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Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 Vol. 2, No. 50

What a year it was! some of our memories from 2012

Friday, Feb. 3, conflict over Nelson’s Amenity Areas

Friday, March 9, a homegrown opera blows away audiences

Friday, June 29, flooding in Lakeside Park.

Friday, July 20, tragedy at Johnson’s Landing


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CommunityNews

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2012 memories, continued

Friday, Oct. 19, the new Expressions venue holds concerts

Friday, Sept. 14, Kootenay Lake Hospital’s new ER opens

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PoliceNews

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Nelson Police Reports: snowboard complaints, intoxication Nelson Police have laps around the chesterfield. held both a British Columbia alcohol. Officers opted to received several complaints of people snowboarding and building jumps on city streets and sidewalks, with the snowfall we have received so far this winter. We would like to remind people that covering steps with snow, building jumps on city streets and snowboarding down sidewalks all cause safety issues for pedestrians and drivers alike, as well as for the boarders. Nelson Police commends the bars and restaurants who hosted New Year’s Eve celebrations for the start of 2013. The events were very well attended and, while several minor issues were handled by the police, the evening, and the ringing in of the new year was a success in Nelson. We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for 2013. On Christmas day during the late evening the Nelson Police Department were called to a disturbance in a basement suite in uphill Nelson. Upon arrival the officers discovered a male and female, well known to police, had been drinking alcohol. Although the male was not overly intoxicated the female had lost control of her ability to reason. She had become delusional and accused her partner of taking the keys to her car. The female does not own a car. The male partner told police that he had been running away from her for five minutes. The officers noted that he was perspiring and out of breath from running

He was happy to have police on scene. After a short discussion with the officers the female decided that she was going to leave the suite. She was not properly dressed and was in no condition to care for herself. She was taken into custody and transported to police cells. After a few hours in cells the female was sober enough to care for herself and was therefore released. Once released, the female requested she be transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital for treatment of an undisclosed ailment. During the early evening of Boxing Day, members of the Nelson Police Department observed a grey Subaru in the downtown core bearing out of province license plates. The vehicle came to the attention of the officers because minor traffic infractions. The vehicle was stopped in the 400 block of Stanley Street where the investigation continued. The sharp officers noted that the driver of the Subaru was exhibiting numerous signs of alcohol consumption. The officers made a lawful breath demand to the driver. Two breath samples were obtained which resulted in the driver receiving a 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibition. The Subaru was impounded for 30 days. Police transported the occupants of the vehicle, the driver and his 10 year old daughter to a destination of their request. The officers continued to investigate as the driver

and an out of province driver’s license. Police established that the driver was actually prohibited from driving under his British Columbia driver’s license. The driver may now face a provincial charge of Driving While Prohibited. He was served with a Provincial Appearance Notice with a court date in early 2013. The driver signed the legal document with an obscenity. The consequences of driving under the influence of drugs of alcohol are uncompromising. The Nelson Police Department urges people to make arrangements prior to becoming impaired. Think ahead. Think safety. Over the 24 hour period of Boxing Day officers of the Nelson Police Department answered 28 calls for service in addition to attending to many other police incidents. Boxing Day has long been recognized as an opportunity for the young adults and teens of Nelson to gather at the town’s bars and party. Boxing Day 2012 was of no exception. Crowds gathered by approximately nine in the evening, beyond which most of the bars in town were filled to capacity. The police were inundated with calls regarding the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. There were numerous fights reported. Fortunately, there were no reports of serious injuries. Two youths and three adults were lodged in cells for various reasons, all of which were related to the over consumption of

transport some intoxicated people to residences into the care of sober people when the opportunity arose. Many people elected to openly drink alcohol on the streets. Some of them were charged under the Liquor Act and face fines of $230 or more. The Nelson Police Department serves as the area’s provincial jail. A number of people living in the West Kootenays are from time to time sentenced to intermittent sentences to be served over weekends. On Dec. 28 a local male was scheduled to attend the Nelson Police Department to serve a portion of his custodial sentence. When the male reported to the police department the officer assigned to book him into cells could smell alcohol on his breath. On his way into the cell block the male stumbled. Although the officers of the Nelson Police Department are quite accustomed to interacting with intoxicated people they rarely have people showing up to serve their sentences while drunk. The male submitted to a breath test that is generally used to detect alcohol levels of drivers. The male supplied a sample which indicated that the male’s blood alcohol reading was three times the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. As a result of his indiscretion the male is now facing additional criminal charges. submitted by the Nelson Police Department


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ScienceNews

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Kootenay inventiveness!

