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DARKER truth Amidst the beauty of Peru, Nelson’s Nathan Beninger has been working with heartbreaking fallout of child prostitution in the Third World nation. Through his Pura Vida Foundation the 31-year-old has set about changing lives, but he needs help from the town he still calls home SAMUEL DOBRIN
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housands of kilometres away in the popular tourist city of Cusco, Peru, Nathan Beninger and his wife are raising their young daughter. However, apart from the beautiful sights one’s imagination might place them in, Beninger and his family decide to live and work among a darker truth. “In the last year, child prostitution has doubled in Peru,” said Beninger, a Nelson native who operates a shelter for young girls who have been severely abused or sexually exploited. A photographer by trade, Beninger first went to Peru to capture its natural beauty. What he stumbled upon was the beauty of the country’s people. His mission to change lives began in 2005 after volunteering at a similar shelter for young girls.
“I just saw how poorly managed it was and I wanted to do something more for these kids in regards to rehabilitation and helping them finish their schooling,” he said. “It’s a tough case when you’re working with some of these kids who have suffered from child prostitution.” The Pura Vida Foundation — which means Pure Life in Spanish — was established in 2005 with a goal to set up a permanent shelter. A small shelter was finally realized in 2009 and there is now a push to build a larger facility. Currently at the shelter, Beninger and his wife are housing six children, one of which has a two-year-old baby boy. Beninger said child prostitution is on the rise due to such extreme poverty that families are selling their children. “The owners of these brothels will come into Cusco and in the mountain towns where the poverty level is almost Story continues to ‘Pura Vida’ on Page 9
A photographer by trade, Nathan Beninger has captured and changed the lives of the people he works with in Peru.
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Nelson’s New Year’s baby came right on cue and wasted no time. Kristian Bowen was born New Year’s Day at 6:20 a.m. and came in at eight pounds, eight ounces and 21 inches long. “I went to bed on New Year’s Eve thinking nothing was going on,” said proud mother Jessica Demars. “At about 3:45 a.m. my water broke so we went up to the hospital and got there at about 4:30 a.m. and he was born at 6:20 a.m.” Being the holiday season, both sides of grandparents happened to make it into town to meet Ryan Bowen and Jessica Demars’ new boy just in time. “It’s very exciting because I was hoping that I was going to be early, so I was [thinking] well if I’m not going to be early then I might as well have the first New Year’s baby, and so I did,” Demars said, whose due date was
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him and touch him. He’s been really great, he’s been really excited to be a big brother,” she said. “It’s pretty cool, I mean it’s going to be a story that he’ll have for the rest of his life about being the first baby born [in 2012] in Nelson. That’s kind of cool.”
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morning I don’t think anyone’s celebrating too much,” she said. The coming of the New Year’s baby also means that four-year-old Nicholas is now an older brother. “He loves it, we just have to watch because he just wants to hug him and hold
January 1. The couple was given a quilt from the Nelson Quilters’ Guild as well as a knitted sweater from the Ladies’ Auxiliary. “I think I was the only one there, so I got lots of good care, but you do every time… that early in the
The unemployment rate in the Kootenays was up in December — but there were 9,000 more jobs in the region than at the same time the previous year.
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Statistics Canada estimated that 75,400 people were working across the East and West Kootenay last month, compared to 66,000 in December 2010. Another 5,500 were looking for work, an unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent, versus 6.4 per cent in November RRSPs
and 8.7 per cent the previous December. That was also lower than the provincial rate of seven per cent and the national rate of 7.5 per cent, which was virtually unchanged, despite the addition of 17,500 jobs over the previous month. TFSAs
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Change to Canadian coins could leave scar on city’s bottom line
MEGAN COLE Nelson Star Reporter
What appears to be a cost saving measure for the Royal Canadian Mint may actually wind up costing the City of Nelson hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“Some of the new [parking meters] down in Vancouver are pretty ﬂash. I don’t necessarily think that we need to go that route.”
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As the City began budget talks on Friday at a committee of the whole meeting, chief financial officer Colin McClure told the city of the mint’s plan to change the weight of the loonie and toonie. “I heard about it just the other day which is a bit of a blow,” said McClure. Even though manager of communications for the mint Alex Reeves said the change in the density of the coins will be “imperceptible” to the general public, it will have an impact on equipment like parking meters. McClure said the city’s newer parking meters can be re-calibrated with the help of a $10 kit; the older machines have an outdated interior mechanism. “About 433 parking meters should be rehauled with the help of a kit and the kits are 10 bucks, so that’s about 4,300 bucks,” said McClure. “And then there are about 312 parking meters that cannot be brought up to speed with the calibration kit because they are outdated.” The City may have to look at purchasing new meters to replace the ones that will become useless, which could cost the city anywhere between
BLUE KNUCKLE FISHING DERBY Parking meters in the downtown will need adjustments in order to handle the new, lighter coins being produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. Megan Cole photo
$100,000 and $500,000. McClure said while it might be interesting to pursue meters like those being used in Vancouver where people can pay over their phones, Nelson is more of a loonies and toonies market. “Some of the new ones down in Vancouver are pretty flash,” said McClure. “I don’t necessarily think that we need to go that route. Yeah it would be pretty cool to be able to pay for parking with your phone but that’s when it’s $6 or $7 an hour and it’s going to cost you $20 to park for three hours.” He said the city may explore purchasing older machines from places like Vancouver who have recently gone through system upgrades. The mint said they went through a consultation process with equipment manufacturers and that the city should consult with the manufactur-
ers about the outcomes of the testing. “When we’re talking about the change in density, we’re talking about fractions of a gram,” said Reeves. “It’s imperceptible to the Canadian public and to anyone that handles the coin manually. If it’s weighed carefully by weighing equipment of any kind you could perhaps a detect a variation in weight, but it’s very negligible.” Reeves said an important part of the testing was to ensure that all equipment would be able to accept both old and new coins. The new coins save money by using a multi-ply plated coin — which is a process unique to the mint. The same process is used for quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies. The mint is aiming to introduce the new coins early this year.
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Cars topped with skis and snowboards are a common sight in Nelson at this time of year, but is it just great snow that makes a renown ski town? â€œNelson makes it into our best of skiing awards every year,â€? said Iain MacMillan, editor of the Ontario ski magazine Ski Canada. â€œWe probably get almost as many people â€” whether they are readers, contributors or PR people commenting on things around Nelson as we do from Whistler, and there are slightly different populations there.â€? MacMillan sees a lot about skiing, ski towns and resorts through his job, and as an avid skier often gets a chance to see them first hand. He recently returned from a ski trip which took him from Silverstar, to Red Mountain and Whitewater (even though it was only for 24 hours.) â€œIt was my first visit,â€? said MacMillan. â€œAnd even though Iâ€™ve been with the magazine forever and read and edited so many stories so many times about Nelson and Whitewater â€” and I have friends who have moved there â€” I donâ€™t
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â€œYouâ€™re in Nelson because you want to be there on purpose,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s not like you just happen to be driving through from one big city to another.â€? MacMillan said Nelson offers a different ski experience from places like Whistler. â€œWhat people look for when they go looking for a good ski hill is often great powder, good steeps and good tree skiing,â€? he said.
But what sets Nelson and similar ski towns apart is the town. â€œA purpose-built village may not be as popular as one that already existed,â€? he said. â€œThose two are just very different products and personally I prefer getting in the car and driving out from some mining town or Nelson-like town to the ski hill and coming back to town at night, but Iâ€™d say the majority of skiers are the opposite, they like to ski back to the door and unfortunately â€” in my mind â€” the condo has ruined the ski experience.â€? For the Best of Skiing Awards, the magazine relies heavily on anecdotal information from readers, contributors and public relations people because MacMillan said without it they would always see the same results. â€œNelson would always win powder, Rossland will always get best trees and Whistler will get the best infrastructure. These numbers donâ€™t change,â€? he said. â€œCertainly when you add up all sorts of things like history to the general vibe of people who live in the town, Nelson is right up there in the top two or three ski towns in the country.â€?
Columbia River Treaty
Taking talks to the next stage MEGAN COLE Nelson Star Reporter
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know why itâ€™s taken me so long to get there and why my visit was only 24 hours. I absolutely loved it.â€? Ski destinations like Fernie and Revelstoke draw what MacMillan calls â€œweekend warriorsâ€? from big communities like Calgary.
