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theExpressNewsUpdate building Nelson & area community since 1988

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 Vol. 2, No. 39

Feel the Expression

jazz, folk, classical, country, talks, movies and more


The audience enjoys the jazz sounds of local musician Kiyo and his friends on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Expressions by Robin Murray

Once the newsroom for the print edition of the Express Newspaper, Expressions now offers a variety of performances and events. This intimate performance venue can seat up to 50 people in audience arrangement with a small stage area at the front. While the room has a heritage feel with soft lighting, soaring ceilings and arching windows, it is fully wired to current sound and media standards, with high quality microphones and a PA system. Notably, the venue has a digital projector, 10-foot projection

screen and 5.1 surround sound system for movies. Recent events have included a variety of musical acts such as Kiyo’s Bandage, which features two jazz quartets with saxophonist Kiyoshi Elkuf, folk singer Brian Pottie, poet and musical artist Rodney DeCroo and Canadian folk legend Garnet Rogers. The space is also available for Community rental groups and has played host to the Upper Columbia Co-op Council, Kootenay Pride, and the Association de Francophone Kootenay Ouest. Coming up at Expressions is

Reuben and the Dark, a folk quartet featuring singer-songwriter Reuben Bullock on Friday, October 19 at 8 p.m. Then on Thursday, Oct. 25, the Kootenay Co-op and Flora Manufacturing will be offering a free lecture by natural health counsellor Peter V. Quenter DHM (Pract.) NHC. The public is welcome to drop by and have a peek at the space during the week while the Express News Update staff is working, Monday through Thursday during the day. If you want information on shows and facility use, please call 250-354-3910 or email

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Dinner to support local refugees from Burma Saturday, Oct. 27 6 p.m. at the United Church, Silica at Josephine St. Some years ago there ing in the camps. Despite were they able to leave the was a child born in a bam- the hardships that they faced, camps to find work and live boo hut during a rainy day in they survived, educated in Thailand. As refugees, the mountainous jungles of themselves and eventually they had little hope of a future Thailand. Her parents were became leaders amongst their outside their camp. one of the 300,000 Karen people. But miracles do happen, (ka-REN) people of Burma, Htoo Paw worked with and this June the two couswho fled the persecution of a Woman’s Organization ins, now in their late twenties, the military government. She which helped women orga- resettled in Nelson and are lived in many refugee camps nize to build work co-ops now Permanent Residents of on the Thai/Burma boarder within the camps. Hsa Moo Canada. The Nelson Refugee for 27 years. Her name is was vice-president of a youth Committee worked for over Hsa Moo (saw-moo). organization, and taught other three years to make this a 12 years passed, and young people about their reality. They waded through another young girl was sent rights and their Karen cul- the paperwork involved and to the camps for her safety, ture. She also was involved began fund raising in earnest after her village in Burma with a rudimentary radio sta- from the start. Their commitwas repeatedly burned to the tion built for the people in ment is to support Hsa Moo ground by the army. She left the camps. She interviewed and Htoo Paw during their behind her parents and sib- incoming refugees and pro- resettlement process and to lings, who are now either duced radio programs which provide full financial support dead or among the internally told the truth about the situa- for one full year. displaced persons. Her name tion in Burma. A fundraising dinner for is Htoo Paw (too-paw). Both women could never Hsa Moo and Htoo Paw at Hsa Moo and Htoo Paw, return to their homeland for the United Church, Silica at who are cousins, somehow fear of being persecuted or Josephine St. will take the found each other among the murdered by the Burmese Nelson Refugee Committee other 130,000 refugees liv- military government, nor one step closer in meeting

Mungall Headed to Ukraine to support democracy

MLA Michelle Mungall has been selected to join a Canadian delegation headed to the Ukraine to monitor the country’s parliamentary elections slated for October 28, 2012. “Democracy is not something that can be taken for granted,” says Mungall. “Canada has a very strong and stable democracy. It is great to be able to share that experience, and support the development of free and fair elections in Ukraine.” Mungall was selected as one of the 500 election observers composing Canada’s contribution to a

large mission of over 10,000 observers. CANADEM, an Ottawa based NGO that is managing the Canadian mission, selected Mungall from among 2000 applicants based on her experience observing elections in the African nation of Zambia and her qualifications as an elected official in Canada. The mission’s objectives are to observe and report on whether the October 28 election results genuinely reflects the democratic expression of Ukrainian voters. A report released by long-term observers already

in the Ukraine has raised early concerns due to cases of vote buying and threats to candidates. The report is also hopeful; one section of it reads “free and fair elec-


Hto Paw, a refugee now in Nelson

financial goals for their support. Please come for a delicious Burmese (Karen) meal and meet Hsa Moo and Htoo Paw. Doors open at 5:30, dinner at 6:00. Tickets available at Otters. $15/single, $45/ family. For more information please contact 352-3117 submitted by The Nelson Refugee Committee tions that represent the will of the Ukrainian people are still possible. It is not too late.” submitted by the office of Michelle Mungall,

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Sit on this, Nelson!

