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theexpressNewsUpdate Dog bylaw “unenforceable” building Nelson & area community since 1988

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 Vol. 3, No. 39

A loophole exists in the “no dogs on baker” bylaw, big enough to jump through Opinion by Nelson Becker

It’s time for Nelson to enter the 21st Century and welcome dogs into our community. When I asked Nelson City Police chief, Wayne Holland, questions about our dog bylaw he responded by saying: “If the City has penalties in a bylaw that are not attached to a scheme that has supporting legislation (Bylaw Adjudication and Municipal Information) then “technically” a person could not be deemed/found guilty unless they have gone through the court process and the court finds them guilty.” “With respect to the dog bylaw legislation, the statute indicates that if the person hasn’t disputed the ticket within a given time period (2 weeks for adjudication), the statute deems them convicted without the necessity for a court or hearing process.” “If that occurs, the City of Nelson is able to pursue outstanding fines by whatever process they deem appropriate. So there is a potential for that to occur and a person should be aware of the eventuality that the City could engage a process to receive payment of the allocated fine.” “To summarize - with all of our bylaws that are not yet within the Bylaw Adjudication scheme, issuance of a ticket is basically

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Tina Kirstensen of “It’s A Hairy Situation” dog grooming service walking Pepper downtown Nelson. “No I am not in favour of the existing bylaw as it stands. Tourists cannot believe they cannot walk their dogs downtown. I am in favour of stiff fines for those people who don’t clean up after their dogs.”

a “request” to pay unless the City decides to take a person to court. Most people have historically paid their fines. Eventually (soon) the Council will have all aspects of the bylaw addressed or finalized.” In order for a bylaw to result in a conviction, there must be a way for the accused to contest the ticket. You are innocent until proven guilty in the court of law unless you plead guilty. There have been bylaws in the City of Nelson’s past,

that did not have an adjudication process. The City has made some efforts to put an adjudication process to various bylaws, but as of today there is no adjudication process for the dog bylaw. Apparently the city of Nelson is considering putting in an adjudication process into the dog bylaw sometime in early 2014. It is my opinion that the City should hold their nose and allow dogs back in the downtown core. I believe

the local businesses have shown a desire and willingness to assist in making dogs welcome downtown. In a previous City council meeting local businesses said they were prepared for a trial period of allowing dogs back on the streets. The businesses have also said they would pay for and provide dispensers. It’s very clear that our animal bylaw needs to be rewritten, so as to protect both the dog owner, as well as the citizens of our community.


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Arts & Entertainment

Boeing Boeing Theatre Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre 421 Victoria Street. Boeing-Boeing is a Mile High Comedy. Written in 1960, by playwright Marc Camoletti, Boeing-Boeing is the most performed French play in the world.Tickets are $35, Adult and $28 Full Time Student. Tickets are selling fast! Buy your ticket now! online at: 250-352-6363 To watch the Boeing-Boeing trailer go to:

Melody Diachun in concert Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 Doors open at 7 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. Shambhala Music & Performance Hall. Presented by Selkirk ProMusica: An evening with jazz vocalist Melody Diachun and her band. Tickets $15 available at Otter Books and at the photo submitted door LINK: https://www.facebook. com/events/731460310217031

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The Fabric of Nelson

Book launch, Thursday, Dec. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m. at the 5, 5 - 7 p.m. at Touchstones Capitol Theatre Nelson Kate Bridger’s new book, is now available in local stores and on Bridger’s website.Bridger, a local award-winning Fabric Artist has lived in Nelson for almost two decades. Her new book represents a collection of work stitched in and around Nelson since arriving here in 1994. Almost all of the pieces now hang on other people’s walls but a few new pieces were created especially for this project. To learn more about The Fabric of Nelson, visit Bridger’s websites at LINK: or

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One of the most dynamic and Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at exciting world-class ensembles of its the Mir Centre for Peace generation, the Borealis String Quartet Join us for an exciting live thehas received international critical atre production of “Corporations in acclaim as an ensemble praised for its Our Heads.” This fascinating profiery performances, passionate style, duction of the Vancouver company, and refined, musical interpretation. Theatre for Living, building is traveling BC community since 1988 LINK: and Alberta and is including the Mir tickets: Centre for Peace as part of their tour. For performance details and further information: facebook: Contact: 250-226-7311 BorealisQuartet Tickets at the door: sliding scale $5-$20



