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A Nelson courtroom listened to messages Monday that Donovan Carter left on Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungallâ€™s office voicemail a year ago, in which he called her a â€œbrain-dead politician,â€? told her â€œyou say dumbass thingsâ€? and suggested she â€œtake Carole Jamesâ€™ yellow scarf and stuff it in your month.â€? Court also watched a video Mungall posted on YouTube when seeking the NDP nomination that Carter, a former Nelson resident, took issue with. The hearing was Michelle Mungall part of the Crownâ€™s application for a peace bond against Carter, which he is contesting. Mungall testified she worried Carter might hurt her, and continues to be afraid of him. She faced cross-examination by former MLA Blair Suffredine, who is representing Carter. Mungall told Provincial Court Judge Ron Webb that constituency assistant Della McLeod brought several voicemails to her attention left in November 2010.
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his summer, retired Major Ian Newby passed through Nelson as part of a tour by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and appeared in a frontpage photo in the Star. Not long after, at an auction house in Aldergrove, he discovered at the bottom of a box of junk a World War I officerâ€™s leather mapcase with the hand-lettered inscription: Orderly Room Outfit Captain A.E. Dalgas, RE 3 Section 177 T Company RE (RE stood for Royal Engineers and T for Tunneling.) Newby bought the mapcase and started looking into Agner Emile Dalgas, whom he soon learned had lived in Nelson.
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According to Sylvia Crooksâ€™ Homefront and Battlefront: Nelson BC in World War II, Dalgas Ba was born and raised in Denmark, where he graduated gra from officersâ€™ training school at 19. 19 He then served in the Danish army for fo five years before b coming to Canada C with his family f in 1910 and an settling at Crescent Cresc Valley. Capt. Capt Dalgas worked as a civ civil engineer until World War I began, then went overseas with the 7th Battalion and transferred to the Royal Engineers of London, where he became commander of the 177th Tunneling Company. He received the Military Cross and Italian Silver Medal for valour in the field. Afterward, Dalgas and his wife lived in Nelson and he worked as an engineer for the Agner Emile Dalgas BC Department of PubCourtesy Corrine Dalgas lic Works. In the 1930s, Crooks writes, he â€œardently advocated revival of the organized militia and formed a military institute of former officers who met regularly.â€? Story continues to â€˜A Lasting Partâ€™ on Page 16
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Baseball Gets Lions Park Enhancement Through Council
Park upgrades approved MEGAN COLE Nelson Star Reporter
Itâ€™s game on for the Nelson Baseball Association after plenty of back and forth with Nelson city council over upgrades to Lions Park. After a month of council meetings, working with city staff and a presentation at an October committee of the whole meeting, the association received the go-ahead to move forward with its plan for the Uphill park. â€œIâ€™m feeling pleased,â€? said Corbin Comishin of the Nelson Baseball Association. â€œThe kids will finally have a place to play some ball now that the process has gone through the chain of action that itâ€™s had to go through. Everything At Monday nightâ€™s council meeting, politicians approved the worked out and I think in great plan to upgrade the Lions Park ball diamond. Bob Hall photo favour for the community and the kids.â€? so Iâ€™m feeling positive about cussed at last monthâ€™s comThe proposal for the up- moving forward with this mittee of the whole meeting. grades was introduced during and I support the decision of Councillor Donna Macdonthe October 11 council meet- council,â€? said Kozak. ald agreed with Charlesworth ing. According to the memo- and said the city is working That meeting became heat- randum of understanding to achieve a compromise that ed due to some city council- between the Nelson Baseball will work best for all users. lors feeling blindsided by the Association and the city, the â€œWeâ€™re trying to find a comproposal. upgraded baseball diamonds promise here and we heard â€œIt would have been great if will be used for games and from the neighbours and itâ€™s we would have seen [the pro- practices for children 10 and not as much user groups as posal] earlier,â€? said councillor under, and will be used for it is neighbours who want to Deb Kozak after this Mondayâ€™s practices only for children up go into the park and play. We council meeting. â€œI under- to 12 years old. need to balance their needs stand that the plans were in The agreement also high- with the needs of the ball place with the Lions Club in lights that the association will players,â€? said Macdonald. December 2010. Council did be responsible for the regular The hours were changed to not see or hear any of that un- and ongoing maintenance of a total of 100 hours per seatil October 2011. It would have the diamond and that it will son over a 10 week period. been really good to have those be performed to the satisfacComishin said with the thoughts come forward.â€? tion of the cityâ€™s director of snow that fell on Monday, When the proposal was engineering and operations. work on the park may be defirst introduced Kozak recomOne change made to the layed until the spring. mended that the plan be sent agreement was around the â€œMaybe theyâ€™ll start to do to the recreation commission number of hours the associa- some tree removal and get for review and recommenda- tion can use the park. some land preparation done tion. The agreement said the up there, but I think most of â€œIâ€™m glad that council had park may be booked by the as- the facilities will come over the the opportunity to come into sociation on a maximum limit course of the spring,â€? he said. an agreement with the Lions of 130 hours over a 10 week The upgrades include a new Park and to have rules set out period per scheduled season. backstop, dugouts, irrigation, about the usage, who will be Councillor Kim Charles- extension to the storage shed maintaining the ball diamond worth found the 130 hours and an enhanced infield surand how thatâ€™s going to work, contradicted what was dis- face.
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From now until election day on November 19, the Nelson Star continues to introduce the candidates in the upcoming municipal election. We’ve asked the candidates in the races for Nelson city council, Regional District of Central Kootenay and Kootenay Lake school board to introduce themselves and provide us with what they feel are the top three issues in the campaign. We continue today with the RDCK Area D race between Ron Greenlaw and incumbent Andy Shadrack and finish the candidates vying for a spot at the Nelson city council table on Pages 5, 8, and 9...
Ron Greenlaw wants to help the region prosper
y name is Ron Greenlaw and I am a candidate, for the first time, for RDCK Area D director. My family has lived, worked and raised their children in the Lardeau Valley for four generations. The skills I have gained by owning and operating two
TOP 3 ISSUES
My top three issues are: employment, security for our retired and senior population, and basing a relationship with all the different groups within Area D based on honesty and trust.
#1. Building trusting relationships. We need to grow strong communities with solid basic services — health care, education, clean drinking water, waste management, safe roads and a respect for the environment. Once these needs are met, we need to keep further regu-
“This is my home and I want to have the opportunity to help it grown and prosper for the beneﬁt of all residents.”
small businesses, working in the tourism industry, and growing up in this area, I feel will help me understand the diverseness we have in Area D and be able to provide assistance to our residents in a progressive manner. I have owned and operated a snow cat skiing operation as well as a small excavating
lations and laws to a minimum. We have to trust our neighbours to decide the direction of their communities, while helping them along with a progressive attitude. We have to make sure that when we are talking about things like a new fire hall or moving the transfer station that we provide clear costs to our residents: the construction costs for these facilities as well as the long-term maintenance costs. Then our residents can trust that they will be able to make an informed choice of whether we can afford these changes or not.
residents in Area D who have had to leave their homes in order to find work is getting longer and longer, and it hurts our communities. Let’s work together to find innovative ways to create local opportunities for local residents. We need to create an environment where entrepreneurs have the support to start new businesses. By creating local jobs, more of our residents would have the opportunity to be employed locally. This would boost our tax base and ensure that our schools, hospitals, recreational facilities and local businesses thrive.
