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Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 Vol. 2, No. 34

We’re open!

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Cheif of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Rahul Khosla is excited about the new emergency facilities at the Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The 15 million dollar expansion and renovation project at the Kootenay Lake Hospital is officially open. The open concept emergency department has tripled in size to accommodate growing demand by

Nelson area families. The first floor renovations include the addition of a CT scanner suite. The Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation’s CT Scanner Campaign raised $1.1 million through dona-

tions from residents, local businesses and community groups. Health-care professionals and patients will start using the newly expanded emergency department on September 18.

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Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance funds projects The Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) received a total of $706,000 in funding support for the 2012 – 2013 season and in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). CBT has funded over 160 arts, culture and heritage projects including the Columbia Basin Culture Tour. “The CKCA Steering Committee was pleased to be able to supply CBT funding to good projects all across the Basin. We hope cultural organizations will start thinking about activities that will be hap-

pening between June 2013 and May 2014 and planning their applications now for the next funding cycle,” said Jacquie Hamilton, CKCA Chair. CKCA administers and manages arts, culture and heritage program funding on behalf of CBT. Funding applications were adjudicated in May by the CKCA Steering Committee, with input from community arts councils. Support will go toward a wide range of projects, including individual and group projects, master classes, major exhi-

bitions and heritage capital projects. “Investing in arts, culture and heritage not only helps sustain the artists and organizations who create the works and preserve our heritage, but allows all Basin residents to benefit from and enjoy their efforts,” said Gary Ockenden, CBT Director, Community Engagement. “We’re pleased we’re able to fund so many worthy projects this year.” CKCA funding helps individuals and organizations realize heritage proj-

ects and projects in all arts disciplines, including visual art, theatre, music, dance, media, literature and interarts. For a list of funded projects, visit the CKCA website at or call 1-877-5057355. CBT delivers social, economic and environmental benefits to residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit or call 1-800505-8998 submitted.

On September 4 School was back in for most grades. Nelson Police and IRSU have been focusing on enforcing school and playground zones in Nelson. Please be aware of your speeds and where these zones are to keep our kids safe as they return to school. Fines for speeding in a school zone start at $196. On September 4 at 6:20 PM a report of a male “flipping out” in the 400 block Carbonate St was received by the Nelson Police. Members attended and located a male

known to them yelling jumping around. He was clearly under the influence of street drugs and lodged into NPD cells until the following morning where he was placed in front of a judge. David Bridgewater was convicted of causing a disturbance and sentenced to 7 days in jail. (NPD file 2012-4343 refers) On Sept 6 at 11:00 AM staff at a local restaurant noted their SPCA donation bin had been stolen and believed they knew who did it. NPD was notified and while investi-

gating the suspect called the restaurant to apologize and then quickly confessed to the investigating officer. The 40 year old local male will be writing a letter of apology and making restitution for the funds stolen. On Sept 7 at 8:00PM staff at a local liquor store reported an intoxicated male who had just stole some liquor and was drinking it then throwing the cans at the business as he walked away. Staff followed and advised NPD while en route

that the male was becoming physical with pedestrians he encountered. NPD members found the male, still carrying what remained of his stolen liquor just before he walked into a nearby crowd enjoying the Road Kings festivities. He was arrested without incident for the theft, causing a disturbance, public intoxication and consuming liquor in public. The 39 year old male is in Nelson visiting from Alberta. submitted by Nelson Police Department

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Take a trail - trestle completed

The RDCK and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure opened up the trail to Cottonwood Lake Regional Park and beyond with the completion of the last trestle on the Nelson Salmo Great Northern Trail. As identified in the Nelson and District Master Plan the trail is an important piece in the citizens of Nelson’s active lifestyle. The completion of the trestle opens up new areas to walking, running, biking and cross country skiing and link Cottonwood Lake Regional Park to Nelson.


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International Kootenay Lake Board of Control

Conseil international de contrôle du lac Kootenay

Public Meeting

Réunion publique

The International Kootenay Lake Board of Control is holding its annual public meeting regarding the regulation of Kootenay Lake water levels by the operation of Corra Linn Dam by FortisBC under the International Joint Commission’s 1938 Order of Approval. The Board will provide an overview of 2012 lake levels and invite comments, concerns and questions from the public.

Le Conseil international de contrôle du lac Kootenay organise sa réunion publique annuelle concernant le contrôle du niveau de l’eau dans le lac Kootenay pour le barrage Corra Linn par FortisBC en vertu de l’ordonnance d’approbation de 1938 de la Commission mixte internationale. Le Conseil donnera un aperçu des niveaux enregistré en 2012 et invitera le public à faire part de ses commentaires, préoccupations et questions.

