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Creative Culture Celebrating The Good Life in Nelson

Volume 1 - Issue 4 - - June 2011 - Priceless

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Publisher’s Perspective R

hubarb is the one vegetable worthy of fruit status. The generosity of my neighbours’ gardens is currently warming my heart, and filling my belly with both sweet and tart.

Until now, I had yet to live anywhere in the world where I felt so in touch with my neighbours. Perhaps any and all earth-gained wisdom, reverence for nature, and worship of the pleasure of our relationships are the only endeavours bringing us the peace and contentment we seek.

Years ago, in what alcoholics refer to as “a moment of clarity” I had a profound realization: Without roots we cannot grow fruit (nor my favorite fruity vegetable).

Pondering this metaphor allowed me to see how the more I moved around, tried new things, sought salvation in greener grass, the more I was inevitably left disconnected from what I truly wanted: contentment. Only now I find that my roots desire to travel down, down into the ground.

At last, I begin to see what I was only capable of dreaming about in my exuberant younger years. The stronger and deeper our roots, the more abundant our harvest of proverbial fruit. The secret? Commitment.

Bitten more by the travel bug than by my sworn nemesis the mosquito, I still daydream about the places I have yet to explore, though a new outlook assures I go camping in my own backyard this summer, instead of expending time, money and energy to simply be wherever I end up. “Wherever you go, there you are” is a famous quote from the purveyors of the practice of mindfulness. When I get worked up and excited about the next mountain (literal or figurative) I aim to conquer, I take a deep breath and do what fills me with a quiet sense of purpose: I put the earplugs in and bang away on my old drum kit, or fill in the blanks of book outlines beckoning me to speak my truth and facilitate the journeys of fellow seekers.

This summer season, I encourage you to rekindle a long, lost hobby, snooze an afternoon siesta away, or go half way around the world and back. Only you know what turns you on; hopefully this record-setting June issue inspires you! Creative Culture Magazine is published 10 months of the year in Nelson, British Columbia. The first Thursday of each month, 2,000 copies are distributed throughout the downtown core by The Nelson Cares Society and 3C Staff. We also deliver to Ainsworth Hotsprings, Ymir and Salmo. For information: Issue #4 Published June 2nd, 2011. © 2011 by Creative Culture Canada. No part of this publication may be copied or duplicated without permission. Editor: Austin Partridge Proofreader: Snowball Jessel Design: Lisette Cook Contributors: Jennifer Sebastian, Ben Morris, Diana van Eyk, Scott Newland, Simone Bova, Tom Thomson, Robin Flynn, Ben Morris, Brian May, Susan Cooley, Bob Abrahams, Nyree Marsh, Joshua Jarman, Carlo Alcos and Susan Faye. Cover Art: Aza Samchuk of Cymatica Tattoo. All other photos submitted by the authors or used under a creative commons license.

Publisher’s Perspective...............................................3

The Mighty Violet......................................................4 Backyard Grain..........................................................5 Rhubarb Galette.........................................................6 Celebrate Fatherhood.................................................7 Patents Proving Positively Painful.............................8 Market Your Art.........................................................9 Co-operatives : The Third Way................................10 Happy Summer Solstice...........................................11 Call To Passionate Page Turners..............................12 High Fives & Hair Balls...........................................13 It Beats Watching Television....................................14 Author Autographs...................................................15 The Delicate Dance of Duality..................................16 Full Metal Basket.....................................................18 The Creative Spark...................................................19 Wages & Salaries......................................................20 Boomtown Sports.....................................................21 Fun Fundraiser For Our Hospital.............................22 Word On The Street..................................................23 Science For All.........................................................24 Rail Station Rehabilitation.......................................25 June Event Calendar.............................................26-30


The Mighty Violet toxicity such as hot swellings, red, swollen eyes, throat, ears, and mumps. This application parallels the recommendations of Hippocrates and Pliny the Elder who used Violets for headaches, hangovers, excess of bile and chest inflammation, inducing sleep, strengthening and calming the heart muscles.

Modern research affirms this. The sapoins and mucilage in Violets make them a soothing syrup (for irritating coughs or whooping cough), a calming extract for creams or poultice (especially for eczema, psoriasis, and hives), and a chill-out tea for the funkies (acidic hangovers from alcohol, sugar, caffeine, excess stress, anxiety.)


he shy, but mighty Violet (a.k.a. Viola, Pansy, Heart’s Ease, Zi Hua Di Ding) is a plant that has been all but forgotten by modern wild crafters and herbal aficionados.

As an abundant, local medicinal and edible delicacy, it’s worthy of our attention. Violas are a genus of plants belonging to the flowering Violaceae family. Violets are short-lived, perennial herbs with heartshaped leaves and tri-colored or single colored flowers, and contain concentrated amounts of nutrients and medicinal alkaloids in the leaves, roots, and flowers.

All Violets are edible, but beware of harvesting if you haven’t seen the plant in flower. Violet leaves resemble those of other plants, some of which, are toxic.

The Violet has held a place of esteem in Pharmacopeias around the world, from the Ancient Greeks, nomadic Arabs, to the Korean Confucians. While utilized to address many imbalances the over-arching properties of the plant are cooling and soothing. In Chinese medicine it is used to clear heat and fire

The salicylates, also found in White Willow bark (where Aspirin is derived from) help reduce inflammation in rheumatism and arthritis. Violets also have extensive applications as a homeopathic formula and flower essence. There is much lore surrounding the Violet, a symbol of modesty and shyness, as well as a steadfastness and loyalty. In the medieval times it symbolized Christ’s humility, and was grown extensively in monastic gardens.

The power it holds as symbol of love and fidelity, as well as a medieval protector from the bad vibes of deception, inebriation, and evil, highlights the power and allegorical place that even the most humble flower can have in the psyche of a culture. ~ Written by Robin Flynn, M.A. Robin is a wildcrafting health researcher and consultant, offering practical nutrition and herbal classes, private health consultations, and affordable private chef services. For further information and super delicious recipes visit

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Backyard Grain

n the Kootenays we are generally limited in cleared, level acreage, which makes small farms and backyard gardens the standard for local farming.

Many people being locally-minded are demanding locally-produced food. Our outdoorsy lifestyle inspires many to dig up their lawns and plant vegetables, but how many gardeners are considering growing grain? Small scale grain growing is something many small farmers and backyard gardeners do not tend to include in their planning. We imagine the rolling fields of the prairies to be the most economical and practical source for our staple grains.

Growing and processing grain is simple, economical, and beneficial to your soil and diet. If you can grow grass, you can grow grain. Three of the common grains in the North American diet are wheat, rye, and oats. Wheat and rye do not produce high yields in a small space, but they are beneficial to the garden as a cover crop and as weed control.

Let it go to seed and you have the beginnings of a loaf of bread. If you are planning to grow oats be sure to purchase the hulless varieties for easier processing. Seeds can be purchased in bulk at local supply stores, or through select seed companies, check that you are buying whole, untreated seed. Grain can be grown and processed with simple hand tools, if planting less than an acre, harvesting, threshing, and winnowing can be done over a couple days by a few people.

For information on growing, harvesting and processing grain, as well as approximate yields per square foot, I highly recommend the book Small-Scale Grain Raising by Gene Logsdon. With few exceptions, whole grain is still an affordable

product to buy rather than grow; however this is another step towards local food sustainability. By growing our own grain we can continue to propagate varieties that are organic, non-GMO, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years. By exploring the options available from seed companies - specializing in heirloom and organic seed - you will likely find a grain that suits your needs, your soil, and your bioregion.

Growing your own grain provides the satisfaction of growing from field to loaf, and the ability to enjoy the beauty of seeing the blue-green stalks of rye, or rows of brilliantly hued amaranth and quinoa in your own backyard. ~ Nyree Marsh is a farmer and the owner of Sustain Urban Farm. She has been farming for ten years.

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Rhubarb Galette Cheese Studs 1/4 cup or more plain goat cheese Some runny honey

hat a wonderful day. A smile plays gently on your face as you wiggle your bare toes. Laying on the soft grass, sunlight glints through the maple leaves high above you, causing you to close your eyes once more.

Mash them together until you like how it tastes. Assembling & Baking the Galette Preheat oven to 400F. You will only need half of the dough that you made. The other half can be wrapped and frozen to make another galette when peaches, blackberries, or your other favorite fruit is in season.

Children are screaming with laughter, a guitar strums quietly, and the clanging of the trolley bell comes around again.

A cool breeze blows up from the lake, waking you from your reverie. You turn on your side, and, opening your eyes, see it’s time to eat dessert. Life is indeed a picnic.