#2. Employment. The list of local
#3. Seniors/Retirees. Our commu-
company and currently work for BC Hydro at the Duncan Dam. This area is my home and I want to have the opportunity to help it grow and prosper for the benefit of all residents. As director for Area D, I will be the voice at the Regional District of Central Kootenay and in the community.
nities are not only made up of young families and working people, we also have an important integral population base of retired and senior residents. These friends and neighbours deserve our respect and care. We have to be able to provide them a lifestyle that they can afford on their fixed income which still gives them access to the things they need like health care and housing — whether that’s assisted living or independent. We need to think how tax increases will affect these residents and talk to them to find out what their particular needs are and how we can either implement them or improve on what we already have in place.
Andy Shadrack building on impressive track record
immigrated to Canada in 1970 as an agricultural labourer. Involved in politics since 1963, I taught political science at Selkirk and Okanagan University Colleges from 1989 to 2005. Have been the Area D director since 2005 and chair of the RDCK’s rural affairs committee since 2009. A member of the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Government executive since 2008, I currently
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#1. At an Area D and RDCK level I want to continue to work with residents and property owners on services they have prioritized for expansion and improvement, such as fire service in Ainsworth-Woodbury, a new wharf in Lardeau, new fire hall for Kaslo-Area D; and rejuvenating the economy in the Lardeau Valley. I am looking forward to implementing the recently completed RDCK agricultural plan and continuing to participate in development of the Kootenay Lake Stewardship Partnership. I want to continue working on streamlining services so they can be delivered in a fiscally sound manner. I wish I could have done more to help with
serve as the vice president. Have a life long passion for politics and enjoy working with people from across the political spectrum to find solutions to problems. As director I have enjoyed working with various community groups and individuals in Area D to implement their priorities in: fire protection, first responders, recreation, employment, fire interface, land use
employment issues in the Lardeau Valley over the last six years, but building relationships with regional organizations and provincial agencies takes time and patience. I am glad to have helped with the greenhouse project, Lardeau Valley Community Centre renovations and Glacier Creek Regional Park upgrades. #2. At the regional AKBLG executive level I will continue to support the development of a rural economic strategy, in conjunction with the work of Selkirk College innovation chair and the Columbia Basin Trust’s rural development initiative; and the ongoing work of the local government Columbia River Treaty committee, which is preparing to participate in discussions around the 2014 deadline by which Canada has to
planning, water conservation and treatment, library service expansion and a plethora of local issues. Over the last six years we’ve worked at a pace that allowed residents and property owners to think about the options before them, and when necessary we have held referenda, small community meetings and petition processes to ensure that a majority felt comfortable with
serve notice of its desire to continue and/or renegotiate the Treaty. In particular, I would like to focus on trying to obtain multi-year funding for the Lardeau Valley mosquito abatement program, particularly when a high run-off spring freshet causes the cost of the program to double; and, funding for periodic flooding of adjacent farm land. I also intend to carry on working with our two regional MPs, obtaining funds, for example, to build a public washroom at the historic Ainsworth wharf. #3. At the provincial level of the Union of BC Municipalities I hope to continue to serve on the small water systems working group, where we are negotiating with representatives from
the direction being taken. Not shy at speaking my mind, I always try to listen carefully to opposing points of view before voting on issues. Overall I feel I have earned the respect of colleagues and a variety of government officials. I look forward to having an opportunity to serve the residents and property owners of Area D for another three years, if that is your wish and consent.
the Ministries of Health, Environment, Community Services and the health authorities on amendments to the safe drinking water regulations that will allow small water systems like Fletcher Creek Improvement District and the Mirror Lake Water Users community, and micro systems like Howser, to make affordable and attainable choices around water treatment. I will also continue to oppose downloading, for example the transfer of responsibility for dikes to local government that would make residents and property owners adjacent to Cooper Creek financially responsible for upgrading and maintaining the dike there to, as yet, undetermined provincial standards. I will also continue to press for a resolution to the situation surrounding Meadow Creek Cedar.
Nelson Star Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Macdonald’s passion still burns
discovered Nelson in 1972, and moved here as quickly as I could, drawn by the natural and
built beauty, and the warm people. Since then, I’ve worked in many jobs — labourer, forest technician, volunteer coordinator, office assistant, newspaper editor, freelance writer and technical editor. I’ve also been involved with several non-profit organizations, ranging from the Women’s Centre and the Rotary Club to Nelson CARES Society and Kootenay Co-op Radio. All of this work and volunteer experience has given me a broad knowledge of our community, although
TOP 3 ISSUES
#1. Housing affordability. This issue affects so many people – the homeless, entry level workers, young families, and seniors. It affects local businesses that need employees who can find a decent and affordable place to live. We need a variety of solutions to meet a variety of needs for safe, attainable housing. And it’s often not enough just to house someone — they may require ongoing support to be successful, and funding that is another challenge. The reality is that there are no lon-
I am always learning more. There’s a lot going on in this little city. Currently my husband and I operate a home-based consulting business. We have two adult daughters — one in Campbell River and one in Germany. No grandkids though! In 1988, after returning from two years doing forestry work as a volunteer in southern Africa, I successfully ran for Nelson city council. Since then I’ve been re-elected five times and served more than 15 years. Why do I keep running?
ger big bags of money coming from the federal and provincial governments to build and operate housing projects. It’s all about partnerships — involving both the public and private sector. And that makes projects incredibly complicated and timeconsuming to develop. That’s why the Nelson Housing Forum, which I currently chair, is an important step. It brings most of the key players to the table, for learning and for finding opportunities to collaborate. #2. Transit. We’re going to be talking transit a lot in the coming years. Like most cities, we’re struggling
Because, I’ve learned that local government is so important — the decisions made around the council table are felt very directly and often very immediately. It’s an honour to have a role in building our community, and I take the work seriously. I’ve learned a lot about city issues and the community, about making good decisions and how to get things done. I’m keen to learn more, because this community is full of surprises and passion, and I love it dearly.
with the cost of transit and how to deliver the very best service we can. Council made some changes recently that reduced costs (e.g., discontinuing poorly-used runs). I think discontinuing Sunday service was a mistake and that is now being reviewed to see if we can find a community-based alternative. Coming down the road in 2012 is a new regional transit plan that should create efficiencies and flexibility. For example, a regional bus, instead of sitting for a couple hours, could be re-deployed on runs in the city. Also coming in 2012 is a review of Nelson’s system. Issues continue on Page 8
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Our links to the past
n Friday our community will gather at the cenotaph for the annual Remembrance Day ceremony. Whether snow, rain or glorious autumn sunshine, we can expect the crowd to be typically large. Marking November 11 in a small community seems to mean more than gatherings in large urban centres. Like all things small town, itâ€™s because the connections are that much stronger, the bonds that hold rural residents together that much more evident. Looking back through the pages of Nelsonâ€™s history, the men and women who have served and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice continue to have important links to today. Because the numbers are smaller, we get to know the stories of Robert Hampton Gray, Rowland Bourke, William Garland Foster, Percy Rigby and Joe Holland. In todayâ€™s paper and for Fridayâ€™s edition, we continue to tell stories of the past and catch up with people in our community who offer a living history. These stories are important and provide us with context for the day we are about to mark. Also included in our coverage this week are stories about what young people are thinking about war, both past and present. Youth provide interesting insight into what the day means and itâ€™s comforting knowing all generations understand the importance of striving for peace. There is really no other day in Nelson like Remembrance Day. Itâ€™s a time when folks from all walks of life come together in large numbers for a few moments of sombre silence. A time when the weathered faces of veterans stand alongside the innocence of youth. Donâ€™t miss your opportunity to pay tribute to those past and present who make the freedom to gather possible. We want to hear from you.