Please plan to attend. Wednesday September 26th, 2012 7:30 PM Kootenai River Inn 7169 Plaza St., Bonners Ferry, Idaho International Kootenay Lake Board of Control Mr. Kirk Johnstone Chair, Canadian Section Col. Bruce Estok Chair, United States Section

Votre participation est importante Mercredi 26 septembre 2012 à 19 h 30 Kootenai River Inn 7169 Plaza St., Bonners Ferry, Idaho Conseil international de contrôle du lac Kootenay M. Kirk Johnstone Président, Section du Canada Col. Bruce Estok Présidente, Section des États-Unis Section

For further information:


in Canada: Mr. Gwyn Graham (604) 664-4052

Au Canada: M. Gwyn Graham (604) 664-4052

in United States: Ms. Amy Reese (206) 764-3595

Aux États-Unis: Mme. Amy Reese (206) 764-3595

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Air quality investigations continue at Hume School After staff members at Hume School began to express concerns about the air quality at the school, the District completed an exhaustive investigation of the building and surrounding area. During the summer the District engaged an environmental company that found water damage was discovered in the crawlspace below the lunch room where a moderate amount of mold growth was located. The School District then sealed off the

area, and installed engineering controls to prevent any potential contaminants from impacting the adjacent areas of the school where children and staff work and learn. Air samples collected indicated there is more mold outdoors than in the occupied areas of the school. The lunch room will continue to be isolated, sealed off and locked from staff, students and visitors to the school. It is anticipated that the final investigation report, as

well as a plan for remediation, should be completed by the end of September. “We wish to assure our community that we are working with several experts in the field of air quality control to continue to ensure that the work and learning environment at Hume School remains healthy for all students, staff and visitors to the school,” says Jeff Jones Superintendent of School District 8. submitted

RDCK and CUPE continue negotiations The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) and CUPE Local 2262 have agreed to put any potential job action on hold until 4:00 p.m. on September 21, the regional district announced today. “We will continue to meet with union representatives over the next nine days to discuss safety and operational protocols for the Nelson

and District Community Complex should job action or a strike go ahead,” said Jim Gustafson, Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional District of Central Kootenay. The regional district negotiates three collective agreements with CUPE that cover employees in all regional waste facilities and many

employees at recreation complexes in Creston, Castlegar, and Nelson. The RDCK will provide public updates about labour negotiations over the coming days. It is business as usual at the Nelson and District Community Complex along with all other waste and recreation facilities in the regional district. submitted

Why is lead paint such a hazard to people, especially children? dr. science Christine Humphries

The recent major recall of toys made in China due to their being contaminated with lead paint got me thinking. I know that years ago lead was a common additive in house paints and indeed one should be very careful about this when working on old house. But why did they ever add lead to paint in the first place (and why would anyone continue to add to any paint let alone something destined for children)? According to Health Canada, everyone is

exposed to trace amounts of lead in the “air, soil, household dust, food, drinking water and various consumer products”. However, lead paint is the most common exposure to dangerous levels of lead. This is because up until about 30 years ago, most paint contained a lot of lead. Houses built or renovated before this time are likely to have been painted with lead paint. Since 1976, the amount of lead in interior paint is limited by Canadian law and consumers are relatively well protected from exposure to lead paint unless they attempt to renovate older homes. However, this summer as many toys

manufactured in China were recalled because they contain lead paint, it has become apparent that consumers are not completely safe from exposure to lead paint. Lead carbonate (PbCO3) or vivid yellow lead chromate (PbCrO4) is added to paint to improve the paint’s colour, durability, moisture and corrosion resistance and decrease its drying time. However, the improved quality of the paint comes at the cost of public safety because lead is a toxic substance. It blocks vital neural transmitters from functioning normally and displaces other metals that are important

for the body. The effects of lead on the body include kidney, nervous system and reproductive damage and hearing loss, stunted growth, lower IQ and delayed development. Children under the age of six are particularly vulnerable to lead because they absorb lead more easily and are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead in the body. So why did some toy manufacturers use lead paint on their toys? A simple answer I found was that lead paint is “bright, cheap and lasts forever”. It is too bad they did not consider the long-term consequences on the children playing with these brightly painted toys.

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Selkirk College offers unique 14-week Cook Training Program

Selkirk cooks training for certification

Selkirk College Scope Awards Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. in the Staff Lounge at the Castlegar campus The purpose of the Selkirk College’s Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) awards is to recognize and promote both long-term and innovative professional excellence. Faculty and staff are nominated for the awards by students and peers. This year, five faculty members have been recognized for Long Term Exceptional Performance: Jane Green, an instructor in the Classroom and Community Support Worker program, Garry Graham, a Ceramics instructor in the Kootenay Studio Arts program, Elizabeth Lund, a Chemistry instructor and University Arts and Sciences Coordinator, Ruth Dubois, an instructor in the Nursing program, as well as David Feldman, a University Arts and Sciences Math instructor and SCFA President. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. -submitted by Selkirk College

In response to high demand, Selkirk College has introduced an opportunity to enter directly into a condensed 14-week Professional Cook 2 Program designed for people who have worked for a minimum of 1,000 hours in a commercial kitchen but who have no formal training. The training at Selkirk’s Tenth Street campus, Nelson, B.C., combines theory with hands-on practise in the college’s on-campus Scholar’s Dining Room. Classes are scheduled Tuesday-Friday, 2:30-9:30 p.m. to

enable students to continue working weekends and mornings if desired. “People with verifiable experience in commercial kitchens deserve credit for their knowledge and skills,” comments Bob Falle, Chair of Selkirk’s School of Hospitality & Tourism. “People who register now can graduate by Christmas 2012.” If you have questions regarding this career opportunity please contact Chef Gary Thompson, at 250505-1331, or Chef Ron Matthews at 250-505-1318. submitted