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Carnival of Wonders Friday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. at the Prestige Lakeside Resort At the Womagarium: Carnival of Wonders, guests will be transported back to golden age of the travelling carnival and explore the mysteries of the imagination with some of the city’s finest performers, a stellar silent auction, and other carnival-esque fun with all proceeds going directly to supporting the Nelson and District Women’s Centre. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, available at: Mountain Baby, the Women’s Centre and Fairies Pyjamas. contact Elena Banfield at 250-352-9949 or

Art Show Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Old Church Hall. Kootenay & Victoria St. Second Annual Pre-Christmas Art Show and Sale at the Old Church Hall. Door prizes. Tea and cookies. Participating artists: Graham Hurst, Karen Guilbault, Keira Zaslove, Marilyn McCombe, Sue Parr, Linda Kope, Ryan Kissinger, Helen Kissinger, Kimberley Hyatt, Fiona Brown. For more information, contact

Opening Reception: Friday, November 29, 6 - 9 p.m. at the Rossland Gallery, 2004 Columbia Avenue, Rossland For a second year 5 Kootenay painters, Jenny Baillie, Brigitte Desbois, Louise Drescher, Stephanie Gauvin, and Mirja Vahala will be kicking off the Christmas season with their December art exhibition. Please visit the artist’s websites to learn more about each artist. LINK:

Bocephus King at Vallican Friday, Nov. 22, Vallican Whole, 3762 Little Slocan Road Bocephus ‘Theolopolous’ King, Paul ‘Tiger’ Townsend, Wynston ‘The Professor Minckler and Charlie ‘Purple’ Hase are coming to Vallican Whole and bringing some new songs with them. The tunes are soulful, the band is cookin’ and by the end of the night they’ll have a hootenanny of a psychedelic dance party. Tickets are $10 in advance online or $12 at the door. LINK:

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Unplugged Sessions

Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 - 3 p.m. 523 Front St.

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Ellison’s Cafe Acoustic Unplugged Sessions presents Brian Kalbfleisch, a Nelson-based musician and artist. For his Ellison’s engagement, Brian will entertain on piano and ukulele, singing several original tunes and draw from a selection of classics. Next up is Clayton Middleton (voice, guitar) from Peterborough and Colin Weeks (voice, guitar) from North Vancouver are both singer-songwriters who attend the Selkirk Music Program. Clayton is a vocal major and Colin is a guitar major, they just met 2 months ago and list their influences as blues, folk, and rock. LINK:

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Keep Jumbo Wild Friday, Nov. 22. 6:30 p.m. Seniors’ Centre, 719 Vernon St. By donation, $10 or more. Come support a wild and free Jumbo Pass at a special “camp dinner� coming up Friday, . With delicious camp-style food, we are celebrating the success of the Jumbo Citizen’s Democracy Camp, which helped keep out development this summer. LINK:

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After the membership drive, Social Planning Action Network (SPAN) has 28 paid members for 2014. If you haven’t renewed your membership already for 2014, you can visit the website and fill out our online form. You can also come by the Nelson CARES office if you have any questions, and to drop off your membership. Just bring a toonie to Nelson CARES to pay the fee, or $10 if you are signing up a business or organization. Thanks for the continued ongoing support! LINK: membership/

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Rememberance Ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. Service will start at approximately 10am at the Legion, then proceed to the cenotaph. After the service, everyone is welcome at the branch for food, specials and to listen to the infamous Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band.

Nelson War Exhibit Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m - 3 p.m. at Touchtones Nelson Free hot drinks and cookies. Admission by donation, all proceeds going to the Royal Canadian Legion. Exhibit ends Nov 24. For information call 250-352-9813

“Spayghetti and No Balls� Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at Mary Hall, outside the Kemball building There will be a community rally Selkirk College, Tenth Street held outside the Kemball building Campus A gala benefit to support the BC during the meeting to protest the closure of our 24/7 ED.TMTV (Global/ SPCA spay/neuter programs. A gourBC1) will be there and hopefully met vegetarian feast with live entertainother press. Andrew Neuner, VP ment throughout the night. Incredible building community since 1988 of Community Integration will be live and silent auction items. Cocktails representing IHA as a delegation and silent auction begin at 6, dinner at the regular meeting of Kaslo begins serving at 7 p.m. LINK: https://www.facebook. Village council on Tuesday Nov 12 at 7 p.m. com/events/618683788154040



