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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2008 Established 1988.




Housing solution lies in rural areas

Spellbinding literary booster

RDCK/City of Nelson partnership needed, council told by Chris Shepherd

Band bound for China

L.V. Rogers band heads to China for Olympic countdown kickoff. PAGE 3

Kite Day returns Free, annual celebration of spring, kites and family goes this weekend at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. PAGE 3

Find your local grower Local producer directory makes 100mile diet easier. PAGE 3


Brian DeBaiasio, principal of Trafalgar Junior Secondary, fishes a card out of Lisa Menna’s stocking as part of her magic show. Menna’s act was the finishing touch to the Trafalgar Reads initiative. The school’s parent advisory committee started the project, which ran since October, 2007. Trafalgar Reads promoted reading and literacy and librarian Paul Luck said the library saw a 60 per cent jump students borrowing fiction books.

Affordable housing is a regional problem and any major solution to the housing crunch in Nelson will be found outside the City’s limits. That was the message council heard at their committee of the whole meeting on Monday, March 17. Derek Murphy delivered the message and he prefaced it by saying he would be blunt, but only in order to get the conversation going. He was hired by the Social Planning Action Network to study housing issues in the region and his report came from that work. There is a serious housing problem in Nelson, Murphy said. The uniqueness that Nelsonites pride themselves on has pushed house prices out of the reach of most young families. People want unique homes and that type of building means contractors can’t use economies of scale to keep costs down. Only large projects, where builders order material in large quantities, will allow affordable housing, Murphy told council. To do that, you need a large land base and there’s hardly any of that within Nelson’s city limits. “The solution will not work

in the city limits,” Murphy said. “You have to work with the RDCK to use the rural areas.” While the solution to affordable housing may lie outside Nelson, Murphy said that does not absolve the municipality from any responsibility. The City has to provide planning for future projects and partner with the Regional District of Central Kootenay to find funding solutions, which may involve private enterprise. Murphy’s presentation was met with enthusiasm from council. Councillors spoke about the need for young people to lower their standards for their first home. “I think what [Murphy is] saying is lower the bar in terms of housing. I think trailers get a bad rap,” said Councillor Marg Stacey. Coun. Ian Mason agreed. People have to change their notion of what a entry-level house is. These days it’s a condo, he said. Murphy said he hopes to bring the same report to the RDCK in the hopes of starting a dialogue. He acknowledged there have been disagreements between Nelson and the rural areas in the past and he said he hoped they wouldn’t influence planning for affordable housing.

Slocan by-election challenged Second-place finisher alleges interference in election for council seat, issue goes to B.C. Supreme Court this month by Chris Shepherd

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A Village of Slocan by-election will come under the scrutiny of the B.C. Supreme Court this month amid allegations of elections interfering. Ray Caouette ran in the Saturday, Feb. 2 by-election for a seat on Slocan’s council. He lost the race to Hillary Elliot

who earned 68 votes. Caouette came second with 39 votes, followed by Jamie Ingram with 20 votes. According to documents filed with the court, Caouette alleges an individual posted an eightyear old damaging news story about him at a public bulletin boards around the Slocan Valley village. The documents


also allege individuals handed the same story to people just outside the polling station. It is an offence under the Local Government Act to advertise on election day, whether it is to endorse or oppose a candidate. Caouette first went to the RCMP with his complaint, but after a two-week investigation, police found no basis for charges,


said Const. Stephan Drouin of the New Denver RCMP detachment. Caouette said he had already decided to launch a court appeal on the election before hearing the results of the RCMP investigation. The case will go before the B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday, March 27.


March 19, 2008


Know your competition One of the first rules of business is to know your competition. This applies to any market but it is even more critical in a smaller, more intimate environment. Regardless, competition is good. It provides the consumer with a variety of product choices and ensures prices are maintained at a fair level. So, what should a retailer to do when there is direct competition in your city? Staying on good terms with your fellow business owners is a good starting point. Take the high road and visit their establishment to introduce yourself to the owners. Not only will this develop a good rapport but also you open the door to regular visits to see what products are available, what kind of service is provided and what the atmosphere is like. With direct competitors, you always want to establish your niche in the market. Do not try to be all things to all people as this will almost always fail and will tie up those precious inventory dollars in the meantime.

Money Honey

Joyce Jackson

Pick your niche and do it well. As an example, look at the vast array of coffee shops we have in this city. At first blush, it is hard to see how so many in such a small market can do well. Look more closely and you will see each and every one brings a unique approach to this business. Everyone has his or her favourite coffee hangout and it is because each of us values something special about our preferred java joints. We are a city that has very few monopolies on markets. This is something we should celebrate and advertise to the consumers of the world. Come to Nelson because we have the best selection of . . . fill in the blank. Competition is good and knowing your competitors just makes sense.

Joyce Jackson is the owner of Lonnie’s for Her and Him and an executive member of the Nelson Business Association.

That’s 9,600 square inches of LCD behind Danny Rickaby, owner of the The New Grand Hotel and Uptown Tavern.


Big screen for big games New look for the Uptown Tavern makes every seat a good seat to watch the game by Chris Shepherd Danny Rickaby looked for a silver lining to the new provincial antismoking bylaws and he found it on a LCD screen. With the new provincial smoking laws coming into effect, the owner of The New Grand Hotel decided to renovate the hotel’s bar, the Uptown Tavern, and in doing so he created a new focus for the 616 Vernon St. watering hole. “Sports is always number one,” Rickaby says. “If the hockey game is on, the sound will be on too.” He’s referring to the new audio

and visual equipment he’s put into the Uptown. Rickaby added 22 TVs to the bar, nine of which make up a 120” by 80” screen perfect for watching the game. He actually had to make the wall bigger to hold the nine-TV arrangement. “It’s as close as being at the event as you’re going to get.” With the new system, he can show nine different events. The new arrangement is all wired to accept high-definition channels, so whether it’s the smoking tires in a NASCAR race or the puck sliding over the goal line,

viewers won’t miss a single detail. To make things better, Rickaby noted all the Vancouver Canucks games will be high definition next year. Accompanying the visuals is a new surround sound system. The audio will always be on for the big games and when there’s no sports on the new entertainment system can be turned to music and even have video concerts. “It’ll be exquisite to watch.” To get the most of the new system, Rickaby is also planning game nights for Xbox 360 games like Tiger Woods Golf or Guitar Hero.

Awaken your inner wizard

another Heroine’s Journey over six weeks starting in April. The Heroine’s Journey is for women seeking their authentic expression in the world. This is an opportunity for women of all ages to come together and access a radical sense of interconnection and responsibility for themselves and the world they live in. Tuition is $220. For more info, or to register, visit, or call 352-7908.

Briefly New Sweater Shop

When Donna Will moved from Vernon to Nelson seven months ago, one of her first thoughts was “This town needs a sweater shop featuring larger sizes.” Her sweaters are hand knit with natural fibres in rich, vibrant colours. She calls her collection The Big Line with 1x to 4x sizes. She taught herself to knit 20 years ago and hasn’t stopped since.

Each sweater is one-ofa-kind, Will says, and are classic and vogue in style and include hoodies. Will says her shop, located at 414 Fall St., behind Speedy Glass – has a homey feel and she offers coffee and tea to her customers. Will emphasizes creativity in her store. “It’s very important to the soul.” Will’s shop is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5

p.m. She can be reached at 352-0309.

New Sapana owner

Sarah Mitchell is the proud new owner of the clothing company, created in 2003 by a man from the Okanagan who found his inspiration on a backpacking trip to Nepal. Sapana Clothing consists of beautiful and functional hand knit sweat-

ers, hoodies, toques and accessories made from an age-old natural renewable resource: wool. This top quality wool is purchased in New Zealand and sent to the manufacturer in Kathmandu, Nepal, who provides a safe, healthy and friendly working environment for the employees. The finished product is shipped to the Sapana warehouse, where it is distributed to retail stores across Canada. Sapana products include fleece-lined and unlined zip-up hoodies, fleece-lined toques, mittens, scarves, socks, gloves and slippers. The toques are a perennial favourite and the styles range from classic ear flap toques to funky rainbow roll toques. “Canadian” wear is another Sapana speciality and features hoodies, toques and scarves with a uniquely Canadian appeal. To view Sapana’s current clothing line and for a complete list of all the retail stores where Sapana clothing can be purchased, go to www. Sapana sweaters are available locally at Valhalla Pure Outfitters on Baker Street and toques can be purchased at the Global Underground in town. E-mail Mitchell at for more information.

Friday, March 21, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, March 22, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 301 Vernon St. Radio show host Yellow Star of Universal Traveller is offering a workshop called Awakening the Inner Wizard – Awareness is Everything in the Paradigm Shift of Galactic Alignment Occurring Now. The workshop offers insight into the galactic alignment and how to prepare and flow with the natural changes occurring, as well as an introduction to what astro-cosmology is and how to utilize its incredible insights and to facilitate a deeper understanding into the unique science of astro-cosmology used on the radio program. There is an introduction into the workshop as well as a celebration of the equinox on the full moon, marking the new year of the classic Mayan Haab cycle. The Friday session costs between $10 to $20 and the Saturday session is from $50 to $100, both on a sliding scale. For more information contact “Yellow Star” at 352-4604 or e-mail universal traveller@cjly. net.