Rhubarb Galette This is a rustic version of a pie. It is easy to make, and sturdy enough to take on a picnic. Instead of pie pastry, it is made with a rich butter and walnut dough. Open faced, the tangy rhubarb filling, studded with honey sweetened goat cheese, is very enticing. Don’t worry about dropping any crumbs, the birds will get them later. Walnut Dough 2 cups flour 1/2 cup unsalted 1/2 cup toasted 1/4 cup whipping cream 1/2 cup sugar 2 egg yolks 1 tsp. salt

butter walnuts

If you have a food processor, grind the walnuts with the sugar. Otherwise, chop the walnuts until fine with a knife. Mix the flour, walnuts, sugar and salt together. In another bowl, stir the cream and egg yolks until combined. Take the butter and crumble it, using your fingers, into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks sandy.

Pour in the wet ingredients and work


into a dough. You may need to add a bit of water to pull it together.

Give the dough a quick knead, gather it into a ball, and chill in the fridge for at least an hour, or overnight. Rhubarb Filling 1 1/2 lbs. chopped rhubarb Sugar or honey to taste 1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch

Place the rhubarb in a pot and cook it over medium heat until it softens and the juices start to release. Add a spoon or two of sweetner and taste it. Keep adding until it tastes delicious. Less is more, as the appeal of rhubarb is it’s beautiful tartness. Measure the cornstarch into a small cup or bowl and add enough water to make a watery paste. Slowly pour it into the bubbling rhubarb while stirring.

Depending on how juicy the rhubarb is, you may not need all of the cornstarch, or you may need to mix up some more. You want the filling to be nice and thick. Taste it again, gently boiling until the cornstarch flavour is cooked out. Allow to cool completely before using.

On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a circle 1/4 inch thick and about 11” in diameter. The circle does not have to be perfectly round, this is a rustic affair, afterall.

Carefully transfer the dough onto an ungreased baking sheet. If it cracks on the way over, just patch it back together. Put the rhubarb filling in the middle of the circle, spreading out to within a couple of inches from the edge. Drop small spoonfuls of sweetened goat cheese over the top of the filling. Gather up the edges of the dough, folding them back onto the rhubarb and some of the cheese studs, working your way around. Brush the dough with some water and sprinkle with sugar for an extra bit of crisp to the crust.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, on a rack that’s in the middle of the oven, until the cheese studs are a golden and the galette is firm and brown on the bottom. Check this by lifting it carefully with a spatula and peeking underneath. Remove from the oven. Allow it about 10 minutes to cool on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. This delicious dessert is best eaten on the day it’s made. Yield: 9” Serves 8-12 people. ~ Pastry chef Simone Bova


Celebrate Fatherhood

ather’s Day is around the corner, so it’s a good time to start thinking about how we celebrate our Dads.

The role of Father is constantly changing. Dads are homemakers, role models, diaper changers, teachers and storytellers. Dads need to be celebrated and honored for the great job they do. Kootenay Kids Society is a family resource center and has programs dedicated to the specific needs of fathers.

Spending quality time with your children is vital to fostering a strong attachment between parent and child. Family-focused programs aim to strengthen the connection between the parent and child and are essential in promoting parent and child attachment.

Come celebrate Father’s Day with us on Sunday, June 19th. Whether you are a new Dad, a Grand-Dad, a Foster Dad, a single Dad, a divorced Dad; whether you are a full-time Dad, a Dad whose child is elsewhere, or a Dad whose children are grown; we want to let you know how important you are.

Family Resource Centers are places were families with young children can go to meet others, learn parenting skills and access the services they need such as referrals to community resources. Parents learn the importance of how stimulating, creative play encourages children’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Trained staff model appropriate interactions between children and parents, promoting positive relationship- building. Research tells us that when children have a significant bond to a father or father figure they do better in school, are less likely to get into trouble, and have stronger social connections to others.

Preventative programs available to all families promote and foster interpersonal relationships, targeting both parents and children, as well as the whole family within the context of a community. Family resource centers consistently make a difference, strengthening families and helping them navigate through the challenges, while celebrating the successes of parenthood.

Family resource centers such as Kootenay Kids serve as community hubs for families with diverse backgrounds; a place for everyone to come and learn, play and share experiences.

Come by the Family Place, located at 312 Silica Street in Nelson with your children, with your friends, or on your own from 10am-12pm for a Father’s Day Celebration on Jun. There will be pancakes, Oslo Negro coffee, activities and fun!

We are the place to go if you have any questions, concerns or just want a change in routine and to meet other parents.


Most of all, come out and celebrate the importance of being a Dad. ~ Submitted by Jennifer Sebastian from Kootenay Kids.






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Patents Proving Positively Painful Motion (RIM), who make the popular Blackberry, were hit in 2002 when they introduced e-mail into their wireless devices.

What seems like an obvious development of the technology stepped on someone’s patent. These court decisions can be very costly for companies, and fruitful for “patent trolls”. It’s not unusual for companies to have cross licensing agreements, even with competitors. This still does not stop then from suing each other on a regular basis.


any claim to have at least one good invention floating around in their head. My brimless cowboy hat is going to be big….very big.

Now if you‘re in the IT industry, someone has probably patented your idea already. This, along with the fact that most computer and electronic devices encompass multiple patents, can make it very difficult for a smaller company to develop new products. Intel’s CPU architecture alone has over 5,000 active patents!

Patent issues are typically dealt with by licensing fees. Sadly, many patents are held by “holding companies” who do nothing but create patents and wait for someone to come up with the same idea. Canada’s Research In

Certainly many of the lawsuits have some merit, but just as many seem to be impossibly petty and downright ridiculous. Many relate to the absurdity of the original patent or trademark, such as rounded corners on icons, using a picture of a phone handset on such icon to suggest it as a “call” button, and transparency of menus and windows.

Check out Apple’s current lawsuit against Samsung for further bizarreness. “Sammy” has, of course, counter sued on infringements, which is typical in these situations. It will usually result in simply more licensing fees, or get thrown out by the courts…which is fortunately not uncommon, though erratic and unreliable, as these courts are far from experts on technology and deciphering complicated ideas. How anything gets done is a miracle. Maybe if they all wore matching hats they’d get along. ~ Scott Newland is the owner of Phoenix Computers in Nelson... Something really unique though...

FAST FACT: The word patent comes from the Latin ‘litterae patentes’, meaning an open letter. The first recorded patent of invention was granted in England to John of Utynam. In 1449, he was given a 20-year patent for a coloured glass-making process.


Market Your Art


ood marketing skills are important if you’re going to sell your art successfully. Marketing is really all about YOU as an artist. Know what it is you want to achieve. What are your goals as an artist? Why do you want to sell your art? What are your goals as an artist 1 year, 5 years, 10 years from now?. What are your personal goals? And finally, are these 2 sets of goals compatible? Be clear and be honest with yourself. Know why you do what you do. Why? Because customers who buy your art want to know. You need to be clear about YOU first, before you can tell the world. Sounds like common sense but often we don’t ask ourselves these questions. Feeling confident (as an artist) is important and you’ll be better prepared and more positive after some honest soul searching.

The clearer you are about who you are as an artist, the easier it will be for you to figure out how best to market to your audience. You might even decide you don’t want to spend your time marketing and would rather take a job to make money and make your art on your time off. Hey that’s okay too! Here are some good questions to ask yourself: Why do you want to make a living off of your art? What story does your art tell the world about you? What does your artist’s statement look like? Why do you feel this way? What demographic and age group do you want to reach? Where is your target market located? How will you reach them?

If making money from selling your art is your ultimate goal and you want to make a decent living, marketing correctly is critical to your success. Focus on your markets’ wants and needs. People who are interested in buying your art want to know all about you (as an artist and as a person).

They want to know stories about how you create your art pieces. They want to know your struggles and successes. How did you get started as an artist? Who influenced you most? Human interest stories grab peoples attention. Collectors often purchase multiple pieces from artists they like. YOU define how successful you will be by how you connect with your audience. Be clear about what you want and why! ~ Submitted by Susan Cooley, Artist/Owner of Akasha Fine Art Glass. Visit F l i c k r. c o m / p h o t o s / a k a s h a g l a s s and Akasha-fine-art-glass.blogspot. com. Phone Susan at: 250-359-6987 or email her:

Art Marketing Tips: • Create professional-looking business cards • Create a portfolio of your best work

and use only good quality photos. • Always sign your work. • Keep a database of all your work in a program like Excel or Access. • Create professional looking name tags. • Create a Website. • Submit your work to Competitions. • Enter Artwalk. • Get involved in Social Media. • Keep a address list of potential buyers. • Get Professional Membership Status. in Art Groups such as The Nelson and District Arts Council, The Craft Council of BC, and The Canadian Federation of Artists.

