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Holland assumes post Dan Maluta says goodbye to Nelson Police Department after three decades on the job; new chief of police prepares to put stamp on new era for the local force

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son from the Vancouver Police Department, where he spent nearly 30 years. Holland has served as the officer in charge of criminal intelligence for B.C. and the Yukon, an executive director of the Vancouver Police Foundation and worked with

Nelson residents in need of a heart ultrasound will now have to head to Trail for the procedure. The Interior Health Authority announced Friday it can no longer provide the service on a regular basis at the Kootenay Lake Hospital, due to a lack of technicians with the necessary training. Thalia Vesterback, director of diagnostic imaging for Interior Health East, says only one technician at Kootenay Lake had the training to do an echocardiogram — and she’s about to go on extended leave. The hospital will still have one full-time and one casual technician, and Vesterback stresses regular ultrasound service won’t be affected, but the departure does leave a gap when it comes to heart imaging. “It’s specialized training for that,� she explains. “It’s

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Outgoing Nelson Police Department chief Dan Maluta (left) stands with incoming chief Wayne Holland and Mayor John Dooley during last Thursday’s ceremony at the Nelson Courthouse. ANDREA KLASSEN Nelson Star Reporter

Dan Maluta has received his final salute. Nelson’s outgoing police chief officially relinquished command Thursday afternoon in the Nelson Courthouse, turning the job over to successor Wayne Holland. “It’s both wonderful and shock-

ing at the same time,� said Maluta. “I’m very elated by the fact that I won’t be woken up at 3 a.m. for an emergency, and on the other hand I am going to miss command of these fine men and women.� Maluta is retiring after almost a decade as Nelson’s police chief, and 30 years as an officer. His replacement comes to Nel-

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Continued from Page 1 several integrated police units. Most recently, he was part of IMPACT — the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team. Holland says he’s already got a few suggestions and programs in the works for his new police department. While he declined to get more specific he added, “I think if you do scrutinize my biography and look at some of the past sections I’ve been in, that would give you some hints.” Maluta said there are also a few programs and bylaws he’s left in the works that he’s hoping Holland will “embrace,” including a CCTV initiative, alternative dispute resolution, and what he calls the “controversial-but-effective grow-op bylaw.” But while Holland said he’ll be looking at those initiatives, he’ll want to make sure Nelsonites are comfortable with any new police programs before rolling them out. “They’ll know before something comes through, they’ll be consulted,” he said. “And if they don’t want certain forms of policing or certain specialized programs, well, they’ve spoken. I’ll move on to other things.” With his retirement complete, Maluta said he’s planning to travel, spend more time with his grandkids and get to work building a new house. “I think I’ll be out of trouble for a while,” he added. “I’ll be kept busy.”

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TOP: Outgoing police chief Dan Maluta received a final salute from the Nelson Police Department during Thursday’s Change of Command ceremony at the Nelson Courthouse. His replacement, Wayne Holland (middle and bottom right) officially took over the post in front of friends, family and a police department colour guard (middle left).


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A federal election hasn’t been called yet, but Conservative candidate Stephen Hill has fired the first broadside in the campaign, issuing a brochure to households in BC Southern Interior, promising “action instead of rhetoric.� “You never can tell,� Hill told the Star last week when asked if he considered an election imminent. “We’ll find out when the budget comes down. The Liberals are saying they’re voting against it before it comes out, so I guess there’s a pretty good chance.� Hill, a financial planner with offices in Trail, Grand Forks, and Kelowna, has held the Tory nomination since November 2009. “It’s a personal pain in the backside,� he says of the long wait before putting himself before voters, “but I guess it’s an advantage in getting your name out.� Hill’s brochure highlights his efforts to restart the idled Midway sawmill. He’s spearheading an initiative that will see residents raise money to buy the former Pope and Talbot operation and lease it to Vaagen Brothers of Colville. “I go by that mill twice a week. It really ticked me off to see that big hole in the middle of the Boundary,� Hill says. “When I went door knocking in Midway, in response to ‘What can I do?’ it didn’t take people long to respond ‘Reopen the mill.’� Interfor, which owns the sawmill in Grand Forks, is critical of the plan, saying they will be competing for the same log supply, but Hill dismisses this as “politics and sabre rattling,� tied to Interfor’s application for




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To prepare for a possible election, Tory candidate Stephen Hill has mailed out a brochure pushing his platform (left). Current NDP Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko (right) is continuing to do work in the riding like showing up at the recent Kerr fundraiser.

government dollars to build a co-generation plant. Hill adds the Midway plan will have a knock-on effect of helping keep schools open, and bringing home residents forced to leave the area when the mill closed. “[New Democrat MP] Alex Atamanenko has an office in Oliver and probably drives by that mill twice a week as well,� he says. “The question is why didn’t he stop in and reopen the mill?� Atamanenko says Hill’s brochure smacks of “some really negative stuff we’ve never had before.� “I always tried to avoid that, even when I ran against incumbent [Conservative] Jim Gouk,� he says. “My tactic was ‘I’d like to continue the good work he’s doing.’� Atamanenko says the brochure’s suggestion that he has never said hello to the mayors of communities affected by the Midway mill closure is “a blatant lie.� “I pride myself on networking and being in contact with mayors and other

local government officials throughout the riding,� he says. Atamanenko says he’ll be happy if Hill’s plan works, but Interfor’s comments concern him. He adds the mill isn’t running yet, and he hopes local investors don’t lose money. As for the likelihood of an election call in the next few weeks, “I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s sooner than later.� However, he isn’t in full election mode yet. “I’m not doing anything much differently now that we may have an election than I was a year ago,� he says. “The feeling I’m getting is that people by and large are happy with the work my staff and I are doing.� Atamanenko says if an election is called, he’ll be ready and will run on his record. “We have enough money. We have volunteers. We have to decide where we’re going to have offices. All those discussions are going on.�

He predicts a “pretty volatile� upcoming session of parliament, “kind of like when kids sense they’re getting out of school.� He’s still seeking Liberal support for his private member’s bill on genetically modified seeds, even though the biotech industry has been lobbying hard against it. Green Party candidate Bryan Hunt puts the chances of a spring election “at about 50 per cent.� “While I am itching to work for positive change for the riding, I do not actually believe anyone wants an election right now,� he said in an email. “So I hope, for the sake of the people, that we don’t spend money on something the voters don’t actually want.� Hunt, a Kaslo native, currently lives in Calgary, where he runs several small businesses. He was named the Green candidate last spring. The federal Liberals have not yet nominated a candidate.

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Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival Returns to Whitewater February 25-28 Register On-Line for Four Great Days of How-To Clinics, Equipment Demos, Parties, and Prizes What’s Coldsmoke? Superlight, uy, powder pu snow that skiers passionately pursue each winter. What’s the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival? A four day (February 25 – 28) grass-roots gathering of backcountry skiers, snowboarders, and telemarkers from all over British Columbia and the PaciďŹ c Northwest at Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson, BC. Now in its ďŹ fth year, the Coldsmoke Powder Festival (presented by Arc’teryx, Whitewater Ski Resort, and Mountain Gear) draws dedicated, die hard and enthusiasts as well as neophyte backcountry skiers and snowboarders who want to give o-piste adventures a try. Highlights include: 1)Three full days of clinics for skiers, snowboarders, and telemarkers of all ability levels. Learn about freeheel skiing skills, the basics of

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tree skiing, taming wild snow, route-ďŹ nding and track-setting, and mountain medical skills. 2)Parties get rolling with the Coldsmoke Opener at the Capital Theater on Friday evening, with screenings of ski ďŹ lms from around the world. To keep things interesting, local microbrews from Nelson Brewing Company will be on tap. On Saturday, don’t miss the BuEh dinner and the Cold Shot Multimedia Face O. 3)Sign up and participate in one of several super-sweet contests – you can even enter the G3 skigraphiks competition in advance. More energetic types can enter the Valhalla Pure Powderkeg Slopestyle competition, the Scarpa Poker Run, Gerick’s Dually Slalom and the ROAM Randonee Rally. It’s not called the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest for nothing. As of January 30, 2011, Whitewater is boasting a base of just over 220 centimeters. For our American attendees, that is over seven feet of snow. There’s always powder at Whitewater. You just might have to earn your turns to ďŹ nd it. Check out the Coldsmoke website on your mobile phone, join ourFacebook and Twitter groups, and sign up on-line for money-saving packages on courses, accommodations, lift tickets and more.

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TRY CROSS COUNTRY SKIING FREE Gerick’s is oering a night of cross country skiing for free. They will include rentals, lesson and ski pass for you to come out and expreience the thrill of cross country skiing right in our back yard. There will be a group for classic skiing and a group for skate technique as well. Meet at Gerick’s at 5 p.m. ready to ski every Tuesday for the month of February; February 8, 15, and 22. There is a limited amount of space available so please pre-register at Gerick’s Cycle, 702 Baker Street or call 250-354-4622 for more details.

BONNINGTON RANGE TRAVERSE Due to its close proximity, relatively easy access and interesting terrain, this regional hut-to-hut ski traverse is a Nelson classic. This 45km tour is commonly done in 3 to 4 days; it is a good introduction to backcountry ski traverses from the comfort of small cozy wilderness huts. The complete Bonnington traverse is horseshoe shaped and is traditionally done from Bombi summit near Castlegar to the Porto Rico road near Ymir BC. Done this way most people will spend their 1st night at the Grassy Hut, their 2nd at the Steed Hut and their 3rd at the Copper Mountain Hut. Some will choose to extend their trip and spend a worthwhile 4th night at the Huckleberry Hut before exiting through Barrett creek. The Huckleberry Hut also makes for a logical 1st night if doing the traverse in reverse. The Kootenay Mountaineering Club has done a fantastic job at managing and maintaining these huts. It is now possible to book the huts online through the cabins.html�KMC website. All of the

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as encountered on this tour are great ski areas touring destinations on their own. The mountains of the Bonnington range are mainly treed, they are more subdued than the ones further north and the summits are just above treeline. The main terrain characteristics in this area include: great tree skiing, many open bowls, sharp ridgelines along with a reliable snowpack. Most of the ski peaks are in the 2300m-elevation range and provide plenty of great powder skiing opportunities and good views. The tour described here is in avalanche terrain. Proper training and experience is required for good route planning and safe travel in avalanche terrain. Of note, there are only a few oďŹƒcial ATES (Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale) ratings available for this traverse. The terrain around the Copper Mountain Hut has been rated Challenging while the Barrett creek area has been rated Complex. Due to its close proximity and ease of access, The Bonnington Range is well used by various groups throughout the winter months. Both Ski tourers and

Snowmobilers have been using this area recreationally for decades. In recent years Snowwater Heli-skiing has acquired the rights to use the Bonnington range for commercial heli-skiing. They operate out of their own lodge near the headwaters of Snowwater creek (grid 685-698, NAD83). The lodge is actually on private land and ski tourers travelling through the area are asked to respect any sings posted by the owners. You will most likely cross path with these user group along your tour. ROUTE: Bonnington Range Traverse ACCESS: Bombi summit, 17km East of Castlegar along Highway 3 MAP: 82 F/4, 82 F/5, 82 F/6 TIME: 3-4 days DISTANCE: 45km ELEVATION GAIN: 2500m/8202’ ELEVATION LOSS: 2800m/9186’ ATES RATING: Complex (3) Visit www.backcountryskiingcanada. com for more information on this amazing ski tour. Don’t forget to also sign up for their Photo Comp aptly named Expose Yourself.

