to experience an outdoor venue that is very different than most outdoor markets. Tearing down the old buildings as a way to eliminate transients is not the answer. Transients will find another place. And then do you tear that down as well? Just keep tearing down or cutting down parks etc. if transients sleep in them? That is not the solution for poverty and homelessness. I feel strongly that the old buildings need to be kept intact until there’s money in hand for new buildings to be constructed and until the general public and vendors who are concerned about their livelihood can all attend the Railtown public planning process this coming November. The stage is used at market by local aspiring musicians and the food booth needs electricity as well for hot coffees and other hot foods. I am deeply concerned about this subject as I pay my house taxes and afford my lifestyle here in the Kootenays by vending my wares at the Cottonwood and downtown Nelson Wednesday markets (BCSpiritSoap). I wanted to express my concerns for the market. Linda Buffy Salmo

Re: “L.V. Rogers registration: ‘It’s been chaos,’” Sept. 16 Thanks to Nelson Star reporter Will Johnson for his excellent wrap that captured the essence of the parent meeting at L.V. Rogers on Monday night. It was an informative and eye-opening meeting for all of us parents who attended. Thanks also to the three principals who explained the details and current bind our high school finds itself in. I have two children at the school. I have witnessed the early-year scramble that goes on in the opening weeks of class and have always been satisfied with the eventual outcome. Scheduling chaos is nothing new and my fading memory even still maintains those frames of when I was in high school doing the same panicked adjustments to my high school classes. It’s actually an important learning lesson about advocating for yourself in order to achieve a desired situation. This year is different and the current situation at LVR goes beyond what is acceptable. This is not about “boutique schedules” but about graduation requirements and core classes that make the students who graduate from our high school prepared for a the next important stages of their lives. This is about a lack of funding from the provincial government that runs contrary to what the goals of Victoria should be: to provide every student in the province of British Columbia the opportunity to allow public education to propel them onto becoming important contributors to everyone’s future. I applaud moderator Cathy Scott-May and Micah May’s desire to come up with positive solutions that will get us through this semester and the next. But suggestions that we trim vital support services like library, special education and learning assistance is not a solution. The wonderful individuals who carry out these positions make high school survivable by a great many students. Having the principals pick up extra classes in order to cover scheduled classes is not a solution. These excellent administrators need to focus on the tasks that keep the school running smoothly and safely. I’m all for running publicly funded services more efficiently. Nobody gets more frustrated at seeing government waste than me. Full classes and asking staff to do a little more with a little less is a fair reality. That’s responsible management of our taxpayer dollars. What makes this different is that the classes at LVR are full to government numbers and there are waiting lists for students who simply need core classes to graduate from high school. I trust veteran vice-principal Tim Mushumanski when he says everything is being done to accommodate all students in the schedule. Though he is dealing with a new system, he is a wizard at putting together a complex schedule. For him to indicate that this is a more challenging situation than in past years is cause for serious concern. This is certainly not the fault of our high school administration. If parents want any hope the situation will improve, I would suggest they send messages to Ministry of Education to let them know they are doing serious damage to the future of this province. Bob Hall Nelson

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Letters Reopen Sitkum Creek Forest Service Road For many years now I and many others in this area have derived great pleasure from taking friends and family up Sitkum Creek Forest Service Road to the old Alpine mine, and showing them how incredible this area is. The Alpine mine and others near it date back to at least 1896, with the Alpine producing ore from 1915 to 1988. In that time it produced 11,457 ounces of gold as well as large amounts of silver, lead and zinc. The road leading up to the mine was originally built in 1936 and had been kept open and used to access this beautiful and historic area ever since. Myself and many others have spent days exploring the historic mine workings and hiking the surrounding ridges. My family and friends have on many occasions hiked through the notch in the ridge and had lunch on a large tabletop rock overlooking the next valley. Sadly those days are no longer possible. In early September, we attempted to drive up to the Alpine mine knowing that the bridge at approximately the eight-kilometer mark had been taken out in 2014. On our arrival near the bridge site we were disgusted to find that not only was the bridge removed but hundreds of meters of road on either side of the creek were also destroyed at the same time. Hiking around the area in hope of finding a usable trail to detour we could find nothing that could be used by any vehicle be it bicycle, ATV, snowmobile or pickup. In fact the area may now be

Getting past ‘green washing’ Nelson city council and local environmental NGOs appear not to understand the global gravity of polluting our atmosphere. Two major housing/condo developments in Nelson have been encouraged to ignore future consequences of waste management and energy consumption. These current developers will add a population to Nelson of nearly 1,000 garbage creators and energy consumers, yet there are no plans to deal with the mountains of waste or significantly reduce energy use for these high-end domiciles and commercial real estate units. Trucking organic waste matter from Nelson to Salmo should have stopped two decades ago. Instead local politicians and paid environmental NGOs have chosen to dig a bigger methane hole in Salmo, apparently willing to add more garbage trucks to our mountain highways. We do have nice taxpayer sponsored radio advertisements and signage about “zero waste” concepts, along with other green washing NGO events and sponsored rhetoric that is so ubiquitous it is likely newcomers think they are living in a fairly progressive community. The housing/condo develop-

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A letter-writer laments that the decommissioning of a forest service road is prevening access to the area around the Alpine mine. Submitted photo enjoyed only by those few hardy enough to hike in and out or more likely wealthy enough to afford helicopter access. Queries made by the Nelson Sno-goers last year to the local Ministry of Forests office were answered that the bridge was removed to alleviate silt in the Sitkum Creek water system. This was disputed by a board member of that water system as they had not had any silting problems. Oddly enough this destruction is happening at the same time that a controversial heli-ski application in the area is pending. If no one can access an area, there can’t be other users can there? If there’s no other users there can’t be any conflict either. Isn’t it time British Columbia was for all British Columbians and not just for the wealthy? I realize that the bridge was becoming a liability and had to ei-

ther be removed or maintained but the road was not. It only received maintenance when there was active logging in the area or a few years ago when it was instrumental in fighting the Sitkum Creek fire. It was of no use with this year’s fires as it no longer exists. Therefore I only ask that the road be put back the way it was so that inhabitants of this area may once again access and enjoy this area — and that this practice of destroying (rehabilitating) old logging and mining roads stop. Our taxes paid to put these roads in and are now being used to take these roads out, and deny residents access other than by helicopter. I further understand that the next road system to be “rehabilitated” is Duncan Lake. I hope it’s not too late to stop. Paul Moreau Nelson

ment beside Kootenay Lake’s West Arm could have likely reduced their heating/cooling use by 60 to 70 per cent by pumping (geothermal) from the huge heat/ cooling sink that flows passively by their front door. Not a beep of encouragement from financed NGOs or tax breaks from regional or city-elected pundits. It appears Nelson Hydro’s and city politicians’ recent steam engine proposal that will truck one of Canada’s most treacherous stretches of highway with apparently free wood waste (50 to 60 km) from the last local lumber mill will help with greening our economy. Nelson’s steam engine wood chip trucking will join huge chip trucks on the Slocan highway that still needlessly suffers. The wood chips should been have barged down the Columbia River/Arrow Lake from Revelstoke to Celgar pulp. Apparently our MLA at the time had to change the status of that narrow road to allow this nonsense. When we will get past professional green washing? Tom Prior Nelson

Day of Peace. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples, and the importance of all segments of society to work together towards this goal. This marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations as well as a transition to a new global sustainable development agenda and meaningful action on climate change. The preamble to the United Nations Charter states that the organization was founded to prevent and resolve international conflicts and help build a culture of peace in the world. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the day, and to otherwise commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. In the words of Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, “Over the next 100 days, let us stand with the millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas and plans for helping and supporting them in their time of dire need.” Sandra Hartline KAIROS representative Kootenay subregion Nelson

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MovieS Tonight the Civic Theatre presents The Gift at 7 p.m. It will be shown again on Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. and Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years. For more information visit The Civic Theatre presents No Escape, starring Owen Wilson, at 9 p.m. tonight and 7 p.m.

MuSic The Royal on Baker presents Big John Bates on Friday, Sept. 18 with a $10 midnight show. With vocals shared by eclectic guitarist Big John and the dynamic upright bassist Brandy Bones the band also features percussionist Ty-Ty and the dark sounds of Justine Echo on cello. For more information visit On Sept. 22 award-winning acoustic guitarist Don Alder will play a show at the Royal Bar & Grill at 8 p.m. Don’s phenomenal finger style playing and rich voice captivate. His style of playing incorporates fingerpicking with simultaneous percussion to create a wall of sound. For tickets call 250-354-7014 or visit


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Harrop Harvest Festival, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harrop Hall. Vendors, crafts, entertainment, food, children’s program. Free. Nelson Green Home and Energy Show. Trade show, displays, prizes, sustainable building specialists. Prestige Lakeside Resort Sept. 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Art of Quilting oct. 2, noon to 8 p.m., oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kootenay Quilters’ Guild show, raffle, merchant mall. Prestige Lakeside Resort, $5. More info: 250-825-9241.


Dance Hall, Doors open @ 5:30PM, Showtime @ 7PM Saturday October 3rd 2015 Tickets available at The Nelson Royal Canadian Legion For information call 250-352-6464 or 250-352-7727 Tickets are limited and will go fast!

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Cafe Langham Inspired Ideas Speaker Series: Book launch: Sideways, Memoir of a Misfit and film: Hidden Internment: The Art Shibayam Story with author Diana Morita Cole, 447 A Avenue, Kaslo, Sept. 24, 7 to 9 p.m., $10. More info: 250.353.266.

