Nelson Star, September 22, 2022

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Buffery, Prior and Zeabin campaigning to be Nelson’s mayor by Tyler Harper and Bill Metcalfe

There are five candidates running to be Nelson’s mayor in the Oct. 15 general elections. They include incumbent John Dooley and councillor Janice Morrison, as well as John Buffery, Tom Prior and Mike Zeabin. Below are conversations with Buffery, Prior and Zeabin. John Buffery John Buffery wants to lead the city as it faces what he believes will be future population and transportation challenges. Buffery works as a technical advisor for the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s avalanche program. He points to Nelson’s population growth — census data released in February shows the city has grown by 534 people since 2016 — as reason for concern. “I can see the freight train of population growth coming in really hard and fast. And I would really like to make sure that we have some good guidelines for the values that I see with likeminded people who I hang out with where we’re seeing change coming.” Buffery defines those values as a shared understanding, among Nelson’s citizens, of the hard work of living in and appreciating the city. Buffery has lived in Nelson since 1979. He says he has no criticism of the current mayor and council, but believes he can bring an energy to the city that will bridge the needs of new and old residents. Transportation, he says as an example, needs to be prioritized to improve how commuters enter and exit the city while also making it safe for pedestrians and people who ride electric bikes. His concern is backed by annual motor vehicle



L-R: John Buffery, Tom Prior and Mike Zeabin are campaigning to be mayor of Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe, Tyler Harper incident data provided by other than “use common mayor.” ICBC that shows the city’s sense.” He said he does not atworst intersection is at its He said other examples tend council meetings. Prior said he runs a marsouthwest entrance. In 2021 of inefficiency are the there were 14 crashes at the lawsuit City of Nelson v. ket garden and is retired intersection of Highway Marchi, in which resident from a downtown business 3A, Government Road Taryn Marchi successfully – Mountain Pass Imports – and Granite Road, six of challenged the city’s snow that he owned for 25 years which caused either injury removal policy at the Su- on Baker Street, and this or fatality. preme Court of Canada. qualifies him as mayor Buffery defines his cur- Prior also refers to an inter- because of his “entreprerent job as risk manage- nal investigation of officers neurial way of looking at ment, and believes it has within the Nelson Police things.” prepared him for the role Department for alleged racThis entrepreneurial bent of mayor. ist comments, and “just a is balanced, he said, by his “It’s all about oppor- myriad of other things that strong reputation as an entunity, understanding are embarrassing.” vironmental advocate. the threats, knowing the “That’s obvious, right? I Prior said he supports uncertainties that are in- the police force but it is mean, it’s kind of hard to deny.” volved and reducing those inefficient. Prior said that he underuncertainties through either “I mean, we’ve got one knowledge, experience, dis- officer walking the beat. stands Indigenous politics, cussion, and then identify- I think we can have four and that he identifies as ing what you may not know officers. I think it’s actually Métis “because my mothand trying to deal with as kind of dangerous for that er was French Canadian.” Mike Zeabin well.” young officer out there by Tom Prior himself. He’s the only one The needs of seniors and Tom Prior, a 40-year that walks the streets.” changes to garbage pick-up resident of Nelson, says Prior is critical of incum- are why Mike Zeabin says his reason for running for bent mayor John Dooley. he is running to be mayor. mayor is, “out with the old, “He’s not innovative Zeabin, who is 80 years in with the new. That’s the enough and he’s not vi- old, says his campaign was feeling around town.” sionary. He’s caught in in part inspired by converPrior calls the operation 20th century politics, but sations with other seniors of the city inefficient, cit- we need to get into the 21st who say they require iming waste management and century … I think he has proved municipal transit on snow removal practices, some good councillors, Sundays. That’s something although he had no sug- but I don’t think they’ve as mayor he wants to make gestions for improvement been able to overcome the a case for with BC Transit.







Other issues faced by seniors are among Zeabin’s campaign promises. He says he wants to change the location of the Wednesday farmers’ market on Baker Street because it currently blocks parking elderly residents need. “I would try to make some accommodation at the foot of Baker Street. There’s lots of room there, I’d make some arrangement with our chamber of commerce [which owns the visitor’s centre parking lot].” Baker Street is a focus for Zeabin, who thinks there should be more public washrooms downtown. Currently there is only one at Hall Street and Baker. During Nelson Road Kings, Zeabin said he was annoyed by a lineup for the one available washroom. Zeabin also wants biweekly garbage pickup changed to a weekly schedule to deter bears. Seven bears have already been euthanized in Nelson this year. “I’ve seen maggots crawling out of the garbage can by these older people’s place. … In heat like this, it made the bears (come). “I think it would improve the living matters here in Nelson.” Zeabin has spent his entire life in Nelson. In conversation he reminisces about how life was in the city of his youth and namedrops former mayor Louis Maglio, whom Zeabin calls a friend. Zeabin worked in the forestry industry, and says he wants to see an end to logging near community watersheds. “We’ve got to stop butchering our forests here especially around where we get our water supply. That is very important. … We live in the city, we can not cut the forest down. Money isn’t everything.”



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Jonathon Heatlie thinks incumbent Salmo mayor Diana Lockwood has been doing a great job. But he’s running against her anyway. “We’ve been together on council for a long time,” he told the Nelson Star. “It’s nothing personal. She does great work. I just think that I deserve a chance to do the same great work.” Lockwood said she has no idea why Heatlie is running against her, given his professed support for her performance as mayor over the past four years. Heatlie, 42, has been on Salmo council for two terms. Lockwood was a fellow councillor for the first of those terms, and mayor for the next. Lockwood and Heatlie are the only candidates for mayor of Salmo in the Oct. 15 municipal election. Heatlie works at Porcupine Wood Products running saws and heavy equipment. He said he has received a lot of “push from the public” to run. Salmo is changing, he says, with younger families moving in, and he wants to see a younger demographic on council. “I just want more young people to understand that they don’t have to wait for the old guard to make decisions.” He said the younger people in Salmo have “lots of great ideas about sustainability and being energy efficient. And those are the kinds of voices that I want to back and I want to stand up for.” Asked if Lockwood and the current council has seemed receptive to those progressive ideas, he said they have.

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L-R: Incumbent Diana Lockwood is running against Jonathon Heatlie to be Salmo’s mayor. Photos: SUbmitted Heatlie said Salmo council should She said her council increased has overseen a new zoning bylaw improve its communication with the transit service to Nelson and is attached to it. She wants to adpublic. He wonders why a public working on better transit to Trail dress housing issues in Salmo by meeting about changing Salmo’s and to Selkirk College in Castle- working with developers, and by zoning bylaw only attracted three gar. Through a coalition of mayors finding ways to address what she people, and he blames council’s she pushed for the current work calls hidden homelessness. “We do not see homelessness in communication strategies. on improvements to the “S-turn” Heatlie said he wants to oversee on Highway 6 between Salmo and our downtown. But we have a lot that live in our surrounding bush a planned major upgrade of the Ymir. village’s water system. Lockwood said she fought for and up logging roads … That’s Lockwood was elected to council the recent approval of library something that isn’t staring us in 2014 and to the mayor’s chair taxation in rural Area G, worked totally in the face. But it’s there.” in 2018. to improve the recycling depot There are five candidates in Two of her main priorities as in Salmo, and wants to continue Salmo for the four-person village mayor, she said, would be to en- working for improved broadband council: Anne Williams, Melasure the safety of the town’s dike in the area. nie Cox, Kenzie Neil, incumbent She has been part of the devel- councillor Jennifer Lins, and Todd and to upgrade the bridge that connects the elementary school opment of the new Official Com- Wallace, who was on council prior to the downtown. munity Plan over several years and to 2018.




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Nelson City Council could easily be comprised of all men and no women after the Oct. 15 municipal election. That’s because only three out of 11 candidates for council and only one out of five candidates for mayor, identify as women. Only two out of seven members of council (including the mayor) were women after the 2018 election, a lower number than in some councils in the recent past. In three successive terms starting in 2008, women outnumbered men four to three. “It’s a disappointment that there are not more female candidates running,” says former Nelson mayor Deb Kozak, “because I think there’s a lot of qualified women out there.” In the towns and rural areas surrounding Nelson, the numbers of women candidates are higher. In a combination of Nelson, Salmo, Kaslo, Slocan and Areas E, F, G, and H of the Regional District of Central Kootenay, 45 per cent of the candidates are women. Following the 2018 election, 40 per cent of elected representatives were women. According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), 19 per cent of Canadian mayors are women. As for mayors and councillors combined, the FCM has set a goal of 30 per cent women. Quebec and B.C. are the only provinces to surpass it (34.5 per cent and 36.7 per cent respectively). The Yukon and the Northwest Territories have both achieved gender parity, which the FCM defines as 40-to-60 per cent. Former Nelson councillor Donna Macdonald says the United Nations has also adopted a guideline of 30 per cent because it decided that “a minimum of 30 per cent of the people around a government table must be women in order for policies to begin to adequately reflect women’s concerns.” Macdonald says ideally we would have 50 per cent women and men, with varying backgrounds and ethnicities. “(Women) do bring different perspectives and experiences and different different kinds of brains, according to neuroscientists,” she says. “And I don’t always vote for women. I want good candidates: good, thoughtful, hardworking people. “But I sure want to have the choice of women.” Kozak says women need to be invited to run. She thinks there are many men who assume they are qualified for office, and many women who believe they themselves are not. “A lot of women just don’t step