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Another setback for outdoor skatepark ANDREA KLASSEN Nelson Star Reporter

The latest hitch in the quest to build an outdoor skatepark in the Nelson and District Community Complex parking lot has some members of the area’s recreation commission wondering if it’s not time to find the park yet another site.

“You can build anything on any piece of land, it’s just a matter of how much it’s going to cost to put it there.” Jodi Vousden Acting Recreation Manager

Members of the Nelson and District Recreation Commission were told Thursday that the spot proposed for the park is one of the primary storm-water drainage sites for the NDCC parking lot. Because the park would be built on fill, the area also needs to be tested for stability. Acting recreation manager Jodi Vousden, who is working on a service analysis of the park for the commission, says the engineering studies needed would cost about $5,000. While there are ways to build the park so it doesn’t cause problems in the parking lot, Vousden says preparing the land for construction could be a costly process. “You can build anything on any piece of land, it’s just a matter of how much it’s going to cost to put it there,” she says. “If it’s going to cost more to fix the piece of land to build the skatepark on it than the park’s going to cost, than maybe [the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skatepark Society] doesn’t want to fundraise twice as much money.” The skatepark society has committed to paying for the park’s construction in full, and had already commissioned a draft design which would cost about $400,000 to build. Society president Rob Levesque says the group had no idea the site was a major drainage point when it was chosen. “It’s things we’re discovering as we go along,” he says. “I’m hoping that there’s a solution, a simple

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enough solution that doesn’t cost too much money.” Several of the city councillors and RDCK directors who sit on the recreation commission balked at the thought of shelling out $5,000 for a survey that could reveal the parking lot isn’t the right spot for the park. Area E director Ramona Faust, who’s expressed reservations about funding the park in the past, said she doesn’t think her constituents “have much romance for new facilities.” Councillor Marg Stacey told the commission the skate park society should pay the $5,000 for the analysis itself, the same way property developers do if they want to build in the city. “It’ll be a reality check for them,” she added. While the society and the commission haven’t reached an agreement yet, Levesque seems willing to meet that particular demand. “There’s some things that we’ll have to take on,” he says. “It’s not all ironed out yet, but it’s just part of the process. It’s okay.” The viability of the site isn’t the only issue still being worked out. There’s also the question of whether the park will become a city or regional district responsibility. Vousden says she’s looking at the various costs of running the park, including maintenance and programming, and hopes to have final recommendations to make to council by February 11. If the commission decides to make the park a city responsibility, the northwest corner of the parking lot could be subdivided and turned over to Nelson. If it stays regional, the park will be run through the NDCC. The commission originally expected to hear recommendations on the skatepark in October of last year, but the process stalled when the NDCC’s previous manager of recreation services left the position. Given the pace of discussion so far, Levesque says he can’t tell if building a park is actually a priority for the city. “I’m trying not to feel anything,” he adds. “Because it’s just taking so long that I could be so frustrated and so angry over this. So I’m just coasting and trying to jump through all the hoops and just keep going until we have a resolution.”

CORRECTION Katrine Conroy is the MLA for Kootenay West, not West KootenayBoundary as reported January 28 (“Conroy gets shadow post back”).


BRIEFS HANDFUL OF KERR VICTIMS STILL NEED HOUSING Of the 77 people displaced by last month’s fire at the Kerr Apartments, five are still staying at the Villa Motel. Maj. Yvonne Borrows of the Salvation Army says those rooms are available until February 15, after which the only option will be the Stepping Stones shelter, unless they find something else on their own. Borrows says a handful of people left town following the fire, while many others are either couch surfing or staying with friends and family. “Basically they’re on their own and content to look for a place on their own time,” she says. She’s hopeful additional places might have opened up with the first of the month. Meanwhile, the distribution centre in the old Movie Gallery remains open another two weeks, after which the clothes and goods will go into storage and former Kerr tenants will be vouchered through the thrift store. All furniture donations are now being handled through SHARE Nelson.


The current issue of Canadian Geographic includes a 14-page story on the Darkwoods forest by Kimberley writer Bruce Kirkby. Touted as the “biggest private conservation land deal in Canadian history,” the Nature Conservancy of Canada bought 55,000 hectares between Salmo and the south arm of Kootenay Lake in 2008 from a German duke, who owned it for close to 40 years. Kirkby made numerous visits to the huge property, and calls it “a flagship on a previously unprecedented scale, emblematic of opportunity.” He quotes forester Roland Meyer and Darkwoods Pluto general manager Christian Schadendorf, both of whom tended the land while it belonged to the Württemberg family; Castlegar’s Pat Field, who has developed a long-term stewardship plan; and fisheries technologist Gerry Nellestijn. Kirkby also took the photos, including an amazing half-underwater, half above-water shot of a spawning bull trout.

SELKIRK TUITION MAY RISE Tuition at Selkirk College could increase in August under a proposed motion being considered by the board of governors. Communications director Barry Auliffe says the motion calls for a hike in line with a fee cap set by the province. Although that figure has not yet been set, for the last few years it’s been two per cent. “Everyone was thinking in those terms,” Auliffe says. “We have to put our budget together next month for the next fiscal year, so we have to speculate.” Tuition at Selkirk is still among the lowest in B.C., he adds. Most full-time programs cost about $2,300 a year, although some like aviation are more expensive. Students are on the board of governors.

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Editor: Bob Hall Publisher: Chuck Bennett

Channel the rate hike anger


earing that Nelson Hydro is hiking rates by 9.6 per cent is upsetting. Knowing it’s going to cost more to turn on the lights, fire up the computer, and cook the dinner is never easy. There’s good reason for locals to be upset, but the anger should be directed at the BC Utilities Commission. A couple of years ago, Nelson Hydro entered into a power sale agreement with FortisBC. Energy sales are big business and with a locally owned generating facility it made sense to get in on the action. In eight months Nelson Hydro raked in $200,000 in sales. As directed by city council, the profits were to be put into initiatives like climate action plan objectives and infrastructure. Cheaper rates for local users were also part of the mix. Then as quickly as it started, a complaint by BC Hydro and a ruling by the utilities commission put an end to the brief windfall. The case is complex and involved plenty of legal fees, but in the end we were screwed. Instead of rewarding a small community whose pioneers had the foresight to invest in building their own hydro dam, the utilities commission (with support from the provincial government) punished us. Instead of taking into account the fact we are a struggling rural community without a major industrial base, we were robbed of funds that would have gone a long ways towards a more efficient and leading edge community. The Nelson Hydro generating plant was built at the expense of Nelson residents and the benefits should flow back to those who took the risk. BC Hydro infrastructure was built by the residents of the province (including Nelson) and the benefits do flow back to the entire province. Effectively the utilities commission ruling means some of the Nelson Hydro benefits are going to the entire province. It makes no sense. Nobody likes rate increases, but we should be grateful for Nelson Hydro and those who had the courage to get us to this point. We still enjoy some of the cheapest electricity in the province. Any anger on the electricity front should be aimed at the BC Utilities Commission and the Province of British Columbia.

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Solving civic puzzles


ity Council has just spent two days doing a jigsaw puzzle. The theme of the puzzle — The City Budget. In recent weeks, we’ve had presentations from our utilities, our operating departments, and community organizations that receive city funding. The time has come to begin fitting all the pieces together. The frame of the puzzle is “a reasonable tax rate for the services the City provides.� All the puzzle pieces that have to fit inside that frame are services — police and fire protection, streets and sidewalks, sports and culture, planning, and on and on. Can we get all the pieces to fit in the frame? Will some need to be shaved a bit? Do some no longer fit? Is everything there that should be? (Check the floor for missing pieces!) And in the end do we have

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tion, especially for the commercial sector. However, as I’ve learned, that issue is its own little puzzle! Water metering is a fair way to allocate costs, and often promotes conservation. But you have to get the rates right. To do that, you have to understand both the water system and its users. Like garbage collection (where we pay a fixed fee to have the truck go by our homes and a fee for each bag of garbage), water rates have two parts. The fixed rate represents the overall infrastructure needed to deliver water (like the garbage truck) and the variable rate fluctuates with consumption (like garbage tags). Staff estimates our variable costs at about 10 per cent of the total because we have a low-cost gravity system. So, simply metering consumption would

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be more equitable but may not save the conservationminded homeowner or business much money. We also have to understand the various user groups (commercial, residential, institutional), so we can ensure each sector pays its fair share. Finally, we have to ensure the revenue received is sufficient to keep the utility healthy. Staff has done some research and analysis, assisted by the Columbia Basin Trust’s WaterSmart Initiative. Council has made this work a top priority and asked for a full report as soon as possible. That would enable us to consider a restructure of commercial rates in the short term, and provide an information base for further discussion about metering. Aargh, give me a crossword puzzle any day!

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Letters to the Editor

Beautiful eras at the Kerr I too felt my heart break, over and over, when I smelled the smoke, and when I heard that the Kerr Building had burnt down in the night. Immediate thoughts about the tenants’ losses and their needs raced into all of our minds. “They need shoes... They need breakfast...” was heard in the streets, in businesses, over phones, and throughout the Internet. This community corralled together, and within days, hours even, of the tragedy, countless hearts broke open and organized and mobilized to meet the needs of these unfortunate members of our community. This outpouring from the heart not only from Nelson, but from Castlegar and Trail, and throughout the Kootenays reaffirmed for me once again why I live here, despite some of the challenges with making a living and finding affordable housing. Unfortunately, just as quickly, there was also an outpouring of very nasty (for lack of a nicer word) sentiment being voiced throughout our community... nothing to feel proud of, that’s for sure. I understand that tragedy and loss can stimulate feelings of helplessness, frustration and also anger. I have heard more than once that the landlords were not paying rent back to the tenants. Truth is, not only have the landlords paid rent back to the tenants, they made a point of meeting with each one personally instead of just anonymously leaving envelopes for them to pick

up. It was a process that the landlords committed to from the heart. The building was one of the only affordable rents available in this town. Its landlords have always been unique in that they have not discriminated against free spirits, artists, single moms, musicians, seasonal workers, and eccentrics. People that other landlords often prefer not to rent to have found acceptance and home at the Kerr. Many of these people

“The building may have been a little run down, but within its walls was fertile soil for the soul.” have been key in adding excellent music, art, and the eclectic diversity that makes Nelson such an inspiring destination for visitors and a dynamic home to many of us. Over the years, the landlords of the Kerr made a point of acknowledging the challenges of life of their tenants. Recognizing the humanity in each one instead of just seeing dollar signs, they accepted rent late, even providing free rent at times to help a tenant back on their feet. They allowed a lot of freedom, and offered a lot of understanding over the years to many, many people. I know this because I was one of those people 20 years ago. The Kerr was my first home in Nelson. In the summer of 1992, my mother and