Morgan Dehnel D-Pace, Inc. Kaj Gyr’s occupation is: Inventor! This struck me as an occupation from a bygone era, but I think it is coming back in a significant way. An Inventor can work for oneself, has the opportunity to become involved in projects of their own choosing, can spend little or a lot of time at inventing, and can tap into creative skills according to their heart’s desire. Kaj’s primary catalyst for sparking an invention is by partaking in a sporting activity, and realizing the equipment he’s using is just plain not good enough. It helps if the sport is a new one (to him), as then there are no pre-conceptions as to how the sport should be done, and a lot of questioning and wondering about how the experience could be enhanced, or even radically changed in a way which is more fluid, and/or more dynamic, and/or useable in more environments, and/or safer then comes naturally. Once a concept has been identified, he likes to have a fair amount of time to muse about it in order to outline possible approaches, typically once the kids have gone to bed. “Pragmatic Idealist” is an apt description of Kaj. He likes to think of the ideal situation – then design something that allows it to happen. He has

licensed seven designs to various companies, and, as he says, “the ideas just keep coming”. For example, he noticed that when one uses a classic sled, it was not very good in powder or other soft snow conditions, and the runners would only slide on hardpack or ice, which may not be common in many areas. “Magic Carpet” type plastic sliders were better at providing a sliding action in more varied conditions, but had almost a complete absence of control. Thus Kaj invented an articulated foam sled which can be used in multiple snow conditions, while offering much better control (see the picture of a factory prototype). Several of his latest sled designs and a new snowboard invention have recently been licensed to commercial enterprises and will soon be on the market through Lucky Bums, Inc. and Airhead Sleds. Snow boarding is another area of endeavor. Kaj was interested in achieving more of a surf board feel while snowboarding. Classic snowboards have flat bases, and require quite a secure connection to the board through relatively stiff boots and bindings in order to apply force to the edges. By altering the profile of a snowboard base, giving it a 3-D aspect, Kaj has made it significantly easier to put a snowboard on edge, requiring no direct attachment to the board to achieve edging, even in packed snow conditions. This is akin to the “Noboard” type of snowboard (a snowboard

without bindings only useable in powder snow), but it excels in all conditions, not just powder. Typically Kaj seems to average two ideas per month, and a license to a sports related company may occur every 2 years or so, though 3 licenses were secured in the past year. Usually, he makes a provisional patent filing in the USA, and it is usually the patent documentation along with a prototype that seals the license agreement. He meets potential licensees at Trade Shows, or cultivates them through his extensive network of people in sports-relat-

ed enterprises. A typical license agreement includes minimum sales quantities, an up front payment, royalty on each sale made, terms regarding exclusivity, and, in many cases, there is a consulting aspect, where Kaj is hired to keep an eye on the development of the commercial product. Kaj believes that everyone has good ideas for design - it’s just a matter of developing things past the scrawled-on-a-napkin stage, and making the process an adventure instead of harboring a grandiose notion that the design is going to change the world and/or make them a millionaire.

Kaj Gyr with a proto-type of the articulated foam sled he invented

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Food&Home theExpress Update

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

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Single pane insulation pains Is it advisable to add a second layer of glass to single pane windows to gain some insulating qualities? Would a five milimetre breather hole be sufficient to control condensation issues?

Home Front

labour and the amount of waste you create from the Decreasing the air disposable plastic. A more expensive leakage through all the alternative is Lexan or glass surfaces in your Plexiglas. It is available at home is an excellent way your local building supply to put money from fuel stores in a wide variety savings in your pocket, decrease global fuel con- of sizes. Individual pieces sumption and increase the can then be snuggly fitlevel of comfort in your ted on the inside of each house by reducing drafts window and fixed in place from those chilly winter with removable caulking, or other appropriate comwinds. The least expensive mon latching hardware. solution is a clear polyeth- Plexiglas does discolour ylene heat shrink plastic with years of exposure that is installed in the fall to sunlight and it is susand removed each spring. ceptible to scratching so It is relatively inexpen- you can expect to replace sive and easy to install. individual pieces. These However, after you have pieces are easily removed they are accessed installed and Sudoku removed it (because Difficulty Level - Medium u Classic Difficulty Level - Easy Classicfrom sk9E000033 inside) and stored on every window for a each spring. Label each few years you may weary piece so you’re not guessof the annual cost, the by Bill Lynch, Paul Muntak & Steve Cannon