Saturday, Oct. 20, noon to 4 p.m. Art Gibbons Memorial Park, Nelson The Cascadia Green between the City of Nelson Building Council is holding and the Cascadia Green the official opening of the Building Council. new net-zero energy ‘natural Cascadia will be offering washroom building’ at the free tours of the building and Art Gibbons Memorial Park will be available to answer in Rosemont. This innovative any questions concerning the building showcases ‘green green building technologies building’ techniques avail- used such as solar PV netable in the Kootenays. metering, wood-chip clay After offering several infill walls, natural plaster, green building workshops and green roofs. throughout the summer, For more information, Cascadia and Ellenwood contact kr@cascadiagbc. SUBMITTED Homes, a local contractor, org Natural clay plaster covers walls made of wood-chip clay at Art are putting together the last submitted by Cascadia details on this joint project Green Building Council Gibbons Memorial Park’s newly constructed public washroom

Energizing the Kootenays: Workshops on Clean Energy Innovations Friday October 26 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday October 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 602 Kootenay St. on the corner of Victoria St. Selkirk College is October 26 & 27, 2012. students, which includes “Energizing the Cost of the two-day event, refreshments and lunch. kootenays or for further Kootenays: Workshops on including a renewable To register for the information about the event Clean Energy Innovations energy trade show and event, trade show or art email castelgarce@selkirk. with Mark Jacobson, Bill art exhibit, is $75 for the exhibit, please complete an ca or call 250-365-1261 McKibben and Guests” on general public and $50 for online registration form at submitted by Selkirk College

Enbridge pipeline protesters to rally at Nelson City Hall Wednesday, Oct. 24, at noon in front of Nelson City Hall Kootenay environmental activists Hall. There will be reports from the who have been opposing the Enbridge Victoria event, speakers on the issues pipeline proposal are holding a public and musicians. rally at Nelson City Hall to support the “We’ll be back from Victoria and we major event in Victoria on Monday, want everyone to come and hear about the October 22. event and pick up on the growing energy “The Victoria of this movement to stop giant fossil fuel event is going to be a major rallying point projects,” Wiley says. The action will be for opposition to bitumen pipelines,” simple: we’ll link arms to symbolize the says Keith Wiley from the Kootenay unprecedented wall of opposition across group. “Some of us are going to Victoria the province, and say “Defend our Coast” to join in, but for those who can’t go, with banners and creative visuals. we’re holding a rally here.” More information: Facebook: Local events to support the Defend Kootenays for a Pipeline-Free BC or email Our Coast action are being planned us at across BC for Wednesday, October 24. submitted by the Kootenays for The Nelson rally will be at Noon at City a Pipeline-Free BC

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Grade 5 and 6 students plan mural project In celebration of the school’s 30th year, Nelson Waldorf School students plan to begin painting an outdoor education mural at their school in May. Under the direction of local artist, Ron Mulvey, who painted a mural with Hume School students in 2000, the grade 5 and 6 students will paint scenes depicting the outdooreducation activities they take part in as part of the Nelson Waldorf School

Curriculum. A mural project like this is not without costs, however. Tanya Thayer, Class Teacher at the Nelson Waldorf School, has recently applied for an ArtStarts Grant through the Columbia Basin Trust. In addition, several local businesses have pleged to support the project. For the months of October and November, Boomtown Sports will donate 10% of purchase stowards

the Nelson Waldorf School Outdoor Education Mural Project. if the customer requests it at the till. People can also support the students in their mural project by donating directly to the Nelson Waldorf School Parent Advisory Council. Please call 250-352-6919, or e-mail submitted by the Nelson Waldorf School

Wokshop and Weekend Retreat: Tools for Thriving in CommUNITY Workshop: Friday Nov. 2, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekend Retreat: Nov. 3- 4 (Sat. 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm). At the Shambhala Center, 444 Baker St. Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer Melody Lucian will offer an experiential introductory evening and a weekend retreat to teach effective practices based on Melody’s “5 Keys to Thriving in Community”. These keys include: 1) Communication, 2) Purpose, 3) Choice, 4) Contribution and 5) Harvesting. Weekend retreat participants will also be given the “Keys to Thriving in Community Handbook” with step-by-step exercises that they can use within their group. In addition

to being based on NVC, these practices draw from Dynamic Governance and the life cycles of nature. The training is ideal for those who are part of a group (community, organization, business, or school) wherein they have experienced: power struggles, voices being unheard, draining meetings, scattered focus, or the creative energy being drained by conflict. Melody will offer practical tools for transforming the communication pitfalls that can breakdown groups and

impede collective creativity. The evening intro workshop is a suggested $20 and the full Weekend Retreat is $260 (pre-registration, includes the workshop). Discounts are available for multiple people from the same organization. Group size for the retreat is limited. For more information or to register, please visit www.melodylucian. com, call 604-358-6226 or email submitted by Melody Lucian

Slocan Valley Recreation Commission #8 Open House Saturday, October 20 from 1pm - 3pm The public is invited to support Ballot box style surveys will offer this casual drop-in event. recreation services in the valley by the chance to give feedback and to For more information, please sharing memories and giving thoughts select which photos from the archives call 250-226-0008 or email on how they can make programs even will be displayed. better. Refreshments will be served at submitted by the RDCK

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

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“Sing a silly bear song”contest winners announced Bear Aware and Kootenay Coop Radio co-sponsored a “sing a silly bear song” contest that encouraged people to compose their own song, or adapt an old standard to come up with a song about bears and garbage. The Wildflower School and their “Bear Aware Song” as the overall winner. Anneke Rosch came second with “Who Cares About Bears” and Heartsong came

third with “Dirty Old Bear”. Prizes included bear-resistant garbage cans and t-shirts. The contest was great fun, but it had a serious objective: make people aware of managing garbage so that bears are not drawn to garbage in our community. People can keep garbage indoors or in a secure structure until the morning of collection.