I arrived after a three month road trip across Canada and the U.S., living out of my tent and the back of her car. We were looking for a home, a community we could commit to. A raging thunderstorm was underway outside, while we sat in the Alley Way Cafe. We were soaked and travel weary yet inspired to finally feel that we had arrived. As if out of nowhere, a kind and knowing voice spoke to us. “Are you ladies looking for a home?” Annette raised her eyebrows, smiled at us, and sipped her coffee. After breakfast, the clouds opened up and we walked over to the Kerr, following this intuitive angel that picked us out of the crowded cafe and showed us to our enchanted home. There was music playing in the halls, and although we had not yet met our neighbours, we felt comfortable and happy to have such a dynamic place to belong. Here, we knew we were free to be ourselves. The building may have been a little run down, but within its walls was fertile soil for the soul. While living there we witnessed (as have the landlords over the years) many people pulling their life together, catching their breath, blossoming and eventually outgrowing the Kerr, moving on to opportunities that opened up for them to take their next step. There have been many beautiful eras at the Kerr building. Sascha Galt Nelson

Nelson Star 7 Polio is endemic in only four remaining countries. With your help, we can wipe this disease off the face of the earth forever. Visit to help. END POLIO NOW

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Rotary Clubs of Nelson Annual Seafood Feast Fundraiser February 5, 2011, Mary Hall Tickets: $75 ($35 tax receipt) Call 250.505.1197 for ticket info

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City crushes glimmer of extra dough Today my monthly OAS and CPP payments were deposited in my bank account and I noted happily that there has been an increase of $2.61 in one and $14.28 in the other giving me a total of $202.68 additional to spend during 2011. Then I read the Friday, January 28 issue of the Nelson Star. It seems that I can anticipate paying another $35 for water and $25 for sewer this year. Also, based on my Nelson Hydro invoices for 2010, my electricity costs will rise (at

the projected 9.6 per cent increase) this year by $101.58. When the math was completed, I found that, of my $202.68 increase for 2011, city council will helpfully spend $161.58 on my behalf. I’ll get to spend the remaining $41.10 as I please. That’s $3.42 per month to take care of any other price increases that affect me with the remainder to be “extra” spending. I can only imagine the eager anticipation of the Nelson merchants as they consider the increased business they’ll

be able to do with me! Ponder, if you will, that my water/sewer/garbage tax has increased slightly over 100 per cent from 2003 to 2011 (plus $1.50 per bag of garbage picked up). I now understand how seniors’ living standards get squeezed and reduced by decisions made outside their control. Perhaps it is time for some city services to either be forgone or put out to bids by the private sector? Richard Green Nelson

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Letters to the Editor


Find a balance with the beeps

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Business after Business event

Can Save You Money The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Nelson and the Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership have an offer that businesses shouldn’t refuse. How about an opportunity to have a glass of wine, some appetizers and find out about how your business energy costs can be brought down substantially? You will also have an opportunity to express your views on Nelson’s Downtown Waterfront plan. Thursday February 3rd from 5pm-7pm, the Chamber and Economic Development Partnership will host a Business after Business event at Finley ‘s Irish Bar and Grill on Vernon Street.

Re: “Driven to the edge by beeps,” January 19 I appreciate our extensive snow clearing services by our hard working city employees, but I also question the timing when using machinery with “back up” alarms in the middle of the night. One could compare the volume of this noise to a car continually honking its horn at 15 second intervals for an extended period of time. If this were to occur, I know that the city police would investigate the situation and enforce our much appreciated noise bylaw.

I can understand the importance of a snowplow working through the night (or early morning). This noise, although disturbing, is only for a very short duration as it passes by and is soon gone. Anyone who has been deprived of sleep knows how difficult it is to function in a normal capacity the following work day. I would appreciate further input from the City of Nelson public works supervisory staff, city councillors and any other taxpaying residents who are affected by this disturbing noise issue.

I know that simply turning off the backup alarm is not an option as this is a strict Worksafe B.C. regulation, but I would hope that the city would consider scheduling this necessary service from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. In this way we can continue to enjoy the peace and quiet that we all appreciate in our beautiful city (as well as function in a productive manner the following day!). Thank you for looking into this issue and considering all options. Thomas Van Alstine Nelson

If you don’t like the beeps, Liberals you can always move laughable Re: “Beeps mean safer streets,” January 26 First of all, thanks John, a well written letter. The city could solve all the problems with snow removal if they would enforce their own bylaws regarding snow removal: odd day/odd side of the street, even day/even side of the street. Then they should enforce this ruling even in the downtown core as well as throughout the city. This would speed up all snow removal and allow the city equipment to do a better job

throughout the entire town. The problem is we are such a whiney and spoiled generation that the city elders will not enforce these bylaws. It is time for all of us to do our part and help the city enforce these bylaws in order to keep all of streets cleaner, wider, and safer. As for the people that do not like the beepers on the equipment, there are places for sale and rent in a lot of other towns where you might feel welcome. Charlie Bourgeois Nelson

Jumbo wild fight not over and worth continuing This letter is intended to fill the gap concerning the publicity about the upcoming Jumbo Wild rally on Saturday. The Jumbo Valley is an easily accessed place. For over 100 years people have been in and out of the Jumbo Valley. Because there has never been permanent development for an all season road, we have an intact eco-system, a completely wild habitat, with all the wild inhabitants in residence. It is a rare and wonderful valley with four fabulous glaciers. It is a “sacred place.” The Ktunaxa tell us it is the home of the spirit of the grizzly bear.

Grizzly bears are the terrestrial indicator species. Where there is a happy grizzly bear population, there will be all other fauna as well as a full range of flora to support the resident animals. Yet, there are now scientific indicators that the Central Purcell grizzly bear population numbers are greatly reduced to a critical level. Obviously, putting a city the size of Nelson in this rare and wonderful place is completely unthinkable. Let’s keep Jumbo wild forever. Rowena Eloise Argenta

Has a recent city council decision made your blood boil? Is the state of our local health care making you furious? Have the shenanigans in Victoria made you shake your head? Let it out and let us know. Write a letter to the editor. It’s perfect stress relief. Let the community know how you feel. Email us at

Well, isn’t that grand? The B.C. Liberal government has chosen its own “impartial” group of four experts to advise it on the merits of the Harper Sales Tax (HST). Does anyone doubt the outcome of this government appointed panel? And they wonder why voters are not going to the polls? Give me a break. Bob Abrahams Nelson

Pet obituary offensive I was appalled to see your placement of an “obituary” for someone’s dog placed on the page with the other obituaries in your paper of January 19. I understand that people’s pets are important to them and they might like to put a notice in the paper. However, if you wish to put this type of ad in your paper, please show a modicum of respect to people who have had a family member die and put the animal notices elsewhere. S.M. Simpson Winlaw

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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News Recruiting efforts fail

Stairs Being Blocked by Parked Cars

Seniors lobby for parking change ANDREA KLASSEN Nelson Star Reporter

A group of Uphill seniors are calling on the city to change its parking bylaw so drivers will stop blocking the stairs that lead to their homes. Group spokeswoman Pat St. Thomas says she has no way to get into her house when a car parks in front of the stairs that connect the roadway to the sidewalk on Carbonate Street. Because the sidewalk is set so far above the road, the only other way to get onto it is to walk to the top or bottom of the steep street, then walk back up the block to her house. But because she has mobility issues St. Thomas says that’s not an option. “This was the breaking year,” she says. “This was the year I had to ask for a disability decal. This was a year I had to ask to be posted as a disabled parking spot, and this was the year I explained to my doctor that I find it an embarrassment.” St. Thomas says “common courtesy” used to keep people from blocking her stairs, but lately that doesn’t seem to be enough.

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While no cars were blocking these Carbonate Street stairs Saturday, Pat St. Thomas says some Uphill homeowners are finding themselves constantly cut off from their property by carelessly parked vehicles.

“It used to be you said, ‘oh, don’t park in front of so-and-so’s stairs.’ It wasn’t done,” she says. “Common courtesy doesn’t exist any more. People don’t do things for little old people.” St. Thomas says the problem doesn’t just affect Carbonate Street residents, noting similar stairs also exist on View Street and Silica Street.

“It seems so simple,” she adds. “Sixteen words added to an existing bylaw and all of a sudden I can get into my property.” The city’s traffic bylaw currently prohibits parking in 15 different circumstances. Among the no-parking zones are public or private driveways, sidewalks and crosswalks.

Continued from Page 1 additional training that the technologists do in B.C.” While the IHA started recruiting to fill the position back in October, Vesterback says they’ve had no luck so far. The same is true of positions they’re trying to fill in Trail and Castlegar. “Staffing shortages in ultrasound have been a problem for years across B.C., across Canada, and right now it’s even a worldwide shortage,” she says, adding a small number of training seats and a high level of repetitive stress injury among existing techs has kept the pool low. Recruiting efforts will continue, and in the meantime Vesterback says the IHA is looking at bringing in technicians on short contracts to “do what we call blitzes. Come in, work five days and get our wait list down.” While those contract workers might come to Nelson to do heart ultrasounds, Vesterback says they could also be sent to Trail or Castlegar instead, depending on community need. Last year, the Kootenay Lake Hospital performed just under 900 heart ultrasounds, with the majority being outpatient procedures. Staff performed five times as many regular ultrasounds — which will continue as scheduled — doing more than 5,000 scans. The IHA also announced it will direct all Castlegar ultrasound patients to either Trail or Nelson, due to another vacancy created by a leave of absence.

Why Do I Need Two Hearing Aids? If

hearing loss is present in both ears, then binaural (two) hearing aids should be prescribed to optimize your hearing and improve your overall communication ability. The following article highlights some of the benefits inherent in being fit with two hearing aids rather than just one.

sound in our auditory environment. Our brains are meant to hear sound in the ‘stereo’ condition and it is a more rich listening experience than in the monaural condition. ‘Mono’ sound quality is more flat, two dimensional, shallow, and unnatural. The stereo condition allows for a richer deeper and more layered sound experience and can also improve clarity of speech significantly. For this reason, binaural hearing aid wearers are more satisfied and have greater speech understanding.

Monaural vs. binaural

Improved hearing with less volume

It would be surprising to find a person today wearing a monocle (an eyeglass for one eye). Monocles have not been routinely prescribed for nearly a century because past and present research has shown clear benefits to balanced ‘binocular’ vision. Not unlike vision, hearing in the ‘binaural’ (two ears) condition results in a significant improvement over one-ear or ‘monaural’ hearing aid fittings. Research and clinical practice supports the fact that equal and balanced binaural hearing is essential for improved communication and increased quality of life.

People who have hearing loss in both ears but wear only one will require more volume from the single hearing aid than if they were to wear hearing aids in both ears. However, turning up the volume will not always increase the clarity, and typically can increase the level of distracting background noise. Greater concentration will be required to focus on the speech that is heard, which can be a stressful and energy draining activity. However, less volume is required overall when wearing two hearing aids and therefore background noise is less distracting.

Brad Meulenbeld, MSc, Aud (C), F-AAA Senior Audiologist

Keeping both ears active

Untreated hearing loss can lead to greater declines in the ability to process speech effectively. When a person with hearing loss in both ears wears a hearing aid in only 806 VERNON STREET, NELSON, BC one ear, the ear without the hearing aid may gradually lose its’ ability to understand Improved localization TEL: 1-877-426-0079 speech effectively which can have an overall negative effect on quality of life. Further, research has shown that a treated hearing loss can stabilize for longer periods of time Binaural hearing is crucial for localizing sound in as opposed to an untreated hearing loss. your auditory environment. That is, in order to determine where a sound is coming from, we need balanced hearing from both ears. Most mammals including human beings have evolved to use auditory information from both ears to avoid danger, hunt for food, and to find suitable mates. For Auditory intelligence example, when crossing a busy street our ability to hear binaurally tells us from which direction cars are approaching. Slight time differences between the ears from sound coming from approaching cars The two hemispheres of the brain work in harmony to allow for a mental auditory ‘image’. If allows our brains to determine the exact location of each car, which allows us to avoid potentially the two halves aren’t sharing their signals such as the case with a single hearing aid wearer, then deadly situations. With both ears equally balanced we have the natural ability to locate sounds 360 this image is distorted and the auditory ‘intelligence’ may be reduced. Wearing balanced binaural degrees in every direction, both horizontally and vertically. When a single hearing aid is fit on a hearing aids will allow the auditory signals to get to both sides of the brain, thus improving the person who has hearing loss in both ears, the ability to localize sound is significantly diminished. auditory image.