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The second annual Kootenay Spirit Festival will run from Sept. 18 to 20 this year. It will be a celebration of yoga, dance, meditation and music held in the natural beauty of Nelson, aspiring to ignite and unite community within this region and beyond. This spiritually-charged festival has it all — whether rising early to meditate or dancing late to the beat of world music (or both!). Tickets range from $21 to $177, depending on the pass. Visit This year’s Kootenay Storytelling Festival will run from Sept. 25 to 27 in Nelson with performances from Niko Bell, Diana Cole, Dan Conley, Tobias Gray and Barry Gray, John Galm and Alyne Galm, Bonnie Harvey, Shayna Jones and Lucas Myers. This year’s theme is From Bard to Beat: Storytelling Intertwined. For more information visit



Beer battered cod and fries $11

Friday Night Live 8:30 till 11:30 with, Marty, Jimmy, Patrick & Danny

Midnight: Big John Bates fuses alternative rock and orchestral folk/punk, Symphonic Rock’n’Roll!! Door $10

Saturday Kootenay Refugee Coalition with Noemi Kiss, Mary Audia, Emma Chart, Jeff Farrager, Michael Marsland, Tibo Kölmel, and more. Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, 701 Ward. Info: 350-352-9871


Nelson Public Library wants youth 12 and up to help plan programs, put on events and make suggestions for books, movies and more. Make things happen for youth and create an even better library. First meeting Sept. 23 at 3:30 p.m. with snacks. More info: 250-505-5683 or


Coconut curry yam poutine $7 Ruckus a classic rock cover band, covering tunes old and new. Bring you dancing shoes. 9pm $5







Aloha burger and fries $9 Latin flavours and spicy beats! 6pm-11:30pm hosted by Soniko. Family dancing until 10pm

Classic burger and fries $9 LocoArt Equinox Grand Opening AN ARTIST COLLECTIVE AND A SPACE TO SHOWCASE OUR TALENTED LOCAL ARTISTS featuring Zaynab poet, Dazza and many more. Hosted by Soniko

Kale Caesar chicken wrap $9 Don Alder often referred to as the “Hendrix” of Acoustic Guitar. He is a Multi-Award Winning Acoustic guitarist. 8pm $10

4:30 PM TO 5:30 PM AT THE SCOUT HALL on Cedar St. Starting SEPTEMBER 28TH

BROWNIES(7-8 years) and GUIDES (9-11 years)

5:45 PM TO 7:00 PM MONDAYS. Starting SEPTEMBER 21ST. ROSEMONT SCHOOL PATHFINDERS(12-14) AND RANGERS(15-17) AT THE SCOUT HALL. Starting SEPTEMBER 28TH on Cedar St at 7:00 PM. Visit to register on line




SPARKS (5-6 years)

Living with Stroke, a free eight-week facilitated program to help those who have had a stroke, and their caregivers. oct. 2 to nov. 13, 10 a.m. to noon Fridays. Learn to work through everyday challenges and reduce risk of another stroke. To register: 1-888-473-4636.

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on Sept. 19. In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed. For more information visit

Selkirk Pro Musica presents Kelowna-based brass quintet Fish on Five at St. Saviour’s Pro Cathedral in Nelson on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. This is the first concert in their annual series. Tickets are available at Otter Books and at the door for $15. For more information visit Selkirk Pro Musica on Facebook.

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September 26th 10am - 7pm September 27th 10am - 5pm Sea of Wolves Design Studio and Shop Corner of Ward St and Herridge Lane Discover unique Etsy sellers in Nelson BC, Torchlight Brewing will be sampling bevies. No Entry Fee!

Selkirk College presents Mighty Popo, performing with Selkirk College student and faculty, on Sept. 22 and 23. Doors are at 7 p.m. at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall. Tickets are by donation at the door, with a minimum donation of $10.




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Jenny Robinson will perform her own songs alongside local musicians such as Jesse Lee, Craig Korth, Clinton Swanson, Bessie Wapp and Kiva Simova at the Blue House on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets available at Nelson CARES, Urban Legends or at the door for $15. For more information visit


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Jack Russell terrier Humphrey gazes at one of the piles of empties and garbage a Crescent Valley resident has pulled out of a swimming hole on the Slocan River. Submitted photo


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few weeks ago I floated down the Slocan River in a $20 Walmart floatie with my friend Leesa Dean. It was her maiden voyage on the Passmore to Crescent Valley stretch of the waterway, and together we spent four hours lazily swirl-whirling in the August heat. We ended up with matching lobster pink sunburns. Partway down the river we beached ourselves on a white sand stretch next to a wide, calm swimming hole and I laid out my sopping towel next to an army of inukshuks, cairns and rock-pilings six inches high. It’s an idyllic spot, out of sight of the highway, surrounded by thick-packed trees and lush foliage. On previous outings I’d seen the place shoulder-packed with bros in board shorts and bikini-clad party girls, but on this particular occasion there was only a pair of men and a trio of playful dogs that charged in and out of the water joy-barking. We spent 20 minutes enjoying the way time congeals on the river, listening to the calming burble of it flowing past. A little while later I was clambering back into my boat, preparing to shove back off into the current, when one of the men recognized me. He was standing in the shallows, chucking muddy bottles up onto the beach, and asked if we’d met before. “I work for the newspaper,” I told him. “Well, if you work for the newspaper, then I’ve got something to show you.” I was curious enough to follow this man barefoot a few hundred metres into the woods, his Jack Russell terrier Humphrey bushwhacking his way alongside us, and eventually we came into a clearing where the man had piled river-retrieved empties onto a tarp with a slimy collection of old flip flops, abandoned t-shirts and filthy beer coolers. “This is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” he told me. As it turns out, this snorkeler — who wishes to remain anonymous — has been cleaning up this particular swimming hole for the last 15 years. The things he’s found



Kootenay Goon beneath the surface, he told me, would shock most people. “On a low water day you can see all the flashing cans. It bothered me. I grew up just a mile south of here, so I’ve been on the river my whole life. It used to be the river was deserted, just a few kids floating in old inner tubes, but in the last decade or so the river’s become alive with people on it every day, and lots of them.” And that’s had some unexpected consequences. “There never used to be leeches in this river. As a kid I never had a leech, and I was in the river every day of the summer. What happens now, though, is these cans go down to the bottom, stick in the eddies, and the leeches crawl inside where the fish can’t get them. There’s a number of mud suckers down there that normally go after leeches, but now they can breed in safety.” Now, he told me, he surfaces with leeches suctioned on to his hands. One time he came up with an entire family all over his body, leading him to believe he’d disturbed the mother mid-birth. “I find a lot of disagreeable stuff down there. In my pile I’ve got a diaper — and it’s not a clean one. I find tampons, half a dozen a year. I find cameras, wallets, sunglasses, hats, shirts.” But there’s one particular thing that haunts him. “There’s a place that decapitates chickens and throws the heads in the river. Several times I’ve been snorkeling and I’ll see these chick-

en heads staring up at me in a little clump.” It was this point in the man’s testimony that Leesa made an appropriately effusive display of her disgust at the mental image, and I found myself picturing the wrinkled little spheres current-bobbing with their eye sockets gaping wide. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. At the time of our original conversation I didn’t have any sort of recording device or camera, so I asked the snorkeler to send me some shots of his river haul and promised to let people know about what he’d told me. (I also felt guilty because on an earlier trip I’d lost a pair of flip flops.) When I called him from my office, I asked him to wax philosophical on his situation. “I want more people to know what’s going on at the bottom of the river. You think of the Slocan as being beautiful, pristine, but what’s going down on the bottom is shocking and disturbing.” And though he’s done a thorough job cleaning up his spot, he’s pretty sure nobody else along the river has taken it up themselves to tackle the remainder of the floating route. That doesn’t mean, however, that he wants the government to spend any money tackling maintenance — as is done on the Cowichan River on Vancouver Island — because he thinks people should take responsibility for their own mess. “There’s probably thousands and thousands of bottles and cans all up and down the river. It would be nice if someone went and cleaned it up, but people are quite capable of holding beer cans themselves and taking them home in mesh bags. We shouldn’t be polluting the river and asking someone else to clean up after us.” Eventually I said goodbye to the snorkeler, belly-flopped back into my boat and finished my afternoon with Leesa. And though I spent plenty of time admiring our picturesque surroundings, my feet dangling in the frigid water as my sunburn pinkened, I also found myself trying to look past the sunglinting current dance to whatever lurked beneath the surface.

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ess than two years ago, only one old photo was known to exist of the Kootenay Lake East Shore boomtown of Kuskonook (or Kuskanook). It was in the BC Provincial Archives and showed a bunch of falsefronted buildings with the lake in the background, but didn’t suggest a very large settlement. Then last year Peter Smith of Victoria shared a mystery photo with me from the Kootenay Lake Archives in Kaslo that was initially identified as Three Forks (a ghost town in the Slocan), but later crossed out and relabelled Ainsworth, and finally crossed out and again labelled Three Forks. It turned out the photo actually depicted Kuskonook in 1898 — something we deduced from the sign on one building: “Klondyke Hotel, A. Manson, Prop.” That was Alfred Manson, listed in the 1898 BC civic directory as running the hotel. His great grandson also confirmed Manson had once been a hotelier there. (One of his competitors was Pedro Cherbo, co-proprietor of the Union Hotel and grandfather of Nelson city councillor Robin Cherbo.) A key reason for the confusion was that the lake wasn’t visible in the photo, which otherwise indicated a lively place, with many more people and falsefronted buildings than in the BC Archives shot. None of the buildings were in both photos, but any lingering doubt was resolved when Howard Boyle took a photo from the same location and overlayed the two — the mountains lined up perfectly and Highway 3A was shown running through what was then Main St.