EXCELerate: Kootenay Business & Innovation Conference Friday, Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, Nelson The Kootenay Association for will choose between two different Science and Technology (KAST), workshop “streams”: a business Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), and the workshop stream, and a manufacturManufacturing & Technology Sector ing specific workshop stream. (MATS) project have teamed up to Conference attendees may bring the area a one day innovation also want to check out the Spirit bootcamp for business innovation in of Innovation Awards & Gala on the Kootenays. The conference will Thursday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m. at the feature a keynote speech from Tod Prestige. Maffin as well as several KootenayTo register visit relevant business and manufacturing submitted by KAST workshops. Conference participants

What’s in the Cupboard? Recipes from the Nelson Food Cupboard

The award announcements and the songs may be heard on Kootenay Coop Radio podcasts ( The songs are also posted on the Bear Aware Facebook page. www.facebook.comBearAwareBC submitted by the Nelson, Area E and F Bear Aware

“Grub” Dinner Friday, Oct. 19, 5-7 p.m. at the Anglican Church Hall Ward and Carbonate Join the West Kootenay EcoSociety for a fun food-centred fundraiser for Live Music, free appies, local beer and BC Wine will make for an enjoyable evening. There will also be a servant auction and a fun raffle. Admission is $10, or free if you buy or renew your membership. Bring someone who becomes a member and you BOTH get in free! submitted by the EcoSociety

Food Cupboard AGM & Apple Pie

Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Nelson United Church, 602 Silica Street The Food Cupboard will be serv4 cups water 3⁄4 cup white rice(preferably basmati) ing fresh apple pie made with Harvest 1 quart reduced- fat or 1% soy milk 1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup Rescue apples starting at 7 p.m., priced 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1⁄4 cup raisins or currants 1 tsp. by donation. The Annual General M ground cinnamon eeting will start at 7:30 and is expect1 tsp. freshly grated lemon peel Sliced seasonal fruit (optional) By Anna Kirkpatrick ed to take about a half an hour. Bring water to a boil in a heavy currants and lemon peel. Bring to a The number of members who saucepan. Add the rice and simmer, boil, then reduce the heat and simmer attend the AGM influences the BC uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove gently for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring Gaming Commission who fund much from heat and allow to sit for 5 min- often, until the pudding is thick and of the Nelson Food Cupboard payroll. utes. Drain the rice and return it to creamy. Serve warm or chill far at Attendees will also have an opportuthe pan with the soy milk, maple least 2 hours or overnight. nity to chat with Board members and syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, raisins or staff. For more information, please visit Did you know? Nelson Food Cupboard Each month the Nelson Food Cupboard receives about 1,000 visitors. Food Cupboard usage is 40% higher than before submitted by the 250-354-1633 the recession of 2008. Nelson Food Cupboard

Creamy Dairy-less Pudding

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Nelson Police Reports: threats, assault, theft and burns Nelson Police responded to 67 calls over the weekend. Of note: On Friday, Oct. 12, at approximately 1:25 in the afternoon, Nelson Police officers were alerted to a male causing a disturbance at the government building housing the Ministry of Children and Families and Mental Health. The male fled the offices on Victoria St and was located in the downtown area by Nelson Police officers, but took off running. NPD then received a call from the Nelson Courthouse of the individual causing a disturbance in the waiting area, confronting lawyers, again yelling and swearing. The male then ran down Front St. He was located in front of the Prestige Lakeside by a Nelson Bylaw officer who radioed in that the male was brandishing a knife and was making threats against him. Nelson Police officers were on scene as the male took a phone from the spa at Prestige Lakeside and ran towards the mall. He was intercepted by Nelson Police and ran into the field by the mall. At this time he was brandishing a knife and a pair of scissors. The male was strategically struck by a police vehicle to knock him down in order to disarm him and take him into custody. The

male was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital to be assessed by a doctor under the Mental Health Act. He is facing 12 charges of threatening, causing a disturbance, and theft. On Saturday, Oct. 13, at approximately 2:56 am, Nelson Police responded to an assault at Ward and Baker Sts. The victim received severe facial injuries and was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital by ambulance. Two suspects were identified and while one fled on foot, the other, a 21 year old female was taken in to custody. The 29 year old male suspect was located later. Both were charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm and released on a Promise to Appear with conditions and a first appearance in court set for December 4th, 2012. On Saturday, Oct. 13, at approximately 3:10 in the afternoon, Nelson Police were flagged down by staff from the Kootenay Co-op as a male had been observed in the store hiding meat on his person in order to leave without paying. The 43 year old male had fled on foot into the lane behind the store. Nelson Police officers intercepted the male in the 400 block Baker, north lane and took him into custody. It was

