by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 2:46pm

Three Break-and-Enters to local businesses along the north end of Columbia Avenue Monday night have police reminding business owners and residents alike to secure their valuables, according to RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner.

“It's been an ongoing thing now, starting in mid to late summer,” Turner said, adding the rash of break-ins started primarily in the industrial area, but appears to have expanded to include retail stores and businesses as well. “They (the perpetrators) are looking for quick and easy cash.”

Recent News

Great new sport takes over Nelson — Pickleball

The courts at the Tenth Street Campus gym have been jammed with Nelsonites joining the Pickleball craze. — Submitted photo

There a great new sport in Nelson — and it's called Pickleball.

Nelson pickleball has taken over Selkirk College's Mary Hall gym on Sunday for an afternoon of continuous play on five courts.

For people unaware of the sport, pickleball is the fastest growing game in North America, especially with the 55-plus crowd.

But anyone is welcome to join the players who can usually be found playing at Mary Hall (10th Avenue campus) Monday to Thursday 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Fridays and Sundays at 1:30, p.m. as long as the gym is free.

Refugee Family Arrives From Syria

Castlegar Airport Building

Exhausted from three days of travelling from Turkey, a young refugee couple from Syria has arrived in Rossland with their baby son.  When their plane landed in Castlegar on November 29, Teysir and Heba Misto and their baby were welcomed by members of the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees, with the help of a young Arabic-speaking pre-med student, Zakia Hanafy, who is also a member of the Castlegar Refugee Coalition.

Fundraiser in front of City Hall to take international giving to new heights

Clean water projects in Peru have the potential to save countless lives.

Castlegar Rotary is taking fundraising to new heights, with an event this Friday that's sure to make participants high on giving.

The event, slated for Dec. 2 from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. in front of City Hall, will see a scissor-lift race, putting some of our finest citizens 30 feet into the air in a race to the highest dollar amount for an excellent international cause.

Regional News

Nelson Brewing releasing coffee stout to celebrate Christmas

For Christmas we thought, we should do something special, and Oso was the obvious one we wanted to bring for Christmas — NBC Marketing and Sales Manager Al McLeod. — John Boivin photo, The Nelson Daily

There’s a special batch of Christmas cheer fermenting at the Nelson Brewing Company this month.

Next week Nelson’s oldest craft brewery will release “Oso Negro Prince of Darkness Organic Coffee Stout”, a coffee-infused concoction to celebrate the season, and the company’s 25th anniversary of creating unique beers in the Kootenays.

“For Christmas we thought, we should do something special, and Oso was the obvious one we wanted to bring for Christmas,” says NBC Marketing and Sales Manager Al McLeod.

SUMMER JOBS FOR STUDENTS

Member of Parliament Richard Cannings

NOW OPEN – EMPLOYER 2017 CANADA SUMMER JOBS APPLICATIONS

Ottawa, ON – Richard Cannings, MP – South Okanagan-West Kootenay - is pleased to announce that it is time for all not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with up to 50 employees to apply for funding from the Government of Canada.  The application period for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program begins on December 7, 2016 to January 20, 2017.

UPDATED: City CFO responds to CUPE 339 strike vote

CUPE 339, which includes Public Works department and newly organized Nelson Youth Centre members, voted 95 percent in favour of job action during a meeting Monday.

A handful of newly unionized employees at the Nelson Youth Centre continue to be the major stumbling block to formulate an agreement between the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 339 and City of Nelson.

Colin McClure, Chief Financial Officer for the City of Nelson said in a media release Thursday the main holdup is the rights the youth centre employees will have as a group of employees.  

Provincial & National

Kim Charlesworth appointed Agriculture and Food Systems Spokesperson

Nelson-Creston candidate Kim Charlesworth has been appointed by leader Andrew Weaver as Green Party spokesperson for Agriculture and Food Systems.

B.C. Green Party Nelson-Creston candidate Kim Charlesworth has been appointed by leader Andrew Weaver as the party’s Spokesperson for Agriculture and Food Systems.

As Board Chair of the Kootenay and Boundary Food Producer’s Co-op, Charlesworth has worked on the ground with farmers on issues that directly affect their ability to make a living, such as changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve, meat inspection regulations, and rebuilding storage and distribution infrastructure.

B.C. offers increased protection for those at risk of family violence

This model strengthens the ability of police to enforce protection orders and of Crown counsel to prosecute breach charges.

Government is acting to ensure greater safety and protection of those experiencing or are at risk of family violence, by using professional process servers for delivery of protection orders at no cost to applicants, in all regions of the province.

This change means more than 1,000 applicants will no longer need to arrange for a friend or family member to serve a protection order or hire a professional process server when a respondent is not present in court to receive the order.