Improved hearing in background noise

Professional recommendation

The brain is capable of naturally filtering out a lot background noise common in everyday listening environments. This filtering effect is also known as the ‘squelch effect. This natural effect is only possible with equal balanced hearing from both ears. When a single hearing aid is fit on a person with hearing loss in both ears then hearing in noisy places can actually be made worse, regardless of the style or level of technology in the hearing aid.

Importantly, two hearing aids are not recommended for everyone. When binaural hearing aids are recommended, it is based on the above reasons as well as the specific needs of the individual. Having your hearing evaluated by a registered Audiologist is an important first step in determining the best treatment option. Please feel free to call us for an appointment at 1-877-426-0079 or visit us at the Nelson Medical Associates Clinic on Vernon Street. Our goal is quality hearing… for life!

Improved ‘Stereo’ sound quality We are capable of having depth perception with our hearing in similar ways to vision. Hearing equally in both ears allows for stereophonic hearing which in turn allows our brains to naturally layer

Brad Meulenbeld, MSc, R.Aud, F-AAA Senior Audiologist Dynamic Hearing Solutions

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The Amy Ferguson Institute invites experienced musicians interested in singing a role in the June workshopping of Don Macdonald and Nicola Harwood’s new opera, Khaos, to audition for solo roles on Sunday, February 13. For more information and to schedule an audition call Marty Horswill at 250-352-2595 or e-mail mar-lena@ Performers will be modestly remunerated for their participation in this three-day workshop. Singers experienced in vocal styles other than opera are also encouraged to audition.

We are pleased to welcome Chef Schoeber to The Baker Street Grill. Join us for Valentine’s Dinner Specials Feb 12 - 14th Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic Soup or French Onion Soup or Mixed Wild Greens with Bay Shrimp & Honey Dill Dressing

Choice of

Prime Rib Au Jus with Yorkshire Pudding or Breaded Chicken Breast filled w/ Herb & Garlic cream cheese or Bacon Wrapped Filet stuffed with Blue Cheese & a green peppercorn sauce or Grilled Halibut with Dill Hollandaise & a scallop & prawn brochette

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Chocolate Eclair or White Chocolate Cheesecake with Wild Blueberry Coulis or Kahlua & Bailey Creme Brulee

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Valentine’s Platter for Two Choice of Starter Beef Medallions, Lemon & Pepper Halibut, Grilled Jumbo Prawns, Chicken Princess, an array of fresh vegetables & roast potatoes Lover's Dessert For Two - White Chocolate Cheesecake, Stawberry Cream Puff & Chocolate Pate with Chocolate Dipped Fruit



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All seniors welcome to the monthly meeting of the Senior Citizens’ Association Branch No. 51, located at 717 Vernon Street. Meeting commences at 1:30 p.m. with tea and goodies to follow.

Nazanin Afshin-Jam is a human rights activist, president and cofounder of Stop Child Executions and former Miss World Canada. Join her as she speaks passionately about the rights of women and children in her native Iran. Lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Mary Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, available at Selkirk campus DRUM CIRCLE AT BIGBY PLACE bookstores and Otter Books. Part of Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Community drum circle, Bigby Place, 509 Front Street, every Tues- Peace winter lecture series. day night 7 till 9 p.m. Drop in fee $5. A fun, relaxing, healing experiTHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3 ence. We are all beginners. For more info call 250-352-5616. How about an opportunity to have a glass of wine, some appetizers CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS and find out about how your business energy costs can be brought The Craft Connection is seeking submissions for Bursting into Blos- down substantially? From 5 to 7 p.m. the Chamber of Commerce and som, its annual garden show featuring outdoor oriented fine art and Economic Development Partnership will host a Business after Busicraft. Submission deadline March 21. Entry forms available at the ness event at Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill on Vernon Street. Craft Connection (378 Baker Street) or


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Cuba night at the Vallican Whole Community Centre. Stories, music, The Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 22 are holding a Chinese New slides and questions regarding Marcia and Dale’s deep and delightful Year dinner at the Eagles Hall (641 Baker Street) on Saturday, Feb- trip in December. Evening begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission with a $5 ruary 5. Reserve tickets by calling 250-825-4740 or 250-352-5644. donation for venue and Cuba projects. Rice and black beans served. RSVP at 250-226-7624.


Deborah Loxam-Kohl is artist-in-residence at Oxygen Art Centre until February 10. She is exploring the use of felted wool forms to construct a large-scale sculptural installation. Artist talk February 2 at 7:30 p.m.


Nelson Grans to Grans are hosting a morning craft and tea party for children aged 2 to 12, at the Nelson United Church from 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $10 per child and are available at Mountain Baby (Baker Street). Adults need to accompany younger children, and are LEARNING IN RETIREMENT free of charge. All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to Nelson’s Learning in Retirement begins its fourth semester. Mem- help ease the pain of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. bership is open to people over 50 who would like to continue to learn and meet new people. All our presentations take place during Nelson Community Acupuncture Clinic is hosting a open house and the day. For more information, please call Birthe at 250-825-9471. Chinese new year celebration at the Yoga Loft (room 302, 625 Front Street). We are offering $5 community acupuncture treatments for MOUNT SENTINEL ART AT THE LIBRARY new patients, qi gong demonstrations, refreshments and door prizes. The Nelson library is again featuring art by local teens, this time in- Phone 250-509-1466 to call ahead and book a time. spired by Andy Warhol’s portrait work of the 1960s. The art students at Mount Sentinel are enjoying their 15 minutes of fame with the SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6 current display of Warholesque self portraits. On display now in the The Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society hosts its seventh annual Day on the Trail from noon to 2 p.m. on the Slocan Valley Rail Trail. Join new and expanded TeenScene area. the directors of the Society around the bonfire for hot chocolate and AT THE LEGION refreshments at this popular annual event. For more information cal At the Nelson Legion: Tuesday and Friday evenings – free movies; them at 1-888-683-SVRT or 250-355-2397. Donations for the volunWednesday evening – darts; Saturday afternoon – meat draws with teer society are always gratefully accepted. karaoke in the evening; Sunday afternoon – crib tournament; last Sunday of every month – Texas Hold’em Charity poker (open to the Nelson United Church Taize service 7 p.m. in the church hall. A serpublic); month-end birthday bash; occasional fundraiser barbecues, vice of prayer, song, candlelight and quiet meditation. ribs. etc.; snooker; pool; shuffleboard; darts; 10’ big-screen TV for sports and movie nights; beverage room with a welcoming, friendly THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 atmosphere. Info 250-352-7727 or e-mail Mem- Please join us at 7 p.m. at the Nelson United Church for a free public discussion and lecture by Dr. Brian Burtch on responses to homophobers and guests welcome. bia and transphobia in high schools. Dr. Burch is an associate profesBREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP sor at SFU and co-author of Get That Freak: Homophobia and TransNelson’s breast cancer support group meets at Community First phobia in High Schools. For more information phone Christopher at Health Co-op (518 Lake Street) at noon every fourth Tuesday of the 250-505-5506. month. For more information call Alice at 250-352-6223 or Nadine at 250-359-7777. The Vallican Whole Community Centre is offering Greening Your Business With Permaculture. This presentation will look at how to apNELSON AND AREA ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTRE ply permaculture ethics to your operation: care of earth, care of people, Open Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m. at 719 Vernon Street. Phone return of surplus and more. For more information contact Slocan Val250-352-6008 or visit for further ley Recreation at 250-226-0008 or email information. The Mount Sentinel Stage Band invites you to attend the annual Café SALSA NIGHTS Jazz fundraiser at the school from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This year, Café Salsa lessons taught by Jen Mendizabal and Ori Jimenez every Mon- Jazz will feature performances from Playmor Junction Big Band, the day from 6 to 7 p.m. at Finley’s Irish Pub. Drop in fee $15. Mount Sentinel Stage Band and Jazz Combo Band. Admission $5.

The Capitol Theatre Presents...

STEPHEN HARPER! THE MUSICAL - Second City Touring Company Sunday, February 6th, 2011 at 8:00 pm Tickets: Adult, $25.00. Full Time Student, $20.00 Season Package (4+), $20.00

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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Ellison’s Market & Cafe Kootenay Pride 523 Front Street

Various locations

Friday, February 4

Saturday, February 5

Saturday, February 12

Below the Hume Hotel

Outcast for his unintentional destruction of Atlantis 11,000 years ago, DJ Deeps has resurfaced from hiding to share his story sonically with the world. Thousands of years in solitary training have enabled him to drop watery basslines and bottomless breaks, safely raising any party to its threshold. A known expert in Dirty Speckledbelly Bass and Grimey Tailfin Bass he always produces fresh plates filled with filthy whomp filets.

Valentines dance at the Royal with DJ Stoudy. Drink Specials and $10 admission at the door. Everyone welcome.

Thursday, February 17 Balls Beers and Queers monthly bowling night. 7 p.m. at the Savoy Lanes.

The Capitol Theatre

Saturday, February 5

421 Victoria Street — tickets at

Friday, February 4 Rhoneil


Last year’s Bob Marley celebration hosted by Gisto was such a big success that we are doing it again. This time, however, Gisto is fresh back from his trip to Jamaica and the reggae vibes are flowing strong. Guest DJs Dubconscious and Ben Lee will round out the night.

Friday, February 11

A Valentines Day weekend bass massacre featuring maybe the hottest producers in Canadian electronic music right now, Zeds Dead. They are returning to Spirit Bar with an exclusive two hour, two member set. Zeds Dead has built a reputation as remixers par excellence by pulling from a vast array of source material and molding it into their unique brand of dance-floor classics. Opening set by local star DJ Bryx and exclusive beatbox set by Robgoblin.

Acoustic Loki opens this week’s Unplugged Sessions. The group is composed of Heidi Bell, Mark McGivern and Randy Janzen. They will perform a mix of folk and contemporary music, taking songs and adding rich harmonies, a guitar and some a capella. Rhoneil will follow with anti-folk on guitar and vocals. This soldier of light has just returned from a musical journey stretching from Vancouver to San Francisco, New Orleans, and beyond. Along the way she was befriended by gypsies, a banjo-playing sailor who can peer into the future, and a handsome priest. She’ll perform old favorites, as well as new sonic visions captured on the road. Susu Robin has returned to Nelson after a year of traveling around B.C., Saskatchewan, and the Yukon. This past October, Susu released a CD titled Balloon String comprised of eleven ukulele/voice originals (whimsical, curious and poetic little stories of kittens, balloons, pileated woodpeckers and such). Susu plans to present her ukulele and vocal pieces, and perform a little Bach, Cole Porter and Scott Joplin on the piano as well.