In three successive Nelson city councils from 2008 to 2018, women outnumbered men. Those councils are seen here at a Nelson City Hall display. Photo: Bill Metcalfe forward. They maybe haven’t “They feel emboldened to just done, and some of the comments thought of it as something that make any assumptions and accu- on social media were just blistering they would do,” Kozak says. “So to sations that they like. I think they and oftentimes inaccurate. It was encourage women and to support would have been not so bold if it a very hard thing to hear and see.” had been a male in my position.” them to run is very important.” In one instance, council had to Ramona Faust, who represented She says the attacks were per- get the police involved because a man was targeting individuals at Area E for eight years but who is sonal. not running this time, says small “It had nothing to do with the city hall. “It wasn’t just me that towns and rural areas have gen- job that I’m doing, or the things was being targeted. And that was erally elected higher numbers of that I’m bringing forth that the really difficult. It’s very wearing women. community wanted.” and very, very concerning as well, She says on her first term on the Faust says many women have because you worry not only about RDCK board, among the board told her they are interested in yourself, about your family and members from the rural areas, she serving the community in some the people who are around you.” was the only woman, and that way but, “I couldn’t do what you Macdonald left politics before number has increased significantly do. My skin isn’t thick enough.” the prevalence of social media. since then. This concern is part of an in“Can I blame women for not In that first term as the only ternational trend, with frequent wanting to commit themselves to woman, Faust says, “I was treat- stories of politicians, especially that for four years? No.” ed very well. I don’t believe that I politicians, being bullied in social She says she encourages prospecwas a token or anything like that. I media and sometimes on the street. tive women candidates to “think think that I was heard, I was given A recent example is the public ha- very carefully about how they’re opportunities to be on committees. rassment of federal finance min- going to manage that whole toxic ister Chrystia Freeland during an world.” My strengths were valued.” Despite this misgiving, she says She says she won’t vote for incident in Edmonton. women just because they are Making it worse for women in she encourages women to run. women. many cases is the sexually violent “I would say, go for it. It’s a “At some point, I get a little am- nature of the comments. fantastic experience. It’s a chance bivalent about gender and more Kozak, who ran for re-election in where you can actually make a real concerned about policy. But some- 2018, had experiences that scared difference. It won’t happen as fast her. as you think, but you can do it if times they go hand in hand.” Faust’s biggest challenge was As the 2018 election neared, “the you learn the skills that you need, social media and a “small cadre” rhetoric ramped up around what and the strategies to make change. of men who attacked her online. me or my counsel had or hadn’t It’s wonderfully rewarding.”

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Bear euthanized after downtown Nelson encounter

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Conservation officers shot a tranquilizer dart into a bear in a tree on the 600 block of Vernon Street Friday morning. When the bear fell from the tree, it was trucked away and euthanized – the 12th bear to meet this fate in Nelson this year. Conservation officer Nathan Smienk told the Nelson Star the bear was well-known in a several-block radius for getting into garbage. Last night a bear destroyed a residential garage door, and Smienk thinks it is the same bear. “Not just a shed, but a garage door,” Smienk said. “It ripped half the door off.” Smienk said he euthanizes bears if they have been aggressive toward humans or if they have caused property damage. He first became aware of this bear when he got a call about a bear up a tree on the centre boulevard across from Empire Coffee. Given the downtown location and the number of onlookers, he said, “the safest and quietest thing to do was to dart it.” After the dart was shot, the bear spent a few more minutes in the tree then fell to the ground, appearing to be semi-conscious. Conservation officers and police then loaded it onto a truck. Smienk says euthanizing bears is necessary for public safety but he wants to stop doing it. “People really need to step up and do their part (by managing garbage, fruit trees, and compost) so you don’t have these conflicts,” he said. Conservation officers never re-locate bears that are already fully habituated to garbage and other urban attractants, Smienk said, because if they don’t come back to the same town they will go to another one. “Relocating them is taking a learned be- This black bear is semi-conscious after being shot with a tranquilizer dart on Vernon Street in Nelson on Sept. 16. haviour and moving it somewhere else,” he said. Photo: Gerald Vaughan-Irving

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Taxation for library funding : Area E says no, rural Salmo says yes by Staff Writer

Regional District of Central Kootenay residents from Area E have said no to an initiative that would have seen them taxed for their use of the Nelson Public Library. Residents of a part of Area G, on the other hand, have supported a similar initiative regarding the Salmo Valley Public Library, according to a news release from the RDCK. Both initiatives were conducted through the alternative approval process in which eligible electors within the service area who are opposed to the new bylaw may petition against its adoption by signing an electoral response form. For the initiative to fail, at least 10 per cent of electors must sign and submit the form. In Area E, more than 10 per cent (567) of people signed and submitted a verified response form. Area E encompasses the rural area from Balfour and Queens Bay through the south side of the west arm of Kootenay Lake to Blewett and Cottonwood Lake. Area G is the rural area around Salmo.

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Residents of rural Area E in the Regional District of Central Kootenay have turned down a proposal that they be taxed for their use of the Nelson library. Currently those residents pay a user fee. Photo: Bill Metcalfe In the part of Area G to which resulting in the approval of the provide additional funding from this bylaw initiative applied, there library funding initiative. 145 properties in Area G to the were no electoral forms submitted, The resulting new bylaw will Salmo Valley Public Library.

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Inflation might be wreaking havoc on personal and business budgets in Nelson but the municipal one is weathering the storm, says the city’s chief financial officer. The city has done a “good job” of putting together its numerous reserves in its 10-to-15 year financial plans, according to Chris Jury during a second quarter update at City Hall. Councillor Jesse Woodward had asked if the pressures of inflation had negatively affected the city’s reserves. “Do you feel that our capital reserves are still holding in a good place, that we don’t have to do a tax increase when a huge asset replacement comes?” he asked. Jury said the city ensures there are contingencies in the budget for huge asset replacements, and that pre-planning for those situations allows the city to put money aside well ahead of the needed project. “I’m hoping that this inflation that we are seeing right now does not continue for 10-to-20 years, that it’s sort of a short-term piece,” he said. “So I wouldn’t see any reason to be concerned.” The city intends to keep an eye on planning and keeping its reserves healthy, Jury added. And its investments, which the city could use in case of an emergency, are also well in hand, he said. “Investment income is ahead of last year and budget, despite the short-term paper loss in value of bond fund holdings,” Jury ex-

Expenses are up this year at the Nelson Police Department. Photo: Bill Metcalfe plained. “With the rise in interest passes and coin are up 30 per cent rates, the income generated on over 2021,” said Jury. investments is up over the prior • Nelson Hydro is on budget and year.” ahead of prior year revenue. Power He explained that the city has usage had gone just above budget a well balanced portfolio, which in the early months of the year, allows it to refrain from liquidating having then normalized towards investments in the short term and the mid-point. “As of today, the avoid locking in any capital losses. trend is looking like revenues will In the black come in at or slightly ahead of foreCity taxes have been billed and cast, though the key determinate collected, showing a five per cent will be the temperatures that come budget increase over last year — a in the November and December number supporting the four per period,” said Jury. cent tax increase this year, plus • Sales of city services has inan increase in new construction creased this year, including a budpermits. geted increase to the resource re• Transit revenues — although in- covery fees, as well as an increase in creasing after the drop in ridership revenues from the RCMP to cover due to COVID-19 in 2020 — are the 2022 secondment wages. only at 80 per cent of pre-pandemic “In addition, the current year levels. “At this point it is unlikely includes higher expectations for we will see a full return of interna- post-COVID-19 revenues from tional students and bus ridership parking, youth centre camps, and in fiscal 2022. Still, revenue from other revenues,” said Jury.

In the red Nelson Police Department expenses are up from the prior year, including some adjustments to police staffing, including the introduction of a deputy police chief. “The department has had some operational challenges this year, with several officers off injured or unavailable for duty. This has led to an increase in overtime and associated costs,” said Jury in his report to council. A lack of available training opportunities over the past three years due to COVID-19 has increased the need for training in the current year to ensure members maintain a high standard of competency, he continued. “It is expected that these cost pressures will continue to the end of the year,” Jury said. • Nelson Hydro expenses were in line with the budget and the prior year. Power purchases are up from last year, in line with a corresponding increase in sales and an increase in rates from FortisBC. Contrasted with two windstorm events in the first half of 2021, and none as significant in 2002, meant that storm repair costs were significantly lower this year. Jury said the planned vegetation management program was progressing well, with 85 per cent of the $850,000 budget spent to-date, and the remaining budget will be used by year end. “The focus has been critical areas in the North Shore and city, with both these areas already showing improved reliability and reduced tree related trouble calls,” Jury said.

Monument Creek wildfire area restriction lifted by Staff Writer

The area restriction established on Sept. 8 around the Monument Creek wildfire has been rescinded, according to a news release from the Southeast Fire Centre. The 660-hectare fire located 17 kilometres north of Nelson is still listed as out of control. However, firefighting personnel no longer need to restrict public access to operate efficiently and safely in the area. The BC Wildfire Service reminds members of the public that the Monument Creek wildfire is an active

worksite, and they should exercise caution while travelling in the area. Even if an area restriction has been rescinded, officials still have the authority under the Wildfire Act to order anyone to leave the area. Before entering any area affected by a wildfire, members of the public should be aware that significant safety hazards may be present. Trees that have been damaged by fire might be unstable and could fall. Ash pits can be hard to detect and can remain hot long after the flames have The Monument Creek wildfire is located 17 km north of Nelson. Map: BC Wildfire Service died down.