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Cooperatives : The Third Way


elson and area is clearly a hot spot for cooperatives; there are over 20 of them! It is a way of doing business that seems to resonate strongly with people here. Co-ops offer a structure that is organized democratically and controlled by the people who use its services. Being a member of a Co-op is a positive step in improving the quality of life in the community, as the Co-op acts to serve its members through its business practices. One definition of a Co-op is:

‘A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically controlled enterprise.’ The co-ops in this area are involved in a diverse range of business. For example; Kootenay Carshare Co-op, Kootenay Co-op Radio, Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-op, Kootenay Country Store Co-op, Nelson & District Credit Union and the LINKS housing Co-op. There are around 8,500 Co-ops and credit unions in Canada with over 17 million people being members. Co-ops have been going strong in Quebec and BC particularly, and since The Rochdale Pioneers provided the basis for the Co-op model in 1844, Co-ops have sprung up across the world.

When we spend our dollars it is worthwhile remembering the power that we have through our purchasing. Cooperatives focus on investing locally, returning money to the community and sharing its profits to improve services. Since the 1970’s, when Co-op’s were at their peak, there has been wider recognition that the Co-op model offers a real and tangible alternative to ‘business as usual’ (i.e. the standard capitalist model).

This ‘third way’ of doing business as a Co-op could be viewed as progressive and radical, seeking to bring balance to the prevalent profit-driven system. An excellent way of supporting Co-ops is to become a member or volunteer. To find out more, please visit the websites below or stop by your nearest Co-op! Websites for more information:

Upper Columbia Co-op Council (UCCC) - A regional organisation, effectively a ‘Co-op of Co-ops’, serving its members in the Columbia basin region to strengthen the power of Co-ops.

British Columbia Co-op Association (BCCA) The voice of the provincial movement.

The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) - National association for co-operatives in Canada, representing more than nine million Co-operative and credit union members from over 2,000 organizations. ~ Submitted by Ben Morris, Produce Manager at the Kootenay Co-op in Nelson.

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Happy Summer Solstice

appy Summer Solstice, everyone! June 21st is Summer Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. According to the website: Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” + “to stand still.” As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December. The summer solstice is often the time of the first harvest and its inherent special joy. Since the day lasts so long, celebrations often last late into the night.

The Sun is associated with life, as are growing crops. Such symbolism is often found in midsummer rites. The midsummer Sun is also said to be a boon to herbs, and herbalists say that plants picked on this day have a special strength.

This year it’s a Water Sun / Water Moon (Sun in Cancer, Moon in Pisces) blend, and this could indicate

water-related concerns, and intense emotions.

A few days after Summer Solstice, starting on June 26th, there will be a cardinal grand cross, involving Saturn, Uranus and Pluto, with the 4th point being the Sun in Cancer for a number of days. Venus in Cancer then moves in to sustain this aspect for about 3 weeks. This time sounds challenging, especially with Uranus going retrograde in the middle of it. What does this mean? This will give the solstice period — already considered a sacred portal for many spiritual thinkers — the quality of a bulls-eye.

According to Wikipedia, a cardinal

Grand Cross is said to cause particular difficulty in accomplishing goals.

Because the individual wants to accomplish everything at the same time, he/she usually ends up accomplishing very little, if anything. Maybe we should give our goals some slack and try to enjoy the sunshine and each other.

With so many changes in the world and in many of our personal lives, perhaps it’s time to contemplate, kick back, build community and take things as they come. And share and enjoy that first harvest. Let’s eat, drink and be merry! ~ By Diana van Eyk.



Call To Passionate Page Turners

aught your eye, didn’t I ? And passion it is. Passion and a love of words, thoughts and communication. Reading can inspire us, inform us, relax us or indulge our fantasies. It means something different for each of us. Exchanging meaning and ideas about what you read can open new directions of thought and ways of seeing our world, others and ourselves. We each have a unique way of processing ideas and interpreting events The Kootenay Book Weekend can provide the format. If you have participated before, then come again. If you haven’t, then come join us for some stimulating discussion and fun. The event is now in its 8th year and gets better and better each year. Inspired by the Banff Book Discussion weekend, (now in its 50th year,) but certainly imbibed with our own “Kootenay” flavour. So if you love reading and discussing books and want to get a glimpse of the writing process from the authors themselves, then please join us. The books up for discussion this year are:

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. “At a suburban barbeque, a man slaps a child, not his own. The reverberations from the slap are far reaching.” The Help by Kathryn Stockett. “...three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.”

Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin. “An inspiring true story of courage and determination. In a desparately poor village in North-East China, a small boy is randomly chosen to study ballet at the Beijing Dance Academy.” My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki. “When Jane’s and Akiko’s lives intersect, the deepest concerns of our time

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are illuminated: how the past informs the present and how we live and love in an ever shrinking world.” All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki. “With a quirky cast of characters and a wickedly humorous appreciation of the foibles of corporate life, globalization, political resistance, youth culture and aging baby boomers, this book tells a celebratory tale of the beauty of seeds and growing things, and the capacity for renewal that resides within us all.” (All quotations from the respective book covers.) Ruth Ozeki is the guest author in attendance this year. She is an award winning film maker and novelist. Ruth will join us in the book discussions of her novels as well as give a talk on Sunday at 11:00am that will be open to the public. The books are guaranteed to stimulate thought and discussion in this friendly, informal event. Get reading this summer and come join us September 23rd to 25th, 2011 at the Best western on Baker street in Nelson. Registration information is available on the website. For more information call Victoria at 250-3526197, email or visit the website at

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High Fives & Hair Balls HAIR BALLS to people who fart indiscriminantly in class and blame it on other people. Hold it in or leave the room. ~ Nasally assaulted _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to New Zealand. ~ Deep blue eyes of love _____________________________ HAIR BALLS to coffee drinkers with bad breath. ~ Buy some gum _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to the Kolmel Diamond Backs, the finest U-10 Girls soccer team. ~ A proud father _____________________________ HAIR BALLS to big oafs who sit infront of me and block my view of the overhead projector screen. You’re 2 sizes too big. ~ Mini Me _____________________________ HAIR BALLS to people who don’t reply to emails. ~ Door Matt _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to people who support live music in Kootenays. I love seeing people out at shows. ~ Seymour Shows _____________________________ HAIR BALLS to the Meter Man. ~ Someone with way too many parking tickets _____________________________ HAIR BALLS to those bloodsucking mosquito vampires. ~ Itchy and Scratchy _____________________________

HIGH FIVES to Janeen Mather. ~ Entrepreneur _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to to the guys at the Funky Monkey who make the best burger I’ve had in my entire life. _____________________________ HAIR BALLS to Mike. ~ Matt _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to all the people who are still getting ready to plant their gardens. ~ Bean Here Now _____________________________ HAIR BALLS to Mother Nature for making it so rainy. ~ My frozen cucumber plant _____________________________ HAIR BALLS to cellphone users who don’t turn off their ringers in quiet places where others are trying to learn something. You’re killing bees, you know. ~ Phoneless _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to Hannah Montana. ~ Addicted to my MP3 player _____________________________ HAIR BALLS to all the people who steal bikes. ~ Bikeless _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to my boyfriend who cooked me dinner wearing only his apron. ~ Preoccupied _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to Lorna Marshall. ~ The Hume _____________________________

HAIR BALLS to telemarketers who don’t talk. They ring you and you say hello about four times before they say hello back. I’ve had about four of those calls today, but I’m used to it. ~ Annoyed _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to helpful business owners downtown. ~ Tourista _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to my love in Cuba. _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to to all volunteers that are giving their time to so many great causes. I don’t think the world would be where it is if everyone wasn’t pitching in. ~ Volunteer _____________________________ HAIR BALLS to the road construction downtown. It’s driving me crazy. ~ Business owner _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to the people who picked me up when I was running down the hill. ~ Late to work _____________________________ HAIR BALLS to jerks who don’t use their turn signals. ~ Motorist _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to the best wife a guy could ask for. Ups and downs come and go, but you are always there for me. ~ Honeymooner. _____________________________ HIGH FIVES to you. ~ Me _____________________________








It Beats Watching Television


ith his granddaughter peeking at us shyly from the corner, he started to roll. And when he finished rolling, he pressed it, cut it, then lit it. After handing it to me, he too lit up as I dragged on it, the tip becoming a glowing orange sunset. He was impressed with his own handiwork. And so was I.

Thirty minutes before, we’d walked out of our hotel room in San Diego de los Banos, Cuba — a town wellknown for its local spa’s healing powers. We’d ended up here by fluke — it was simply the farthest the lone taxi driver in San Cristobal would take us, after he squeezed us, our bags, and our bikes in the car It was dusk and the streets were still, and as we stepped our way down the hill, some white and green lycra caught our attention. It was unusual to see a Cuban wearing a cycling shirt, pushing a shiny, finely-tuned road bike. I think he sensed that we were there cycling too, even though we were now in our civilian clothes. With hardly a formality, we were immersed in conversation. My faltering Spanish was no match


for his impeccable English, so we continued in my native tongue.