determined the male had been drinking and was held until he was sober, then released on a Promise to Appear with a court date set for January 8th, 2012. On Tuesday, Oct. 16 Nelson police officers came across a suspicious male in the downtown. When the officers attempted to engage the male in conversation, the male drove off, briefly evading police. The male, a passenger and his vehicle were soon located hiding nearby. After a brief investigation the male was issued a 24 hour driving suspension for driving under the influence of alcohol and his vehicle was impounded for 24 hours. Further investigation revealed that the male had, within his vehicle, a large quantity of money. The male told police that he had no bank account as his bank card had been missing since he was a child. The male is known to have links with a well known organised crime group. Police believe the male and his companion are involved in the hard drug trade. On Wednesday, Oct. 17 during the early morning hours the Nelson Police were called upon to assist a burn victim. The male had walked 30 minutes back to Nelson after burning his hands in his rural camp. According to the male he

was attempting to warm his hands by burning Methyl Hydrate fuel in a bowl . The fire he lit in the bowl quickly got out of control causing his rural camp to catch on fire. The male suffered serious burns to his hands and feet requiring medical attention. He was treated at the scene by Nelson Fire Rescue Service and transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital by police. The Nelson Police Department also launched an investigation into a theft of an antique firearm. A Colt 1883 pump action rifle, with an octagon shaped barrel is missing from Nelson. The firearm is quite rare and valuable. The Nelson Police Department is requesting anyone with information regarding this firearm to call the Nelson Police Department at 250 3543919 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-TIPS(8477). The Nelson Police Department are thankful for the caring citizens that often report suspicious drug activity They ask the citizens of Nelson to help protect our city from the ravages of these very harmful substances. If you see suspicious activity please don’t hesitate to call. submitted by the Nelson Police

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Inspirelife’s cancer care program offers more events Dr. Teresa Clarke, lead physician, and Paul Paddon, program manager for InspireHealth BC, were in town on October 1st to speak to an enthusiastic audience about Integrative Cancer Care. Dr. Clarke shared with the audience her journey to InspireHealth and her realization that in her medical training very little time had been given to showing how to “get well”. Although not an oncologist, she has become a passionate advocate for people being involved in their own medical journey with cancer. InspireHealth has been in Vancouver since 1997 and has now expanded provincially with new centres in Victoria and Kelowna. New centres are planned to open in both Abbotsford and Kamloops and there is also InspireLIFE BC, the organization’s virtual centre. Dr. Clarke concluded the evening session with a reference to the adage,

“Listen to your Grandma.” Her advice included many ideas on what we now know is both sage advice and good practice in prevention of cancer or recurrence. “Eat your veggies; take time to relax; have a cup of tea and in particular green tea, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants known; avoid bad fats; cut back on your salt intake; cook your own meals so you know what is in them; avoid foods where you cannot pronounce the name of the ingredients; do not use non-stick cookware; get your exercise - at least 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise such as walking; get good, uninterrupted sleep in a dark room; sing, dance and laugh each day.“ “The cancer journey is not solely about surviving, it is about living and thriving.” If you are interested in being part of the two-day LIFE Program offered by InspireHealth on Thursday and Friday, November 15

Free Lecture by Natural Health Counsellor Peter V. Quenter Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8 p.m. at Expressions 554 Ward Street, Nelson In cooperation with Counsellor in 1992 with certificathe Kootenay Co-op, tion in Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Flora Manufacturing Iridology and other modalities. He is will host a free wellness also certified in Therapeutic Massage event. Peter V. Quenter and Bodywork and has a Postgraduate received his Diploma Practitioner Diploma in Classical as a Natural Health Homoeopathy. With a lifelong passion


Dr. Clarke speaking in Nelson on Oct. 1. “We dropped into a piece of heaven.” was her opening comment from this, her first visit to the Kootenays

and 16, at Community First Health Co-op, 518 Lake Street in Nelson, contact InspireHealth at 1-888-7347125. submitted by the Community First Health Co-op

for the holistic approach to overcoming health challenges, Peter encourages the use of traditional herbal compounds to promote overall health at the cellular level. This lecture is open to all and admission is free. submitted by Flora Manufacturing

Nursing workshop builds better approach to palliative care Rural nurses face vast challenges in delivering palliative care in remote areas. So UBC’s Okanagan campus and Selkirk College are combining forces to provide specialized education for nurses in remote areas of the Kootenays. UBC and Selkirk are hosting a two-day workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, October 24 and 25. The workshop is part of the Enhancing Educational Capacity for a Palliative Approach in Rural Nursing at Selkirk College’s Castlegar campus to better

prepare rural nurses in palliative care. Rural nurses have practice challenges when it comes to delivering specialized care in isolated settings where there are limited resources, says Barb Pesut, Canadian Research Chair in Health, Ethics and Diversity and an associate professor of nursing at UBC’s Okanagan campus.“Many are generalists and feel inadequately prepared when difficult pain management or complicated family issues arise in end-of-life care,” says Pesut.

Pesut’s research focuses on palliative care in rural areas. Findings show that an initiative of this nature is highly relevant to rural nurses. The workshops involve a two-day commitment and follow-up discussions. An honorarium will be provided to participants. Registration information: Barb Pesut, Tel. 250-807-9955, email ; or Gail Potter, Tel. 250-365-1340, email:

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National Novel Writing Month is back in the Kootenay If on November 1 you hear furious keyboard pounding, fear not. It is the sound of nearly 200 Kootenay writers joining 250,000 people around the world in beginning an epic literary challenge: 30 days, 50,000 words, and one original novel. Why? Because November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, the world’s largest writing

event and nonprofit literary crusade. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. There are no judges and no prizes, just a whole lot of fun. This year, 190 people have already signed into the Kootenay regional members group at www. To help

these writers connect with each other throughout the month of November, Karina, with the help of writing pal Deborah O’Keeffe, will once again be organizing write-ins at coffee shops and libraries in the region. The Nelson Library is already signed on to host write-ins Monday and Wednesday evenings throughout November.