Mir Centre Lecture Series presents Justice Murray Sinclair: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Friday, Sept. 21, at the Brilliant Cultural Centre in Castlegar Schools”, says Mir Centre for Peace Chair, Randy Janzen. “This event is important because healing that relationship will require education, awareness, and an increased understanding of the legacy still being felt today. Canada still has a long way to go as far as understanding what happened”. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is headquartered in Winnipeg, but Justice Sinclair and his staff are visiting places across Canada to raise awareness and collect stories from those who were involved in the residential schools. The Commission Justice Murray Sinclair Justice Sinclair will speak about has engaged with survivors in order his role in educating all Canadians to record their experience in a safe, about what happened in Canada’s respectful and culturally appropriate Indian Residential Schools (IRS). The manner. A person might share his or Commission is also tasked with docu- her experience through a one-on-one menting the stories of survivors, fami- interview, in a written statement, or in lies, communities and anyone person- a public forum. Tickets are $16 adults, $13 students ally affected by the Indian Residential and seniors, and are available at Selkirk School experience. “The relationship between College bookstores, (365-1281), Otter Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal Books in Nelson and at the door. For people in Canada has suffered as more information, call 365-1234. submitted a result of the Indian Residential

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Terry Fox Run 2012

This year’s Terry Fox run will take place Sunday September 16. Nelson’s local dragon boat team, the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons, will be out in their pink shirts helping with the organization for the run. Team members include breast cancer survivors and supporters. Each year the team does a number of fundraising and awareness projects for breast cancer, so the team is willing and ready to provide their annual help at the Terry Fox Run. The Terry Fox run has no advertising budget, so relies on locals like the Dragon Boaters to help advertise the event. 84 cents of every dollar raised goes to cancer research. Participants can run, walk or ride 1, 3, 5 or 10 km. The event starts at 9:30 at Lakeside Park. No Pre-registration needed. submitted

Nelson dragon boaters Suzanne McPherson, Frances Long and Carla Klein.

Earth Matters launches new Zero Waste Youth Project

Starting this September Earth Matters will be launching a new project for youth 15-25 to get hands on with waste reduction. This project will involve the development of youth driven re-use action plans, wherein materials will be diverted from waste streams and given new life. The project will be happening

Kootenay Women By: Jane Byers and Jordanna Isaacson

in Nelson and participants can sign up by emailing youth@nelsoncares. ca. Youth facing barriers are encouraged to apply, the project aims to be as accessible as possible. The project will run from September til December and is free to participate in. Action plans will be created through a youth driven process. The possibilities are only limited by the

imagination and passion of participants. Youth will also create media and public education materials from their experiences. This project is made possible with support from CBT, RDCK, NDCU, BC Hydro and TD. Earth Matters is a program of Nelson CARES Society. submitted

Nelson and District Women’s Centre: Rooted In Community

As we start to harvest our root vegetables and let some of them sweeten with September frosts many things are happening that enable you to grow deeper roots in your community. Rooted in Community is our volunteer skills development training. It will be taking place for the month of October on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm. This comprehensive program is a free opportunity to develop volunteer and support skills and

learn about local services. Speakers from community organizations will be brought in to talk about various resources available in our community. Participants will examine their understanding of feminism, develop peer-counselling and listening skills, and explore their relationship with self-care. It is also a safe place to share life experiences and connect with other women. Upon completion there is an opportunity to become a volunteer in our drop-in program

if interested. For more information or to register contact Jordanna by email or phone at 250-352-9916. This is an amazing opportunity to give back to yourself and your community! All self-identified women are encouraged to join. The Nelson and District Women’s Centre is a drop-in resource centre located in Nelson. You can visit for more information.

Kootenay Women is a column of The Nelson & District Women’s Centre

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A Capitol idea! Sing-a-long with Julie Andrews


Sound-Generating Hat from a children’s electronic art workshop with Diana Burgoyne

Klang & Squeal Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 21, 7-9 p.m. at Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History, 502 Vernon Street, Nelson. Klang and Squeal is a two-person exhibition of interactive metal sculptures by Megan Dickie and electronic “sound drawings” by Diana Burgoyne. The opening will feature a dance performance by Thomas Loh at 7:30pm. Exhibition runs September 22 to November 25, 2012. Ever wanted to make art that buzzes and hums? Touchstones Nelson will be offering hands-on electronic art workshops for adults and children with Klang & Squeal. Diana will be offering two art workshops on Saturday the 22. The children’s workshop will run from 10-11 a.m. and the adult workshop will run from 2-4 p.m. Spaces are limited and re-registration is recommended.