Heroines Journey again

Tuesday, April 8 to Tuesday, May 13, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Shayla Wright will offer

Nelson in Seattle

Nelson has been touted as quality destination for Seattleites in the March edition of Seattle, a monthly magazine from that city which circulates through much of the Pacific Northwest. The magazine profiles the things to do and places to see in town and the surrounding area and is illustrated with photographs by local photographer Phil Best.

Setting it straight The e-mail address for The Building Tree was incorrectly spelled in the March 12 issue of the Express. The Building Tree can be reached at

March 19, 2008 EXPRESS Page 3


Band enroute to China

High school band leaves today for Olympic countdown concert with help of B.C. money by Chris Shepherd The L.V. Rogers Beijing Concert band left for China today, off to represent Canada at the ceremony starting the official countdown for the 2008 Olympics. Thirty-three students from the high school’s band left with Tim Bullen, their director, and a few chaperones. All that’s left for the students to do is tweak their performance for the series of shows they’ll take part in, including a mass-band event performance with five other Canadian bands. that will see hundreds of youth playing together. The band had to raise nearly $114,000 to get there and were helped at the last minute with a $50,000 grant from B.C.’s Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts. Bullen says the grant came “out of the blue”

and credits hard work by the parents who communicated with the province, outlining the need for financial assistance. The band held several concerts to raise money for the show and were helped by many donations from the community – including a $10,000 anonymous donation. But despite that, and before the provincial grant, the students had to pay several thousand dollars of their own money to go on the trip, which includes some travel in China. The grant brought the total contribution down to $1,100 per student, Bullen said. The high school band won the right to represent Canada in 2007 through a series of medal finishes at two national music competitions. Bullen says the students will learn a lot about what it takes to be a professional musician on the tour.


Theo Wall and the rest of the L.V. Rogers Beijing Band fine tune their performance on Monday, March 17. The band left for China today, Wednesday, March 19 to help represent Canada at the start of the official countdown to the 2008 Olympics.


Members of the Nelson Peace Coalition marched through Nelson’s streets on Saturday, March 15 prior to ther Peace Café and Teach In. The fake coffins were meant to draw attention to civilian and military casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Watch the skies, it’s Kite Day Annual Kite Day at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park this Sunday The increase in rabbit-shapped chocolates and other bunny-related paraphernalia should also bring to mind another spring tradition: Kite Day at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. Families should bring their kites to the park on the North Shore at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 23. Nancie Dohan has been organiz-

Food producer/market directory makes 100-mile diet easier to follow by Anna Kirkpatrick

Acknowledging the dead

by Chris Shepherd

Find local food

ing Kite Day for the past 20 years. Unfortunately, she’ll miss this year’s Kite Day, but she has a good reason: she’ll be out of town helping celebrate her mother’s 80th birthday. “Normally I wouldn’t miss Kite Day for the world.” While Dohan won’t be there, she hopes families carry on the free, public event. “It’s such a beautiful thing, to see all those beautiful kites flying in the

sky.” Kite Day runs rain or shine and the wind has been cooperative just about every year. “Maybe there was one year when we got skunked,” Dohan recalls. The beach at Kokanee Creek – roughly 19 km east of Nelson – is ideal for kite flying. The water is low this time of year, Dohan says, exposing long stretches of sand perfect for running with a kite in tow.

A Kaslo initiative aims to make it easy for Kootenay residents to follow the 100-mile diet. Aimee Watson, Food Security Program coordinator at North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society, will soon publish a directory that lists producers and local food retailers. The directory is a natural offshoot of Watson’s work advocating food security in the Kaslo area. “Promoting eating within a hundred miles we came across a lot of people who asked ‘who produces within 100 miles?’ It was mainly that question that spearheaded finding the funding that would be able to create a directory,” Watson explains. The directory, which focuses on a 100-mile radius of Kaslo, is divided into six geographical regions. Each of these regions has a section for producers and markets. Watson notes that while the response to the project has been positive, some meat farmers were “a bit concerned about being put on a map.” Because of concerns around government regulations Watson has made the decision not to include meat producers in the directory. “I’m not listing anyone that does anything with chickens or meat because I don’t want to jeopardize anybody” Watson says. To further protect farmers’ privacy, Watson has included phone numbers but no addresses in the directory. Watson’s Kaslo and Area Food Security Project received its funding from Interior Health’s Community Food Action Initiative. Watson had hoped to produce a printed booklet but funding for this part of the project did not come through. A printed version “might be in the future,” according to Watson. In the meantime, a PDF version of the directory will be available online from the NKLCSS website ( Technically, the deadline for submissions to the directory is the end of this week, after which the document will be put online. However, Watson will accept new entries for the next couple of months and update the on-line version as necessary. To submit information for the directory contact Watson at (250) 353-7691 or e-mail aimeewatson@nklcss. org


March 19, 2008


Know what to Slaughterhouse expect from your needs new home regulations health practitioner Provincial push project out of Lemon Creek Oh, to be a patient in this modern day medical system. We seem to be simultaneously blessed to behold the many different medical practices coming to the forefront and bereft as to how we can possibly manoeuvre ourselves through the bog of information, differing medical methods and contradictory recommendations. With every different health practitioner in the community offering us differing advice, how are we supposed to be able to make informed decisions about the best way to progress towards true health? The keys to creating a safe and healthy future for medicine, where we can benefit from professional training and knowledge, are cooperation and communication. Every individual patient is different and has different needs at different times. It is important for health practitioners to refer us to whichever branch of medicine is most appropriate for each of us and to be using their expertise within their scope of practice. Sometimes the form of medicine practiced by a particular health-care professional is most beneficial to us but sometimes we may need something else or a combination of different forms of treatment. We should be aware that any medical professional

by Chris Shepherd

Exploring Health

Kate Butt

who peddles only their own field of practice while invalidating others is not really peddling true health. Putting the onus on health practitioners to learn about and utilize one another’s fields of medicine and to communicate with one another and with us about what they do is the way to a progressive and successful medical system. We should all feel comfortable asking our practitioners what is the best form of treatment for us and know that we will get a well-informed response with which we can then make informed decisions. We have an amazing network of health professionals and the most important thing is that we see all their knowledge and expertise going towards putting the health and wellness of patients first.

Kate Butt is an acupuncturist in Nelson.The information used in the Health Matters column is for education and information only. It is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health care provider. It is important to consult a health care provider about your specific health concerns.

Revelations that a proposed slaughterhouse and its associated incinerator can’t be within 500 metres of a house has pushed the project out of Lemon Creek and proponents are looking for a new location. Members of the Slocan Valley Abattoir Co-operative learned about the new provincial regulations in mid-Februrary, says Kenyon McGee, spokesperson for the co-operative. The regulations stipulate an incinerator can’t be within half a kilometre of a house and one kilometre from a business. McGee says he can’t understand why the incinerator – which the co-op wants to use to burn specified risk materials (spines, brains etc.) – can be closer to a home than a business, but the co-op wants to find a location that is one kilometre away from everything. The incinerator is a key part of the proposed slaughterhouse, a project estimated to cost $1.5 million to build and which would annually process 1,000 cattle, 300 sheep, 1,100 pigs and 13,500 chickens and turkeys. The distance regulation is the latest setback for the slaughterhouse, which was first planned for just outside Slocan City limits (strong resistance from that city’s population killed that idea despite support from council) and then Lemon Creek. McGee says the abattoir could have gone ahead at the Lemon Creek location, despite local opposition, if the co-op opted to ship their waste as other abattoirs in B.C. do. McGee’s research has turned up the fact that the trucking companies insist on taking all of the by-product and lump together with the specified risk category, which makes it more expensive to ship. The co-op doesn’t like that idea because they plan on composting the safe waste material and selling the resulting product. “To stick with our plan, we have to find a remote site,” McGee says. “It’s hard because of the settlement patterns. The settlement patterns around here . . . are valley bottom. So we have to go up out of the valley bottom.” That doesn’t leave many options, but McGee, who’s been spending hours pouring over Regional District of Central Kootenay maps, says there are some alternatives and the co-op plans on investigating them carefully before making any further announcements. The co-op has met with support from the RDCK and McGee hopes the general population will get behind the group when a new location is announced. “We’re trying to do this right, and that’s a lot harder than just doing it.”

Food requirements for little dogs



If your dog is under 35 pounds, they require special care. Small breed dogs such as oriental breeds( pekes, shibas, pugs, lhasas, shihtzu), arctic dogs (poms, American Eskimo), dogs from Europe (spaniels, terriers, small bird dogs) as well as water dogs, poodles, cotons and maltese all fall into this range. Chihuahuas and mini schnauzers are part of this troop that is under 35 pounds. The majority of these dogs were initially fed a a diet based on fish protein, so when choosing a

Paws for Thought

Keira Coutts

food for these dogs it can be beneficial to be aware of this. Smaller dogs have smaller mouths, small stomachs and just like big dogs they have small digestive tracts.

Choosing a food that supports what naturally will easily digest for them will enable them to get the highest nutritional content out of the food they eat. Since many small breed dogs have a higher metabolism, they may require a diet higher in digestible protein. They would most likely benefit in a kibble that was smaller and designed for them, not your 80-pound dog. Should you decide to try a food that is fish based, look for products that contain wild,

hook-and-line caught fish, rather than farmed as farmed fish may have been fed, genetically modified corn, as well as other foods that you are not comfortable with feeding your pet. Since a fish based food may be ideal, it is suitable for this food to have another protein source, such as bison. Should you be interested in finding out more options for your smaller dog, or any dog, any pet supply store or veterinarian should be able to provide you with additional information.