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Meadow Creek deserves the ink
commenter on nelsonstar. com, who recently moved to the Kootenays from Northern BC, wondered why we devote so much space to the Meadow Creek Cedar saga â€” over 1,700 words in Fridayâ€™s edition alone. Itâ€™s a legitimate question that I will attempt to answer. â€œIt seems to me that the Nelson Star has a vendetta or a bone to pick... I have never seen a community paper report so negatively on a local business as the Nelson Star has done to Meadow Creek Cedar,â€? the post read. â€œI am sure that Meadow Creek Cedar is not the first business in the Nelson area to file for bankruptcy and not pay their employees or their creditors and I know that they are not the only business that have had loss time accidents or noncompliance notices from WorkSafeBC.â€? True, others have experienced similar problems â€” but all at once? No local forestry company has ever pushed regulations so far and gotten away with so much while working in our woods. This story has so many tentacles I could devote myself to it full-time. Alas, a small newspaper doesnâ€™t have that luxury. But thus far, no other media outlet has paid much attention â€” with the singular exception of the Valley Voice â€” so we feel some responsibility to keep pursuing it. Since the companyâ€™s purchase in 2005 by Dale Kooner, it has: t#VJMUTVCTUBOEBSESPBET t'BJMFEUPQBZJUTXPSLFSTPO time. t'MPVUFETJMWJDVMUVSFPCMJHBUJPOT and ignored the advice of its own forester. t'JMFEGPSDSFEJUPSQSPUFDUJPOBOE missed several deadlines to make final payments. t)BEUXPBÄ?MJBUFEIBVMJOHDPNpanies taken off the road for safety violations. (One remains suspended, the other had its license cancelled.) t#FFODJUFECZ8PSL4BGF#$GPSBU least 65 workplace safety infractions, which led to lost fingers, a broken leg, and ultimately shut down
UIFNJMM "MUIPVHITBGFUZPÄ?DFST recommended a fine, none has so far been forthcoming. A WorkSafe spokeswoman said this week itâ€™s still under consideration, but wasnâ€™t sure how long a decision might take.) Then thereâ€™s the matter of immigrant workers brought from a blueberry farm in Surrey to work at the mill last year â€” of questionable legality at best. And this is just the stuff we have been able to confirm and report. Numerous other allegations are harder to substantiate. Each matter is handled by a different regulatory agency, and herein lies the problem: the RCMP, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Forests, and WorkSafeBC, among others, can only look at things within their own jurisdiction. Officially, they cannot see the forest for the trees. When the companyâ€™s track record is taken as a whole, however, it is so far off the industry norm as to beggar belief. Meadow Creek Cedar has not demonstrated it is trustworthy enough to cut another inch of timber â€” which, if it needs repeating, is a public resource. Companies are granted licenses to profit from our forests and in return have a responsibility to uphold obligations which I would argue are much greater than just barely meeting statutory requirements. The online posterâ€™s comments also anticipated Fridayâ€™s story, wherein we examined the regulatory ques-
tion. Should the Ministry of Forests shoulder some of the blame? A GPSNFSDPNQMJBODFPÄ?DFS XIPMBUFS worked for Meadow Creek, thinks so. She also asks: why would the Ministry even consider issuing further cutting permits to a company teetering on bankruptcy that has failed to meet its silviculture obligations? Good question. If the company bails after clearing its next cut block, the taxpayer will be left to clean up the mess. Whatâ€™s Meadow Creek Cedarâ€™s response to all of this? It doesnâ€™t have one. Neither Kooner nor anyone in management with this sorry operation has ever returned our messages. Several former employees, however, have approached us with tales that made us shudder. (According to one, management told them the Nelson Star â€œhates Meadow Creek Cedar and prints lies.â€?) The people of the Lardeau Valley deserve better. Itâ€™s time for a ministerial fiat to stop this nonsense. Letâ€™s hope MLA Michelle Mungallâ€™s meeting with Forests Minister Steve Thomson on November 17 results in just that. In the meantime, I look forward to the release of a Forest Practices Board report on the companyâ€™s operations. No matter how much lawyers water down the final version, it should prove illuminating. Greg Nesteroff is a reporter at the Nelson Star. He can be reached at email@example.com
Nelson Star Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Letters to the Editor
Multi-use the best use I am responding to some of the issues raised in the October 28 column by editor Bob Hall (“Council fails youth again”) regarding the proposed expansion of Little League baseball at Lions Park. Lions Park is an amazing treasure within our community. Under the stewardship of the Lions Club and city works crews, we enjoy something close to an ideal neighbourhood space. On any warm spring evening, the field is alive with dog walkers, picnickers, ad hoc soccer games, and much more. People come to the park from every corner of the city and beyond for the great facilities and relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It is a privilege and a pleasure to live beside this small and very well-used park. The Little League ball that is currently played at Lions Park every spring is part of its rich fabric. Little leaguers are respectful of neighbours and other park users. The Nelson Baseball Association should be commended for their fundraising efforts and their offer to upgrade the ball diamond at minimal cost to the city. Grassroots efforts like these enrich the whole community. The baseball association, in consultation with the Lions Club, has brought forward a proposal that sincerely seeks to minimize impacts on other park users. This is recognized and appreciated. Occasional parking issues, noise and extra traffic are trivial incon-
veniences compared to all the benefits of living next to this park. Due to concerns about errant balls, baseball can be challenging to accommodate alongside other park uses.