Kuskonook is seen ca. 1898 to 1900. Most of these buildings burned in March 1900, making photos of the original town exceedingly rare. Courtesy Uno Langmann Collection/UBC Library Collections Now magically, improbably, a third photo of Kuskonook has appeared — along with what could be many others. And it’s a heck of an image, providing us with a much better sense of the town, and explaining how the previous two photos relate to each other. I’m indebted to noted Kootenay Lake historian Michael Cone for discovering it and telling me. He came across it among the Uno Langmann photographs in the University of BC’s digitized collections. (Langmann, a famed art collector, last year donated 18,000 historical photos to UBC, which has been making them available online. The site is providing a wealth of rare and unusual photos of this area — it’s the same place where I recently found a photo of the hotel at Porto Rico Siding.) The photo in question was part of an album of 90 images described as “focused on early British Columbian life taken throughout the province.” It’s taken from Kootenay Lake in winter and shows the SS Alberta docked at the Kuskonook wharf. There are easily two dozen wooden buildings, some on stilts. It was a rough and ready town, slapped together in a hurry to cash in on advancing railway lines. One building’s sign says “Saloon” in big letters. Standing next to the Klondyke Hotel is the four-storey Windsor Hotel, whose roof sign is visible

upon zooming in. According to the 1898 civic directory, Frank Twombly and Thomas S. Shanks were its proprietors. Shanks also had a hotel in Salmo in 1897 but went broke. Fred Vipond, who lived in Kuskonook as a young boy in 1899, described it in the book Kootenay Pathfinders thusly: “Kuskonook proved to be a well-established town pleasantly situated … Kuskonook’s seven hotels, the Anderson House, Butte, International, Kalama, Klondike, Union, and Windsor, had sprung up during the CPR construction [and] remained open for business, as did Charles Wright’s general store and other business establishments. Two provincial constables remained on the scene because Kuskonook had seen some rowdy times several months earlier …” Most of the buildings, however, were destroyed by fire in March 1900, dealing a near-death blow to the settlement — so we know the photo was taken before then. This photo also reveals the BC Archives shot was taken looking west down 7th Ave. while the Kootenay Lake Archives picture is of Main St. looking south. (The only other thoroughfare of consequence was A Ave., which ran parallel to Main St., further up the hillside.) Like the Kootenay Lake Archives photo of Kuskonook, this one was misidentified — as Trout Lake City. The existence of an-

other Windsor Hotel in the latter community probably led to the erroneous description. The same album also contains another picture that is very likely Kuskonook, of two men standing in front of the steps of a onestorey building with what looks to be the Windsor behind them. The ground is strewn with boulders. Many other photos also appear to be of the south end of Kootenay Lake, but aren’t as easily identified. Some show the SS Marion, a sternwheeler that plied the Duncan River and Kootenay Lake prior to 1907. One especially intriguing shot is of a couple of canvas tents on a beach with the Marion and a barge in the background and many men milling about. One tent bears the crude sign “Boat to conect [sic] with Ainsworth —> Albeta [sic]/Lodging.” In two others, a young boy, a dead ringer for Buster Brown, stands next to a shack with the sign “Homemade bread for sale.” The same child appears in another shot on horseback outside a one-storey building, probably his house. Yet another is of four well-dressed women and two children on the house’s porch. Another view of the same house shows one of the planter boxes is made from a piece of lumber labelled “A. [or O?] Robinson logging camp.” But where was Robinson’s camp? That’s more grist for the historical mill.





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Nelson actor Lucas Myers’ upcoming murder mystery Campground is his first full-length production in five years. Earlier this summer he wrote the children’s play Captain Future Saves the Word (above) and he’s busily working on a number of projects across the Kootenays. Will Johnson photo

‘These are people we know and are’

Continued from page 1 I return to, like the redneck for example, and it’s because they exist, they’re present, everyone’s familiar with them. Take Mike. He’s Albertan, but he’s a different redneck than Randy from Creston. He’s of the redneck phylum but he’s a slightly different animal.” That makes them relatable to a Kootenay audience. “These are people we know and people we are.” Myers said audiences can expect typical murder mystery trappings, but with a uniquely Myersian comedic flair. He will play seven characters over the course of the show, including a “crazy hippie” named Warren, an American named Paul and even his teenage daughter. The show is a part of murder

“There are some archetypes I return to, like the redneck, because they exist, they’re present, everyone’s familiar with them.” Lucas Myers mystery month, and paves the way for the upcoming Forst Media Oct. 22, 23 and 24 production Murder on the Canadian, also at the Capitol. Myers has been working non-



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stop recently, MCing a number of events, completing a tour with his children’s literacy show Captain Future Saves the Word and working on a commission for the Revelstoke about mountain culture. Myers will appear on the debut episode of The LineUp to talk about his show with host Jenna Raider on Sept. 25, and will also appear the next day at the Kootenay Storytelling Festival, where he will talk about incorporating music into his work. Campground is intended for adult audiences, includes some harsh language. Myers said it’s appropriate for those roughly 16 and up. Campground will show at the Capitol on Oct. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 and are available from the Capitol Theatre.

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ciency as recyclable materials are compacted enroute and multiple sites are serviced on a single route. The rest of the RDCK adopted the front load collection model in 2011. “RDCK directors and staff continue the process

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huge step forward.” You will no longer be required to climb stairs to deposit recyclables. The materials collected remain the same and all material, including cardboard, will be co-mingled in a single stream. A cardboard-only bin will remain at the Lakeside Drive recycling depot in Nelson. Glass will continue to be collected in separate bins. Following the changes to the depots, blue bags will no longer be required at RDCK recycling depots in the central sub-region, however they may continue to be required for some curbside services. The changes to the RDCK depot recycling program do not impact curbside service. Meanwhile, the Kaslo recycling depot will be moved from the public works yard to the transfer station on Oct. 19. The relocation is being made at the village’s request. In 2014, the Village of Kaslo introduced curbside collection service for recyclables with funding through the Multi-Material BC product stewardship program. Through the program, the producers of packaging and printed paper assume the cost of recycling the materials they produce. Because the RDCK was not included in the program, RDCK depot recycling programs continue to be funded through local taxation. Increased use of the curbside program funded by producers will result in savings for residents of the RDCK central resource recovery service area. “The directors for this service area will continue to pressure Multi-Material BC and the provincial government to fulfill their obligation to provide producer-funded depot recycling services for residents throughout the RDCK, as they do for other BC communities,” Newell said. “Once the RDCK is satisfied that the level of service provided by Multi-Material BC is adequate, the RDCK property tax funded recycling program will be reduced or eliminated.” Rural Kaslo residents who don’t receive curbside service will be able to deposit their recyclables at the same time and location that they dispose of their garbage. The recycling depots will be open during transfer station operating hours: Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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eople in this arts town don’t like theatre much, unless it’s a big, well-known musical. I asked Bessie Wapp, named Nelson’s official cultural ambassador by city council last year, about this. As a musician, singer, and actor she has done it all in Nelson for many years. She responded by email. “It seems that it is harder to get big audiences out for a play than for the big, well-known musicals,” she wrote. “The big musicals have recognition factor. Not only have we heard of them before, we might even know some of the songs. So right off the top there is fuzzy feeling for a lot of audience members. “As well,” she continued, “the cast in a musical is generally quite large, and everyone’s friends and family come out. Because of these two factors a disproportionately greater amount of promotion and education is required of a smaller production to inspire potential audience members to risk their valuable relaxation time and dollars on it. “As well — and I don’t even want to mention it — if there’s a weak actor in a play it really matters. In a musical there’s so much else going on it doesn’t necessarily take the whole thing down. Yup. The producers of straight theatre don’t have it easy (cue: strings).” Richard Rowberry, who produced the summer theatre festival that ran in August at the TNT playhouse, puts it another way. “Nelson audiences are not very sophisticated,” he says, “so the musicals and the comedies and the easy listening are always more popular, but that is probably the case elsewhere too.” (I should add that I do not intend to denigrate musicals here. Nelson

Adriana Bogaard (right) and actor Jen Viens collaborated to produce The Passage in Nelson in August. Bill Metcalfe photo is very good at them, and they are a great showcase and training ground for our actors, singers, and dancers.) Rowberry says his summer festival sold roughly two thirds of its seats, and he sounds pleased by that. He says for Nelson that is pretty good. The TNT playhouse, where the festival took place, seats about 60 people, and over three weeks the festival ran four productions for six nights each. One of those productions was so good that Nelsonites should have been breaking down the door for tickets. But it was not a musical, and as a play it was pretty experimental (and by that I do not mean pretentiously abstract or weird). And it was the premiere performance of a piece written by someone from Nelson, so it was not well-known. Adriana Bogaard wrote and directed The Passage, and also did the lighting, sound, and sets. Because Bogaard is very, very good at all those things, the piece came off as a unified vision that for me was haunting enough to experience twice, which I did, on the first and last of The Passage’s six-night run. The first night it was the lighting that affected me: much of the action on the stage takes place outside in the dark. Most of the light comes from a lantern held by the play’s only actor, Jen Viens, and from backlit projections. What happens to the characters in this play is scary. The audience feels that fear because so much of the action happens in the dark. The second time, accustomed as I was by then to the shadows and light, it was the quality of Bogaard’s writing that struck me: so


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economical, so revealing of character, so forthright, so poetic, all of it spoken by Viens, who played the main and a handful of minor characters. But it was not just the words. The way Viens moved on stage told us a lot about the physical exertion and toll of the months-long journey across northern Canada in the 1890s that is the subject of the story. There is a memorable repeated scene in which she is as much dancer as actor, forcefully and rhythmically digging a hole with a shovel. That fact that so few people saw The Passage is unfortunate. This was a unique piece of professional theatre that could easily run in a big city and do well. Bogaard, 29, studied theatre with Geoff Burns at L.V. Rogers in the 1990s and has directed and designed theatre in Nelson and other places since then. She is currently going into her third year studying costume and stage design at the National Theatre School in Montreal. All we can do is hope she will come back next summer. There is more to an arts-andculture town than paintings in the restaurants and sculptures on the street. In our case we have extraordinary professional mentors (in this case Geoff Burns but there are several more) who develop young artists like Bogaard to a high level in music, theatre, and dance and send them out into the world. This is the sort of thing that puts Nelson on the map in other places across the country, and we should be prouder of it than we are.