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A walk in the park: ghosts, memories and gratitude


MACDONALD About Nelson


uring my first visit to Nelson in 1972, my friend and local tour guide Marty Horswill took me to Canada Day at Lakeside Park. I was already smitten with Nelson, but that was the clincher. I loved the community feel, the smiling friendly faces, the music and entertainment. But it was the setting that won

my heart and still warms it every time I’m there. Elephant Mountain’s rugged green slopes, the sparkling lake, the sandy beach with its clear and, yes, cold water. A few steps up is the tree-shaded park with open green space for tossing a Frisbee or having a picnic, benches for relaxing along the lakeshore promenade, and flower beds heaped with colour and novelty. During a recent stroll around Lakeside, I could sense some ghosts – the caretaker’s house, the swimming pool, the tree nursery, the faded checkerboard, children’s handprints on John McKinnon sculptures, and the old greenhouses where I bought surplus plants that still thrive in my garden. The old ice-cream-and-hot-dog concession stand is another ghost. It met its end in 1998, doomed by roof leaks and rodent infestations. But replacing it was, need I say, controversial. In 1997 city council approved a full-service restaurant with dining and dancing, and a

capacity of 120 people. I loved the idea, but not the location. A month later, a petition with 1,500 names and a City Hall protest of 150 people persuaded council to set that idea on a cold grill. Some people wanted a return to a minimalist hamburger stand, but the majority supported something classier. As Mayor Gary Exner said: “We’re not going to do it chintzy … We’re going to put a class outfit down there.” For once, the mayor and I agreed. Robert Inwood’s tasteful design for the new concession and the Rose Garden operators’ embellishments exceeded those standards. The concession serves us well, with food, beauty and good company. Then there’s the popular playground, and the Rotary Shelter that’s hosted many celebrations, memorials, and Canada Day BBQ’s. The labyrinth, also controversial at the time, still draws people (and Canada geese apparently) to walk

its centring circles. Above all these activities arch the trees, many of them rare and far from home. I recall a fuzzy, photocopied map that named all the species but it’s outof-date. Many trees considered dangerous have been removed and/or replaced (more ghosts). So I reached out to Peter Steffler, a city arborist, for his help. Here are some of Peter’s favourite trees. Walking from the bathhouse toward the boat launch, the first two majestic trees you’ll see are Black Walnuts. Hailing from Eastern Canada and the U.S., their straight trunks soar to great heights, making them two of the largest specimens in the Kootenays. Woodworkers drool at Black Walnut’s straight stems and beautiful wood. Next you pass a gnarly maple, and then comes the Rock Elm, a single tree with two trunks melded together. Possibly the largest specimen in B.C., it’s also an easterner, likely coming here courtesy

of the Blaylock Mansion collection. Its strong wood fibres were used for piano frames and hockey sticks. The last tree on the promenade is the exotic Ginkgo with its distinctive fanshaped leaves. Ginkgos, the oldest living trees species in the world, predated the dinosaurs. They are survivors, slowly adapting to their environment, urban or rural. Don’t miss the London Plane trees near the playground. Their mottled bark, enormous limbs and ball-like dangling fruits are impressive and might kindle the urge to climb. But don’t! Lakeside Park is a constantly evolving gift, a community treasure. Give it some love next time you’re there; maybe hug a tree. I’ll see you on the promenade. Donna Macdonald has lived in Nelson since 1972, and is the author of Surviving City Hall, a memoir of her 19 years on Nelson City Council. Her column appears monthly.

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nother coroner’s report. Another vigil. Another election season. These cycles reveal patterns of stagnation and beg us to shake them up, to ask hard questions, to seek new movement. These last months have been challenging. Numerous fatal drug poisonings, and countless ones reversed, have left families, friends, front-line workers, and people who use drugs devastated. An extended regional drug alert

has been in effect since the end of August. This trend is not isolated to the Kootenays. Many regions of B.C. have experienced extreme rates of drug poisoning in the last months, and many communities are reeling from the loss of leaders and loved ones. In addition to the contamination of the drug supply with fentanyl, and of the fentanyl supply with benzodiazepines, there may also be a trend towards contamination by novel or increasingly potent fentanyl analogues and other substances, such as tranquilizers — all of which exacerbate complex drug poisonings. Compared to other communities of similar population, Nelson is a leader in harm reduction. We have an overdose prevention site open daily, compassionate prescribers, and passionate peer leaders. But it’s not enough. Everyone is stretched. Access and reach are too limited. Years of reactive, downstream,

band-aid solutions have allowed the drug poisoning crisis to continue to accelerate, taking thousands of lives, leaving thousands of families reeling in grief. Overdose prevention sites, naloxone, drug checking services, all of these are reactions to the toxic contamination of the drug supply. Even these tools become worn and inadequate after so many years. Overdose prevention sites that do not permit inhalation are not meeting the needs of people who use drugs. Naloxone saves lives, but doesn’t reverse benzodiazepine or tranquilizer poisoning. Drug checking services can confirm and alert around the ongoing contamination, but the consistent messaging that the drug supply is contaminated becomes background noise. Decades of prohibition have failed to eliminate or even reduce the consumption, production, or distribution of illegal substances. Years of conservative harm

reduction policies have failed to curb fatalities. The drug poisoning crisis is a large and complex issue requiring large and innovative solutions. It’s time for meaningful change. But rumbling quietly below the surface, if we listen closely, we can hear change coming. In recent weeks, Interior Health has been collaborating with the Rural Empowered Drug Users Network to support peer leaders providing episodic overdose prevention services. Trained peers have been offering weekend evening outreach support in Nelson. This innovative approach recognizes the expertise of lived experience, the value of trust, and the need for empowering grassroots responses. Alongside, and long before, the establishment of a harm reduction industrial complex, people who use drugs have been providing unpaid, unrecognized, unsupported overdose prevention services this whole time. Finally, this work is

finding recognition within the health system, and we are hopeful that this initiative can extend throughout the region. Beyond peer overdose prevention services, our health authority is considering additional innovative solutions to displacing the toxic drug supply. Whether these solutions develop into appropriate services is yet to be determined, but the creativity, curiosity, and commitment underlying this shift brings great hope to what often feels like a hopeless situation of political stagnation. It takes all parts of society, all levels of government, all areas of community to overcome a crisis of this proportion. As we approach municipal elections in October, now is the time to ask our candidates and elected officials what they will do for our community. With the right people at the wheel, Nelson could create a roadmap to community wellness

that could inform rural responses throughout the province. For this we need to ensure commitment to housing (emergency temporary shelter, supportive housing, transition housing, low-income housing, family housing, etc), to health and social services, and to eliminating barriers to success. Municipal governments can be a roadblock or an accelerant to the development and implementation of innovative harm reduction and recovery services. So, this election season, at the forums, over coffee with friends, and especially at the polls, ask yourself: will this candidate support creative solutions to achieve comprehensive community wellness? We all have a role to play in community development and healing. Let’s ensure our elected officials bring the best tools to the table. Amber Streukens is the harm reduction peer navigator at ANKORS.

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Canada geese are native to B.C. Re: Rambo Bob and the Goose Trustee, Aug. 18 I would like to thank Donna Macdonald on her historical perspective of the Canada geese on Nelson’s waterfront. However, she seems to have adopted the widespread misconception that Canada geese are not native to southern British Columbia, and thus justify their per-

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secution as non-native or introduced. The Canada goose Branta canadensis has a historical range from Canada’s arctic islands and western Alaska through North America to northern Mexico. In the 1900s they were hunted to near extinction in many places as well as extirpated by the use of pesticides. Small re-introductions were then made at the south end of Vancouver Island and other locations. Canada geese are geographically highly variable in colour and size, so there has been a lot of debate in the scientific community regarding the number of subspecies or races. Sometimes the re-introductions were subspecies or races from elsewhere on the continent, and this might lead to the assumption that they should not be here. The lessening of hunting pressure and creation of food sources such as lawns and grain fields has greatly benefited Canada geese in recent decades so their populations have grown. We do need to consider airplane safety and our landscaping aesthetics, but the problem is us, not the geese. They have always been here and now they are adapting to a human modified landscape much better than we would like. Ursula Lowrey Nelson We need a reliable bus network between

B.C. cities How about an upto-date, reliable public bus service across B.C. that not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but gets you where you want to go with minimum fuss, at an affordable price? You could travel daily between cities, get essential health services, find a job or visit family and friends. This would greatly benefit those without a car, but it would also help lessen emissions from all those private vehicles currently running on fossil fuels and clogging our streets and highways. A reliable public bus network means fewer cars, and the climate crisis demands that we change the way we travel, be it by bus, bicycle, or on foot. Let’s give B.C. residents a chance to actually live a Clean BC lifestyle and reduce private vehicle trips by 25 per cent by 2030. Everyone can take the BC Wide Bus Pledge in at https:// or watch for opportunities for signing in Nelson. With the Oct. 15 municipal election looming, we need to get our mayoral and city council candidates to pressure the B.C. and federal governments to commit to a public bus network and start building it. We need a clear, multi-faceted, inter-community network that co-ordinates all modes of transit and takes into

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consideration current reality and foreseeable transit needs for all British Columbians, and we need to connect that system to a national network of public transit. Come on, candidates, let’s all pledge to do something quickly to improve our local and inner-city public transit. Sandra Hartline Nelson/West Kootenay chapter Council of Canadians ^ Editor’s note: The following letters refer to recent stories of bears being killed by conservation officers within Nelson city limits. For more, see our story on page 5. Another innocent bear bites the dust Because of people’s careless attitude towards wildlife another bear loses its life on the streets of Nelson. Why wasn’t this latest bear re-located far into the forest? I bet it’s cheaper to use a bullet than to re-locate. So please for the sake of these magnificent animals please, please remove all fruit from trees and keep garbage safely away. Bears and other wildlife will benefit from these simple but effective steps. Mark Joyce Nelson Nelson’s entitlement and hypocrisy Like most Nelson residents, I hope, I am appalled that 12 bears were killed in our community because of resident entitlement.