Keira Coutts has lived in Nelson for 11 years. Her home is hairy. Her truck is muddy. Her business is Central Bark. She shares her life with Romulus, Kalu, Bear, Molly and Fat Bart.

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Spring has sprung An old poem goes something like this (best read in an authentic New York accent): Spring has sprung, The bird is on the wing The bird is on the wing? Absurd! Absurd! The wing is on the bird! Note: bird is pronounced “boid” and absurd is “absoid.” Semantics aside, spring has sprung in the Kootenays and the sense of new beginnings and growth are hard to avoid. A plant has no choice but to grow and humans are no different. We have no option but to grow and improve. There’s certainly room for it. Conflicts run rampant around the world and in our hearts yet the majority of people want peace. It’s up to all of us to find that urge to grow and improve. As the trees prepare for the spring blush, that subtle green tint that will soon appear in the hills we should prepare our own blooming. With spring comes rain, ideal for washing winter’s sand and grit away. In the same way we must wash away the conflict that makes life so abrasive. There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future, whether it’s in a child’s growth, a loved one’s company or a friend’s presence in times of trial. A great way to be inspired by spring is to get a kite and head out to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park on Sunday, March 23. There, at 1 p.m. (see story on page three) families will gather to fly a kite in the brisk spring winds. Use this opportunity to raise your spirits and prepare for a new season of growth and potential.

Fish Heads & Flowers

Flowers - to all those considerate drivers who slow down at huge pools of water near the curb to avoid dousing pedestrians on the sidewalks. - Shivering Wet Fish Heads - to the parents who sit in their idling cars while they wait for the school bus. Do you really think it’s ok for the kids and parents to be sucking in your unnecessary exhaust? What are you teaching your kids about environmental responsibility? - Expecting more from people

Flowers - to all the people who bring their own reusable shopping kits and deli containers to the grocery store! We really appreciate your efforts to reduce waste. -The Deli Delights

Fish Heads - to slumlords who embrace greed instead of responsibility. Flowers - to all the people who help by keeping the doors open when they see a stroller coming. - Heaps of thanks Fish Heads - to all the irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to run free to poop in their neighbours yards, only to be tracked indoors. - Responsible pet owners Flowers - big bouquet of flowers to the helpful fellow and his pick-up for taking me and my chair to the dump. - Happy and Content Fish Heads - to the depraved pervert we saw taking pictures through our bedroom window. Get a life and respect the privacy of others. - Over Exposed

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PUBLISHER Nelson Becker

Dear Editor: The B.C. Liberal government is rapidly changing the landscape of the province’s electrical system. Once owned and controlled by the people of the province, it is changing to one operated in the interests of private energy developers and multinational energy corporations. How has this happened? Why should we care? Our democratic right to voice disagreement with independent power producers (IPP) has been exterminated by the Liberal government’s Bill

30. Called the Ashulu River precedent – the Liberal government overroad all organizations, municipalities and B.C. citizens to force forward the development of this project. Does this government sound democratic to you? All B.C. waterways are at stake and this is happening now. The Liberal government is selling our water rights and legacy out from under us. If this concerns you – all of B.C. rural population could make a difference and vote the Liberals out next election in 2009.

The outside world is going to find out about the Liberals green wash ways. As a government, they ought to be embarrassed and shame will be put upon them as the the world looks more intensely at B.C. with the Olympics coming up. I implore rural B.C. to act now. Become informed about IPP. Do not sell out your grand children’s legacy – the one in which all of B.C. has enjoyed up to now. Power to the people for the people. Robert Eyre, Bonnington

March 19, 2008 EXPRESS Page 5

Street Talk How do you celebrate spring?

Kootenay or Kootenays? Which is it? Dear Editor: I feel it’s finally time to seek enlightenment and personally resolve an issue that haunts so many of us. Ah, yes it’s the great “Kootenays/Kootenay” debate. So often I’ve been corrected by some indignant Kootenayite informing me it’s not the “East Kootenays” or “West Kootenays.” You either live in the “East Kootenay” or the “West Kootenay” they say. But don’t I collectively live in both. That is, the Kootenays. Perhaps not. There’s the East Kootenay and the West Kootenay and the entire Kootenay region – all that lies adjacent to the Kootenay River as it flows to meet the mighty Columbia. No big deal to drop “region” from the description.

Hence I live in the Kootenay. I think it’s a matter of perception rather than semantics, perhaps even preference. Food for thought or forum. Maybe even battle. I like to perceive it in its wholeness, the Kootenay (region) since I’ve lived on both sides of this doubled edged paradise and have gazed in awe at the Purcell Mountains from each. Still the sleepless nights come. Tossing and turning, mentally rolling over the pros and cons, attempting to solve the relentless puzzle. I finally decided not to go it alone, to seek help. Can anyone set me straight? Doug Pyper, Confused resident of the Kootenai

I get a nice, cool drink, sit on my deck, put on some tues and listen to the sounds of spring. Linda Boal, Nelson

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I’ll get some new sandals and spring attire and go walking around outside. Jackie Clark, Nelson

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I head to the Salmo River. I just relax, soak up some sun and do some fishing. Tracy Dukart, Salmo


March 19, 2008

Sports & Recreation

Resolution follow up Field lacrosse comes to Nelson It’s been about two months since everyone all made our New Year’s Resolutions, many resolving to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. It’s so easy to forget those promises we made to ourselves after a couple of months so the sports council is here to be the angel on your shoulder and encourage you to continue with healthy decisions. So we’ve all resolved to go to the gym every day of every week. And we did . . . for a couple weeks. Then we got tired or bored and started going every other day . . . and then twice a week . . . and then . . . well, you know the rest. One of the keys to sticking to a new lifestyle choice is to not ‘bite off more than you can chew”. In other words, be realistic about the goals you set for yourself. If you set your goals too high there is a good chance you will get discouraged and give up. On the other hand, you do not want to set your goals too low. If you’re finding the gym is getting a little boring try mixing

In The Zone Leya Plamondon

The Nelson Regional Sports Council can be reached at: Box 1190, Nelson, BC V1L 6H3 (250)352-3989 phone (250)352-0046 fax

it up a little. Most of the gyms in the area offer classes you can attend once in a while in place of (or in conjunction with) your work out. Sometimes a little variety is all we need to stay motivated. Adding recreational activities such as soccer, baseball or rugby are also great ways to add some variety to your choice to live a healthy active life. For more information on how you can get involved in these activities contact the Nelson Regional Sports Council at 3523989. Don’t forget to take advantage of the beautiful area we live in. The snow is starting to melt so get out there and go for a walk, run or bike ride.

Leya Plamondon works for the Nelson Regional Sports Council.

by Chris Shepherd Imagine a sport that involves running like soccer, a little bit of contact and sticks. The sport is field lacrosse and organizers are hoping to introduce the sport to Nelson this summer. Bill Stack and Jules Hoedeman have organized

two registration nights to answer questions and see how much interest there is in Canada’s official sport. The first one is tonight – Wednesday, March 19 – and the second is on April 6. Both run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the concourse at the Nelson and District Community Complex. Field lacrosse is played

on a soccer field 110 yards long (about 100 metres) and has 10 players on the field, says Hoedeman, who played the sport in the Lower Mainland. There are three attack, three midfielders, three defence and one goalie. Players wear equipment similar to hockey and soccer cleats. Depending on

the player’s position they either get a four-foot or six-foot lacrosse stick. The ball is a little larger than a pool ball and made of Indian rubber. The two registration nights aren’t the only chance, people can call Hoedeman after 4 p.m. at 509-1140 or Stack at 3547926.

Trigger points and your muscles Under the sensitive touch of a masseuse, little knots of muscle fibres are detected, manipulated and relaxed into their elongated, natural alignment. The little knots the masseuse is feeling are trigger points. Research into this condition of the muscle cell, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, by Dr.’s Janet Travell and David Simons helps to explain what is happening at the cellular level. The sarcomere is the area in the muscle fibre responsible for converting metabolic energy into mechanical energy.

Keeping Fit

Helen Kissinger

When scarcomeres develop trigger points, they hold the fibres contracted stopping blood flow, resulting in oxygen starvation and accumulation of metabolic waste products. In your muscles, these nodules can range in size from a pinhead to a pea and they always hurt when

you press on them. When these trigger points are small, they affect just the belly of the muscle but if left unattended, they can multiply and have satellite trigger points radiating along the muscle, which can lead to attachment trigger points where the muscle attaches to bone. Massage is a great way to relieve the pain of trigger points and when a masseuse isn’t handy, a tennis ball can help. Put a tennis ball into a sock or stocking, hang the ball down your back, press against a wall and roll that knot away. In extreme cases,

where massage is not enough, acupuncture and injections of anaesthetic directly into the muscle help to release the contraction. Prevention is key. Be well hydrated and have adequate levels of calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamins B and C to help the body avoid trigger points. Lifestyle habits like smoking, excess alcohol, birth control pills and other drugs can deplete these nutrients so for great muscle function, know the side effects of your prescription drugs and make healthy lifestyle choices.