“I could see his mind recalling the memories of these past travelers, his eyes slightly tearing up.” He was a teacher. In fact, the very next day he was taking his students into the country and onto the farms, where they would pick fruit and learn about where food comes from.

His amigo, an arms-length away, stood and nodded politely. Pilo — the cyclist — introduced us to Pedro. Pedro — in orange sandals, khaki pants, blue Nike t-shirt, and topped with a big ol’ cowboy hat — was an aging man, yet his smiling face displayed a youthful side. Pilo explained to us that Pedro was the best cigar roller in the province of Pinar del Rio and that we — if we wanted — could visit his workshop; a workshop built into the back of his home, the oldest building in the town. Which is how we ended up in this small, dingy room, lit by a single fluorescent tube overtop a wooden

desk covered in dried tobacco leaves, plastic bags, and the tools of his trade.

Shortly after lighting that handrolled cigar, Pedro left us for a minute and returned with a half-full bottle of rum, his smile even bigger than before. We went through a pile of pictures together; images that other visitors had taken with him and sent back when they returned home, along with postcards from the Brandenburg Gate, the Eiffel Tower, the Rialto Bridge.

I could see his mind recalling the memories of these past travelers, his eyes slightly tearing up. We took pictures too, and collected his address, promising to send him pictures when we returned home. On the way out, he proudly showed us his rusting bike, parked behind the table on which his daughter was preparing dinner. And to think, we were planning on just staying inside and watching some TV. ~ Carlo Alcos is a Copy & Fact Editor for the magazine Beta, launching in October 2011.

Author Autographs O

tter Books is delighted to be hosting book-signings most Saturday afternoons, from 1 pm to 3 pm, in bi-polar odyssey: June and early July. Margo Talbot is a gifted speaker whose story of overcoming decades of trauma-based mental illness through her twin passions for climbing and nature is both moving and inspiring. Margo can tailor the length of her talk to suit your needs. Typically, presentations range in duration from 30–60 minutes and include images of Margo scaling some of the world’s most famous waterfall ice climbs.

The ďŹ rst will be on June 4 with Mary Kate Woodward, author of Butteries and Buttery Gardening in the PaciďŹ c Northwest. Ms Woodward is a landscaper and artist and in her book she provides detailed tips Margo’s story of redemption gives othersand hope inenjoying dealing with theirbutter own challenges, for attracting, supporting, iesespecially in those dealing with addiction and depression. Audience members will want to strengthen their the garden, aswith well manyaboutstunning photos and own connection nature as after learning what climbing and the outdoors did forline Margo. drawings. Nelson novelist and four-time an To “Margo’Emmy s story inspires uswinner all to never stopas believing. that which doesn’t To know investigative reporter, Mark question Nykanen has make our hearts that there can be a happy ending, books coming out under two inifdifferent we’re prepared tonames look for it...â€?with two different publishers – all within a—Warren threeMacdonald, weekauthor period this of A Test of Will spring.

Margo Talbot “Healing began when I discovered climbing and began to forge a deep connection with nature.�

The ďŹ rst is Burn Down the Sky, penned under his pseudonym, Jarosit’sand published HarperCollins. “When I’mJames out in nature, completely Nature doesn’t care if you or fail—it’s just a medium, completely neutral. When you’re in an extreme New succeed York Times bestselling author, Bill Evans, calls circumstance, when you push the envelope—as you do when you’re climbing—the trivial falls away. There are so many more immediate things happening—am Burn going Down the Sky “An intense, amazing, post- I to fall 2,000 feet and die? Is an avalanche going to sweep me away? When you’re dealing like that,terror %   ! "$ apocalyptic talewithofimmediacy unleashed and undying hope. This is gifted writing, and a superb, brilliant thriller.â€? To set up a speaking engagement with Margo:

visit: email:Striking phone: His second new novel, Back, is a 1.800.370.5228 mystery/ thriller is set in Los Angeles and Hollywood, where Nykanen lived and worked while writing and directing for a widely syndicated television series.

“Burn Down the Sky is my ďŹ rst science ďŹ ction and Striking Back is my ďŹ rst mystery, although I should say that it also has lots of thriller and romantic elements.â€? Nykanen will do a book signing at Otter’s Books on June 18, from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. On June 25, well-known ice climber, Margo Talbot, will be signing copies of her soon to be released biography, All That Glitters. A hard hitting story of overcoming decades of trauma-based mental illness through her twin passions for climbing and nature is both moving and inspiring. “When I’m out in nature, it’s completely honest. Nature doesn’t care if you succeed or fail—it’s just a medium, completely neutral.

When you’re in an extreme circumstance, when you push the envelope—as you do when you’re climbing— the trivial falls away. There are so many more immediate things happening—am I going to fall 2,000 feet and die? Is an avalanche going to sweep me away?� Margo’s story of redemption gives others hope in

dealing with their own challenges, especially those dealing with addiction and depression. Readers will want to strengthen their own connection with nature after learning about what climbing and the outdoors did for Margo.

Saturday, July 2 brings our local publisher Austin Partridge to Otter Books with his latest book & CD “The Law of Reaction - How Everything Happens.� Reviewed by Dr. John DeMartini of The Secret, this locally-printed book will delight all manner of seekers.



The Delicate Dance of Duality

e all originate in what I see as unity, yet we are all born into duality. Our lives are nothing more than an endless struggle to find ever-so-elusive balance, amidst and within the onslaught of endless opposites that seems to continue ad infinitum.

possibility for opposite potential in ourselves and others, forgiveness inevitably leads to our salvation and a sense of wholeness. Is this not what we seek?

Reggae legend Bob Marley reminded us how the things we refuse are the things we should use.

Causality is the science behind The Law of Reaction, explaining the physics of how every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

Duality means two. Everything appears separate, but it is not. There are two sides to every story.

Duality exists in every thought, religion, science, art, object and action. Nothing exists without its opposite: heaven and hell, day and night, ebb and flow, yes and no. Wise we are to remember: as above, so below. We naturally seek balance, consciously or not, yet find balance either one step ahead, or one step behind. Duality is the puppeteer pulling our strings.

We cannot have one thing without the other, and will create problems to fill the gaps of ones we solve. The deeper we breathe in, the deeper we breathe out, and the faster we drive, the faster we wear out our brakes. My friend Scott says by doing nothing, we do nothing wrong. Life is one big contradiction. Why do we judge ourselves, our friends and our families? When we stop denying the existence and


Sheryl Crow flips the switch with her lyrics: it’s not getting what you want; it’s wanting what you got. CAUSALITY


Duality is the constant friction of particles and people attempting to find connection and lasting harmony, and is what keeps us spinning around the sun, walking, talking, kissing and shopping.

We place more value on what is expensive and less value on what costs little, yet looking at life in reverse will always reveal what is real.


Einstein said when we look deep into nature we will understand everything better.

How can something be one thing, yet another, all at the same time? Paradox explains the conflict we see, feel and hear at work, home and play. Nothing is as it seems, no matter what we think it means.

So how do we become something we are not, get something we do not have, or get somewhere we want to go, when we always seem to be stuck in the back seat wondering: are we there yet? If we want something, the best way to get it is by paradoxically not wanting it. Try ignoring it.

We ignore that our lives are full of opposites and oxymorons; jumbo shrimp, objective opinions, same difference, original copies, military intelligence. In developed countries with an abundance of resources we expect people to be happier or more fulfilled, yet the paradox is they are not.

The quality and quantity of every reaction is equal to, and in direct proportion to, the quality and quantity of what originally caused the action.

Everything we see in the physical world has attributes both exactly resembling, and in complete opposition to, the thoughts we think and the actions we take. We do not consciously do anything without knowing the reasons why, so we must go looking for a cause. But the cause behind an effect may not be obvious, leading us to ask: what is the cause to this effect?

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, says the Little Prince. What is most important is invisible to the eye. Everything is connected; nothing is separate. When we remove the mask and toss the disguise, we begin to see as if we had new eyes.

~ Austin Partridge sees The Law of Reaction everywhere. Come down to Otter Books 123pm on Saturday, July 2nd to celebrate the launch of Austin’s new book and get yours autographed :D



REACTION How Everything Happens



Full Metal Basket O

n Friday, June 3, born-and-raised Nakusp artist Kate Tupper opens her latest exhibition, Full Metal Basket, at Oxygen Art Centre. Kate is a female tradesperson – a welder and fabricator – and mother who tells her story in the weaving of her metal baskets. She reflects, “I have built a wall to keep my feminine emotions in check. As well as applying this to my professional life, I have had to apply it to my personal, as a mother.I have chosen to focus on the form of a vessel because my body is a vessel that carries my emotions tightly woven, sometimes fraying, often threatening to overflow.”