What gives us the right to live so negligently and indifferently and destructively? Nelson nurtures a fantasy about itself: Nelson cares about the environment. It obviously doesn’t, and it’s not just because 12 bears were killed in our backyards. Look around at Nelson. The hypocrisy has no limit. Garages are overfilled with toys: monster mountain bikes, snow machines, dirt bikes, gear for every sport, gas powered everything to keep lawns trimmed at the peak of summer, and gas or diesel guzzling pick-ups everywhere. I suspect Nelson citizens have some of the highest carbon footprints in the world. Let’s not lie to ourselves: this outdoor lifestyle is not conducive to living in harmony with nature. It accomplishes the opposite. Nelson’s virtue-signalling oozes, starting with parents towing kids around on financed electric bikes and homeowners’ composting, attracting vermin and bears to our neighbourhoods. Just because our $40 T-shirts and cloth co-op shopping bags say we care about the environment, they don’t actually mean we do care about anything except how people perceive us. Ideally, we could live responsibly and coexist with our wild neighbours, but we have demonstrated

overwhelmingly that we can’t live in peace with the natural wonders that surround and nurture us. Nelson needs political will to change the community’s destructive entitlement. Questions need to be asked: should there be enforced bylaws discouraging garbage being stored outdoors? Should residents be allowed to keep compost bins in their yards? Should fruit and nut trees be permitted within Nelson? Are all the fruit trees and composting bins in Nelson worth having an annual bear cull? Ask your kids. James Peters Nelson ^ Please stop killing the bears Please stop leaving garbage outside in unsecured non-bear proof containers. Try to find another solution. Businesses downtown with dumpsters please make sure the lids are down and secure at the end of the day. It’s only a few more weeks and the bears will be gone. It’s been an unusual year with the late spring and weeks of hot weather. The bears don’t have their usual food so are looking to feed up before winter. The tree fruit is tempting so pick it before the bears do. Too many bears are dying. It’s a tragedy that 12 bears have been shot. Please, conservation officers and people of Nelson, stop killing the bears! Noreen Clayton Nelson

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The Touchstones Museum exhibit Back on Track features a working model train from the Creston Museum from the 1980s. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

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Max McCulloch has a difficult time with the question, “Why are you so passionate about trains?” “God only knows,” he says, laughing. “That’s impossible to explain.” Then he gets serious and thinks about it some more. “That’s kind of like asking, ‘Why did you fall in love with your wife?’” he says. McCulloch, from Holly Springs, Miss., is the president of the Great Northern Railway Historical Society. He was in Nelson on the weekend as part of a joint conference between his organization and the Canadian Pacific Railway Historical Society. More than 200 train enthusiasts from across the continent spent the weekend in workshops, field trips, meetings, and social events, culminating in a visit to Touchstones Museum on Monday for the official opening of Back on Track, an exhibition about the history of trains in the Kootenays. The exhibit is open until Feb. 5, 2023. “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated with trains,” said Richard McQuade of Hamilton. “I do model trains, as well as photography of railroads and historical research on them, too. I did a book some years ago about Canadian passenger cars.” Bill Sharpe of Toronto said he’s loved trains since the age of four. “When I was about seven years old, I became a model railroader. But I’m fascinated with anything that is large, mechanical, industri-

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One of the many archival photos in the Back on Track exhibit shows a Procter-Kootenay Landing construction crew in the 1920s. Photo: Bill Metcalfe al, as long as it’s used for peaceful maps, and other documents from with crude equipment and little purposes,” he said. museums, archives, and individuals regard for safety standards,” and “People get caught in the ro- around the region and beyond. A that Indigenous communities were mance of trains,” said Dave highlight of the exhibit is a working displaced and marginalized. Love of Kelowna, “whether model train from the 1950s, which The museum’s archivist J.P. Stiit’s the clicking and clacking of spans a nine-by-five foot table. enne, who curated the exhibit over The exhibit emphasizes the piv- the past four years, said the exhibit, the wheels, the trains going by, the scenery that they travelled otal importance of trains in the and Nelsons’ hosting of the conferthrough. There are many ways history and economy of the area ence, was warmly received by the to hook into it.” and also acknowledges, in a posted conference participants. “There were a lot of happy peoThe Touchstones exhibition statement, that “railway workers features artifacts, photographs, worked long, dangerous hours ple in the room,” he said.


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Exhilarated Nelson crowd runs for Terry Fox by Bill Metcalfe

The annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research attracted 135 enthusiastic participants of all ages to Lakeside Park on Sunday. They gathered in the park and ran, walked or cycled from the park along the lakefront to half-

way along the airport and back. Some of them did the route multiple times. Fundraising by participants brought in $15,835. Editor’s note: Thanks to everyone who donated to the Nelson Star’s fundraising effort. We raised $1,270 for the event!

A pre-run warm-up at Lakeside Park. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

This group of women welcomed every runner, walker and cyclist with enthusiastic applause at the finish line. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

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Teck awarded $1.98 million in leaky water tanks case by Sheri Regnier

A Supreme Court judge has awarded Teck Metals upwards of $1.98 million in damages in a lawsuit brought against the supplier of water treatment tanks, installed at the Trail plant, that were ultimately proven to be defective. Teck claimed negligence, breach of contract, and breach of statutory warranty for costs and expenses the company incurred for repairing two pre-cast concrete bioreactor tanks designed, engineered, manufactured, and supplied by LSC Pre-Cast Systems Ltd (LSC). Teck alleged the tanks failed “due to dangerous defects,” which allowed water to leak from them when filled. As key components of the $46-million groundwater treatment plant built over two years and completed in 2017, the tanks were intended to store water containing ammonia, metals and sulphate. LSC submitted a bid

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Music lovers in the Selkirk College region are invited to join a seamless mosaic of international groove when Los Variants visit the Shambhala Music and Performance Hall in Nelson on Sept. 26. A five-piece super band of top-notch Canadian musicians, Los Variants will spend the day passing on knowledge in clinics with students in the Contemporary Music and Technology

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Los Variants will be performing at the Shambhala Music and Performance Hall at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus in Nelson on Monday, Sept. 26 starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. with tickets available for $20 (cash only). Photo: Submitted our students, they will Luis Orbegoso on Street Campus right cal journey around teach us plenty while percussion and An- now, both new and the world exploring they are here. Getting drew McAnsh plays returning students the band members’ to have Los Variants trumpet. Selkirk Col- are excited about the origins and cultures, perform in the evening lege faculty member months ahead,” says but maintaining a is a bonus and some- David Restivo will be a Landsberg. “Our pro- common thread in jazz thing people will want special guest on piano. gram allows learners and roots music. The to check out.” All five members to immerse them- band’s first album O Los Variants is the of Los Variants are selves in their passion Passio features Afrobrainchild of Vince regarded as generous through what we are funk, reggae, jazz and Maccarone, an Ontar- mentors who are eager teaching them in the desert blues. io-based versatile mu- to share their knowl- classrooms, the studio Tickets for the Los sician who has toured edge. For students in time they receive, the Variants show are $20 extensively around the the two-year Con- collaboration with (cash only) and can be world for more than temporary Music and peers and guest mu- purchased at the door. three decades. Playing Technology Program, sicians like Los Vari- Doors open at the drums in Los Variants, it’s a chance to get the ants.” Shambhala Music and Maccarone is joined new semester off on In their Sept. 26 Performance Hall on performance, Los Nelson’s Tenth Street by guitarist Michael the perfect note. Occhipinti, Jonathon “There is so much Variants will take the Campus at 7 p.m. with Amador on bass, energy on the Tenth audience on a musi- the show at 7:30 p.m.


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Nelson CARES Society wants to recognize and say 'Thank You' to our entire staff team for their thoughtful and dedicated work over the past few years through many, many challenges. Your work makes Nelson a more caring community every day.

Curious about local wildfire mitigation efforts? A public open house will be held Sept. 22 in Nelson. Photo: Submitted

Learn about wildfire risk reduction at open house Submitted by Nelson and Area Wildfire Risk Reduction Committee

The Nelson and Area Wildfire Risk Reduction Committee invites the community to join us for a public open house on Sept. 22. This is an opportunity for you to participate in the conversation around wildfire threat to our communities and how we can all reduce the risk of wildfire in our community. This open house will provide opportunities for community members to engage directly with staff from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), City of Nelson, Ministry of Forests and BC Parks to better understand the wildfire risk within and adjacent to our communities, wildfire risk reduction activities underway and what residents can do to reduce the risk of wildfire on their own properties. The open house runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, 701 Lakeside Dr. It’s a family friendly event with refreshments provided.

The RDCK and the City of Nelson have undertaken fuel mitigation projects to aid in wildfire prevention. BC Parks has developed the West Arm Provincial Park Fire Management Plan to protect park values in the event of a wildfire. BC Parks has also undertaken some fuel mitigation work within West Arm Provincial Park, as well as within Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. The Nelson and Area Wildfire Risk Reduction Committee is committed to reducing the impact of wildfire in our communities. We do this by collaborating on wildfire mitigation projects, sharing information and resources, and keeping our communities informed. We work closely with BC FireSmart, homeowners, agencies and land managers to help keep our communities safe. Visit our website to learn more about what is being done to reduce the risk of wildfire in your area, and what you and your community can do to help. Learn more at wildfireriskreduction.

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What should I do if I’m concerned about smoke in the air? Limit outdoor activities, especially if it makes you tired or short of breath. If you are in your car or truck, keep the windows closed and put the air system on “re-circulate.”

