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Call for Entry: Artists/Heritage Venues for Columbia Basin Culture Tour – Aug. 12-13

Call for Entry: Artists/Heritage Venues for Columbia Basin Culture Tour – Aug. 12-13

Call for entry: registrations are being accepted for artists/venues in the Columbia Basin to participate in the Ninth Annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT), a celebration of culture taking place Aug. 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Trail swim team makes TRAX at province-level meets

Sharman Thomas BC - AA Provincial Swim Meet Chilliwack (1 Gold and 2 Silver Medals)

TRAX Swim Club swimmers recently competed in the following Swim BC-sanctioned Swim Meets:

Snowfest Swim Meet in Kelowna and Swim BC AA Provincial Swim Meet in Chilliwack.

GenSqueeeze responds to BC's Budget announcement

Finance  Minister de Jong

By Paul Kershaw

For younger British Columbians, BC's budget is built on fantasy.

Secure a great job. Own a home. Keep more of our hard-earned money. That’s the promise of BC according to the Premier and Finance Minister. Problem is, that promise is becoming a fairy tale, since B.C. is now the worst performing economy in Canada for younger generations.

'I don't want to, but I will because it's an election year' budget

Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong was throwing a bit of money at anything political Tuesday in his recent budget.

If last year's provincial budget could be described as petty, after Finance minister Mike de Jong doled out an increase in assistance rates for those living with disabilities, only to claw must of it back by ending the subsidized bus pass program, this year's budget could best be described as petulant.

This is de Jong's “I don't want to, but I will because it's an election year” budget.

Boater wants more than study on Taghum-Blewett boat launch

 The Fisherman Pit boat launch was the last spot the public could access Kootenay River near Taghum-Blewett. But that was three summers ago when Teck closed the area and still no boat launch. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Local boaters are wondering if doubling the amount of money to study a new location for a boat launch on the Kootenay River is actually going to result in anything getting done.

The Regional District of the Central Kootenay’s board voted last week to spend $20,000 for a study into the feasibility and location of a new boat launch on the river near Taghum.

 “For safety and to help preserve a way a life, the area needs one,” says Ramona Faust, the director for Area E. “This is a necessary thing.”

Nursing students' Rice and Bean Dinner Friday to showcase Guatemalan efforts

Back row:  Left to right – Katy Camilleri, Shannon McRory, Paige Cook, Maia Kilby, Dustin Portz                Front row:  Left to right – Mary Ann Morris (Instructor), Chandrima Lavoie, Ali Munro, Hannah Bilodeau.

Friday night will give residents an opportunity to eat a fabulous meal, help in an excellent cause, and enjoy fascinating stories of our own young people working in a vastly different culture – in short, it's once again time for the Selkirk nursing students' Rice and Beans Dinner.

CBT puts new economic development plan into action

(From left) Local entrepreneur Brian Fry discusses his plan for an innovation centre with Columbia Basin Trust’s Tim O’Doherty, Senior Manager, Investments, and Jon Exley, Manager, Assessment and Development.

Columbia Basin Trust has a vision for economic growth and is putting a new plan into action. The Trust is purchasing a commercial building in the Waneta Industrial Park near Trail and working with a local tech industry entrepreneur to fill the facility with new jobs and new opportunities in what it sees as a model for future projects.

Column: The Mind-Blowing Monarch and Minister McKenna

Column:  The Mind-Blowing Monarch and Minister McKenna

Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had her mind blown recently. Remarkably, it had nothing to do with the political gong show south of the border. McKenna was visiting the hilltop monarch butterfly reserves in rural Mexico. There she saw millions of monarchs clinging to oyamel fir trees in mind-bogglingly dense clusters, surprisingly well-camouflaged for such colourful critters. She then wrote a heartfelt article calling on people in Canada to act before monarchs go the way of passenger pigeons and buffalo.

Third Annual Youth Talent Slam showing in Nelson and Trail

Bessie Wapp, Mirium Needoba, Slava Doval, Hannah Deboer, Silk Edwards, Nadine Tremblay, Bronwyn Cheyne, Ty Wright and Lucas Myers.

The Charles Bailey Theatre is set to pull back the curtains and welcome to the stage the Youth Arts Festival Third Annual Talent Slam, a display of talent chosen in auditions by youth ranging in age from 15-29, according to Miriam Needoba, director of the Oxygen Arts Centre.

She said there will be two shows – one in Nelson Feb. 23 and another in Trail on March 4.

COLUMN: Canadians at odds with our government on Israel?

COLUMN: Canadians at odds with our government on Israel?

As the future of Israeli Jews and Palestinians spirals down into an inevitable and inexorable apartheid struggle, Canadians are being denied their fundamental right in a democracy. That is the right to an honest and frank debate about one of the most important issues faced by the international community -- the ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the brutal suppression of Palestinian human rights.

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