For more information on National Novel Writing Month, or to find out about NaNoWriMo events in the Kootenay area, visit www.nanowrimo. org or contact Karina Cram 250-365-9368 or email or Deborah O’Keeffe , telephone 250-825-9915 or email submitted by NaNoWriMo

Find a book discussion group at the Nelson Library’s Bookapalooza Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30pm at the Nelson Library Read. Discuss. It works like this: come Socialize! Book discussion with your favourite book in groups have enjoyed a surge hand: fiction or nonfiction, in popularity in recent years, new or old. The library will but finding one to join can have some comfy gathering be a challenge. As part of spots for book discussion, the Nelson Public Library’s coffee, tea, and goodies to Love-Your-Library October prime the vocal chords and events, the Library wants some discussion questions you to find your book to get you started. group! Enter Bookapalooza! At regular intervals, –a fun, facilitated evening, people will move about to part round-robin, part musi- meet other booklovers and cal chairs have fun—and hopefully to

The Friends of the Nelson Public Library: Fall Book Sale Friday October 26 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday October 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 602 Kootenay St. on the corner of Victoria St The Friends of the Nelson Public Library will be holding their Fall Book sale at a new location this year. The sale will be held at 602 Kootenay St. in the old church building on the corner of Kootenay and Victoria St in Nelson. There will be lots more space for all the books that have been collected and more space for people

to browse in comfort for favorite authors, topics and children’s books. People can come early for the best picks, or, late for the $3 bag of books bargain from 2-3 pm Saturday. The new space is just down the street from the library. submitted by the Friends of the Nelson Public Library

find a new book discussion group. There will be information about how to start a book discussion group, different models and structures. Bookapalooza is a Nelson Library FUNdraiser. In addition to free refreshments, for sale during the evening will be Nelson Chocofellar Library edition chocolates (with titles such as Phantom of the Almond),

Oso Negro’s Read All Night! special coffee blend, and a gorgeous line of local artist bookmarks. Admission is a minimum donation of $10; donations of $20 and higher are eligible for a tax receipt. Registration is appreciated; call 352-6333 or email submitted by the the Nelson Public Library

Scary fun stuff for kids and teens It’s Halloweentime for the younger set at the Library, with things set to go Boo! on Thursday, October 25 at 3:30 pm. Kids ages 6 to 8 will enjoy scary and not-soscary stories, a haunted craft, ghoulish games and spooktacular treats. Wear you costume and parade through the Library! Please pre-register by calling 352-6333 or email

HallowTeen at the Library is for the undead and the undead-curious, a chance to find your inner zombie on Wednesday, October 24th from 3:30 – 5pm. Get ghoulish with Hallowe’en make-up teen expert Alecia. There will be gooey goodies, creepy crafts, pumpkin carving, and prizes. For teens 12 and up. submitted by the Nelson Public Library

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SFU author Clint Burnham gives reading

Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. at Nelson’s Oxygen Art Centre, 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance) Simon Fraser University After DTUC closed, a English professor Clint Nelson branch of KSW orgaBurnham, author of a 2011 nized readings and workshops history of the Vancouver cen- in the Queen City from 1984 tre of the Kootenay School until 2011. The Vancouver of Writing, will read from his centre of the institution new book as well as from his offered classes, workshops own poetry and fiction. and colloquiums until 1987, The event, part of Oxygen after which it became identiArt Centre’s Presentation fied with a group of writers Series, is free and open to the who favor a non-narrative, public. associative style of writing. Burnham’s look at the The Only Poetry That Kootenay School of Writing, Matters focuses on a number called The Only Poetry That of writers involvedwith the Submitted Matters and published by second phase of Vancouver SFU author Clint Burnham Vancouver’s Pulp Press last KSW. year, traces the institution from Burnham’s own novel its origins in the aftermath of Smoke Show (Pulp Press, of poetry, The Benjamin arly and popular journals, and the B.C. government’s closure 2004) was shortlisted for Sonnets, was published in a study of the Ontario sound of Nelson’s David Thompson the 2005 BC Book Prize for 2009 by BookThug. He poet Steve McCaffery. submitted by the Oxygen University Centre in 1984. Fiction, and his latest book has also published essays, reviews, and articles in scholArt Centre

THE CAPITOL SEASON SERIES PRESENTS: Axis Theatre Company 20th Anniversary Tour

“Winnigly wild.”