Nelson District Rod & Gun Club is pleased to invite the public to the following events: The Canadian Firearms Safety Courses (Pal for unrestricted long riffle and shotguns and RPAL for restricted firearms like pistols) are one day courses. Safe handling of all common firearms and safe shooting techniques are taught. The Conservation and outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) is a two day course required for hunting. • September 24 - PAL-minimum age is 12 and costs $125/student • September 25 - RPAL-minimum

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The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons. Standing, L-R: Willa Horsfall, Puleng Pratt, Diane Tulloch, Sandy Byers, Karen Heddle, Kelly Crawford, Maggie Mulvihill, Cheryl Dew, Andrea Vowell, Amber Larsen, Marlene Pozin, Kneeling: Branwen Hainsworth, Bonnie Neumar, Jill Jacobsen, Carla Klein, Shelley Thielker, Cath Little, Zoyia Burgoyne, Dawne Garnett, Ivy Mitchell, Janet Stephenson. Photo: Submitted

Kootenay Rhythm Dragons finish 4th at Penticton Dragon Boat Festival Submitted by Kootenay Rhythm Dragons

Kootenay Rhythm Dragons wrapped up their 2022 paddling season by competing in the Penticton Dragon Boat Festival on Sept. 10-11. This is the second largest dragon boat festival in B.C. KRD was especially proud of our performance as our team of 18 paddlers raced against full boats of 20 paddlers. Our fastest time in

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Nelson Leafs end pre-season with win, loss to Creston Valley


by Staff Writer

The Nelson Leafs wrapped up pre-season play by splitting a home-and-away series with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats. Johnny Carmichael scored two power-play goals Friday as the Leafs beat the Thunder Cats 4-2 in Nelson. Nelson rookie Tristan Magis opened the scoring with a short-handed goal while Aiden Doornbos also scored. Goaltender Jasper Tait meanwhile made 32 saves in net. Blake Anderson and Stavros Koutsantonis replied for the Thunder Cats, with goalie Jacob Burnside stopping 25 shots. The next night in Creston, Koutsantonis scored with 19 seconds left in regulation to lift the Thunder Cats to a 3-2 win. Brayden MacKay and Anderson also scored for Creston Valley, with goalie Aaron Kaner stopping 28 shots.

The City of Nelson is pleased to announce that it will continue the Sports Ambassador program that was first commenced in 2020 and designate a Sports Ambassador to represent the City in 2023. Applications and nominations for the Sports Ambassador for the 2023 calendar year are currently being accepted and the forms are available at: Nelson is an active community with a long and rich history of sports and recreation. The Sports Ambassador program seeks to further advance this tradition by increasing the visibility of the City’s most accomplished athletes and others that have contributed to the City’s reputation as a sports and recreation hub. The Sports Ambassador will be selected by Council and announced at the City’s Annual Reception. The Sports Ambassador will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium.

Nelson Leafs Joe Davidson scored shorthanded for Nelson while rookie Carsyn Crawford opened the scoring on a power play. Kael Beauregard took the loss with 21 saves. Saturday’s game was littered with penalties. The Leafs served 91 total minutes in the box to Creston’s 62. The chief offender was Nelson’s

Drake Proctor, who was assessed two minutes for being an aggressor, a five-minute major for fighting, a 10-minute game misconduct and a 20-minute gross misconduct all near the end of the first period. Nelson opens the regular season at home Friday against the Princeton Posse.

The designation will be awarded to an individual athlete, group or team or other individual who has/have achieved a high standard of excellence in their athletic pursuits or accomplishments, and who will be worthy representatives of Nelson’s sports and recreational community. Nelson-based individuals, groups, and teams are eligible for consideration. In selecting the Sports Ambassador, Council will be asked to consider the following for each applicant: recent and historic achievements, the level of achievement, and the geographic area and scope of such achievements. The City of Nelson established this honour in recognition of those who are not only active in Nelson, but in other communities as well. The Sports Ambassador is expected to represent and promote the City of Nelson, increasing the visibility of Nelson’s active culture. The Sports Ambassador is able to use their official designation in their own promotional materials, programs and fundraising. The deadline for submission of either an applicant or a nomination is October 21, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

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11 medals for Nelson area athletes at 55-plus B.C. Games by Staff Writer

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Nelson and area athletes won 11 medals at the 55-plus B.C. Games in in the Greater Victoria area last week. Nelson cyclist Sharisse Kyle finished first in the women’s 65-69 time trial and road race event. Nelson’s Kathy Letham meanwhile won gold in women’s 65-69 doubles badminton with partner Wendy Nagasaka of Aldergrove. Letham also took bronze in 55-59 singles. In pickleball, Nelson’s Tanis Bourchier paired with Castlegar’s Christine Wayling to win gold in women’s 55-64 doubles. Men’s hockey teams meanwhile earned two medals. The Kootenay Glaciers — which includes Nelson’s Mike Grace, Andrew Kyle, Kaslo’s Glen McRae and Douglas Yee, Salmo’s Fred Paton, and Bonnington’s Brent Petrick — captured gold in the men’s 60-plus category. The Kootenay Kings — featuring Nelson’s Darrell MacKay, Dean Harrison, Doug Har-

Athletes from the East Kootenay enter the opening ceremonies at the 55-plus rison, Simon Wheeldon and Kaslo’s John Cathro — took bronze in the men’s 55-plus event. In men’s 55-plus soccer, the Kootenay United also scored bronze. That team includes Nelson’s Morgan Dehnel, Bruce Fuhr, Scott Lewis, Robert McRory, Justin Willans, Len Arabia, Glen Cameron, Bill Clark, Les Clark, Mike Clark, Kevin Cormack, Mike

Gerun, Jeff Lloyd, Kevin McKechnie, Donnie Wing, David White and Brian Hunter, as well as Salmo’s Jack Janssen-Steenberg. Local athletes were also on the podium in women’s golf. Procter’s Jacqueline Little and Balfour’s Roma Crispin each won gold in the 55-plus Flight A category, while Nelson’s Mary Ann Gaschnitz took bronze in the same event.

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Remembering Loved Ones

In loving memory of David L. Johnson David L. Johnson, 84, of Balfour, BC. passed away peacefully on September 14, 2022. David was born on December 14th 1937, in Grande Prairie, AB. He grew up in Calgary, AB and moved with his wife Alma to West Kootenays in 1958. David owned electrical businesses, worked as an electrician at various places and ended his career as the manager of the electrical crew for the Department of Highways in Nelson. He retired at the age of 55 and spent his time volunteering at churches, fishing, gardening, golfing, and caring for his family, church family and friends. He loved music, nature, camping, his family and church, but most of all he loved Jesus, his Lord and Saviour. He was a kind, compassionate and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He is survived by Alma, his adored wife, his children: Sharol (Neil) Josephson, Dan (Sheryl) Johnson, Juanita (Mark) Anderson, Becky (Randy) Jesse, his sister Pauline Lessard, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.



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In loving memory of Benedetti, Raymond William December 9, 1930, to September 10, 2022

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at the Balfour Covenant Church, 7741 Upper Balfour Road, Balfour, BC.



In loving memory of Joanne McGregor With great sadness the family of Joanne McGregor announces her peaceful passing on August 29, 2022, at Kootenay Lake Hospital. Joanne was born in Edmonton to Vernon and Helen Craig on September 15, 1933. Her family moved to Edgewood and later to Crawford Bay where she met her loving husband, Alfred (Sonny) McGregor. They were married on September 30, 1950, and together they created a loving home for their three children, Wayne, Keith, and Heather. Mom was not afraid of work. She worked alongside Dad on the farm until they purchased the Crawford Bay Store in 1966 and later the Riondel Store where she was also the postmistress. After selling both stores, she managed the Kokanee Springs Golf clubhouse and restaurant. By 1982, Mom had acquired her Log Scalers Licence and worked and lived with Dad in Nakusp and Slocan until they retired. They retired back to Crawford Bay where they built a house on the property beside the old farm. Her and Dad enjoyed their retirement gardening, golfing, and traveling south for the winter. Mom very much enjoyed golfing with her friends at Kokanee Springs and after they moved to Nelson, she continued to go to Crawford Bay for Ladies Day every week. In her spare time, she also enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and other crafts especially for her grandchildren. She was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother, and friend, always helping where and when she could. Her kids were her pride and her grand/great-grand children her greatest joy. She liked nothing more than gatherings with family & friends and she cherished all the times she spent with her grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Sonny, in 2012 and is survived by her three children, Wayne, Keith (Wendy) and Heather (Rob) and her six grandchildren Lexi, Lori (Dan),

It is with deep sadness that the family of Ray Benedetti announces his peaceful passing at the age of 91. Ray was born to Steve and Marie Benedetti in 1930 in Wynndel, BC. His family lived in Trail for a short time and later moved to Nelson where he met and married his wife, Edna Robison, on October 18, 1952. They later raised two children and enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren. Ray started his career as a travelling automotive parts salesman, then became a taxi owner / operator and eventually went into business with his brother Don operating Wait’s News Stand on the corner of Baker and Ward Street in Nelson until he retired in 1989. In 2002 Ray and Edna moved to Kelowna to be closer to their grandchildren. Throughout his active years Ray loved to golf, curl, bowl and go on hunting trips with his Uncle Louie. He was especially proud of his three hole-in-ones (two in Spokane and one in Nelson). In his later years he developed a fondness for watching golfing, tennis, and old westerns on TV. He had a great sense of humour and was a generous and loving father and grandfather. He will be forever loved and missed. Ray is survived by his daughter Arlene (Bruce Bunce) and son Raymond; his grandchildren Tyler, Brece, Nolan, Cameron, Mitchell, Kaden, Cole, Hailie, and Noah; and sisters-in-law Nina, Alice and Phylis. He is predeceased by his loving wife, Edna and his three brothers, Don, Syl and Stevie. The family would like to thank the wonderful and hard-working Interior Health care aides and

his housekeeper who assisted Ray at home in his final years. (He’s still waiting for that T-bone steak and eggs for breakfast!) At Ray’s request there will be no formal celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon or BC Cancer Foundation.