A group of elected officials from local municipalities and regional districts, who form the Columbia River Treaty Governmentsâ€™ Committee, are continuing the discussion around the Columbia River Treaty following the community events held late last year. â€œThe Columbia Basin Trust staff has now done some community consultations,â€? said Deb Kozak, Nelson city councillor and chair of the Local Governmentsâ€™ Committee. â€œThe feedback that we received in those first rounds of consultations is being currently analyzed by staff and will come back to the Local Governmentsâ€™ Committee for consideration as we move forward with strategy.â€? The work by the committee and the Columbia Basin Trust is being done to prepare for
the possibility of the renegotiation of the treaty. â€œWe are working closely with our MPs and MLAs to keep them in the loop as to what is happening in the region,â€? said Kozak.
â€œWe are working closely with our MPs and MLAs to keep them in the loop.â€? Deb Kozak Nelson City Councillor
The treaty â€” which was ratified in 1964 â€” has no official expiry date, but has a minimum length of 60 years, which is met in September 2024. If either Canada or the US decides to terminate many of the provisions of the treaty, written notice must be filed at least 10 years in advance which would be 2014.
Kozak said the way that we view the Basin, the water systems and water in general has changed. The community events staff received a lot of feedback from people in the region who lived through the original treaty negotiations. â€œThe turnout throughout the region has been phenomenal,â€? said Kozak. â€œAnd there are a lot of people in the region who are well informed because they lived here at the time when the treaty was struck, and so those people are coming out as well and that adds to the large base of knowledge thatâ€™s right here in the Kootenays and across the region.â€? If anyone is interested in learning more about the treaty and how to get involved they can contact Deb Kozak at 250-352-5511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Columbia Basin Trust website at cbt.org
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Four weeks have been set aside in Nelson beginning this month for a BC Human Rights Tribunal hearing concerning Sons of Freedom Doukhobors removed from their families in the 1950s. Walter Swetlishoff, one of about 200 children placed in a New Denver residential school, says the complaint isn’t directly related to their seizure, but rather the government’s response to a report that recommended they receive an apology and compensation. Members of the group, calling themselves the New Denver survivors, allege discrimination by the Attorney General and ministry responsible for multiculturalism during negotiations. “Now maybe things will be resolved,” Swetlishoff says. “This is not a lawsuit. We have been violated and the Tribunal accepted our complaint. This is where we provide our side of the story, the government has to defend itself, and we have to figure out what transpired.” The children were seized because their parents refused to send them to school — but also because the government of the day wanted them removed from what it considered negative influences. Many former New Denver dormitory residents say they suffered psychological trauma after being apprehended and then mistreated. A 1999 BC ombudsman’s report validated their views and led to discussions with government, but no resolution. Consequently, the human rights complaint was filed eight years ago. The Tribunal issued a preliminary ruling in 2008 that accepted the complaint but declined to answer a series of legal questions. The province then sought a judicial review, arguing the Tribunal should not only have answered the questions, but
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Max the Jeweller’s Design of the Week TOP: About 200 Sons of Freedom Doukhobor children were forcibly taken to a residential-style school in New Denver in the 1950s. Courtesy Walter Swetlishoff
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RIGHT: A picnic table in New Denver intended by government as a concilliatory gesture backﬁred. Greg Nesteroff photo
dismissed the case. In 2010, the BC Supreme Court rejected that request, clearing the way for the hearing, which starts January 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the Nelson courthouse, and continues daily until February 10. Swetlishoff anticipates witnesses will include members of his group, as well as former attorney general Geoff Plant. He says other discrimination victims have received official apologies in recent years, so he doesn’t understand the government’s reluctance to give them one. One conciliatory gesture — a picnic table memorial in New Denver, completed but never dedicated — only offended the group, as Swetlishoff says it was done without consulting them and wasn’t in keeping with
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Doukhobor tradition. “They were trying to build a monument or form of commemoration, but it was done unilaterally. The government went on its own and actually purchased the property,” he says. “I’m not sure why they decided to stop, but my suspicion is by that time we had filed the human rights complaint. Obviously it had something to do with them backing off.” Swetlishoff, a retired teacher from Crescent Valley, adds their biggest concern is that government misled the ombudsman by saying it was implementing her recommendations, when it wasn’t. “They backed out and said ‘We are no longer going to negotiate because we cannot satisfy every New
Denver survivor.’” A Tribunal representative said hearings can be held before panels or individual adjudicators, but that has yet to have been determined in this case. She said the time set aside for the hearing is longer than usual — they are typically only a few days — but not out of the ordinary. The Tribunal uses an administrative justice process, with opening and closing statements, direct evidence and cross-examination, but has more flexibility than the courts. If the complaint is found justified, the Human Rights Code sets out remedies, including compensation for damage to dignity or selfrespect. The hearing is open to the public.
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Editor: Bob Hall Publisher: Chuck Bennett
The real cost of change
t’s typical senior government, top-down decision making and it might end up costing local taxpayers big time. The Royal Canadian Mint is getting set to launch new loonies and toonies later this year that weigh less and cost the government less to produce. You won’t notice the change of weight in your pocket, but according the city Nelson taxpayers might end up feeling the impact in their pocketbook. The story on Page 3 of today’s paper explains that this “imperceptible” change by the mint will mean the city’s parking meters will no longer work properly. At this moment, anybody who has arrived to their vehicle to see a white ticket tucked under their wiper blade might be saying “yay, no more meters.” But like it or not, parking meter revenue is a very important line item for this community when it comes to budget time. Parking meters are not going anywhere. They are a fact of life in the city’s core and vital to a proper flow of traffic. So in order to deal with the tiny change in weight, the city is going to have to modernize the meters. It comes at a cost. The city’s chief financial officer Colin McClure estimates that in the worst case scenario the cost to update and replace the meters could run as high as $500,000. Though it’s likely to be significantly less, even an unexpected $100,000 hit is crippling to our city’s budget process. At a time when stress on the city’s coffers is at an all-time high, a surprise like this can have a huge impact on our current services and future projects. What’s most disappointing is the mint’s response. When we contacted them it was pretty much an “oh well, deal with it” type of reply. It’s saving the federal government money and it seems that’s all decision makers in Ottawa really care about. On the streets of Nelson the new lighter coins could weigh heavy on what services the city is able to provide in the coming years. E-MAIL LETTERS TO: email@example.com The Nelson Star is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the BC Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent within 45 days to the BC Press Council, 201 Selby Street, Nanaimo, V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to bcpresscouncil.org
Council Column - Paula Kiss
New council’s first major test
riting a column about council duties after only one month into the job is a little awkward. We have just embarked on budget deliberations but are not far enough into it for me to regale you with its finer points. Please dry your tears and be patient for the next councillor’s article. Though maybe not the highest form of entertainment, the budget process is critical and will impact every resident. With guidance from staff, we are about to decide how to allocate money to meet Nelson’s needs. To do this well, we must pay attention to our community too, not just the loudest special interest group or the most influential people, but the quiet groups and insightful individuals who may see where we need to go to stay healthy. We need to think about everyone. This year, budget deliberations are right after the election which is perfect
timing because we have just finished working very hard to convince you that we listen and will represent your interests. Now we have our jobs and this is our first big test. But it doesn’t stop after budget, the job goes on. How do we retain genuine, broad, public engagement after the popularity contest… er… I mean, election, is over? So far, I’ve heard from Nelson residents about tree maintenance/replacement, the Telus tower, electric meters, lack of affordable housing, chickens, and dogs. Despite the supposed lack of parking downtown, no resident has ever expressed difficulty in finding adequate parking. Conversely, some have identified parking requirements for new development as an insurmountable financial burden. Perhaps people speak to me about this because I don’t own a car or maybe more residents are starting to see justice in finding affordable homes for people
before more free homes for cars. Everyone has their perspective… have I heard yours? I don’t like excuses like “people are disinterested in the political process” or “voter turnout was abysmal” or “youth are disenfranchised.” I know that when people find their issue, they have an opinion on it and will want it known. The beauty of Nelson is that it is big enough to have a thriving community, but it’s still small enough that anyone could personally acquaint themselves with the mayor and council… and be heard. Hats off to you people for standing up to speak. Let me help. I want to try a couple things that I heard during my campaign, to keep in touch with residents: 1) Regular, informal, coffeeshop public discussions; 2) make my political calendar public. The goal for the informal public discussions would be to engage people who
don’t make it to regular council meetings or be more interactive and approachable for those who do. I would share topics currently under public debate and let you know what direction I’m thinking about taking. I’ll be asking “am I on the right track?” and “what issues am I missing?” My first gathering will happen in the spring — more details later. The second idea of a public calendar would allow anyone to see what committees I sit on and what initiatives I’m involved with. My intent is to help people understand what I do as a councillor and to make it easier for you to provide valuable input since you can see who I’m working with and when. By the time you read this, I should have set up a calendar which anyone can view at councilorkiss.inthekoots.com. I will do my job based on what I know and what I can learn. I’m better off with your help.