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Nelson & Area: Fri. Nov 8 - Sun. Nov 17 lll


Live Music

Fri. Nov 8 lllRequest DJ. Finley’s

Irish Bar and Grill

lllMatt Mays (early show) Shred Kelly (late show) Spirit Bar llNelson Leafs vs Princeton, Nelson Community Complex, 7 p.m. llBook Launch by Ernest Hekkanen and Ellen Burt, at Oxygen Arts Centre, 7:30 p.m. 320 Vernon lSocial Dancing at Finleys

6:30-8:30 p.m. Mixed playlist by Peter, no cover or Clinton Swanson & Friends lWomen of all ages get together to knit, crochet lace, make rugs & more. Women’s Centre 10-1 p.m. lMovie: Louis Cyr (with AFKO), 7 p.m. at Civic Theatre lGender Outlaws, a support and social group for trans and gender diverse folks. 250-354-5362.

llTake Back the Night

Eco-art banner making at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute 1 - 4 p.m.. llChristmas Bazaar, Nelson United Church. Coffee and muffins 10noon. High Tea 12:30-2 p.m. Baking, Crafts, Gifts.

lMovie: Bridge on the River Kwai, 7 p.m. at the Civic Theatre lNelson Chess Club meets:

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nelson’s Senior Association, 717 Vernon St. All ages welcome

lMeat Draws at Nelson Legion. 3:30p.m., in beverage room with Karaoke after. 250-352-7727. l Cathedral



Special Events


Immaculate Mass, Nelson at 7 p.m.

lSacred Heart Mass, Kaslo

at 4 p.m.

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Service. 10 a.m. All are welcome. 602 Silica St. 250-352-2822. lCribbage at the Legion beverage room, 12:45p.m. 250-352-7727.

lAscension Lutheran Church

Service 10:15a.m. Rosemont Elementary. All are welcome. 250352-2515. lCathedral of Mary Immaculate Mass, Nelson at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. lSacred Heart Mass, Proctor 2nd and 4th Sunday at 1 p.m.

suggested donation. 250-352-5274

lMovie: Bridge on the River

Kwai, 1 p.m. and Guns of Navarone, 7 p.m. at Civic Theatre

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Service: 10:30 a.m. All Welcome. Ward & Silica, 250-352-5711

lSt. John’s Lutheran Church Service. Everyone welcome to 4p.m. worship. 321 Silica St. 250354-3308.

Wed. Nov 13 lll Paul Landsberg at the

Library Lounge. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. lllOpen mic night at Expressions Cafe, 554 Ward st. 6 - 10 p.m. Coffee,tea, gourmet hot chocolate. 250-354-3910 llFREE Session on LiveCare - a video link to a medical specialist. 518 Lake Street 12-1 pm.

lGlacier Harmonies women’s

barbershop-style choir starts Wednesday, 7 p.m. Call 352-3393 or 352-7199 for info.

Mon. Nov 11 l Alzheimers/ Dementia lllSarah & Rich at the Caregiver support group meet-

Library Lounge. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

l l Remembrance Day Ceremony, starts at 10 a.m. at the

Legion and contines to Cenotaph lSquare Dancing at Nelson Legion. 6:30-8 p.m. Instruction given. $20 for 10 Dances or $4 Drop-in. Students 1/2price. lScottish Country Dancing 7 - 9 p.m. Call 250-359-7545 or 250-352-1863(cancelled today) lQi Gong at the Nelson Seniors Centre 719 Vernon 10:30 a.m. $3 drop-in