ing their locations next fall. Or, consider a more expensive alternative to Plexiglas; aluminum or wood sash storm windows. These retrofit storms can often be built to fit inside your existing windows, making them easy to access for installation and storage. Aluminum sash cost about $10 per square foot of window area. Primed wood sash costs approximately $20 per square foot. Your local window and glazing supplier is the best source for finding these products. Another option I have seen occasionally is a permanently fixed sheet of sk9M000046 glass fixed to the inside of each window frame and held in place by permanent

wood trim stops. Although this is a relatively cheap alternative you loose the air flow function of any window you seal in this way. As well, you run the risk of condensation on the outside glass surface if the storm is not well sealed. All storm widows should be fitted with “breather holes” that will permit moisture and condensation to escape from between the panes of glass. The old style series of three one-and-a-half inch holes covered by a thin board fastened on a pivot point serves the dual function of allowing condensation to escape and access to fresh outdoor air if your storm windows are exterior mounted.

Steve, Chris and Bill are Building Consultants with Lynch Building Inspection Services Ltd. of Nelson. http://www.lynchinspections.com

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HealthNews

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Foods Dogs and Cats should NOT EAT

Pets - Purely Natural

By: Dr. Andrew Jones

There are a number of common ‘human’ foods that can be toxic for your pets... The important thing is to know exactly what to avoid. Here is a complete list. Alcoholic beverages Avocado Chocolate (all forms) Coffee (all forms) Fatty foods Macadamia nuts

Moldy or spoiled foods Onions, onion powder Raisins and grapes Yeast dough Xylitol Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches and Plums. Potato peelings and green looking potatoes Nutmeg Tomato leaves & stems (green parts) WHAT to do IF your pet has eaten any of these toxic foods: TO YOUR VETERINARIAN. If your pet is showing signs of ingesting a poison, it is important that your veterinarian examines her and treated appropriately. Some toxins can progress and lead to severe seizures. If you suspect antifreeze poisoning, it must be treated within 4-6 hours, before irreversible kidney

damage occurs. PURGE THE POISON. In most cases of poisoning, getting your pet to vomit is the most important thing that you can do. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING if something caustic has been consumed (such as drain cleaner or bleach). To induce vomiting, give hydrogen peroxide at 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight. If your pet doesn’t vomit in 10 minutes, repeat again. NEVER do more than 2 treatments of peroxide. You can also try salt: dilute 1 teaspoon of salt in a tablespoon of water per every 10lbs of body weight. DELAY ABSORPTION. Activated charcoal is readily available at most pharmacies. It delays absorption of any toxin by binding to the toxic compound in the stomach. The easiest way is to give the capsule form. For those garbage-eating

dogs (such as my own dog) it is a good idea to have hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal always on hand. TOPICAL TOXINS. If your pet is having a reaction to something on the skin, such as flea medications, or oil on the skin, then you want to remove it as soon as possible. Dish soap works well – lather it up, then rinse your pet thoroughly. Thick tarry substances that you can’t wash off can be first covered in flour, as the flour absorbs some of the oil, then washed off with dish soap. PREVENTION. Ensure medications are always out of mouth’s reach. Become familiar with toxic plants (visit http://www.aspca.org/ toxicplants for a complete list) and remove thosesk9E000033 from your house, if your pet is a plant-eater. Keep your compost covered.

