January 2015

Paving the way for large personal income tax cuts in Canada

Paving the way for large personal income tax cuts in Canada

Large-scale personal income tax cuts could provide relief for working Canadians and lay the foundation for long-term economic growth, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The current debate about tax relief in Ottawa has focused primarily on the size of future budget surpluses, but policy-makers should think big and consider sweeping tax reform to lower the tax burden on Canadians and bolster the economy,” said Niels Veldhuis, president of the Fraser Institute.

Time to clip some wings and trim some salaries at B.C. legislature

Three highest paid staff in the BC  legislature  earn more than their counterparts in Ottawa.

With travel costs doubling and salary expenses up by more than 15 per cent since 2009-10, it's time to rein-in some of the free-spending ways of some staff at the B.C. legislature, according to IntegrityBC.

In 2013-14, the clerk of the B.C. legislature, Craig James, saw his salary increase by more than $30,000.

James now earns $289,984 or at least $61,184 more than the clerk of the House of Commons, Audrey O'Brien and $70,587 more than the clerk of the Ontario legislature, Deborah Deller.

Mountainside Chamber Music rolls out red carpet to experienced musicians

Mountainside Chamber Music is hosting two shows in Nelson in January. —Submitted photo

Mountainside Chamber Music is inviting experienced Violinists, Violists, Cellists and Bass Players to join our expanding strings program held in both Nelson and Hills.  

The upcoming 2015 Winter-Spring strings program runs from Jan 27 -  June 9, 2015.  Registration deadline is January 20, 2015.  

Believe it or not, price of gas dips below a buck

The price of a litre of gas dipped below a dollar at the 7-11 Petro Canada station in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

What can you get for under a buck?

Well, as of this week in Nelson, a litre of gas.

Petrol in the Heritage City joined the rest of the province in seeing its gas prices plummet from $1.40 not that long ago to 99.9.

Average gas prices have fallen more than 40 cents per litre since June due to declining oil prices.

The price throughout the West Kootenay Boundary is the same according to Gas Buddy website.


Photo: David Suzuki Foundation

Science Matters
Vol. 17, No. 2
13 Jan 2015


Digging out of Canada’s mining dilemma

By David Suzuki


It sometimes seems people in the mining and fossil fuel industries — along with their government promoters — don’t believe in the future. What else could explain the mad rush to extract and use up the Earth’s resources as quickly and wastefully as possible?

NPD advise public of 'hydro' phone scam

NPD advise public of 'hydro' phone scam

Nelson Police is issuing a warning of another phone scam hitting the city — this time from a person claiming to be employed by a local hydro company.

Cst. Corey Hoy of the NPD said the department received a call for service from a local business advising of the scam call.

"The person stated that the business’ power was going to be disconnected in 30 minutes unless the business owner purchased money cards and followed the instructions provided," Hoy explained.

TOUR De SOUP: They Lapped it Up!

photo by Dave Cornelius

The "Goat FM Tour de Soup"  held at the  Black Jack Cross-Country Ski Club, went through five vats of delicious soup this year -- the supply of mouth-watering soups ran out  as hungry skiers kept lining up with cups.

The "Tour de Soup" is a day of free skiing at Black Jack,  with free soup, too -- donated by local restaurants and dished out by volunteers.  This year,  the soups included:

Northern Avalance sweep Kootenay Wildcats in weekend series

Northern Avalance sweep Kootenay Wildcats in weekend series

The Kootenay Wildcats struggle on the BC Hockey Female AAA League circuit continued as the squad dropped a three-game series to the Northern Cougars this past weekend in Nelson.

Kootenay lost 9-2 and 5-1 Saturday during games at the Civic Centre before dropping a 4-1 decision Sunday.

During the opener, the Cats trailed 2-0 after one period and 4-0 following 40 minutes before scoring twice in the third period.

Affiliate player Annah Setter of Golden and Kendra Waterstreet of Fruitvale scored for Kootenay.

Ice let points slip away against Greater Vancouver Canadians

Kootenay Ice played well enough to win, but dropped a pair of home games in Castlegar. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Kootenay Ice had a Greater Vancouver Canadians squad that was primed for allowing two points to slip away.

However, the Canadians played just well enough to sweep the two game BC Hockey Major Midget League series this past weekend in Castlegar.

Greater Van defeated the Ice 3-1 Saturday and 4-2 Sunday.

Kootenay took a 1-0 lead in the opener on a goal by Aiden Browell of Fruitvale.

However, Greater Van tied the game before the period ended then scored twice to secure the win in the third frame.

New program promotes internationally educated midwives

New program promotes internationally educated midwives

The Province is providing $680,000 for a new program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) that provides a pathway for internationally educated midwives to become fully licensed to practise in British Columbia.

“Midwives are an important part of the health-care system and offer families more choices when it comes to having a baby,” said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson.

“The new program at UBC gives internationally educated midwives a clearly defined pathway to practise in British Columbia.”