Benwell Lounge Hume Hotel

Friday, February 11

The Royal

330 Baker Street

Friday, February 4

Woodhead of has been hard at work. His newest series of meaty disco arrangements, HISCORE 600 are being released on the PUNCHOUT/ Homebreakin’ label and to celebrate he’s laying down some dancefloor bombs alongside Rhapsody of Break The Stereo 93.5fm. Doors open at 9 p.m., admission $5.

Saturday, February 5

Three great west coast bands—one from Vancouver, two from Nelson—join together for a night of high energy rock and roll, no limit thrashing and smashing. Almanak, Nelson’s own powerhouse, will be joined by Louder Than Love and My Pet Lion for an amazing triple header that will leave you screaming for more. Admission $5, doors at 9 p.m.

Once-local jazz chanteuse Flora Ware returns to Nelson. Joining her will be the handsome and talented Cliff Maddix on guitar, Rob Johnson on bass, and Steve Parish on drums. Flora is excited to perform her newest original material, along with jazz and soul classics. This is a special early show. Doors at 7:30 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $10 at door.

Master Pauline Bao and the Bao Academy of Tai Chi and Kung Fu would like to invite you to the first annual Bao Academy Chinese New Year Celebration. Get ready for some sword-swinging, knife-wielding, staff and spear smashing Kung Fu action from our brave 5-11 year olds, Yang Tai Chi performances by the adult classes, and a surprising and dangerous performance by Master Bao and her son George. The event also features traditional Chinese music, ang pao packets, dragons, balloons, a special Chinese New Year gift for all children and much more! Tickets are $4 for children, $6 for students and seniors, $8 for adults and $17 for a family of four. Show runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, February 10 Alright all you saucebuckets and sass-ka-teers, it’s time for the annual Valentine’s Burlesque show! Scarlet Mary Rose and the Heavy Petal Burlesque present Aphrodite’s Dream. Starring the incorrigable Scarlet Mary Rose and a cast of gorgeous local dames. Show starts at 8 p.m and features all the glamorous trappings of the theatre and the musical talents of Varouj and the Very Burly Band. Tickets $20 at the box office.

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Friday, February 11 Kaslo Concert Society is pleased to present Lacafamore, a made-in-the-Kootenays string quartet. Tickets $22 at Figments or the door. School age children admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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News Columbia Community Dollars Group Working the Community

Alternative currency could be in pocket by April GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter

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Proponents of a new alternative currency are optimistic they’ll be able to launch in April, despite initial reluctance from some business owners. Bill McNally of the Columbia Community Dollars group says they recently pitched the concept to the Nelson Business Association, and will meet with the Chamber of Commerce later this month. Fifty-three businesses and organizations have expressed interest in the idea so far, in-

cluding about 30 in Nelson. “I’m getting the feeling a lot of businesses are on the verge of declaring their interest, but they’re concerned it may impact the bottom line,” McNally says. “I keep telling them they’re creating another form of money that should circulate around the community.” The system, developed by alternative currency pioneer Michael Linton, sees businesses donate community dollars, in whatever amount they are willing to honour, to community groups and non-profits in ex-

“Once people figure out how workable this is, their purchase decisions won’t be totally driven by price.” Bill McNally Community Dollars Group

change for a tax receipt. Individuals in turn exchange Canadian money, dollar for dollar, for the community money, and spend it at participating businesses. McNally says they have to

overcome fears that people will never see their money, or else there will be too much of it. “The key is to reach enough depth and breadth of involvement by the business community that they can see places where they could realistically spend the money,” he says. “Nobody wants to end up holding something they can’t get rid of.” McNally thinks it’s unlikely to be a problem in the early stages. What’s important, he says, is that the money stays in the participating communities — which also include Rossland,

Cranbrook, Fernie, and Kimberley. They’re hoping to sign up businesses accounting for 300 employees in Nelson as a start. Other communities may have slightly lower targets. “The idea would be to give it a significant shot in the arm,” McNally says. “Once people figure out how workable this is, their purchase decisions won’t be totally driven by price.” The list of interested businesses and organizations includes Story continues to Page 13

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News Nelson and District Community Complex

Rec commission ponders two-tier system ANDREA KLASSEN Nelson Star Reporter

If you live in the Slocan Valley, a workout in Nelson could become more expensive in the future. Area F director Ron Mickel is asking staff at the Nelson and District Community Complex to explore a two-tier rate system, that would see users outside its service area pay more for monthly and yearly passes. While the NDCC is supported by taxpayers in Area F, Nelson and a portion of Area E, Mickel told the Nelson and District Recreation Commission

he’s aware some regular users come from Ymir and the Slocan Valley (which is part of Area H). He told the commission he doesn’t think it’s fair for users who don’t support the facility through taxation to receive the discounts taxpayers get when they buy admission passes. “If you have access to a facility and don’t have to pay, then why would you ever change?� he said. “I’m just recognizing that on behalf of the taxpayer.� But the regional district’s director of community services, Joe Chirico, said bumping up the admission rate for out-ofservice users might do more

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harm than good, with those residents choosing to take their dollars to facilities in Castlegar instead. “Lots of times it can be just as negative on revenue,� he added.


Trail’s Aquatic and Leisure Centre already has a similar system in place, with residents of Trail, Montrose, Fruitvale, Warfield and Areas A and B paying less to use the centre than those in Rossland.


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Continued from Page 12 the Dancing Bear Inn, Hall Printing, Jagannatha Express, Lonnie’s For Her and Him, the Nelson Opera Society, and McNally’s law firm. “It’s kind of fascinating who’s chosen to do it,� he says. “The most seemingly disparate types. I feel like once we get one person in a sector, we can get others.� Individuals are also able to pledge to take a certain number of community dollars per month. l Although the contest deadline to design the new currency was extended by a month, it didn’t get many entries. McNally says they may have to fashion the bills themselves. Nelson will be featured on the $5 note.

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News Liberal Leadership Race

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Of the 40 or so people who turned out to see Liberal leadership hopeful Kevin Falcon in Nelson yesterday, only three were women. Falcon, however, brushed aside a suggestion that may reflect his support base. “Oh gosh, no. I just held a very successful event with women leaders,” he said. “We had over 60 turn out. When you’re building a campaign, you’re trying to get support from every sector.” The former health minister is considered the frontrunner among the party membership, although polls suggest the public prefers Christy Clark. Falcon disagrees with that assessment. “I think this meeting in Nelson is a good example of what I’m seeing across the province,” he told reporters. “We have been getting incredible turn-


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should be welcomed, not criticized.” Asked why he was touring West Kootenay, where paid-up Liberal members are sparse, he replied that the party’s proposed equal-weight voting system means “every leadership candidate is going to have to demonstrate they are familiar with the issues in the Kootenays. “I want a voting system that makes sure whoever wins was able to demonstrate they can get support from every part of the province, including Nelson, Castlegar, and the en-

tire Kootenays, West and East,” he said. Falcon spoke off the cuff for the better part of an hour to the crowd at the Baker Street Inn, then took questions on health care, mining, and the HST. The Surrey-Cloverdale MLA was joined by forests minister Pat Bell, one of his supporters. Falcon is the fourth leadership candidate to visit Nelson after Christy Clark, George Abbott, and Mike DeJong. The leadership vote is February 26.

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The annual West Kootenay Walk For Memories in support of the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. took place at the Nelson and District Community Complex on Sunday with one of the biggest turnouts to date. This year’s walk was dedicated to Issie McLaughlin, who fell victim to the disease. During the official opening to the walk, Issie’s son Pat McLaughlin gave an emotional speech on how the disease impacted his family.

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xams are over! And the new semester started on Monday. Yay? Well, things are slowing down now that all the exams are done. There’s a wave of relief going through the school that everyone can feel. The grad class is finally starting to move forward and some big decisions are being made. Our class voted for our favorite theme ideas last week, and while some were positively hilarious, there were a lot of really good ideas too. Masquerade, enchanted forest, and Las Vegas were the top three, with the addition of disco by our vicepresident, Connor Butler, who really wanted it. Enchanted forest won out in the end, but the grad committee wants to put every element into our grad weekend to make everyone’s last year as special as possible. Also, the grad committee really wants to save money as much as possible this year. Every grad class usually has a surplus of fundraised money by the end of the year, and they usually contribute it to the next grad class. However, they are planning on giving the rest of our money to a fundraiser or charity that really needs it. We’re all so lucky, and we want to give it back to those less fortunate. The grad class will be voting on who we want to give the money to sometime this year. Speaking of the grad class and giving back, the Recreational Leadership class has something new in mind for the year. The Recreational Leadership class of LVR has been a part of the school for years. This is an extracurricular class consisting of Grade 11 and 12 students with the goal of raising school spirit and

The LVR Recreation Leadership group helped serve at Our Daily Bread last week.

including students in fun and energetic activities. There has been a huge turnout to such events as the Terry Fox Run, dance intramurals, volleyball games, yoga, track meets, and so much more throughout the year, all of which the Rec Leadership class helps to organize. These events all revolve around bringing people together, making friends, and promoting healthy ways to have a great time. For a couple of months they’ve been taking part in the Healthy Relationships Plan, a project that a few schools have started over the past few years. Mrs. Kroker, one of our teachers, used the plan at the school she taught at previous to ours, and she suggested it to us this year. Mrs. Morrison, the head of Rec Leadership, brought it forward to us and a lot of ideas came out. The Grade 12 students of the class want to improve relationships not just inside the school, but in the community as well. They want to contribute to the city of Nelson, help local charities, and give the entire community and local police force the appreciation and thanks they deserve for all

they have done for the grad classes over the years. A survey went around to all the local businesses and groups who support them, asking their opinion on the grad classes of LVR and they’ve used the information to come up with ideas on what they can help to improve on. They have started their first initiatives, and some students from Rec Leadership were working alongside teachers at Our Daily Bread last week and the week coming up for the victims of the Kerr Building fire. They had a great time helping out and are looking forward to keeping up their work throughout the year. The students and teachers are so grateful for all the opportunities and support that we’ve had. This is an amazing town, and we have the most wonderful people in the world living here. So, from me, and from everyone at the school, thank you for everything. Kaitlyn Foot is a Grade 12 LVR student. Her column is featured in the Nelson Star on a regular basis

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Leafs can’t solve Hawks ANDREA KLASSEN Nelson Star Reporter

For the second week in a row, the Nelson Junior Leafs couldn’t quite stick it to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The Leafs dropped a 3-2 decision to their Murdoch division rivals Saturday, then added a 6-5 loss in the Nitehawks’ arena Sunday. In both contests the Nitehawks were first on the board, posting goals halfway through the first period. Though the Leafs threw almost five times as many shots at the Beaver Valley net Saturday, their breakthrough didn’t come until the final 90 seconds of the period, when Cody Abbey scored his first of the night. While the Leafs had some good chances coming into the second, it was the Nitehawks who came back first, capitalizing on a power play with six minutes to go. This time the Leafs’ answer came more quickly, with another smooth shot from Abbey. “I feel like I’m playing better after Christmas,” Abbey told the Star following the game. The Kaslo native has been creeping up the Leafs’ leader board as of late, putting up seven goals in his last four outings, and head coach Chris Shaw said he’s expecting Abbey to be an asset when the Leafs go up against the Nitehawks in the first round of the playoffs. “He’s the kind of guy that is a playoff hockey player,” Shaw added. “He’s got a big body, keeps it simple and he intimidates other players on the ice just by being out

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Leafs forward Cody Abbey sends Nitehawk Taylor Love flying during Saturday’s game at the Nelson and District community complex. The Leafs lost two games to Beaver Valley this weekend by a goal each.

there.” Unfortunately, Abbey’s second marker was the last the Leafs would see Saturday. As the third period began it was Beaver Valley who put the pressure on. “They came out in that third period and they took it to us, and maybe we were a little bit too loose,” Abbey said. “We kinda got into it, but we’ve got to make sure that our starts at the beginning of periods are better, because they came at us hard.” Eight minutes in, Leafs defenceman Riley Henderson went into the penalty box for cross-checking, and

the Nitehawks pounced on the opportunity. “We got that one penalty there and it took the wind out of our sails, but we should have been able to kill it off and kept our momentum running,” said team captain Taylor O’Neil. “Obviously it didn’t turn out that way.” The Leafs tried to fight back, pulling goaltender Marcus Beesley in the game’s final minutes, but they weren’t able to find the net before the clock ran out. Sunday saw the Leafs put up a similar fight, matching the Nitehawks shot for shot, only to lose with 90 seconds to play.

