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OP/ED: MLA speaks to new COVID-19 safety measures

Dear Friends, Neighbours and Community Members,
 
British Columbia has one of the highest rates of vaccination in Canada. Over 83% of people age 12 and older in B.C. have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and over 75% have received two doses. This is encouraging progress. Each person who gets vaccinated makes themselves and their friends, family, and co-workers safer, and brings us all closer to putting the pandemic behind us. 
 

UPDATED: Nelson Police make arrest following grass fire near Highway overpass

Quick response by Nelson Fire & Rescue Services limited the spread of a grass fire Saturday afternoon below the Alpine Motel in Nelson. — Nelson Fire & Rescue Services photo

Nelson Police said officers have identified and arrested 36-year-old male in connection with the August 28, 2021, grass fire near Highway 6/3A and below the Alpine Motel.

The fire was quickly extinguished by Nelson Fire & Rescue Services members.

Nelson Police said the man was observed lighting the fire by a sharp-eyed Nelson resident who then reported the matter to local authorities.

Nelson Police said officers and fire department members were able to quickly work together locating the male in the downtown core of Nelson.

Meet the Kootenay-Columbia candidates in upcoming online forums

The final forum will see the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce partner with Nelson at its Best to co-host an all-candidates forum for Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The forum will be a virtual one via Zoom — Wikimedia Commons.

It’s time to meet your candidates for the next federal election Sept. 20.

Well, at least meet them in a virtual sense. Social distancing has infiltrated the latest version of a Canadian federal election and there have yet to be any in-person forums or gatherings during this fourth wave campaign.

But there are a few online offerings in which people in the Kootenay-Columbia riding — which includes Nelson, Creston, Salmo, Kaslo and most of the RDCK — can get a sense of what mettle the candidates are made of.

 

The candidates currently include a roster of five:

Severe storm action winds budget line in city second quarter report

Storm activity this year caused the city-owned Nelson Hydro budget to rise slightly ahead of where it should be at this time of the year, noted city deputy financial officer Chris Jury, but it was also aided and abetted by an increase in the storm repair budget — Wikimedia Commons.

Climate change has thrown the city a curve ball again with several major weather incidents causing a crowding at the plate on the second quarter bottom line.

Storm activity this year caused the city-owned Nelson Hydro budget to rise slightly ahead of where it should be at this time of the year, noted city deputy financial officer Chris Jury, but it was also aided and abetted by an increase in the storm repair budget.

‘Current level of service reliability’ by Nelson Hydro to rural customers not adequate: BCUC report

Nelson Hydro must file with the BCUC a five-year vegetation management plan to address how and when the utility will improve service levels “through the adoption of improved vegetation management practices and, if necessary, through increased spending levels on vegetation management.” — Wikimedia, Creative Commons

Although a BC Utilities Commission review approved an increase to Nelson Hydro rural customer rates it noted the city-owned utility’s index of service reliability had deteriorated in recent years, and its current level of service reliability to its rural customers was not adequate.

Guidelines for the start of school released for SD8

The district was given its marching orders earlier this week regarding how the management of the pandemic’s fourth wave will be handled once school resumes Sept. 6 and there are some changes, including masking up.

Picture day may be the only time children see each other’s faces in school as masks will be mandatory for young people from Grade 4 and up for the coming school year in School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake).

The district was given its marching orders earlier this week regarding how the management of the pandemic’s fourth wave will be handled once school resumes Tuesday, Sept. 7 and there are some changes, including masking up.

New COVID-19 cases in the Kootenays continue to increase

Kootenay Lake Hospital COVID-19 testing site has been busy during the past recent weeks as nurses test the public at a drive-through station at the hospital. — The Nelson Daily photo

As new COVID-19 cases continue to increase across BC, so do the numbers of new cases in the Kootenay region.

And again, the Nelson area has seen another increase after the BC Centre of Disease Control Wednesday released is most recent data, from August 15-21, 2021.

Nelson saw an increase of almost 30 per cent from the previous week, topping the Kootenay Boundary with 153 new COVID-19 cases according to the BCCDC weekly Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map.

Market driving development, not needs of people: councillor

Coun. Keith Page asked city council and city staff to make a commitment during an Aug. 17 regular council business meeting in council chambers to stage a workshop to deal with the disparity between the type of housing development in the city versus the actual needs of Nelsonites.

The current nature of development in Nelson is not serving the needs of some of the people of the city, one city councillor claimed during a recent elected official’s meeting.

Keith Page asked city council and city staff to make a commitment during an Aug. 17 regular council business meeting in council chambers to stage a workshop to deal with the disparity between the type of housing development in the city versus the actual needs of Nelsonites.

Mask mandate to reduce transmission, protect people in public spaces

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, said wearing masks is an important extra step to make indoor public spaces safer for everyone.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces throughout B.C. to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 as B.C. prepares for the fall and respiratory illness season.

A new order from the provincial health officer will require people 12 and older to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.

These settings include:

Last Stand West Kootenays rally calls for RCMP to Stand Down at Fairy Creek

More than 100 concerned citizens gathered outside Lakeside Park to protest the police attacks on old growth forest defenders at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island. — Submitted photo

More than 100 people set up shop outside the Nelson RCMP detachment Monday to protest police attacks on old growth forest defenders at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island.

The protest, dubbed the “Last Stand West Kootenays” was staged to express concerns over the recent escalating level of violence against Fairy Creek protesters by members of the RCMP.

The protest was one of 17 staged across the province Monday, including New Denver, Nanaimo, Vernon as well as in Calgary and Toronto.

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