“It’s actually very hard for me to build sculpture.” She adds. “I go to my studio from 5:30 to 7:30 in the morning, then go back into the house to get my two boys ready for school (my husband is a logger and leaves early) and then I go to work in Nakusp all day. When I go home I make dinner and give some love to my family.” “It’s not an option for me not to do sculpture,” Tupper emphasizes. “I would be disappointed if I didn’t. When I feel stressed I weave metal for a while and I feel so much better. I could fabricate anything I want with metal, but I choose to weave with it.”

She expands, “One of my young sons suffers from mental illness. It’s very isolating and people often feel alone, especially rurally, so I try to physically take a lot of feelings and show them in my sculptures so people can identify with them and not feel so alone.” To learn more about Kate’s work, go to There will be an artist talk at 7:30pm, Friday, June 17. Gallery hours are 1-5pm Wednesday through Friday. For more info, including the 3rd Annual Kids Summer Art Camp in July, check out Full Metal Basket opening Friday, June 3 @ 7pm - 320 Vernon St.



The Creative Spark

C: So Aza, where did it all begin?

AS: I started painting when I was around 15 years old, and got my first job in a tattoo shop a few weeks before I turned 18. From there, I probably tattooed full-time for the first year and a half. After that, I started building tattoo machines full-time, trading off between tattooing and machine building.

I was about 24 when I got another job at a studio in Edmonton, where I worked for the last 12 years, before moving to Nelson. CC: What brought you out here?

AS: Just wanted an easier, happier way of life; wanted to hang out and spend more time painting. I wanted to get into other side projects like skateboarding and bike painting. I wanted to get into acrylics and latex and watercolour staining. CC: Where do your ideas come from? AS: I have a fascination with the ancient Japanese culture; their style with water and paper.

They did a lot of inkblot prints, woodblock prints, that turned into a form of printing. Really impressed by their style, as the years went on, I realized it was a medium employed in tattooing.

This style was basically modernized into what I do now, along with other styles of tattooing I’m interested in, such as biomechanics, tribal. I also do occasional medium- to small-size pieces as well. My interests have varied over the years, sometimes focusing more on biomechanics, other phases see an emphasis on tribal art.

The past few years, there seems to be more of a new school, modern asian feel to my work. CC: Tell me about your process.

AS: I come in first thing in the morning, set up, and usually work on a painting. The goal is always to complete a quick study, one piece of fine art before I even open up the studio for 11am. Most of the time I do complete one, though sometimes I have an ongoing painting.

CC: Can you explain the term quick study?

AS: A quick study is a 45-minute watercolour painting, 5 x 7 or maybe 8 x 10 in size; kind of like a warm-up session to get myself going before starting a large project.

Some of these large watercolour pieces [pointing to the art gallery on the wall] can take up to 15 hours to do, so I try to do something small and little to get me out of the sleepy groove in the morning. These ones up here [pointing to

another wall] took 4 days to a week to do. CC: How do you choose your colours? Is it a spontaneous, spurof-the-moment kind of thing?

AS: I make all my own pigment from scratch. I buy the raw pigment and colour, add the mediums and the carriers to make the type of paint I want, then apply it to the canvas or the paper.

I have about 50 or 60 different colours in raw format, and mix them with polyurethanes, or a latex or acrylic base, stir them up and paint them on straight. CC: Any advice for those wanting to get into making art full-time?

AS: Do it. Spend every day doing it, and love it while you’re doing it. It’s all you can do.

Find Aza at Cymatica Tattoo, located at 511a Lake St. in Nelson. His studio is open from 12 to 5, Monday to Friday. And check out his website at



Wages & Salaries

remier Clark’s decision to raise the minimum wage in B.C. is long overdue. With increased hydro rates, HST, fuel price increases, food price increases, etc., how does anyone on minimum wage cope? Simple-they experience a drop in their standard of living. Hopefully, the raise in their wages will not be eaten away by moving into a higher federal income tax bracket. Of course, any time you try to help the working poor, there is an immediate knee jerk reaction from employers: “We will lose profit.” “We will have to lay off staff.” “We won’t be able to compete.”

We all know that you will cover the extra cost by increasing your prices. You see, people who are hired as store clerks, factory workers, farm hands, etc., are not people. They are costs to the employer. In hard times, these workers are let go, thrown on the heap of the unemployed. In good economic times, the employer reaches into this mass of humanity, hires one or two people until the next downturn. In reality, the employer is only renting the use of these workers for as long as he or she needs them. Like a yo-yo, the workers are dropped into or pulled out of the pool of the unemployed. The employers who are always wondering how they can make more money, are always reluctant to have their employees make more money. Hence the rise of labour unions.

Now, to be fair, here in Nelson, many

businesses are small, privatelyowned stores and restaurants, health facilities, and so on. These employers do face hardships when extra costs such as an increase in wages, materials, shipping, etc are forced upon them. They may have to cut back or eliminate some of their assistants.

But if all of the stores in town, in the same line of business, are faced with the same increase in costs,(such as restaurants or clothing stores), it stands to reason that if one has to increase the price on their products, the other small stores would also be forced to do so.

Therefore, one store would not likely lose out to its competitors. Of course, it’s possible that a larger store may be more able to absorb some of the increase in costs, but Nelson has very few of these establishments to worry about.

Plus, it seems that many people in this city prefer to shop at the smaller stores, therefore if all of these smaller stores are raising their prices at the same time and to the same percentage, again, they should have no fear of losing their loyal customers to their competitors. On another matter relating to rates of pay, according to this year’s Nelson City budget, approximately

68 percent of the city’s costs goes to salaries to police, firemen, city workers, and others in the employ of the municipality. At the budget meeting at City Council, some councillors expressed concern about this, suggesting raises granted to union contracts this year will lead to larger municipal deficits in the future. Would those councillors prefer to hire non-union replacements at minimum wage? Would they prefer to save a lot of money by hiring untrained, unprofessional police officers and firefighters?

Don’t those people who potentially put their life at risk everytime they are called upon to help the citizens of Nelson, (including possibly City Councillors), not deserve a salary that gives them a decent standard of living? These people are frequently taking upgrading courses in order to upgrade their qualifications and maintain their professionalism with the most modern information at hand. Stop whining and get on with the job. Stop buying busses that are more expensive to operate than the busses we got rid of. Don’t always blame others for wanting to earn what they deserve to earn.

~ Bob Abrahams has a degree in Political Science, taught in the Ontario public educational system for 34 years, and is interested in politics at every level.

FAST FACT: Minimum wage increases this year: May 1, 2011 – $8.75 per hour November 1, 2011 – $9.50 per hour ... Next May 1, 2012 – $10.25 per hour.


Boomtown Sports Turns out the guys who tested them all want them for themselves! Two of the guides called me personally to order a pair, giving them top marks as a favourite for powder skis. We should rock next year with the ULLRs, named after the God of Snow. CC: You made those, didn’t you?

DA: Yeah. They’re made out of bamboo. Early rise; they just turn like a little short ski, but float like a big ski in powder. They turn really quick; they’re light. They’re amazing and people are loving them. CC: What else is going on around here?


C: What’s new at Boomtown Sports Dale?

DA: Well, we’re going to be rockin’ this summer with the biggest selection of downhill bikes, the best we’ve ever had. We also have the best selection of electric bikes and scooters, and got lots more coming.

We have Motorino Scooters that come out of Vancouver. They’re all electric and you don’t need licenses; because they are all classed as bicycles. They all have cranks, so if you run out of power you can pedal

them if you have to. No noise, no pollution and 3 speeds. They can even do the hills in Nelson.

They have good power, and there are lots of different models to choose from. You don’t need insurance either. We also have a great selection of bike accessories. Most of my stuff is last years, so it’s discounted quite heavily to liquidate it.

We have great deals on our skis, and we’re going to do well with those next season, as we just got them tested by Ski Canada Magazine.

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DA: There’s still a little controversy over our door. I wasn’t aware that I needed a permit to paint my garage door.

Guess I didn’t go about it right. The colours weren’t approved beforehand, but you kind of learn the hard way around here. Nobody invited me to any of the meetings either. But everyone loves the mural and they don’t want me to paint over it, which would be the cheapest thing for me to do.

I’m going to try and make the council happy by painting the rest of the building to match. ~CC

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Fun Fundraiser For Our Hospital


leven years ago, after three seasons of fundraising, negotiating, and campaigning, the directors of the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation used to take the summer off. Then they decided to hold a golf tournament. Over the decade that tournament grew in size and success and became a major part of the Granite Pointe summer schedule. Last year however, when directors were in the final stretch of their ambitious CT scanner campaign the Legacy Golf Event was put on hold. This year it’s back and it’s scheduled for Sunday July 10th.