Nelson Star Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Pedestrians act brazenly As a driver and pedestrian, I freely admit Nelson has its share of rude, and sometimes dangerous drivers. However, I regularly see pedestrians engaging in unsafe behaviour, for example, crossing the street anywhere but in a crosswalk. They step out onto the street and do not look either right or left, and definitely not in the direction of the lane they are crossing. They cross from the post office to the credit union five metres or less from the crosswalk toward cars backing up from the angle parking. There are blind spots when a
driver is backing up. Drivers caught disobeying traffic laws get ticketed and pay fines. Has our much
“Pedestrians may be right in whatever foolish behaviour they engage in. They could also be dead right.” vaunted jay walking bylaw ever been enforced? Has any such pedestrian ever paid a fine? Pedestrians need to be
aware that it takes time to notice them, it takes time to apply the brakes, and it takes time to stop a vehicle, time they may not have. This is particularly true in winter with snow and ice on the streets; it takes longer to stop. Pedestrians may be right in whatever foolish behaviour they engage in. They could also be dead right. Enlightened self-interest would suggest pedestrians would do well to pay attention to their surroundings and the laws of physics. M. Bailey Nelson
Join smart meter backlash Re: Smart meters If you are concerned about smart meters and missed this information elsewhere, there are two stop smart meter initiatives you can support. The Citizens for Smart Technology have a petition for a moratorium on smart meters at cstorg.wufoo.com/ forms/q7x3s5. Help them reach their goal of 100,000 signatures by February 14.
The second initiative at stopsmeters.ca is a recall smart meter petition. You can go to the website to pre-register for a smart meter recall initiative. The next recall initiative won’t be allowed till 2013. The smart meter has two antennae. One is 900 MHz and is stronger, by many times, than a cell phone. This antenna transmits to the hydro transmitter and to
other homes, emitting many thousands of signals a day. The zigbee chip operates at 2.4 GHz, and connects with appliances in your home, gathering data on the appliance you are using, how long you use it, the make, etc. See citizensforsafetechnology. com and stopsmartmeters.ca for more information. C. Postnikoff Nelson
Why they occupied Winter traveller avoids Nelson due to dog ban This letter is in response to Megan Cole’s column on the question as to why an Occupy movement exists and what is the point (“Goals of occupy protest too foggy,” November 25). She simply answered her own question, so I thought I would point that out. The movement is in the “right of freedom to speak” to voice the oppression that corporate/ government/banks who brush shoulders for their own invested interest, causing the taxpayers financial grief, the burden to our elders in high property taxes, etc. Cole pointed out our freedom and right to vote — however majority rules? Our recent municipal election proved that more than half of Nelson’s population did not vote... that could be as the result of no trust in the elected. So Megan Cole, the Occupy movement is a conscious group of people moving out of the world of separation into the heart of compassion. The meek SHALL inherit the Earth. Jana Mayrhofer-Harmon Nelson
Recently we were planning a winter trip to Canada with our friends. We were discussing whether to go to Red Mountain, Whitewater, or Fernie since all three resorts are a short drive from Spokane. As we discussed our options, Whitewater was ruled out because of Nelson’s “attitude toward dogs.” Many families in our area stay away from Nelson to protest against this law, which they see as discriminatory against a member of the family. We have two Greater Swiss Mountain dogs and we will be going elsewhere this year. Please change the law and the “attitude” so we can visit next year. Alisa Hideg Spokane
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News Move Was Necessary Say Local Police
RCMP expands criminal record check fees VAL ROSSI Trail Daily Times Reporter
Local residents in need of criminal record checks are now expected to pony up for it. As of Monday, residents serviced by RCMP detachments in Salmo, Nelson, Kaslo, New Denver and Nakusp must pay $50 for employment-related checks and $20 for volunteerbased checks.
The revenue generated through the collection of these fees will fund a position that is dedicated solely to processing criminal record checks. Criminal record check applicants can now expect to receive their completed checks much quicker than has occurred in the past when waiting periods reached several weeks in some cases. Insp. Nick Romanchuk ex-
plained that support resources have been stretched thin and the introduction of the fee structure is one way of reducing the burden to allow staff to complete other necessary duties. “I don’t know what the exact numbers are but we process hundreds and probably thousands of these criminal record checks a year throughout the West Kootenay Boundary and it’s just incredibly cumbersome
and it was just something that was just becoming overwhelming for us to manage,” he said, noting the process began in Greater Trail a number of years ago and expanded to the Boundary last year. “I think it was a matter of capacity,” he said of the delay to integrate the fees at detachments like Salmo. “When we expanded into the Boundary a year ago, we wanted to see how
it worked, if all the processes worked properly and so on. It did, it worked out very well so now we’ve decided to expand it further.” While Romanchuk said he did receive some negative feedback from organizations that rely heavily on volunteers and a tight budget, he said the move was necessary. “We had the odd complaint,” he said.
Ask the Professionals Dr. Jeff Lloyd
What is Maintenance care?
Just like you would maintain your car with scheduled appointments you should do the same with your spine. Maintenance adjustments are scheduled chiropractic treatments which range from a frequency of 1week to 6 weeks, depending on many factors such age, general health, chronicity and what type of injury it is. Generally, the goal of maintenance adjustments is to maintain the improvement of your previous treatment plan, prevent other issues form creeping up and improve overall health. The spine is the conduit for information flowing between the brain and the rest of the body. Much of the damage that the spine experiences is preventable if proper measures are taken early enough. The joints of the spine are subjected to a variety of stresses and strains on a daily basis and can become damaged. Periodic treatments restore lost range motion and prevent degenerative changes such as arthritis. When moving properly, the spinal joints and small spinal muscles send information to the brain about position sense allowing the brain to control the area. When there is injury causing immobilization of the joints regardless if there is pain or not, this effectively cuts off this critical information flow. Chiropractic adjustment restores proper range of motion and reverses this problem. We all know that regular maintenance on your car prevents premature damage and early detection of small problems before they become big problems. Periodic check ups regardless of pain can detect small changes in spinal function and prevent damage before it gets bad. Call today for an appointment.
Dr. Jeff Lloyd, D.C. Located at 621 Vernon Street, Nelson Ph: (250) 352-0075
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What are the regulations regarding registering and insuring snowmobiles?
Before you operate your snowmobile in British Columbia, it must be registered; this can be done at our Downtown Castlegar office located at 605 Columbia Avenue, in our New Denver branch or at your local Service BC office. You will be issued an owner’s certificate and two numbered decals which must be displayed on both sides of the cowl (or another prominent place) of the snow machine.
When operating your snowmobile on a forest service road, it is mandatory to carry a minimum of $200,000 third party liability. This can be purchased privately through one of the many companies we have access to, or through ICBC. Your homeowner’s insurance does not cover liability for your snowmobile; nor does it cover physical damage. To protect your asset, physical damage coverage can be purchased in addition to the mandatory liability. If you intend to cross a highway or operate your snowmobile in a parking lot, you must obtain an operational permit from the police. A restricted licence plate can then be issued through your insurance broker. Once plated, the snowmobile can only be used within the parameters of the operational permit and is subject to the terms of the restricted plate program. Remember, unloading in the parking lot or anywhere the public has “access” to, is considered a highway and law enforcement can issue tickets to improperly registered and insured units. Please come in and see any of our knowledgeable brokers in one our eight RHC offices regarding any questions you may have, or to get quotes on liability and physical damage coverages. Safe snowmobiling this winter season!! RHC Insurance Brokers Ltd. Toll free number: 1-877-797-5366 Downtown Nelson: (250) 352-5366 www.rhcinsurance.com
Is the Canadian Real Estate market stable?
The Canadian Housing and Mortgage markets have been under intense scrutiny over the past few years from the media, politicians and the general public. In spurts it seems as though we are through the worst of it and ready for a clear direction on the positive side and then it quickly reverts back to doom and gloom with information spilling in from around the world. Even though we have seen much in regards to negative attention ‘Canadians remain largely confident in the future of the Canadian housing market’ as highlighted from the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals 2011 consumer and industry surveys. The surveys also indicated that 84% of Canadians agree that ‘Canadian real estate is a good long term investment’, while 81% agree that ‘mortgages are good debt’. Further, while property purchase intentions fell a dramatic 31% in early 2009 due to the global debt crisis, they have since recovered to 2008 numbers, indicating that confidence has been restored to pre-recession levels. With the volatilty of other investment vehicles only providing unfair gains to the wealthy and those directly involved, people are seeing real estate as a good stable and tangible long term investment. Have you ever heard anyone that has owned a property for 20 years say “they wished they would have sold it”? On average Canadians hold approximately 70% equity in their homes, with this solid equity position even if there was a downturn in the value of properties we wouldn’t see firesales and people simply walking away from these properties like we have witnessed down south. Overall Canadians feel that real estate is going to remain stable in Canada which makes it an even better investment given the low interest rates we are experiencing today! If you would like to discuss anything to do with real estate or financing I welcome the conversation!