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Janet Kay Christie July 5, 1949 - September 14, 2022,

The family wishes to extend heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated and caring nurses at the Kootenay Lake Hospital that assisted us the last few days of her life, as well as many thanks to our extended family and friends for all the love and support during this difficult time. A service will be held Saturday, September 24, at 11am at the Nelson Covenant Church, 702 Stanley Street, followed by visitation at Thompson Funeral Service, 613 Ward Street, between 1-3pm. To leave a personal message of condolence please see Thompson Funeral Service website:

In loving memory of David John Herman Grypma born March 25, 1967 in Calgary, AB. He passed away unexpectedly on August 17, 2022 travelling through Creston, BC on his way to Alberta to visit his children. His family is comforted knowing he passed doing what he loved most; riding his motorcycle and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Kootenays. David was always so proud of his son Richard, 32, and his daughter Meagan, 30. His son was a true embodiment of his father, sharing his interests working with his hands, hunting, fishing and loving the great outdoors. Richard just like David would do anything for his family and loved helping anyone in need. His daughter Meagan, was his little princess and he would do anything to protect her from the hardships of the world. He was always there to be a shoulder to cry on and a sounding board to listen to. She manifests this into her life just like her father did. David passed along his best qualities into his children. He started his family when he was young with the love of his life, Jeanine. David enjoyed fishing, weekend hunting trips, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and camping in the mountains. He passed along his passions onto his family and they will miss him, but think of him every time they’re out doing what he loved. Although he did not go into the Grypma family business at Georama Growers, David had a love for vehicles all his life which lead him to study autobody repair and painting in Kelowna and Dawson Creek. He continued on to be a pioneer in his field, becoming the first journeyman to hold tickets in both fields in British Columbia. David worked for Nelson Chrysler Autobody for over 30 years, and loved everyone he worked with and met along the way. It brought David such pleasure to lend a helping hand out to his friends, family, and the community, tinkering on any piece of machinery that needed looking after. He enjoyed connecting with friends at local

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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Janet Kay Christie (Gemmell) on September 14, 2022, in Nelson, BC, at the age of 73. Janet was a proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother who cherished her family and her independence. Born July 5, 1949, in Olympia, Washington, Janet grew up in Pendleton, Oregon with parents, Raymond E. and LeDean M. (Garner) Gemmell and older brother William (Bill). She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1967, afterwards attending the local Blue Mountain Community College taking liberal arts classes. She then attended Kinman Business University in Spokane, Washington. While attending college, she met and later married Canadian, Herb Christie (ex). Together they raised three children, residing in both Oregon (1973-1983) and the Slocan Valley (1970-1973; 1983-1993). These years she worked hard raising her children and managing a home on an acreage. In 1993 she separated from her husband and moved into Nelson. She attended Selkirk College taking the Office Administration program, and worked different jobs over the years for hotels, a custodial company and the School District, eventually retiring in 2014. Janet was an active member of the Nelson Covenant Church for many years. She was an avid reader and a collector of meaningful scripture and quotes which she would hand write in notebooks. She enjoyed keeping up to date on current events, and especially loved keeping tabs on the happenings of her grandchildren. Janet is predeceased by her parents and brother, and is survived by her children, Raymond Christie, Susan Christie (Rob Ostrikoff), and Julie McFarlane (David); her grandchildren, Alyssa Jackson (Jared), Ashley Floor (Lee), Jonah McFarlane (Hannah), Caleb McFarlane, Anna McFarlane, Aidan Ostrikoff, Silas McFarlane and Danika Pope; and great grandchildren, Micah, Koan, Freya and Ander Floor, and Zachary and Timothy McFarlane.


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bonfires and concerts in the Ymir Park. David always had the most contagious smile to go with his incredibly large heart. He had a sense of humour like no other and a laugh to match. He will be remembered for all of these things and his steel blue eyes just like his father, Sjoerd (George) and his unconditional love from his mother, Anna. David is survived by his sister Marianne (Andy) Cichowski, brothers Case (Imelda) Grypma, Simon (Lee) Grypma, George Grypma, sister Wilma (Brian) Champlin. We loved you so much little brother. David is also survived by many nephews, nieces, cousins and aunties. A Celebration of life is planed for September 24 at one o’clock downtown Ymir. Everyone is welcome to share their stories and memories of Dave and his many life adventures. Donations will be accepted for a memorial in Dave’s memory. While his absence will be missed deeply, his memory will live on with the people he touched during the time he spent on this earth.

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William Gordon Potter It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, William Gordon Potter. He was pre-deceased by his wife Marjorie Jane in 1987, as well as his parents Harold and Annie Potter, brother Robert and his wife Joan, brother Ken, brother-in-law Bruce, and two nephews Lee and Brad. He was also predeceased by Marjorie Janes’s parents Henk and Marjorie, brother-in-law Norman and his wife Margo. Gordon is survived by his five daughters: Jean (Tom), Julie, Leslie (Neil), Roxanne, and Miriam (Norm). He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren to carry on. Gordon is also survived by his sister Betty Anne Russell, his sister-in-law Elaine Potter, and many nieces and nephews. Gordon was born in Penticton, BC, and grew up in the orchard in Oliver BC. Upon graduating he went to Forest Ranger School and later found work with the BC Forest Service in Smithers, BC. He was then transferred to Nelson where he worked in silviculture until he retired. His family lived in the Blewett area for many years while the children were at home. Gordon was instrumental in the operations of the Morning Mountain Ski Area, spending many years on the board, and as president. He also spent many weekends transporting the Morning Mountain Ski Racers to their races. Weekends and nights were spent at the hill where all his daughters learned to ski. Later in life after the passing of his loving wife, Gordon moved to the Slocan Valley near Winlaw where he continued his passion for gardening and was active in the golfing and senior’s events. In the later years of his life, he moved to Castlegar. In August of this year, he was admitted to Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson where he

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passed away at age 92. We would like to thank Dr Milde and the nursing staff on the third floor of Kootenay Lake Hospital for the wonderful care given to Gordon in the last days of his life. There will be a private interment service in Oliver, BC, at a later date. As per Gordon’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. To leave a personal message of condolence please see Thompson Funeral Service website: https:// In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation.



Requirements: • Completion of post-secondary degree in Business, Communications, Journalism, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills • Energetic self-starter with a “can-do” attitude • Computer literacy, including good working skills in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook • Strong attention to detail in all areas of work • Excellent time and project management skills • Motivated individual with proven initiative and determination • Ability to travel as required for the position What we offer: In addition to working with great people in a supportive work culture, Black Press offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package that includes extended health and dental for you and your family and company match to your pension contribution. Black Press Media is a leading North American local news champion with operations across British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Washington State, Alaska, and Hawaii. Over 1,500 talented individuals work with us to deliver unique community news and information across a full suite of traditional media channels and digital platforms. We value diverse viewpoints, new ways of thinking and a collaborative approach to delivering results.

INVITATION TO TENDER Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd (CCC) is referring the Company’s 20232028 Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) for Public review. The FSP is a landscape level plan that specifies Results and Strategies that must be implemented to meet the objectives set by Government for Soils, Water, Wildlife, Visual Quality Objectives, Timber, Fish, Biodiversity and Cultural Heritage Resources. The Results and Strategies state forest management practices that will conserve and protect forest resources within the company’s planned areas of interest in which harvesting and road construction activities will occur. The Results and Strategies must be measurable or verifiable so they can be evaluated as to whether the specific objectives are being met. CCC’S FSP includes forest tenure from Laird Creek/Balfour Face to Fletcher Creek, Johnsons Landing to Argenta to North Duncan Lake and Howser Creek, including the side drainages in Howser Creek. The FSP is publicly available for review and comment for a period of 60-days. The FSP, Forest Development Units and Appendices can be viewed at: Comments must be received by November 1, 2022 to be considered. Comments should be sent to:, or mailed to: Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd, Box 850, Salmo, BC, V0G 1Z0, Attention: FSP

Qualified applicants are asked to send a resume and cover letter outlining how you meet the above requirements to Group Publisher – Kootenay Division, Karen Johnston at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only those shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Nelson United Church Welcome backDavid to in-person Minister: Boyd Welcome back to in-person Worship Services Worship10:00 Services Sunday, am

Sunday, 10:00 am “Music inWorship” in Worship” with “Music with Robyn and and Nicole Robyn Nicole

Tikkun Olam for Non-Profit Organizations

Alternately, Access the service via link to:

by Carina Costom

Prayers and blessings to all

Attention:Ombudsperson Ombudsman of the Universe Identities have been composited to protect those who fear repercussions.

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

with Hearing Loop

It can be different! In Person Church Sundays at 10:30am 520 Falls Street, Nelson Online Church Sundays@10:30am Kootenay Christian Fellowship page

Pastor Jim Reimer

Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday to Friday 12 noon Sacred Heart, Kaslo Sunday 3:00 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation www.CatholiCCathedralnelson.Ca Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pastoral Staff Most. Rev. Bishop Gregory Bittman Very Rev. Neil Lustado, Rector Resident Priest: Fr. Marian Korzeniowski Parish Office Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 813 Cathedralnelson@gmail.Com Ward St., Nelson BC V1L1T4 Jean M. Mangapot, Administrative Assistant Phone: 250-352-7131 Fax: 250-352-7180 Email:

The Hebrew phrase tikkun olam ‘repair the world’ is a daily social justice commandment in Judaism and, it’s hard to live up to. Still, there can be no social justice without inclusion. Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) have the explicit mandate to be an instrument of inclusivity through increased access to food security, housing, mental heath supports, child-care, employment, sports, arts, a healthy environment, etc. This, is good. Very good.

life changing, positive, a breicha (wellspring, in Yiddish). Sadly, through lack of skill or correct intent, or both, the opposite also occurs and reaches devastatingly re-traumatizing and even horrific proportions, quite preventably. NPO communication style (an intrinsic part of organizational culture) which might have been its crowning asset, in line with the Golden Rule, now becomes a social liability. But I can’t leave it there.