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Arts&Entertainment

Touchstones Nelson calls for art submissions Deadline: received by Tuesday, Feb.5, 5 p.m. Touchstones Nelson is accepting submissions for its inaugural Member’s Show and Sale. This juried exhibition is aimed at supporting and celebrating artwork by Museum mem-

bers. Work in all mediums is encouraged. Participants need only be a member of Touchstones Nelson as of the show’s opening date of February 23, 2013. Accepted artists will

receive a $50 exhibition information, email exhibi fee. For detailed submis- tions@touchstonesnelson. sion guidelines, visit ca or call Rod Taylor or www.touchstonesnelson.ca/exhibitions. Jessica Demers at 250-352All submissions must 9813. be received by Tuesday, submitted by Feb 5, at 5pm. For more Touchstones Nelson

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tation, the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret. We are looking for actors, singers and dancers who don’t mind donning a pair of fishnets and speaking in a foreign accent, to come and audition. Cast members must be 18 years of age or older. This classic but timely Broadway play, set in Berlin, Germany in 1933, will be directed by Patricia Henman (The Melville

Is) and choreography by Mackenzie Hope (Jesus Christ Superstar, Rocky Horror Show). Cabaret will run Thursday, May 30 to Saturday, June 1 at the Capitol Theatre. Please contact nelsoncabaret2013@gmail. com with your preferred audition time or for more information. submitted by Black Productions

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InMemory

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

Shirley Dianne Lipsack

Joyce Lillian Fraser

Oct. 9, 1942 – Dec. 18, 2012

Apr. 18, 1927 - Dec. 24, 2012

Shirley Dianne Lipsack (Traxel) of Kaslo, British Columbia passed away at the Victorian Community Health Center in Kaslo on December 18, 2012 due to complications from ovarian cancer. Shirley came to Kaslo from Calgary in the mid 2000’s to be with Kurt Patalla, who passed away on November 08, 2011. She was actively involved in the community, working at the Kaslo Drug Store, she was a member of St. Andrew’s Church, and volunteered with numerous charities. Shirley is survived by her one daughter, Tracy (Michael) Fawcett of Calgary, and grandchildren Zachary Fawcett of Calgary, and Bronwyn (Jeff) Butler of Calgary, her beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Mikey, brothers Norman (Jerolyn) Traxel and Keith Traxel, sister Darlene (Brian) Kemp,

along with numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind Kurt’s sons Gordon Patalla of Vancouver Island and Robert (Lisa) Patalla of Calgary. Cremation has taken place and a funeral service will be held in Kalso late next spring or early summer (2013). As per her wishes, the funeral will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, which will be followed by interment at the Kaslo Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, Box 292, Nelson, BC V1L 5P9. Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

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Born to William and Edith Isherwood in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Joyce spent her childhood in that city before her family came west during the Depression and settled in Aldergrove, BC. Joyce left high school to take a job in Vancouver during the war years. It was while working for the income tax service that Joyce was introduced by her friend, Ruth Fraser, to Ruth’s big brother Ron. Ron Fraser was the love of her life, and they married in May, 1950. Daughters Patricia and Colleen were born and the family was complete. They moved to Grand Forks in 1958 for Ron’s job with the CPR, and it was there that Joyce raised her children and made a home. Ron and Joyce moved to Nelson in 1973. Joyce volunteered at the IODE shop and the Salvation Army. Kind-hearted, goodnatured and enormous fun, Joyce was a cutthroat Scrabble player and avid knitter. She embraced the new technology of email whole heartedly as it allowed

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her to keep in touch with family and friends far afield.She kept up-todate on current events, but family was Joyce’s greatest joy. She looked forward to visits from her children and grandchildren and loved to see the newest member of the family, two-year-old Fraser. Joyce leaves behind her husband of 62 years, Ron; daughters Patricia (Cal Koat) and Colleen, grandchildren Morgan Westcott (Matt). Tavis Blishen, Rhys Geisler (Kieren). and Chelsea Blishen; greatgranddaughter Fraser Westcott; sister Pearl Seifred (Stan), sister-in-law Ruth Fox,many nieces and nephews and cousins in the UK. No services will be held. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Kootenay Lake Hospital, 3 View Street, Nelson BC V1L 2V1. Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.