l St. Saviour’s Anglican Sun. Nov 10 Church Food Pantry, 701 Ward lllNiko at the Hume Library Street (Silica Street entrance) 9- Lounge. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 11am. Everyone welcome. lllKaraoke at Finley’s Irish Sat. Nov 9 Bar and Grill 9 p.m. lllDessert Dwellers & Kaminanda, Spirit Bar, 10 p.m. lllHollerado with Pup at l Heritage Harmony Spirit Bar, 8 p.m. lllBrian Kalbfleisch (ukuBarbershop Chorus. Welcoming lele & piano), Clayton Middleton llOxygen Art Centre’s AGM. anyone! Tim 250-825-9694 or John & Colin Weeks at Ellison’s Cafe at 7 p.m. 320 Vernon St. 250-352-6892 Acoustic Unplugged Sessions, 1-3 Tues. Nov 12 llWater Users Forum at the p.m. Nelson United Church, 7 p.m. $10 lllDoug and Melody 6 p.m. llMasquerade Dance Party and workshop at Taghum Hall (250) 354-8085 or email: for details l l Borscht Luncheon at the Eagles Hall: All proceeds go towards the Nelson Women’s Centre. $8 llNelson Leafs vs Spokane, Nelson Community Complex, 7 p.m.

Ongoing Events

The Library Lounge

llSPAN AGM at 2 p.m. at

Nelson CARES board room.

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Helicopter and small plane flying. All ages welcome, Central School 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. $5 Gym fee lMovie: Guns of Navarone, 7 Civic Theatre lRotary Club of Nelson Daybreak meet every week at 7 a.m. at Hume

ings. 2nd Wednesday Monthly. 7 p.m. Call 250-352-6788 or email lNelson Tech Club: for electronic hobbyists and Arduino enthusiasts to meet and work on projects. every Wednesday 6pm -Annex, Selkirk `10th St Campus. New members welcome. small facility fee, first visit free.http:// www.nelson-tech- email info@nelson- lLearn to make a QUILT with Susan Foot at the Women’s Centre 9-11.45 call 551-4951 lDarts at the Nelson Legion. 7:30p.m. 250-352-7727 lStitch it up! Learn to use a sewing machine, alter clothes, mend, put on a zipper. FREE 9 a.m - noon at the Women’s centre.

l Overeaters Anonymous Meeting, Community First Medical Clinic, 518 Lake Street, Nelson, noon - 1 p.m., 250-354-4105

lNelson Women’s Centre

Drop-in. Noon - 4p.m. Free clothing and food. 420 Mill St. 250352-9916. lGirls’ Night with Margaret-Ann at the Youth Centre. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. 608 Lake St. ph. 250-352-5656.

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Live Music

lNelson & Area Elder Abuse

Prevention Resource Centre. Wednesdays from 12 - 2pm 719 Vernon St. Phone 250-352-6008.

Thurs. Nov 14 lllKiyo & Guests at the

Library Lounge. 6p.m. to 10 p.m. lllTop Spin Thursdays w/ Levl’d Out. table tennis, 8 p.m. Spirit Bar

llTake Back the Night: March through the streets to stand up against violence against women!

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Corporations in my Head interactive Theatre, at Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College, 7 p.m. lMovie: at Civic Theatre lQi Gong at the Nelson United Church 602 Silica St 10 a.m. $3 drop-in

lToastmasters: Improve your

public speaking, communication and leadership skills. 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. www. lNelson Women’s Centre. Dropin. Noon - 4p.m. Free clothing and food. 420 Mill St. 250-352-9916.

Fri. Nov 15 lllRequest DJ. Finley’s

Irish Bar and Grill lllDubconscious: with Mama Sa, Spirit Bar, 10 p.m.



Special Events

l l Corporations in Our Heads – Interactive Theatre Event, Legion Hall, Nelson. 6 p.m. l l The Borealis String Quartet will take the stage at the Capitol Theatre at 2 p.m.. Tickets are available at the Capitol Theatre: 352-6363, . Students $14, adults $24. Students from schools participating in the Nelson Overture Society’s outreach program can access tickets for free. lSocial Dancing at Finleys 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mixed playlist by Peter, no cover or Clinton Swanson & Friends lWomen of all ages get together to knit, crochet lace, make rugs & more. Women’s Centre 10-1 p.m. lMovie: at Civic Theatre lGender Outlaws, a support and social group for trans and gender diverse folks. 250-354-5362.

ll2nd Annual Pre-Christmas Art Show & Sale, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Old Church Hall 602 Kootenay St lMovie: at Civic Theatre lMeat Draws at Nelson Legion. 3:30p.m., in beverage room with Karaoke after. 250-352-7727. lNelson Chess Club meets: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nelson’s Senior Association, 717 Vernon St. All ages welcome

Ongoing Events lMovie: at Civic Theatre l St. Saviour’s Anglican

Service: 10:30 am. All Welcome. Ward & Silica, 250-352-5711 lSt. John’s Lutheran Church Service. Everyone welcome to 4p.m. worship. 321 Silica St. 250354-3308.