Derek Diener Office (250) 229-5711 Cell (250) 505-5850 Fax (888) 628-2867 www.mortgagefinancingbc.com
What happened in the Nelson housing market for 2011?
In Nelson from 01/01/2011 up until 01/01/2012, 84 single detached homes sold. The average list price for those homes was $343,776, and the average sold price was $326,486. In Comparison last year, 108 single detached homes sold in Nelson from 01/01/2010 up until 01/01/2011. Last year the average list price was $348,391 and the average price those homes sold for was $334,377. Upon reflection, prices have come down a bit which has kept our housing market more affordable for first time buyers. Another interesting bit of information is that out of the 84 single detached homes that sold in Nelson last year, 66 of them sold for under $400,000. Property Assessments are arriving in the mail and are showing that values have either come down or have remained relatively the same. Nelson has remained somewhat sheltered from the turbulent housing markets of other regions. I attribute this to it’s’ lifestyle appeal and sheer desire people have to live here, as well as geographical constraints for future development. The data I’ve quoted has been provided by The Kootenay Real Estate Board. If you have further questions, or you would like to explore purchasing or selling your home, don’t hesitate contacting me.
Paul Gaucher Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist
Is there anything that I can do to improve my energy during the winter months?
People can have low energy levels for a number of reasons. During the winter months, the low sunlight levels can affect vitamin D production in a large section of the population, causing mild depression and fatigue. While supplementation with vitamin D could be useful, Chinese medicine aims to determine which of the systems in your body need to be rejuvenated and tonified. For example, a patient may need their blood quality worked on, because if the blood is weak then cells are starved of proper nourishment and oxygenation. If blood circulation is insufficient, then cellular waste is not removed. Perhaps the adrenals are weak and need support. Excessive work and exercise, insomnia, and high stress can all take a toll on your health and vitality in various ways. This affects energy levels, mood, libido, and pain-free movement. Utilizing Chinese Medicine offers some very useful treatment options for improving energy levels and stamina. I recommend dietary changes unique to each patient, as well as some very effective herbal supplements. The herbal formulas are potent and boost the body in a way that food alone cannot. In addition, acupuncture and counselling can be quite beneficial, offering extra support for people with this condition. For more info on Chinese medicine visit www. nelsonacupuncture.com.
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Pura Vida fundraiser set for end of January Continued from Page 1 100 per cent and tell their parents that they’ll be working at a restaurant or as a nanny and offer to send them $15 a month for their work, but in reality they’re being exploited for God knows what.”
“A lot of people say ignorance is bliss, and if I never knew about this I would be living in my own little bubble, but I do know about this and it’s really hard.” Nathan Beninger Beninger said the social service program in the area is like any other Third World country — very undermanned. “A lot of times my wife and I will have to go pick girls up who have been severely abused or beaten up and they’ll stay with us for a night or a week until they find another place because right now at our house there is very little space.” Currently, his own family is also living in the shelter, but he hopes that one day they will have
the funds to build a bigger shelter that will hold up to 30 children. “A lot of people don’t know that we’re working for no money. My parents give me $300 a month so we can buy Pampers and stuff for our daughter, but we don’t make any money,” he said. “My wife and I will get paid a penny for what we do here — which is fine it doesn’t bother me, I chose to do this and I’m not doing this so I can buy flat-screen TVs and nice cars — but it’s a 24hour job for us, so what we really need is to have a bigger shelter.” “We’ve told the social workers hundreds of times that we have no more space, but they still bring us kids and it’s really hard to say no. I’m not going to say no to an 11-year-old kid that’s been forced into prostitution for the last year… if she’s not going to stay with us, I know where she’s going to go and it just makes be feel so bad,” said Beninger, who has taken the burden upon himself to care for the children with the little resources he has. “I’ll tell you the honest truth, the last couple years I’ve just wanted to
Nathan Beninger (right) and his wife Greta with some of the young girls this past Christmas in Cusco, Peru. The kids at the Pura Vida shelter were given several Christmas gifts last month thanks to the hard work being done by the foundation that is based in Nelson. Beninger also does photography classes and other activities with the impoverished youth in his winter base.
quit. A lot of people say ignorance is bliss, and if I never knew about this I would be living in my own little bubble, but I do know about this and it’s really hard.” Despite the lack of funds and the difficulty with his mission, Beninger says there’s still unbelievable change that occurs.
“They were born into this and their life path was already chosen for them when they were born and we are literally changing their life path from severe abuse, prostitution, living on the street… we’re changing these kid’s lives in a way that is unbelievable… but here it’s more evident because they’re living with
us and we’re seeing how we’re changing their lives little by little,” said Beninger. “The first time they come it’s really hard because the street life, there’s no love, there’s no rules, there’s nothing, but six months later they’re starting to have respect and they’re actually enjoying going to school.” “It’s a real trip for me how one person can change another person’s life so dramatically.”
Nelson will have a chance to make a difference in Peru at a fundraiser January 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus for a night of Latin food and dancing with Nathan Beninger as a speaker. Tickets for the event can be purchased at Kootenay Valley Financial and Mountain Waters Spa for $60.
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Jan. 12th - Slakjaw Free Show Jan. 13th - DJ Maseo of De La Soul Jan. 14th - Vespers & JPod Jan. 20th - Neon Steve Neon Party with Deeps Jan. 21st - Keys n Krates w/ Grandtheft Jan. 27th - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Grammy Winners
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KOOTENAY DANCEBEAT SOCIETY
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11
The Kootenay DanceBeat Society presents an evening of fun and dance with live music from Bessie and the Back Eddies. The doors open at 7:15 p.m. on January 21 at the Playmor Junction Church. The band gets going at 8 p.m. There will be refreshments available. Advance tickets are available for $13 or $25 for two. Tickets are available at Otter Books and Mountain Baby or at Gaia Tree in Winlaw. Tickets will also be available at the door for $15. For more information or tickets phone 250-226-7229 or visit dancingbeat.org.
The Nelson Technology Club is a growing, independent initiative to nurture technology advancement within the local community. There are open meet ups every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 207-601 Front Street besides Ellison’s.
LUCAS MYERS PRESENTS: RANDY FROM CRESTON
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
Come into a world of simple truths, good times, and poor impulse control. A world where “party” is spelled with a “d”, where the smoke is always thick and the riffs are always heavy. Come into the world of Randy from Creston. As an “altered ego” of Lucas Myers, Randy has been seen rushing the stage at KMC’s Backyard Booty, discussing his “feminism” at the Nelson Women’s Centre Fundraiser, offering advice in various Pilotcopilot Productions including Dress, East, Hello Baby 1 and 2, and serving as the Nelson and District Credit Union’s online spokesperson in the Switch campaign (fer real!). Now he is going to be sharing some of his redneck truisms about child rearing, relationships and near death experiences in Randy from Creston: Tellin’ it Like it Iz, an entire evening of the Randster discussing such topics as What is a redneck? to why hockey still matters (a parable) to how to actually have sex in a canoe, fer real. Uplifting and hilarious, Randy’s world view is an antidote to these tumultuous time. Head down to the Scout Hall, January 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 for some truth telling, song singin’ and butt kickin’. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., Sunday is a 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $10 in advance at Eddy Music and $12 at the door.
Learn chen tai chi, chi gong and broad sword. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7 p.m. to 8p.m. at the Central School gym. For more information contact Chris Gibson at 250-5054562.
Interested in playing table tennis? Head down to Blewett Elementary School every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is a $2 drop-in fee. For more information contact K. Rosenberg at 250-352-5739.