“Most importantly, the time requested by the association — late afternoons and evenings throughout the spring — are the peak demand periods for all other park users too.” The field of play proposed by the baseball association comprises at least two-thirds of available field space, substantially limiting any other concurrent uses. In a bigger park this may not be an issue, but Lions is small. Most importantly, the time requested by the association — late afternoons and evenings throughout the spring — are the peak demand periods for all other park users too. The baseball association outlined to council their intention to grow baseball in Nelson, and it expects that the improved facility at Lions Park will spur this growth. Baseball usage may be only 10 hours per week for now, but that could easily increase, further limiting other park users prime time access. The concern is that Little League baseball — and the adult softball players who will
inevitably be attracted to the improved facilities — will come to dominate the park to the detriment of all other interests. Nelson is a diverse community with many recreational needs. While ball players are part of the overall mix, they are only one of a number of interests laying claim to a limited amount of park space: frisbee throwers, dog walkers, free-playing kids and everyone else falling under the motley umbrella of “disorganized recreation.” Fair access for all park users during prime time should be maintained. Park neighbours attending the October 24 committee of the whole meeting were grateful to have an opportunity to outline our concerns to council and learn more about the baseball proposal. Not one of the park neighbours presumes we have a right to determine what happens in the park. We do, however, hope our elected council will consider all information and points of view before making these important decisions. Following the October 24 meeting, I am confident that has now occurred. If, as appears likely, city council decides that building the ball diamond at Lions Park is in the best interest of the public, then I will definitely support that. I may not agree with the decision, but I can be assured that it was reached fairly and with due process. Mike Morrison Nelson
A great idea for occupiers In your October 28 edition you published a “Slug” about a restaurant owner who was rude to a customer, and the customer wondered if western capitalism has corrupted compassion towards all. So far we have not heard many positive ideas from the Occupiers at City Hall on how to change things. I have a suggestion. Why doesn’t City Hall take over all the restaurants in town and have them run from City Hall? That way instead of the obscene profits those greedy corporate capitalists who own these restaurants take home, the profits would then go to the people
of Nelson, just like Nelson Hydro and BC Hydro. A perfect person to organize this would be Charles Jeanes, an avowed socialist, assuming he is elected to office. He could head up a committee to organize the takeovers, somewhat like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and then be chairman of the committee that would run the restaurants on behalf of City Hall. Of course the staff of the restaurants would be unionized (CUPE) and would be given big pay raises to ensure they have a fair, living wage, and more staff would be hired because current staff
are run off their feet and are being exploited by the present owners. Also, with the surplus money these restaurants would take in, in addition to swelling the coffers at City Hall, thereby reducing taxes, they would also be in a position to feed all the needy, and so get rid of the food banks and end poverty. I believe this is a win-win solution to many of the issues currently faced by the people of Nelson. I look forward to hearing more progressive ideas like this from the Occupiers. Roger Pratt Nelson
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am a longtime resident with solid community roots, a former Capitol Theatre manager, and a two-term council veteran. My portfolios have included economic development, the social sector, the youth centre advisory
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team, the recreation commission, the airport advisory, and the advisory planning commission. I was recently on the team that managed the delivery of the Sustainable Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan. Why am I running? There are some newly planned elements of all these areas that I’d like to see launched. I’m avidly interested in the business of the city, and now have solid experience in city processes to serve our citizens.
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#1. My first and foremost priority for Nelson is community security. Another word for it would be stewardship — protecting our investments in people and their pursuits, protecting infrastructure and local environment. #2. The forward part of civic stewardship is community development, which to me means going beyond protection and security into planning for the future, enhancing our assets, becoming creatively ready for impacts of exterior forces, always looking for innovative opportunities to do these things. #3. My third priority is how we achieve these goals of stewardship and community development. In a world of silos, cohesion is the answer. We must find ways to communicate thoroughly, always hold to our strong sense of community, continually find partners, and co-operate regionally. Cooperation brings down costs and enhances services to citizens.
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Interested in playing table tennis? Every Wednesday at Blewett elementary school players meet for fun and competitive matches. Things get going at 5 p.m. and wrap up at 7. The drop-in fee is $2. For more information call K. Rosenberg at 250-352-5739.
The art of eight Grade 12 students from L.V. Rogers high school will be on display at the Nelson Public Library. Come in to the TeenScene section and have a look at these fabulous artists work. These pieces will be up till December.
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Nov. 10th - Scorpio Bday Jam Free Show w/ Yan Zombie & Digs
Nov. 11th - Subvert & Fat Pat with PK Sound Nov. 12th - Five Alarm Funk with Lint Nov. 16th - KRS-ONE Hip Hop Legend Nov. 17th - Organic Mechanic w/B-ron Free Show Nov. 18th - Neighbour Home Breakin’ Records Nov. 19th - JFB U.K. DMC Champion Nov. 23rd - Krafty Kuts Album Release Tour Nov. 24th - Perfect Giddimani (Jamaica) with Ras Jyahson Nov. 25th - Shout Out Out Out Out & The Midway State Nov. 26th - Kingdom Nov. 27th - K-OS with full band Dec. 1st - Emotionz Dec. 2nd - 1st Trax Tour w/Smalltown Djs, Bryx & B-Ron
Dec. 3rd - The Gaff with Busta Dec. 8th - Wackutt & Deeps Free Show Dec. 9th - Aaron Nazrul & the Boom Booms Dec. 10th - Yan Zombie CD Release Dec. 15th - The Automation w/ Chinese for Travelers
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A great treat is in store when Alison Girvan, Pat Henman, Michael Calladine, Aspen Switzer and Bessie Wapp will all take the mic (at a price) at the karaoke fun(d) raiser event for the Nelson Refugee Committee. The event will be at Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill on November 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. A $10 ticket gets you a burger, beer and entertainment. Tickets will be available at Otter Books and at the door.
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Nelson’s Alzheimer Caregiver Support Group will look at methods to help relax a person with dementia through easy massage techniques. The meeting will be 7 p.m. For further information please call Linda at 250-352-6788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The West Kootenay Ecosociety and In The Koots are organizing an all-candidates forum which will be held at the United Church (corner of Silica and Josephine) from 7 to 9 p.m.
A live radio play of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life will be performed in the Slocan Valley. A stellar New Denver cast directed by Judith Ceroli will perform the classic on Sunday, November 27 at 2 p.m. at Vallican Whole. Proceeds go to Stephen Lewis Foundation and Grassroots Grammas. Admission by donation will be a $10 minimum.
Market season isn’t over, it just moved indoors. Every Wednesday and Saturday until the end of November, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nelson Trading Company on Baker and Stanley streets you can find fresh produce, handmade items, jewelry, music, on-site massage, food, handmade products for body and home and more. If you’re interested in being a vendor at the market contact 250-551-6911.
REEL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12
The international Reel Youth Film Festival comes to Rossland on Saturday, November 26, featuring some of the best in international youth film-making, along with submissions from the talented youth of the West Kootenay. Admission is $3. The 2011 Reel Youth Film Festival is a collection of compelling and entertaining short youth films: animations, dramas, documentaries, comedies and a musical. The deadline for local youth to submit a film is November 4 and all films must be received in Vancouver on or before this date. It is free to submit a film and forms can be found on the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture website at rosslandcac.com. There will be cash prizes for two local films: People’s Choice and Best of the Fest. For more info on the Reel Youth Film Festival and for film submission information visit ReelYouth.ca or rosslandcac.com.
BORSCHT AND BAKING
Nelson Eagles ladies auxiliary is holding their annual borscht lunch and bake sale. The lunch and bake sale will take place at the Eagles Hall at 641 Baker Street on Saturday, November 19 from 11 to 2 p.m. There will be borscht, bread, apple pie and ice cream and a beverage for $7. If you really like the borscht you can by a litre for $8. All proceeds will go to the West Kootenay Women’s Association, the Nelson Community Services Centre and the Nelson Food Cupboard.