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Service. 10 a.m. All are welcome. 602 Silica St. 250-352-2822. lCribbage at the Legion beverage room, 12:45p.m. 250-352-7727.

Sun. Nov 17 lllNiko at the Hume Library

Service 10:15a.m. Rosemont Elementary. All are welcome. 250352-2515.

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Immaculate Mass, Nelson, 7 p.m. lSacred Heart Mass, Kaslo at 4 p.m. Lounge. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

lllKaraoke at Finley’s Irish

Bar and Grill 9 p.m.

lAscension Lutheran Church

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Immaculate Mass, Nelson at 8:30 a.m and 10:30 a.m. 3.8� x 4.85�

l St. Saviour’s Anglican Church Food Pantry, 701 Ward Street (Silica Street entrance) 911am. Everyone welcome. Sat. Nov 16 l l l Ellison’s Unplugged Sessions presents Jan Van Gold with Hunter Stanway followed by Eli & Dylan, 12-3 p.m. lllBraden Early & Craig Mullin at Spirit Bar 10 p.m.

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Emergency 911 NPD - Non Emergency (250) 354-3919 RCMP- (250) 352-2156 Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477

Nelson RCMP news: stolen sailboat

On November 5, the Nelson RCMP received a report of a stolen sailboat that was on a trailer on private property in the Twelve Mile area of the North Shore of Nelson. The 25 foot Cal25 sailboat

has a white hull and yellow/brown upper portion and was on a grey galvanized Highlander boat trailer with a BC licence plate of 998684. The boat and trailer went missing sometime between Friday

November 1 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday November 5 at 2 p.m. An extra identifying item of the is that it does have a hole drilled in the hull to drain water that was trapped inside. Anyone with information

regarding this matter, is asked to call Cst. VAN HORNE at the Nelson RCMP at 250-352-2156 or Crimestoppers. submitted by the Nelson RCMP

Nakusp RCMP received a report of a break and enter that had occurred at the Fauquier Golf Club. Police learned that sometime between the evening of November 1st and the morning of November 2nd, the lock was cut off abuilding building on since the 1988 property community and access was gained. The thieves also gained access to a fuel tank and stole over 100 gallons of fuel. During the evening hours of November 2nd, 2013, culprits entered the

Golf Club in Perry Siding, British Columbia, where they gained entry into the golf cart shed by cutting the locks off the building. It is possible that the suspect(s) parked close by and walked onto the property. Both incidents appear to have occurred within a day of one another and may be related. The Nakusp and Slocan Lake RCMP are continuing to investigate these incidents. Police are requesting that anyone who

or suspicious person(s) in the above mentioned areas, to contact your local RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800222-8477. submitted by Nakusp RCMP

was arrested at scene without incident and is facing charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of trafficking. Police seized approximately 45 pounds of dried marihuana and various drug paraphernalia. The male is scheduled to appear in Castlegar Court on December 11, 2013 for his first appearance. submitted by Castlegar RCMP

RCMP news: break and enters at golf courses On Sunday, Nov. 3, property of the Valley View may have noticed vehicles A 58 year old Castlegar man



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All-wheels rolling at the Nelson’s new park After a dozen years of extraordinary community and volunteer effort, Nelson celebrates the completion of Canada’s newest All Wheel Park, for skateboarders and bike riders alike. “It’s pretty indescribable,” says 16-year-old LV Rogers student Jack McKay, who visited the extraordinary new facility last week along with two dozen members of the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skatepark Society (KLOSPS), City Council members and City staff who took part in a commemorative group photo shoot marking the park’s completion. Efforts to build the park included numerous location proposals, various blueprint drafts and hundreds of hours of public consultation, starting in 2002.