Leafs defender Raymond Reimer used a powerplay to his advantage to put Nelson on the board at the end of the first period, evening the score at 1-1. When the Nitehawks pulled ahead early in the second, the Leafs powered back with markers from Abbey and Joel Stewart. But it was Beaver Valley that got final say in the last minute of the period, before pulling ahead with two goals at the beginning of the third. ““They scored a couple of freaky goals,” said Shaw. “One off of our skate, and an alley-oop from the blueline that just looked like a basketball shot and found its way into the back of the net.” With less than three minutes remaining, the Leafs came back in force. Abbey posted his fourth goal of the home and home, and 30 seconds later Patrick Martens pulled the team even. But once again, Beaver Valley edged ahead, putting up the game-winning goal with only a minute to spare. The Nitehawks have squeezed past the Leafs three times in the last two weeks, but Shaw says three close losses haven’t put a dent in the team’s confidence. “We’ve controlled the play for all three games,” he says. “We’ve just kind of been on the other end of the stick there in the loss department. But the way we’ve competed against the team and been given the opportunities to win, we’re right there.” The Leafs are back in action Friday night as they begin a two-game series with the Castlegar Rebels.

KIJHL Stats League Standings

As of January 31 Neil Murdoch Division TEAM GP W L Castlegar 44 37 7 Beaver Valley 44 29 12 Nelson 46 24 19 Spokane 46 18 25 Grand Forks 44 7 36

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Eddie Mountain Division TEAM GP W Fernie 45 38 Creston Valley 46 24 Golden 46 21 Kimberley 45 16 Columbia Val. 46 9

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Okanagan Division TEAM GP Osoyoos 45 Kelowna 45 Princeton 46 Penticton 46

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Doug Birks Division TEAM GP Revelstoke 46 Kamloops 45 Sicamous 44 N. Okanagan 45

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Latest Scores Friday, January 28 Nelson 6 Spokane 4 Sicamous 4 Revelstoke 5 Osoyoos 6 Penticton 2 Creston 3 Columbia Valley 2 Castlegar 5 Kimberley 3 Golden 3 Fernie 5 Saturday, January 29 Beaver Valley 3 Nelson 2 Revelstoke 4 North Okanagan 0 Sicamous 8 Kamloops 5 Princeton 0 Castlegar 4 Kelowna 6 Grand Forks 4 Columbia Valley 2 Kimberley 4 Fernie 3 Creston Valley 2 Golden 6 Spokane 3 Sunday, January 30 Nelson 5 Beaver Valley 6 Penticton 0 Osoyoos 6 Princeton 6 Grand Forks 4 Sicamous 1 Revelstoke 4 Castlegar 4 Spokane 2 Golden 5 Creston Valley 3 Kamloops 2 Kelowna 0

Nelson Leafs Leaders PLAYER Colton Schell Joel Stewart Gavin Currie Marcus Dahl Riley Henderson Cody Abbey Taylor O’Neil Braeden Hikichi Patrick Martens


As of January 31 Position GP Forward 45 Forward 40 Forward 33 Forward 41 Defence 38 Forward 29 Defence 46 Defence 44 Forward 42

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Nelson Novice Initiation Back row – Trevor Ditzel, Adam Mint, Mark Durocher, Craig Bennett Middle row – Owen Ditzel, Brady Augustin, Christian Kooznetsoff, Cole Woodward, Ryan Durocher, Nikko Lazier, Jack Benjamin, Levi Reynold, Arlo Veerman, Caiden Thompson, Connor Kooznetsoff Front row – Lucas Mcdonnell-Hoffert, Levi Mint, Breanna St. Thomas, Kyle Burgoyne, Alexander Anderson, Lexi Elias, Jonah Bennett, Arjun Bhabra

Nelson Senior Novice 1 Back row – Yvonne Vulcano, Jordan Barclay, Vince Vulcano, Todd Cutler, Allan Fillion, Grant Anderson Middle row – Ried Vulcano, Amran Bhabra, Brody Fillion, Ethan Grill, Keifer Barclay, Blair Sookro, Josh Marsden Front row – Josh Evans, Carter Anderson, Nathan Gaffran, Brayden Markin-Helleckson, Seamus Boyd, Callum Cutler, Pax Arrowsmith

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Nelson Junior Novice Back row – Dana Hamilton, Jordan Barclay, Greg Andrusak, Megan Little, Eddie Vulcano, Chris Maclean Middle row – Rhett Hamilton, Dylan Moynes, Shelby Vulcano, Matteo Mushumanski, Noah Ens, Matthew Lehr, Ethan Bennett, Drake Proctor, Devan Andrusak Front row – Koby Upper, Alex Sowiak, Jane Matheson, Alicia Montpellier, Bryce Maclean, Brady Stocks, Bryce Sookro, Jack Barclay. Missing: Kelton Forte

Nelson Senior Novice 2 Back row – Pat Thast (trainer), Lisa Quinn (manager), Dean Centrone (assistant coach), Peter Quinn (head coach) Middle row – Nick Haydu, Ryder Brattebo, Nolan Dergousoff, Joseph Davidson, Tyler Badger Front row – Ben Thast, Dylan Mowery, Jack Centrone, Tenzin Mint, Mason Scott, Kaleb Percival, Noah Quinn Missing: Kai Simmonds, Matteo Faraguna and assistant coach Shandy Mowery

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Nelson Atom Chiefs Back row – Doug Curiston, Kerry Dyck, Corbin Comishin, Grant Anderson, Tracy Tambellini, Phil Hare Middle row – Jayden Dyck, Noah Whiffen, Hayley Elias, Brady Sookero, Reece Tambellini, Eva Young, Tyler Colgan, Max Moyles Front row – Blue Campbell, Shayla Elias, Charles Curiston, Connor Comishin, Jackson Hare, Brett Anderson, Mathew Wouters.

Nelson Atom Warriors Back row – Dan Bayoff (assistant coach), Derek Best (manager), Blake Markin-Hellekson, Cody Barnes, Ben Goppner, Ty Lakeman, Evan Best, Brenden Vulcano, Hudson Fillion, Vince Vulcano (head coach), Allen Fillion (assistant coach) Front row – Noha Gaffran, Aiden Mishmanski, Amanda Creek, Bryce Winters, Ty Bayoff, Alex Laing, Max Speilman, Alix Renwick, Kyle Patton

Back row – Bob Price (manager), Dave Zarikoff (head coach), Doug Harrison (assistant coach), Cam Paterson (assistant coach/trainer). Middle row – Ashley Hall, Angus Paterson, Keanu Tromans, Erik Nystrom, Jesse Harold, Taylor Harrison, Cody St. Thomas. Front row – Kyein Evans, Mikey Zarikoff, Ben Price, Reece Hunt, Aedan Osika, Josh Yasek, Felix McMillan Missing: Riley Davidson

Nelson Pee Wee Spartans Back row – Doug Harrison (head coach), Kali Horner, Darian Johnson, Jake Anderson, Kyle Hall, Benoit Thibault, Iain Love, Cassidy Kiraly, Bob Hall (assistant coach), Roger May (assistant coach) Front row – Elijah Thundersun, Emma Wheeldon, Ben Kelsch, Casey Harrison, Chase May

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Nelson Pee Wee Penguins Back row – Bob Hall (coach), Larry Martel (coach), Curtis Van Zanden, Michael Caldecott, Quin Hall, Brendan Martel, Andrew Falcone, Marco Falcone, Dean Winters (coach), Gilles Beauvais (manager) Front row – TJ Winters, Austin Stocks, Jesse Beauvais, Justin Lasichuk, Alek McMillan

Nelson Pee Wee Rep Back row – Jared Seminoff (coach), Brian Jones (coach), Taylor Cooper, Amit Bhabra, Matthew Jones, Matthew Brind’Amour, Aigne McGeady-Bruce, Justin Podgorenko, Jaden Maida, Merissa Dawson, Everett Hicks, Ron Podgorenko (head coach) Front row – Joey Timmermans, Kaleb Comishin, Logan Mengler, Ben Woodward, Jaden Bennett, Jacob Shukin, Bryce Twible, Curt Doyle. Missing: coaches Greg Andrusak, Ian Perreault

Nelson Pee Wee Golden Leafs Back row – Jodi Wouters (manager), Mark Young (assistant coach), Grady Clark, Jake Popoff, Jeff Kinakin, Jordan Lane, Spencer Zwick, Nigel Ziegler, Lenny Popoff (trainer), Rick Lane (head coach) Front row – Colin Cockburn, Curtis Young, Jonah Goodwin, Jaron Ivanisko, Jesse Popoff, Jared Martin, Jaydon Wouters

Nelson Bantam Rep Back row – Sawyer Hunt, Sandy Renwick (coach), Michael Viala, Sam Woodward, Nolan Renwick, Greyson Reitmeier, Dylan Whiffen, Austin Tambellini, Nolan Percival, Keaton Roch, Carson Arcuri Front row – Adam Maida, Sam Weber, Brandon Sookro, Coleton Dachwitz, Tyler Podgorenko, Brayden Pompu. Missing: coaches Jeff Hunt and Ian Perreault

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Back row – Glenn Sutherland (coach), Dan Szabo (manager), Will Tucker, Spencer Szabo, Jacob Timmermans, Austin Meehan, Cole Sutherland, Bryan Carmicheal (coach) Front row – Cosmo Rich, Justin Willness, Austin Kobayashi, Danny Marsden, Jason Carmicheal

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Nelson Midget House Back row – Rob Crowder (assistant coach), Brain Weber (assistant coach), Jordan Zarikoff, Adam Twible, Mike Crowder, Brendon Grant, Bryce Young, Jordan Hunter, Zeke Grimshaw, Evan Isenor, Jacob Gregorich, Rowen Weber, Dave Grant (head coach) Front row – Justin Arndt, Peter Mason, Cam Shukin, Blake Nichol, Ben LeMarquand, Dylan Kiraly, Bailey Taylor, Cam Olson, Nichole Pedersen, Jake Kindred

Back Row – Mike Bonacci (manager), Grant McLean (assistant coach), Katie Yuris, Randi Brown, Kiana Strand, Shannon Hall, Aimee DiBella, Holly Nikirk, Daley Oddy, Gary McQuaig (assistant coach), Mario DiBella (head coach) Front row – Brianne Burns, Jessica Carter, Hailey McLean, Courtney Terhune, Jillian Todd, Christina Bonacci, Erin McLean, Shea Weighill, Jordan Lee, Baylee McLean, Kayla Keraiff

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ockey coaches hear a lot about “it’s not about winning.� It’s stressed from an early age and seems like a very Canadian ideal... not sure if they abide by the same code south of the border. At times it’s a hard philosophy to live by because, let’s face it, winning does feel better than losing. Adults know it and despite the feel-good preaching, the kids know it too. In early January the Nelson Pee Wee Spartans headed north to Nakusp for a weekend tournament. My son plays defence on the Spartans and I’m the assistant coach (read: puck mover and gate-opener). I’ve been part of roadtrip week-

ends for the past seven years. Because it’s overnight and includes motel rooms, it’s the kind of tournament that brings out an extra level of excitement amongst the 11 and 12 year olds. A chance to hang out with your teammates, roar through the motel hallways, eat as a team and raise some innocent hell. If you remember back to that first weekend in January, the road conditions were horrible. There were closures and it was generally nasty. Hitting the road with Team Thibault (my son’s best friend and his dad), the drive to Nakusp on Friday afternoon wasn’t too bad and I was pleased to see the rest of the team arrived safely.