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didn’t make it to Starbelly Jam, and I think a lot of people were disappointed he didn’t make it out, because he has quite a following here in the Kootenays.” Wilson said many of the teachers offering yoga classes during the weekend will be familiar to locals, but they’re also bringing in special guests from all over BC and Alberta. One returning teacher is Jeff Mah, and she believes his class will probably be popular. “He has a really down-to-earth and playful way of presenting yoga.” A new addition this year is Christine Selda, a Squamish-based yogi who specializes in shamanic yoga. “There are a lot of people in this region who are interested in medicine, so it’s a nice combination. She blends yoga and shamanism, and practices an honouring of nature-based spirituality.” This year will also see an increased emphasis on dance, with dance teacher Lisa Gilmour of Calgary bringing her special form of dance “core connexion.” Tickets are $85 for the day or $168 for the weekend. For more information visit

Will Johnson Nelson Star According to Kootenay Spirit Festival organizer Trisha Wilson, you don’t have to be a yogi —or even be interested in yoga at all — to enjoy the consciousness-raising, community-building ethos of this weekend’s event. “It’s an important element of our vision and evolution to attempt to be as inclusive as possible. This is about uniting people and celebrating the spirit,” she said. To that end they’ve included a program for teens and youth, they’re offering a workshop on conscious aging and once again will have a free Saturday afternoon event at Lakeside Park that will include family-oriented yoga classes. “There’s something for everyone. There’s dance events, there’s a late night concert at Bloom. It’s not only for yogis, it’s for people who care about one another and themselves and the Earth.” She’s stoked to be bringing back Youssoupha Sidibe, who was popular last year. “He plays West African harp, very soulful music, and it’s kind of blending African music and reggae. This year he

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The many talents of Jesse Lee Nelson musician has nine creative projects on the go

Will Johnson Nelson Star elson musician Jesse Lee recently crash-landed back in the Kootenays after an exhausting tour down the west coast with spoken word artist Shane Koyczan, whose new album Debris comes out on Sept. 23, but it’s unlikely Lee will be getting much time to rest now that he’s home. The multi-talented musician, named artist of the year at the last Kootenay Music Awards, has no fewer than nine creative projects on the go and a variety of recurring gigs at venues around town. And that’s exactly how he likes it. “I don’t want to saturate this small market by being similar every time I perform,” Lee told the Star. “Having all these different acts allows me to play more without people getting tired of it.” That means on top of playing classical guitar and jazz at the Hume Hotel’s Library Lounge, Lee is also a member of the bands Brian Rosen & the Whatnow, the Handsome Liars and Dirt Floor. Then there’s his own band, Lint, and his DJ incarnation Rafferty Funksmith. On top of that he plays as a member of Nelson cultural ambassador Bessie Wapp’s quartet and routinely shares the stage with Clinton Swanson. And though most musicians would be hard-pressed to stay on top of so many projects, Lee said it’s what keeps things fresh. “Being a DJ, I basically have to play all the different instruments in the band. I’m responsible for all the music, unlike when I play classical guitar or as a bass player, when I’m responsible for a specific part of the entire sound. Being a DJ helped me to grasp that difference, explore that.” But the end result is the same: “My sets have been known to cause dancing,” Lee laughed. Being on stage with Koyczan is unique, Lee said, because of the raw subject matter being shared and the commanding power of the poet’s presence. Lee plays with Maiya Robbie, Glenna Garramone and Jordie Robinson as the Short Story Long, a collaboration that’s been going on since 2006 and resulted in the viral video “To This Day,” which racked up over 16 mil-


Nelson musician Jesse Lee recently returned from a tour with Shane Koyczan. Their latest collaboration Debris is out Sept. 23. Will Johnson photo lion views on YouTube. “There’s a click, creatively,” Lee said. “The band comes up with the music and Shane definitely steers it, but he’s not a musician. So sometimes we’ll write to a piece he’s already come up with, and sometimes one of us will come up with some music and he’ll write to it.” During their tour, Lee was thrilled by his time on stage. “Shane’s live shows are amazing. He’s a very powerful performer so he’s able to reach audiences really deeply. He’ll go deep, and he’ll go dark, then he lifts you back out of it. He’s got a really deft hand with that stuff. He takes audiences exactly where he wants them to go. “Playing live with him is satisfying because the shows are so well received. Shane gets a response from people in a totally different way.”

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The new album, Debris, is about brokenness. “There’s one of Shane’s lines, ‘if your heart is broken make art with the pieces’ — I love that. So there’s a lot of metaphors in there about broken pieces of stuff, junk, debris, and it’s about finding value in what might otherwise be seen as junk.” Now that the project’s completed — they recorded it last summer — Lee is preparing for a multitude of local performances. And that’s something he doesn’t take for granted. “I feel tons of gratitude that I’m able to play this much in Nelson. This is such a supportive community.” For more information visit Jesse Lee – Musician on Facebook. To order a copy of Debris, visit

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Former Neptunes swimmer sets sights on Rio Paralympics IPC Worlds bronze medal winner and Parapan Am four medal winner Sarah Mehain getting ready for qualifiers

TAMARA HYND Nelson Star Nelson Neptunes alumna Sarah Mehain, 20, has good reason to feel confident as she prepares to qualify for the 2016 Rio Paralympics at the Canadian Toronto Olympic and para trials in March. Winner of a bronze medal at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow this July, she went on to win four medals at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto in August — a gold in the S7 50 butterfly and three silvers. (Categories are ranked S2 to S14 with S2 as the highest level of disability.) While a gold or silver medal in Glasgow would have guaranteed Mehain a spot at Rio, her bronze medal time of 36.98 seconds was still a full 5.53 seconds faster than the IPC minimum qualification standards. Mehain will have to qualify in a minimum time of 42.51 in her S7 50m breast stoke and 3:40.07 for the 200m IM (individual medley). These are just two of her favourite races and she hopes to qualify for more. After a brief break, Mehain is back in Montreal where she studies sustainability and society at McGill University. She will continue to train with the McGill varsity team and coach Peter Carpenter. As a full-time university student and an Paralympic contender, her life has been cut down to two intense activities: swimming and school work, with little time for her other hobbies such as playing the vio-

Former Nelsonite Sarah Mehain went to the 2012 Paralympics in London and hopes to return next year when they’re held in Rio. lin, French horn or horseback riding. Since birth, Mehain has had a congenital condition called hemiplegia, which means that one side (in her case the right side) of her body is weaker and less coordinated than the other. Swimming since she was three, she has trained hard and as a result is strong for her 5'3" frame. She raced with the Nelson Neptunes before her family moved to Vernon when she was 12. She was thrilled to hear of the team’s recent performance at provincials. While she is known for competing in a wide range of events — as many as six when she qualifies, she has two favourites: the 50 m butterfly, which she swims with one arm as her right arm stays by her side, and the 200 IM.

No stranger to Paralympics Mehain competed in the 2012 London Paralympics and that experience will make a difference for her in Rio.

Going into London she was focused on getting experience, having fun and “getting my head wrapped around being at one of the biggest sporting competitions in the world.” That experience will be to her advantage. “Going into Rio, I have quite a bit more knowledge on who I’m racing, what my world ranking is, and what that means.” For Mehain, knowing what to expect at the Paralympic games also means going into the Olympic village situation will be less of a shock. “I’ll be better equipped to deal with all the different variables and have more focus.” Meanwhile her training regime is just that: a regime. Since London, Mehain said she has been swimming the majority of races “smarter and faster.” And she knows what she wants in Rio: medals. “I’m feeling quite confident and very excited for a chance to compete for a spot on the Paralympic team,” she said. The Paralympic Games take place in Rio de Janeiro from Sept. 7 to 18, 2016.




The Nelson Selects U13 girls placed third at a tournament in Sandpoint, Idaho last weekend. Back row from left: Isabel Curiston, Freya Holman, Gretchen Lewandowski, Phoenix Tailleur, Farrah Marzicola, Ruby Linnen, Abby Jackson, Teigan Barnhart, Ivie Lock-Luttmer, Aube Jolicoeur. Front, from left: Addis Atkinson, Nicola Anderson, Semegn Atkinson, Ella Peloso, Alexis Dyck, Sydney Benson, Elisa Clark, and Hanna Van Der Holt. Missing: coaches Darren Peloso and Bill Clark.

‘Weekend of medals’ for Nelson Selects

U13 to U15 girls and boys bring home five medals after weekend tournaments in Sandpoint and Revelstoke TAMARA HYND Nelson Star “A weekend of medals” is how coach Brett Adams summed up the Nelson Selects’ endeavours on distant soccer fields last weekend. The teams went off in opposite directions to Sandpoint, Idaho and Revelstoke, but collectively brought home one gold, three silver, and one bronze. “It’s great to see so many of our teams competing at a high level against good teams and coming back from tournaments with medals,” said Adams. “It’s an incredible achievement when you consider the players have only been in training for two weeks. I’m really proud of all the teams this weekend. Lots of them competed in older age groups so they could be challenged.”

Sandpoint tournament The U13 girls played in the U14/15 age group and took third place. “The girls all played really well,” said coach Darren Peloso. After a 4-3 loss to Spokane FC they won

4-0 over Flathead, and 2-0 over Spokane Shadow. The U12 girls played three games, losing once and tying twice. Adams said the U12 boys took silver in a “really hard pool of teams.” They lost the final 5-2 against the top-ranked U12 team in Idaho.

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The U14 boys played in the U15 division and had a great tournament, winning gold when they beat the Nelson U15s 2-1 on penalty kicks. Adams called the U15 girls’ silver medal an “incredible achievement” as they played up a division in the U16. They won the first game 9-0 against Revelstoke, then tied Calgary 0-0, and lost to Calgary 2-1 in the final. A detailed account of their medal win will appear in the Star next week. The U14 girls played three games, winning the first 6-1 and losing the next two, the last of which was decided by penalty kicks. This weekend most of the Nelson Select teams will travel to Castlegar for a tournament.