Locally produced documentary films Conceiving Family and Rural Transcapes are back by popular demand. After a successful screening late last year Watershed Productions is bringing the films back for a double feature at SelfDesign High. Rural Transcapes will screen at 7 p.m. followed by Conceiving Family at 8 p.m. Each film will be followed by a short question and answer period. Tickets will be $10 at the door.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13
Max and Irmas restaurant has live music Fridays and Saturdays between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. featuring Rylan Kewen and Nikko Forsberg.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
The Nelson-West Kootenay chapter of the Council of Canadians will
FILM SCREENING AND TALK ABOUT JAPANESE-CANADIAN INTERN- be holding its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the basement of the Labour Centre building at 101 Baker Street. All interested parties are MENT EXPERIENCE
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Touchstones Nelson is partnering with Selkirk College and the Mir Centre for Peace to present a free community event about the Japanese-Canadian Internment experience during World War II. This free community event will take place on Thursday, January 12 at 7 p.m. at the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College. The event will begin with a brief talk by 90-year-old Aya Hagashi who will share her story of internment at the camp in Kaslo. This will be followed by a screening of The War Between Us, an award-winning feature-length drama about the Kawashima family’s internment camp experiences and their relationships with the local community. This event coincides with the current exhibition at Touchstones entitled Two Views which presents photographs by Ansel Adams and the great British Columbia photographer, Leonard Frank, of internment camps in California and British Columbia. The exhibition runs until Friday February 3. All are welcome to attend this free event. For more information call Jessica Demers at 250-352-9813 ext. 275
welcome to attend. For further information call Sandra at 250-3525274.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 Enjoy the company of others and play Scrabble every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Wait’s News at 499 Baker Street.
MONDAY, JANUARY 16
Uncover the hidden jobs by finding your strengths, learning about the local labour market and find out how to target employers. Learn key job search strategies while connecting and sharing information with other job seekers. This free four-day workshop is for everyone who wants to get their job search fired up. Register beforehand to save your seat for this workshop. To register contact the Kootenay Career Development Training Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250352-6200.
BRIDGER’S LATEST SHOW HELPS NELSON FOOD CUPBOARD
Looking for a fun way to run around indoors this winter? Join NelPicking Up The Pieces, a fabric art show by local artist Kate Bridger, son’s indoor ultimate frisbee league on Monday nights from 7:30 will be on display at the Nelson Public Library from now until Janu- p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. Drop-in spots available. Conary 30 during which time Bridger will donate 10 per cent from all tact email@example.com for more information. sales to the Nelson Food Cupboard. Interested in doing some Scottish dancing? Every Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Central School gym dancers get together to practice PURA VIDA FOUNDATION FIESTA Support the great work of local photographer Nathan Beninger’s their steps. Beginners are welcome. For more information contact foundation at a night of Latin food, salsa dancing and mariachi. The Kathy at 250-359-7545, June at 250-352-1836 or Beverly at 250-352foundation hopes to attain their goal through varied projects. The 7850. current goal is to build a shelter for sexually exploited young girls of Cusco, Peru and surrounding areas. In addition, Pura Vida strives THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 to provide basic necessities throughout Cusco that will enhance the Nelson and District Hospice Society will be offering a six week grief living conditions for children and youth. The fiesta is Friday, January support series for adults grieving the death of a loved one. If inter27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus. ested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration is Tickets are $60 (which includes tapas and entertainment.) There is a required. The series will run every Thursday from January 19 until wine passport available for an additional $15. Tickets are available at February 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the public health unit multipurMountain Waters Spa and Kootenay Valley Financial. pose room.
Gregorian Chant and Tibetan Singing Bowls Sunday, January 15th 7PM St. Saviour’s Anglican Church on Ward & Silica
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Entertainment listings Spiritbar
The Capitol Theatre
Below the Hume Hotel
330 Baker Street
421 Victoria Street — tickets at capitoltheatre.bc.ca
Friday, January 13
Wednesday, January 11
DJ Maseo of the groundbreaking hip hop trio, De La Soul is coming back to Spiritbar. Maseo’s role in the group is primarily that of a DJ, although it is believed that he has as much of a say in the direction of the group as the other two DJ Maseo members. On a few occasions, such as Jungle Brothers’ Doin’ Our Own Dang, he’s stepped to the mic, and showed himself to be a capable, if lighthearted, rapper. Doors open at 10 p.m. and ticket information is available at the Hume Hotel.
Saturday, January 14 Learn how to use Ableton Live and get your tracks foundation solid in four hours from Vancouver’s Certified Trainer, Vespers. This audio weapons workshop is focused on cutting-edge bass sound design and processing for massive, dub step inspired low end, and how to master drum racks to create devastatingly punchy beats. Vespers is known for teaching all the secrets and holding nothing back. True to this reputation, he’ll be including tons of his custom Racks, samples, presets, and templates. The workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up at Hume Hotel front desk today.
Join us for our 350th open stage. This is going to be a special evening of music for all who attend. Come celebrate the great number of folks who have shared and continue to share their music with us every Wednesday. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 12 Heartsong featuring Morien Jones is a man on a mission; a mission to share his original, soulful music with millions of people around the world. Combining confident guitar playing, an incredibly soulful voice and uplifting lyrics, this gifted songwriter works in a wide variety of genres from reggae to folk, world music to soul. Live shows are lively and upbeat with audiences being brought right into the performance by being encouraged to clap and sing along. This is music that will move you out of your chair and into your heart. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Capitol Season Series Presents Ballet Jörgen Canada Anastasia Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m.
Friday, January 13 Support the efforts to build a Nelson Outdoor Skate Park by dancing to some really good music. DJs Busta and Rhapsody will be spinning beats and breaks to make your booty shake! DJ and producer Busta from GhettoFunk and BombasticJam records will be bringing his mid-tempo base heavy breaks to the dancefloor. DJ Rhapsody from Break The Stereo on CJLY 93.5 FM will be joining him with his smooth style of gravy breaks for a night of good times. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 to $20.
Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill 705 Vernon Street
JPOD and Vespers will be showcasing their music this Saturday. Both of these electronic music producers have been hard at work the past few months on their full length albums. JPOD’s signature sound combines dropkick drums, bobblehead bass and intelligent instrumentation that uniquely represents the flowering West Coast Canada flavor. Vespers makes a unique fusion of heavily edited glitch hop beats and live instrumentation with sax and an Akai EWI4000S wind synth. Be sure to check these two creative geniuses in action. Doors open at 10 p.m. Ticket information is available at the Hume Hotel.
Capitol Season Series Presents Harry Manx Friday, January 20 at 8 p.m. All tickets $35
Friday, January 13 Stop by Finley’s after work. Sit back and relax as they celebrate customer appreciation night every Friday. Have a drink and enjoy some appetizers while the DJ plays all your requests.
Tuesday, January 17 Calling all musicians to Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill for open mic jam nights. Amps, guitars and drums are provided. The music gets going at 9 p.m.
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Opening the Unplugged Sessions at noon is Kindredheart, who recently released a five song EP. She plays the illegitimate child of a ukulele and an Arabian thoroughbred Yamaha. In her musical quiver there is also the auto harp, and if the stars are a lined, Cupid’s trumpet. With covers from the classics to originals, this is a sure fire way to a toe taping good time. Next up is von Butcher (aka Brian Kalbfleisch), who’s returning from a long trip to Toronto with new solo material to be performed on ukulele, piano and vocals. He’s often been heard on Wednesdays at the Outer Clove and has performed regularly at the Royal last year. Brian also sings some Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Hank Williams and other rock, folk and country favourites. Last but not least, Ty Toews is back with a batch of new songs which he has been busily recording in his bedTy Toews room studio. You may have seen him recently with Val Kilmer and the New Coke, Miss Quincy or Locomotive Ghost. Joining him will be a bunch of beautiful backing band types including vocalist and melodica-ist Steph Schrempp and vocalist and bassist Jen Rebelle.
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Nelson Community Opera announced Tuesday that the eagerly awaited ticket sales for its upcoming world premiere performance of the Amy Ferguson Institute’s commissioned opera, KHAOS, are now on sale at the Capitol Theatre box office. “Opera fans and music lovers around the region have been asking us for months now when these tickets would go on sale,” said Marty Horswill, production co-ordinator for KHAOS. They are now on sale at the theatre box office, by phone at 250-352-6363 or at capitoltheatre.bc.ca. “People would be well advised to reserve their tickets early as all indications are that demand will be very high, especially for opening night, which will
have a lot fewer tickets than usual,” Horswill added. “Because mounting a world premiere is such a momentous occasion, not just for our opera company but for all of Nelson, we have invited local, provincial and national dignitaries, major KHAOS donors and contributors, well known musicians, opera directors and media representatives from across Canada to be our guests for the opening night performance and gala reception,” the Institute’s president, Ron Little explained. “We’ve had to reserve about half the space in the theatre for our honoured guests and consequently we can only be certain that there will be around 225 tickets available for sale for the opening night performance.” Horswill explained that to do justice to the importance of this production they are pulling out all the
nee performance prices are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Full-cast staging rehearsals of KHAOS began last Saturday. There will be a cast of 42 singers and instrumentalists and one solo dancer on stage for these performances as well as a behind-the-scenes crew of another 15 or 20 designers, directors and technicians. KHAOS, created by local composer, Don Macdonald and local playwright, Nicola Harwood, is a re-imagining of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone set in the contemporary world of climate change and looming global disaster. The opera asks the question “What if a civilization’s greed and need for “progress” prevented Persephone from returning to Earth to console her grieving mother? Would Demeter’s grief and rage end life on earth as we know it?