“Last year it would have been too much to ask supporters to become involved in one more creative project for us. Besides we were busy too. ” offered director and one of the tournament organizers, Marge Witton. “Well this year a summer afternoon with 100 new and old friends is a great idea and it gets our important annual goals back on track.”

The Legacy Golf Event was originally designed to promote the Foundation’s Legacy Endowment Fund. Fund investments are expected to provide earnings to satisfy the annual demands for new medical equipment without having to fundraise from the community every


year. The second goal was to simply involve a wide spectrum of the community in Foundation affairs. The Foundation’s Ron Cockburn explained that the afternoon was called an Event because “ It’s intended to be a fun afternoon that just happens to support local health.

Skill on the fairway is good but definitely not essential. Everyone should feel comfortable to join a team, have a good time, enjoy a great dinner and probably win a prize along the way.” The event is a 4-person best-ball format which forces the entire team to become involved. Prizes are awarded for low scores, high scores, longest drives, putting contests, holes–in-one and more. One tradition provides a chance to even win a million dollars!

If you haven’t played before, this may be the year to get involved. The Tenth Annual Legacy Golf Event has been moved up from it’s traditional date in August to Sunday, July 10, 2011. Registration is at 9 AM with a shotgun tee off at 11 AM Tee, but players are encouraged to register early by calling GRANITE POINTE GOLF CLUB AT 352-5913. The fee is $100 per player, including dinner. Single registrants will be grouped with other foursomes or as requested. ~ Submitted By Brian May

The Word On The Street If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? The food supply. Make sure everybody got enough and there was enough to go around. No more poverty. Everyone has the same. No upper class, no lower class. Everyone has the same amount. At our stage of human evolution, I believe we still need to think about our basic needs; where we’re going live and how we’re going to feed each other. Everyone on the planet would have food. I would change social systems so that everyone would have their basic needs met: clean water and clean food. I would change our consciousness towards the planet. Whether it’s our resources, trees, water or ourselves. Peace is more sustaining than war. We can all work together to make this a better world and leave a legacy. The economy is low. We have to live better, and share our resources equally if we want to change.

I would make it so everybody understood everyone else’s language. Hypocritical attitudes. We call ourselves environmentalists and we leave our garbage out for the bears. We’re one of the worst towns in the interior for being Bear Aware. We talk about having a small footprint, but the new houses that are being built are colossal. And the hypocrisy of religion is nuts. If only the people who care so much about who created this planet, cared for the planet to the same degree. More love. Love is a multi-faceted thing. It supersedes all boundaries: race, culture, class. I would lessen the extremity of weather which is currently taking place in our world, and I would even-out the seasons. I would change two things: I would love to see the end of oppression against women and children, and the end of poverty.

I see a lot of things. The economy isn’t doing so well. I want to see people get along with each other, and to have shelter and food. I would also like to see what we can do here in Nelson. End wars. They’re useless, and don’t create anything; they just destroy things.

Education, definitely. Knowledge needs to be free. People need to know that there’s more than one truth out there. I would make education free, for anybody who wants to pursue knowledge. I would like that no one would go hungry ever again. That we wouldn’t have to spend all this money on food that gets thrown away in North America, and people wouldn’t have to dumpster dive. We shouldn’t have food banks, food cupboards or Sally Ann’s giving out food. There should be enough for everyone here in North America and all over the world.

How would you change the world?


Science For All What is Colour?

As both a Scientist and an Artist this is one of my all time favourite questions.

120 million rod cells and 5 million cone cells. The rods are responsible for detecting the brightness/intensity of light entering the eye, whereas cones detect the wavelength of the light.

Various pigments absorb different wavelengths, which prevents them from being reflected.

When the brightness and wavelength values are combined in the visual cortex we register a specific colour value. Humans have three types of cone photoreceptors, short wavelength (blue), medium wavelength (green), and long wavelength (red). Colour is the perception of the intensity and wavelength of the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum entering the eye either through reflection, radiation, or spectral filtering. Phew! In human: The light you see makes the colours that be. The visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, or the portion that we can see, has a wavelength from 380 to 780 nanometers and is commonly referred to as light. White is a combination of all the wavelengths of the entire visible spectrum, and black is the absence of all the wavelengths of the entire visible spectrum. All other colours are either a single wavelength, or a combination of wavelengths of the visible spectrum.

The average human eye is capable of distinguishing approximately 12-16 million different colours via the two primary types of photoreceptors in the retina commonly referred to as rods and cones. The human retina contains about


These are the primary colours of light and all visible colours that aren’t a single wavelength are made up of combinations of these three primary colours of light. The primary colours cannot be made by any combination of other colours, while all other colours can be made from combinations of the primary colours. We can see this in action by looking closely at an old cathode ray tube television or computer monitor.

We will notice that every colour we see is made up of small clusters of Red, Green, and Blue dots. This is the foundation of additive colour theory (RGB). “But wait!” I can hear you say. “In art class we learned that Red, Blue, and Yellow were the primary colours.” That is almost correct, just from the reverse perspective.

What we were taught was a rudimentary form of subtractive colour theory. We can never see the colour of an object directly, only the light that isn’t absorbed by the object and is reflected back to the eye.

Think of these as light blockers. In subtractive colour theory, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow are the primary colours of pigments that can be mixed to create any colour by blocking all other colours from being reflected (CMYK).

Cyan and Magenta are a very specific blue and purplish-red. The K stands for Black, which is the blocking of all wavelengths from being reflected. You can see this in action by looking closely at an old comic or newspaper. Notice that all colours are made up of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black dots.

Designers will be familiar with RGB when designing for light based media like computer screens and televisions, and CMYK when designing for pigment/print-based medias. ~ Submitted by Joshua Jarman. He is a scientist, artist, graphic designer and father of two girls. He lives in Nelson.

Rail Station Rehabilitation


he Nelson District Chamber of Commerce (NDCC) has now started on the rehabilitation and restoration of the CP Rail Station at the foot of historic Baker St.

The project will see the construction of a Regional Visitor Gateway for the West Kootenay region, while catalyzing development of one of the last significant expanses of vacant land in Nelson. The Vision

The Station project will fully restore one of the area’s most treasured landmarks, due to CP Rail’s historical economic importance to this region and the building’s architectural significance. Inside the building, a full-service Regional Visitor Information Centre will complement an interpretive

display that showcases the area’s character, businesses, investment opportunities, heritage and cultural diversity.

The Regional Visitor Gateway will also feature a “Made In The Kootenays” marketing showcase. The Regional Visitor Gateway will also feature a special “Made In The Kootenays” marketing showcase for high-margin, value-added export business. The Benefits

The Station’s attractiveness to the tourist and local tourism operators, combined with the gateway

redevelopment initiated by the City of Nelson over adjacent Cottonwood Creek and Hwy 3A, will produce tremendous increases in visitor traffic, resulting in more trade for all tourism businesses in the region.

The Gateway Centre will focus emerging efforts for destination marketing in the region, and facilitate the West Kootenay’s contribution to the Provincial Government’s goal of doubling tourism revenues by 2015. The Station itself will be a critical addition to the region’s heritage tourism asset base. Reprinted by permission from The Nelson District Chamber of Commerce : Nelson CPR Station Rehabilitation Construction Project Update, March 2011.


June Event Calendar THURSDAY JUNE 2




Artist Abundance - Grant Writing Secrets. Hjeron O’Sidhe of MythMaker Productions will be teaching a class on Grant writing in Canada. After writing over 30 Grants to various grant sources. Hjeron was asked to be on the board at the Canada Council of the arts. Hjeron was part of a team giving away close to 1 million dollars to succesful grant writers. Having read hundreds of grants and seeing what it takes to get the funding, Hjeron has decided to share these behind the scene secrets, of what its actually like, and what the council is looking for. Hjeron will be going over what it takes to get a grant in Canada. He will also offer to personally look over and help you with your grant. This workshop will be one evening For $50 at The Hive Collective. 6-8pm. Artists’ Open Legal Clinic. Touchstones Nelson and CARFAC BC are proud to present an Artists’ Open Legal Clinic with lawyer Martha Ran. Do you have questions about copyright? Have you been invited to submit work to a competition or contest? Are you confused by the language in a contract? Are you being asked to make representations, warranties or indemnify someone? Are you hoping to use recorded music in your play? Are you a Board member wondering how to change your by-laws? Join lawyer Martha Rans in this interactive open legal clinic as she helps guide you through the laws affecting creators. The Clinic will take place from 7-9pm at Touchstones Nelson, 502 Vernon Street, Nelson BC. Pre-registration is required, call 250.352.9813, email: info@

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Papa Josh. The Royal is pleased to announce the return of Funk N Groove master Papa Josh! Everytime he comes to town is a funky journey through time & space, and we are excited to see what he has in store for us this time! Tickets are $10 and available April 8 at and Royal Espresso. Showtime 9:30pm.