The 15,000 square-foot skatepark, which will be suitable for BMXers, scooter riders and in-line skaters too, was built by Langley’s New Line Skateparks. Long time KLOSPS member Shane Johnsen says it’s amazing to consider how many people pulled together over the years to get the project done. “And it’s absolutely the best park for our area. It’s twice the size of what we had planned for other sites.” Located on a 1.3-acre parcel in Rosemont, in Art Gibbon Park, the new venue is complimented by an incredible 26,000 square-foot mountain bike and BMX all-wheel park, improved pathways and an all-Natural Building washroom. Combined with Nelson’s world class moun-

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A zoom with a view: Nelson finally has a skatepark!

tain biking, the skate park and all wheel park puts Nelson in a class of its own, making the city an unrivaled destination for riders of all interests, ages and abilities. Mayor Dooley was quick

to thank the Province of BC for its $400,000 Community Recreation Grant, and the Columbia Basin Trust for an additional $50,000. submitted by the City of Nelson

Radon testing

I would like to have my house tested for radon. Can I test it myself and, what is the best method or test to have done? Does it matter where in the house that the test is performed?

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It is advisable that every house should be tested for radon levels. The Boundry/ Kootenay region does have known uranium deposits in the soil and this is where radon gas and its decay products come from. Radon gas is very site specific and radon levels are unknown from building to building until a proper test is performed. For instance one building could receive a high reading and the build-

ing next door could have a low reading. It is for this reason that testing is recommended for all buildings, and even though we live in an area that has known uranium deposits does not mean that every building here will have an elevated reading. Unfortunately, testing can not be done to a building site prior to building on it as, there are many variables that can affect a building and the site that may change the radon levels when the building is completed. Radon readings can

change from hour to hour, day to day, and season to season. Health Canada recommends that a long term test of 91 to 365 days be performed rather than a short term test of two to 90 days as, the long term tests will give a much better indication of your actual exposure to radon. The typical measurement device in our area is the passive alpha track monitor. These are a self-administered testing device however, there are some proper protocols as to the specific

placement of the device to ensure a proper reading. The following guidelines should be followed ensure an accurate reading from your device: Place at least 20 inches above the floor. Four inches from another object. 12 inches from a wall. Three feet away from a window or door. Do not place in a bathroom or kitchen. Place in lowest lived-in area. Do not place in a closet or storage area. Examples of a good location would be a bedroom, living room, dining room.

Steve, Chris and Bill are building consultants with Lynch Building Inspection Services Ltd. of Nelson.

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Five West Kootenay residents earn CPA, CMA designation The Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia (CMABC) is pleased to announce five West Kootenay residents received their CPA, CMA designation at the 2013 convocation ceremony on October 26, 2013 at the Westin Bayshore

hotel in Vancouver. This year, CMABC welcomed 239 graduates to the Society as designated members. Gwen Higgins, B.A.Sc., CPA, CMA - Castlegar; Yev Malloff, B.Com., CPA, CMA - Nelson; Kira Moffat, BBA, CPA, CMA - Castlegar; Christopher Stewart, BBA,

CPA, CMA – Grand Forks; Sharel Wallace, CPA, CMA - Castlegar. “As a fellow proud CPA, CMA, I encourage our 2013 graduates to seize the opportunities your designation brings,” said Vinetta Peek, CPA, CMA, CMA (Hon.), President and CEO

of CMA British Columbia. “Our 239 graduates today, represent the future of the accounting profession in British Columbia and on behalf of the Society we wish each of you a successful career as strategic management accountants.” submitted by the CPA

Construction begins on Kaslo’s Emergency Services Building In a ground-breaking ceremony this morning, the RDCK, the Village of Kaslo and the Kaslo Fire Department celebrated the start of construction on the new Kaslo Emergency Services Building. “After a decade of discussion I am really glad we have broken ground on the new fire hall,” said Andy Shadrack, RDCK Director for Electoral Area D. That sentiment is shared by Kaslo Mayor Greg Lay

who said: “Let’s ‘git-rdone!” The Regional District of Central Kootenay awarded the contract for phase one of the project to ENCAN Construction of Kelowna. ENCAN’s construction foreman, Greg Stone of Rossland, has contracted two local heavy equipment contractors for excavation work and has hired three local area carpenters. Mr. Stone said that ENCAN will make every effort

to hire local workers. He also intends on purchasing much of the required building supplies locally. The emergency services building will be constructed in two phases. Phase one, which is forecast to be complete in March 2014, will take the building to ‘lock up’ (framing, flooring, walls, roofing, piping, electrical service, and doors). The remainder of the project (phase two)

will include the installation of Gyprock, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, heating, finishing, air supply, furnishings, etc., with each element being bid out separately and the works being managed by a project superintendent hired by the RDCK. The RDCK is excited about this project and will keep the public posted on its progress. submitted by the RDCK