Helen Kissinger is the owner/operator of Renew Personal Training and a local resident. She has been helping people achieve their health and fitness goals for 20 years. Do you have a fitness question for Helen? Send by e-mail to


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Dress for spring with Mallard’s Briefly Style Solutions

Wisdom from the Grandmothers with Rosalyn Grady

Thursday, March 27, 6:45 p.m. at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, 701 Lakeside Dr. Join in an incredible evening with Rosalyn Grady, one of 20 students chosen by the International Council of Indigenous Grandmothers for two years of spiritual study under their guidance. These elders have come together from indigenous cultures around the world to hold council and draw on their collective wisdom and connection to spirit to help the world in this time of challenge and change. In this presentation, which is the third in a four part series entitled Conversations on WellBeing, participants will learn about the grandmothers, their primary teachings and simple yet powerful things people can do to facilitate a connection to spirit and bring balance to the planet. . Rosalyn has a doctorate degree in spiritual studies and is an educator, funeral celebrant and counsellor. Admission is $12 in advance, $15 at the door and are available at Enchanted, 356 Baker St.

Svetlana Bell

Our model this week, Ashley, is ready to transition from winter to spring. Style Solutions question of the week: What are some great looks for the new season? Mallard’s Source for Sports, located at 532 Baker St., has something for every sports enthusiast. They know their stuff and can help answer any question you may have. Ashley was able to find a very cute and trendy outfit. Layering her look with a Three Stones Studio jacket ($109) and a Billabong lace top ($44.99) is a great idea for the for the moody spring weather. Being able to shed the bulky pants for a pair of Billabong Starla shorts ($49.99) and Etnies Toddsy sandals ($39.99) makes room for the sunny days ahead. Optimistically protecting her eyes from the sun, Ashley is also sporting a pair of Spy Dynasty Sunglasses ($144.99). A total look that she can easily carry into the summer months. Ashley was ready to shed her winter locks and freshen up her look. Her ends were trimmed and some shorter layers were added. They will help her to create more volume throughout her hair and support her in straightening as well as creating a back to the beach look. When deciding on a new fresh look for the spring, cut out some pictures and do a little research on a style that appeals to you.


Be realistic on how much time and effort you are willing to put into creating that look. Talk with your stylist about your hair texture and work together to create a look that you may easily maintain on your

own. Having good communication with your stylist is the most important and helpful way of leaving the chair happy. Ask for tips on how to recreate that “just stepped out a salon” look at home.

Svetlana Bell is the owner of Front Street Hair Studio. She has over 15 years of experience as a stylist, is a colour educator and a certified member of the Cosmetology Industry Association of British Columbia.

Grans to Grans holds their first-ever art auction at Oxygen Sunday, March 30, 3 p.m. at the Oxygen Art Centre, #3-320 Vernon St. (alley entrance) The Grans to Grans Nelson group will hold their first-ever art auction. The afternoon starts with refreshments and an hour of viewing the art works. All art works have been donated by generous community members and many local artists themselves. The auction starts at 4 p.m. An entry fee is by donation which includes refreshments and a bidding card. Michelle Mungall is volunteering her expertise as the grand auctioneer and she promises to bring a new level of entertainment to the skill of auctioneering. Local artists’ works include: Alf

Crossley, Carol Reynolds, Keira Zaslove, Marilyn Kolstad, Shirley Miller, Rab Douglas, John Cooper, Kathleen Pemberton, Fred Rosenberg, and Jeremy Addington to name but a few. Some artists have requested a reserve bid but there will be other works that will be great bargains for art shoppers. There will be something for everyone and everyone’s budget. Also donated are many framed art posters. All funds will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers Campaign to aid African grandmothers who are single-handedly caring for children orphaned by AIDS. For more information about the Stephen Lewis Foundation please visit their website at .

CPR fundraiser for Kaspar Shouldice

Tuesday, March 25 Learn a life saving skill and contribute to a great cause with a CPR fundraiser for Kaspar Shouldice. Shouldice experienced a spinal cord injury while travelling in Asia late last

year. This Red Cross course covers CPR and choking for adults, children and infants. A three-certification card is issued on completion. For further information, or to register call Terry O’Gorman at 5058223.

Setting it straight The Express was unable to get a student’s name for a photo credit by press time for the March 12 issue. The student in the bottom photo on page one was Georg Tinkhauser.



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Arts & Entertainment


Funkarelli turns 10 Rock/ska/funk band Arthur Funkarelli celebrates a decade of music by Chris Shepherd

Arthur Funkarelli A Decade of Debauchery Friday, March 21 at Spiritbar It was 10 years ago that Arthur Funkarelli first took the stage. Ten years ago the Nelson band hit the road for a show in Banff and back then they figured that would be it. But one show led to another and now they’re celebrating a decade of rock, ska, funk and debauchery. “We wanted to be one of those bands that did it all,” says Fraser Black, who has played guitar and sang with the band since its inception. In 10 years they’ve had plenty of time to achieve that goal. They started out mostly jamming on stage, a beginning that suited the original line up of Black, his brother Alan, Al Leclerc, Mike Eby, Aaron Shepard and Nathan Farrell. “The improvisational part of our game was always there and easy to manipulate,” says Leclerc. Two years later the band moved to Vancouver and their sound shifted to harder, more city influenced punk rock.

What a difference a decade makes. Above, the original band from 1998. At top, the latest look for Arthur Funkarelli. The Nelson band rocks the Spiritbar this Friday.

They also released their first album Goldie Rogers Presents Arthur Funkarelli; followed up by Goldie’s Revenge; a five-song EP The Best vs. The East; and their latest album, Waves, released in January 2007. The current band still features the Black brothers, Leclerc and Eby and they’ve been joined by Ryan Jones and Mark Campbell. This Friday’s show will see the new and the old take the stage. Black says Shepard and Farrell are confirmed for the show and there might be more. The lineup changes haven’t

meant broken friendships, Black says, a sign of the band’s modest beginnings. “We didn’t start out to become something we weren’t. That’s allowed us to stay friends when someone leaves,” says Black. Arthur Funkarelli was “spawned locally,” says Leclerc, and the band has been touring band over the years. “But for us it was always about the Nelson shows.” Tickets for this week’s Nelson show are $10 in advance at the Hume Hotel and Eddy Music and $12 at the door.

Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad

The Fugitives

Thursday, March 20, 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad is an Arts Club Theatre Touring Production show about the potential for love for single parents. What are the odds of starting something worthwhile at a hockey rink? Just in time for the playoffs, here comes the team to root for! Donna and Teddy, both single parents, meet at the rink while watching their sons play minor league hockey. Between periods, during penalties and amid the whir and thrum of a Zambian, an unexpected romance soon blooms in the bleachers. Cheer on the pair as they lick old wounds and take tentative, humorous steps back into the dating game, all against the backdrop of Canada’s national obsession. Tickets are $35 for adults, $28 for full-time students. Charge by phone at 352-6363.

Tuesday, March 25 at The Royal on Baker Mix energetic slam poetry with Canadiana and folk cabaret grooveboxing. Throw in the instruments of a gypsy band, the dusty shoes of a road warrior and the blood of a pack of smiling wolves ready to serve you dinner and you have The Fugitives. Having toured four times through Europe and twice through Canada in the past two years, The Fugitives continue to awaken audiences to their unique combination of three part harmony, athletic performance poetry and skilful musicianship. Vancouverites Barbara Adler, Mark Berube, and Brendan McLeod are a group of singer-songwriters, multi-instrumentalist and award winning spoken word artist who have merged their diverse styles into on distinct mixture of poetry and song backed by accordion, guitar, piano, banjo and melodica. Tickets $5 at the door.

The Gruff


Thursday, March 27 at The Royal on Baker This spring, The Gruff and their brand new album are venturing out from the balmy rain-soaked shores of Vancouver Island and heading East to the interior of Canada. A Trail of Missing Thoughts, an alt-countryroots dream, is the band’s newest release. The album includes original music that traces the incredible experiences the band has had from one side of the country to the other over the past year and a half. The goal of their third release was to create a truly live feel, rather than an immaculate studio album; to represent the band’s high-energy live performance and also the intimate feeling of jamming in the living room.

Saturday, March 22 at Spiritbar DNA6 was formed in 2004 with Alex Maher (vocals, guitar, sax, beatbox), MC Dosia (vocals) and featuring M. Prime (Mario Vaira, vocals and guitar). That same year they released their first self-titled album, which became an underground success. The band’s sound is a unique blend of pop, hiphop, funk and jazz elements which, combined with their intelligent and often poetic lyrics, provide a welcome new sound in the world of hip-hop. Since their inception they have performed live all over Western Canada and joined stages with such bands as Mobadass, Five Alarm Funk, Mother Mother and Hey Ocean! Tickets are $10 at the door.

Arts & Entertainment

Briefly Swampy saxophone

Friday, March 21 at The Royal on Baker Saxophonist Clinton Swanson brings his band, The Clinton Administration for their Nelson debut. After 15 years as a professional saxophonist in the Lower Mainland and overseas, Swanson has recently returned to the Kootenays. The Clinton Administration features Swanson on saxophones (tenor, alto, baritone), Tony Ferraro on drums, Colin Spence on Hammond organ, and Kelly Fawcett on electric bass. The music is instrumental, groovy, jazzy, funky, swampy, melodic, and adventurous all mixed into one. Swanson’s original compositions will be featured, as well as saxophone classics. The band delivers a powerful, dynamic performance that comes from the gut. Swanson is legendary for the saxophone walk – one never knows where it may lead. Cover is $10.

