Nelson Star, June 3, 2021

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NEWS Missing artist’s remains found See Page 3

COMMUNITY LVR’s grad cavalcade route set See Page 22




Nelson CARES executive director Jenny Robinson holds the keys to one of the 43 units at Hall Street Place. The new affordable housing building opened to tenants on May 31. For our story, see page 2. Photo: Tyler Harper

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Nelson’s first new affordable housing complex in seven years has opened its doors. Tenants began moving into 43unit Hall Street Place on Monday, over two years after Nelson CARES purchased the land from Culos Development to build the condo development. “This is just absolutely amazing what Nelson CARES was able to do,” said Mayor John Dooley. “Once again they’ve delivered a high-quality project in our community.” The building at 205 Hall Street opens with Nelson in its seventh straight year of a zero vacancy rate. During a tour of the building provided to media Monday, Nelson CARES executive director Jenny Robinson said the majority of tenants were already people searching for housing within the city. “We didn’t advertise at all for this building. We didn’t put an ad in the paper … and we had 280 people walk through the doors and get their name on the list without any prompting,” she said. “So it’s crazy, the demand is very high.” The building features nine units for people on low income, with rents ranging from $375 to $660 per month, 20 units where rents of $650 to $950 are based on income, and 12 market rental units of $975 to $1,625 per month. There are also two three-bedroom units for people with disabilities. Those units, which cost $375 to $445 per month, also feature 24-7 staffing. Robinson said successful applicants were chosen based on sever-





Hall Street Place will also feature the new offices for Nelson CARES. Photo: Tyler Harper al factors including those paying of Hall Street, Dooley said there building, which will feature 39 more than 50 per cent of their in- was hope a large development units with renters paying 30 per come on housing, people homeless would be built on the once-empty cent of their pre-tax income, or or at-risk of homelessness, women lot next to the Nelson and District the maximum amount defined as escaping domestic violence, fami- Community Complex. affordable by the Canada Mort“It’s kind of bringing people to gage and Housing Corporation. lies with children and people living with mobility disabilities. the downtown core. You can walk The last affordable housing To pay for the project, Nelson everywhere from here. We’ve got building to open in Nelson was CARES was provided a $4.3-mil- the fitness centre, the arena, the Anderson Gardens in 2013. But lion grant and $11.6 million in swimming pool, and Finley’s,” said that development, built for low-inrepayable financing from BC Dooley. come seniors and people with disHousing. Columbia Basin Trust “What more do you want? I abilities, did little to salve the city’s also pitched in a grant of $542,000. could move in myself.” housing crunch. Robinson said the project never Hall Street Place is the first of Robinson said Monday she would have happened without gov- three new affordable housing de- didn’t believe Hall Street Place ernment assistance. velopments to be completed in would move the needle much ei“These rents without pub- Nelson. ther. But for the people who are lic money would be $4,000 per Nelson CARES is also construct- moving into their new apartments month, base,” she said. “It’s out ing Lakeside Place at 805 Nelson this month, she said they are in of the stratosphere for us to do this Ave., which will serve seniors and for a treat. adults with disabilities. Robinson without a public partner.” “That’s the joy of watching peoDooley said he appreciated how said she expects the building to ple come in the building and get housed. It’s pretty marvellous to the building fits in with the aesthet- open in October. ic of Hall and Front Streets. As the Work is also underway at 520 see people’s faces when they come city went through its renovations Falls St. on SHARE Housing’s in.”










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Body of missing Nelson artist Darwin Greyeyes found by Tyler Harper

The family of Darwin Greyeyes says they are relieved to find some closure after the Nelson artist’s remains were discovered nearly four years after he went missing. The Nelson Police Department said in a release Monday that Greyeyes’ body was found in the West Arm Provincial Park northeast of Nelson. DNA testing identified Greyeyes, and police added foul play is not suspected. Debbie Cameron, Greyeyes’ sister, told the Nelson Star on Tuesday the wait for news had been the longest four years of her life. “I’m relieved to finally get an answer, because we have held out hope, each in our own way, that maybe he just wanted to be left alone and he was somewhere,” said Cameron from her home in Saskatchewan on the Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree First Nation reserve. “And we respected that if that was his wish. But a small part of us also knew deep down that we were not going to get the answer we wanted.” Greyeyes was known in Nelson as a talented carpenter and artist who took inspiration from his Plains Cree heritage. His work stood out at Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts while he was enrolled in the blacksmithing program, and resonated in the community. But he also suffered from anxiety and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2014. Friends noticed his mental health decline shortly before his disappearance. Darrell Greyeyes, his older LOT 2 HIGHWAY 3A $349,900 MLS#2455415

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In February, Valid Manufacturing purchased the former school district office at 570 Johnstone Road. Its zoning application for the property has nearby residents concerned for the future of their neighbourhood. Photo: Tyler Harper

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A tech company’s plan to set up shop on Nelson’s North Shore is under fire from residents who say they are worried about how the property could be used. In February, Salmon Arm-based Valid Manufacturing, which designs and manufactures electronics, bought the former School District 8 board office building and the 2.59 acres it is on at 570 Johnstone Road for $1.12 million. On a Zoom call including residents May 20, Valid’s CEO Chad Shipmaker said the company will use the location to develop electrical systems for vehicles and also manufacture wire harnesses, which are sheaths that protect the conductors on wires. “The impact on the neighbourhood and the community from our operations, even with the peak of our three-year plan, will be dramatically less than what the school board office actually meant in terms of traffic, light, noise, water usage, all of that stuff,” said Shipmaker. “So we felt it was an appropriate place us and we moved forward.”

Residents expressed support for Valid’s business at the meeting, but not for its application to the Regional District of Central Kootenay that if approved would rezone the property. Currently, 570 Johnstone Road is zoned as Institutional by the RDCK, which allows for uses such as education facilities (the property was home to North Shore Elementary School in the 1960s and later the DESK program in the 1990s), community halls, churches, hospitals and cemeteries. Valid has applied for M1 - Light Industrial zoning, which includes a long list of possible uses such as commercial workshops, cannabis cultivation and processing, warehousing and recycling depots. Shipmaker said M1 was the only zoning category within the RDCK that would allow for an engineering office. But people on the call voiced concerns that if Valid changes its plans or sells the property, it could lead to industrial usage in a quiet residential neighbourhood. “Once you change the zoning you’ve opened up a whole new scenario that then becomes uncontrollable over time. …,” said one

Johnstone Road resident. “The mere fact that you change the zoning from Institutional to Light Industrial automatically changes the nature and character of this community.” Also at issue are a list of amendments the company is asking for, which Shipmaker says would establish a new type of zoning aimed at tech companies. Those additional uses for the land could include tech research and development, a commercial daycare, a private and/or public utility, training facility and even work-live studios. Shipmaker said the company had no intentions of using more than the building’s current footprint, but added the amendments could be additional services provided to Nelson-based staff in the future. “They fit with the kind of business and the knowledge economy that is emerging in British Columbia,” he said. Community members in turn argued against the extensive list of amendments. Several said they preferred site specific zoning, which Shipmaker said was his company’s preference as well.

RDCK CAO Stuart Horn told the Nelson Star in an email that the regional district has created site specific zoning in the past. Valid’s zoning application has not yet been considered by the RDCK. Pacific Insight, the former Nelson tech company that manufactured vehicle electronics, was also invoked several times by Shipmaker and program manager Derek Sandquist during the call. Pacific Insight was purchased by the American company Methode in 2017. Less than two years later the company moved its operations to Mexico. Shipmaker said the Pacific Insight building on Highway 3A west of Nelson was considered as a site for Valid, but it was too large, had a roof in need of repair and Methode was not open to discussing its sale. Valid, he said, has since hired 10 former Pacific Insight staff including Sandquist, who was with Pacific Insight for 20 years. “At the end of the day this is a story of a rural B.C. tech company investing in rural B.C. after a multi-national turned its back on that community,” said Shipmaker. “That’s all we’re trying to do here.”

Police searching for suspects after attempted armed break-in in Salmo by Staff Writer

RCMP are searching for three masked suspects who police say smashed windows at a home near Salmo in the early morning of May 25. In a statement on May 26, police said they responded to an attempted break-and-enter shortly after 3:30 a.m. at a home on the 5100 block of Highway 3.

Three individuals allegedly arrived at the home and began to smash windows. Although the unknown suspects ultimately did not enter inside the home, they were seen in possession of firearms, which were allegedly pointed at occupants inside at the time, said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. Police have examined the scene for physical

evidence, and have been canvassing the area for witnesses or video surveillance footage. The three suspects are thought to have fled westbound toward Trail and Castlegar. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to either call Salmo RCMP at 250-357-2212 or send in an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers Three masked suspects allegedly smashed windows at a residence near Salmo on early Tuesday morning. File photo at 1-800-222-8477.