The Capitol Theater is opening its 25th Anniversary Season 20122013 with The Sound Of Music singa-long. Calling all nuns, goat herders and baronesses! Get ready to yodel! This is your chance to sing-a-long to the most successful movie musical of all time. This is one of the funniest; most liberating nights out you will have for a long time. Sing-along- a Sound Of Music is not just a chance to see the classic movie on the big screen in magnificent technicolour and glorious cinemascope, it’s a major audience participation event with subtitles for the songs. For those of you not yet converted, Sing-along- a Sound Of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete

with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! The fun-filled show starts with a vocal warm-up led by the evening’s host, Mary Defeo, who also takes the audience through their complimentary ‘magic moments pack’, containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film. Then, of course, there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off his or her fantastic tailoring skills. Check out the website at www. or book online at or call 250.352.6363 Under a License Agreement with Twentieth Century Fox through SingAlong-Productions submitted

Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Capitol Theatre. The Nelson Civic Theatre Society is offering an opportunity for members of the community to come out and learn about the challenges and opportunities in re-opening the Nelson Civic Theatre, and to enjoy a film on the big screen. Doors open at 6pm, with the presentation beginning at 7pm. “It would be great to hold the event at the Civic,” says Society president Anne DeGrace. “Of course, that’s not possible—yet. But we’re excited to be able to show a film at our sister theatre, and to give folks a chance to find out what we’ve been up to, and where we hope to go.” On hand will be NCTS board members to walk people through display material and answer questions, and a short presentation will precede the movie. Iconic usher Josh Wapp will be in full uniform for what promises to be a great night at the movies. After the information part of the evening there will be a free presentation of Cinema Paradiso. “A heart-

warming, quirky classic,” says board member and film enthusiast Jason Asbell. “Cinema Paradiso is a 1988 Italian film that tells the story of a small-town cinema just after World War II, and its place in the community and in the life of a small boy. It’s funny and charming.” Six-year-old Toto spends every possible moment in Cinema Paradiso. The people of the Sicilian village love their cinema and put up with the censorship by the local priest of every romantic kiss—but not without a heavy sigh. Those kisses turn up later—after years that spin a tale of love, loss, and destiny—in a delightfully surprising way. Memberships will be on sale at the Capitol on September 18, but it’s not necessary to be a member to come out and enjoy the film. Memberships are also available at Otter Books, Baker Street Menswear, at the Civic Theatre booth around town, and online at submitted

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Busted: Art Auction Extravaganza


Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. at the Spiritbar

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Garnet Rogers is coming to Nelson Sunday, Sept. 16 at Expressions

by Nelson Becker

I first met Garnet about 20 years ago when we produced a show for him at the Capitol Theatre. When asked about Garnet, I hesitate to call him a legend because a legend sounds like something that’s old and unchanging, but that is not the case with Garnet. He has been playing music for decades and continues to evolve and travel. In the early days, Garnet toured with his brother, Stan Rogers, across the country. Since Stan died in a tragic airplane accident, Garnet continued to tour solo to this day. When I got the call from Garnet’s agent asking if we would be interested in presenting him in our 50 seat venue, I suggested that perhaps we were not the best venue because our size. The agent said that Garnet was interested into playing for smaller, more intimate audiences. As I continue to describe “Expressions”, it became clear that we were precisely the kind of venue that Garnet wanted to play in. With a powerful voice and a powerful presence Garnet will enthrall and touch deeply into our Canadian hearts. There are still some tickets left for this one-of-a-kind show. If we haven’t pre-sold out, there will be tickets at the door. If you are interested in pre-buying tickets call me directly at 250-354-9001. Doors open at 7:30, the show will begin at 8 p.m.

An intimate evening with


Rogers Sunday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m. at Expressions, 554 Ward St. Nelson

Tickets are $30 plus HST at the door or in advance by calling 250-354-3910. Visit Garnet’s website at www. and

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Harrop Harvest Festival

Sunday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Harrop Hall in Harrop B.C. Celebrate harvest time! The ninth annual Harrop Harvest Festival promises a memorable experience. Browse the displays of local artisans’ unique wares; groove to the musicians; indulge in an impressive array of delightful local foods. Games and contests, from best knitted socks to largest zucchini. Prizes galore and free admission. Harrop is located approximately 31 km (19 miles) northeast of Nelson across the West Arm of Kootenay Lake from Balfour.

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Pass Creek Fall Fair Saturday, Sept. 22 & Sunday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Annual fall country fair featuring exhibits, children’s games, horse show, dog show, antique car show, family carnival, clowns, children’s bounce tent, pony rides, minature golf, small animals and educational farming demonstrations. General admission is $5 at the gate.

Sinixt Barter Fair Friday Sept. 28 at 12:00 p.m. until Sept. 30 at 4120 Passmore Lower Road, Vallican on Sinixt land Hosted by the Sinixt people, their yearly Barter Faire in the Slocan Valley is a meeting place for the tribe. It is great fun for the kids and adults alike. Volunteers needed. Call 226-7752 if you would like to help.