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Modern Day Romans This fall, our youth group will be exploring the book of Romans and how the truths found in that letter very much apply to us right now as it did to the people Paul originally wrote the letter to. This last week I have been studying the first book of Romans, verse 16 caught my attention: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” (NIV). When I began to explore the context of this passage, being Paul’s life, the culture of Rome and the struggles Christians faced there during that time, it really brought Paul’s words to life. It wouldn’t surprise anyone to hear that Roman people did not look kindly upon the Christian faith in that time period. In fact, a little research online showed an ancient picture carved onto Roman ruins depicting a man seeming to worship a man on a cross, but the crucified man had the head of a donkey. This image is strongly believed to be an anti-Christian graffiti intended to mock the followers of Christ, and it demonstrated the common perception of Christians in Roman culture. There is also plenty of other evidence of slander against Christian: claims that they drank victims’ blood during their communion ceremonies and that they set fire to Rome which caused them to be severely persecuted. It’s easy to say that the life of a Christian in Rome was not something we would all be eager to experience. I can’t help but draw parallels from how Christians were perceived and treated in Rome to how they are treated today. Of course our lives are not in imminent danger here in Canada for being a Christian and for that, we should be very grateful. However, like the Christians of Rome, we experience hostility toward the Scripture we read from and follow, many misunderstandings of our beliefs and faith system, and even mockery. In some ways I think we are modernday Romans: living in a culture that can look at us as not enlightened, unprogressive, and judgemental because they don’t agree with us. The context of what Roman Christians went through makes Paul’s words in verse 16 of the first chapter even more powerful. Through the persecution and hostility we should be unashamed of the Gospel that we are saved by. A lot of times, especially when we are young, we can almost act like we are hiding our faith. We worry so much about our image in others’ eyes that we act like being saved through Christ is our deep dark secret. Paul describes the Gospel he is unashamed of as being the power of God that brings salvation. The cross is powerful because it is where Jesus conquered death itself to set us free. We have salvation through the Gospel, and the Gospel has the power to save the world from sin and death. This sounds like something we definitely should not be hiding! The encouragement I received from Paul’s words is to let the Gospel be in all I say and do, and to be filled with the joy of Christ to the point where my entire identity is found in being a child of God and not in anything I do. Paul lived out that statement in Romans 1:16. In fact, Paul died for the Gospel in Rome itself. His entire ministry was characterized by telling everyone through word and deed about the saving grace of Christ and the offer of salvation God has for the world. Paul was also a Roman citizen, and that’s the kind of modern Roman I hope to be. Eckankar Worship Service

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The Terry Fox Run in Nelson is this Sunday, 9:30 a.m. at Lakeside Park. These photos were taken at last year’s run. Will Johnson photos

Terry Fox: 35 years and running Lace up your running shoes in Nelson on Sunday morning

TAMARA HYND Nelson Star The image of a fit young man with a head of curly hair and a prosthetic leg running across Canada, exposed to all the elements of rain, wind and snow, is a lasting memory for many Canadians. It was over 35 years ago that 21-year-old Terry Fox began the Marathon of Hope in St. John’s, Nfld., in which he ran the equivalent of a marathon every day to raise funds for cancer research. An avid athlete growing up in Port Coquitlam, Fox was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) when he was only 18 and his right leg was amputated. His experience watching younger children suffer in the cancer ward moved him to the point that he began the fundraiser in April 1980. On Sept. 1 of that year, Fox had to interrupt his Marathon of Hope after 143 days and 5,373 km to resume treatment in BC as cancer had appeared in his lungs. The country mourned when he passed away on June 28, 1981, one month short of his 23rd birthday. His parents continued his vision and today the annual non-sponsored run is about participation, fundraising and awareness rather than keeping track of times. The Terry Fox Foundation has raised close to $700 million for cancer research. Nelson will host its annual Terry Fox Run Sunday at Lakeside Park. Registration begins 8:30 a.m. at the Rotary shelter and the run starts at 9:30 a.m. with distances of 10, 5, 3, or 1 km, suitable for bikes, wheelchairs/strollers and rollerblades. There are over 9,000 Terry Fox Runs each year, all volunteer-led and organized. Annually, millions of people in close to 25 countries participate in the National School Run Day (Sept. 30), the Terry Fox Run, and other Terry Fox fundraising events.

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Conservative Party 1. The Columbia River Treaty has no expiry date, but has a minimum length of 60 years, which is met in September 2024. One or both countries wishing to terminate the Treaty must give at least 10 years notice. September 2014 was the earliest date to announce intent to terminate the Treaty by 2024. An alteration of only one clause of the Treaty would create a termination, which would result in negotiation of a new treaty. At this time, neither nation has indicated intention to terminate the Treaty. The Columbia River Treaty is an important agreement between Canada and the United States, which has helped both countries effectively manage flood control, downstream irrigation and power generation on the trans-boundary Columbia River for the past 50 years. The Treaty continues to be an example of the strong and cooperative relationship between Canada and the United States. We look forward to working with the United States as it completes its own review process of the Treaty. As we look to the future of the Columbia River Treaty, the Government of Canada, in close cooperation with British Columbia, will ensure that Canada and BC will continue to benefit from the Treaty. 2. The Kootenay-Columbia constituency is unique in that the Trans-Canada Highway flows through three National Parks (Yoho, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke) and Highway 93 flows through Kootenay National Park. The federal government has sole responsibility for the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 93 through the parks. Since 2011, I have worked closely with the environment minister to secure over $300 million in funding for projects within the four national parks. The majority of that funding went to highway upgrades. Current projects include tunnel lighting (east of Rogers Pass), repaving sections of highway in all four parks, bridge rehabilitation and animal fencing. With the exception of the Trans-Canada Highway through the national parks,

Christina Yahn Libertarian Party

Bill Green Green Party

Wayne Stetski New Democratic Party

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David Wilks Conservative Party

Every Friday until the Oct. 19 federal election, the Nelson Star will bring you responses to a series of questions posed to the five candidates in the Kootenay-Columbia riding as compiled by Black Press editors throughout the riding. Today’s questions are:

1. Should Ottawa be involved in Columbia River Treaty negotiations or should it be left to BC? If the former, what role do you see for the federal government? If the latter, why shouldn’t Ottawa be involved? 2. What solutions do you see to make regional highways safer and more reliable? all highways within British Columbia are provincial jurisdiction. Each year the provincial government sets its priority list for highway projects throughout BC. It then proceeds with projects based on the budget as set out by the provincial minister. In cooperation with the Province of BC, joint funding has resulted in projects such as the Donald Bridge twinning and overpass and bridge replacements on Highway 3. I will continue to work with federal and provincial ministries to produce results for Kootenay-Columbia.


Liberal Party 1. The federal government has to be involved in the negotiations because the Treaty is an agreement between the United States and Canada. Canada transferred the rights and obligations under the Treaty to the province under the Canada-BC Agreement, but substantive changes would require federal government involvement. For constitutional reasons the federal government also has to be involved in discussion on water use licenses, possible salmon restoration, and aboriginal rights, but our role would be to work closely with both the province and BC Hydro, the Canadian entity appointed to implement the Treaty on behalf of the province. Since Liberal policy to reengage in an inclusive process with indigenous peoples mirrors provincial goals, the federal partnership would not hinder the treaty process. My former involvement with Columbia Basin Trust also ensure that decisions would always consider the direct impacts on the people who live in the Basin. 2. The Liberal Party expects me to speak up on local rural issues and highways are a central concern in this region. Infrastructure in Canada

is rapidly decaying and a Sunday drive on Highway 93 shows you the full impact of an old road dealing with new realities. These roads were not built with current traffic levels in mind and have become unsafe, economically inefficient and unsustainable in terms of the additional costs to cure certain deficiencies. Highways managers and engineers will determine priorities and our role will be to provide the tools to ensure consistent investment in these fundamentals The recently announced Liberal infrastructure plan with increased long-term funding for public transit, social and green infrastructure, means the New Building Canada Fund can prioritize investments in roads and bridges. This allows us to begin a comprehensive process to make repairs and improvements without having to wait for election handouts.


Green Party 1. In my work with the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc Nations, I have been deeply involved in discussions about renewal of the Columbia River Treaty, focusing on restoring ecosystems and returning salmon to the Upper Columbia and Kootenay River watersheds. I have spearheaded an initiative to learn how operation of the Treaty dams could be improved to benefit ecosystems, fish and wildlife, and local communities. We have proposed establishment of a Columbia Basin International Watershed Board under the auspices of the International Joint Commission. There is no question about involvement of the federal government in Treaty negotiations. Ottawa has constitutional responsibility for international treaties, for rivers that cross the 49th parallel, and for fisheries. The federal government must work very closely with the government of BC but also

with First Nations and local governments in the Columbia Basin to develop negotiating positions and, ultimately, negotiate effectively with the US government. 2. My focus is on federal funding to improve rail infrastructure, particularly through the critical Rogers Pass transportation bottleneck. The Green Party proposes to invest $600 million to $700 million annually in our vital national rail infrastructure. With long-term investment in better rail infrastructure in our riding, more freight currently being moved by truck on Highways 1 and 3 can be moved by rail, relieving heavy truck congestion on those routes and improving road safety for all drivers. Highway maintenance, especially in winter, is a key safety issue. Ottawa is responsible for maintenance and repair of the Trans-Canada Highway inside national parks. There must be federal infrastructure spending to improve safety conditions — including maintenance — of the Trans-Canada between the BC-Alberta border and Sicamous.


New Democratic Party 1. The Columbia River Treaty has had significant impacts here in the Canadian portion of the Columbia River Basin. Substantial sacrifices were made by residents during the creation of the dams and reservoirs, and impacts continue as a result of hydro operations. In 2012, the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments formed a committee to ensure that all area residents had a say in the future of the Treaty. As a member of that committee I participated in extensive public meetings that resulted in a report that contained recommendations to the provincial and federal governments. I am proud to have played

a role in ensuring that the voices of Kootenay Columbia residents were heard in the potential renewal of the Treaty. The role of the federal government should be to support the collective voices of Basin residents and to seek to ensure that the recommendations are implemented. 2. The Trans Canada Highway upgrade requires coordination between federal and provincial governments, and a divided highway from Sicamous to the Alberta border must be a priority. As mayor of Cranbrook, I participated in the Highway 3 mayors committee that coordinates funding for Highway 3 from the Alberta border to Hope, so I am very familiar with issues along this corridor, and have partnered with others to find solutions. We need to work on strategies to better protect both motorists and wildlife on area highways, which have consistently had one of the highest collision rates in the province. Wildlife awareness systems using new technology should be investigated for all our highways. We also need to ensure adequate funding and enforcement of contract standards for winter highway maintenance, and we need more enforcement capability for our RCMP conducting year-round highway patrols. Kootenay residents rely heavily on our highway systems, and ensuring safety and reliability must be a top priority.