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Nelson farmers’ market tweaks Wednesdays to attract customers and vendors Top photo: Customers checking out vendor Edmond Segbeaya’s hot sauce at the Cottonwood Market on May 22. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

by Bill Metcalfe

The Nelson Farmers’ Market will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays to better appeal to people who want to visit the market at Cottonwood Park after work. And it won’t be moving back to Baker Street this year. Those were two of the highlights of a presentation by Jordan Martin, manager of the Nelson and District Youth Centre, at Nelson City Council’s May 25 meeting. “Last year we did not see as much traction as we would have liked (on Wednesdays),” she told council, “but this year I believe with (these new hours) we can catch those people who work normal business hours, or who can’t make it down at 9 a.m.” Since the spring of 2020, the markets have been run by the youth centre that in turn is run by the city. Last year the market employed 10 youth. Martin said an increased presence of food vendors will help Wednesday attendance also. “Last year on a survey people said they really wanted food vendors and the goal this year is to bring in a variety of different foods.” She said she hopes the changed hours will see increased Wednesday vendor attendance as well. Martin said this year’s markets, which have been running since May 9, have more than 41 Saturday vendors, matching the peak season numbers last year, and she expects another 10 eventually. Last year’s market provided $40,000 worth of market coupons to families, pregnant people, and seniors through a provincial government program that will contin-

Bottom photo: Customers and vendors at the Cottonwood Market on May 22. In the background: the structure that will become a stage when pandemic restrictions are lifted. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

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Only five new cases of COVID-19 in West Kootenay by Staff Writer

New COVID-19 cases in the West Kootenay have been reduced to nearly zero. There were just five reported cases for the week of May 16 to 22 in the region, according to weekly data provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control. Creston had two cases, while Nelson, Trail and Grand Forks had one each. There were no new cases in the Castlegar, Arrow

Lakes and Kootenay Lake local health areas. The drop in cases was consistent in the East Kootenay as well. Fernie had six new cases, with just two in Cranbrook’s area, one in the Windermere region and none in Kimberley. Interior Health reported just 40 new cases Wednesday, the lowest the health authority had counted since last October. Provincially there were 250 new cases Wednesday.

CO V I D - 1 9 cases have dropped to new lows in the West Kootenay. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control

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Nelson vigil commemorates anniversary of George Floyd’s death by Bill Metcalfe

Vigils in Nelson and many other communities across the continent commemorated the anniversary of the death of George Floyd on May 25. The local event was sponsored by West Kootenay People for Racial Justice and held in front of the Nelson Police Department and the Nelson RCMP. “Today we wanted to honour and remember those whose lives have been lost from violence related to law enforcement, and especially on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and also the loss of lives of so many Canadians,” said Shelina Musaji, one of the organizers. “It is a vigil to honour them and remember.” To avoid the formation of large crowds and comply with pandemic public health orders, participants were asked to come and go as their time allowed throughout the day. Vigil organizers, in a news release, called for people to “bring prayers, candles, songs, signs, pictures, stories, and names of those who have lost their lives to systemic racism, including police and other forms of colonial violence, white supremacy, and patriarchal power Shelina Musaji and her son Roman van ‘t Land at a vigil set up in front of the Nelson Police Department on May 25 to remember people who have died of violence related to law structures.” enforcement. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson offers pandemic recovery grants to non-profits by Bill Metcalfe

The City of Nelson is offering grants to local non-profit organizations to help them through the pandemic. Mayor John Dooley told the Nelson Star that non-profits have been on council’s radar throughout the pandemic because many have experienced lost participant fees and cancelled events, and in some cases this has threatened the existence of the organizations. “We’ve been trying desperately, since COVID struck, to see where we can make a difference,” Dooley said. “And this is another way to do that.” The purpose of the grants is

to help organizations recover and adapt, to rebuild organizational strength, and to build new funding models, he said. The city has allocated $300,000 for these grants, taken from the $2,613,000 it received in November from the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement designed to support facility re-openings and local emergency response in the pandemic. Groups may apply for an amount up to 50 per cent of lost revenue, to a maximum of $15,000. The list of eligibility requirements ( includes the ability to demonstrate lost revenue, status as a

registered non-profit or sponsorship by one, and an active presence in the Nelson area for two years. Eligible expenses are operations and the cost of shifting to future directions. Ineligible expenses include wages, start-up costs, commercial activity, political or religious advocacy, and educational activity by institutions. Applications (https://bit. ly/2R20ZEz) will be accepted only online, sent to by the deadline of June 11 at 3 p.m. City council will adjudicate the applications at a special meeting on June 29, and applicants will be notified on July 6.

The purpose of a new grant program at the City of Nelson is to help non-profit organizations recover and adapt, following losses caused by the pandemic. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

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Kaslo council: Work on the bridge, sewer expansion by John Boivin Local Journalism Initiative, Valley Voice

CAO Ian Dunlop reported to Village council on May 11 that construction on the Kaslo River Bridge replacement has begun and will continue to September 10. Work will continue six days a week, with reduced activity on long weekends. The project will see a temporary bridge put up in June, which will have onelane alternating traffic and traffic control. Pedestrian access to part of the river trail will be blocked off during construction and there’ll be no foot traffic across the bridge during active construction periods. Council’s plans to piggyback a highway crossing for future sewer expansion while the bridge is being replaced are not going as smoothly as hoped. The Village applied for a grant to cover the cost of the project, but the grant hasn’t come through yet. “So here we are with an opportunity to get the work done for less than half the cost, but we don’t have grant funding to cover it,” Dunlop told council. So staff recommended that council go ahead and commit to the sewer crossing, with the Village paying for it out of the sewer capital reserve fund. “It’s an opportunity to get work done now instead of ripping up pavement in three years’ time when the sewer project moves forward,” added Dunlop, saying the project was estimated to cost $47,000 if done during the bridge replacement – a fraction of the estimated cost. After some debate, council approved spending the money. “I think it’s a great opportunity and we should come up with the money to commit,” said Councillor Kellie Knoll, voting for spending the money now. “The project is essential for how we’ll expand in this town.” Once the sewer is extended in a few years, there will be a parcel tax to replace the reserves the Village spends now. Kaslo River Dike The work plan for the

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Help Wanted Kaslo Village Hall. File photo Kaslo River Dike project is before the Department of Fisheries. Dunlop says he’s hoping the Village will be granted a permit through a letter of compliance, and have the project avoid the formal review process. “They’re mainly concerned about how much of the riparian area will be impacted by the construction,” said Dunlop. “In fact, because of erosion there, we have lost a lot of riparian habitat, so we hope we can move forward to preserve what we have left.” Pride plan given green light Council approved a request by Kaslo’s local Pride Committee to close 4th Street between A Avenue and Front Street to allow for the painting of a rainbow flag on Friday, June 4. Staff will be asked to clean the street well (organizers think last year’s rainbow crosswalk didn’t adhere well because of a dirty painting surface). Volunteers painting the crosswalk that evening will be supplied with high-vis vests by the Village. Council also approved reading the official Pride proclamation and flying the Pride flag over city hall for the month the next day, Saturday June 5. That motion was opposed by Councillor Henry van Mill, who suggested the flag be flown from the Kemball building

or some other civic property. Tree plan needs time Council agreed to extending the Tree Planting Plan until mid-June of this year. Contractor Patricia Leier says she needs the extra time to establish a prioritized list of locations for new tree plantings, and a list of species for specific locations to offset the deficit created in relation to tree removals. “Tree plantings will be calculated using the tree policy information of two trees for every one removed,” Leier reported to council. The Village crew is also going to get technical instruction on the planting, care and maintenance of young trees, and how to protect them from wildlife. Council granted the fourweek extension, noting it was not going to cost any more money. Kemp Creek dam repairs Council received a proposal from Kerr Wood Leidal Associates and approved spending $25,000 on engineering and construction management for the Kemp Creek dam, the reservoir for the Village’s water supply that was damaged in heavy thunderstorms last May. Dunlop says they’re still working on the scope of the engineering that has to be done this season. They’re also waiting to hear back from the insur-

er about covering the cost of the project, though the Village has been told that engineering costs will be covered as part of the project management. The Village put out tenders on the job last year, but all the bids came in over budget. This year, Dunlop says, they’ve broken up the job into smaller components. The main ones, the concrete repairs, would be the largest, but other jobs may be able to be farmed out to small contractors or even done in-house. “We feel confident this is the right approach,” he told council. New trailhead Council approved a proposal by Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society to re-locate the True Blue Trail Network trailhead sign and to develop a parking area at the southwest corner of Kaslo West Road and Bjerkness Road. They’ll also close the parking area near the runway. Budget bylaw adopted Council passed, pretty well without comment, its financial plan for this year and projections forward to 2026. This year’s budget had called for a four per cent increase in taxes (after last years’ zero per cent increase, that works out to the inflation rate over two years) and a new parcel tax to raise funds for sewer

maintenance. But the residential rate dropped slightly after the final totals were calculated. “On the Village portion of residential taxes, the tax rates went down by 9.16 per cent,” says Dunlop. “Average property value assessments went up by 11.4 per cent from 2020 to 2021, so a homeowner who saw their assessment go up by the average will see a 1.8 per cent net increase in the Village portion of taxes.” Tax rates are based on a rate per $1,000 of assessed value. The overall residential tax rate, once the regional district, hospital, school and police taxes was added, is actually going down by four per cent – but other factors affect that. “Unfortunately, there will be a jump in industrial and business rates because the province cut the school tax rate for industrial and business by half last year but did not provide that relief again this year,” says Dunlop. Both the five-year financial plan, tax rate bylaw, and parcel tax bylaws for water and sewer were all affirmed. You have to be a little more on the ball to get your taxes paid this year. The province delayed the penalty date to Oct. 1 last year but it is back to the normal date this year, July 2.