Nelson artist Lainey Benson has an art opening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dancing Bear Inn, 171 Baker Street. Her latest works include Nelson, Montreal and Toronto scenes. All are invited to attend. Kokanee Speakeasy Toastmasters Club meets every second and fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. in room 118 at the Selkirk College Silver King Campus in Rosemont. For more information visit kokanee. freetoasthost.ws or call 250-352-7808. Looking for a way to stay in shape and have fun this winter? Join Nelson’s first Indoor Ultimate Frisbee League. If you would like a taste of the game before signing up, head down to Lakeside fields where co-ed drop in games are held every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. till dark or Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Max and Irma’s restaurant will now have live music Fridays and Saturdays between 6 and 9 p.m. featuring Rylan Kewen and Nikko Forsberg.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12
The Nelson Chapter of the Council of Canadians will hold its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the basement of the Labour Centre Building at 101 Baker Street. Please use the Baker Street entrance. All are LAST CHANCE FOR LUCAS MYERS’ DECK Lucas Myers will be presenting his one person show DECK: How I welcome. Instigated then Overcame an Existential Crisis Through Home Improvement at the Silverton Art Gallery on Friday, November 18 and at the Anne DeGrace will be at Otter Books from 1 to 3 p.m. signing copYmir Hall on November 26. All show times are 7:30 p.m. and tickets ies of her latest book. Flying With Amelia chronicles the dreams and are available in advance for $10 in Silverton at the Cup and Saucer, struggles of a cast of unforgettable characters through more than and for the Ymir show at the Ymir Store and Eddy Music in Nelson. hundred years of Canadian history. This will be the last opportunity to see this darkly hilarious take on the semi-urban small town milieu in the Kootenays before Lucas Since little over a year ago, Robert Hargreaves and Tobias Jenny have takes it on the road in the new year. WARNING: PHYSICS, PARTIAL met each Monday afternoon to play music together in a performance NUDITY, POWER TOOLS. For more details go to pilotcopilot.com. titled Keys and Pipes in Concert. All donations will be dedicated to the fund towards a new concert piano at St. Saviour’s. The performance will start at 7 p.m. RESPECT HUMAN LIFE WEEK This week is Respect Human Life Week, chosen to coincide with Remembrance Day, when we remember those who lost their lives in MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 war for a free and just society. We also remember the Holocaust, and Put on your dancing shoes. Every Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the misery and injustice that results when a sector of society is de- Central school gym (use Mill Street entrance) Scottish dancers meet. prived of their human rights, when we make discriminatory distinc- Beginners are welcome. For more information contact Kathy at 250tions. As part of Respect Human Life Week, a candlelight vigil will 359-7545, June at 250-352-1836, or Beverly at 250-352-7850. be held at the Nelson cemetery on Sunday, November 13 at 7 p.m., in memory of all the children whose lives were ended by abortion or TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Chen tai chi, chi gong and broad sword classes every Tuesday and miscarriage. Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Central School Gym. For more information contact Chris Gibson at 250-505-4562.
Inaugural Fundraiser for a Concert Piano at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church Saturday November 12 2011 7pm at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church Ward & Silica Admission by donation Robert Hargreaves: Piano, Harpsichord & Organ Tobias Jenny, Alpenhorn & Recorder
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Friday, November 11
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Capitol Season Series Presents MOVE: The Company Allemande Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m. Lester Quitzau
Subvert Subvert, from Calgary is the founding engineer of PK Sound and the mastermind behind the Village Stage at the Shambhala Music Festival. He started DJing in 2000 and combined with his extensive work on sound systems and attention to precision sound, he was ultimately and naturally led down the path to creating his own music and once again the low frequencies consumed him. Subvert’s sound is a combination of throbbing, relentless basslines, melodic strings and haunting pianos singing through drumstep, midtempo glitch, drum and bass, and dubstep. His attention to detail and the ability to tune into bass that works can be felt in all of his music productions. He will also be joined by Fat Pat from Calgary who is a seriously skilled selector that you all know very well. The opening set will be by Deeps. In honour of the date 11/11/11 we will be having a toast and free prizes at 11:11 p.m. Doors open at 10 p.m. and ticket information is available at the Hume Hotel.
Saturday, November 12
Five Alarm Funk is a horn powered, percussion fuelled sonic and visual assault. For more than six years the band has brought their relentless and unforgettable live show to clubs and major festivals across Canada and the United States. The band on stage is an unstoppable orgy of energy. Ten musicians perform intricate and airtight arrangements with delirious dance moves and full on headbanging. Choreographed arm movements coincide with melodic climaxes while the four percussionists create a true spectacle. From over 300 Five Alarm Funk shows some highlights include: Vancouver Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Blues Fest, Shambhala, Sunfest in London Ontario, Ness Creek Festival in Saskatchewan, Summer Meltdown in Washington, the Keelung Mid-Summer Festival in Taiwan, and numerous sold-out shows at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The opening band is Nelson’s Richard Rabnett’s latest project, Lint. The first 100 tickets are $20. Doors open at 10 p.m. and ticket information is available at the Hume Hotel.
It’s been said he’s the best thing to happen to Canadian music in the past 10 years. The Royal is happy to welcome back the ever talented Lester Quitzau. He plays from the heart with songs of love and spirit that take you from blues to folk to ballads to improvisational jazz and back again. Don’t miss this stunning guitarist. Billy Hicks will open the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Tickets are available at Royal Espresso, Eddy Music and liveattheroyal.com.
Friday, November 11
There are few who are as intense and energetic on stage as Wil and the Royal is excited to have him return. The roots rock singer/songwriter has gained quite the reputation for his live shows. Backing his reputation as a true performing artist are strong vocals and that bluesy, folk rock guitar. The multi-talented one man band C.R. Avery will open the show. The man can sing will beatboxing and pounding the piano and then every once and a while he’ll throw some harmonica in there. Two incredible live performers on one night; make sure you’re there. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at Royal Espresso, Eddy Music and liveattheroyal.com
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Sunday, November 13
Rockers, divas, and wailers unite. Come down to Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill every Wednesday and Sunday for the Karaoke experience of a life time. We have a huge list of classics, top 40, country, rock, and hairband legends to choose from. You can join the fun or just watch the entertainment. There is never a dull moment when you mix Nelson talent with Irish whiskey. Bring your friends and enjoy some good times and great food.
Tuesday, November 15
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. There are player incentives and prizes. Come down and dance or play with the full band or just sit back and watch the Selkirk College students rock out.
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Saturday, November 12
Opening this week’s Unplugged Sessions at noon is a new singer/songwriter to the stage. Brynn Forsey is 16, she’s been singing for three years and accompanies herself on guitar. She names her influences as The Be Good Tanyas, Coeur de Pirate, Bon Iver, Iron and Wine and Horse Feathers. Up next is Marty Carter, who’s been performing across western Canada as Bessie Wapp and Ben Johnson a founding member in an original art rock, reggae, blues band originally called Moon Shadow and now called New Moon. Carter will perform some jazz standards some funky blues and classical pieces that will put a shuffle in your step and a smile on your face. Closing act is Bessie Wapp and Ben Johnson, of Tek Düet, perform sensuous songs and rhythms from Eastern Europe including Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece.
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Matchstick Productions, the seven-time winner of the sportâ€™s coveted Movie of the Year award, is pleased to announce its latest offering to skiingâ€™s celluloid legacy. Attack of La NiĂąa will be playing at the Capitol Theatre this Saturday. Attack of La NiĂąa is a recap of one of the longest and deepest North American winters on record, served up courtesy of the worldwide weather phenomenon known as la niĂąa. â€œLast winter continued to amaze us as the season went on. Weather patterns relentlessly pounded the western US and Canada,â€? said executive producer Murray Wais. â€œDeep snow and epic conditions made it nearly impossible to stray too far from home, creating opportunities to go deeper into zones that weâ€™ve explored in the past. We were able to check out some spots that weâ€™d never even thought of as possibilities before, and the payoff was greater than we ever could have expected!â€? Along for the ride is Matchstick staple Sean Pettit, throwing down and dominating powder across his home province of BC. Follow the journey of Frenchman Richard Permin as he chases storms throughout Canada, and watch the exploits of
Attack of La NiĂąa showcases the talents of todayâ€™s best skiers in a journey through the snowiest winter of their lives.