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Opinion&Editorial Making Waves – Sinking the Harper Agenda Conference - Part II Commentary by Alex Atamanenko, NDP for BC Southern Interior In my previous column I mentioned that I had the fortune to attend a conference sponsored by the Council of Canadians entitled, “Making Waves – Sinking the Harper Agenda”. I talked about a presentation by Robert Chernomas, Professor of Economics, University of Manitoba where he likens the current austerity measures being undertaken in Europe and throughout the world to class warfare. The next speaker in the plenary sessions “Uniting Against Austerity: Strengthening Solidarity in the Movement for Economic Justice”, was John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want from the United Kingdom. Mr. Hilary started his presentation by describing how former Prime Minister Paul Martin, toured Europe lecturing how to deal with deficits in prescribing a “Shock Treatment” for Europe. Mr. Hilary pointed out that there are similarities on both sides of the Atlantic when it calls for the assault on social fabric and the “shrinking of the State”. This was a good reminder for us of the slashing of transfer programs to the provinces in the 1990s of the Chretien government when Paul Martin was the Finance Minister – all in the name of deficit reduction. Mr. Hilary also reminded us of Canada’s attempts at the Rio Summit, along with the UK and US to get water as a human right thrown out and to have water treated as an economic commodity. He also described how Canadian and UK mining companies are forcing natural resources development in other countries, often against the wishes of local populations. He then talked about austerity in Europe which he likened to the greatest social restructuring in European history. Money has been stripped out of the economies of Spain,

France and Greece and other countries which is, according to him, a recipe for disaster. Spain has a 50% youth unemployment rate, over one million people accessing food banks and a policy of locking up garbage so it won’t be stolen by hungry citizens. Greece is slipping into anarchy while Prime Minister Cameron in Britain has stated that 500 000 public sector jobs are to be cut adding to the 2.5 Million workers currently unemployed. Social benefits are being drastically reduced, disability recipients are committing suicide and the first attempt at hospital privatization is failing. At the same time, there has been a 5% tax cut to the richest while the corporate tax rate dropped from 26% to 22%. After painting this dismal picture, John Hilary offers a solution how citizens can fight back. The first thing to do is to win the argument. People need to be mobilized to counteract the spin that somehow the public sector is responsible for this disaster. There needs to be popular education such as the “Occupy Movement” and we must work with labour. The next step Hilary suggests is campaigns, the strongest being at the local level where citizens stand up for their clinics, libraries and playgrounds, for example. There also needs to be a way of getting back the over $150Billion in corporate taxes that have not been paid and a financial transactions tax needs to be introduced so that bankers can pay for the crises they have caused. Eleven European countries are implementing this corrective measure while Canada and the UK have resisted it. The third plan of action that Hilary talks about is through politics. The structures of power need to be chal-

lenged. He talked about European coordinated general strikes that were to take place on November 14th. According to him, citizens need to unite against the global agenda that challenges our beliefs about what our society should be. They need to unite against austerity and to create a world movement for a better world and future. I agree with Mr. Hilary that ultimately it will be political decisions that get us out of this mess. After all, political decisions are what started this slide that has been responsible for the progressive widening of the gaps between the very rich and the middle class and poor. There is absolutely no reason that we should allow multinational corporations to dictate our agenda. We should not be signing trade agreements that increase the cost of pharmaceuticals, prohibit local municipalities from favouring local procurement or that allow those corporations to sue our federal government if they feel they have been unjustly treated. It is not fair to place the burden of our crises on government employees by slashing jobs and programs that protect our citizens and our environment. People who make a good wage, whether in the public or private sector, contribute to our economy by buying houses, cars and by travelling and spending money in our local businesses. The best way of supporting small business is by retaining and strengthening well-paying jobs in our communities. It is certainly time for Canadians to “make waves” and to mobilize against the ruthless Harper administration. Just as we need to throw out the neo-conservative liberals in BC next May, it is time to mobilize to get rid of this current Conservative federal “wrecking crew” before it is too late.


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Opinion&Editorial Royal Decree

Nelson, King of Nelson, declares 2013 to be Year of Empathy

I , Nelson, King of Nelson King Nelson Becker a n d Area, do hereby declare 2013 to be West Kootenay Year of Empathy. For us to understand each other’s needs, we have to step into their shoes, and into their hearts and brains. This is not easy to do. Saying you want to

feel what another person feels does not necessarily make it happen. It is easier to empathize with your family, then it is with your neighbours, but that is where we need to go. In 2013, let us all make a commitment, when faced with conflict, that we take a moment to try to understand where the other person is coming from, and also to be that person for a moment.