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Reopening the Civic Theatre: a great time to see a movie by Eleanor Stacey Nelson Civic Theatre


ast week, B.C. unveiled its multi-step plan to reopen our province in the wake of COVID-19, working towards getting things back on track for all of us. For us at The Civic Theatre, this was a big announcement — we have now been closed for more than six months straight, resulting in a loss of more than 90 per cent of our earned income for the current fiscal year. Thanks to support from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Columbia Basin Trust, Vancouver Foundation, BC Arts Council and our community of members and donors, we have weathered this extenuating circumstance better than

a lot of nonprofits and businesses alike. That said, we are not emerging unscathed either. We have an accumulated deficit growing as we approach our July 31 fiscal year end, and need to restock and clean to welcome audiences back into our space. While full of unprecedented challenges, the past year has also brought with it all sorts of great developments for us as well. The addition of Reo’s Video, our drivein movies, the Rural Arts Inclusion Lab, the Civic’s artist residency program, and the new Kootenay Regional Film Commission are all projects that were borne under COVID-19. Some were planned, others incidental, but all impacted in their design and production by

the physical distancing necessary in our time. Today, there remain so many unknowns. If the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to go down, the province can take its next step in the reopening plan on June 15, which would enable us to open our doors to audiences of 50 people at a time. We hope that things will continue to go well, and we’ll be back to our full capacity of 306 seats by July 1. There are a lot of variables that will contribute to what is possible and when. In the meantime, we are preparing for all the possibilities so that depending on what is permitted, we will be ready. Our new private “bubble” screenings for audiences of two, up to six and up to 10 people are one such new

introduction. Seeing as we are only allowed 10 audience members in our space at a time right now, it is the best choice we can make. Like all businesses affected by COVID-19 closures in our province, we’ve had to be patient. We’ve done our best to be compliant and respectful, knowing how hard the Provincial Health Office has had to work to ensure the safety of our communities through these difficult times. That said, it’s been difficult to stand by in silence when our sector (cinemas and other performing arts venues) have been closed the longest. It makes us look like places that are less safe than others that have been permitted to operate at varying levels and capacities over the last year. The truth is that there have been

no cases of COVID-19 in cinema audiences in Canada. Movie theatres, with our cathedral-height ceilings and spacious seats, our capacity to steward people through our lobbies, and our quiet, forward-facing seated audiences are ostensibly among the safest kinds of indoor spaces one can imagine. I am hoping that this conversation about what denotes a safe space from COVID-19 will be behind us all soon. In the meantime, it is simply a pleasure to welcome our patrons back into our theatre in small groups to start, and our whole community again soon. We look forward to seeing you at the movies! Eleanor Stacey is the executive director of Nelson Civic Theatre Society.

Letters Scientists should collaborate to protect old growth Re: In the forest, a Nelson scientist discovers trees take care of their own, May 27 I read the article from Nelson scientist Suzanne Simard and plan to buy her book, Finding the Mother Tree: Discover-

ing the Wisdom of the Forest. A suggestion, don’t know if it’s been done, but I would love to see a letter from a collaborative group of scientists to the government that is made public, supporting the idea of a selective logging approach, and defending our primary forest’s

right to stand. With the issue of old growth logging happening, it’s business as usual in the wake of our dwindling old growth stands. Only 415,000 hectares are left, and we need all hands onboard. Everyone of us concerned about its protection, of the importance mother

trees have in supplying nutrients to the seedlings, write a letter our government. They should represent us. Show them what you stand for. Email, phone 250-387-1715, or mail box 9041 STN Prov Gov’t Victoria, BC V8W 9E1. June Hamlet Nelson

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Gratitude for Kootenay Lake Hospital I recently had an emergency and it was a threeday stay at the Nelson hospital and I must say that the entire crew of ambulances paramedics, hospital doctors, my family doctor as well as the nurses, aides did show their professionalism and how they all worked together. Would not be right to just name just one person as all desire the same spotlight. The hospital food was very good. Even though I was sick, I still had a good appetite and no food was wasted. My compliments to the chef and the entire food crew. Thank you all for the fantastic service you all provided to me and your other patients. May God bless you all. Gene Mauriello Nelson

NDP are masters of the ‘log and talk’ game Re: Nelson scientists release maps of old growth forests, urge province to stop cutting, May 27 The criticism and release of BC’s old growth forest maps by Dr Rachel Holt of Veridian Ecological Consultants is old news. Comprehensive mapping of BC’s southern interior inland temperate rain forest ancient and old growth forest was done by Valhalla Wilderness Society 20 years ago, spearheaded by Colleen McCrory. It has been no secret as to the whereabouts of these ancient ecosystems, contrary to the claims by Dr. Rachel Holt when she says, “This government has a history of starting out to do the right thing, but gets cold feet and looks only through timber supply lenses when they make decisions.”

BC’s NDP and Liberals have calculated their efforts to clear-cut all of B.C.’s primitive ecosystems and fast forward the extinction of all of B.C.’s wide ranging species. Their feet are cold because B.C.’s timber barons and the banks and credit unions have mortgaged thousands of logging trucks and countless billions in logging equipment. The BC NDP are masters at the “log and talk” game. There is no “lack of clarity on the data and maps” as claimed by Rachel Holt. In fact it is very clear that the NDP government has increased old growth logging rates. They know the jig is up and want to cream off the last of the old growth before public awareness and civil protest becomes too strong. Tom Prior Nelson

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‘Delicate, sensitive process:’ Expert talks on searching for burial sites with radar


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Searching for unmarked burial sites is a painstaking process that not all Indigenous communities could be immediately ready for after the remains of more than 200 children were found at a former residential school in British Columbia, says an anthropologist who has done similar projects on the Prairies. “Just a note of caution – we can’t just show up with our equipment and run surveys tomorrow,” says Kisha Supernant, an anthropology professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. “This is a delicate, sensitive process that requires such care. And communities must decide what would be the right way forward.” Supernant, who is also Métis and a descendant of the Papaschase First Nation, says residential schools often had children from many different Nations attend, so communities must also come together to ensure any search work done is in keeping with cultural practices. Last week, the chief of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced that the remains of 215 children had been found buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Chief Rosanne Casimir said the children, some as young as three, were students at the school, which was once the largest in Canada’s residential school system. Kamloops Indian Residental School operated between 1890 and 1969. The federal government took over operation from the Catholic Church to operate it as a day school until it closed in 1978. Casimir said technology such as ground-penetrating radar allowed for a true accounting of the missing children and will hopefully bring some peace and closure to those lives lost. Supernant uses the same technology to help Indigenous communities survey burial grounds. She and her team have worked with the Enoch Cree and Papaschase First Nations in the Edmonton area. Ground-penetrating radar consists of a small antenna shaped as a box, which is dragged along the surface of the ground while sending a signal into the soil, she says. If there is a difference between the surrounding soil and a particular location, it changes the signal.