________________________________________ Casino Night. 8:00pm. Cost: $20. Rod and Gun Club. A big night out to support the little ones. A fundraiser for Kootenay Kids. Casino, Music, Bar, and Concession.



Touchstones Nelson is pleased to present Upstairs at Wah Lee’s: Portraits from the C.S. Wing Studio, a traveling photographic exhibition on loan from the Quesnel Museum. Chow Shong Wing was born in Quesnel into the merchant family that ran the Wah Lee Store. As a young man he established a photographic studio on the upper floor and was the first professional photographer in Quesnel. His early 20th century portraits of local residents, Chinese, First Nation, and Caucasian, speak profoundly of the economic, religious, and social forces of acculturation at work in this young frontier town, but also reflect a casual intimacy that existed between individuals of diverse cultural background. Touchstones Nelson until August 21st. Opening reception: June 17, 7pm Wax Romeo. The Royal is pleased to announce the Nelson return of the ever popular Wax Romeo! He’ll deliver his mix of party tunes alongside fellow Homebreakin DJ - Soup! Don’t miss this deadly combo! Tickets are $10 for the first 100 sold and are available April 8 at and Royal Espresso. Showtime 9:30pm.

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Art of Bellydance Workshop. Come explore the exciting and fun art of Bellydance! This workshop covers fundamental moves which are integral in any style of Bellydance. Those who are wanting to try bellydance and beginners who are learning will greatly benefit with this foundation of essential techniques! Shauna teaches with excellence and fun, bringing over 12 years of Middle Eastern Dance experience. Move into summer with swaying hips, fluid arms, shakes and shimmies! Cost: $25 +tax. More info go to or contact Shauna at 250.226.SHAK. Trillium Studio in Old Schoolhouse in South Slocan. www.soulfiredance.


Cha-cha Dance Workshop. Brian Udal is back Sunday, June 5th from 3:30-5:00 for an all new Cha-cha workshop. He offers easy to master patterns which can be linked together in a variety of ways as well as instruction on arm styling and Cuban motion which can enhance a variety of dance styles. Brian is a certified dance instructor and DVIDA master. Brian recently won the Chamber of Commerce


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June Event Calendar outstanding business award for 2010 South Surrey / White Rock for his Roca Blanca Dance studio. Don’t miss this fun opportunity. Cost: $15. Contact Carla Wilson to register or for more information: / 250-825-4314

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing. Develop your wheel throwing skills and experiment with new glazes in this intermediate wheel throwing course. Bring your ideas and requests, as Instructor Robin DuPont will teach you the skills and tips you are interested in learning on the potter’s wheel. Nelson KSA Campus $160 +HST. 5 classes: June 6-10, Mon.-Fri. 1-4 pm Kootenay School of the Arts Contact: 250-352-2821


Photography class-Intro to Point & Shoot. 535 Baker St. Contact: 250-352-7799. Overview on camera basics -white balance, iso and atuo settings. $25 + hst. 6:00pm - 7:30pm

________________________________________ WEDNESDAY JUNE 8

Work That Fits. What is the work that fits for you? A fun exploration to find your brilliant career. 9am-3pm @ KCDS

________________________________________ Intro to our digital SLR. 535 Baker St. Contact: 250-352-7799. Overview on camera basics - white balance, iso, auto and manual settings, shooting in raw modes and different exposure modes. 6:00pm - 7:30pm

________________________________________ THURSDAY JUNE 9

Work That Fits. What is the work that fits for you? A fun exploration to find your brilliant career. 9am-3pm @ KCDS

________________________________________ FRIDAY JUNE 10

Work That Fits. What is the work that fits for you? A fun exploration to find your brilliant career. 9am-3pm @ KCDS.


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Arthur Funkarelli. Nelson’s own funk, rock, punk party band are going to take the stage at The Royal for the first time in a while... this will be a Funkarelli throwdown you won’t want to miss! Ticket info coming soon... Showtime 9:30pm.

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Kashoo. The Royal is pleased to present local superstars, live electronica masters, and all around nice guys - Kashoo. Put on your dancing shoes, folks. These boys can throw a party. Tickets are $10 and are available April 8th at and Royal Espresso. Showtime 9:30pm.


Youth Sailing Association Open House. Lakeside Beach. Contact: Dave Oosthuizen, email: Parents and children come down to Lakeside Beach to see the recently acquired Opti boats, talk to organizers and kids can go for a sail with other youth sailors. 10:00am - 2:00pm

_________________________________________ The Chinatown Plaque Project. Hall & Vernon Streets in Nelson. The Chinatown Plaque Project is a monumental rock - inscribed in Chinese and English - recognizing the significant contribution the Chinese community made to the rapid growth of early Nelson. Dedication of this permanent visible reminder - at the corner of Hall & Vernon Streets - was to be the high point of Nelson’s recent first Chinatown Week, but it had to be postponed because the long winter in high elevations made it impossible to get this donated homegrown rock down in time from Tom Cherry’s rock farm. Down it finally came, and the dedication ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 12, at noon. The Chinatown Plaque Project is funded by the City of Nelson and the Columbia Basin Trust.

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2011 Annual Heritage Home Tour. This year’s tour keeps up the pace with a collection of outstanding homes located in and around the Carbonate and Hall streets area. Included in the tour are such gems as the John Houston house – home to Nelson’s first Mayor. As always, the tour will feature an array of homes that best reflect a cross section of lives of people living in Nelson in and around the turn of the last century. Also on the tour is a tea hosted by St. Sav-

Well-being in Mind, Body, Heart & Spirit

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Workshops, Classes & Private Sessions: • Vegan Living, Raw food • Yoga - Hatha & Laughter • Wellness Counselling & Coaching • Holistic Health techniques & tools • Catering: Vegan Living/Raw & Whole Foods



June Event Calendar iour’s Pro Cathedral and a public program at St. Saviour’s to present the completed research on its stained glass windows. Tickets at Touchstones. Contact: Touchstones Nelson - ph #: 250 352 9813, ext 460

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Pottery: Surface Form Relationship. Multi-day Event: June 13 - June 17 @ Kootenay School of the Arts. Contact: 250-352-2821. This class is focused on exploring the surface form relationship of the ceramic vessel. The class will introduce participants to a number of techniques used to embellish the surface. Discussions and slides will facilitate a dialogue of the topic. KSA Campus $160 +HST. 5 classes: June 13-17, Mon.-Fri. 1-4 pm

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Speed Dating @ The Royal. Hosted by Lucas Myers, music by Phoenix Feather. 7-9:30pm before Magic Bus. Bring a friend and have some fun. 5 minutes a round! Silent Auction to benefit the Nelson SPCA. $20 at the door.

__________________________ Kyprios with Scratch from The Roots @ Spirit Bar

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lilikoi 40% off moving sale now through June 10 at 358 Baker Street

Join us for our grand re-opening 471 Baker Street June 17 7:00 pm 352-3382


Resumes That Work. Need a resume? This workshop will help you build a resume highlighting your accomplishments, skills and abilities. 9am-3pm @ KCDS


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Nelson & Area Seniors Coordinating Society 719 Vernon St. Contact: The Elder Abuse Prevention Program, Nelson Seniors Coordinating Society and the Community Response Network are holding an Open House with some educational information on June 15 from 12-2pm. Learn more about

how to prevent elder abuse and steps you can take to reduce the risk of elder abuse for yourself and those you care about.

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Yes, You Need a Cover Letter. Increase your chances of getting that interview. In this workshop, find out about cover letters that get results. 9am-3pm @ KCDS.