X Games superstar Bobby Brown as he leads an A-list team back to Alyeska for another massive jump session. A heliskiing trip deep into an elusive BC Coast Range hot spring provides the backdrop for one of the most scenic segments of the year, featuring Ingrid Backstrom, James Heim, and Eric Hjorleifson. Be sure to bask in the persona of skiingâ€™s funniest character, Colby West, on his quest for the â€œultimate run.â€? This breathtaking film features an eclectic mix of high definition camera work and awe-inspiring footage captured using the most state of the art equipment available, including slow motion Phantom cameras, heli-mounted Cineflex rigs, and ultra high end point-of-view camera angles.
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This film is the latest in a long line of award-winning ski movies from Matchstick Productions, including In Deep and The Way I See It, winners of Movie of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Attack of La NiĂąa was filmed on location everywhere storms were served up in North America, including Alyeska, Terrace, Aspen, Whistler, Breckenridge, Mammoth Mountain, Stevens Pass, and many other worldclass destinations. There will be door prizes at the show from Whitewater, Selkirk Wilderness Skiing, Gerickâ€™s, ROAM, and Sacred Ride. Tickets are $11 for youth/students and $12 for adults. Doors open at 7:30, get your tickets at the Capitol Theatre box office or capitoltheatre.bc.ca.
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On November 25, audience members will see Pat Henman in a role she hasn’t played in Nelson yet: lead singer in a contemporary band. In June 2010 Henman began a journey into a land she wasn’t familiar with. She asked all her family and friends if they had a song they would let her record because she was going to record a CD. Sixteen songs were sent to her from all over Canada. The genre she wanted to sing was R&B and funk. Although she has stuck pretty close to the theme, there was some wiggle room. “I have been a belter of musical theatre for a long time and I wanted to do something different. I went to the universe, I asked for R&B, and I got some pretty dynamite songs, from ballads, to blues, to Motown, and R&B. I couldn’t have been more thrilled,” says Henman. One of the most exciting elements was the chance to write a song.” Pat co-wrote the song Closer with a friend, Carol Street. “I listen to it and I find it hard to believe we sat around my patio table last summer, humming, strumming and laughing, and this song came out of it. It’s fantastic!” Henman comes from a very musical family so she took advantage of her relatives. Her brother, Jim, and her cousin, David Henman were both original members of the rock band, April Wine, and they both write and record. She feels extremely lucky that both of them shared their music with her. During her years in Toronto as a working actress and singer, Henman made many friends whom she still has close ties with. Out of those friendships came five more songs for her to record. “It was an amazing process. My producer, the very talented John Tucker, also offered me a great tune, Good Feeling, which I close the album with.” On November 25 at 8:30 p.m. at Finley’s Irish Bar & Grill, Henman will sing all the songs from her CD plus a few more. Her band consists of some of the finest musicians Nelson has to offer: Sydney Galbraith, Darren Mahe, Steven Parish, Rick Lingard, Tim Bullen, Danielle Corbin and Jesse Lee. Tickets are $15 for the concert; CDs will be for sale also. You can buy your tickets at Finley’s or Otter Books in Nelson. If you call ahead you can reserve your table with dinner reservations. For more information call 250-352-5121 or go to pathenman.com.
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Middle School’s Remembrance Day Postcard Project
Trafalgar students reach out to troops BOB HALL Nelson Star Editor
This week Canadian Forces members in some of the darkest regions of the planet will be receiving brightly coloured post cards from Trafalgar Middle School students. “We wanted to give Canadian Forces around the world a taste of home and a nice greeting from Nelson,” says Grade 8 student Josie Day. “We told them how things are going around here.” The project was headed up by the Trafalgar Grade 8 leadership group, under the guidance of teacher Kathy Speirs. The 10 students who make up the group do several projects during the term and the Remembrance Day postcard initiative is just one of them. Last month the leadership students asked their peers to draw a colourful image on a postcardsized card and write a little message on the back. The cards have
“Imagine if they are out all day and then when they get back they have this colourful postcard sitting on their bed,” says Abby Mandel, one of the leadership group members. “It’s probably really nice to feel that ‘people actually remember me.’” Most of the cards had a very Nelson feel to them with landscapes drawn to fit the beauty of our area. “It might mean a bit more if it was from family, but it’s still coming from Canada,” says leadership student Tucker Anderson. Though the students were delivering positive messages and were not supposed to dwell on the horrible aspects of war and dangers of peacekeeping, the project did bring the group — mostly comprised of 13-yearThe Trafalgar Middle School leadership team gathers in front of olds — closer to the reality of a hallway map that shows where in the world the postcards that what troops endure. Bob Hall photo students at the school were sent. “It kind of makes me sick to since been sent to troops in loca- Afghanistan, Sudan, Italy and my stomach to see what is happening in some of the countions like Sierra Leone, Congo, the HMCS Vancouver.
tries,” says leadership student Caitlynn Murphy. “My older brother says he wants to into the army. He’s an air cadet. I pay attention to it and watch it on TV when Canadian troops get killed and their family’s reaction to it.” Though schools around the region have been focusing on Remembrance Day activities in the last week, the students say it’s not something that is constantly on the minds of peers in their age group. “Most kids don’t really think about it,” says Mandel. “But it’s a way to bring peace to other places around the world.” The students hope to see many of their classmates at Nelson’s Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday where they will gather with people of all ages to mark past sacrifice and current commitment to trying to make the world safer. “I’ve gone every year, but I think this year it will be more touching,” says Murphy.
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Homelessness outreach making an impact GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter
Local advocates for the homeless are hoping to again tap a fund that has allowed them to hire a coordinator and outreach worker.
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The federal government is calling for proposals through its homelessness partnering strategy, which supports 61 designated communities, including Nelson. Since 2008, the Nelson Committee on Homelessness and Stepping Stones shelter have benefitted from the money. Stepping Stones manager Klee Hunter says having an outreach worker allows them to help people find and maintain homes. “This has been definitely a tool that helps break homelessness,” she says. “When we didn’t have an outreach worker, we might help
people make calls and go out and get housing, but then it breaks down. “There’s no one to talk to the landlord, no one to work on life skills, no one to work on budgeting so they can pay the rent. So people would just come back [to the shelter]. We weren’t breaking the cycle of homelessness at all.” Hunter says she knows the value of outreach, having done it in Vancouver for 15 years with people with severe and persistent mental health issues. She adds they initially applied for funding through the Nelson Committee on Homelessness over three years ago, received a second contract to take them into 2012, and “absolutely” will be seeking another renewal. Committee member Cheryl Dowden adds they will also apply for funding to maintain a part-time co-ordinator. “We’re still in the process of responding to the request for proposals, but we have determined that our priorities are to continue to fund [the outreach worker] and co-ordinator,” she said. A maximum of $244,000 is available to fund projects between April 2012 and March 2014. Dowden said they will be seeking a total of about $130,000. The deadline for non-profits to apply is November 25.