Libertarian Party 1. The Columbia River Treaty was one of the most devastating projects to be undertaken in the region on environment, economy, First Nations and private property rights. A few years before the Treaty was signed the Sinixt First Nation was conveniently declared extinct by the government despite the fact they

were and still are a thriving culture. Salmon runs, sacred sites and fertile lands were flooded. Around 5,000 individuals’ private properties were violated and flooded, leaving them displaced with minimal compensation for their homes. Government should never have the authority to force people out of their homes and off their lands. The habitat of over 100,000 animals was destroyed by the flooding. Economically the impact was far more negative then estimated, the revenue from hydroelectric dams did not match the initial costs associated with building the infrastructure, compensating the people who were displaced or the losses of fertile lands for agriculture and forestry that were never taken into consideration. As a result funds were taken from schools, health care and forest services. That being said, no, I do not think Ottawa should have involvement in Columbia River Treaty negotiations. They will be mainly considering monetary positions and will not be personally affected by any decisions made. I believe that only parties who are directly affected by all aspects of an agreement such as this should have an active role in negotiations.

2. Creating strong local economies, and keeping our tax dollars local will enable us to afford much-needed safety upgrades and infrastructure for the roads we drive. Going through the bureaucratic filter in Ottawa for funding is an exhausting and lengthy process. Meanwhile, the roads remain in need of repairs while requests for funding continue to be bogged down in the political mire. Provinces and municipalities have a greater understanding of the particular needs in their area then anyone across the country in Ottawa.


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Held at the Pass Creek Riding Grounds. English / Western Flat, In Hand, Gymkana Lotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

of different classes for all levels of riders. Call 250.359.7097 for program Kootenay Kids AGM 19 Sept 1-3pm, 804 Stanley St music by Clinton Swanson OKTOBERFEST Slocan Curling Club Fund Raiser Saturday October 10 2015 3pm-Midnight - @ the Slocan Curling Club and Logger Sport Grounds in Slocan - Silent Auction & Music all day & Door Prizes - Beer Garden with delicious traditional Bratwurst & More - Come fly with us between 1:00pm & 7:00pm in the village of Slocan. $80/person gets you a 15 minute flight with our sponsor/partner High Terrain Helicopters of Nelson. - Enjoyment for Everyone


Relief is only a call away! Call Shelley Cameron Estate Administrator at 877-797-4357 today, to set up your FREE consultation in Nelson. Donna Mihalcheon CA, CIRP 33 years experience BDO Canada Limited Trustee in Bankruptcy 200-1628 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9X1

Friends of Kootenay Lake is hiring! For job description go to the bottom of our homepage


Guest Experience Specialist

Nelson & Area Elder Abuse Prevention Resources Centre Drop in Wed. 12-2 pm at 719 Vernon St., Nelson For info: 250 352-6008; or visit

Lost & Found FOUND: Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reversible jacket in Kokanee Creek park play area. 250-352-3337 FOUND: Older yellow mountain bike, downtown call 352-3239

Employment Administration OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Must be capable of contributing to a positive and productive office environment. Must be detail-oriented in all aspects of your professional work. Accounting knowledge a asset.

Apply with resume to:

Education/Trade Schools INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. NO Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. SignUp online! 1-866-399-3853

This is a permanent full-time position in the beautiful Columbia Valley. Requires: Minimum of 3 years work experience in tourism industry; Diploma and/or certificate in tourism management or equivalent would be ideal; Working experience with vacation property management software is ideal; Strong computer skills especially in Microsoft Office; Must be a motivated, independent, organized worker that is friendly and professional with guests; Must live in the Columbia Valley or willing to relocate. We offer competitive salary, 3 weeks paid vacation, a company-paid cell phone, an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Enjoy the Columbia Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; allowance, paid BC Health coverage & more! Please submit your resume and cover letter to: careers@ before September 21, 2015 For full details visit:

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1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks.


Custodian/Building Maintenance Regional District of Central Kootenay

Nelson & District Community Complex The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is seeking a motivated individual for a casual part-time Custodian/Building Maintenance position at the Nelson & District Community Complex. The Custodian/Building Maintenance person will perform skilled operational, building maintenance and janitorial work in multi-purpose facilities. The work involves performing routine janitorial duties, assisting with building maintenance projects, snow removal, room and special event set-up.

REQUIRED TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: â&#x20AC;˘ Knowledge and ability to perform simple repair and maintenance tasks on buildings and components â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to maintain logs and records of daily work â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to deal courteously and effectively with the public â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to work with minimal supervision, exercise considerable independence of judgment / action in the operation of the equipment

Part Time Administrative Assistant - Nelson Thompson Funeral Service, Nelson, BC is looking for a highly efficient, positive, team player with strong interpersonal skills to join our team. The ability to work and prioritize efficiently and effectively, while multitasking under little or no supervision, will be critical to the success of this position. General duties will include but are not limited to, overseeing all office operations and general administrative duties, responding to all incoming inquiries (phone, fax, email, door) in a professional and timely manner, operating and maintaining various office equipment, processing documents and forms, tracking and maintaining accounts payable and accounts receivable, maintaining inventory of supplies, etc. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

â&#x20AC;˘ Satisfactory Criminal Record Check For more information about this opportunity, along with a detailed job description, visit our website at Applications will be accepted until noon on Wednesday September 30, 2015. For queries, please contact (250) 352-1515 or

Obituaries KB Division of Family Practice seeks Physician Recruiter. For details, visit: divisioncareers

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Call Or Drop by our office at 514 Hall Street Nelson, BC 8:30-5:00 Monday - Friday

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Ronald Kenneth Nearing

â&#x20AC;˘ 3-5 years experience in an office administrative role â&#x20AC;˘ MS Office skills, including Excel, Word and Outlook â&#x20AC;˘ Experience with Photoshop and Microsoft Publisher Contact: Bill Clark, Owner Thompson Funeral Service 613 Ward St., Nelson, BC V1L 1T2 Confidential fax: 250-364-1512 Email:

May 16 1929 ~ September 5, 2015 Ronald Kenneth 1earinJ Sassed aZay Seacefully, on 6eStemEer 5, 15, at the Creston Valley Hospital Zith family at his side.

JOB POSTING Manager of Finance and Operations The Skills Centre/Inside Job Consulting Ltd.

Ron met Ila (Kifer) of Canyon B.C. and they married January 18, 1951. They had three Fhildren, Vi[ JrandFhildren and Vi[ JreatJrandFhildren. Ron Ă&#x20AC;rVt ZorNed for J.+. +uVFroft and in 195 SurFhaVed hiV Ă&#x20AC;rVt tire Vtore  a EuVineVV he JreZ to inFlude multiSle loFationV and in ZhiFh he Vtill SartiFiSated in until hiV SaVVinJ. Ron ZaV a mentor to many, JiYinJ hiV time and NnoZledJe at Zill. +e ZaV a memEer of the Rotary CluE, Car CluE, (lNV CluE, JayFeeV, the 6Fhool Board, and SartiFiSated on the CreVton 9alley :ildlife Centre Board. +e ZaV inVtrumental in the EuildinJ of the (lN V 3aYilion in 0illennium 3arN. Ron eVSeFially enMoyed VSendinJ time at the laNe SroSerty in KuVNanooN Zith hiV Zife Ila, Fhildren, JrandFhildren, and JreatJrandFhildren. Ron enMoyed Ă&#x20AC;VhinJ, JardeninJ, ZoodZorNinJ, and eVSeFially hiV 195 and 1955 3aFNard automoEileV, in ZhiFh they tooN many adYentureV, inFludinJ driYinJ the 1955 3aFNard home from Indiana. Ron and Ila alVo traYelled 1orth $meriFa from FoaVt to FoaVt and Vouth to north Ey Far, R9, air, and MuVt laVt year the RoFNy 0ountaineer Train to Banff, JaVSer, and 9anFouYer. Ron ZaV SredeFeaVed Ey hiV mother 'orothy 1earinJ, father Kenneth 1earinJ, and ErotherinlaZ +arry 6ommerfeld. Ron iV VurYiYed Ey hiV Zife Ila (Kifer) of  yearV hiV Fhildren /inda 0oore (RiFhard) and their Fhildren TriVh KleinVaVVer (TraYiV), Tyler and Rylan, Cory 0oore (/aina), 'alton 1earinJ and +enry, 0eliVVa 0oore ((YerleiJh), Katie 0oore and Ă&#x20AC;anFp 3eter +eSEurn, Carolyn +aVeloh (Ron) Children KriVtina :atVon (Jordan), BrooNlyn, 0iFhelle +aVeloh (ChriVtoSher), :ade 1earinJ (Terry) hiV ViVter (laine 6ommerfeld numerouV nieFeV, neSheZV and FouVinV, many FloVe friendV and associates. ThanNs to the 1elson (merJency Room 6erYices, the Creston 9alley +osSital and its Zonderful staff, and a sSecial thanNs to 'r. *rifĂ&#x20AC;oen. A funeral service was held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 11am at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, Creston, with Pastor Doug Stapleton celebrant. Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Heart and Stroke Foundation: #4 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9MG or the Kidney Foundation of B.C.: #200 4940 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 4K6

The Greater Trail Community Skills Centre is seeking an energetic and results oriented person with sound business and financial management skills for the role of Manger of Finance and Operations. As a member of the senior leadership team, this position is responsible for the financial and operations management of The Skills Centre, a charitable organization, and its subsidiary company, Inside Job Consulting Ltd. This full time position offers the opportunity to work with a dynamic, team-oriented organization, to live and work in a friendly community with great lifestyle opportunities and a competitive wage and benefit package. Principal responsibilities: Overall financial management of both organizations including administration of payroll, benefits and personnel records as well as management of facilities and information technology. The role includes supervision of support and information technology staff. Preferred qualifications: An undergraduate degree in business and/or financial management with a certification in Payroll Administration and 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 years of related experience. Competent with business software including Sage 50 Quantum Accounting System (Simply Accounting) and MS Office Suite. For a more detailed job description and an overview of the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategic priorities, contact jobs@ For more information about The Skills Centre, go to our website at www. and for more information about the community as whole, go to Submit your resume by October 2, 2015: Executive Director The Skills Centre #123-1290 Esplanade Trail, B.C. V1R 4T2

NOW HIRING Marketing & Events Coordinator 2015/2016 season

As a part of the dynamic Sales & Marketing team you will assist with website management, content generation, advertising and design, social media, and on mountain events under the backdrop of beautiful Ymir peak at Whitewater. Submit your cover letter and resume to amanda@ by October 1. For more details visit â&#x20AC;˘ 250-354-4944


Friday, September 18, 2015 Nelson Star

In Loving Memory of

Clare Palmer

When someone you love becomes a memory. . . that memory becomes a treasure.

