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Selkirk College adds student housing in Castlegar, Nelson

Castlegar will be getting 112 new beds, while Nelson gets 36 new beds.

Selkirk College students in Castlegar and Nelson will have more access to student housing as provincial funding for 148 beds in two new buildings has been approved.

These new buildings will provide more on-campus housing options, while helping to reduce rental-market pressure in both communities.

Affordable housing fund could arise out of permissive tax exemption policy

City staff will be digging deep during the 2022 budget planning process to find some funding alternatives to allow permissive tax exemptions (PTE) to operate as a tool to support the supply of affordable housing in Nelson — TND file photo.

 

The city will be turning a sow’s ear of permissive tax exemptions into a silk purse of affordable housing as it charts a course on a new financial policy.

City staff will be digging deep during the 2022 budget planning process to find some funding alternatives to allow permissive tax exemptions (PTE) to operate as a tool to support the supply of affordable housing in Nelson, noted city chief financial officer Colin McClure in his report to council at the last regular council business meeting.

Investigation into acquisition of Krestova private land for park purposes has begun

The Regional District of Central Kootenay staff have taken up the mantle of exploration into the potential acquisition of 134 acres of land in Krestova — located in electoral Area H — to be used as regional parkland for outdoor recreation — RDCK screenshot.

An analysis has been launched into the merit of adding a chunk of private land into the regional parks system.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay staff have taken up the mantle of exploration into the potential acquisition of 134 acres of land in Krestova — located in electoral Area H — to be used as regional parkland for outdoor recreation.

Area H director Walter Popoff said the land has already been used by people in the region to recreate.

BC reports 2,090 new weekend cases of COVID-19; 404 in Interior Health

In the past 96 hours, 28 new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,029.

As of Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, 88.8% (4,117,400) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.6% (3,830,063) received their second dose.

In addition, 89.3% (3,862,332) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 83.3% (3,604,199) received their second dose.

Over a four-day period, B.C. is reporting 2,090 new cases of COVID-19, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 194,581 cases in the province:

Mammogram Tests A Must, Even During COVID-19

Cheryl Trevison, with husband Lance, suggests that women not use COVID-19 as an excuse not to get a mammogram. — Submitted photo

You've likely heard about the backlog across the country in diagnostic testing — like mammograms — due to COVID-19.

But you might not have heard about Cheryl Trevison, a Nelson retiree who learned she had breast cancer during COVID-19 and is now fighting it as you read.

Trevison, who has live in the Heritage City area for most of her life, almost didn't get a recent mammogram due to being worried about going to the hospital and risking COVID-19 exposure.

Piece of the billion-dollar film production pie sought for region by new Kootenay film commissioner

The $4-billion current of the Hollywood North economy could be rippling into the Kootenay region at a steady stream very soon, and the conduit for that flow is the newly appointed Kootenay Regional Film Commissioner, John Wittmayer — Timothy Schafer photo.

The $4-billion current of the Hollywood North economy could be rippling into the Kootenay region at a steady stream very soon.

And the conduit for that flow is the newly appointed Kootenay Regional Film Commissioner, John Wittmayer.

A veteran of the film industry in Vancouver — but born and raised in the Slocan Valley — Wittmayer has the contacts, the background and experience in one of the largest industries the province has to offer.

#BuyBasin Festival is back showcasing Columbia Basin businesses

Kootenay Crate Co. co-owner Jennifer Leschuk is excited to be part of the #BuyBasinFestival. — Submitted photo

It’s back . . . and even better.

The #BuyBasin Festival, featuring musical performances, local artisans as well as numerous other businesses, has returned following a successful spring event to take consumers live to local shops around the Columbia Basin beginning in mid-October.

Beware of scams using false CBSA credentials

The Canada Border Services Agency never initiates a request for social insurance number and credit card number by telephone or email.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is warning the public about ongoing email, web, text messages and telephone scams in which people posing as officials from the CBSA are asking for payment or personal information, including Social Insurance Number (SIN).

The methods and messages used by the scammers are varied and ever-changing, but always designed to demand money and lure the public into providing personal information.

All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre

All Together Now! features a fantastic selection of songs from MTI’s beloved catalogue of musicals including Rent, Into the Woods, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, Guys and Dolls, Company, Mamma Mia! (see photo), Les Misérables, and many more. — 2019’s Mamma Mia by Emilee Wheeler of Electrify Photography

Black Productions announced that they will be joining thousands of theatrical organizations around the globe by producing their own local production of Music Theatre International’s All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre.

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) created this musical revue for theatres across the globe to use as a local fundraising event performed over the same weekend of November 12, 2021. Black Production’s performances are scheduled for in person shows on November 13th & 14th, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.

Environment Canada issues snow warning for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

The Environment Canada website said a frontal system moving across the British Columbia Interior will give snow to most southern highway passes for the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

The Environment Canada website said a frontal system moving across the British Columbia Interior will give snow to most southern highway passes for the Thanksgiving long weekend.

“Precipitation from the system will start as rain (Saturday) afternoon, and then as snow levels drop, it will change to snow on (Saturday) night or Sunday morning,” Environment Canada said.

“The snow is expected to continue through Sunday evening.”

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