Why are moths attracted to light? dr. science Christine Humphries

As I was sitting around the picnic table watching moths bombard my Coleman propane lamp, I wondered why these, and many other insects, are so attracted to light sources. In fact, there is no definitive scientific explanation for this attraction to light, a behaviour called phototaxis.

The leading theory is that moths are oriented by light rather than attracted to it. Moths are nocturnal insects and are most active at night. They normally use the moon for navigation purposes and, because the moon is so far away, moths can keep the moon light at a fixed angle to their flight path allowing them to travel in a straight line. A bright artificial light source will change the moth’s perspective causing it to spiral around this new light

source in ever-decreasing circles and eventually fly right into it (where it often meets its death). Scientists also think that not all insects are attracted to the same light sources because insects have varying abilities to see different wavelengths of light. As well, the weather and the time of night may also affect the type and number of insects attracted to a particular light source. Some scientists (and campers) have observed

Dr. Science is in real life, Dr. Christine Humphries, a molecular biologist

that bugs are more attracted to light before a storm, and less during the full moon. If you want to try to test these hypotheses at home, set up a flashlight against a screened window in a darkened room and count the number of different insects that come up to the light. You can experiment with doing this at different times of the night or during different types of weather such as just before a storm versus on a calm evening.

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Opinion&Editorial Commentary: GMOs – UBCM Resolution (Part 1) I was p l e a s e d to see the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) pass a motion to by Alex Atamanenko, MP make BC a GeneticallyEngineered( GE) free area in respect to all plant and animal species. This is an important statement, especially in light of the pending commercial release of GE (Roundup Ready) alfalfa and the trademark GE Arctic Apple. Our BC municipalities have been quite progressive on this important issue. In 1999 the UBCM resolved to petition the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of British Columbia, and their respective Ministers’ of Agriculture to take immediate and decisive action to halt the growing monopolization of our food production industry and the introduction of “terminator seed” which could spread plant sterility among all seeding plants, potentially creating a glob-

al catastrophe; and that the UBCM urge the government of Canada and of BC to act immediately to prevent any Canadian corporation from patenting, and thus controlling and monopolizing, any seed stock of any variety in Canada and elsewhere in the world. Currently, there are only 4 GE crops grown in Canada: corn, soya, canola and sugar beet. Approval has been given by the federal government for GE alfalfa. Alfalfa is used as pasture and hay for animal feed as well as for nitrogen fixation in the soil and is also manufactured into pellets for export. It is a vital crop in organic farming. Forage Genetics International is waiting to begin selling GE alfalfa seeds in Canada pending approval of a so-called “coexistence plan”. The US government deregulated GE Alfalfa in 2011 and the USDA is finding its adventitious presence in a growing number of sites they have tested, making it clear that co-existence is nothing more than an absurd industry talking point. Any release of GE alfalfa in Canada

can only be viewed as a willful attack on non-gmo and organic farmers. GE Free BC and Greenpeace Vancouver are sponsoring a fall and winter tour to spread awareness, educate, and share concerns about genetically engineered foods. The speaker’s tour, Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health, will feature Dr. Thiery Vrain, retired Ag Canada genetic engineer and Dr. Shiv Chopra, ex-scientist for Health Canada and tireless defender of the world’s food supply. We are fortunate that the tour is coming to Osoyoos - November 26, 7:00 pm at the Watermark Beach Hotel, to Grand Forks - December 05, 7:00 pm at the Seniors Centre (City Park) and to Kaslo - December 14, 6:00 pm at St. Andrews Heritage Hall. I hope that constituents will be able to attend one of these important events. (In part 2, I will cover GMOs in more in detail and include more reasons why we should be putting a stop to this “madness”.)