― New York Times


SATURDAY OCTOBER 20, 2012 @ 8PM Tickets: $35 Adult, $28 Season Package / Full Time Student Charge by phone: 250-352-6363 Buy online:

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Heron sculpture to be “unveiled” Friday Friday, Oct.19, 2 p.m. at Lakeside Park Entitled “Heron’s Landing”, the 25-foot tall bronze sculpture that was placed along Nelson’s Lakeside Park Pathway this August will be unveiled at a public ceremony. Designed by West Kelowna artist Jock Hildebrand and gifted to the City of Nelson by developer Michael Lobsinger, the sculpture is valued at $210,000. Already dubbed “The Heron” by many locals,

the sculpture’s new home, on Heritage Inn Point, was selected by public poll. “The City is very glad to welcome Heron’s Landing to our waterfront,” says City Councillor and Cultural Development Committee (CDC) member Donna Macdonald. “It’s a beautiful sculpture, located in a beautiful spot.” submitted by the City of Nelson


Heron’s Landing stands as a sort of exclamation point in Lakeside Park, Nelson

Hop on the Number 14 bus to hilarity! Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre The Capitol Theatre welcomes the triumphant return of Axis Theatre Company performing THE NUMBER 14, an amazing theatrical tour-de-force. Six of Vancouver’s finest performers strut, swing, sing and talk their way in and out of adventures aboard Vancouver’s #14 bus that is part Monty Python-esque, part Mr. Bean and wholly engaging. An ingenious farce about the variety of personalities that congregate on a city bus, the Drama Desk Award-winning production by Axis Theatre Company features six actors playing over 60 larger than life characters who are sometimes goofy, occasionally elegant and always hilarious. Overall, this is a piece that celebrates the

theatrical. Sitting in a seat becomes a dance, silence becomes music and the audience is transported taken for a ride on THE NUMBER 14. Somersaulting old ladies, ballet-dancing businessmen and turbo-talking girl scouts all hitch a ride on one of Vancouver’s real-life bus routes and capture the absurdity and diversity of city dwellers daily commute. Combining commedia dell Arte, puppetry and music, THE NUMBER 14 is the one bus audiences will want to take again and again and again. And like commedia dell’arte in 16th century Italy, the performers use masks to create larger-than-life characters who are instantly recognizable as the people we see every day - the

wealthy and the destitute, the aggressive and the apathetic, strangers and lovers, the kind and the ����������������������������� cruel. “When we gathered together the amazing people who created this show twenty years ago, we never dreamed we would have the longevity to be bringing this unique vehicle to people all over the world.” says Director

Wayne Specht and original Director Roy Surette. Tickets are available online at capitoltheatre. or charge by phone 250.352-6363. Tickets $35 Adult $28 Season package/ Full time Student. Follow the Capitol on facebook and see all Capitol Theatre events on their website submitted by the Capitol Theater



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REUBEN AND THE DARK acoustic ✥ folk ✥ singer-songwriter

“Bullock’s voice is intimate and immediate; note-perfect to deliver his testaments and make them resonate. He somehow manages to evoke some of the greatest folk singers without even once sounding imitative.” - FFWD WEEKLY “The fact that a virtually unknown singer can effortlessly draw comparisons to some of the biggest names in roots/folk music today speaks volumes, but the fact he doesn’t ever try to fit into an easily defined label or limit his creativity is what is truly staggering.” - HERO HILL

with special guest

“He writes sing-along anthems that ebb and flow like the ocean, highway dreams that feel like a big rig in the prairie night. His soaring harmonies have a joyous, almost worshipful feel to them. Hearing Reuben Bullock’s expansive vision of the human heart, you can almost feel the slow-motion wind in your hair, the honest sun on your skin.” - CALGARY FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL

Friday, Oct. 19 8 p.m. at Expressions 554 Ward Street, Nelson

Tickets $10

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Have you been bullied?

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Last week’s survey responses: What percentage of your income do you spend on housing? 41-60% 21-40%


0-20% IT’S well in excess of 50% when you also include other bills such as water, hydro and common house maintainence issues.

Publisher’s note Many years after I had graduated from high school, I was travelling in the Virgin Islands. As I approached the door of the disco, By Nelson Becker the bouncer looked at me and said, “Valley Stream”, which is where I grew up as a young child. And then he said, “Nelson Becker”. As I looked at him, absolutely nothing registered in my mind. He could see that I was struggling to identify him, and in his efforts to help me recognize him he

SURE wish this city had more affordable housing. It took me 3 years to find a good place with a decent landlord and I still pay 3/4 of minimal income on rent! TWO of us in a modest Nelson rental each pay 67-70% of our incomes for our rental. NELSON is very expensive to live. why is that? I just rent a room in a mobile home. Who needs a big grandiose house? MORTGAGE plus property tax equals 42% of my net income. Ouch. AT times I have spent as much as 80% of my income on housing in Nelson THIS should include heat and sewer/water utlitlies (or is that part of Property Taxes)

INCLUDE utilities, phone, water/ sewer/garbage, etc. HOUSING has always been expensive. People just have to make more money even if it means moving to another city. USED Mobile homes are affordable for the average person. WE are more fortunate than some. thank you WHY do we have to have two incomes in a 4 person family making $50,000 each just to survive? SAFE, clean affordable housing is difficult to find in Nelson. I worry that my children will be unable to live here. The lack of decent employment and affordable housing is a challenge for youth, seniors, single parents, low income earners and many others

Bullying is a problem we all must face

said, “Yeah, we used to beat you up all the time!” There was not one inch of malice in his voice, or retribution or guilt. He was totally unaware of the effect that being bullied had on me, both in the short term and the long term of my life. For him, being a bully was some kind of a game. I was not able to tell him how upset I was. I wasn’t able to be mad at him because those fights had happened so long ago and he looked truely happy to see me. I have now come to see bullying in myself and everyone. We all bully in one way or the other, just not to the

same extent. To be able to bully, we must see ourselves as above others. The reality is, none of us are better than anyone else. The child or adolescent bully has problems that need to be dealt with, not in a punative way, but it a compassionate way. The solution to bullying is to develop a sense of connectedness to each other. In this small world, there is no separation between any of us. When we hurt others, we are hurting ourselves. Let’s not be afraid to acknowledge our own imperfections so that we may move forward.

