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Itâ€™s a celebration that tops all others in Asia and next week locals are invited to take in Chinese New Year at the Capitol Theatre to witness all the colour, mystique and flair of the cherished holiday
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Pauline Bao has helped put together next weekâ€™s celebration in an effort to share her culture. ANDREA KLASSEN Nelson Star Reporter
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ragons, lions and martial arts aside, when Pauline Bao talks about celebrating Chinese New Year itâ€™s easy to draw parallels to a North American Christmas. â€œFor Chinese whatâ€™s special is youâ€™re working
the whole year and thatâ€™s the time to take a rest, and have family get together,â€? says Bao. In a country that rivals the U.S. and Canada for land mass, the latter is especially important, she adds. â€œAll the family from different cities or far away come back to the whole group.â€? This year, however,
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Bao is a little farther away The evening will than before. Just under a include plenty of New year ago she, her husband Year traditions, from Daniel Cotton and their dragon and lion dances son George moved to and drumming to small Nelson from Harbin â€” a gifts for each child in atcity in Chinaâ€™s northeasttendance. But the main ern Heilongjian Province. events of the evening And to mark their first come from another Bao New Year in Nelson, family tradition: the practheyâ€™re throwing an all tice of Shaolin kung fu out celebration at the and Tai Chi. Pauline Capitol Theatre. â€” better known to â€œWhen I was in her students as China the first time Master Bao it was during a â€” is part Chinese New Year of a martial celebration,â€? says arts legacy Cotton. â€œAll the stretching dragons and the back seven performances generations. and the music, itâ€™s â€œWhen just so different than I was four the west. And we years old I thought, what started to a great idea it learn would be if we kung could bring this celebration to Nelson and Six-year-old share this George will perform with the during the show. community.â€?
fu from my father,â€? she explains. â€œEvery year weâ€™d go to Chinese national competitions, and eight years later I began to learn Tai Chi from my father too.â€? When she moved to Nelson, she opened the Bao Academy of Kung Fu and Tai Chi, offering classes to children and adults. Those students will join her on stage at the Capitol for performances that range from a demonstration of tiger form kung fu to work with swords, spears and staffs. The eighth generation of the Bao family will also step into the spotlight. Six-year-old George will hit the stage several times over the course of the evening, and perform what Cotton describes as a â€œsurprising and dangerousâ€? kung fu routine with his mother. Story continues to Page 17
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Reduced price, quick possession, bank sale. Close to Fishing and Golf, this 1996 home has 1050 sq ft of living space plus a 12’ x 23’workshop. In move in condition this superb home features covered deck, attached carport and a spacious master bedroom with a beautiful ensuite.
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After more than ﬁve months of waiting, Kurama Sushi owner Yoshi Shirotani is back behind the counter. The Baker Street eatery faced a temporary shutdown just before the August long weekend, due to smoke and water damage from a major ﬁre in neighboring Redﬁsh Grill. It reopened for business just before noon on Tuesday. Staycation Home
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As other rates went up, the executive director of Nelson’s Touchstones told city council she’s planning to drop ticket prices for adults at the museum and art gallery. Leah Best says the museum is planning to reduce adult admission to $8 from $10, but also plans to reduce the number of days it opens in the winter. Under the new schedule Touchstones would close on Monday and Tuesday, operating five days a week instead of six. At the same time, Sunday hours would increase slightly, with the museum opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter hours would be in effect from mid-September to mid-May, with the museum still opening seven days a week in the summer. “We realized we were open a lot more hours than even organizations much larger than us,” Best told council. “We think that being closed on a Tuesday and extending our hours on Sunday brings us more in line with organizations of our size.” Best says the changes to fees and scheduling will likely be adopted in late February. Beautiful Craftsmanship
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Utilities rates on the rise Nelsonites will dig deeper to keep the lights on and the water flowing as council votes to hike rates an average of $35 for water, $25 for sewer and passes a 9.6 per cent increase for hydro
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Nelson residents will see utility rate hikes across the board this year, as city council signs off on increased fees for water, sewer and hydro. Water rates will increase by nine per cent, and sewer rates by seven per cent. Nelson Hydro rates will go up by 9.6 per cent â€” the higher of the two rate increases the utility had asked for during earlier budget deliberations. According to a city staff report, residents in a single family home will pay an extra $35 for water and an extra $25 for sewer with the new fees. The hydro increase will see residential customers pay about 7.89 cents per kilowatt hour, up from 7.25. All three utilities are facing substantial upgrading costs, and Nelson Hydro is dealing with a 12.6 per cent hike in the price of wholesale power it buys from FortisBC. Several city councillors tried to soften the blow of the increases as they passed them. â€œI know 9.6 is an ouch, but not when youâ€™re looking at the wide world out there,â€? said Councillor Marg Stacey, adding the cityâ€™s hydro rates are still lower than
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Councillor Kim Charlesworth (right) voted against the increases because she feels the new rates are not fair to commercial users.
those in neighboring municipalities. But while she supported the hydro increase, Councillor Kim Charlesworth voted against both the water and sewer hikes, saying she didnâ€™t think the new rates were â€œfairâ€? to the cityâ€™s commercial users. Charlesworth says the cityâ€™s commercial rate structure â€” based on factors such as the type of business being operated and the number of fixtures in a building
â€” â€œwas fair and equitable when it was first developed, but a lot has changed and it really isnâ€™t any more.â€? Though staff has already started looking for ways to improve the system, Charlesworth says the information theyâ€™ve collected didnâ€™t make its way into this yearâ€™s rate
changes. â€œI just feel we could have done a little bit more this year than they are doing,â€? she told council. Billing for water and sewer begins in early February, while the new Nelson Hydro rates will come into effect April 1.
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