The Tuques

Saturday, March 22 at The Royal on Baker After a very successful tour of B.C.’s skis town and just back from rockin’ out in Vancouver, The Tuques, a local roots/ rock band, are amped to up ready to throw down a solid performance for the Nelson crowd.

Mad Professor

Wednesday, March 26 at Spiritbar The imaginative recordings produced by Mad Professor demonstrate a mastery of electronic gadgetry. Working from his own studios, Mad Professor has overseen more than 200 albums including ground breaking remixes for Massive Attack, Sade, and Pato Banton. Born in Guyana, he earned the Mad Professor tag from his childhood fascination with electronics. He has worked with a huge number of reggae artists both from the UK and Jamaica. These include Jah Shaka, Bato

Banton, Johny Clarke, and Lee Scratch Perry. His musical styles have included roots, reggae, dub and lovers rock. He continues to release records and perform all over the world. Tickets at Eddy Music.

Seah Maister and Curtis Steinwandt

Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m. at Studio 80 at Selkirk College’s 10th Street Campus Take in the smooth tones of Seah Maister and the masterful piano skills of Curtis Steinwandt. Curtis will open up the night with a 30-minute set of original tunes he’s been working on all year. With genres ranging from jazz to rock to classical, Curtis is sure to get everyone in a musical mood. Maister follows that show, along with musicians Curtis Steinwandt, Ellis Dylewski, Tyson Sereda and Sam MacKinnon. Together this group will have you coasting down memory lane with some of your favourite tunes, old and new. Maister also has a few of her own originals prepared that are sure to have you bobbing your head.

Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk

Friday, March 21, 3 p.m. at the Lakeside Labyrinth in Rotary Lakeside Park In celebration of the spring equinox, join community members in welcoming the balance of light and dark. The lengthening daylight, from this day on, heralds the excitement of spring and inspires new growth and beginnings. Imagine bringing your seeds to the labyrinth walk and infusing them with the sacred space of the labyrinth along with a focused intention for an abundant season. Whatever new beginnings you invite, this labyrinth walk promises to provide wonderful steps of welcome.


Saturday, March 22, 12 p.m. at the Vallican

Heritage Hall, 4129 Slocan River Rd. Soundserious will celebrate the coming of spring with live music, dance and a potluck. This event is free and open to the public. Beginning at noon there will be an opportunity for kids and adults to participate in a collective art project for which Soundserious will provide the musical backdrop. At 2 p.m. they will offer a free afro style dance/drum class, followed by a potluck and live music provided by Soundserious. This all-ages event is free and open to the public. For more info e-mail monatree@soundserious. net or visit

Les Ms. Are On Their Way

Local theatre stars Robyn Lamb and Lisel Forst, and their hit show Les Ms., have been accepted into Vancouver’s prestigious ArtStarts Showcase. Lamb and Forst perform Les Ms. on Thursday, April 3 at the Roundhouse Theatre before the delegates who book school and community programs. Artstarts then sets up a 2008/2009 tour for the two throughout B.C. Les Ms. draws on quick costume changes

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Journey to mystical realms with a leopard at your side Rabnett 5’s latest jazz offering a real trip by Tracy Ardell Rabnett 5’s fourth album, Leopardism is an exciting journey into the musical realms. With Rich Rabnett’s intoxicating guitar sounds, Kiyoshi Elkuf singing sweetly on the tenor sax, Ian Cox tickling our ears while he tickles the ivories, Mike Kennedy’s incredible bass grooves that make your hips move involuntarily and Dan Gaucher giving you the beat down on the drums, this is definitely an album to add to your jazz collection if you haven’t already. Even for the nonjazz fan, this album will grab you from the first bass groove on the first track “Rounder”

and the actresses’ powerful voices to tell the story of the French Revolution with a comic take. Lamb and Forst will take Les Ms. on the road and Nelson will get the benefit of their act in July.

and hold you while you mature into the rest of the album. “Shamey’s Last Job” gets you up to funk around, while tracks like “Thaw” are the kind you want in your collection for those romantic candle-lit dinners at home. For a little local flavour, listen to the great guitar and keyboard lines in “Oso Negro.” If

you want some ‘saxy’ and sultry, “Pee Imp” is for your listening enjoyment. “Sleep Is For Tomorrow” starts with what sounds like a chaotic jazz ending and morphs into a stellar tune that really shows all the talents of all of these fine musicians. According to Rabnett, the 5 just kind of got together and recorded the album over two days in the studio. The direction the album took was threefold: what was brought in, what the guys jammed out and what magic Scotty Hard worked when he mixed it. Leopardism is available for $20 at CD Plus, Packrat Annies, Phat Angel and Global Underground.


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Briefly Selkirk a top proposal writer in the world

Renewable Energy instructor Rob Macrae garnered third spot for Selkirk College in the World Proposal Championship, an international competition designed to recognize extraordinary skill in the area of proposal writing. Selkirk College’s proposal was chosen from hundreds submitted by organizations from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Macrae’s proposal sought the support to create a North American Renewable Energy Training program, which required the formation of a consortium of six college partners – two in Mexico, two in the U.S. and two in Canada. Selkirk was the lead partner in the arrangement. Approval was received in October, 2006, resulting in the two Mexican colleges receiving approximately $ 90,000, the two U.S. colleges receiving approximately $209,000 and the two Canadian colleges receiving just over $158,000. The proposal effectively initiated the launch of an international program in renewable energy at all colleges. Largely due to Macrae’s work, Selkirk College launched the Advanced Certificate in Renewable Energy program last August.

Grand-friends tested here

Kootenay Kids helped

Safeway launched its We Care Coupon Book fundraiser on Saturday, March 1 and through the month of March, Canada Safeway We Care and Kootenay Kids Society have joined forces to raise funds. Shoppers can help support Kootenay Kids with the purchase of $30 or more of groceries at Safeway. Each $30 shop gives Kootenay Kids $3. Just request to purchase a coupon book at the till. The first coupon will give shoppers $3 off their purchase, the price of the coupon book which contains over $100 in savings. A true win-win situation for shoppers and for Kootenay Kids. There are 2,000 coupon books available.

Easter at the NDYC

On Thursday, March 20, bring your quarters down to NDYC and enter to win some sweet treats in their 25 cent Easter raffle. Then, on Friday, March 21, join them for an exciting Easter scavenger hunt for all ages. For more information call 352-5656 or come down to 608 Lake St. The Youth Centre will be closed on Saturday, March 22.

Grand-friends are coming soon to Gordon Sargent School. Starting in April, a federally funded inter-generational pilot program will see volunteer seniors sharing their time, general knowledge and caring attitudes with the elementary level students. It is expected that other Nelson-area schools will begin the program in the fall of 2008. A grand-friends reading program that brought seniors into several Nelson-area schools existed in the past. It continues today, without the federal funds, in South Nelson School, and perhaps some others. The new federal program, renamed Class Act, has a more openended range of allowable activities. The funding period for the pilot is the 2008 calendar year. Because Gordon

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Sargent is often involved in student-centered projects with multi-grade teams working to reach their personal objectives as well as the provincial curriculum objectives, there is potential for seniors to work one-onone and in small-group situations with the students. Process and relationships will be the focus of interaction for the vol-

unteers. The Class Act pilot will allow seniors who volunteer to establish with the school the amount of time per day and per week that they wish to be involved. The time of day has some flexibility also. The funds are the result of a grant proposal submitted by the Seniors’ Co-ordinating Society. Seniors who volunteer will be covered by the liability insurance held by the SCS, and are required to have a criminal background check done. They will need to take a twohour training session offered by the SCS. The start-up session is slated for Monday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the SCS office. Call Dwyn Roberts at 352-6008 if you plan to attend, or for further information.

This column intends to publicize agencies that support seniors’ activities, the lifestyle of interesting seniors, and topics of interest to seniors and those who care about seniors. As well, we – the column and I – will express opinion related to the things, both naughty and nice, that governments and their agencies do to and for seniors. Those opinions will be mine, and not necessarily those of the Express.

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*Kootenay Reader ads only. Not applicable for businesses or associations Free classifieds not taken by phone. Must be submitted in person, mail, e-mail or fax. Ads accepted for buying, selling, giving, renting, lost & found, etc. All ads must have a phone number. One ad per phone number per week First 15 words are FREE, each additional word 25¢ • Deadline: Thursday noon.

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Announcements Students and staff from W E Graham Community School’s Alternate Education program would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who have helped to make our fundraising efforts for Project Save the Turtles a success. Jordan King, Alf Crossley, Pete Corbett, Yvonne Munroe, Christina Smith, Melody Greger, Grigg Stone, Bob Inwood, Matias Pace, Ron Mulvey, Kevin Kratz, Laura Tiberti, Susan McIntosh, Cowan’s Art Supplies, Eloise Charet, Carlos Berger, Sara Robchaud, Nils and Damien Rasmussen, Jenny Ash, Noam Ash, Lance Hall, Sam and Ada McNeil and Pam Sims, W E Graham Community Services, Kootenay Restorative Justice, Slocan Women’s Institute, Slocan Royal Canadian Legion, Village of Slocan, Slocan Valley Lions Club, CUPE Local 748, Swetland Enterprise, W E Graham PAC, Polestar Calendars, Regional District of Central Kootenays, Cowan’s Art Supplies. OPENING COUNSELLING PRACTICE IN DOWNTOWN NELSON. Sally Shamai M.Ed. Registered Clinical Counsellor, over 15 years experience with LGTB & Heterosexual individual & couples. Trauma recovery, personal transitions. Advanced EMDR. Focusing & solution oriented approaches. Toll free 1-877-688-5565.