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Jonny Williams (Xotxwes), of the Sto:lo Nation, holds eagle feathers as he helps guide his late ancestors from an unmarked, undocumented burial site to a canoe so they can travel home, outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Kamloops on Monday. The remains of 215 children have been discovered buried near the former school. Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press “In the case of looking for unmarked graves and radar has been used at the former site of the burial locations, what this piece of equipment is Shubenacadie residential school, but no graves able to show are areas that have been disturbed,” or human remains have been found. Supernant explains. The Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative and the As“When you dig a grave, the soil changes — the sembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs said composition changes, the density can change — archaeological investigations continue at the site and the ground-penetrating radar can actually north of Halifax “With so many schools across the country, we pick up that change.” Her team pulls the equipment over the ground are very aware that this is not an isolated incident,” in a grid of 25-centimetre intervals, using fre- the statement said. quencies best suited to detect changes two to The Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative said it has been three metres deep. working for several years with Dorene Bernard, She worked on one project involving a resi- a survivor of the school and a respected elder in dential school in 2018 in Saskatchewan. She and the community. her team helped find remains of students of the The group also said is looking at other possible Muscowequan Indian Residential School located locations to search with radar, including a nearby near Lestock. lake. “We all want to ensure that the site is fully Supernant says she expected to get more re- investigated as this work is extremely important quests after that project, but acknowledges that to our people.” many Indigenous communities have a lot of Supernant says while the discovery in Kamloops pressing needs, such as mental health supports, is devastating, she is not surprised. “I know every school had a graveyard of some housing and clean drinking water. “Many communities don’t have access to the kind and we can only expect to see more stories resources and the funding,” Supernant says. “And like this coming out. And communities really need while, of course, this is very important, it’s also to be supporting in trying to find their relatives.” very difficult work and needs to be properly reMost importantly, Supernant says, the projects have to be community-led and culturally sensitive. sourced.” But Supernant says she expects to get more “There has to be space for ceremony, because calls after the discovery in Kamloops, which has this is very sacred,” she says. “This involved these ancestors, these children, received attention countrywide. In Nova Scotia, two groups that represent the whose spirits often haven’t been cared for in the province’s Mi’kmaq population issued a joint ways their relatives need them to be cared for.” —Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press statement Monday saying ground-penetrating

Logging trucks briefly stopped in Nelson by Staff Writer

Members of the group Extinction Rebellion briefly stopped logging trucks in Nelson on May 29 in solidarity with blockaders of old growth forest logging at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island. “The focus of the gathering is to raise the conscience of the community regarding the logging of old growth forests and pressuring the minister for forestry to stop the logging of old growth forests in B.C.,” the group stated in a news release. Extinction Rebellion described itself as “a global movement that uses peaceful civil disobedience to draw attention to the urgent action that is required to avoid the worst impacts of climate and ecological breakdown.”


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The writers you’ll be reading next by Anne DeGrace Festival Tales

Great writers don’t emerge fully fledged. “I think that I shall never see,” the hatchlings twitter, “a poem as lovely as this tree.” And then they spread their wings and learn to avoid cliches, kill their darlings, and, thankfully, discover new metaphors. The Elephant Mountain Literary Festival, now celebrating its 10th year, is a readers’ and writers’ festival that embraces all sides of literary creation. Running online this year from July 7 to 11, the festival showcases a selection of Canada’s finest authors alongside some of our exceptional local talent — all of whom began as writerly nestlings. In the interest of fledging the next batch of literary high-flyers, EMLF offers

opportunities for writers to sharpen their beaks — er, pens. Readers take note: these are the writers you might be reading next. They may author the poem that makes you swoon, the memoir that breaks your heart, the story that tickles your funny bone, the play that brings the house down, or the graphic novel that knocks your socks off. Writers, read on. There are four small-group, online workshops, each comprised of two sessions over Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11, as well as blue pencil critique sessions. Clem Martini teaches Curtains Up!, a workshop for budding playwrights and screenwriters. This is a chance to learn from a writer who has flown the distance, with more than 30 plays and 10 books

of fiction and nonfiction. He is the Chair of Drama in the School of Creative Performing Arts at the University of Calgary, where he teaches Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Theatre for Young Audiences. Carla Funk teaches Poetry in Motion, which focusses on the process of the craft. Carla teaches in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria. She is the author of four books of poetry and is a former Poet laureate for Victoria. Her most recent book is a memoir, Every Little Scrap and Wonder, a gorgeous book that offers insight into the childhood of this gifted poet. Cartoonist Sami Alwani offers a different storytelling spin: how to take personal experiences and transform them through the craft of narrative comics and fiction. This artist,

whose work has appeared in Vice and American Comics, also won the prestigious Doug Wright Award in 2018, and we are delighted to have him with us. His first collection of stories, The Pleasure of the Text, is out now with Conundrum Press. Jenna Butler offers nature-writing in a workshop entitled Wild Words, and she is just the person to teach it. Three books of poetry, a travelogue, and two collections of ecological essays make up Jenna’s list of critically-acclaimed titles, the most recent being Revery: A Year of Bees, published last year by Wolsak and Wynn. Her research into endangered environments has taken her across the globe. In addition to these workshops, writers can submit samples of their work for one-on-one online critique.

The Holley Rubinsky Memorial Blue Pencil Sessions, named for the late Kaslo author, will this year be offered by Jenna Butler (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction) and myself, Anne DeGrace (fiction and creative nonfiction). Jenna offered Blue Pencil sessions last year, and the response was so positive we asked her back. My bio, and the bios of all of our authors and presenters, are at Writers, are your pinfeathers ruffled in anticipation? Readers, are you ready to hear some newly hatched words? It all comes home to roost on Sunday, July 11 at 2 p.m. when workshop participants share their words and the annual Richard Carver Award for Emerging Writers is presented. Get ready to feather your nests.

Sami Alwani teaches a workshop about creating comics from personal experience at the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival in July. Photo: Kirk Lisage EMLF 2021 has a chock-full schedule of talks and readings by fascinating writers, panel discussions, and workshops. Follow this weekly column leading up to the festival and go to for all the details.

91st annual Kootenay Festival of the Arts held despite pandemic Submitted by Kootenay Festival of the Arts

The very first Kootenay Music Festival was held on May 29 and 30, 1930, in Nelson’s venerable Opera House. The organizers wrote, “A music festival is a good thing in itself. It is chiefly beneficial to the young who through the competitions have an opportunity of learning much about music that they could learn in no other way.” So began the oldest musical tradition of the Kootenays. The Kootenay Festival of the Arts (KFA), as it is presently known, was set to celebrate its 90th anniversary in the spring of

2020 when pandemic and associated travel restrictions forced it to shut its doors just weeks ahead of its many scheduled events. It was just one of the many cancellations and disappointments of that spring, but in the history of the festival, it was a significant occasion. The only other event that ever prevented the Kootenay Festival from taking place was the Second World War. Last year was devastating for performing arts in general, but young musicians at the beginning of their musical journey were hit particularly hard. Despite the challenges, many have continued practising and studying on their own

or online hoping for an eventual return to normal. Unfortunately, by early 2021 it became clear that the festival venues will once again remain closed and the valiant 91-year-old festival had to acquire new skills and go online in order to continue its mission of inspiring and educating. KFA 2021 was a scaleddown event, with only the wind and brass section blazing the online trail, but there were silver linings to the virtual format of this year’s festival. Participants, all L.V. Rogers students and part of the same learning cohort, were able to gather in the LVR band room. They were joined virtually by a

L-R: Aaron Pasacreta, Nicolaj Bucher, Jade Eaton-Heagle. Jake Maslak and Tamias Elder. Bucher and the quintet were the recipients of Ian Douglas Smith bursary during the Kootenay Festival of the Arts. Photo: Madeleine Guenette supportive audience from ognized trumpet player. It While non-competitive in near and far, and, best of was a fantastic opportuni- nature, the Kootenay Fesall, by the esteemed adjudi- ty for Kootenay students to tival of the Arts recognizes cator, Marcus Goddard, an work with Goddard and excellence with awards and award winning composer receive invaluable feed- nominations to the provinand internationally rec- back. cial festival. This year, the


Ian Douglas Smith bursary was awarded jointly to Nicolaj Bucher for his solo trumpet performances, and the jazz quintet LVJ5 in the chamber group category. Bucher was recommended to provincials and will represent the Kootenays in the Intermediate Brass category. From Nelson’s old Opera House to the Zoom conference call, Kootenay Festival of the Arts lives on and is expected to go back to its full glory in its Nelson 2022 edition. Please visit the festival website at to learn about ways you can support this wonderful Kootenay tradition and young musicians of the area.