Bear Problems in Nelson The Nelson Police Department received four (4) complaints of bears roaming in their yards and garages. All of the calls occurred in the early morning hours in Uphill and Rosemont. As a result of these calls and previous ones, two (2) bear traps have been set up in the Rosemont area by Conservation Officers. The Public is reminded to clean up all attractants, pick their fruit, cover their barbeques, and ensure that their garbage

is secure until pick-up day. If any garbage is stored, placed or discarded in a manner that may be accessible to wildlife, the resident may be subject to fines not exceeding Two Thousand ($2,000.00) Dollars under the City of Nelson Waste Management and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw No. 3198, 2011. Bear sightings should be reported to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877952-7277. submitted

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Are you in favour of B.C. adopting year-round school schedules?

Click here or visit the link below Publisher’s note

B.C. School districts have considered changing the traditional By Nelson Becker s c h o o l year by adopting year-round schedules instead. At present,

Make school all year long and increase child care support

students and teachers get a two-month summer vacation. The change that’s being considered is to divided the holiday time throughout the year so that no single period is longer than 2 weeks. For example, instead of one long summer vacation, the children and teachers will get four 2-week vacations. Each school would get to develop

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My Opinion

by Spencer Pollard

Flying Solo

On the night of Sept. 8, I went to my first bar. What I’d would like to point out is that I don’t in fact drink alcohol, so for the most part my beverages consisted of orange and mangos spritzers. I also had gone alone as I generally go out by myself, it’s always something people have pointed out but I find people generally bug me. When I spend an extended period of time with them, I find flaws with them and hone in on them like a hawk. I suppose it’s a part of my obsessive compulsive behaviour but I digress. I don’t mean to come off as a social pariah but that’s just how I’ve always been and plan to be seen like that for some time to come. As for my experience that night, it was quite enjoyable. I struck up a conversation with a few others that night pertaining to the act of the night and being aware of them prior was my reasoning for going out that night. My experience was fantastic and I advise people to fly solo for once, it might change your perspective on things.

Spencer Pollard is an young man living in Nelson BC with an interest in digital arts and writing. His ideas are of benefit to all of Nelson, and to stroke his abnormally large ego

their own way of scheduling vacation time, or have the option to not change it at all. It may be a good idea to examine how the school year is divided. After all, parents only get two or three weeks vacation per year, which does not coincide with the two-month school break their children have.

The length of vacation time for the student at present does also make it difficult for information retention. Yet, if we are going to change the structure of the school year, we cannot look at it in isolation. We must also consider change to childcare and after school programs.

Fish Heads and Flowers

Flowers to teachers who are so wonderful, they make my children glad to be back at school. Thank you for starting the year out right! Signed: Happy Parent

Fish heads to the grafitti vandal who has to put his or her mark on everything just like a dog pees on everything. At least the pee washes off in the rain! Signed: Annoyed

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Last week’s survey responses:

Do you think Unions are relevant to today’s society? 62% of our survey reponses say yes, 32% say no and 6% say it depends

UNIONS give the ability to have a living wage. Unions set decent wages for non union jobs in the same field. WE would still be making $5/hour, safety would be ignored, and workers rights would be ignored. We are lucky our grand parents fought for their rights for fair wages, safe conditions, and workers pensions. IS a fair wage equal to the cost of living wrong ask anyone making eight dollars, twenty is barely enough to pay rent. bills. health.. THERE are always sectors of both public and private business/industry that prey on workers. We need more unions -- not fewer -- and we need unions organized in many industries where people are paid minimum wages, work long hours without overtime, and work in unsafe conditions. IN government most workers are paid reasonable salaries and have relatively stable employment vs the private sector. Unions have to evolve and have not. Memberships in unions need to be involved. Need to ask questions of their union. Without this unions are not democratic. Unions are also business as well. LABOR standards are much better now making union dues an unnecessary expense. UNIONS protect the weak - do not promote individuality or hard working people MANAGEMENT/OWNERS need to be controlled if they do not act in a fair way towards their workers.

YES, but they can have a dark side as well. They do help to ensure workers are getting a fair deal, but even as a union member, I trust that my employer cares about me as much or more than my union does. WORKERS are still exploited and some companies still attempt to cut expenses/maximize profits at the expense of their employees by skirting legislation, hoping the workers are not aware of labour laws AS you stated, unionized workers generally have more than their share of wages & benefits, and are not rewarded for performance and diligence, but for just “being there” (seniority) and sticking to the lowest common denominator. WORKING together as a group in the interest of many protects people from being controlled by the interests of those who work out of selfinterest. COMING together and acting in unions is the ONLY way that individual workers can stand up to big employers! And it is ridiculous to ask if they are still relevant “after they have convinced government to enact laws to better protect the worker”! There will ALWAYS be new laws and regulations needed, and unions are one of very few ways left for the People of the world to prevent the total destruction of our democracy and BioSphere by unrestrained capitalism. THEY develop improvements in workplace safety and training beyond what most employers can do on their own.

