HEU laundry workers deliver petition to the legislature, urging government to save jobs

Carts are loaded but HEU members continue to fight to keep laundry with members.

The voices of 12,423 British Columbians were heard at the provincial legislature this morning with the tabling of a petition calling on government to halt the Interior Health Authority's plan to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities.
A delegation of Hospital Employees' Union laundry workers presented their petition to NDP MLAs Michelle Mungall, Jennifer Rice and opposition health critic Judy Darcy on the steps of the legislature, prior to being tabled during Question Period.

Gerrard Trout respond to diminishing food supply

Gill and Gift owner Randy Zelonka holds what fish caught in Kootenay Lake were like in 2011. — Submitted photo

Gerrard Rainbow Trout spawning numbers are low this year, and that could be a good thing says a fisheries biologist.

“There is room here for both concern and optimism. Short term the numbers mean a period of time where trophy rainbow trout fishing will be poor,” said Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) senior provincial fisheries biologist Jeff Burrows.

“However, the numbers also mean that Kokanee predators are rapidly readjusting to feeding conditions, which will improve survival of Kokanee.”

RCMP report body found near Beasley by SARS

Nelson RCMP are reporting a body has been found near Beasley.
Nelson RCMP report that the 21-year-old man missing in the Beasley area was found deceased at approximately 7:35 p.m. Wednesday (May 13) by Search And Rescue personal.

Coroner reports body found near Beasley

Coroner reports body found near Beasley

The body of a young adult male was found in a wooded area near Beasley at roughly 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, according to BC Coroner spokesperson Barb McLintock.

"Yes, there was a body found that was reported as a Coroner's case, and we've begun a preliminary investigation," McLintock said.

She said they are not yet releasing the name of the deceased, but they expect to be able to do so in a release this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

She also said the circumstances do not, at this time, appear to be suspicious.

Kaslo, New Denver prepare to host May Days Celebrations

The Kaslo May Day parade is set for Monday at high noon. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Victoria Day long weekend comes a little earlier this year.

But that will not stop organizers in Kaslo and New Denver from rolling out the red carpet on May Days Celebrations 2015.

And if Mother Nature cooperates by giving some great weather, New Denver and Kalso will give locals the best reason for a Staycation with the traditional May Day celebrations on the he unofficial first long weekend of summer.

Both celebrations have been around for more than 100 years — Kaslo 121 and New Denver 107 years young.

Lions Show Appreciation for Students' Help

Don Vinish presents cheque

Don Vinish of the Rossland Golden City Lions presents a cheque to the grade 7 and 8 students of Rossland Summit School (RSS) in appreciation for their participation in the spring cleanup at the Lions Campground.

Fifty RSS students in total joined in the effort to spruce up our community campground and prepare it for the 2015 camping and RV season.

RANT: On nipples, nudity and nonsense. The naked truth

RANT: On nipples, nudity and nonsense. The naked truth

Ed Note: I should, by rights, accompany this article with a topless photo, not a head shot. But, ironically, I believe I would be imprisoned for doing so … even though we sexualize everything from orange juice to alcohol in every media ranging from newspapers (Sunshine girls), TV, radio, etc. We spend billions of dollars each year on porn mags, strippers and videos … but apparently, female nudity is only legally acceptable if it somehow denigrates and objectifies the women in question, not if it’s a healthy and honest expression of opposition and personal freedom. Seriously, THINK about that.

Our Future: History as Usual?

Our Future:  History as Usual?

What is usual, and what is natural

In my most-recent two columns, I see that I leaned heavily on the phrase of John N. Gray when he describes our likely future: “history as usual.” I want to expand on this. I am going to attempt an outline of the widest-possible generalizations about human beings as a species, in our history, prehistory, biology, and consciousness.

Former MLA John Slater dies suddenly

Former MLA John Slater dies suddenly

More to come...

The sudden death of former Boundary-Similkameen Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) John Slater has been confirmed, Wednesday, May 13th. 

Slater was the MLA from 2009 until 2013, when he left the Liberal party, temporarily ran as an Independent before withdrawing from the 2013 campaign. 

Premier Christy Clark released the following statement today: 

“I am deeply saddened to hear John Slater has passed away. John was a caucus colleague and a friend.

Swiftwater Rescue team called in to search for man missing from Beasley

Swiftwater teams training for searches like the one in Beasley today.

Swiftwater Search and Rescue team has now been called out to help find a man missing from the Beasley area since Friday (for original story, click here).

South Columbia SAR president Mike Hudson (and search manager for this incident) said five SAR teams and one Swiftwater team are looking for 21-year-old John Nichols, of Australia.

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