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Pride at the Nelson library by Avi Silberstein

Over a hundred years ago, in 1918, a pair of Montreal writers did something nobody had done before in North America. Their names were Elsa Gidlow and Roswell George Mills, and they were part of a local writing group. What Elsa (a poet) and Roswell (a journalist) did was start an underground magazine that they mimeographed themselves, or what we’d now call a zine. This magazine, which they named Les Mouches fantastiques (The Fantastic Files) was the first LGBTQthemed publication in North American history. From the very beginning it was a hit. It was widely distributed, with copies passed along from person to person until they reached as far away as Cuba. Unfortunately, our library doesn’t have a copy of this historical magazine. What we do have, however, is a growing collection of LGBTQ+ materials for all ages. We’ve put together a list of LGBTQ+ children’s books

that includes board books (My Family, Your Family!), picture books (Julián is a Mermaid), non-fiction books (Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag), chapter books (George) and graphic novels (Aquicorn Cove). Our LGBTQ+ teen books include the graphic novel series Heartstopper and Check, Please!, as well as Rainbow Rowell’s novels Carry On and Wayward Son, to name just a few. As for adult books, we recommend you check out local writer Jane Byers’ Small Courage: A Queer Memoir of Finding Love and Conceiving Family, Samra Habib’s We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir, Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed, and Amelia Abraham’s Queer Intentions: A (personal) Journey through LGBTQ+ Culture, as well as the many LGBTQ+ novels in our collection. Here at the library, when we scan your library card our computers show us both your legal name and your preferred

name. We’ve had lots of folks of all ages tell us their preferred names (and pronouns) — please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like us to make any changes to the information we have on file for you. After all, this is your library. It exists to serve the community. Here in Nelson, we are honoured to live in a community that is diverse and proud. Libraries all across the world are doing their part to support the LGBTQ+ movement. I’d like to think that if they were still alive today, Elsa and Roswell would agree. Because there are only a few copies of Les Mouch- The Nelson Public Library has LGBTQ+ books for all ages. Photo: Submitted es fantastiques known to still exist today. And those copies are, of course, being carefully preserved at libraries. Avi Silberstein is the children’s librarian at the Nelson Public Library. Check This Out runs every other week. If you’re interested in learning more about library programs and services, sign up for our Your Precious Metals Dealer in the Kootenays monthly newsletter on our website or by giving us a call. 715 Vernon St, Nelson | 250- 354-1441 | Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm

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Nelson to pave waterfront path on Kootenay Lake at sports fields by Bill Metcalfe

This year the City of Nelson will pave the stretch of Nelson’s waterfront pathway that runs from Save-OnFoods past the sports fields to the west side of Lakeside Park. “The idea is to improve conditions for people who find it challenging to use a gravel path, and make

public spaces usable for everyone,” said city planner Sebastien Arcand at council’s May 25 meeting. Walkers, wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and strollers can be difficult to use on the path at many times of year, he said. The path is difficult to maintain because it is icy in the winter and damp in the spring.

And the city’s sidewalk snowplow does not work well on gravel surfaces. “Opportunities for outdoor recreation (hiking, skiing, mountain biking, etc.) are bountiful in Nelson and surrounding areas,” written materials Arcand presented to council state. “However, they often cater towards the ‘strong

and fearless’ segment of the population. The Lakeside Park and waterfront trail is an amenity that is located on one of the very few flat areas in our city.” This project was approved by council earlier this year based on the expectation that it would receive a $140,000 grant from the federal government’s Healthy Communities Initiative. When that grant application was unsuccessful, city staff suggested taking advantage of the federal and provincial governments’ recent doubling of their Community Works grant for this year. The city already has that grant and the paving project qualifies for it. The purpose of the May 25 discussion was for council to approve this change of fund-

The waterfront path from the west side of Lakeside Park to the mall is currently surfaced with gravel. Photo: Bill Metcalfe ing, which it did. of the soccer fields is the inside of the path conflict point and enCouncillor Rik paved and skateboard- for most of its length forcement issues,” he Logtenberg was con- ers don’t use that. and it would be a said. “In the BC Active cerned that a paved Councillor Keith significant change in Transportation Guide path would be an Page was concerned the project to widen they recommend not invitation to skate- about bikes and pedes- it. He suggested cy- using centre lines unboarders. The city’s trians not being a good clists can still use the less it is very busy.” chief financial officer mix and wondered path in a safe manner Councillor Janice Colin McClure said about the possibility with the right signage Morrison asked about skateboarders tend of widening the path indicating that it is a drainage from a paved to prefer hills, and he and putting a dividing recreational path and surface. McClure said pointed out that the line on it. people are expected to the pavement will be street and parking lot Arcand said there move slowly. drained and conon the opposite side are trees planted on “Centre lines create a toured.

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py, etc. Even though you are exercising on your own, you are in great company knowing everyone is participating alongside you, virtually together! During the challenge, you will be sent a weekly update of the accumulated distance we’ve travelled and we will share fascinating information about four regions in Zambia, the beloved homeland of Nelson Gran Marylee Banyard. We stride to raise funds and show solidarity

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COVID-19 has forced plenty of lifestyle changes, but cycling is one fitness activity people have enjoyed throughout the pandemic. To celebrate that form of two-wheeled freedom Go By Bike Week starts Monday, May 31, and runs until Sunday, June 6. The event is happening province wide, but communities host their own activities throughout the week. Cycling has helped British Columbians cope with stress, take breaks from screens and stay active outdoors, according to the GoByBike B.C. Society. The group wants people to ride their bikes as much as possible during GoByBike Week by cycling around their neighbourhoods, biking on local trails or organizing rides with friends in their bubbles. For a chance to win prizes – including an Exodus Travels cycling adventure for two in Croatia – and log their rides, participants can register for free at www.GoByBikeBC. ca. Riders can also link

MLA Katrine Conroy recently got a lesson in riding an adaptive bike at a trail near Nakusp. File photo their GoByBike and Strava cial media contests where accounts and automatically participants can win a limited enter prize draws as they ride. edition United By Cycling hat Students have a chance to and other prizes. win more prizes by entering Due to the increase in the Bike Reels Student Video cycling across B.C. during Contest by creating a short GoByBike Week, all British video sharing how cycling Columbians are reminded helped during the pandem- to make space when passing ic, tips for safe cycling, why someone riding a bicycle. cycling is good for the en- Learn about B.C. Cycling vironment, or other cycling Coalition’s Safe Passing cambenefits. paign at GoByBikeB.C. on ing and visit Facebook, Instagram and for safety tips for all road Twitter to participate in so- users.

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How to view and photograph grizzly bears safely by Rosie Wijenberg

Here in the West Kootenay, one of our most spectacular wild neighbours is the grizzly bear. After many years of declining numbers, our local grizzly bear populations are slowly increasing despite them being the slowest reproducing land mammal in North America. Locally, they may be visible in the spring, feeding in areas of lush greenery and are sometimes spotted alongside highways and roads. With people eager to get a closer look or take photos of the bears, roadside viewing can lead to a number of undesirable outcomes. In May of this year, a woman was charged by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park after she approached the bear and her two cubs to capture an image with her phone. Female grizzly bears are known for being very protective of their offspring. It is never a good idea to approach

any bear to take a photo. It can lead to a defensive attack or the bear may become spooked and run into traffic. The bear may also feel stressed and leave the area, which may have been an important source of food when they are trying to replenish their stores after a long winter. Another undesirable impact of bear-viewing is the potential to lead to human habituation. This happens when a bear becomes increasingly tolerant to humans in close proximity. Maintaining space between people and bears is one of the most critical aspects of safe coexistence. Bears that are habituated to people are more likely to explore human settlements to seek out potential foraging options. Bears will soon discover that humans have abundant sources of food that are easily accessible in communities such as fruit and unsecured garbage. It is safer for us and for bears that they remain uneasy

A grizzly bear and cubs. Photo: Wikimedia Commons near people and avoid en- who said, “People are contering communities with stantly stopping on the highway, taking photos, human activity. When we habituate bears having picnics, getting to our human presence close to bears, trespassing for the sake of a photo, on private property. The we need to consider the bears get more and more impact to local commu- habituated to humans and nities. WildSafeBC spoke their comfort bubble exto person near a popular pands. This is dangerous roadside viewing location, for residents, for those

doing the viewing and for the bears.’’ The most respectful and safest way to view bears and other wildlife is through binoculars or spotting scopes. If you enjoy photography, invest in a long zoom lens so that you can capture wildlife from a distance. If you

do see a bear grazing by the roadside, slow down if safe to do so but avoid stopping. Stopping by the side of the road can lead to bear jams as others are likely to follow your lead. This can lead to vehicle collisions or the bear becoming spooked and being hit. If the road is little trav-

elled and you can pull over safely and well out of the way, you may wish to stop briefly to view a bear but do not leave your vehicle and do not linger. Bears are a fascinating and iconic species. Safe co-existence rests on all of us being responsible when we enjoy the outdoors and avoiding the temptation to put ourselves and bears at risk for the sake of a grainy photo. If you do see unsafe behaviour, be sure to report it to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-9527277. It is illegal to feed or bait dangerous animals in B.C. A person can also be charged under the BC Wildlife Act if they herd or harass wildlife using a motor vehicle or other mechanical device. Thank you for helping to keep bears wild and our communities safe. WildSafeBC community co-ordinator Rosie Wijenberg can be reached at selkirkpurcells@wildsafebc. com.

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A Memorable Season Draws to a Close Son of John is the last show of the season and will premiere on June 5th at 7:30pm. This country/roots duo features father and son, Johnny and Javan Johnson who hail from Castlegar. Son of John is the real deal when it comes to country songs with their rootsy instrumentations – fiddle, mandolin, banjos and dobros – capturing an authentic acoustic sound. Even without their full band on stage, this live show will bring the two-step to the party as they croon with harmonies that only the same DNA can create. As always, this show will remain available to purchase tickets and stream on-demand for one week after it premieres Tickets for this show are $10 plus fees and can be found on our website at .