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The unemployment rate in the Kootenays fell to 7.2 per cent in October, down from 8.1 per cent the previous month. Statistics Canada says that’s on par with the national rate and a good deal lower than the previous October, when the jobless figure was 9.4 per cent. The actual number of people
employed in the region has increased over the last year from 66,500 to 73,200. Another 5,700 were looking for work last month, versus 6,900 at the same time in 2010. The figures cover both the East and West Kootenays. Provincially, the rate was 6.6 per cent, virtually unchanged from September. Nationally, unemployment stood at 7.3 per cent, also very close to the previous month.
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Continued from Page 1 When World War II began, Capt. Dalgas was promoted to major and commanded the 111th (Nelson) Field Battery, overseeing its recruitment and training. The 111th was among the first contingents to go overseas, and Dalgas, “pointing to two flags on the wall, one representing the Legion and one the 111th, declared that one was already covered with honours, and the 111th would follow in that tradition.” Dalgas accompanied his men to Edmonton where he was assigned to training duties, but was determined to go overseas himself. Told he was too old, he waived rank, travelled to Ottawa, lied about his age and joined the 4th Field Artillery as a gunner. Once in England, the army learned his real age, so he was promoted from private to sergeant and made an instructor with the Canadian School of Artillery. Many men who served under him in Nelson before the war and during its early days made a point of looking him up, Crooks says. One wrote: “There never was a finer man than he, and I am filled with admiration for his indomitable spirit and moral courage and determination.” He added his hope that Dalgas would return to Nelson with his old rank of major. Dalgas did become a captain again before finally reaching the front in early April 1945. However, nine days before the war in Europe ended, as the Canadian 2nd Corps advanced into northern Germany, Dalgas’
Nelson’s Agner Dalgas (centre, pointing) in the ﬁeld with Major-General A.G. McNaughton, commander of the 1st Canadian Division, to his right. photo courtesy Corinne Dalgas
jeep ran over a mine. He died aged 57. His wife Alicia learned of his death on the same day she received a letter from him, in which he told her he was “way past the Rhine.” Dalgas was buried in Holten Canadian War Cemetery in Holland.
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he story doesn’t end there. Newby, who acquired Daglas’ mapcase, had “one of those experiences that literally raises the hair on the back of the neck.” He knew he’d heard Dalgas’ name somewhere before, and remembered an instructor at artillery school in Shilo, Manitoba who taught him a trick handed down from World War II. “We had a plotting board
which was essential for the accurate shooting of our guns, and which had to be kept dry and legible despite weather or environmental conditions,” he says. Over these plywood boards they placed paper targets marked with grid squares, and on top of this clear cellophane covers sealed around the edges with tape. “We then were supposed to pin a pivot and range arm with large tacks, which of course resulted in many holes which let in water and ruined the paper beneath. We were told to file off the points and use adhesive tape, which preserved the integrity of the waterproofing.” The invention was credited to Agner Dalgas of the Canadian School of Artillery in England. Newby has since spoken
to Dalgas’ granddaughter Corinne, an instructor at BCIT. She didn’t know about her grandfather’s illustrious history, but when she cleaned out the basement of the family home in Nelson, she found his medals and uniform, and still has them. A couple of summers ago, Sylvia Crooks also discovered Dalgas’ World War I diary in the Touchstones archives, part of the H.H. Currie fonds. “It’s very interesting,” she says. “It’s a diary from the 7th Battalion, which was the first contingent of men that left Nelson in August 1914. They were among [the victims of] the first gas attacks. Something like 17 of them lost their lives.” The diary also mentions Story continues to Page 17
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Election day goes electronic MEGAN COLE Nelson Star Reporter
Nelson will be receive election results hours earlier on voting day thanks to new technology at the polls. The city is following along behind Castlegar and Trail with the use of an electronic ballot counting machine. “For us it’s to be able to provide the results in a quicker, more efficient manner to the public,” said Frances Long, manager of legislative and administrative services. “It’s a tough thing for the election workers to be working from 8 a.m. to approximately midnight counting those things.” When the machines were used in the last municipal election in Castlegar and Trail the counts were done 15 to 20 minutes after the polls closed. On election day, voters will receive one ballot at the poll instead of three. The single sheet of paper will contain all the offices — for council, mayor and school trustee — on one ballot. Once the voter has filled out the ballot as stated on the sheet they will feed it into the machine which will count the votes. “We’ve tested it a number of times
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Mayor John Dooley and his granddaughter Harlow feed a test ballot through the electronic ballot counting machine during a trial last week.
and we’ve tested it to a manual count and it came out exactly right. It came out with nicer information than what we’ve provided before,” said Long. In addition to the number of votes
for each candidate, the machine also provides numbers on how many people under voted and how many people over voted. “Another nice thing that will happen for us is during the day I know that in past elections election officials have been asked how many people have voted and they’d have to go to a sheet that’s sort of tracking how many ballots have gone to each table and give an approximation. Now we can come up to the machine and it tells us how many ballots have been read through,” said Long. In the event of a recount, Long said that in the past the electronic ballot counting machine has come up with the same results as a manual count. “I know because somebody requested a judicial recount and the judge said no, that they wouldn’t do a recount because of the accuracy of the machine. In another instance they did do a manual recount and they came out exactly the same on both, so that was great,” she said. Long also said that the machine will save money because they won’t have to pay election officials who traditionally worked until midnight.
Retired Major Ian Newby, seen here during a visit to Nelson this summer with an entourage of vintage military vehicles, discovered Capt. Dalgas’ mapcase in an Aldergrove auction house.
Newby watched a TV special called The First World War From Above. “Amazingly, there was major coverage of the tunneling war and the La Boiselle crater in particular,” he says. In one shot, you could see a memorial to Dalgas’ 177th. The original was knocked down during the final German offensive in 1918, so Dalgas made an impassioned plea for permission to return after the armistice and rebuild it. This was granted and the new memorial stood until it was replaced by a permanent stone marker in the 1920s. A wooden plaque and copper plate inscribed with the names of the tunnelers hung in a London church until recently, when it was moved to the Royal Engineers’ Museum.
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Continued from Page 16 Dalgas’ transfer to the 177th Tunnelling Company: “He recorded how sad he was to leave the 7th, and the men he’d been with.” It’s not clear how the diary found its way to the archives, although the Currie fonds are a collection of World War I items, and Crooks speculates Dalgas’ widow donated it. Nor is it clear how the mapcase ended up in the auction house. Newby has also been in touch with English author Iain McHenry, who is completing a book about the 177th. He sent McHenry a copy of Crooks’ book, pages from Dalgas’ diary, and other information. An archaeological group known as the La Boiselle Project has been excavating tunnels left untouched since 1918, and just last week
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Continued from Page 1 She testified that in the first, which has since been deleted, Carter said: “You cannot reason with politicians. You can only bloody them.” Suffredine argued this referred to politics being a bloodsport, and Mungall was trying to silence a political critic, but she denied this.