WE now have legislated labour standard laws which should enable unions to become obsolete, but there’s too much money at stake. There’s also too much of a wage discrepency between union and non union employees. My union colleagues, doing the same job and working for the same company, are making upwards of $30,000 more annually than our non-union workforce. Although we’re the same company and only located about an hour away, our community could not support us with union wages. If unions were abolished and pay scales balanced (like pay for like work), we’d all enjoy a better lifestyle and the cost of living would be reduced. MANY of the hard-fought gains that unions secured for all workers have been erroded recently. The fight must continue. Any gains that unions make for their own workers have always trickled down to non-unionized workers. The same is true when unions lose the battle. If unions become obsolete, so too will rights for ALL workers. YOUR summary under the survey question answers the “why not” question perfectly. Unions, through their dues, are just a cash grab for another level of bureaucracy. Seniority should take a backseat in the workplace to innovation and hard work. With unions, there’s no benefit to the worker who tries harder or goes the extra mile. Likewise, they take away management’s ability to reward good work. Unions are only good for the greedy and the lazy.

AS you mentioned, many things unions used to have to fight for are now law. Unions are now just greedy, wanting their “ fair share” without any risk. Want your “fair share”, buy stocks in the company. LIBERALIZATION has legitimized precarious union contracts.

UNIONS protect working people and their families from the insensitivities imposed by profit-mongers.

EMPLOYERS continue to exploit workers and are more concerned with the bottom line than worker heath and safety. THEY are good on a whole. My experience is they are not so good on an individual basis. Power in numbers. THE confrontational model of union against company has seldom worked well. Unions should be replaced by non confrontational represention of workers on company boards this could be accomplished by government legislation. MORE than ever

UNIONS continue to raise a united voice for workers issues, including people who don’t belong to unions. United we stand, divided we fall.

THOSE who say no are either too young or too illiterate to know history.

I don’t mind unions, I just don’t like when they go on strike. It inconveniences people who have nothing to do with the quarrel.


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Tylor Ross

Our father, Peter Misan passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 29, 2012 at the age of 85 years. Peter is survived by his son Dale and wife Lorri (Batley), their children Taylor and Keeley; daughter Frances (Long) and husband Bill, their children Ashley and Danica. Peter was predeceased by his wife Ruth in 2005. Peter was Born in Poland on March 1, 1927. He immigrated with his family to Battleford Saskatchewan in 1932. He met his first wife Shirley (mother of Dale and Frances) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Peter and Shirley moved to Balfour, BC in 1958 where their children where born and raised. Balfour was where they built and developed “Golfland”, a campground and miniature golf course. When Peter met his second wife Ruth, they settled in the Okanagan Valley and spent their winters in Arizona. He returned to Nelson in September 2011 where he spent his final year at Mountain Lake Seniors Facility.

Tylor passed peacefully in Kelowna B.C. at age 32. Tylor was a loving son and a loyal friend to many. He worked hard to find his way in life and his journey led him in many directions, both geographically and personally. During his life he became a fine skier, a determined dirt biker, and in his latter years was dedicated to bodybuilding and fitness. His family and friends will miss his courage, humour and his big, wide, happy smile. Tylor is survived by his mother Donna Ross (Michael Cederlund), father Keath Ross (Lisa and son Jaden), Grandmother Dorothy Ross, Grandmother Denise Mahony, Aunts Diane Ardron (Bill), Barbara McAuliffe (Richard), cousins Ken, Kim, Jennifer, Erica, Keith, Beth and Eileen. All who truly knew him loved Tylor, and our love and prayers go with him on his spiritual journey. Please join us in celebrating his life on Sept 29th at the United Church, Josephine St. in Nelson BC, 1-4pm.

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Shirley Turner

Our dear Mother, sister, grandmother, and friend Shirley Turner passed away suddenly on September 10, 2012. There will be a celebration of Shirley’s life at the Nelson Curling Club September 16,2012 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Womens Centre, Nelson Hospital Foundation or Friends of the Family As an expression of sympathy, family and friends may make on line condolences at


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brothers Calvin (Carol), Alfred (Gail), Richard and many nieces and nephews. Susie was predeceased by her parents Mary and Henry Him, and daughter Kim Haines. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 10:00AM to 12:00 Noon at the Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd., 613 Ward Street, Nelson, BC. A graveside serApril 6, 1948 – September 8, 2012 vice will be held at the Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery on On Saturday September 8, Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 2012, Susie a long time Nelson 1:30PM. resident passed away at the age As an expression of symof 64. pathy friends and family may Susie was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion make donations to the Canadian and was well respected in the Cancer Society, Box 292, Nelson, community. She loved cooking, BC V1L 5P9 or the Hearing animals, birds, friends and family. Impaired. Susie is lovingly rememOn line condolences may be bered by her husband Dale expressed at www.thompsonfs. Deschamps, her daughter ca Tammy Haines and granddaughArrangements are under the ter Shiloh. direction of Thompson Funeral Susie was also loved by her Service Ltd.