OSPREY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR: 1) 2008 Community Grants as well as 2) Arts Legacy Fund Grants for media arts projects. Forms and granting guidelines at Deadline April 30th. BALFOUR IRRIGATION DISTRICT: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Wed, April 2nd, 7:00 p.m. at Balfour Seniors Hall. Important discussion of possible water system upgrades and capital reserve levy.

COOPER & PEMBERTON PRESENT “The Dog Show & Lookin’ for This Honest Man”, this winter’s work... at Kolmel Jewelry for the month of March. NELSON ARTWALK 20TH ANNIVERSARY! Announcing Call for Entry to artists for Artwalk 2008. Nelson Gallery applications also available. Call 352-2402, ndac@netidea. com or CLAY CLASSES FOR 6-12 YEAR OLDS. March 24-28 plus glaze day. 3 groups. Fiona, 354-1648

Business Opportunities

AFFORDABLE CHAIR RENTAL AVAILABLE April 1 for experienced stylist. Call Svet at Front Street Hair Studio 354-1202. ARE YOU TIRED OF WORKING more and more for less and less? Call 250-226-7091 MONEY MAKER. Local route. No selling on your part. For more info call 1866-821-2569;

Business Opportunities WORK AT HOME ONLINE - Start a real home-based business. Work when you want. Apply online and start today! MONEY MAKER. Local route. No selling on your part. For more info call 1866-821-2569; FOR SALE PRIVATELY: THE BLUELINE CAFE Concession in the Nelson District Community Complex. Home to Junior B Nelson Leafs. Successful part-time turnkey business with two options to purchase available. Only serious interest please. Call Melissa 250-509-0491. BE A TRAVEL CONSULTANT from home, Internet based, huge discounts on resorts, airfare, cruises. (Your own business, full training) Must be dependable; http://www.holiday4life. com. 250-749-6918.

Career Training

TRAIN FOR A NEW CAREER in medical transcription. Work from home. 99% employment rate. Contact CanScribe today for a free information package. 1-800-466-1535. /


FAMILY LIVING IN UPHILL LOOKING for childcare 2 children (ages 7 & 10). 2-3 afternoons per week & more during school holidays & this summer. Energetic, outdoorsy person would be ideal. They have ski passes. Please call Julia @ 352-0103. LOOKING FOR RELIABLE CHILD CARE in my home for 2 children. Must be able to work from 4 to 11, sometimes earlier. Looking for someone that can do it for straight subsidy from the government. If interested please call Sherri at 551-1725. 2 KIDS BIKES, MTB/ATB style. Good condition, suit 7-11 yr olds. $50 each. Call 229-4543. MEDIUM SIZE WOODEN BABY CRIB. $50 obo. Evenings, 352-0716, Kim SAFETY FIRST DOUBLE STROLLER, great condition, $150 obo. Call 352-2150. CHARIOT CHEETAH 1 jogging stroller with hand brake. $300 obo. 352-3052.




DOUBLE STROLLER, CHARIOT, in good condition, $250. 505-2028.

SLOCAN VALLEY THREADS GUILD will pick up donations of fibre/craft supplies, plants 352-7152, 551-9852, 355-2459. OENOPHILES INTERESTED IN FORMING A GROUP to explore and enhance knowledge and enjoyment of wines. 505-5583.

WANTED: USED TREADMILL in good shape. Phone 365-7104 or 608-8099.


KDS 19” XFLAT MONITOR, $40. Call 352-9512. COMPUTER AND STUFF for sale:, 3653548, Jordan.


RELAXATION MASSAGE COURSE: Everything you need to know to become comfortable with the art of massage. March 29-30. $75 per person. Contact Dan Last, RMT at 3520459 for more information.

Employment Opportunities

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN REQUIRED immediately. Very busy modern shop, all new equipment, pleasant work environment. GM experience preferred but not required. We are growing every year. Career advancement training opportunity. Great recreation area nearby, golf/hunting/camping/fishing. Top wages in Saskatchewan with bonuses. Signing bonus. Relocation allowance. Company health benefits. Apply to Sheane Birnie, service manager, Carlyle Motor Products Ltd., Box 1000, Carlyle, SK, S0C 0R0, email:, ph. daytime: 1-306-453-6741 or evening 1-306-577-7220 (cell). WAREHOUSE JOBS: morning/afternoon shift. Annacis Island. Hiring:1 Shipper,1 Receiver. Competitive wages based on previous experience. Fax resumes to 604-540-0266. FAST TELEPHONE RECONNECT. Great low rates and outstanding service! Free voicemail with connection! Calling cards available. Don’t wait call now! Phone Factory Reconnect 1877-336-2274; ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT. Full-time, 3 - 5 years experience in accounting. Simply accounting, Excel, Word and Outlook mandatory. Competitive salary and benefits package. Email resume to: laura.

Financial Services

$500$ LOAN SERVICE, by phone, no credit refused, quick and easy, payable over 6 or 12 installments. Toll Free: 1-877-776-1660.

For Sale Misc.

SAWMILLS from only $3,495.00 Convert your logs to valuable lumber with your own Norwood portable band sawmill. Log skidders also available. FREE Information: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT. AMAZING RELIEF the first night! Restless Leg Syndrome and leg cramps gone. Sleep deeply, safe with medication, proven results guaranteed! 1-800-765-8660. ADD AND SAVE on home phone reconnection. Bad credit - no problem! Up to $30 off for new customers, plus lower monthly rates! Call Tembo 1-877-266-6398 or sign up online AT LAST! An iron filter that works. IronEater! Fully patented Canada/ U.S.A. Removes iron, hardness, sulfur, smell, manganese from well water. Since 1957. Phone 1-800-BIG IRON;


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS, 1970’s on. Call 352-6998. QUEEN SIZE waterbed mattress. 352-2205.

Funeral Notices

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ISABEL BLACK on March 30th at Taghum Hall, 3:30 p.m. All are welcome.


COUNTRY FURNITURE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE 6’X4’. 16” depth $300. Grey Bookcase 6’x3’ $125. 354-0207. OAK & GLASS COFFEE TABLE $80, chairs & table $40, area rugs $40, misc items. 352-1351. NEW MYLEX FOLDING COMPUTER DESK: 47”X29”X28” $40. Wooden Desk: 42”X20”X30”, $15. Hamster cage, $25. 399-0093.

Garage Sales

CONDO CONTENTS. March 21-24, March 27-30. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 426 W. Beasley Crescent, Nelson. 352-0997 SATURDAY, 22nd MARCH, 500 W. RICHARDS. Doors open 8 a.m. Hot coffee, fresh rolls/bread, lots more.

Health & Fitness COLOUR THERAPY with John Cooper & Kathleen Pemberton, May 3 & 4. Call Sandra 352-7230 for details. RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS! Come out and enjoy our fun and creative spring progra.m.s for girls and women. Nelson, South Slocan & Balfour. Contact Rhythmic Dimensions 5051812

Help Wanted COOK NEEDED: part time/full time. Fisherman’s Market. 505-5515.

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CANADA’S LEADING SERVICE PROVIDER for people who are Blind & Visually Impaired (CNIB) is looking for a quality individual to fill a position of Assistant Coordinator in Nelson, Castlegar & Trail areas. You need to supply enthusiasm, drive & leadership. Applicant must be a self-starter with good communication skills, be well organized & have the ability to work independently. Must also have a vehicle & be able to work evenings. Training provided. Apply now for a chance to join our fundraising tea.m.. Please fax or e-mail resume with references to: CNIB fax 250-374-8033 Attention: Leanne Chabot. Closing date for applications is March 31, 2008. BITE FRESH FOOD is looking for a F/T or P/T line cook. Cooking experience and Food Safe certificate required. If you are a mature and responsible individual able to multi task in a fast paced environment email your resume to info@bitefreshfood. com. Call Jason/Joscelyn at 3542856 or 352-0485

WANTED: LARGE QUANTITY OF MANURE (up to 50 cubic meters). Also someone to cultivate approx. 5 acres of pasture in Proctor this spring.

Home & Garden

WANTED: DEAD LAWN TRACTOR to use in school project. Call Bruce 354-8299.

FOUND: BOY’S BIKE HELMET, soccer field, Lakeside. Girls pink mitten, Hot Paws brand. 352-5355.

6 PIECE PATIO FURNITURE SET, $35. 7 foot artificial Christmas tree, $25. 354-1916. MICROWAVE, COFFEE TABLE, microwave stand, bed frame, all $25 each. Wooden rocking chair $100. 359-7756. SOLID OAK BUFFET, hutch, table & six chairs. Made in Quebec, $750. 226-7990. LONG WHITE WEDDING GOWN. Sequined bodice and sleeves. $150. Phone 352-7144. 2 WHITEWATER ADULT FULL-DAY alpine lift tickets only $80! Can’t use due to injury. Kate 352-6215. GRAD DRESS, PRINCESS STYLE, powder blue, for approx. 5 ‘ 9” 120 lbs. $50. 825-9985. SPECTACULAR HD-DVD PLANET EARTH. Was $109 at Christmas, still new for $69. 352-3033. WASHER & DRYER, like new, $600 obo. Washer & dryer, $300 obo. Antique loveseat $400. 229-4544. FOOD DEHYDRATOR. Used 5 times. New paid $200. Sell for $150. 505-5512. CAmERA: NISHIKA 3-D with carrying case. Never used. Uses regular 35 mm film. $10. 352-0140.