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Tapping into inspiration MEGAN COLE Nelson Star Reporter
he spotlight was on Kootenay authors Friday night as the Kootenay Literary Competition unveiled this year’s winners. To submit a labour of love to be judged by one’s peers would be nerve wracking for most, but for the winner of this year’s creative non-fiction category, the experience was rewarding. “I’m not nervous about sharing information about myself. I’m very nervous about talking in front of people; I’m a very shy person,“ said Cricket Carroll author of Keep your Promises. “I was very surprised. I really didn’t expect to place, honestly. It was a really big honour. Rita Moir was the judge in my category and her comments were just wonderful to get.” Writing wasn’t something that Carroll was drawn to naturally. Through grade school she only wrote to complete class assignments. It wasn’t until she enrolled in an English class at Selkirk College that she discovered an interest in sharing her stories through writing. “My mom passed away — she committed suicide a few years ago — and I was in an English class and Almeda [Glenn Miller] asked for a personal essay. It came out in exactly the same form it was in my mind. It was kind of neat,” said Carroll. The Kootenay Literary Competition was the first competition that Carroll had submitted her writing to.
Nelson’s Cricket Carroll won the creative non-ﬁction top prize Megan Cole photo for her piece Keep your Promises.
Glenn Miller suggested that she enter the first story she ever wrote for class . “I’ve really only shared my stories in class or with my friends and family. I’ve never even thought of entering in anything really,” said Carroll. “That piece was the first piece that I ever wrote. Almeda suggested that I enter it and I did.” In Carroll’s story Keep your Promises, she shares an emotional part of her childhood. Her personal experiences are the inspiration behind most of her stories. “I kind of grew up in a fairly tumultuous household to say the least,” said Carroll. “My family was kind of blown apart when I was 12. So I have a lot of stories from my childhood. Both from when I was very young to when I was in foster care as well. There is a fair amount of material there and I’m still working through it. It’s almost therapy for me. I kind of turn something really negative
into something that I can be proud of.” With the award under her belt, Carroll is considering writing a novel, although she struggles with whether or not to transition from non-fiction to the world of fiction. “I’ve tried fiction but I’m not very good at it. Everyone tends to die in my fiction, which is kind of frowned upon,” she said with a laugh. In addition to boosting her confidence, the competition has helped Carroll connect with the supportive writing community in Nelson and the Kootenays. “I had no idea there were so many writers in the area,” she said. “It’s really mind blowing. And there are a fair number of actual published authors here and they’re all very, very nice which is kind of nice. It’s not this group of elitist snobs.” To pick up an anthology of the competition winners visit Otter Books.
THE WINNER IS THE WRITTEN WORD This year’s competition invited submissions from all over the Kootenays. Writers were allowed to submit a piece in six different categories. The winners of this year’s Kootenay Literary Competition were: Fiction award First place: The Louisiana Alligator Purchase by Martina Avis Second place: In Country by Bill Macpherson Creative non-fiction award First place: Keep Your Promises by Cricket Carroll Second place: Reminisce with Me by Kristen Sommerfeld Poetry award First place: actaeon sound from a tree planter’s
journal by Jordan Mounteer Honourable mention: Teleology by Elena Banfield Emerging writer award First place: Enter Chaos by Shelby Cain Second place: Chaos in the Kootenays by Cindy McCallum Miller Youth Grades 7 to 9 First place: The Wooden Boy by Rebecca Bracewell Second place: Charlotte’s Scientific Belief by Gillian Wiley Youth Grades 10 to 12 First place: Mrs. Shaw by Trilby Buck Second place: The Apotheosis of Man by Kevin Milde
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he wealth of a community is in the stories of the people who call it home. The stories of those in the Kootenays are told in many ways, but for local filmmaker Amy Bohigian a video camera allowed her to create what she feels is a truly authentic experience. “I’ve always loved having a camera around,” she said. “It just kind of came naturally to me to capture the experience. I feel like video is the closest thing you can get to real life in terms of sitting down with somebody. Interviewing them and also getting shots of them doing what they’re doing in their life, it’s as close as you can get to the real thing.” Bohigian has had a camera in her hand since grade school where she began collecting footage of her friends and family. She rarely turned the camera on herself and focused on giving a voice to those who typically weren’t heard. “I like telling the untold stories like people who wouldn’t normally have access to media or a wider audience,” said Bohigian. “I feel like I get to facilitate people who are in the minority groups or folks that may not typically be empowered and then video and film brings their story to life and gives them a voice. It’s so gratifying to have folks that typically wouldn’t be heard because of a project that I’m doing. That’s probably the most interesting and rewarding thing for me.” She finally took the uncomfortable step in front of the camera to tell her own story in Conceiving Family. “I like a challenge but to put myself in a film, I resisted that forever until people started saying, ‘you know your story is quite interesting. Yeah, there’s a same sex couple adopting bi-racial twins from Christian fundamentalist foster parents. Maybe you should
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Amy Bohigian (top) at her Nelson studio. Bohigian with partner Jane Byers and their two adopted children that are central to the plotline of Conceiving Family which will be screened on Thursday night at SelfDesign High.
talk about that?’ Bohigian used footage that she’d taken throughout the adoption process that she and her partner Jane Byers went through. The film that Bohigian shot feels at times more like a home video because while she was going through the process she had no intention of creating a film. “Conceiving Family basically follows my partner and I as we decide and then go to meet our children for the first time and shows all of the challenges that we face along the way and overcame with the Christian fundamentalist foster parents who had had the children since birth,” she said. “We had to basically convince them that we were fit enough to be their parents and they really had quite a reaction and they wondered whether
their foster kids were going to be raised properly. We had to live with them for two weeks while we were going through the transition period.” In addition to telling Bohigian and Byer’s story, Conceiving Family followed the journey of four other same-sex couples who were also going through the adoption process. “The good news was I didn’t start out thinking that I was going to make this film because if I had I would have gone crazy thinking about the right angle when we met the kids and all that. It would have completely distracted me. I kind of consciously decided not to because I thought I don’t want to go through this as a filmmaker and a parent, I want to do this as a parent first or become a
parent through this process,” she said. Conceiving Family will be having a second screening on Thursday night with a film Bohigian worked on with Christopher Moore of the ANKORS program Trans Connect called Rural Transcapes. Rural Transcapes tells the story of four transgendered people who call the Kootenays home. “Four people came forward to be in the film and we profiled them as they go through kind of day to day routines both really difficult things and really easy and great things about living here,” said Bohigian. “We also talked to the psychiatrist and medical doctor that supports that community here and brought it together in a cohesive film. It’s a really powerful telling of how people can go through transitioning here and find community here if they are transgendered.” Through Bohigian’s production company — Watershed Productions — she also worked with community groups and non-profit organizations to make films that highlight the work being done. “I’m working on something for the BC Non-Profit Housing Association right now,” she said. “I’m putting together an educational video for them about women leaving abusive relationships and trying to find affordable housing and all the barriers that come from that. They researched women across BC and had them take photos and each woman spoke to each individual photo so it’s called a photo voice project.” She is also working with the Columbia Basin Trust on the second phase of a project called Basin Stories, and is creating an awareness video for the Osprey Community Foundation. The screening of Conceiving Family and Rural Transcapes starts at 7 p.m. at SelfDesign High. Tickets are $10 and a short question and answer period will follow each film.
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ometimes the best things in life bring tears to your eyes. That’s the case with our recipe and literary sampling for this month from Seasonings. Oysters Rockefeller a la Suz is just such a recipe — uncomplicated and delicious, this perfect specialoccasion appy is so good it could make an oyster cry. Brent Petkau is Nelson’s celebrated Oyster Man; his partner, Suz, developed this recipe because delicious doesn’t have to be hard — leaving more time to socialize with guests! Sunday Dinner by Jodi Dool brings tears because it is a wonderfully heartfelt tribute to a woman whose love was best communicated through the food she prepared. In this time of family, this beautiful story communicates a perfect message.
OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER A LA SUZ • 24 oysters • ½ or 1 small onion, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, chopped • Butter or oil to sauté • ¼ to ½ cup coffee cream • 1-2 tbsp Pernod • Crushed red pepper if desired • Grated cheese (Gruyere, cheddar, or Parmesan)
Rinse oysters to remove sand and grit. Shuck and remove any broken shell from each oyster. Place oysters in their half shells, upside down, and lay on a baking sheet that will fit in a broiler oven. Crumpled tinfoil can be used to stabilize the oyster shells. Now you are ready for the sauce. Saute chopped onion and garlic in butter or oil until lightly browned. Add spinach and cook until barely wilted. Place mixture in blender or food processor, adding enough cream to process the vegetables. A very thick, but not too finely pureed sauce is what you’re aiming for. Add the Pernod, and the red pepper if desired. Spoon some sauce on each oyster and top with grated cheese, Place in a broiler until cheese is browned. Remove and enjoy alone or with some friends, if you can bear to share!
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om had told me about a family tradition when he was growing up: Sunday night roast beef and mashed potatoes at his Nana and Poppa’s. When my in-laws informed us they were moving to Nelson I remember thinking: great, but I hope they don’t expect us to come for dinner every Sunday. Maybe once a month, I decided. When we were newly married, I cherished those blissful Sunday dinners after an epic ski tour or bike ride, when we’d crack open a bottle of wine seven, scour the cookbooks for a recipe, and then spend hours creating a gourmet feast. There were lamb popsicles, coconut curries and Chinese five-spice duck. But never roast beef; that was so passé. In the five years before Tom’s parents moved here, a lot had changed. We hadn’t cooked a leisurely meal together in four years. Starting dinner at seven—who does that? Epic bike rides? You mean with the stroller dragging behind you on the way to Lakeside Park? We have had children. Two of them. Sometimes it feels like six. Sunday night dinner has come to
be roast chicken, or chicken pot pie from last week’s roast chicken. And no: it’s not chicken pot pie with caramelized onions and truffled potato puree. It’s just plain old chicken pot pie made with whatever vegetables have gone limp in the crisper.
“We have had children. Two of them. Sometimes it feels like six.” Tom’s folks arrived on a Thursday and I wondered if we’d be invited to dinner that Sunday. We were. Hannahli had unpacked the 42 boxes, ironed her sheets and dishtowels, rolled and froze her bacon (“It’s much more convenient that way”), and made a roast beef dinner complete with the airiest, chewiest, gravysoaked Yorkshires I’d ever tasted, with homemade apple pie for dessert. There were no dishes (I never figured out how she managed to do this) and after dinner, I would sip a cup of tea and leaf through a magazine while she played on the floor with my children. What had I been thinking? This was paradise. Sign me up. Sunday, Tuesday, Friday. Doesn’t matter
what’s on the calendar, I’m there. I got in precisely 20 of those meals. Two months after arriving in Nelson, Hannahli was diagnosed with cancer and 18 months later she died. Despite her illness, she continued to nourish us with her huckleberry pies, elderberry jelly, and homemade buns. There were roast beef dinners right to the end, when she would muster the energy for a special birthday or holiday. She fed her family. She nourished our souls. The food always tasted so good. Originally, I chalked it up to butter and cream, but now I know better. It was not the ingredients. It was the grace with which it was served; the love with which it was prepared. It’s amazing how good even a peanut butter sandwich tasted when made by Hannahli. I still appreciate cracking open a bottle (at five, but still) and trying out a new recipe. But now the bar has been raised. I aspire to serve my beloved friends and family with absolute grace and pure sweet love. No quest for compliments, no need for reciprocation. Just Hannahli style. And that will never be passé.
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in California and British Columbia. The exhibition also includes a collection of short films about the internment experience created by students of Lucerne School in New Denver and two professional filmmakers. The exhibition runs until Friday February 3. After the bombing of Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941, both the Canadian and American governments forced the relocation of citizens of Japanese ancestry from the coastal regions. Nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans and 22,000
Japanese Canadians were affected. This extreme response was the culmination of years of anti-Asian racism in western North America. After the war, community members spent years fighting for redress and building educational awareness. In 1988, both the US Congress and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney apologized on behalf of their nations for the injustices suffered by persons of Japanese descent. All are welcome to attend this free event. For more information call Jessica Demers 250-352-9813 ext. 275.
CORRECTION In the Wednesday, January 4 edition of the Nelson Star, the story on Page 4 stated that the literary awards had categories for ages seven to nine and ages 10 to 12. That was intended to read grades seven to nine and grades 10 to 12. We apologize for the mistake.
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Dr. Steve McVicar, orthopedic surgeon at Trail’s Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, was recently honored by the Department of National Defence with the General Service Medal for Southwest Asia. The medal (pictured right presented to McVicar by Col. T. Kavanagh, Commanding Officer at 1 Health Services Group, Edmonton) is in recognition of his significant contribution and support to the Canadian Forces while deployed to the Role 3 Hospital Air Field in Afghanistan in the spring of 2007 and the summer of 2010. This award recognizes the brave Canadian citizens who have provided direct support to the Canadian Forces while deployed in the presence of an armed enemy. The survival rate of casualties in this
Our small town spirit shone for recent Community Connect Day in Nelson. The yearly event creates an opportunity to bring people together and to benefit those who are struggling to make ends meet. In mid-December, 23 different services and activities were offered free and right on site in Central School gym. There was an abundance of helpful people, food, music and smiling faces. “It was such a breath of fresh air to see a community reaching out to those in need,” says local dentist Dr. Matt Osepchook. “I enjoyed being involved.” Osepchook volunteered with two hygienists to provide 36 basic dental exams. His clinic also generously donated follow up dental work. “It’s rewarding,” said Hannah Hadikin, who set up a free store on-site with an abundance of warm clothing for men, women
hospital was the highest of any hospital in a war zone in the world. In the words of H. Colin MacKay, Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding Officer, Dr. McVicar’s “expertise and professionalism were called into play on numerous occasions, and many patients that passed through the hospital
significantly benefitted from his presence. [Dr. McVicar] was a tremendous asset for the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit under difficult operational circumstances.” It should give the people of the Kootenay Boundary great comfort to know that such a highly skilled surgeon is practicing in our hospital.