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My Opinion

by Spencer Pollard

Weathering the weather Weather conditions can at times be less then optimal. The weather can go from warm and sunny to cool with showers in an instant. The weather is an unpredictable beast that may ruin your day if you don’t take some precautions. The measures needed vary by season and by weather but using common sense as well as some helpful tips will keep you safe. For starters, check the weather prior to leaving for work or whatever your plans are for the day. I don’t just mean look outside; either watch the Weather Channel or go online. Also make sure that if you plan on driving that you have appropriate tires and other precautionary measures set in place to make sure your trip is a safe one. With change in weather comes change in attitude and with change in attitude comes a change in judgement. Think about what you to and when you do it as the climate goes by its own accord and not by your own plans. Plan safe and you’ll be just fine.

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

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Parent concerned about future of school buses

Dear Editor, After regular communication with the Director of Operations and the Superintendent for SD8 regarding the late arrival of bussed Trafalgar students I have come to the conclusion that more families need to be aware of some school transportation changes that may be implemented in the next school year. Out-of-catchment students from Slocan Valley and Bonnington currently being transported by school bus to Nelson area schools (Blewett, Wildflower, Hume, Trafalgar, LVR) may not have access to bussing as of next September. Mr. Brown (Director of Operations) said 100 students would be affected. French Immersion students from this area may catch the bus leaving Beasley if a seat is available (French Immersion is a District program and is not out-of-catchment). The decision to stop out-ofcatchment bussing in this area was made in 2009 unanimously by the School Trustees. Based on the expected $80,000 generated from the newly implemented out-of-catchment bus riders fee at $200 per student, SD8 estimated there would be 400 outof-catchment bus riders in the District. If the decision by the Trustees is to stop out-of-catchment bussing then 400 students or 8% of the 4800 students in the District will be without bussing to their current school. Sincerely, Wendy Cockburn

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Nelson & Area: Fri. Oct. 19 - Sun. Oct 28 ●●● Live Music

●● Special Events

Michelle Wright sings Songs From The Halls Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre This 2011 inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame is celebrating with a special concert tour featuring many of her award winning hits, plus a spectacular collection of world class songs from members of various Halls of Fame whose music - country, pop, soul Merle Haggard to Aretha and rock - has inspired Franklin and Al Green. Michelle Wright throughsubmitted by Deborah out her career. Among Wood Publicity these are Anne Murray and Fri. Oct 19

●●●Reuben in the Dark at Expressions, 554 Ward Street 8 p.m.. ●●●All Request DJ. Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill

●●●Architexture Vol. 2 w/ Braden Early & Breakfluid at The Royal 9 p.m. ●Gender Outlaws, a support and social group for trans and gender diverse folks. 250-354-5362.

●Community Threads at the Women’s Centre. Bring your knitting, embroidery, crochet, sewing - or come learn! 10-1pm Sat. Oct 20 ●●●Ellison’s Cafe Acoustic Unplugged Sessions Harp Pixie, The Funky Plucks, James Lamb 523 Front St. noon- 3 p.m. ●●●Sunparlour Players w/ Cuff The Duke & Kalle Mattson at The Royal 8 p.m.

●●The Canadian Federation of University Women The New Grand Hotel, Banquet Room, 9:30-coffee; 10-meeting; 11-speaker: Irene Mock: Hypnotherapy for Health; 12-lunch.

●●Capitol Theatre presents: Axis Theatre The Number 14 20th Anniversary Tour 8 p.m. ●●Official opening of the new natural washroom building, Art Gibbons Memorial Park, Rosemont, noon - 4pm.

●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. Oct 21

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

●St. John’s Lutheran Church Service. Everyone welcome to 4p.m. worship. 321 Silica St. 250-3543308. ●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. 250-3527727.

●Ascension Lutheran Church Service 10:15a.m. Rosemont Elementary All are welcome. 250-352-2515. Mon. Oct 22 ●●●The Strawb st The Royal 6 p.m. ●●●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. Oct 23

●●●Michelle Wright the newest member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, at the Capitol 7 p.m. ●●●Royal Wood at the Royal 6 p.m.

●●●Cliff Maddix and friends 6p.m. The Library Lounge

●●Nelson Food Cupboard Society’s Annual General Meeting at the Nelson United Chuch, located at 602 Silica St. Apple pie social starting at 7:00pm. AGM starting at 7:30pm. Come learn more about who we are and what we do! For more information call 250-354-1633 ●●City of Nelson- Chamber Open House concerning the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan at the Chamber 225 Hall Street 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wed. Oct 24 ●●●Old Man Luedecke w/ Grey Kingdom at the Royal 6 p.m.

●●●Variety Shows w/ Estevan and Tracy Lynn. The Royal. 8:30 p.m. Come to listen, come to play!