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Opinion&Editorial My Opinion

by Spencer Pollard

‘Tis the Season (Seasonal Tips) Winter is roads aren’t the safest and coming, soon. during the holiday rush you This time of might feel inclined to test year, the weather cools and fate; don’t. Accidents hapthe consumers go crazy, but pen and tempting fate is how can you survive it all? just plain stupid. Get your shopping done Some generic tips for early. Waiting until a week everyone although, I hope or two before Christmas is you find of use. People a disaster. You’ll be waiting tend to forget these or simin long lines with some- ply choose to ignore them thing you didn’t intend to as they feel that they are buy but had to due to being somehow exempt from lazy. Being lazy is a crime nature’s design. Don’t be I commit on a regular basis one of those people, use but even I have the hindsight common sense and use to get my shopping done at your logic. It’s a joyful least a month in advance. season but don’t make it Secondly, drive safe; the a pain. 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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Fish Heads and Flowers Fish Heads To the folks who think it’s okay to throw litter out of their vehicles! So sorry to see a recently cleaned

strip of highway already has litter showing up. Come on everybody - let’s take care of the world! Signed: A commuter

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Agree or disagree M o n d a y, November 11, is Remembrance Day. It is important, as we move forward By Nelson Becker in an increasingly less violent world, that we take this

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moment to remember the violence of the past and the sacrifice our mostlymale armed forces made to protect us. By remembering the horrors and those sacrifices, we learn from our past and become less likely to choose violent solutions, where diplomacy and conversation can be much more

effective. If you want more information on how the world is less violent today than it ever has been see Steve Pinker’s talk on pinker_on_the_myth_of_violence. html

Do you think you are a peaceful person? If you want peace in our world, then you must make peace in your heart, family, and community.

Last week’s survey response: Would you be in favour of abandoning the time change?

75.8% said YES and 24.2% said NO

Not necessary. More people are up at night than in the morning to have more daylight is a pain. Winter is long enough without having to jump start it. I commented previously about how I LOVE Daylight Savings time -I was also thinking, what’s the big fuss about a one hour time change twice a year? Don’t people ever travel to Alberta for a weekend, or worse yet, fly to Ontario, or heaven forbid, maybe Europe or Asia. Adjusting to a small time change is no big issue unless you’re that rigid and inflexible. Doesn’t make sense to do it. I don’t know if this is true, but I remember hearing that the car companies instigated the time change because they realized people would drive more if it was dark earlier. Sounds like something they would do. I hate the disruption of it all. I just don’t see the point of it. There’s the same number of hours in the day regardless of what you name each hour. Sudden changes to routine aren’t healthy - just ask any parent of a 2-year-old! we are in the mountain time zone, for the most part

I LOVE Daylight Savings -longer daylight in the afternoon/evenings. The only way I would want to abandon the time change is if we permenantly went on to Mountain Standard Time (i.e. being permenantly on Pacific Daylight Savings Time). The West Kootenay’s should switch to mountain standard time, the same as the East Kootenay, which would give longer daylight hours, especially in the summer. This would allow tourists more time to wander your communities later in the evenings, rather than retreating to accomodations, thus spending more money. Also would help make streets safer. we should stay on daylight saving time year round, it makes more sense in our geographic location. I would rather see 2 hours time change. Far more light in the evenings. During WW2, they did 4 hours time change to help the combat teams. So if we did 2 hours time change then... that isn’t so bad when thinking of it that way. ;) Yes mornings would be darker but in Creston where they don’t change time, kids are

already going to school in pitched black and there hasn’t been any issue with lack of visibility with children in the mornings. Keep Summer Time. Let’s stay on daylight savings time - it’s great to have more light later in the day. I’d be in favour of abandoning time change only if we stayed permanently on daylight savings time. I love to get a walk in after work and it is much more pleasant in the daylight. We should stay on Creston/East Shore time year round. We’d get an hour more daylight in the afternoon. This means we’d be on PDT/MST year round. Surveys say there are more accidents when the time is changed (especially in the spring when we lose an hour). I believe there is not strong reason for the time change. THE “daylight saving time” has never saved anything. It is basically insane to think you can save daylight. I get an extra hour of sleep

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