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Following the finale of our season, we will be presenting two youth clowning workshops taught by Nayana Fielkov (Ragmop Theatre) and her assistant, Megan Hyslop (residing in Kaslo) who has a PhD in clowning – and that’s no joke! The first workshop series will be for youth aged 11-15 and take place June 14th-18th from 3:30-6:00pm. The second workshop is for young adults aged 16-21 on June 20th and 21st from 6:00-8:30pm. Depending on what the current Provincial Health Orders are, these workshops will either take place in The Capitol or at an outdoor location. The youth workshop is $80 plus taxes, and the young adult workshop is $100 plus taxes. Spaces for these workshops are limited and interested participants should call the Capitol Theatre box office between 12:00-2:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, at 250.352.6363 to register. For the second year now, The Capitol Theatre will be producing the annual Canada Day Celebration as an online event. With a focus on multiculturalism and showcasing local performers, you can be assured that this year’s showcase will be worth tuning into.

Youth aged 11-15: June 14th-18th, 3:30-6pm $80 +tax - 12 spots! Young adults aged 16-21: June 20th&21st, 6-8:30pm $100 +tax - 12 spots!

This has been a season like no other with many iterations of our shows - at first, in a familiar form for small audiences with 4 shows, but by November we needed to adapt to accommodate restrictions and over the remainder of the season produced 2 livestreams and 16 pre-recorded on-demand performances. Our Annual Indigenous Cultural Celebration was presented online with 9 events and 3 Zoom conversations. All of these showcased virtual offerings of dance, music and theatre afforded us an opportunity not only for local viewership, but also the chance for many to tune in from around the world. Our technical staff certainly rose to the challenge to provide us with this way to engage our community and invite a new international audience. The Capitol Theatre staff would like to thank all our sponsors and funders for making our season possible and extend gratitude to our performers and audiences for embracing the many changes in order to stay connected through the arts. It was this level of support and involvement that ensured we were able to bring these events to the stage. For more information on shows or to purchase tickets, head to or call the box office at 250.352.6363

All Things Considered: a really magical exhibition Nelson, BC (May 26, 2021): A child sits for a portrait. The setting is a barren, rocky landscape. Next to the child is an elk. The child’s hair is tangled in the elk’s antlers. They have matching tattoos. This progression from the mundane to the fantastic is the exploration of magical realism, a genre that Edmonton-born painter Cynthia Fuhrer is in full command of. Her newest exhibition, All Things Considered, which opens at Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History on Saturday, June 12, features “Tangled Together”, described above, as well as “Crowned Prince”, which depicts a young boy standing next to a moose with gilded antlers, both facing the viewer with featureless expressions, while standing on a river made of a Persian rug; “Embroidered Hearts”, featuring a woman wearing a viking helmet, stitching a heart onto her chest using string that is attached to the heart of the deer standing next to her; and many more, each more intriguing and surprising than the last.



(image: “Tangled Together”, Cynthia Fuhrer, Oil on Birch panel, 48”, 2019)

“No being exists in isolation. We know now we are not separate from the natural world, we are intrinsically connected to it. We are constantly presented evidence of the world changing, protesting changes that we are causing,” Fuhrer explains in her artist statement. “The world is losing forests and animals at an alarming rate. Starving and displaced wildlife are an alarm, a wake up call, for a future in which we create a struggle for ourselves to survive. No matter how dressed up we are, we are biological creatures, and our environment effects our well being as it does the smallest of insects and largest of animals. If it effects one, it effects all.” All Things Considered is the whimsical icebreaker to the oft-maligned conversation about conservation efforts, climate change and land use. It’s an enchanting reminder that while we may have lost sight of our connection to the natural world, that the connection exists nonetheless, and needs to be nurtured if there is to be anything left for the future generations depicted in the paintings. wuc wc.ths uchstes osnn esn onca to ou hostone elselosn c.caa for news about exhibitionThe exhibition runs June 12 to August 8 in Gallery B. Please visit w related programming, hours of operation, updates on the repointing project, and more.

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Glacier Gymnastics wins 93 medals at host Kootenay Zone Championships Submitted by Glacier Gymnastics

Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics hosted the 2021 Virtual Kootenay Zone Championships, which took place over the last month. One hundred gymnasts from Trail, Castlegar, Cranbrook and Kimberley participated in the event vying for individual allaround and event titles. The Glacier team won 93 medals, eight of which were first-place all around championship titles. Glacier Gymnastics’ recent provincial championship Junior Olympic gymnasts continued their winning streak in the Junior Olympic Level 6 and 7 categories. Medal highlights in the Level 6, under-13 category, included Jersey Skolka claiming the all around gold medal, just ahead of teammate Anni van Hellemond who won the silver medal, followed by Anika Denkovski winning the bronze. Sarah Stew captured the bronze on floor and Emerson Mandseth took the silver on beam. In the Level 6, 13-and-up category, Molly Anderson claimed the all around gold medal followed closely by Selina Kromer-Anton winning the silver and Lumay Plautz taking the bronze. In the Junior Olympic Level 7 – all ages category, Glacier once again

Glacier Gymnastics athletes brought home plenty of hardware after hosting a virtual Kootenay Zone Championships. Photo: Submitted swept the podium, with Dafni van “This is a great end to a successful changes, the girls still looked polished Hellemond on the top with the all season for our Junior Olympic com- and performed well.” around gold, Anouk Prud’homme petitors,” said Glacier Gymnastics The 17 Glacier gymnasts competing capturing silver and Asia Szczepanski head coach Sandra Long, who added in the Xcel category claimed all five taking the bronze. Macy Loutit won her athletes added new skills for this of the all around titles. In the Xcel the silver medal on bars. competition. “With all the routine Bronze category, Luciana Brandao

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won the all around gold medal with Ella Morris taking the bronze. In the Xcel Silver, under-12 age group, Teija Hartman vaulted to the top of the podium taking the gold medal all around, and Synnove Lansgard was right behind claiming the silver. Anni-Mae Bruce took home a bronze medal on beam. Glacier cleaned up on the allaround podium in the Xcel Silver, 12-and-up category, with Sasha Eaton winning the gold, Moly Dool the silver and Emily Horn the bronze. Sophia With claimed the silver medal on bars. In the Xcel Gold, under-13 age group, Jeanne Troutet capture gold all around, Elsa Troutet claimed bronze on bars, Adelaide Maley took the silver on the floor and Lillianna Mucha won silver on bars Kallie Badry captured the gold all around in the Xcel Gold, 13-and-up age group, Jazmine Mangapot took the bronze. Penelope Dawson won the bronze on bars. The Glacier coaching team is delighted with the performances of the team’s Xcel competitors. “Their dedicated training has paid off for them,” says Long. “If our new competitors continue their progress we will see a bigger and more successful team attending B.C. Championships next season.”

The City of Nelson recognizes the hardships that many organizations have endured during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. In alignment with their strategic goal to Expand Local Jobs and Local Prosperity, Mayor and Council have approved a grant program to assist non-profit & community organizations that continue to be significantly impacted by lost earned revenue as a result of the pandemic. The funds in this program are intended to support non-profit & community organizations impacted by lost participant fees, and cancelled community programs and events.

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Water restrictions in effect for RDCK rural water systems by Staff Writer

Starting Tuesday, June 1, stage 1 water conservation measures go into effect for all Regional District of Central Kootenay rural water systems. The measures include: • Watering of lawns (including new lawns), gardens, trees, and shrubs may only be done between the hours of 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. • Watering using drip irrigation, a

watering can, and or hand-held hose is permitted at any time. The measures apply to water systems in Balfour, Burton, Denver Siding, Duhamel Creek, Edgewood, Erickson/Arrow Creek, Fauquier, Grandview Properties, Lister, Lucas Road, McDonald Creek, Riondel, Rosebery Heights, Sanca Park, South Slocan, West Robson, Woodbury Village, Woodland Heights, and Ymir. For more information go to www.

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What can I do to service my A/C, and furnace without you?


The important stuff. With the A/C, hose out the outside (condenser) unit coils, going from the inside to outside. It is OK to use some soap, but make sure you rinse it off thoroughly. Check for any oily spots (possible refrigerant leaks) on the piping systems and repair any compromised insulation on the piping. Start the system and listen for any noises that would indicate a bearing issue on the condenser fans. Also, on the furnace side, change the air filter, and vacuum as much as you can get on the return ductwork and drop elbow before the furnace. Checking freon levels always loses some so if the unit is working well, leave good enough alone. Leave the thermostat in the auto position. This will allow for the heat to come on periodically. This allows the furnace to do some work in the summer, so it will not be rusted off in the fall. There is no oiling required, just keep things clean. If your furnace has a pilot light, turn off the gas and consider replacing it in the summer. CGW-Heating and Cooling installations and service.

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What can i do as a Buyer in this competitive Market to make my offer look appealing?

I’m sure you’ve had some frustrating experiences already. The Nelson real estate market has had a low inventory of properties for sale and it’s consequently been driving the prices upwards due to the high demands.