Interactions with NPO agents – when very vulnerable – can be

brokenness and being shamed, bullied and punished for their circumstances, while also being helped but not heard”. Here, Kevin Kelly suggests that those working in service to others must learn to embody and foster the conditions that support “co-evolution”. That’s tikkun-olam-in-action, it’s not easy, but it’s needed. People: it’s been time for a long time. NPOs: I feel ya. I also need ya. Don’t give up on yourselves or, on us. I’m just sayin’.

To be fair, NPO employees are vulnerable too – enter vicarious traumas. I lived this as a staffer when I bore witness and attended to perturbing client stories. Dear Ombudsperson Ombudsman of the Universe, what follows is the word on the street: “The people that deal with some of you (NPO staff) are so, so tired. Good, smart, yet vulnerable people, are tired of systemic

Carina Costom has both worked for and received services from non-profits. She is a co-parent and citizen of the arts sharing learning stories about body-mind and spirit within society. Events described herein may be fictitious, any semblance to people or organizations living or dead may be the result of your own lived experience. Check it.

ANGLICAN CHURCH St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral 701 Ward St., Nelson 1st



Sunday Eucharist 10:30 am

2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday Zoom 10:30 am Friday Food Pantry 9:00 – 11:00 am

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2022 General Local Election Notice of Election by Voting PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to the electors of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) that an Election by Voting is necessary to elect Directors for Electoral Areas B, C, E, G and J, for terms commencing October 2022 and terminating after the general election in 2026, and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom the votes will be received are: Area



Residential Address



Roger Tanya

4690 Samuelson Rd, Canyon 2812 Erickson St, Creston



Adam Kelly

2759 Rocky Pt Rd, Creston Wynndel, BC


Reggie Cheryl Dan Landon

7924 Balfour Wharf Rd, Balfour 7778 Balfour Wharf Rd, Balfour #34-7126 Hwy 3A, Nelson 6112 Pippers Lane, Nelson



Anna Hans Farrell

108 Douglas Rd, Nelson Ymir, BC Salmo, BC



Henny Kim

1316 McPhee Rd, Castlegar 1473 Meadowbrook Dr, Castlegar


**One (1) to be elected in each Electoral Area.

Electoral Area J Robson Community Hall

Electoral Area J 3067 Waldie Ave, Robson, BC

Ootischenia Comm. Hall

1119 Columbia Rd, Ootischenia, BC

Castlegar Complex

2101 6th Ave, Castlegar, BC

Advanced Voting Opportunity The Advance Voting Opportunity shall be on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the following locations: Electoral Area B Yahk Community Hall Creston Comm. Complex

Electoral Area C Creston Comm. Complex Electoral Area E Balfour Seniors Hall RDCK Office Electoral Area G Salmo Community Center Electoral Area J Castlegar Complex

8790 Railway Ave, Yahk, BC 312-19th Ave N, Creston, BC 312-19th Ave N, Creston, BC 8435 Busk St, Balfour, BC 202 Lakeside Dr, Nelson, BC 206 7th St, Salmo 2101 6th Ave, Castlegar, BC

Elector Registration General Voting Day The General Voting Day will be on Saturday, October 15, 2022 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for qualified electors of the RDCK at the following locations: Electoral Area B Erickson Elementary School Canyon Elementary School Lister Community Hall Yahk Community Hall Creston Comm. Complex Electoral Area C West Creston Comm. Hall Wynndel Community Hall

3523 Highway 3, Erickson, BC 4575 Canyon/Lister Rd, Canyon, BC 3461 16th St, Lister, BC 8790 Railway Ave, Yahk, BC 312-19th Ave N, Creston, BC 1350 W. Creston Rd, Creston, BC 5127 Wynndel Rd, Wynndel, BC

Creston Comm. Complex Electoral Area E

312-19th Ave N, Creston, BC

Balfour Seniors Hall Procter Community Hall Blewett Elementary School RDCK Office Electoral Area G Salmo Community Center Ymir Community Hall

8435 Busk St, Balfour, BC 246 3rd St, Procter, BC 2665 Blewett Rd, Nelson, BC 202 Lakeside Dr, Nelson, BC 206 7th , Salmo 7210 1st Ave, Ymir

If you are not on the list of electors, you may register at the time of voting by completing the required application form available at the voting place. To register you must meet the following qualifications:  18 years of age or older on general voting day;  Canadian citizen;  resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding the day of

registration;  resident of OR registered owner of real property in the RDCK for at least 30

days immediately preceding the day of registration; and

 not disqualified under the Local Government Act (LGA) or any other

enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law. To register, resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. To register, non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent from the other property owners. (Consent form may be downloaded from the RDCK website) Pursuant to the LGA, no corporation is entitled to be registered as an elector or have a representative registered as an elector and no corporation is entitled to vote.

Voting by Mail The RDCK has enacted a bylaw which authorizes voting by mail ballot and establishes the procedures to do so. Qualified electors wishing to receive a Mail Ballot Package must apply to the RDCK before October 13, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Ballots must be returned to the voting station at the RDCK at Box 590, 202 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC by 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 15, 2022. Tom Dool, Chief Elections Officer Angela Lund, Deputy Chief Elections Officer 250.352.6665 or 1.800.268.7325 |

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Looking for firewood? Members of the Nelson Lions Club has lots for sale. Photo: Submitted

Nelson Lions Club announces firewood sale Submitted by the Nelson Lions Club

On Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 a.m., the Nelson Lions Club is hosting its annual firewood sale across from Blewett School. The wood is ready for burning this winter, and all money raised will, as always, be contributed back into the community. The sale will continue until the last piece is gone. Please come prepared to load your own vehicle. Wood is $300 per cord — but as always, you only pay for what you can carry. Each year Kalesnikoff Lumber generously donates a truck full of lumber that the Lions and other volunteers cut and split — a tradition

almost as old as the club itself. Like the club’s Canada Day pancake breakfast, which this year served over 700 people and raised almost $7,000, the annual firewood sale is one of the many ways the club raises money to serve our community. Each year, the Nelson Lions Club provides $2,000 in student scholarships, $8,100 in community grants, $9,400 to health and wellness initiatives, as well as contributions to larger global projects through Lions International. Visit us at for additional information, updates on our events, to apply for scholarships, or to join the club and serve your community.

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© Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 2017 | ™The heart and / Icon on its own or followed by another icon or words in English are trademarks of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

“In celebrating the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and in mourning her loss, we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to duty and service.” Nelson’s Royal Canadian Legion president Bill Haire spoke to legion members and city councillor Janice Morrison at a brief ceremony on Monday. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

WORLEY OVERNIGHT TOURS ARE BACK!! HOSTED BY ANNETTE & ROB October 30 & 31 – wait list only December 11TH & 12TH, 2022 TOUR INCLUDES: ***Overnight accommodation at the Casino ***$30 USD extra play cash on players card ***$12 USD on players card towards meals ***Round trip coach transportation ***2 draws for $25 USD each ***Extra $5.00 per hundred when exchanging money at rate set by Casino ALL FOR $80 CAD PER PERSON ( Based on free rooms from the Casino) No Free rooms $140 CAD Per Person/Double $200 CAD Single Day 1 Pickups start in Nelson,Castlegar, Trail and Rossland. We cross the border at Patterson and head to Colville for a washroom break. Back on board and off to the Casino. Bingo is on Sundays or lots of machines to play. Day 2 We will be departing the Casino at 3pm with a stop in Colville for washroom break and then home. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: You must have a valid passport and proof of at least 2 vaccinations. Information is required when you book. The Arrive Canada paperwork will be taken care of for everyone. Refunds will not be given for incorrect information given. ** It is highly recommended that you have adequate Medical Insurance when travelling to another country. Call Glacier Travel for a quote. ** Tour is based on at least 30 paying passengers and is 100 % non refundable **Players club cards are mandatory and if you don’t have one we will get one for you


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CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF NELSON PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO THE ELECTORS OF THE CITY OF NELSON AND SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 8, ELECTORAL AREA 1, AS FOLLOWS: NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING An election by voting is necessary to elect a Mayor and six Councillors, and two School Trustees, and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are: MAYOR – One (1) to be elected

ADVANCE VOTING will be held as follows: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 And Wednesday October 12, 2022 Between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at City Hall, 2nd Floor, Council Chambers, 310 Ward Street, Nelson BC.


Usual Names

Residential Address



724 Hoover Street, Nelson

CURBSIDE VOTING will be available as follows:



2210 Kootenay Lane, Nelson



1005 Carbonate Street, Nelson

At the general and advance voting, assistance will be provided for electors with physical disabilities or those requiring assistance in voting by use of the Curbside voting provisions.