CAMERA/CAMCORDER TRIPOD MANFROTTO 728B. Lightweight, three-section, three-way head. Mint. $100. Call 359-6729. SOFA, CHAIR, WOOL (SHEEP), chest, oak buffet - 12 feet long. Phone 352-4966. CONCORD C450 TELESCOPE and tripod $75. Phone 229-4503. APARTMENT SIZE FRIDGE, Danby Ingus, great working condition, 7cu sq ft. $110 obo. Call 352-7387. WIRELESS KEYBOARD & MOUSE, Logitech, $20. Boxspring, queen, $80. SCUBA gear, U.S. Diver. 5055098. VINTAGE RECORD PLAYER/RADIO UNIT. 1940’s Grundig Fleetwood model. Asking $500. 250-359-7942 4 DRAWER STORAGE UNIT, steel shelves, wood cookstove, snow scoop, Tri-chem paints & pictures, entertainment centre. Phone 3529408 evenings after 6.

FOUND: A camera on March 9 near the Mall. Call 352-5589 to identify.

232 SQ. FT. BAMBOO FLOORING. $580 total. Phone 352-6622. PERFORMANCE CAM 351C, clean wool, ladies leather coat, feathers. 825-4369. MEMOREX 20” TV, $40. Old National Geographic magazines, mostly ‘81, ‘82, ‘84, 25¢ each. 352-6762. CUSTOM CEILING FAN with light $60. 352-6998. WOOL COMFORTER BLANKET, 27’ JVC television, $100, stand $20, 1/3 HP electric motor, new. 359-7443. MASTERCRAFT ROUTER, 18 pc router bit kit, 3 yrs old, never used $100. 352-7545. MOTORCYCLE LEATHERS: Matching jacket & pants, fits small/ medium, $100. Jacket, size small, $40. 352-0531. PIANO UPRIGHT ANTIQUE $1200 obo. Complete set of discontinued Petit Point China $900 obo. 354-1805. 6’ BOOKCASE, wall mirror, Ikea hanging lamp, Craftsman metric/ imperial wrench set, large Microwave oven. 352-6570. RIVAL CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN. New, never used, $40. 505-5388. CANON ELECTRONIC TYPEWRITER AP100. Excellent condition. $100 obo. 352-9834.

Help Wanted

House Sitting

EXPERIENCED HOUSE/PET SITTER AVAILABLE for middle of April onwards. I have excellent local references. Call 352-7169.

Lost & Found LOST: SMITH “PROJEKT” SUNGLASSES. Black, Polarized. I’m blind without them! Rik 352-0957. IPOD W/HEADPHONES FOUND. March 12th on Cottonwood and Front St. Phone w/description to verify. 352-6317 LOST BEAGLE! COOPER IS GREATLY MISSED by his family... any info. Holly 352-9182. Reward offered!

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NEED A CAR or truck? Good credit, bad credit. Want a Visa? #1 success rate. Delivery in BC and Alberta. www. or 888-501-1148 AUTO-MATIC CREDIT 1-800 608 5983. Credit problems, bankruptcy, collections, divorce. Let me help you get the financing for that newer truck, van or car and reestablish your credit. Call Barrie 1-800 608 5983 for approval D5256. 1ST IN CAR LOANS! Western Canada’s lowest rates & prices on any make any model. Call us first or go online for free approval. 1-888-859-8666.

1983 TOYOTA COROLLA, RWD/2dr/ auto, good condition, newer summer & winter tires, 32 mpg, blue, $800. 365-3538. 2002 CHRYSLER INTREPID. Loaded. 2 Sets of tires. 85,000kms. N/S, no accidents. $8,000 obo. 304-8364 Outgrown 2003 PT Cruiser, 125,000 kms. Great condition, red, power options, new windshield. $9900 obo. Kristine 304-2241. 1990 SUBARU LOYALE 4x4, 5 speed, manual, mint, no rust. RHD, 2.0 L performance engine. 90,000km. $8200. 359-5988.


‘85 VW JETTA, 5 spd gas, many new parts, FRS control arm broken, make offer. 354-1106. 1983 VOLVO 240 WAGON. 5-speed. Runs and looks great. $2500 obo with studded winters. 352-7298. 2003 TOYOTA MATRIX for sale. Excellent condition. $14,500. 4WD, cruise, ac, cd. Mark 352-0412. 1982 FORD FAIRMONT. 6 cylinder, new winter tires, lady driven. $600 352-2575 1982 VOLVO WAGON, runs well, $750 obo. ‘82-244 &’82-245, cheap. Nice ‘80-245, needs engine. 352-3648. 1993 SUBARU LOYALE 4WD. 200k km. No rust, runs brilliantly, winter tires, $3500 obo. Ryan 505-5025.


2001 YAmAHA V STAR 650 “Classic” black and chrome, mint condition 35,000km $ 5,200 obo. 229-4474.

Tires/Parts/Other 4-speed set up for A. body. Offers. No rods. After 6 p.m. 505-9181. 4 X 15” ALUMINUM RIMS from 4Runner, includes lugs & caps. Excellent Condition. $175 obo. 359-7110 4-speed set up for A. body. Offers. No rods. After 6 p.m. 505-9181. 4 ALL SEASON TIRES P185/6OR14, in good condition for sale, $65. Call 825-9256. (4) BRIDGESTONE DUELER H/T 265/65 R17 tires. $200. Call Shaun at 354-7411.

Trucks/SUVs/Vans Trucks/SUVs/Vans 2003 GRAND CARAVAN, economical 3.3L, loaded, captain seats, mounted summer/winters, 140,000 km, $10,500. 229-2236. 1990 4RUNNER RHD TURBO DIESEL: 90000 kms, c/w 9 good tires, no rust. $12,000 obo. 226-7907. 1974 FORD CAmPER VAN. Fully styled living quarters. Heater, bed, sink, stove, table. $500. 551-1502. 1993 CHEV ASTRO VAN. Excellent condition, tinted windows, good tires. Also, ‘82/’85 Chev S-10’s. Both run V-6. ‘82 is driveable. 352-6983. 1989 GMC SERVICE VAN. Ladder rack, shelving, safety screen. Positrack, pw, pdl. Well Maintained. 359-7110. 1994 TOYOTA 4RUNNER. $7000. New rebuilt engine, rust minimal, great shape. Call 505-7482 after 6. 2005 TOYOTA TACOMA 4WD 4door, A/C, pw/pdl. Canopy, tow package, roofracks. 60,000 km. $29,000. 352-3342. ‘89 CHEVY VAN 20 SERIES. This 3/4 ton runs but needs some body work. Seven seat belts with a bench seat that folds to a double bed. $700. Call 354-7411. 2007 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER 4x4. Only 3750 km! Extra winter tires w/ rims, undercoated, privacy windows. 505-2060. FOR SALE 1992 MAZDA B2200, good shape. Phone 505-2174.

2006 TOYOTA TACOMA 4x4: US Model, Regular Cab, 5-Speed Manual, 39,500 miles, $24,500. html 250-365-3070 1993 RANGER 4x4. 127,000 miles. Rebuilt clutch & transmission. Lots of work done. $3900. Ph. 505-2002. ‘93 PLYMOUTH VOYAGER, 7 passenger, clean, new brakes, winter tires, cruise, tilt, hitch, 185k. $2200. 352-0077. 2001 GMC SONOMA ZR2, power everything, well maintained, 137,800 kms, $13,500 obo. 352-7401. 1975 FORD 3000 3 cyl. diesel, low hours, excellent condition, c/w snow blade. $6100 obo. 365-7536. 1990 NISSAN PICK-UP. Standard, 4 cylinder, 220,000 kms. Lots done, great truck for town! $2300. Lindsay 352-1726.


HEAVY DUTY, 4 SEAT, inflatable fishing/pleasure dinghy & oars. 3 chamber & floor $150.00. 505 9381. CANOE: 15 FT FIBREGLASS, HANDCRAFTED, like new with 3 paddles, very stable, must see, $750. 825-9539.

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METAL DETECTOR to buy or rent. Pillow stuffing, motorcycles running or not. 551-7380. DONATION OF LADIES MOUNTAIN BICYCLE in good condition for Cuban family. 352-9788. INEXPENSIVE LAPTOP, mostly for e-mail. 354-7797. LAPTOP: Must have Windows 2000, 500 mgh, 512 mgs ram, 352-9382 or 359-8115. GIRLS BIKE with 18” wheels and hand brakes. Please call 352-7512. WANTED: TUTOR FOR WINDOWS XP, Microsoft Works. I need to learn about spreadsheets. 551-1963. PORTABLE MASSAGE TABLE WANTED in excellent condition, will pay a fair price. Call 352-0197. WANTED B-FLAT TRUMPET. Please phone Jon at (250)225-3535.