Consumers are setting the prices. REALTORS® list homes based upon the recent sales data. We price properties based on what consumers are willing to pay & what a bank is willing to lend. If you are trying to get into the market right now there are a few things you can do; to make your offer stand out. Get informed prior to making an offer. Find out what a similar property has recently sold for and use that information to assist you. It isn’t uncommon to be in a competing offer situation. Put your best price & terms forward. Find out when the Seller wants to move. Include your pre-approval letter with your offer; so that Seller can see that you are capable of completing the sale. Include a bio in your offer, explaining a little bit about yourself and why this property is important for you and what features are desirable to you. Work with a REALTOR® that can offer you their expertise & insight into the situation.

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When arranging a new mortgage, renewing an existing mortgage or refinancing you will have to make the choice on the length of term to lock into. With today’s “historically low” mortgage rates there are great options available with all terms. Given your individual situation and your forecast into future events it is imperative that you take the time to discuss what options there is out there to lock into the term that is right for you. The length of terms vary from 1 to 10 years and the most common being the 5 year term. Making this decision is a big one and serious thought should go into it to ensure you are locking into the correct length for your mortgage before signing on the dotted line. The market is trending towards longer term rates as people feel great comfort in the security of a locked in low rate for an extended time.

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Kootenay Lake Levels May 19, 2020 June 1, 2021

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

Present Presentlevel: level: 1745.55 1746.59 ft. 77 day Up 630toto1035inches. inches. day forecast: forecast: Up 2019 / 2018 peak:1752.19 2020 peak:1746.36 peak 1750.09 ft. / 2019 peak: 1746.36 ft. ft.


1743.90 ft. ft. Present level: 1744.66 day forecast: forecast: Up Up 630toto1035inches. inches. 77 day

Levels can can change change unexpectedly unexpectedly due to Levels to weather weather or or other otherconditions. conditions.For Formore more information or information orto tosign-up sign-upfor forunusual unusuallake lakelevels levelsnotifications notificationsby byphone phoneororemail, email,visit visit or or call call1-866-436-7847. 1-866-436-7847.

The L.V. Rogers Grad Cavalcade route, which begins in Fairview and runs through downtown Nelson. Illustration: Google Maps Stock quotes as of

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L.V. Rogers grad cavalcade route finalized Submitted by LVR Grad Parent Committee

It is that time of year again when Nelson’s graduates dress up and parade through our town. The Grad Cavalcade for 2021 is happening on Saturday, June 12 at 4 p.m. This event is organized by the Grad Parent Committee and is supported by the City of Nelson as a special event. We want to celebrate our graduates with this long-standing Nelson tradition in the safest way possible. The cavalcade route is longer than it has been in the past and we encourage the public to take advantage

of the extra space. Although the event is outdoors, the Parent Committee and the City of Nelson strongly encourage physical distancing and mask wearing while cheering on our graduates as they pass by. Prime spots for viewing the grads with plenty of space to spread out are on both Douglas Road and Fifth Street above Queen E Park. Unlike other years, the cavalcade will only pass once through the downtown core. If you want to see the cavalcade coming and going, Douglas Road and Fifth Street, along with the upper section of Vernon Street, are your best options.

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Community SLUGS: To the trail operator who put slugs to people who do not dispose of coarse gravel surfacing on the Great unclaimed items in a timely manner. Northern rail trail above Nelson. Bad for cycling, bad for running! SLUGS: To the thoughtless person who shot off many fireworks by TaHUGS: To people who support the ghum Hall below the osprey nest and If you have a Hug or a Slug... we’d like to hear it. Simply email us at with your short quips, compliments or complaints. Keep it practice of recycling unwanted items left all your fireworks garbage on the tasteful and anonymous — no names of individuals, businesses, or places please. by conveniently placing them curbside ground. The chemicals in that garbage You can also drop by a written submission to our office Suite B - 91 Baker St., or roadside for others to notice. But may of ended up in the water not to Nelson BC, V1L 4G8


Nelson United Church

Part one of “Yiddish Prescriptions” offers common sense do’s and don’ts to get you through the next covidian waves with skill and a sprinkle of old world vocabulary. No.1 Gratefulness / Dankbarkeyt

Minister: David Boyd If troubles are to man what rust is to iron – Tsores zaynen Sunday Worship Service 10:00 am Second after Pentecost Reverend Carol Prochaska presiding Access the service via link to: Prayers and Blessings to all

Corner of Josephine and Silica Streets All are Ph: • Welcome

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far dem mentshn vi zhaver far ayzn – then gratefulness, can cause its opposite: the ease and blessings we so need. Sure, we’ve got troubles, but science tells us – gratefulness generates more positive emotions, which begets healthpromoting biochemistry. Consider the ripple effect and start with bite -sized gratitudes. Don’t allow your mind circus [or any news-based state or pay television cable channel] to take over lest you go meshuga (crazy). The list of what needs our mending in this world is infinite. Write, produce and direct your own “mind movie” and edit, a lot. Make that film trailer in your mind something that nourishes and inspires. No.2 Focus / Fokus


HUGS: To the board of Granite Pointe Golf Club for their endless volunteer hours and efforts to save a valuable community asset while encouraging non-golf related public access to private lands and trails.

Yiddish Prescriptions for Covidian Times – Part 1 or How to Grow your Emotional Competency

“The earth is one country and Mankind it’s Citizens” -the Baha’ i Faith

mention the countless animals you scared for your fun. NOT COOL.

You can’t dance at two weddings with one behind (tokhes) – Mit eyn tokhes ken men nit tantsn af tsvey khasenes. In other words, pick a lane. Deep focus is a gateway to meaningfulness. Identify one passion project, in spite of, or

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perhaps because of, all your commitments. Remember that success looks different in difficult times. Go gently. Don’t allow a rut of never-ending Netflix research and junk food to grow roots. It’s tempting, I know. Rather, quietly take hold of your time and try something new, or master something old. Whatever your shtick (gimmick, activity), don’t give up. If you are covid-weary or have additional constraints, live with chronic pain, or struggle with addiction, don’t exclude yourself from cultivating your inner life. In fact, adapt any practice to your needs and abilities. Don’t isolate or keep secrets. Ask for help. If no one is up, call the BC crisis lines: 1-888-353-2273, 24 hours a day. You can listen to “Yiddish Prescriptions” in its microcast form here: Sometimes, we write what we need to read. -Carina Costom Carina is a former employment facilitator, community services navigator and managing editor. She is a writer and parent living in Nelson, BC.

Kootenay Christian Fellowship


Divine Purpose - Developing Relationships - Serving Community

Nelson Community Church


Sunday Worship Service at 11:00 am Everyone is Welcome Your Pastor: Lt. Michelle Cale. 250 551 4986

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Community is important Safety is too Facebook Live Church, Sundays @10:30am on Kootenay Christian Fellowship page https://www .k ootena Pastor Jim Reimer

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Remembering Beautiful are memories of a moonlit night with you,

Place your condolences online. (Visit your local newspaper website, obituary page)

Edna Whiteley

Donato Tummillo

April 3, 1921 – May 24, 2021

April 1929 – May 2021

On the evening of May 24th, 2021 Edna Elizabeth Whiteley (nee Steed) passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 100. She will be greatly missed by her many friends, family, and the community of Nelson. Edna is predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, Fred Whiteley, as well as son Peter. She is survived by her children Susan (John), Ken, (Lorna), Keith (Terry), ͅYH JUDQGFKLOGUHQ 'DQD -HQQLIHU 9DQHVVD *HR̀ DQG Mark, six great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and her sister in law and close friend, Shirley. Edna lived her entire life in Nelson and was involved in various aspects of Nelson life. Edna was an avid skier, skiing into her 90’s, an active member of the Nelson United Church, and a supporter of the Capitol Theatre. Edna was perhaps best known as Nelson’s Welcome Wagon representative, welcoming

newcomers for over 40 years. Edna was full of energy, she lived her life to the fullest, had a positive outlook and touched many lives with her inspirational spirit and hospitality. Life was brighter because of her. We would like to thank the VWD̀ RI 0RXQWDLQ /DNH ZKR loved and cared for Edna, while keeping her safe during the pandemic. We would also like to extend our deepest gratitude to Wendy and Bob Steed; the love and support you’ve given her over the years is beyond words. 'XH WR &RYLG UHVWULFWLRQV D VHUYLFH for Edna will be determined at a later date. Thompson Funeral Service has been entrusted with arrangements. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit edna-whiteley/