They say there is a reason They say that time will heal But neither time or reason Will change the way we feel For no-one knows the heartache That lies behind our smiles No-one knows how many times We have broken down and cried We want to tell you something So there won’t be any doubt You’re so wonderful to think of But so hard to be without

If we listen really close In the silence of the night We hear your voice to comfort us And say that you’re alright But it is often hard to understand Why certain things must be And the reason why they happen Are so hard to see But we find comfort in the knowledge That God is always there To keep the one we loved so much Forever in His care Missing you every moment, Patti, our daughters and families

To honor your loved one in the Nelson Star, please contact us at 250-3521890 or by email: classifieds@


Celebration of Life May, Stephen (Steve) Shawn (September 19, 1958 – June 29, 2015)

The family will host a gathering on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 2- 4 PM at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, 701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson. Welcoming comments at 2:30 PM and stories to be shared.

Nelson Garage Sales Past the Orange Bridge! 1



GET YOUR GARAGE SALE ON THE MAP! For $25 get your garage sale plotted on the map, 5 signs & 10 balloons! $25



Saturday September 19th 9 am - 1 pm

(Johnstone Road)

693 Neale Lane

569 Johnstone Road


Wedding decor, Household items, Furniture, FREE pile

8 am - 12 noon


Rain or Shine! Household items, kids stuff, building supplies and lots more!

Nelson Star Office 514 Hall Street 250-352-1890



223 Observatory St

Fri Sept 18th 4 - 6 pm & Sat Sept 19th 8 am - 2 pm


Leather couch, Leather recliner, King size headboard, Oak entertainment centre, & lots more!

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The best full family shoe selection in the Kootenays.

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Waldorf School welcomes Québec City exchange students A group of students is visiting Nelson from Québec City until Sept. 23 and staying with families of the Nelson Waldorf School’s Class 8. The students are here to experience signature local events such as the Kokanee salmon run and will learn about our environment through hikes, canoeing, geography lessons and a camping trip to Garland Bay. Some highlights of the trip are the friendships they are creating, the opportunity to practice each other’s languages and a chance to broaden their experience and knowledge of other regions. This visit is facilitated by the Society for Education Visit and Exchanges in Canada/Société Éducative De Visites et d’Échanges au Canada, whose mission is to create “educational opportunities for Canadian youth to develop mutual respect and understanding through programs which explore their heritage, language and community.” This February the Nelson Waldorf students will enjoy a reciprocal trip to visit their new friends in Québec City. See more photos at Vivi Harder photo

Footwear for Women, Men and Children

359 Columbia Ave. Castlegar, BC • 250.365.5510


Common name: Fall Bulbs Botanical Names: Allium, Anemone, Crocus, Fritillaria, Hyacinthus, Tulipa, Narcissus, Muscari These bulbs, planted in the fall are truly one of nature’s miracles! Here in the Kootenays we have such a beautiful and long fall, that it would be a shame not to get out into the garden. Few plants have such a seasonal impact, or connect so closely with the cycles of nature. If you choose bulbs for naturalizing, your spring show will not only look great next spring, but will multiply and improve each spring for years to come. It takes such a little amount of time and effort. Choose a location with lots of sun and prepare the soil so that it drains well. Dig large planting holes, about twice as deep as the bulb, and plant them in clusters. Add some compost and bone meal and water well – you are now done! In the late spring after blooming dead head the flowers and allow the foliage to die back naturally - it takes about six weeks,

and then simply remove these dead leaves. It really is that simple. Many varieties such as Alliums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, Hyacinths, Narcissus and others are totally deer proof great for our rural landscapes. Sometimes I feel that the beauty and uniqueness of our gardens has been replaced by simplicity – or just doing without. It just takes some thought and a little work to have success in these type of plantings. It seems that time was never an issue before, but today it is all about time. Speed is everything, faster computers, better TV’s, instant messaging, faster service, quicker decisions, simple solutions, complete packages, ready-to-use, fully assembled and ready to go! Whew, let’s slow down a bit, get out in the garden and enjoy nature, each other and do the things we really enjoy - like planting a few bulbs.

Presentation Schedule 7:00 Nelson Hydro’s EcoSave Program, Carmen Proctor

7:40 Mountain High Lighting, Mike Flood Lighting with LED’s, the Dream is

Energy retrofits, electric charging stations, community solar and on-bill financing

now a Reality

Energy management to maximize energy savings

7:50 Mandela Homes, Lars Chose Climate Change Ready - By Design

8:50 Smaller, Greener House Design Workshop, Terry Miller

7:05 City Green Solutions, Len Freeth The energy assessment, what upgrade saves the most energy?

7:10 FortisBC, Doug Lamminen

Just a short, scenic drive 5 min West of Nelson on Granite Road New Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday - 8am to 5pm • 250-352-3468

Why electric bikes are awesome

Energy conservation and rebate benefits

8:10 Efficient Living, Marcus Dupuis

7:20 City of Nelson, Colin Innes

Solar Power for grid-tie and off-grid with Sunfire Systems

Nelson’s water supply and the importance of conservation


8:00 Pedego Canada, Mike Clyde

7:30 Cover Architecture, Lukas Armstrong, Certified PassiveHouse Designer How to reduce energy use in any building by 80%, for a mere 10% increase in construction costs

8:20 Nissan LEAF Owner, Andrew Chewter Driving the electric car here in the Kootenays

8:30 Backwoods Solar, Cheryl Sinclair Solar, in the Kootenays

8:40 Prism Engineering, Sam Thomas

Promoting the upcoming 4-day workshop, by the Monashee Institute, aimed at designing and building green, and efficient homes.

Prestige Lakeside Resort

Tuesday Sept 22nd 6:30-9pm




Friday, September 18, 2015 Nelson Star


Greyhound then and now The top photo was taken in the late 1940s or early ‘50s at the Nelson Greyhound depot in the 200 block of Baker St. The second photo shows Brad and Jane Shirley’s bus last weekend at the same location, which is now Kootenay Motors and the Sacred Ride. Although it’s not the same bus, it is one of the same series of 76 built and operated throughout the Kootenays. The Shirleys, from Salmon Arm, ran into mechanical difficulties while in town for the Queen City Cruise but were thrilled with the assistance they received. See letter page 6. Courtesy Brad and Jane Shirley

canskate fall session Oct 5 - Dec 14 Ages 4+ Mon

Oct 5 - Dec 14

3:15 - 4pm


Oct 8 - Dec 10

3:15 - 4pm

With Skate Canada Certified programs & coaches your little skater learns the fundamentals faster!

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Evening hues This photo was taken Wednesday night as the sky over Nelson exhibited hues of blue and gold.

Back to School


Kamala Melzack photo


$99 kittens/cats, or 2-4-1 siblings* A RARe Gem!

Wayne Germaine

The crew at Lokel Hair Studio will be donating all haircut proceeds on Sept. 23 to the Kootenay Lake Hospital onconlogy unit next Wednesday. Submitted photo

Cuts for Cancer coming to Nelson

Submitted to the Star Michelle, Ashley, Natasha, Kadie, Kate, Leona and Alyssa of Lokel Hair Studio will donate all the proceeds from the haircuts they give on Wednesday, Sept. 23 as part of a fundraiser to support renovations to the out-patient oncology unit at Kootenay Lake Hospital. “We all have our personal stories of how our lives have been deeply affected when we lose people we love to cancer,” said Anne Pigeon, one of the organizers. “I lost my twin sister to breast cancer on Sept. 23, 2014 and instead of spending the day in a slump I decided to do something positive to celebrate Liz Day instead. “When we set out to plan this fundraiser we all decided that we wanted to keep the proceeds local. Mayor Deb connected us with Thalia Vesterback and Brigitte McDonough from Interior Health who suggested that we put our donations towards the much needed renovations of the outpatient oncology unit at KLH.” The money will go toward an infusion chair for the chemo room and a coffee table, end tables, and a light for some tables for the teaching room. All haircuts are by donation (minimum cost of the cut). If you donate $100 you will receive a pink high light. All donors will be entered into a draw with prizes that include a five-day camping trip to Kokanee Creek and a beauty basket. Go for the full shave and Lokel will donate an additional $100 (regular shaves not included.) To make an appointment call 250-352-0031. Walk-ins are also welcome. Lokel Hair Studio is at 201 Baker St.



A special property in the boat accessible community of Grohman Creek. Less than ten minutes from the Nelson City Wharf, or via seasonal road from Taghum. 1.6 level treed acres plus 60’ well producing 15 gall/min. Power and telephone at the property line. Lots of privacy. A short walk to the lake or Grohman Creek and partly bordered by conservation land. Includes boat slip in the community dock beside public beach.

mAKe A sweAT equiTy invesTmenT

Robert Goertz



Overlooking the city, this modest home offers much more than first meets the eye. In addition to a great location and lot, it has productive gardens, beautiful views and a second 20’ x 20’ structure on the property that was the original residence. Ready for updates and your designers touch.