512 Carbonate Street, Nelson



523 Second Street, Nelson

For further information on this option, please contact the Chief Elections Officer at (250) 352-8120 or Deputy Chief Elections Officer at (250) 352-8234. ELECTOR REGISTRATION

COUNCILLOR – Six (6) to be elected Surname

Usual Names

Residential Address



1802 Ridgewood Road, Nelson



4-3260 Heddle Road, Nelson



507 Vernon Street, Nelson



224 Observatory Street, Nelson



623 Behnsen Street, Nelson



512 Hendryx Street, Nelson



567 Goddard Road, Nelson



411 Houston Street, Nelson



1021 Josephine Street, Nelson



1787 Ridgewood Road, Nelson

SCHOOL TRUSTEE – Two (2) to be elected Surname

Usual Names

Residential Address



1546 Nasookin Heights Rd., Nelson



620 Houston Street, Nelson



118 High Street, Nelson



7616 School House Rd., Nelson



4617 Crescent View Drive, Nelson



3440 Bedford Road, Nelson

VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS GENERAL VOTING will be held on: Saturday, October 15, 2022 Between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm At Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre, 701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson BC A SPECIAL VOTING OPPORTUNITY will also be held on October 15, 2022 for qualified electors who are patients or staff of the following facilities, and at the following times: • • • •

9:30 am to 11:30 am: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm: 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm:

Lake View Village, 1020 Seventh Street, Nelson Kootenay Lake District Hospital, 3 View Street, Nelson Jubilee Manor, 501 West Richards Street, Nelson Mountain Lake Seniors Community, 908 Eleventh Street, Nelson

If you are not on the list of electors, you may register at the time of voting by completing the application form available at the voting place and making a declaration that you meet the requirements to be registered as set out below: RESIDENT ELECTORS: To register as a resident elector, you must: • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day [October 15, 2022]; • be a Canadian citizen; • be a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration (at time of voting); • be a resident of the City of Nelson or School District No. 8 – Electoral Area 1 on the day of registration (at time of voting); and • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law. NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTORS: To register as a non-resident property elector you must: • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day [October 15, 2022]; • be a Canadian citizen; • be a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration (at time of voting); • be a registered owner of real property in the City of Nelson or School District No. 8 – Electoral Area 1 for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration (at time of voting); • not be entitled to register as a resident elector; and • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law. In addition, for non-resident property electors: • The only persons who are registered owners of the property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust. • If more than one person is registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector. In addition, in order to register at time of voting: To register, resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. To register, non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent from the other property owners. Sarah Winton Chief Election Officer

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(250)-354-4089 LAKEVIEW CONDO

TOFFEE Sweet Toffee purrs at the sight of you and follows you around for attention. A happy cat, Toffee holds her plumy tail high as she rubs herself up against your legs. Whether perched up high or lounging in the sun’s rays on her kitty tower, Toffee always jumps up to meet visitors. Only 1 year old, Toffee is still young and playful with wand toys, feathered strings, or laser beams.

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250-354-8500 Submitted by Massif Music Festival

Massif Music Festival returns to the live stage Sept. 23 and 24 at the Eagles Lodge in Nelson after a three-year hiatus. The show is presented by Nelson Brewing Company and features post-rock noise rock luminaries Kinski (Seattle), hardcore heavyweights Brass (Vancouver), skate punk legends No More Moments (Siksika Nation) and 15 other bands from as far away as Portland and Saskatoon and as close as Castlegar, Winlaw and Rossland. Massif 2022 is sold out, but you still have a chance to win tickets this week by entering our ticket giveaway with NBC. Enter on Instagram by liking the contest post from Monday, following the Nelson Brewing Company and Massif Music accounts, and tagging the

person who’s going to Massif with you in the comments of the post. The contest ends at 6:59 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. Winners will be notified Friday. Massif’s mandate is to champion underrepresented music. Performers are conscientiously chosen to represent diversity in the underground music scene. Massif creates a supportive music environment for female and non-binary artists, provides Kootenay bands a place to perform and to connect with touring musicians, and offers youth the opportunity to attend a positive, fun and low-cost music experience as an all-ages event. Massif is made possible with the generous support of the BC Arts Council. Good luck in the contest and see you at Eagles Lodge this weekend. Rock on!



This charming lakefront home is close to fishing, golfing, pickleball and all the incredible outdoor recreation opportunities that the West Kootenays have to offer. The property also features a boat dock, RV pad, workshop and a one-bedroom self contained suite.


Little Pumpkin is ready to fall into your lap this September. This people-loving marmalade is the most relaxed of his littermates and enjoys perching up high to observe his world. In typical kitten fashion, he loves to play, especially with wand toys and initiated running on our cat wheel. He’s brave and s e ne lv ng le cat helv

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Downtown Castlegar commercial lot. Located close to the downtown hub, this property is ripe for development. This is one of the last undeveloped lots in the area and services are at the lot line. The zoning allows for an array of uses. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.


JACK Meet Jack, a little fireball who’s ready to bring light into your life this fall. Jack is as sweet as he is playful, giving you the best of both worlds. He loves any sort of wand or feathered toys and carries them around, even engaging in tug of war. This adorable kitten purrs when he sees people and earns all the attention you can possibly give him.

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A very well cared for 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home in the sought after village of New Denver. Live easy all on one level with plenty of natural wood floors and woodwork throughout. Loads of natural light throughout the home with a bright open kitchen and dining area. There is a cozy wood stove in the living room. The home is on 5 lots totaling just over a quarter of an acre. The yard is private with mature trees, hedges, fruit trees such as pear, cherry and a crab apple tree.


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Spectacular lake and mountain views from this High Street Place condo!! 2 bedrooms plus den. You will love the sweeping views of the lake all the way past the orange bridge. A great location walking distance to downtown. The beautiful grounds have been meticulously maintained in this 55+ strata development. These units are highly sought after!

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Place Names

X marks oddball names in West Kootenay/Boundary by Greg Nesteroff Special to Black Press

Three hundred eleventh in a series on West Kootenay/Boundary place names For the past few weeks we’ve been looking at unique place names in our area, including Indigenous names, Chinook jargon names, and Doukhobor names. Then there are the sheer oddballs, places that enjoy strange appellations for a variety of reasons. • Only 11 official place names in B.C.

start an with X — including several that were adopted in 2000 as part of the Nisga’a Treaty. The Boundary is home to two others: Xenia Lake, west of the north end of Christina Lake, and Xenia Creek, which flows into Xenia Lake. The lake name was formally adopted in 1955 as labelled on a 1923 map. A 1996 letter from the Boundary Historical Society to the BC Geographical Names office explained that it was often written

Xina by old trappers. The society’s Rose Gobeil also relayed something Eugene McDougall told her circa 1980: “Because of the view from the bluff above this small lake, in the early days it was referred to as Little Christina Lake.” No contemporary uses of Little Christina Lake have yet turned up, but it does seem the most likely origin of Xenia. Alternatively, in British Columbia Place Names, G.P.V. and Helen Akrigg wrote: “Somebody who knew

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classical Greek could have applied this name in the sense of ‘pertaining to hospitality.’ Xenia is also a botanical term.” It’s also a place in Ohio. • X-Ray Lake, on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, near Crawford Bay, is an unofficial name, but it’s been around a long time. It’s after the X-Ray mineral claim that it lies within, for which Henry M. Rumball received a Crown grant in 1901. The lake is first mentioned in the 1932 report of the lands and survey branches of the Department of Lands, which noted that the “Silver Hill trail starts at Rainville, about 9½ miles from Crawford Bay wharf and ends at X-ray Lake, about four miles up Canyon Creek from Rainville.” Speaking of which … • Rainville, an unofficial name, did not reflect local climatic conditions but rather honoured Achille Joseph Rainville (18651907), who was connected with the Silver Hill mine and hotel. The area at the confluence of Crawford and Canyon creeks subsequently became known as Rainville. The first known use of the place name is in the Nelson Daily News of Aug. 12, 1913: “M. Johnson’s gang are now clearing out the various trails to the summit and also repairing two bridges on the road up to Rainville.” A.J. Rainville suffered a horrifying death at the Eureka mine west of Nelson after being accidentally immersed in boiling water in a mine shaft. • We’ve previously looked in this series at Octopus Creek, south of Fauquier. While it might refer to the creek having eight tentacle-like forks, a perhaps apocryphal story tells of an ine-

X-Ray Lake near Crawford Bay is shown (but not identified) on this map from 1901 showing the mining claim of the same name. briated sternwheeler ed to William Fleet fino Creek is Never- (formerly Ten Mile passenger who mis- Robertson, provin- touch Creek (or Nev- Creek) in the newstook an overturned cial mineralogist ertouched Creek), paper’s June 26, 1897 stump near the creek’s from 1897-1925, who so named by 1901. edition: “One of the mouth for an octopus. crossed this creek with There’s also a nearby brightest conversaThe earliest mention his pack train. When Nevertouch Lake. tionalists and best of the creek is in the someone asked the • Printer Creek flows informed men I met Nelson Daily News creek’s name was, he south into Enterprise on my trip was C.E. of May 30, 1907, in a replied “Damned if I Creek on the east side Smitheringale, who land application no- know,” and that’s what of Slocan Lake and whiled away my evetice by T.M. Foote. ended up on the map. was first mentioned in ning at the Enterprise • Damfino Creek The story was first The Ledge of Aug. 29, mine. He is a journalflows into the Kettle told in 1948, but dam- 1895 as the location of ist well known in this River above Rendell fino, as a short form of the Alexander mining part of the KooteCreek, in a remote “damned if I know,” claim, staked by jour- nays and with anothpart of the Boundary. has been around since nalist J.J. Langstaff. er journalist named Slocan Pioneer cor- Langstaff helped to The name has been at least the 1860s. It’s around since at least also the name of Bust- respondent Weston immortalize the craft 1903 and was officially er Keaton’s boat in a Coyney reported on by naming one of the 1921 short film. adopted in 1955. his visit to the mines tributaries of Ten Mile Flowing into Dam- on Enterprise Creek ‘Printers’ Creek.’” It has been credit-

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