SOKOLOSKI, BEVERLIE CLAIRE May 24, 2021 Age 64 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful sister, auntie and friend, Beverlie Sokoloski (Bev). Angels in heaven are welcoming one of the dearest and smartest people we have had the honor of having in our lives. Bev passed away peacefully with her family by her side after a courageous 5-year battle with Ovarian Cancer. Bev was easy going and took everything in stride. She had such a positive outlook on life and took on whatever was thrown at her. When you asked Bev how she was feeling, she would always say “I’m Fine”. Bev was predeceased by her mother Winifred Sokoloski in 2018 and her father Mike in 1991. Bev is survived by her 6 sisters and 3 brothers. Georgia (Bob) Reid, Janet (Rod) Postlethwaite, Fred (Cindy) Sokoloski, Cathy (Carman) Thompson, Stewart (Kandi) Sokoloski, Judy (Brian) Peel, Herb Sokoloski, Carolyn (Paul) Burow, and Eileen (Rob) O’Neill, 42 nieces and nephews, extended family and many friends. Bev was born in Nelson, BC and had many happy years growing up in Procter with her large family and lots of friends. She enjoyed badminton, swimming in the lake and skating in the winter. Bev moved to Surrey, BC in 1979 with her Mum and 2 sisters. Bev was a reliable and dedicated babysitter for family and friends as she had a special gift with babies and children. Bev provided daycare as her employment for many years and she developed a strong bond with the families and became an important part of their lives. Bev and Mum joined a bowling league and made many more lifelong friends. Past times were playing cards, crib, boardgames, puzzles and word searches. She enjoyed the older TV shows and was a huge Survivor fan and never missed an episode. Bev was always busy knitting and crocheting; each new baby was welcomed with a delicately knit sweater set. She would continue to knit more as they grew. Bev was very generous, thoughtful and kind. She loved scrap booking and card making. All the siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces & nephews, and friends received beautiful handcrafted cards for all occasions, which we will treasure forever. Bev was fortunate enough to travel to Hawaii, Disneyland, Mexico, England, Scotland and Alaska. She also frequently travelled to visit her sisters and brothers around BC. Bev and Mum had a special bond and took care of each other over the years. Bev became the primary caregiver for Mum in her later years and we all knew Mum was in good hands. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in her Memory. A Celebration of Life to follow at a later date.

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We are sad to announce that our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many has passed away. He leaves behind his children Joe, Nancie (Doug), Tony (Anna), Susie (Rich) and Fran (Rich); grandchildren Lori (Troy), Rob (Allison), Michael, Donato, Sarah, Scott, Connor and Jedda; great grandchildren Austin (Sam) and Lizzy. He never met a plant he couldn’t convince to grow or a person he couldn’t charm. He was reunited with his cherished wife, who passed in 1998, after a graveside service on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at the Nelson Cemetery. In OLHX RI ͆RZHUV D GRQDWLRQ WR &DQDGLDQ 'LDEHWHV $VVRFLDWLRQ ZRXOG be apprecieated. To leave a personal message of condolence please see the Thompson Funeral Service website

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Adam Kowalyshyn November 3, 1938 - May 20, 2021 It is with tremendous sorrow that we say goodbye to our treasured Adam – husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, and uncle – after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Adam was born to Eugene and Mary Kowalyshyn on November 3, 1938 in Norquay, Saskatchewan, and passed away peacefully May 20, 2021 at Kootenay Lake District Hospital with his wife, life partner, and soul mate Margaret Ann by his side. Adam spent his first eighteen years on the family farm where he lived until 1957, when his parents decided to move to Rossland, B.C. Adam and his brother Orest decided to join their parents, and Adam – encouraged by his dad to pursue higher education – began earning money for tuition, working at Jones Ties and Poles, the Cominco Assay Office in Trail, and as a full partner at the Red Mountain Ski Lodge. Adam began dating Margaret Ann in 1960 when they both worked at the Lodge, although they had met briefly at a friend’s party two years earlier where she immediately caught his eye. They bonded over washing dishes, peeling potatoes, as well as skiing together after shifts. They married in 1964 and had their daughter Wendy Ann in 1969. In 2014 they celebrated their 50th anniversary with their family and close friends at a memorable party organized by Wendy and her family. Adam passed away four days after celebrating his 57th anniversary; we believe that he held on to celebrate one final anniversary with Margaret Ann. Adam attended Victoria College, earning a teaching license in 1961, which took him to his first job at a one-room schoolhouse at Dog Creek in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, where he taught from 1961 to September 1963. He then graduated to a two-room schoolhouse at the Emerald Mines Townsite school near the Harold Lakes, serving as principal before earning a position at South Nelson Elementary School in 1964, where he taught until his retirement in 1995. Between 1964 and 1972, Adam enrolled in summer school courses, earning his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Victoria in 1972, as it was affordable only by working full-time during school year. At South Nelson Elementary, Adam taught grades 5 and 7, serving as assistant principal for many years, although he was best known for his talent and passion for teaching environmental sciences and art. His classes involved numerous field trips to local habitats, and varied opportunities in the visual arts. He introduced students to clay work, silk screening, painting, and puppetry – arts not widely taught at the elementary level at the time. Many former students who met him years after retirement thanked him for igniting their creativity, and for catalyzing their own pursuits of environmental sciences, conservation, and the visual arts. Adam pursued his enthusiasm for nature and art beyond his teaching career. He was a long serving member of the Nelson Rod and Gun Club, working towards improvements at the gun range and most notably, serving in a leadership role for the restoration of Cottonwood Creek; for his work, he was made an Honorary Lifetime Member. He loved all experiences in the outdoors, in winter enjoying downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as ice fishing. Summers were spent camping, hiking, picking huckleberries, and shore fishing for kokanee and rainbow trout. Until Adam’s health issues of recent years, he also enjoyed hunting, with Margaret Ann joining him on many of his outdoor adventures. He also loved his garden, especially the planting of cucumbers, which he proudly canned into delicious sweet pickles every year.

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Adam was part of the Catholic community and a hard-working member of the Knights of Columbus for many years, working behind the scenes in fundraising and many other capacities. He was quietly influential through his character and actions – kind and patient with other people, and forgiving, yet firm in standing up for what he believed was just, fair, and truly Christian. His family will remember him as eternally calm, rational, and patient. He bore his many health challenges – from open-heart surgery in 2000, to a stroke in 2015, and a 2017 major surgery to address an aggressive cancer – with patience, dignity, and his characteristic calm. His 2017 surgery led to major debilitations, yet he was grateful for its extension of his life and never regretted his choice to pursue treatment. Adam’s family will remember his humor and positive attitude during adversity, his words of encouragement and support, and the example he set of a life well lived. He was, in the words of Margaret Ann, a ”gentle person and gentleman” to his core, and asserts that she “couldn’t have had a better husband than Adam.” Wendy is grateful for her dad’s tenacity – showing her that you should always finish what you start, and do so with optimism when challenges seem insurmountable – and for instilling in her a love of teaching, drawing, painting, camping, a deep appreciation of nature, the West Kootenay area, and conservation. She will always cherish the last months she spent with her dad, playing cards (and losing many games to him), preparing him daily farm-style breakfasts, and reading aloud a memoir about life on the prairies. Grandson Daniel will remember grandpa teaching him to fish; a favorite photo shows Daniel proudly holding up a rainbow trout with Grandpa Adam. Grand-daughter Hailey has many wonderful memories of seeing him get excited about a big catch, hearing stories about his teaching career, and his “spot-on Donald Duck impressions”. Son-in-law Ron is grateful for a father-in-law who treated him like a son and for sharing all his hunting and fishing secrets. Adam was predeceased by his parents Eugene and Mary, brother Orest, six great uncles, and brother-in-law John Sodja, who was like a brother. Adam is survived by his wife Margaret Ann, daughter Wendy Burleson (Ron), grandson Daniel and granddaughter Hailey of Victoria; sister-in-law Marga Sodja, nephew John Sodja (Dianne) and family, niece Caroline Sodja (Pierre) of Ottawa, many cherished friends, neighbors, former colleagues, and his loving cat companion Gabriel. The family wishes to thank Adam’s doctors, the Home Care nurses, paramedics, and hospital staff for their exceptional care as well as the amazing Palliative Care Program, who provided support and dignity for Adam’s end of life journey. Special thanks to Dr. Robinson, Dr. Van der Berg, and Dr. Malpass for helping Adam life the longest and best life that he could. Many thanks to our relatives, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances for their support and kind words. Donations in Adam’s memory are gratefully accepted to one of the following organizations: the Kootenay Lake District Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the B.C. SPCA. A mass was held at the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate on Thursday, May 27 in Nelson, B.C., with graveside internment at the Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when Covid restrictions are lifted. To leave a personal message of condolence please see the Thompson Funeral Service website at:

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Pearkes. They investigated artifacts at Touchstones Museum, and they Zoomed with Manitoba Métis Federation Minister Will Goodon. The whole school got to feel the resonance of the community drum they made with their own hands, and with help of local Métis member Chris Yates. To culminate their learning, and to make the process of reconciliation an ongoing effort, students added their hopes and ideas to a card of compassion.

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