● Ongoing Events

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

●●Kootenays for a Pipelinefree BC rally to support the provincial anti-pipeline action in Victoria at at Nelson City Hall, Noon. ●●Capitol Theatre Annual General Meeting at the Capitol Theatre 421 Victoria Street, Nelson, 6 p.m.

●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 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.

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●●● Live Music Wed. Oct 24 cont'd

●Nelson & Area Elder Abuse Prevention Resource Centre. Wednesdays from 12 - 2pm 719 Vernon St. or phone 250-352-6008. Thurs. Oct 25

●●●Kiyo Elkuf and friends at the Library Lounge. 6 to 10 p.m. ●●●Tofu Stravinsky & Friends at The Royal 9 p.m.

●●Wellness Event: Free Lecture by Natural Health Counsellor Peter V. Quenter DHM (Pract.) NHC 6:30-8:00pm, Expressions 554 Ward Street, Nelson. Sponsored by Flora Manufacturing.

●●Nelson Daybreak Rotary International Tasting Faire 5:30 p.m. Best Western Baker Street Inn. $25. Andy - 250-354-8935. ●●Spirit of Innovation Awards gala: KAST celebrates local Champions of Innovation at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson at 5 p.m. Tickets: $50

.●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. Oct 26

●●●Shred Kelly at The Royal 8 p.m.

●●●All Request DJ. Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill ●●Fall Book Sale by the Friends of the Nelson Public Library 6-8 p.m. 602 Kootenay St in the old church building on the corner .

●● Special Events

●Gender Outlaws, a support and social group for trans and gender diverse folks. 250-354-5362. Sat. Oct 27

● Ongoing Events

The Art of Burlesque workshops Saturdays, Oct. 20-Nov., 7:30-9 p.m. Moving Centre on Baker St Learn the tantalizing art of burlesque and strip tease with the only Canadian Legend of Burlesque inducted into the Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame Ms. Judith Stein. A series of four classes that shall include a history of burlesque,a tantalizing stocking routine, the seductive art of the glove reveal and the twirl of tassles! A safe,fun and empowering workshop for all women,all shapes,and ages. For more information and to register 250 354 0161 or submitted

●●●Nevermind The Nineties at The Royal 9 p.m. ●●Fall Book Sale by the Friends of the Nelson Public Library 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 602 Kootenay St in the old church building on the corner of Kootenay and Victoria St. $3 bag of books bargain from 2-3 pm ●●Delicious Burmese dinner: a Nelson Refugee Committee fundraiser, Nelson United Church, tickets @ Otter Books, $15/person, $45/family

●●The Price Is Jeopardy Or No Deal Of Fortune: a Kootenay Kannibelles fundraiser 19 & over show, at the Capitol Theatre 7.30 p.m.

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●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. 250-3522822.

●Ascension Lutheran Church Service 10:15a.m. Rosemont Elementary All are welcome. 250352-2515. ●Quaker Meeting 4th Sunday of each month in Winlaw. 11 a.m. Phone 250-226-6701. Everyone welcome.

●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 informa●Cribbage at the Legion bev●Texas Hold’em Poker at the tion, please call 250-352-6936. erage room, 12:45p.m. 250-352- Nelson Legion. 12p.m. Last Sunday Sudoku Difficulty - Medium month.Level 250-352-7727. Sudoku Classic7727. Difficulty Level - EasyClassic of every sk9E000452 Sun. Oct 28 ●●●Niko at the Hume Library Lounge. 6p.m. to 10p.m. ●●●David Vest & East Meets Vest at The Royal 6 p.m. ●●●Karaoke. Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill. 9p.m. ●●Nelson Nordic Ski Club Ski Swap & Annual General Meeting. 9 a.m. drop off, 10 a.m. AGM, 11-12:30 swap at the Nelson Rod & Gun Club. ●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.

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Clean. 350000 km. 8 great tires. 5speed. 4-door. CD/radio. A/C. Burns oil. $1,000. 250-352-6416

Automotive-Tires/ Parts/Other

BEARCAT LOG SPLITTER, 21 ton, 160 cc Honda, almost new, $1500.00 obo 250 229 5467


& ladder $150, bookcase $20, desk $20, buggy $30, child’s dresser $offer, 250-352-6210 PERSIAN AND AFGHAN tribal rugs at great prices. Tel: 6042993324 Web site: www.rugcanada. com

Help Wanted

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Castlegar & District Community

SELKIRK COLLEGE OFFERS Services Society. Responsible for Advanced Computer Training Tuition free for eligible participants in advanced computer training on Selkirk College campuses in Nelson, Nakusp and Kaslo. Call 250-3685236 or 250-364-5760 Funding provided through the Canada-British Columbia labour Market Agreement


overall program management, staff accountability, community development and growth of the Society. Full time position with a competitive salary and benefits package. See www. for details.

ral design. Good shape. We’re too crowded. 250-352-5004. LARGE AMOUNT OF free poplar firewood in nelson. Phone: 250-3544594 if interested

Misc. Wanted



teacher for language lessons in the Nelson area. Email spanishlessons Difficulty

Misc. for Sale

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W/D, parking, furnished, wifi, cable, utils included. $2000/ mo. Fairview. Available Oct 1.


Rd. 2BR duplex Oct 15 F/S W/D Children welcome NS NP 250-3525492


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