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My Opinion

by Spencer Pollard

The Cost of Education

School fees continue to rise as students struggle to pay their fees. But what can we do about it? Plenty actually. There is many ways that administrators can help levy the costs of education, none of these are a quick fix and will take time but hopefully the cost of education with no long be unaffordable. One idea would be to make more classes available online, making it easier for students to take courses as well as save them travel expenses depending on where they take schooling.

Cutting administrator fees could help as well as there has been less spend on student instruction and more spend on administrative fees. These are just a couple I came up with I’m not sure what it would take to apply them but hopefully it is a reasonable demand. These are just a couple of ideas for those responsible for the higher student fees. Getting an education now a days is tough but hopefully with these suggestions, we will preserve. You can’t put a price on education, unfortunately there is one. Let’s change that!

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

Idle No More

Dear Editor, On Jan 1, I was one of about 100 people who gathered in Nelson, in solidarity with Canada’s first nations. I came to Canada 30 years ago when the country was working on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Canadian people. Now the Harper regime is undermining our constitution and granting rights and freedoms to foreign corporations and investors instead. What happened to my country? Prime minister Pearson had won the Nobel peace prize, Canada was proudly nuclear weapons free and around the world Canada’s soldiers were keeping the peace. Now Harper wins embarrassing ‘Environmental Dinosaur’ awards for sabotaging international cooperation to stop the climate crisis and foreign corporations are sucking the lifeblood out of our land so they can make a buck from burning down the planet. What happened to my country? Chief Spence is on a hunger strike to meet with prime minister Harper. Some Canadian media call her a terrorist for that! Well, if Chief Spence is a terrorist, I am a terrorist and before too long everybody who wants to make Canada a better place will be a terrorist. I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK! We need a Canada where first nations are treated with respect and where people come first, not corporations and investors. We need a Canada that stands for peace, solidarity and care for our environment and each other. Mr Harper start with meeting Chief Spence and then resign so we can stop feeling shame for where you have taken us, so we can return to the values of the Canada we were proud of, the Canada we love.. Sincerely, Sjeng Derkx, Green Party candidate

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What’sHappening Nelson & Area: Fri. Jan. 4 - Sun. Jan 13 ●●● Live Music

Fri. Jan 4ll Request DJ. ●●●David Raitt & The Baja Boogie Band w/ Clinton Swanson and Friends at the Royal at 6 p.m. ●Gender Outlaws, a support and social group for trans and gender diverse folks. 250-3545362. Sat. Jan 5

●●●“ChizelSpanK”, Pickled Thistle, Motes & Oats at Ellison’s Cafe Acoustic Unplugged Sessions(on facebook) 5th anniversary! 12-3 ●●Lions Club will pickup Christmas trees. Leave at front of home by 9 AM. $5 donation ●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. Jan 6 ●●●Niko at the Hume Library Lounge. 6p.m. to 10p.m. ●●●Nelson Acoustic Jam Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill. 2-5 p.m. ●St. John’s Lutheran Church Service. Everyone welcome to 4p.m. worship. 321 Silica St. 250354-3308. ●Nelson Storytelling Guild meets the first Sunday of every month 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. ●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 Service10:15a.m.RosemontElementary. All are welcome. 250-352-2515.

●● Special Events

● Ongoing Events

Mon. Jan 7 ●●●Sarah & Rich at the Library Lounge. 6 p.m. to 10p.m. ●Pool Table Nights, Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill ●Heritage Harmony Barbershop Chorus. Welcoming anyone! Tim 250-825-9694 or John 250-3526892 Tues. Jan 8●●●Cliff ●●●Cliff Maddix and friends 6p.m. The Library Lounge Wed. Jan 9 ●●● Paul Landsberg at the Library Lounge. 6p.m. to 10p.m. ●Alzheimers/ Dementia Caregiver support group meetings. 2nd Wednesday Monthly. 7 p.m. Call 250-352-6788 or email Jleffelaar@alzheimerbc.org 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. http://www.nelson-tech-club.info/ email info@nelson-tech-club.info ●Nelson Women’s Centre Dropin. Noon - 4p.m. Free clothing and food. 420 Mill St. 250-352-9916. ●Darts at the Nelson Legion. 7:30p.m. 250-352-7727. ●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. Phone 250-352-6008. www.nelsonelderabuseprevention.org Thurs. Jan 10 ●●●Kiyo & Guests at the Library Lounge. 6p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Pickled Thistle will perform traditional Irish and Scottish tunes on harp, accordion and guitar and sing songs at Ellison’s Cafe on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.