Music & Dance

CD & DVD DUPLICATION, direct to disc printing and graphic design located in Nelson: www.shortyburns. com 352-BURN(2876) BRAND NEW FENDER CD60 ACOUSTIC GUITAR with hardshell case for $280. Call Hanna at 352-5959. FRIENDS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC informal soirees for music aficionados. 505-5583. POLYTONE MINIBRUTE 5 GUITAR AmP. 140 watts, excellent condition, barely used, $650. Phone 354-4609.


FOOD & CRAFT VENDORS WANTED for Kaslo’s 116th annual May Day Celebrations May 17, 18, & 19. For more info please email Heather @ kaslomaydays@netidea. com or 250-353-7311.


THREE 2 LITRE PUMP STYLE coffee carafes in good condition. $15 obo. 229-4099.


DENIED CANADA PENSION PLAN disability benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222.

Pets & Livestock

2 FEMALE DWARF HAMSTERS & 2 fancy deluxe cages comes with tubes all you need. $50. 505-3365. INDOOR HOUSE CAT, VERY AFFECTIONATE, small healthy black short-haired female, spayed, looks for older person who wants a loving animal companion and has no dog, 355-2536. TRAINED DOG: English Terrier Shitsu for sale, $150. 229-4102.

Professional Services

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MONUMENTAL STONE WORKS Custom headstones/monuments. Portable sandblasting. Cleaning and re-highlighting. Glass etching. Pet Memorials - proceeds to SPCA. 3540988.

Professional Services PINE BEETLES starting to infest your forest? Trees down from winter weather? Feeling a bit uncomfortable taking it down yourself? Call Shaun at Phoenix Falling for your ground based tree needs. 354-7411. DOMESTIC DIVAS is here with quality insured services. Animal care, Artwork, Baking, Bodywork, Catering, Childcare, Construction, Clean-up, Deliveries, Errands, Housecleaning, Home organizing, Landscaping, Painting, Reception, Sewing repairs, Tile setting & design, Yard clean-up. Call 505-4691.

Recreational Vehicles

1992 SCAMPER POP-UP, slidein, p-u camper, $5000 obo. E-mail AWESOME! ‘82 FORD MOTORHOME: A/C, fridge, stove, bathroom, cruise, fully restored, runs great. $$$$ talks. 505-2320/3549097. TENT TRAILER FOR SALE, sink, furnace, fridge, stove. All work great, $1500. Good condition. 352-3499.


HOME INSTEAD SENIOR SUPPORT, helping to keep you independent! In-home services and respite care. 359-6859.

Sports Equipment

WANTED: BIKE FOR 5 YEAR OLD boy, in really good condition. 352-1806 2005 DAVINCI CHILLI PEPPER full suspension disc brakes, $1000 obo. E-mail OSPREY EXPOSURE 50L BACKPACK, torso medium, brand new: $110. Louise 352-0119. 2007 IRONHORSE WARRIOR 6.0 F/S. Great entry level bike for Nelson. $750. 505-2550. GIANT TCR TWO ROAD BIKE. 53cm Shimano105. Carbonfiber fork & seat post. Good condition. $700, 354-1944. DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKE. Brodie Diablo, size small. Lots of great components. $1200 obo. 509-0299.

Steel Buildings

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Work Wanted

LOOKING FOR WORK as a carpenter’s helper. Hardworking, loyal and fun. contact 250-358-2547 FINISHING CARPENTER (new to BC) available for home renos & installations. 352-1674. WILL DO HOUSECLEANING, cooking, grocery shopping, etc. Call Marlene at: 250-359-8136 or 551-2527. SPRING YARD CLEANUP, home repairs, handyman, garbage removal. Phone: 352-6259 CAN YOU DIG IT? ...I can! One hard working woman looking to help make your garden spring clean up a breeze, experienced in gardening & property maintenance... call Eryn at 352-2915.

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Rentals Wanted

THINKING OF SELLING? Get a FREE, no obligation market evaluation of your home. Call 354-8409 CHARACTER FAIRVIEW HOME. 3 bedrooms & one bedroom in-law suite, gardens, workshop, sun porch, $385,000. 352-0412. 3 BEDROOMS, 1 1/2 BATHROOMS, recently renovated kitchen, new appliances. Built in 1995, approximately 1500 sq ft. Within city limits. Fenced yard. $289,000. Phone 352-6873. BLEWETT: 2 ACRES, ON EAGLE CREEK, well & septic complete, 2 bdrm. mobile, building site; $275,000. 229-2243. 1979 12x68 2 BDRM MOBILE, handyman special, must be moved soon, $2500. 505-2925. 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH well maintained home just outside of Salmo. Clean, tidy, nothing to do but move in! Only $194,500 Trevor@NelsonRealty. ca 354-8409

FULLY CONTAINED ONE BEDROOM SUITE available April- June. 5 min. to Nelson $950. all inclusive. 354-4485 LOWER FAIRVIEW, 3 BEDROOM, upper duplex, $1200/month. Available April 1. References, application. NS// NP. 352-6966. WINLAW: BRIGHT, CLEAN BACHELOR SUITE available April 1st. Private entrance, kitchen, bathroom. $400mo +heat. 250-2267279/250-775-1033. LARGE TWO BEDROOM SUITE, fifteen minutes West, sunny, W/D, pets considered, utilities included. $800/ month. 250-359-7670.

WOMAN W/2 CATS needs small cabin/home, March 27 in quiet wooded area. References available. 604741-8111. YOUNG MARRIED COUPLE SEEKS bright 1+ bdrm apt. in Nelson for April 1st, 2008. Great references & secure finances! thefifthharmonic@gmail. com 354-4051. 1 BEDROOM TRAILER OR CABIN, Nelson/North Shore up tp 6-mile. Kitchen, bathroom, yard. Ananda 229-2102.

Rentals 1 BDRM & DEN, UPPER FAIRVIEW house, w/d, fridge, stove, garage, ns/3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH Executive Home in Uphill. Fantastic views. Mature longterm tenants only. No smoking, NO pets. $1400/month Rentals@NelsonRealty. ca 352-2100 np, Apr 1/08, $900/mo. 825-9424.

Rentals Wanted SINGLE MOM WITH 1 CHILD desperately seeking 1 or 2 bdrm mobile home/house/apt. Reasonable rent please. 352-1621. ASAP. RESPONSIBLE WOMAN W/2 OUTDOOR CATS needs small cabin/ home in Nelson. References available. 604-741-8111. QUIET, RESPONSIBLE PERSON WITH CAT, car & job wanting affordable place for long term. Jan 825-4178. KID FRIENDLY PRIVATE RENTAL NEEDED DESPERATELY by quiet couple (1 or 2 bedroom) 2 AWESOME SISTERS “R” looking for a home! Please help Judy & Janette, 505-9294.

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Shared Accom.

SHARED HOUSE FOR MATURE, clean, compatible roomies: April. $500 private bathroom, $550+ large attic. 352-3319. FEMALE WANTED TO SHARE with two male Rasta. No alcohol/tobacco. 505-1170 to view. 1 BEDROOM WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM in large shared home. Available for clean, quiet person. 352-2051. LUXURY APARTMENT: Master bedroom, ensuite bath, central W/D. N/S, N/P, utilities, internet. Female, May 1. 1-800-611-5788. FURNISHED BEDROOM, TV ROOM, separate entrance. Shared kitchen, bathroom. Available April 15. N/S. Castlegar, 403-539-9011. FURNISHED ROOM TO RENT by week/month. N/S, N/D, N/P. Responsible adult only. Security req. 304-7806. ROOMMATE WANTED: $475/mo includes utilities. Must be clean, quiet, NP, preferably working person. Phone 505-5452.


Good ways and better ways to deal with radon I’m considering installing a fan in a new suite in my unfinished basement dedicated to exhausting the air in the suite to the outdoors in case there is any radon gas present. What do you think? On the face of it this seems like a good and reasonable idea; if radon gas comes in, get rid of it by exhausting it to the outdoors with a fan. However, here are some issues that should be considered. Any time you turn on an exhaust fan in a building you create a negative pressure throughout the floor area. In other words, the fan creates a partial vacuum in the building. The old adage “the world abhors a vacuum” kicks in. Air instantly leaks though windows and doors, down chimneys and between miscellaneous cracks and crannies throughout the building in an attempt to fill this vacuum. Some of those cracks and crannies will inevitably be in the concrete slab in your basement suite. The dedicated exhaust fan will in effect

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It is a much better strategy to naturally pressurize the suite with warm (expanded) interior air and the introduction of an additional make-up air vent.

pull radon gas through the slab into your basement suite. Therefore, it is a much better strategy to naturally pressur-

ize the suite with warm (expanded) interior air and the introduction of an additional make-up air vent. This make-up air vent draws outside air to the interior whenever there is a negative pressure in the suite. Negative pressures in residential building are usually caused by bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, clothes dryers and chimneys serving gas and wood burning appliances. This vent pipe will help balance these pressure loads. Then, consider depressurizing beneath your concrete slab by installing a four-inch pipe about one foot into a gravelly base under the slab. You can then connect an extractor pump to this pipe and depressurize the underside of the slab by exhausting the air through the exterior building wall. Before you get too far down this road, consider testing for presence of radon gas in your existing basement. Not all houses in the Kootenays have concerning levels of this gas.

Steve, Paul and Bill are building consultants with Lynch Building Inspection Services Ltd. of Nelson. Send questions to Archived copies of Home Front can be found at



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