For the month of September only, while kitties last, KAAP is offering an amazing deal on adoption fees for lovely adoptable fixed and vaccinated kittens. Many of these kittens are old enough to start mouse patrol in your house, just in time for the season. Our kittens are wanting their chance at a forever home, and what better time to make that happen, when everyone is home and ready for the school year. Check out our adoptables at, or call Daryl at 250-551-1053. Adoption applications are online as well. * We have some great bonded bother/sister kittens, that can be adopted for one regular adoption fee ($175). Double the fun, and save two lives.


She is a very sweet one year old kitty, with some quirks. Elsa would make a perfect apartment companion, as she needs to be inside-only, in a quiet home. Call KAAP at 250-551-1053 for more details, or visit http://www. CounTRy home minuTes fRom Town 5-bed, 2-bath home on a beautifully landscaped acre. Features include: detached shop, mature fruit trees, unfinished walkout basement, great water supply and wood stove. 15 min to Nelson and Castlegar.

Norm Zaytsoff



Two foR one 2 homes on 4 sunny acres. Both share a well but have separate septic systems. Priced to sell, call today.

Lev Zaytsoff



LivinG The KooTenAy DReAm

Steven Skolka



Live the Kootenay Lake lifestyle with 120’ of pristine beachfront and over an acre of park-like yard. 4-bedroom home and 2,400 sq’ shop with several outbuildings offered below assessed value for a quick sale. In the family for 45 years, this is a rare opportunity for a large established beachside estate.

6-miLe LoT Wonderful location for this .4-acre lot at 6-Mile. Private setting with a short drive into Nelson, best of both worlds!

Kristina Little




Both friendly girls, G&G are social, confident kittens who get along with everybody, including dogs and other cats. They can be adopted together, for our special 2-4-1 fee, or separately. Call KAAP at 250-551-1053 or visit them online at


Kootenay Animal Assistance Program Society • 250.551.1053 Wondering how to donate to help KAAP pets? The Kootenay Co-op store in Nelson has a KAAP “Till Card”. When you pay for your purchases, just ask to swipe the KAAP till card, and $2 will be gratefully received. Thank you!

GoRGeous Townhome

Sarah Rilkoff



Premium location, upgraded unit with over 1600 sq ft of living space on 3 levels, plus private 200 sq ft deck. 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, nat gas fireplace, hardwood and slate flooring. Gorgeous kitchen with wood beams, granite counters, maple cabinets and gas range. Spacious living area with 18 ft vaulted ceiling. Golf course and mountain views. • 250.352.7178

520 C Falls Street Nelson (Above Savoy Bowling Lanes) Open Tues - Sat.: 12:00 - 5:00pm This weekly column proudly sponsored by:

250.352.7861 2124 Ymir Road


Friday, September 18, 2015 Nelson Star

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3 bedrooms + den, 3 baths. Situated on 1/2 acre lot with attached double garage and an additional driveway for your R.V. Plenty of storage room, an inhome office & a beautifully maintained family home, just 12 minutes out of Nelson. MLS 2407893 Lorne Westnedge 250.505.2606 $429,000

Beautiful southwest-facing acreage complete with a 3 bedroom home. Subdivide or create an extreme sports playground in your own back yard!! Acreage has open field area as well as private wooded area. Just 10 minutes to town! MLS 2404316 Glen Darough 250.354.3343 $347,900

Prominently situated on 3.63 acres on a private dead end road. This 4000 sqft home offers one of the most stunning views of the Bonnington Falls and Kootenay River. Privacy and incredible sun exposure. Bsmt is suited for mortgage helper. MLS 2407022 $ Julie Wilson 250.777.4202 679,000

This 3 bed, 2 bath home located in Harrop features in floor heat, open concept, custom kitchen, granite counters, stunning bathrooms, wood fireplace and attached garage. All on 0.46 of an acre walking distance to beach! MLS 2407377 Laura Salmon 250.551.8877 $397,777

408 west Beasley st

eastman st, riondel

relax in ymir

12 acres

Sitting on a 1/4 acre, level lot, this roomy home has an attached single garage and a workshop, covered patio area, good garden and fenced yard. Quick possession is possible for this home. MLS 2407193 Lorne Westnedge 250.505.2606 $169,000

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Great location in Rosemont overlooking the 14th green. This 2 - 3 bedroom upper floor condo features an interesting floor plan, open kitchen / dining and living room overlooking the golf course. MLS 2406706 David Gentles 250.354.8225 $285,000

Amazing price for a home you can move into without doing any work. Many upgrades, new septic, bright kitchen, 2 bdrm, spacious covered deck for morning coffee or evening BBQs, garage, boat house. All on an oversized lot with fruit trees, garden plots, boat launch and beach within walking distance. Julie Wilson 250.777.4202 $129,900

Comfortable two bedroom home with large family room. Newer roof, paint, furnace & plumbing. Some wood flooring plus there is a garage. Tucked away on a 90 x 112 lot. Bonus is extra 30 x 112 lot adjacent! MLS 2407788 Glen Darough 250.354.3343 $175,000

Located in the Upper Slocan Valley with highway access this delightful parcel of land has numerous potential building sites. Privacy and easy access, with excellent mountain views. Not in ALR. GST payable. MLS 2401290 Lorne Westnedge 250.505.2606 $179,000

Outstanding value & opportunity to own a 6000+ sq.ft. building located in Upper Fairview with 5 office spaces, 2 legal basement suites and endless possibilities to utilize this large building. Will sell fast, call today. MLS 2405231 Luke Mori 250.551.4917 $530,000

fairview lot!

1515 roBertson ave

626 nintH street ! BLe iLA A v A

Procter Perfect

2724 fir drive

First time offered! Well kept 3 bedroom family home on level 50x120 double lot. Rancher style, full unfinished bsmnt. Fenced rear yard, lane access, off street parking. Move in ready close to parks and schools. MLS 2407993

Custom designed duplex contains 3 bdrms, 3 bths with a fully integrated garage, LG stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, environment friendly heating/air conditioning and a 200 sq. ft. covered balcony with a stunning view of Nelson. MLS 2404509 Luke Mori 250.551.4917 $369,900

Recreational retreat or year round home in the friendly community of Harrop/Procter. This home features 3 bdrms on over an acre of land backing on to crown land for added privacy. Home has had many upgrades and renovations done over the past 10 years. MLS 2405064 Julie Wilson 250.777.4202 $259,900

This lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is centrally located between Nelson & Castlegar. Many recent updates new kitchen with Hickory cabinets, corian counter, maple hardwood, newer windows, roof, hot water tank and furnace. MLS 2408273 Laura Salmon 250.551.8877 $347,777

Peaceful, easy feeling

greenwood rd moBile Home

ready to Build!

two Homes + acreage


Level and flat 30 x 120 lot located on a no-thruroad in beautiful lower Fairview. A great opportunity to build your new home and be within walking distance to all amenities, bus routes, parks and schools. MLS 2404538 Lisa Cutler 250.551.0076 $109,000

Blaylock condo



Tamara Jenkinson 250.354.3714 $


N ToW o T Se CLo Enjoy a carefree lifestyle in this spotless 2 bedroom condo just minutes from town. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll appreciate the covered parking just out front, the roomy covered deck and the in-suite laundry. Recent updates include new carpets. MLS 2408165 Dave Buss 250.354.9459 $215,000

Enjoy a relaxed lifestyle on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. This 2 bedroom home was built in 1998, and sits on a little over 1 private acre on a quiet secondary road. Large deck, outbuildings and close to local services. MLS 2408121 Dave Buss 250.354.9459 $200,000

great family Home

5679 longBeacH road


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Beautiful custom designed 5 bdm, 4 bthrm home approx 3500 sqft w/ bright 1 bdrm suite. 9.32 acres partially forested & centrally located between Nelson & Castlegar. Open floor plan, large garage, creek, fruit trees and more! MLS 2407840Â Lisa Cutler 250.551.0076 $675,000

Glen Darough 250.354.3343

Alan Tarr 250.354.8489

Ali Watt 250.551.5235

3 Bedroom 2 bath home, lovely setting on 4.48 acres. Family oriented, new flooring, newer Ikea kitchen, huge deck + sunroom. Gardens, many fruit trees + handy outbuildings. Quiet & private, moments from Kokanee Park. MLS 2405904


Tamara Jenkinson 250.354.3714 $

Barbie Wheaton 250.509.0654

RHC Realty

100% Locally Owned & Independently Operated

Dave Buss 250.354.9459

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This is a 1999 24X44 Moduline Ind. Landmark Series. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths on a corner pad. 5 appliances included. New roof on home & shed, & new covered deck. Pride of ownership is evident here. Mountain view, quiet location. MLS 2402300 Alan Tarr 250.354.8489 $109,900

Sitting just on the outskirts of city limits, less than 5 min from Nelson! These lots have a well in place, power, and septic set up to adjoin the common septic field. Build your dream home on a flat building site! MLS 2407995/ MLS 2407996 Barbie Wheaton $ 120,000/$95,000 250.509.0654

9.56 Sunny Acres, original 3 bdrm farm house & 2 bdrm mobile with addition. Potential hobby farm, gardens, fruit trees. 2 Houses, 2 families, or rental income + potential to subdivide. Great elbow room just 10 mins to town. MLS 2401542 David Gentles 250.354.8225 $374,900


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Less than 5 min from Nelson! 3 Bdrms, 2 baths on a mostly finished basement with potential for a suite. High end finishings, spacious master bdrm with ensuite and large walk-in closet. The exterior boasts a lovely deck facing mountain views. MLS 2404485 Barbie Wheaton 250.509.0654 $455,000

Lisa Cutler 250.551.0076

Find us at 601 Baker St., Nelson BC

Lorne Westnedge 250.505.2606

Beautiful Rosebery, on Slocan Lake. 5 separate, Titled Lots totaling 125x110 feet. Treed & Level. Septic and Well feasibility report on file. This area is in the heart of a marvelous recreation area. MLS 2397391 Alan Tarr 250.354.8489 $49,900

Luke Mori 250.551.4917

Tamara Jenkinson 250.354.3714

Trevor Jenkinson 250.354.8409 Property Manager


Nelson Star, September 18, 2015  

September 18, 2015 edition of the Nelson Star

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