“He seemed ﬁxated with body parts I have because I’m a woman.” Michelle Mungall
In the second voicemail, played for the court, Carter said “You don’t have the backbone to return calls,” and complained about statements Mungall made to a local online newspaper about Crown land in relation to the Nelson Landing development. He called her a “braindead politician,” accused her of saying “dumbass things,” and suggested she “take Carole James’ yellow scarf and stuff it in your mouth so you can’t say anything else to damage yourself.” The third voicemail referred to the CUPE lockout that occurred while Mungall sat on Nelson city council, and said she was too busy “flaunting your perky cleavage” to attend a particular meeting. Mungall also testified about a fourth voicemail left in February, but not played in court, in which Carter allegedly began “Hello Miss Kitty, this is Senator Cougar.” Mungall said she has not spoken to Carter since she was elected in 2009, although she met him prior to that at former MLA Corky Evans’ office and they had an amicable conversation. However, she said Evans’ assistant Sandy Korman told her Carter subsequently left them an “insulting” voicemail about Mungall. Following the voicemails last November, Mungall and McLeod filed a police complaint. However, Mungall said she didn’t see Carter again until February 11 of this year, at a federal trade forum at Nelson’s United Church. She said Carter stood in
front of her, facing the audience with a sign she couldn’t see, which she later learned read “Michelle, less boob tube, more Crown land.” She testified that a forum organizer asked him to leave and he “stormed out.” At that point, Mungall said, she was not fearful, but she grew increasingly concerned after hearing from one of MP Alex Atamanenko’s assistants that they received “aggressive, threatening calls” about Mungall, with multiple references to her breasts. She asked to be escorted to her car that evening, and called police when she got home. “Clearly his behaviour had escalated. I was afraid he was going to cause me harm,” she said. Carter was arrested and released on conditions not to come near Mungall. As a result, she said she began changing her routines, including arriving at work at different times and taking different routes. She also installed a deadbolt at her home and started locking her doors — which she didn’t previously do. She further discussed precautions with security staff at the BC Legislature. Since the trade forum, Mungall said she has only seen Carter once, at a community bike ride in Nelson. She was nervous and didn’t want to approach him, and asked others to stay with her, she testified. When Carter became aware of her presence, he “made a loud announcement that he had to leave,” got on his bike and left. She said she felt embarrassed that she had to explain to people what just happened. She added she is “definitely still fearful [Carter] will take his complaints and his approach to the next level and seek to harm me. I don’t want to find out that will be the case.” Under cross-examination, Suffredine asked Mungall why she has tackled the Jumbo Glacier Resort issue, even though it’s outside her riding’s boundaries. She replied many constituents had approached her about it, as it would affect backcountry access, and potentially harm ski-tour operators in her riding.
Suffredine then asked her about a rap routine she recorded at a nomination fundraiser and posted to YouTube, in which he claimed she “shook” her chest. “If anything I was only dancing,” Mungall replied. Suffredine also asked her to explain what she meant when she said “Vote for the chick with the most” on the video, which the court viewed. Mungall replied that she was trying to get young people involved in democracy, and was referring to having the most experience. “You can do a dance and be ambiguous, but if Carter phones up and says ambiguous things about ‘perky cleavage’ he means evil?” Suffredine asked. The testimony was marked by several testy exchanges between the pair, who are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. “In politics, we sometimes stretch things, yes?” Suffredine asked. “You would probably know that better than me,” Mungall countered. Suffredine asked her about a series of video letters she sent to the housing minister last year urging funding be granted to the Anderson Street housing project, wondering whether she had otherwise met or written the minister on the subject. Mungall replied that the videos were a “legitimate way to connect with and contact” him and that she also quizzed him about it during the budget estimate process.
Suffredine suggested the video trilogy was used for political advantage, a charge Mungall denied. She said the videos were an advocacy tactic, to ensure a favourable decision on the project. “This is really about the show,” Suffredine said. “No, it enhanced the advocacy,” Mungall replied. At one point, the judge interjected: “If you two want to have a political discussion, perhaps you should do it sometime when I’m not here.” Suffredine also challenged Mungall on her memory of the February 11 meeting, suggesting Carter did not storm out, but left normally. They debated the meaning of “boob tube,” which Suffredine argued referred to Mungall’s videos and did not have a suggestive connotation. However, Mungall said she found its use “disconcerting” given the previous phone messages. “He seemed fixated with body parts I have because I’m a woman.” They further argued Carter’s use of Senator Cougar and Miss Kitty in his voicemails. Suffredine suggested Cougar was Carter’s longtime nickname, and Kitty referred to the DJ troupe, Meow Mix, that appeared on Mungall’s YouTube video. Mungall said she didn’t know what Carter meant, but felt he was using it “in an abusive context” — senator and cougar being “terms of power and dominance” and kitty a “term of subservience.” The judge said he’d never heard kitty used that way. Mungall said she didn’t have any specific pop culture examples. “You don’t have anything specific [to suggest] that he’s going to harm you?” Suffredine asked. “I believe he has the capability to harm me,” Mungall replied. “He escalated behaviour despite police telling him his behavior is inappropriate.” She said Carter bringing the sign to the trade forum was an example of the escalation. Mungall said taken alone, it would be an example of Story continues to Page 19
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News Continued from Page 18 bizarre behaviour, but in a broader context, it was tantamount to abuse, harassment, and threats. Other people have been dissatisfied with her, she said, but nobody else has left her feeling afraid. McLeod, Mungall’s assistant, testified that prior to the November voicemails, she knew Carter to be “quiet, soft-spoken, and polite,” but his initial message was “so unsettling, full of anger, and toxic,” her first instinct was to delete it. She said the message followed a civil conversation they had concerning Crown land. She subsequently spoke with BC Legislature security staff and provided a statement to police. Initially, however, she only gave Mungall the essence of the calls, to warn her without unduly alarming her. McLeod also noted she was in the audience the night of the trade forum and was surprised by Carter’s appearance —
a coat and fedora — and was concerned it was intended as a disguise. She said she found Carter’s voicemails “intimidating” and believed they contained “veiled threats.” She said his “hostility and tone” bothered her more than his words. She agreed, however, that Carter always identified himself and only called during off-hours. “I believe Mr. Carter is unpredictable, unstable, and I am afraid of him,” McLeod said. In reference to his final call, she said: “What would a cougar do with a kitty? Kill it. That frightens me.” The hearing adjourned until this afternoon. Depending on the availability of court time, the matter may continue then or be put over to another date. The Crown intends to call three more witnesses, while Carter may testify in his own defense. Carter, who now lives in Comox, remains free on conditions to keep his distance from Mungall.
Nelson Man Who Was Banished
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A Nelson man once told by a judge to leave town has been sentenced to another two years of probation for breaching his previous probation order. Mikael Arrak, 27, appeared in court on Thursday. He had been serving three years of probation for criminal harassment of his ex-girlfriend and was ordered to stay away from her and her family. However, a new charge was laid after he spoke to her mother. The case received national attention in January when a judge gave Arrak, a deadline to be on a bus out of town and told him not to come back until his probation was over.
However, after it was reported in the media, the order was overturned. Arrak has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. His mother Annely was concerned the banishment order would result in her son living on the street in Vancouver because he is unable to hold a job and had no place to go.
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The community has been celebrating Kootenay Lake Hospitalâ€™s recent ER expansion and the addition of the CT scanner. Another key piece of the health services at the local hospital is made up of the many surgeries that are performed in Nelson by local and visiting specialists. These services include a variety of laparoscopic procedures, hysterectomies, cataract surgeries, caesarean sections, tubal ligations, carpal tunnel releases, hernia repairs, and so much more. The Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundationâ€™s goal this year is to raise funds for equipment to support the continu-
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