Ricky Kenneth Johnson February 3rd, 1956 ~ September 4th, 2012

After a long battle with Huntingtons disease Rick is finally at peace. Although his body gave out, his mind never faded. Special thanks to all the doctors and staff at Mountain Lake and Jubilee Manor. With their loving care Rick lived a comfortable life as was possible. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Online condolences may be expressed at www. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

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Nelson & Area: Fri. Sept. 14 - Sun. Sept 23 ●●● Live Music

●● Special Events

SEED Work Party Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Lakeside Park Greenhouses SEED Volunteers will be doing transplanting, plus pots and soil prep, as they move toward their goal of planting half the glass greenhouse with luscious greenswith harvest Fri. Sept 14 All Request DJ. Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill

planned for Oct. and Nov. Bring your lunch, for a social break around 12:30. You can stay as short or long as you want. Please let Lee know if you are coming: 352-3870

●St. John’s Lutheran Church Service. Everyone welcome to 4p.m. worship. 321 Silica St. 250-354-3308.

●Scottish Country Dancing, 7 p.m. Central School Gym, Mill Street entrance. Beginners welcome.

●Pool Table Nights, Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill

●Heritage Harmony Barbershop Chorus. Welcoming anyone! Tim 250-825-9694 or John 250-3526892 Tues. Sept 18 Cliff Maddix and friends 6p.m. The Library Lounge Wed. Sept 19

● Ongoing Events ●Alzheimers/ Dementia Caregiver support group meetings. 2nd Wednesday Monthly. 7 p.m. Call 250-352-6788 or email for more info.

●Nelson Tech Club: for electronic hobbyists and Arduino enthusiasts to meet and work on projects. Every Wednesday 6pm Ste 207-601 Front St, old Jam Factory upstairs. New members welcome. Small facility fee, first visit free. email

●Nelson Women’s Centre Drop●●● Rhoneil’s Album ●Nelson Storytelling Guild meets Shows w/ Estevan in. Noon - 4p.m. Free clothing and Release Party at the Royal the first Sunday of every month and●●●Variety Tracy Lynn. The Royal. 8:30 food. 420 Mill St. 250-352-9916. $10 Doors open 8 p.m. at the Back Alley Studio (across p.m. Come to listen, come to ●Gender Outlaws, a support and social group for trans and gender diverse folks. 250-3545362. Sat. Sept 15 ●●● Bottoms Down and Men of Modesty at the Royal. No cover! Doors open 8 p.m.

●Meat Draws at Nelson Legion. 3:30p.m., in beverage room with Karaoke after. 250352-7727.

●The Nelson Scrabble Club meets at 1p.m. For further information, please call 250-3526936. Sun. Sept 16 ●●●Garnet Rogers at Expressions, 554 Ward St. 8 p.m. Tickets $30. 250-354-3910

●●●Niko at the Hume Library Lounge. 6p.m. to 10p.m. ●●●Karaoke. Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill. 9p.m.

●●The Kootenay Storytelling Festival 10am – 4pm Baker Street, Nelson ●●Panto Auditions 2012 at the Capitol Theatre. 10 a.m.

the alley from Oxygen) at 7PM on Sunday. Bring a story to tell. a friend and your open ears. ●Cribbage at the Legion beverage room, 12:45p.m. 250-352-7727. ●RC electric 1/10 dirt track racing, every Sunday 10am at 5 Mile tracks. Contact jdnelsonrc@gmail. com ●Nelson United Church Service. 10 a.m. All are welcome. 602 Silica St. 250-352-2822.

●Ascension Lutheran Church Service 10:15a.m. 1805 Silverking Rd. All are welcome. 250-3522515.

play! The stage is open.

●●●Paul Landsberg at the Library Lounge. 6p.m. to 10p.m.

●VBAC Support Group Kootenay Kids Family Place 312 Silica St. 6:15 to 7:45 info call Tashia Weeks 250-505-2498

●Ascension Lutheran Church Monthly Free Dinner Rosemont School 605 Crease St Nelson 5:30 pm all are welcome

●Girls’ Night with MargaretAnn at the Youth Centre. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. 608 Lake St. ph. 250-3525656. ●Nelson & Area Elder Abuse Prevention Resource Centre. Wednesdays from 12 - 2pm 719 Vernon St. or phone 250-352-6008.

Kootenay Storytelling Festival Sunday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 300 block of Baker Street

●Quaker Meeting 4th Sunday of each month in Winlaw. 11 a.m. Phone 250-226-6701. Everyone welcome.

●Texas Hold’em Poker at the Nelson Legion. 12p.m. Last Sunday of every month. 250-352-7727. Mon. Sept 17 ●●●Sarah & Rich at the Library Lounge. 6 p.m. to 10p.m.

●West Kootenay Ostomy Support Group meet at 2 pm, Kiro Wellness Center, Trail. Speaker: Ken Siemens.

Darts at the Nelson Legion. 7:30p.m. 250-352-7727.

Storyteller Mariella Bertelli

The Royal, the Vienna Cafe and the Kootenay Exchange will be storytelling venues. There will be lots of surprises and great fun on the street, too. Ticket are $15 for a festival pass which gets you access to all venues. They are available at or the Capitol Theatre Box Office.

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●●● Live Music Thurs. Sept 20

●●●Kiyo Elkuf and friends at the Library Lounge. 6p.m. to 10 p.m.