Perhaps it was the excitement of getting to leave school early or the anticipation of the big roadtrip, but the Spartans played poorly in the opening game. We lost to a team we should have beat and our chances to make it to the tournament final looked grim from the start. Not surprisingly, all the subpar play was forgotten by the time postgame team meal was served, and the noise level in the tiny Nakusp restaurant was cranked. The next day the team’s fortunes didn’t improve. Better play against better teams, but a pair of ties ensured there would be no shot at a trophy. That night a team excursion to the Nakusp Hot Springs revealed few signs of disappointment. The gang was as rowdy as if they had clobbered all comers. The shenanigans in the motel upon our return were equally as enthusiastic. Out of the playoff picture, we embarked on Sunday morning on some of the worst roads I’ve ever seen. The deep, wet snow was treacherous and when you factor in the scary Highway 6 through the Slocan Valley... it was white knuckle. When I glanced back at the boys in the back seat, the look on their faces was similar to what you would see on the most rockin’ roller coaster. Somehow we made it home in one piece, the driving skills of my firefighter traveling partner being one of the primary reasons. Having come home winless and lucky to be alive, it wasn’t the best hockey roadtrip the Hall Family has been part of over the years. As kids get older, winning does become more important. I expected my competitive 12-year-old to be in a foul mood. Instead it was the opposite. “Dad, that was soooo fun... can you try to get us into the Cranbrook tournament?� he said. There’s nothing wrong with winning, but hockey really is about so much more.

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The Kootenay Swim Club had another successful outing at the 34th annual Ice Fest competition in Kelowna. The meet was hosted by the Kelowna Aquajets swim club and took place over three days, from January 21-23 at the H2O Centre. Eight members of the club made the trek to the Okanagan Valley for this short course event which included races of 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m distances. Other teams attending hailed from Vernon, Kamloops, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Summerland. Coach Dustin Boyachek kept an attentive eye on the performance of each swimmer in their events and was encouraged by the improvement demonstrated. Nelson’s Kelsey Andrusak had an outstanding meet with two second place finishes in her age category (for 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle), and a third place finish in the 50m breaststroke. What made these finishes all the more impressive was that much of her competition was a full year older. Sister Jordan Andrusak made the finals in all three 100m events (breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly), also swimming against many older competitors. Andrusak is now ranked among the top ten Canadian swimmers in her age group for select freestyle events. Niallin Collier had several best times, highlighted by finishing third in the 100m breaststroke finals, and fourth in the 100m backstroke finals. Hannah Devries attended her first meet with the club and achieved a number of best times, along with experiencing some longer distance races for the first time. Sydney Wetter also had numerous best times, with the highlight of shedding 13 seconds from her 100m breaststroke event. Gabrielle Hanvold achieved a second place finish in the 200m butterfly event. She likely swam the most metres of any club member over the weekend, finishing off with a grueling 400m IM race Sunday afternoon. Emma Borhi placed sixth in the 50m and 200m breaststroke events, and also made finals for the 100m backstroke. Club members now look forward to another few weeks of practice before AA and AAA provincial meets. After that, the long course season begins and continues until summer. Anyone who is interested in joining the club or finding out more information can visit

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Coming Events Free talk on responses to homophobia & transphobia in high schools by SFU author/prof Dr.Brian Burtch. Feb 10,7pm. Nelson United Church

Entertainment Auditions for “KHAOS”, The Opera. The Amy Ferguson Institute invites experienced musicians interested in singing a role in the June 2011 initial “workshopping” of Don Macdonald and Nicola Harwood’s new opera, KHAOS, to audition for solo roles on Sunday, February 13th. For more information and to schedule an audition call Marty Horswill at 250-352-2595 or e-mail Performers will be modestly remunerated for their participation in this 3-day workshop. Singers experienced in vocal styles other than opera are also encouraged to audition. Visit to learn more about this exciting opera that will premiere in Nelson in 2012

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Lost & Found LOST: CROSS COUNTRY SKIS Wed. Jan 26th at hitching spot in Nelson on road to Salmo. Call 250-352-6164 LOST: GOLD OWL RING. Xmas present from sister, sentimental value. Lost Dec 28 on path between View St. and Trevor. REWARD. 825-9334. MISSING: GOLD JEWELRY 18K. 9 items including 1 watch, 2 brooches, 2 bracelets, 2 necklaces, 1 pin & 1 photo of family member in gold case. All have great sentimental value! If found please drop off at the Nelson Star office, 514 Hall St, Nelson. No questions asked. REWARD.

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Beverly Elwood Kerfoot January 25, 1939 – January 22, 2011

It is with great sadness we announce that after a long fight with Pulmonary Fibrous, Beverly Elwood Kerfoot passed away in Kootenay Lake Hospital with his wife by his side. He leaves to mourn his wife Joan of 47 years, his 3 loving daughters and their families, Karen (Ken, Crystal, Bryan, and Kari Weber), Diane (Ken, Pearl and Rose Leslie), Laura ( John, Kirsten Gibson), 3 brothers Lloyd, Charlie and Brian and their families, his father in law John Braun and sisters in law Kathy and Shirley, brother in law Martin and their families. At Bev’s request there will be no Memorial Service. As an expression of sympathy family and friends may make donations to a Charity of their Choice. Cremation has taken place. We wish to thank the Winlaw Ambulance Ladies, Mitch with IHA, Nurses and Doctors and staff at the hospital. A special thanks to all of our friends and family who have helped us through his illness, and now in our time of sorrow. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. On line condolences may be expressed at







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Moore, Isabel Pearl Isabel was born in Outlook, Sask. on September 4th, 1921 to Lily and Hugh Patterson and passed away peacefully on Friday, January 21st, 2011 at the age of 89 with her husband and daughters by her side. Isabel will always be alive in the happy memories of her family and friends and is survived by her loving husband of 67 years Emerson (Blonde), daughters Phyllis (Bill Rapanos), Linda, and Carole (Pieter) Matthijsse. Her grandchildren - who were the light of her life - Hanna, Anders and Jenna Matthijsse, will also sadly miss her, as will her half-brother Ross (Babs) Patterson, sisters-in-law Freda Patterson and Olga Moore, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Her only son Robert (Bob) predeceased her in 2004. Isabel and Emerson were introduced to each other when “he was 4 and she was 2”. In 1944 Isabel traveled from Outlook to Victoria where they were married. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Nelson where Emerson got a job with the CPR and in 1946 they started their family. In October 2008 Isabel and Emerson moved to a seniors facility in North Vancouver, and although she missed Nelson and all her friends there, she was happy to be closer to Phyllis and Linda, and Carole was an easy flight away. She was a wonderful Mum who loved her children and grandchildren unconditionally. Isabel was a water lover extraordinaire, whether it meant swimming in the Saskatchewan River as a kid, to the aquatic center in Nelson, or 60 years of summers at Christina Lake – this was her passion. The kitchen was the hub of our home and Isabel will always be remembered for her hospitality and famous gingersnap cookies. During her 65 years in Nelson she made friends easily and cherished her special friendship with Ruth Chambers, Bobby Gutwin and Phyllis Stanley. As well as being a homemaker, Isabel worked at Ramsay’s Camera Store for 22 years, retiring in 1981. Isabel was the centre of our world. Her beautiful smile came easily and she had one for everyone she came into contact with. We will miss her smile, her laughter, her quick wit and the mischievous twinkle in her eyes, and look back on the many wonderful times we had together. We were blessed to have her in our lives and a gathering to celebrate and honour her life will be held at a future date. Special thanks to the incredible staff at Sunrise of Lynn Valley who treated Mum with such gentleness, respect and kindness; it meant so much to us. In lieu of flowers, donations in Isabel’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, #300-828 West 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2 or the Parkinson Society of BC, #600-890 West Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1J9, would be appreciated.

Winter, Sister Margaret At the Residence of the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sunday, January 30, 2011, Sister Margaret Winter (Sr. Mary Michael) in her 89th year and her 63rd year of religious life. Lovingly remembered by her sister Barbara Moerbeek of Goderich, Ontario; sister in law Mildred Winter, several nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community. Predeceased by her parents George Winter and Winifred Forsey formally of England and St. Thomas, Ontario; brothers George, William and Rev. Jack Winter. Sister spent 29 years as an educator at St. Joseph’s High School, St. Thomas and Catholic Central High School, London. Following this, she served a term on the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team. After retiring from teaching, Sr. spent 10 years at the Catholic Marriage Tribunal in Nelson, B.C. From 19972007, Sr. was privileged to reside in Goderich, Ontario where she was a loving presence and visited residents of the neighbourhood and those living in nearby nursing homes. All services for Sr. will be held at the Residence of the Sister’s of St. Joseph, 485 Windermere Rd, London. Visitors will be received on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 2-9 o’clock, with a wake service being held at 4:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 11 o’clock. Interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Elizabeth (Betty) Popoff On Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Elizabeth (Betty) Popoff of Nelson passed away in Kootenay Lake Hospital at the age of 76 years. Betty was born in Wadena, Saskatchewan to William and Annie Samsonoff. The family moved to Blewett where she grew up. Betty was predeceased by her husband Sam, and will be lovingly remembered by her sons Rick and family and Dan and family. A private family graveside service was held at Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery, Nelson, BC. As an expression of sympathy family and friends may make donations to the Cancer Society, Box 292 Nelson, BC. V1L 5P9. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. on line condolences may be expressed at

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Community Support Worker (on-call casual) wanted to support individuals with developmental disabilities in the community and at a day program in Nelson at the Kootenay Society for Community Living. Experience and/or education as well as use of a vehicle essential. Please send your resume by Feb 4, 2011 to Program Coordinator, Bigby Place, 509 Front St. Nelson, V1L 5S4 or email: DRIVERS/OWNER Operators wanted - Truck Contractors need drivers with log haul experience & clean driver’s abstract. Owner operators needed with 6, 7, 8 axle log trailers. Visit or call 1-800-661-5210 (ext. 8173).