and children, all compliments of the Women’s Centre and Stepping Stones. Even the Nelson Fire Department got involved, bringing the fire truck down and offering tours for the kids. “We were overwhelmed by the incredible kindness and giving of our community,” says event organizer Katie Tabor with the Nelson Committee on Homelessness. Heartfelt appreciation goes out to over 50 community members and service providers, as well as 18 groups including agencies and businesses who contributed to make the day possible. Generosity from the Nelson business community came through in donations for the day. Oso Negro, Thor’s Pizza, The Royal Bank, Save-On Foods, Mountain Waters Spa, Waves Hair Design, Kootenay Bakery, Cowan’s and Otter Books all took part. To get involved in next year’s event, contact Katie Tabor at email@example.com or 250.352.6011 ext. 19
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Sports Kootenay International Junior Hockey League
Leafs bounce back
League Standings Neil Murdoch Division TEAM GP W Beaver Valley 37 30 Castlegar 38 27 Nelson 38 21 Spokane 37 16 Grand Forks 38 1
L 6 8 14 19 37
T 0 1 0 1 0
OTL 1 2 3 1 0
P 61 57 45 34 2
Eddie Mountain Division TEAM GP W Fernie 40 27 Kimberley 37 27 Creston Valley 37 21 Golden 38 14 Columbia Val. 38 2
L 9 8 13 20 35
T 0 1 0 1 0
OTL 4 1 3 3 1
P 58 56 45 32 5
Okanagan Division TEAM GP Osoyoos 38 Princeton 37 Kelowna 39 Penticton 36 Summerland 39
W 21 21 20 17 10
L 14 14 16 12 27
T 1 1 0 1 0
OTL 2 1 3 6 2
P 45 44 43 41 22
Doug Birks Division TEAM GP Kamloops 38 Revelstoke 35 N. Okanagan 37 Sicamous 36 Chase 35
W 27 26 25 13 3
L 6 7 11 21 31
T 1 0 0 1 1
OTL 4 2 1 1 0
P 59 54 51 28 7
SAMUEL DOBRIN Nelson Star Reporter
The Nelson Leafs bounced back from a Friday loss with a 5-2 victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins Saturday night before a home crowd. The win came after a tragic overtime loss to the Princeton Posse (see story on Page 23). “We showed a lot of grit coming back and a lot of teamwork… in that way we look at it in a positive light and said ‘hey guys, it wasn’t a bad game, we fought hard it was just a bad bounce at one end’ and we came out tonight to get revenge, get the two points and put us back up in the standings,” said Leafs’ defenceman Jonathon Petrash. The Leafs opened the game dominating the Border Bruins and maintained possession for
Nelson Leafs Leaders Position Forward Forward Forward Forward Forward Forward
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A 28 29 27 25 22 18
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Friday, January 6 Princeton 5 Nelson 4 (OT) North Okangan 4 Sicamous 3 Kelowna 4 Penticton 5 (OT) Kimberley 9 Chase 6 Castlegar 10 Grand Forks 0 Spokane 2 Creston Valley 3 (OT) Golden 3 Fernie 4 Kamloops 9 Summerland 3 Saturday, January 7 Grand Forks 2 Nelson 5 Penticton 8 North Okanagan 3 Kimberley 3 Kamloops 6 Revelstoke 5 Sicamous 3 Columbia Valley 2 Spokane 6 Fernie 7 Golden 1 Princeton 0 Beaver Valley 3 Summerland 5 Osoyoos 6 Sunday, January 8 Creston Valley 0 Golden 2 Columbia Valley 2 Beaver Valley 11 North Okanagan 3 Chase 1 Kimberley 3 Revelstoke 13 Osoyoos 4 Sicamous 2 Grand Forks 2 Castlegar 16 Summerland 1 Kelowna 3
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the greater part of the period. In the latter half of the first, the Leafs’ hard work paid off putting their first up on the board at the seven minute mark from just inside the blue line from the stick of Eric Spring. Cameron Dobransky added one of his own after receiving a centering pass from Carson Willians just minutes later. The Border Bruins started the second period trying to force a goal, but were unable to get set up in the Leafs zone until they received a brief break from the Nelson defense during a powerplay at the 10:47 mark for Mitchell Nishimura to tip one in and put Grand Forks back in the game. Grand Forks began to pull their game together after the goal, but it wasn’t enough to keep Dallon Stoddart from
adding yet another point to the Leafs’ collection for a 3-1 lead going into the final frame. The Leafs looked to put the nail in the coffin at the beginning of the final period with J.J. Beitel firing another goal unassisted on a breakaway just 30 seconds into the period. Grand Forks worked hard to even the score, but Leafs goalkeeper Patrick Defoe was solid making a huge sprawled out save in the last few minutes of the game. Finally, with Grand Forks on a power play, Austin Lee received a pass off of a faceoff and put the last goal up on the board for the Border Bruins, making the final score 5-3 for the Leafs. The Leafs next action is this Saturday when they battle the Fernie Ghostriders at the Nelson Community Complex.
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The Fishing Report – Kerry Reed
Best is yet to come
appy new year everybody. And welcome to what should be an exciting year. Looking forward to whatever the fish gods have to offer in 2012. We finished off 2011 with a bang. December was a fantastic month of fishing. We did have a run of a few slow days, but mostly great fishing throughout the month. And lots of big fish too. Rainbows up to 24 pounds and dolly varden (bull trout) up to 17 pounds have been caught lately, with lots of other fish between two and 15 pounds also being caught. We have had some great days with up to 15 fish being caught, but most days usually see between four and ten fish. And then again, some days seem to be a little tougher where we have to work hard to get a couple fish. But this time of year is always worth it. Even if we are catching fewer fish, this is when the big boys come out. So, be patient and keep plugging away. Most fish are showing up on the sonar at a consistent depth. Seems to be a lot of fish hanging around the 100 to 150 foot depths. So, we are trolling with the downriggers at those depths to try and entice the fish. But, most of the fish we are catching seem to be on the surface. It seems like they will hang out in the depths, but when it is time to feed, they are coming to the surface. So, mix up your presentation. I always try to have some lines on the surface and some lines down deep.
What are they biting on? The fish are still scattered throughout the water column, so we are fishing both on the surface and down deeper. Bucktail flies on the surface in the usual colours are working well. Black/white, grey/white, purple/white are working well. My favourites have been: No. 228, 215, 224, 207, 203, and lately the 210.
Nelson’s Shandy Mowery with a big catch from last month.
Some common names are: grey ghost, bleeding gill, and November special. Also we’ve been using the downriggers for both rainbows and dolly varden. Some of our best depths have been 100, 120, 140 and even below 150 feet lately. We’ve been using our favorite flasher and hoochie combo, or my favorite Lyman plugs are working well. Plug nos. 10, 16, 32, 100, and 135 have producing some good fish for me as well. The water temperature is around 42 degrees now, so that means our prime fishing should continue. Some of our biggest fish should be caught in the next couple of months. Winter is here, so let’s go fishing! Tight lines............
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This weekend hundreds of tiny hockey players will gather at the Nelson and District Community Complex and the Civic Centre for the annual Nelson Ford Novice Shootout tournament. The local auto dealer is the major sponsor of the tournament and last week Nelson Ford owner Russell Stocks (middle) and Nelson Minor Hockey Association novice director Jordan Barclay (left) got together to discuss the upcoming event. Brady Stocks (right), who plays for the Nelson Senior Novice Leafs, was also on hand.
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Getting Ready for a Shootout
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Nelson Star
Sports Game On – Kim Palfenier
Winter fun kicks back in, keep eye on spring
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he new year tends to bring resolutions to get fit and healthy. Thankfully there are many sport groups and facilities just waiting to offer your family a fun and healthy way to support those goals. The Nelson Neptunes started their winter swim maintenance session this month. It runs on Mondays and Wednesdays, from January 4 to spring break (10 weeks). The “poly” division (little ones, six years and under) is full but the seven years and up divi-
The Nelson Neptunes are keeping in shape over winter.
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The Nelson District Community Complex has the newest winter leisure guide out showing a whole new set of winter programs. Skating and drop-in hockey can be found spread throughout the week for both youth and adults. A facility pass will give you access to the gym, pool and various drop
in programs to suit your own schedules. Call 250-354-4386 for more information and/or check the guide for details. Nelson Minor Hockey is hosting a Novice tournament this upcoming weekend. Players aged five to eight years will be flooding the community and arenas, so check it out for some fun filled entertainment. Check nelsonmha.ca for schedule. Looking forward to spring time activities, Nelson Youth Soccer has opened registration for both rep and house
programs. Deadline for rep is January 31 while house is March 9. To register and for more information, please see nys.ca or email nelsonselects@ hotmail.com or call Sveta at 250-551-6972 Kootenay Rhythm Dragon Boat Club is holding its annual general meeting and dinner on Monday, January 30 at 5 p.m. at the Hume Hotel. Dinner to follow at 6 p.m. RSVP Sandy Price 250-352-9944 by January 20. For more on the Dragons log onto kootenayrhythmdragons.ca.
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Leafs come up short in Friday night thriller SAMUEL DOBRIN Nelson Star Reporter
The Nelson Leafs made an astonishing recovery after trailing 2-0 to the Princeton Posse, but were unable to hang on losing 5-4 in double overtime. Both teams came out of the gates fighting for position with neither dominating until Princeton’s Brendan Colter scored on Leafs goaltender Andrew Walton just after the five minutes mark. Princeton then gained momentum as the Leafs struggled to maintain control of the puck.
Nearing the end of the first period, the Leafs defense loosened up for a breakaway by Princeton’s Devon Grossler, who put Princeton up 2-0 going into the second period. Nelson entered the second with thrusters on full and attempted to capitalize on the remainder of a powerplay, but all shots were stopped by Posse starter Sky Buller. The second period remained a tough battle between both teams struggling for control of the puck, with serious scoring chances on both sides. Nelson continued to
push hard outshooting Princeton, which paid off for Matthew Naka who rocketed a shot past Buller at the three minute mark to put the Leafs back into the game. Building off the energy gained from Naka’s goal, the Leafs looked to square the game off and after five minutes of dominating the game, Walker Sidoni put one up on the board to tie it up. Princeton seemed frustrated and had a few minutes of sloppy passes and misplaced bodies, just long enough for Colton Malmsten to bury another
Princeton, the Posse regrouped and set their aim for the back of the net. Jaden Janzen of Princeton slammed the puck past Walton to tie the game again, which was followed by a second Princeton goal from Alex Demchuck with only four minutes left in regulation. With time running out on the clock, the Leafs fought back and with just 16 seconds left in regulation time Nik Newman answered the call with the goal to tie the game at 4-4 and send it to overtime. Looking much like the first period, the Leafs and
Newman tied the game in the last 16 seconds.
goal for the Leafs near the ten-minute mark and give the home side the lead. After a time-out from
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