●● Special Events

●●Jusice Murray Sinclair: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Brilliant Cultural Centre Castlegar, 7 pm. info 3651234

●6 Week Grief Support Series ●Gender Outlaws, a support and for adults dealing with the death social group for trans and gender of a loved one. Pre-register: diverse folks. 250-354-5362. Sat. Sept 22 ●Toastmasters: Improve your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. www. toastmasters.or. ●Nelson Women’s Centre. Dropin. Noon - 4p.m. Free clothing and food. 420 Mill St. 250-352-9916.

●Acupuncture for Addictions. Free drop-in clinic. 9:30a.m. Located at 333 Victoria St., 2nd Floor. 250505-7248. Fri. Sept 21 All Request DJ. Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill

●●Electronic Art Workshops at Touchstones Nelson: Children’s workshop: “Get Wired with Art!” Kids will learn to create simple wire circuits that connect to sculpted hats, fruit, or their own bodies to create sound! 10am-12pm, $15/$12 for members. ●●Electronic Art Workshops at Touchstones Nelson:Adult Workshop: “Electronic Folk Art: Interactivity in 5 Easy Steps” Create your own interactive art project that incorporates an audio amplifier, frequency generator and a switch.Beginners welcome! 24pm, $22/$18 for members.

Kaslo artist Pat Forsyth opening reception

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● Ongoing Events

VBAC Support Group Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:15 to 7:45 Kootenay Kids Family Place 312 Silica St. Nelson A newly formed group the month and act as a for mothers who have pre- resource to ask questions viously had a caesarean and share experiences. and are planning or considFor more information, ering a vaginal birth in the contact Tashia Weeks 505 future. This group will meet 2498 or search VBAC every third Wednesday of Support Group Nelson BC ●●Kalein Hospice Centre site rededication & Community Open House 3:30 p.m, tours staring at 2 p.m. 402 West Richards Street, Nelson ●Meat Draws at Nelson Legion. 3:30p.m., in beverage room with Karaoke after. 250-352-7727.

●The Nelson Scrabble Club meets at 1p.m. For further information, please call 250-352-6936. Sun. Sept 23 ●●●Niko at the Hume Library Lounge. 6p.m. to 10p.m.

at the Back Alley Studio (across the alley from Oxygen) at 7PM on Sunday. Bring a story to tell. a friend and your open ears. ●RC electric 1/10 dirt track racing, every Sunday 10am at 5 Mile tracks. Contact ●Nelson United Church Service. 10 a.m. All are welcome. 602 Silica St. 250-352-2822. ●Cribbage at the Legion beverage room, 12:45p.m. 250-352-7727.

●Ascension Lutheran Church

Service 10:15a.m. 1805 Silverking Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Kootenay Gallery Rd. All are welcome. 250-352-2515. ●●●Karaoke. Finley’s Irish Bar The show, entitled behaviour of these birds and Grill. 9p.m. Corvidae and Virago that have inspired the ●Quaker Meeting 4th Sunday is made up of graphite creation of augury, of each month in Winlaw. 11 a.m. Sudokuthe Classic ●St. John’s DifficultyLutheran Level - EasyChurch sk9E000447 Sudoku Classic Phone 250-226-6701. Difficulty Level - Medium Everyone weldrawings chosen from ancient form of foretell- Service. Everyone welcome to 4p.m. a prolific collection of ing worship. 321 Silica St. 250-354- come. work following years of The exhibition open- 3308. ●Texas Hold’em Poker at the research, experimenta- ing at the same time in ●Nelson Storytelling Guild meets Nelson Legion. 12p.m. Last Sunday tion and study. Forsyth the West Gallery enti- the first Sunday of every month of every month. 250-352-7727. has created a series of tled RED is the work of stories that reflect her nine artists from a colfascination with a female laborative jewellery stumodel and four Corvidae dio located in downtown Easy Medium birds, crows, magpies, Toronto. Working from ravens and Stellar’s jays. the same starting point 5 9 6 1 8 2 4 7 3 3 4 6 5 1 9 2 8 7 While at first glance these each jeweller, using a 2 7 3 6 9 4 1 8 5 9 1 7 6 8 2 5 4 3 stories appear haunting, broad range of materials 1 8 4 3 7 5 9 2 6 2 8 5 3 4 7 1 9 6 upon further investiga- and techniques, created 7 1 9 5 2 6 3 4 8 4 2 1 7 5 3 9 6 8 tion the layers emerge. pieces to represent their 3 4 8 9 1 7 6 5 2 6 5 8 2 9 4 3 7 1 The drawings set out own unique interpreta6 2 5 8 4 3 7 9 1 7 9 3 8 6 1 4 2 5 to honour women with tion of the colour red. 8 6 1 4 5 9 2 3 7 5 6 9 4 3 8 7 1 2 all their strenghths and For more information 9 5 2 7 3 1 8 6 4 1 3 2 9 7 6 8 5 4 vulnerabilites. They also visit www.kootenaygal4 3 7 2 6 8 5 1 9 8 7 4 1 2 5 6 3 9 reflect the intelligence or facebook. Solution Solution see puzzles on page 17 and almost human-like com/kootenaygallery.

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