●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. 250-505-7248. Fri. Jan 11ll Request DJ. ●Gender Outlaws, a support and social group for trans and gender diverse folks. 250-354-5362. Sat. Jan 12 ●●●The One Hit Wonders at the Capitol 7:30 p.m. ●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. Jan 13 ●●●Niko at the Hume Library Lounge. 6p.m. to 10p.m. ●●●Nelson Acoustic Jam Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill. 2-5 p.m. ●St. John’s Lutheran Church Service. Everyone welcome to 4p.m. worship. 321 Silica St. 250354-3308. ●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. 250-3527727. ●Ascension Lutheran Church Service 10:15a.m. Rosemont Elementary. All are welcome. 250352-2515.

Nelson Overture Concerts Society presents: Allison Girvan, “Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home”

January 26, 2013, 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre Allison performs Joining her on stage will works by composers be pianist Christoph Kurt Weill and George Martens, upright bassist Gershwin, Adam Guettel Mark Spielman and vioand Ricky Ian Gordon. linist Don Macdonald.


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Automotive-Cars

2001 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER,

152,000km, new brakes, new winter tires/rims, summer tires/rims, tuneup, $8900/obo. 825-9320 2000 FORD EXCURSION. 8 pass. 4x4 , huge towing abilities, good condition. A mere $3,000. Excellent value. 354-7288 ‘03 HONDA CIVIC Hybrid sedan, blue, 173k, well maintained, 65 MPG hwy, $7500, 250-551-2727

Automotive-Trucks/ SUVs/Vans

1992 DODGE DAKOTA, great winter/firewood truck, 300K+km. but still runs good, good tires, $1,450obo, 250-229-5742

Children

BOGS! SIZE 13 kids, brand new with tags on. Black with spiders/ webs. $55 357 2758

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Pets & Livestock

METAL DESK WITH 6 drawers PET CARRIERS: 1 LARGE and Wicker swivel stool wooden coat rack Ph 250-352-9847

Home & Garden

1 Small plastic, in good condition. Call: 250-352-6570.

Rentals

SIDE BY SIDE fridge/ freezer, with SPACIOUS, CLEAN,NEWER icemaker. Hotpoint. White $300.00 NELSON home. $1175.per ph. 250 352-9150

Lost & Found

mo.+utilities. N/S N/P D.D.required. Great central location! email: z12ski@yahoo.com

12FT ALUMINUM BOAT, at SUNNY CHARACTER ONE Nelson, owner to claim call Transport Canada 604-775-8867

Misc. for Sale

bedroom 700sqft on 12 acres 10minutes2Nelson. Creekside, woodstove, hardwoodfloors. 850$ email heidmcgregor@hotmail.com

NEW RHINO-RACK 500L Skibox, VACATION RENTAL dual locks, opens both sides. paid AVAILABLE now 900sq ft fur$775 asking $550 call 250-3521806

Misc. Wanted

nished studio, sleeps 4 $500./w or $1800./m 250-357-9395, 250-5515652

WANTED OUTDATED BRIGHT BACHELOR SUITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PAPER and old Rosemont, Nelson. Feb 1, NS NP, 35mm film cameras. Fred @ 3522129, fdr at netidea dot com

Music & Dance

OLDER FIDDLE, GOOD condition $600. 250-354-4288

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month, includes wifi, utilities. Long Beach Rd. Share kitchen, living area. 250-229-4346

Sports Equipment

DC PHANTOM 2 Snowboarding

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TENNIS RACQUET, ROGER

Federer Juniour, used once. $50. Call: 250-352-6570.

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Save the date: Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Expressions Singer-songwriter Jen Hajj “Jen Hajj is a heartfelt songwriter, able to translate powerful emotions of love and loss into sweetly compelling folk songs. She knows the kind of power that folk music can have over us, and she strives to channel that honest, pure power in her songwriting. Jen Hajj is a songwriter with her eyes wide open and her heart on her sleeve, singing songs to uplift others.” -Devon Leger, Hearth Music

Listen to Jen at http://www.jenhajj.com

Travis T. in the Kootenays, Wish You Were Here by Chris Rohrmoser


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