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FLAT ROOFERS WANTED Experienced roofers. PVC, EPDM, T&G & other flat roof products. Valid driver’s licence. Skill based pay. Year round full-time. Phone 403261-6822. Fax 403-261-6826. HEAVY DUTY Mechanics required for busy Coastal logging company on Northern Vancouver Island. Must have extensive mechanical experience, certification an asset. Above industry average (wages), plus excellent benefit program. Email or fax resume to: or 250-9564888. RUSKIN CONSTRUCTION LTD. Pile driving and bridge construction; currently looking for: Professional Engineers; Engineers in Training; Project Managers; Site Superintendents; Site Administrators; Journeymen/Apprentice Welders; Crane & Equipment Operators; Bridgemen; Pile Drivers; Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics. Permanent and seasonal work. Competitive/Union wages. Fax resume 250-563-6788. Email: RUSKIN CONSTRUCTION LTD. Pile driving and bridge construction; currently looking for: Professional Engineers; Engineers in Training; Project Managers; Site Superintendents; Site Administrators; Journeymen/ Apprentice Welders; Crane & Equipment Operators; Bridgemen; Pile Drivers; Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics. Permanent and seasonal work. Competitive/Union wages. Fax resume 250-563-2800. Email:

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Education/Trade Schools


ARE YOU EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL DISTRESS? Relief is only a call away! Call Shelley Cameron, Estate Administrator at 1-800-661-3661 today, to set up your FREE consultation in Nelson, Donna Michalcheon CA, CIRP,KPMG Inc. Trustee in Bankruptcy, #300-3205-32nd Street, Vernon, BC V1T 9A2

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS will lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

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Legal Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, Affordable. Our A+ BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT \TRAVEL & FREEDOM. Call for your FREE INFORMATION BOOKLET. 1-8-NOW-PARDON (1 866 972 7366). www.PardonSer ICBC, MVA’S, SLIP & FALL or Any Injury? MARCO D. CEDRONE Making The Difference in Personal Injury Claims! 24hrs.1-866-913-3110 Cascade Law Corporation

Accounting/Tax/ Bookkeeping

ALL TYPES of hay for sale! all in medium squares (3x4x8). For all your Dairy, Horse, Feeder Hay needs, visit or call Cale @ 403-635-0104. Delivery available and Min order is a semi-load.

Merchandise for Sale

Food Products 100% Guaranteed Omaha Steaks - SAVE 64% on the Family Value Collection. NOW ONLY $49.99 Plus 3 FREE GIFTS & right-to-the-door delivery in a reusable cooler, ORDER Today. 1-888-7024489 mention code 45069SVD

Medical Supplies Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! 1-866-981-5991

Misc. for Sale A FREE TELEPHONE VICE - Get Your First Free. Bad Credit, Don’t It. No Deposits. No Checks. Call Freedom Lines Today Toll-Free 884-7464.

SERMonth Sweat Credit Phone 1-866-

BUILDING SALE... “FINAL WEEK!” 25x30 $6200. 30x40 $9850. 32x60 $15,600. 32x80 $19,600. 35x60 $17,500. 40x70 $18,890. 40x100 $26,800. 46x140 $46,800. OTHERS. Doors optional. Pioneer MANUFACTURERS DIRECT 1-800-668-5422. CAN’T GET UP YOUR Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift. Call 1866-981-6591.

Send Flowers to your Valentine! Starting at just $19.99. Go to to receive an extra 20% off your order or Call 1-888-587-0771.

COLLEEN NAHNYCHUK Bookkeeping - By Appt Tel 250-551-7054 Fax 1-888-3704938

STEEL BUILDINGS PRICED TO CLEAR - Holding 2010 steel prices on many models/sizes. Ask about FREE DELIVERY! CALL FOR QUICK SALE QUOTE and FREE BROCHURE - 1-800668-5111 ext. 170.


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Alternative Health

Classified Ads for items under $400 cost just $4!

Health Products ATTENTION DIABETICS with Medicare. Get a FREE Talking Meter and diabetic supplies at NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, this meter eliminates painful finger pricking! Call 888-449-1321

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Misc. for Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

Scrap Car Removal

Wine of the Month Club Send the gift of wine all year long! 2 Bottles each month from award-winning wineries around the world. Call 888751-6215 and get FREE SHIPPING!

WANT a life style change? 100 Mile House welcomes you. Cariboo Garden Apt. Bright, clean, 1 block from hospital and shopping, seniors welcome. Willing to help fire victims. 1bdrm. $550/mo. 2bdrm. $650/mo. (1-250)3950809 or (1-250)395-0168

Sporting Goods Skis for sale: 170 cm Volkl Kiku. Freeride bindings, like new. $900 obo. 250-319-3648

Commercial/ Industrial

Real Estate

4800 sq ft. Commercial space with parking, above bowling alley. Ph 250-551-5035

Acreage for Sale ARIZONA BUILDING LOTS FULL ACRES AND MORE! Guaranteed Owner Financing No credit check $0 down - 0 interest Starting @ just $99/mo. Close to Tucson’s Intl. Airport Hear free recording at 800-631-8164 Code 4001 or Own 20 Acres. Only $129/mo. $13,900 Near Growing El Paso, Texas (safest city in America!) Low down, no credit checks, owner financing. FreeMap/Pictures. CALL 866254-7755

Mobile Homes & Parks

Beautiful downtown professional /office building for lease, 601 Kootenay St. 825-9932

Buy, Rent, Sell! Duplex / 4 Plex NELSON- 2 bdrm, 1/2 duplex, recently renovated, deck, yard, parking. NS/NP. Refs. $995. Avail Mar 1. (250)354-1030.

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $3.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

The Sky is the Limit Buy It, Sell It, or Trade It!

Homes for Rent Winlaw area, newer cottage. Quiet valley views, suits 2 people. $775. 250-226-0034.

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Cars - Sports & Imports

2011 CANADIAN Dream Home 3 bed/2 bath, 1512 sqft, CSA-Z240 $109,950 includes delivery and set up in lower BC, 877-976-3737 or 509-4819830 m/images/email_jan2.jpg 6 MILE, Nelson. Upgraded mobile in quiet park, no dogs. $25,900.Owner financing avail with small down payment. Pad rent $365. Call Liam at 250777-1040 or 250-428-1638.

Subaru Legacy 2001 All Wheel Drive with only 105,000 km’s FOR SALE - $9,900. Excellent condition... only highway driven... includes roof racks, winter and summer tires, rubber mats (even for the back), power locks, windows and mirrors. Call 250-352-2449 to see.

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Help Wanted

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

Dental receptionist wanted. Experience required. Temporary position possibly leading to full time. Reply to Dr. Daan Kuiper at 201-402 Baker St. Nelson or email

ANNI MUHLEGG, B.S.W. from Whispering Herd offers counseling & equine-assisted learning for all ages. Holistic health, transpersonal psychology and outdoor-based therapy. www.whisperingherd. com 250-354-7778



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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Columbia Power Corporation (CPC), a Crown Corporation wholly owned and operated by the Province of British Columbia, is a hydroelectric generation company, located in Castlegar, BC. Columbia Power owns three hydroelectric generating facilities with its joint venture partner, the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) and is currently constructing the Waneta Expansion Project with CBT and Fortis Inc.

CPC Opportunities Columbia Power Corporation has the following positions available:

A career that fits, naturally. Selkirk College values family, healthy living and a positive work-life balance in the scenic West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

TOOLROOM ATTENDANT Applications for a Toolroom Attendant to work at the Silver King campus are invited. Applicants require high school graduation, valid Occupational First Aid Level 3 certification, WHMIS, valid BC Drivers License and two years of related experience. CASUAL, ON-CALL, RELIEF: commencing immediately. Competition #04. CLOSING: February 7, 2011.

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Accounting Technician Document Control Assistant - Waneta Site Office Records Technician - Temporary (1 year)

Columbia Power Corporation offers an excellent salary and benefits package. Castlegar is located in the Southern Interior of British Columbia and offers exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities, affordable housing, and excellent health and medical facilities. Qualified applicants interested in joining a dynamic team are encouraged to visit the Careers section of our website at to view the full job descriptions. The closing date for these positions is February 7, 2011.

Visit our website for details on this and other career opportunities. Selkirk College Human Resources 301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar, BC V1N 4L3 250.365.1390 |

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Generating Jobs in the Kootenays

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Become a Psychiatric Nurse in your own community There is an urgent need for more Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), particularly outside the urban areas of the province. And with the workforce aging – the average age of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in BC is 47 years – the number of retirees from the profession is exceeding the number of graduates. Entry-level earnings start at $29/hour to $38/hour. Train Locally – The only program of its kind in BC, students can learn within their local communities via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Government student loans, Employment & Labour Market Services (ELMS), band funding & other financing options available to qualified applicants.

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Please help us ensure the safety of your carrier and keep driveways, sidewalks and walkways clear of any ice and/or snow.

Thank you from all of us! 514 Hall Street, Nelson 250.352.1897

Valentine’s day Dinner and Dance



Blazing a Snow Trail


Bob Hall photo

The Nelson Nordic Ski Club held the annual Kootenay Cup at the Apex-Busk trails south of Nelson over the weekend. Athletes of all ages took part in the day-long races Sunday. Other than the local skiers, members of the Blackjack Ski Club in Rossland and the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club were well represented.

Avène Created by dermatologists to help YOUR skin. Everything you need for healthy glowing skin this winter.

Ear Piercing Party on Valentines Day Play the darts and win your piercing for free!

685 Baker St. Nelson, BC 250.352.2316

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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32” LCD

Home Theatre System Yamaha Home Theatre Receiver • 105 Watts per Channel Paradigm Home Theatre Speaker Kit • 2 Satellite Speakers • 1 Center Speaker • 2 Surround Speakers • 150 Watt Powered 10” Subwoofer RXV467 - CIN110CTBK

SAVE $100

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32” LCD 1080p HDTV

after savings

• HDMI x 2 Digital Inputs 32LD450


40” 46”







SAVE $150

SAVE $400



1080p HDTV 120Hz

• HDMI x 3 Digital Inputs TC42LD24


after savings

LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTVs • HDMI x 4 Digital Inputs KDL40EX500 - KDL46EX500


SAVE $300

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• Panasonic 3D $ 350 Blu-ray DiscTM Player (DMPBDT100) Value TM • Avatar 3D Blu-ray Disc Movie • 1 pair of 3D Active Shutter Glasses With the purchase of the Panasonic TC-P50VT25


$ 400

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60” Plasma 1080p HDTV

after savings

• HDMI x 2 Digital Inputs 60PK250

High Speed 3D Drive System

50” Plasma 3D 1080p HDTV • Full HD 3D; 600 Hz Sub-Field Drive TC-P50VT25

SAVE $300

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Despite the care given producing and pricing this ad, some errors may have occurred. Should this be the case, corrections will be posted in our stores. Certain products are in limited quantities and may not be available at all locations. Illustrations may differ. Prices and offers good until merchandise is depleted. No rain check. Offer subject to change without prior notice. Special offers and promotions cannot be combined. Details in store.





Aeroplan is a registered trademark of Aeroplan Canada Inc. Certain conditions apply. Details in store.








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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

GERICK’S Winter Clearance Sale


Wednesday, Feb. 2 thru Saturday, Feb. 5

702 Baker Street Nelson 250.354.4622

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