__________________________ FRIDAY JUNE 17

Work That Fits. What is the work that fits for you? A fun exploration to find your brilliant career. 9am-3pm @ KCDS

__________________________ Antiserum @ Spirit Bar


Join businesses Cutting Cost and Carbon in Nelson Series A: June 17, July 15, August 5 (1 PM – 5 PM) Nelson Series B: July 15, August 5, 3rd Session TBD (8 AM – noon)Fortis BC is giving $300 for businesses to attend this course and there is another $200 grant available to 15 businesses in the Nelson area (we will distribute these on a first come first served basis). The Climate Smart program helps local businesses to reduce their carbon footprint while cutting costs. Through training, hands-on tools and ongoing one-on-one advising, businesses develop strategies to save on energy and resource costs,improve operational efficiencies and engage employees. Climate Smart trains and provides your staff with ongoing support to become more competitive in an era of carbon taxes and volatile energy prices. In a collaborative learning environment, you will draw on the experience of other businesses and apply tools to build a business case for measuring and profitably reducing your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. For more information call: 1-250260-0253 or email: www.climatesmartbusiness. com. Location to be announced

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Masters of B.C. Art. June 18 - August 28th @ Touchstone Nelson, 502 Vernon Street. Contact: Touchstones Admissions Desk: 250 352 9813, ext 460. Masters of BC Art: Selected Works from the Collection of Hans Wilking, owner of the Ymir Hotel, has been

June Event Calendar a collector of art for many years, and has a personal connection not only to the work, but often to the artists themselves. This exhibition will feature highlights of his collection, including a number of works by such well known artists as E. J. Hughes, Simon Charlie and Norval Morrisseau. This promises to be a rare opportunity to not only see original works of this caliber, but to have a glimpse inside the world of the collector himself. 9:00am - 12:00pm (Opening Reception: Friday June 17, 7-9pm)


J. H. Allen: Nelson Historical Photos. June 18 - August 28 @ Touchstone Nelson, 502 Vernon Street. Contact: Touchstones Admissions Desk: 250 352 9813, ext 460 ~ Nelson Through the Lens: The Historical Photography of J.H.Allen ~ With works from the Touchstones Nelson permanent collection, as well as on loan from local collectors, this exhibition will showcase the photographs of James (“Jimmy”) Allen (1878-1969), and celebrate the mark he has made on the landscape of our local history through his contributions as a photographer and community member. (Opening reception: June 17, 7pm)

__________________________ SUNDAY JUNE 19 11th Annual Fathers Day Poker Run. Are you ready? Sunday June 19th 2011 the 11th Annual fathers Day Poker Run kicks off again!!! This ride (sponsored by the West Kootenay Toy Run Association) has been growing in popularity every year! Everyone will meet in Castlegar at Joeys resturaunt between 8 and 10am for breakfast and first card and from there we will ride the loop up the Paulsen thru Rossland, Trail, Salmo and Nelson to

collect our respective poker hands. Later that afternoon we will converge at the scenic Lions Head Pub in Robson who will graciously host us once again, some great music, trike races and draw our last card. Poker hands are $10 each or 3 for $25. The poker hand proceeds will be donated to the Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank, For more information and details about the Fathers Day Poker Run watch for the flyers or Check out our website Email us at or call Vince 304-7665, James 365-7371. Joeys Restaurant / Lions Head Pub 8am


Community Donation Day at The Kootenay Co-op. 1% of sales will be donated to Earth Matters for their Compost Education Project.

__________________________ MONDAY JUNE 20 Pottery: Advanced Wheel Technique June 20 - June 24 Location: Kooten School of the Arts. Contact: 250-352-2821. Further develop your skills on the potter’s wheel. This class will explore advanced techniques such as throwing large forms, throwing composite forms, altering thrown forms as well as tackling the complexities of the teapot. This class will be a selfdirected format so come with your ideas of what you want to work on. Instructor Robin DuPont is there to facilitate success and demonstrate upon request. Nelson: KSA Campus $160 +HST. 5 classes: Mon.-Fri. 1-4pm

__________________________ Blackie Leblanc and the Triumphs. The Royal is pleased to announce that Acoustic-Punk-Folk group Blackie Leblanc & The Triumphs will be storming through

It’s Spring Time! No need for your feet or knees to hurt.

Come in for a Pedorthic Assessment and get busy walking and running. Kootenay Pedorthic Clinic 415 Hall Street (250) 352-6261


June Event Calendar Nelson this summer, bringing with them Kytami (Delhi2Dublin) on the violin. Come support up & coming Canadian music! Tickets are $10 and available April 8th at and Royal Espresso. Showtime 9pm.

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Careers In Healthcare. Looking for a career in healthcare? Find out about careers, training and opportunities. 9am-3pm @ KCDS.

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SonReal with DJ Richie - Alternative HipHop @ Spirit Bar

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Strawberry Social Open House. Yasodhara Ashram’s annual open house offers a day of relaxation and community for all ages. Come enjoy local musical talent, delicious strawberries and cream, a used book sale, and much more. All are welcome. The Ashram is located on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, about 3 km from the Kootenay Bay ferry landing. For directions visit being-here/getting-here, or call (250) 227-9224.


Blue King Brown. We are pleased to announce the one & only Blue King Brown will be returning to Nelson as part of their WORLDWIZE tour this summer. The sky is the limit for this talented group, and we look forward to blowing the roof off with them on a Wednesday night in June. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. They are available April 8th at liveattheroyal. com, Royal Espresso and Eddy Music. Showtime 9:30pm.

_________________________________________ THURSDAY JUNE 30 Ace Your Interview. What is involved in a great interview? Learn about first impressions, body language and how to answer questions effectively. 9am-3pm @ KCDS.

_________________________________________ Women to Women Art Auction Fundraiser. For Circle of Habondia Lending Society Empowering families in the West Kootenay since 1998. Self-Design High: 2nd floor, 402 Victoria St. Nelson. By donation at the door. 7:00pm Refreshments and Live Music. 8:00 pm Live Art Auction with Auctioneer Michelle Mungall. For more info contact: 250-352-6688. All proceeds to support the work of Circle of Habondia Lending Society and the Asset Building program of the Kootenay Community WISH project.

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9043 Hwy 6, Salmo ~ $189,000

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Kootenay Lake Waterfront Captivating 4 yr old custom designed 2 storey lake shore home. Features include a master suite fireplace & covered deck. 1.64 acres, sandy beach, foreshore lease & dock. Over height garage, triple garage, carport & single garage. By Appointment Only. Call Burke.

View from the Top Enjoy Grohman Narrows, mountain & Kootenay River views! Unique open floor plan. Top floor 335 sf master suite, 2 bdrms on the main & one down. View dining room. Workshop & family room. South facing patio & west facing covered deck. 50 x 120 lot. Call Burke.

Affordable Starter Home Newly renovated 4 bdrm home. .41 acres with garden, workshop, fenced yard & fire pit. arge rooms, separate master suite. Newer appliances & garden tractor included. Priced to sell. Easy commute to Nelson, Trail or Castlegar. Call Burke for details.

Lower Fairview Charming 4 bdrm Heritage home. Level 60 x 120 lot. Partially fenced. Features hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace & millwork. New furnace windows & upgraded plumbing & wiring. Great family location close to schools, parks, shopping & transit. Call John.

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Kootenay Lifestyle Architecturally designed. Unmatched beauty of a unique floor plan, gourmet kitchen, amazing decks. Panoramic mountain & lake vistas from inside & out. Quality 3 bdrm, den & 2.5 bath home. Professionally landscaped lot. Close to Kootenay Lake. Easy commute to Nelson. Call John.

Awesome Views Gorgeous 5 bed/3bath home. Sweeping river & mountain views. Glassed vaulted living, open-concept main floor. Beautiful master suite, spacious 2 bed in-law suite, custom tile, in-floor heat, large wrap deck, paved circular driveway, RV parking. Private. Call John.

Affordable Starter Home Affordable 3 bdrm 1.5 bath 1/2 duplex. Elevated on an easy care corner lot. Lovely lake & mountain views. Cozy deck & good sun exposure. Close to schools & bus route. A great alternative to paying rent. Call Trevor.

Log Home ~ Beasley Wooded 15 acre paradise overlooking Kootenay River. Beautiful 3 bdrm log home, loft, 3 balconies, solarium, wrap veranda, hot tub deck & BBQ deck. 77 x 26 2-storey shop w/double garage & loft. Detached triple garage. Call Trevor.

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Great Accommodation 3 bdrm 1.5 bath 1/2 duplex in Rosemont. Updated laminate flooring & opened living areas. Easy care lot. Back deck. Off Street parking. Newer roof & windows. Close to schools & bus route. An alternative to paying rent. Call Trevor.

Time to Build Offered well below current assessed value. This is an opportunity which will not last for someone to pick up a treed, natural 1.12 acre lot in an area of newer homes. 12 minutes Nelson, 18 to Castlegar. Time to build! Call David.

Unique Location Neat & tidy 3-4 bdrm home at the edge of town. .43 acre, treed & landscaped with a private back yard. Upgrades include roofing, laminate & dining room renovations. Cozy gas fireplace in living room. Close to schools. Call David.

Longbeach Waterfront This waterfront property has it all: 1.15 acres of Kootenay Lake front at Longbeach. 116 feet of level sandy beach. 2 bdrm rancher, & separate double wide manufactured home, a beach cottage/ studio, boat storage, greenhouse, garage & workshop and much more. Call David.


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Creative Culture Magazine June 2011  
Creative Culture Magazine June 2011  

Monthly Magazine serving Nelson, B.C.